Robert Morris would get out shot by Penn State tonight, but Terry Shaffer was up to the test as he would keep his team in the game. The Colonials offense would take advantage of Penn State’s goalie converting 4 times in their first 20 shots on their way to a 6-4 win over the Nittany Lions of Penn State.
Penn State and Robert Morris were the fastest two hockey teams of the 4 we saw tonight at the Three Rivers Classic. How that will shake out tomorrow in the Championship game I am not sure and although they have the least amount of drafted NHL players, they are clearly the most talented offensive teams in this tournament.
After a fast and furious first few minutes of period one, RMU would take the lead with a goal by Rob Mann to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead. Robert Morris finished the period with just 7 shots, 6 of which came in the first 6 minutes or so. Penn State hammered away at goalie Terry Shaffer but he would not budge fending off 21 shots overall in the period. RMU was completely out played in the first period.
During the second period, RMU would take advantage of nearly every opportunity they would get as they would tack on 3 more goals. Penn State would cash in with one, though their first goal would tie the game at 1. It would be a goal by Erid Sheid, his second of the season. The game would remain tied for just a minute as RMU would score 3 more coming from Tyson Wilson with a Power play goal, then Spencer Dorwoicz with an even strength goal to make it 3-1. RMU would finish the period off with a goal by Brandon Denham to make it 4-1. Although being out shot 39-20 through two period, they were better team.
Penn State would score early in the third period as Chase Berger would tip one in to cut the RMU lead to 4-2. For the first 10 minutes of the period, RMU was clearly just hanging on okay with a defensive style of hockey and not pushing it at all on the offensive side of the ice. With 9 minutes left, Penn State had 44 shots while RMU was sitting at 25.
That is when Penn State’s persistence would take over and they would continue to throw pucks at the net and get rewarded as Curtis Loik would light the lamp to cut the RMU lead to 4-3. It was his 6th of the season. Things looked like they had turned the way of the Lions, that is when RMU would take advantage of an opportunity down close as Zac Lynch would score on a rebound, while falling to the ice to extend the lead again to 5-3 over the Lions. Great goal by a great player.
With just under 3 minutes to play, Penn State would pull the goalie and Greg Gibson from the RMU Colonials would flip one from out in front of his net the full length of the ice to extend the lead 6-3. Just moments later, Penn State would score as Dylan Richard would score to cut the lead to 6-4. They would actually score moments later, but it was waved off. The Final score tonight, RMU 6 Penn State 4. PSU finished with 58 shots to RMU’s 33.
RMU will now look to take on UMass Lowell in the Championship Game tomorrow night. It was a tremendous game to watch as 5267(I think that is the official attendance) were dazzled by lots of shots and scoring.
Penn State will play Clarkson in the Consolation game early.