Robert Morris (11-13-2, 10-8-2) defeated AIC (10-15-3, 9-11-3) 5-3 on Saturday to move ahead of them in the AHC standings.
After falling behind the night before, Robert Morris fell behind once again early in the first after the Colonials let in two power play goals in a 40 second span, to fall behind 2-0. The goals caused Robert Morris head coach Derek Schooley to replace star goaltender Francis Marotte with Andrew Pikul. This all happened within the first eight minutes of the game.
From there on, Robert Morris would control the game. They would tack on their first goal of the game with just two minutes left in the first period. Alex Tongue would score the goal for the Colonials, it was his tenth goal of the season. The Colonials would tie things up in the second with a goal by Luke Lynch. That goal gave Lynch 12 on the year, tying him with Brady Ferguson for the team lead.
The third period is when Robert Morris would really pull away from the Yellow Jackets. The Colonials would get a power play goal early in the third period to take their first and final lead of the game off of the stick of Michael Louria. That was his 11th goal of the year. Four minutes later, the Colonials would add onto that lead after Brady Ferguson would set up Timmy Moore with an easy tap in. That goal was Moore’s 8th of the year, and Ferguson’s 24th assist on the season.
AIC would later bring the game within a goal by Dominik Florian just a couple minutes later. Alex Tongue would then hit an empty netter to secure a 5-3 lead and the victory.
Alex Tongue would end the game with two goals. Furthermore, the team as a whole managed to get 36 shots, while allowing just 16, and scored three of their five goals on the powerplay. Goalie Andrew Pikul would also be a key to this victory as he picked up his third career win in his senior year and made nine saves after coming in for Francis Marotte.
Robert Morris hockey jumped all the way to third place with the victory. They now have 22 points in the AHC. The conference standings are even closer than they were on Friday as there are now four teams within two points of Robert Morris. That includes Mercyhurst (12-10-4, 7-10-4) and Niagra (11-14-2, 10-9-2), who have 22 points as well, but are behind Robert Morris on tiebreaker. Robert Morris sits four points behind by Holy Cross (11-9-7, 10-5-6) and Canisius (13-11-2, 13-7) who have the top two spots in the conference.
Robert Morris’s next series will be at Sacred Heart (7-14-4, 5-10-4) from February 2nd-3rd. The times for those games are 10:30 AM (February 2nd) and 2:05 PM (February 3rd). The Colonials only have four home games left against RIT (9-13-2, 8-9-1) and Air Force (12-11-3, 7-9-2). Those games take place the weekends of February 9-10 (RIT) and February 23-24 (Air Force).