Three Rivers Classic: RMU Polishes off the River Hawks Of UMass Lowell

After watching both games on day one, you could tell that the River Hawks and Colonials matchup would be a fun one.  Things were fairly docile in the fist period, after that it was Katy-bar-the-door as the teams would combine for 4 goals in the second period on the way to an RMU 5-3  Win in the Three Rivers Classic.

Robert Morris and UMass Lowell played one of the most even first periods I think I have ever seen. Combined for 19 shots, 10 for the River Hawks, 9 for RMU and the game all knotted up at 1.  This is no where near the offensive explosion we saw yesterday, that, mostly because of the defense of Lowell.  The first goal of the period was scored by Colonials forward Brady Ferguson on the Power Play to give Robert Morris a 1-0 lead.   Shortly before the period was over, the River Hawks would get their own Power Play goal as Center Chris Forney would score to tie the game up.

The second period was completely different as the game opened up a great deal as the goalies were tested.   The two teams combined for 4 goals in the first 12 minutes of the period on just 14 shots.   UML would score the first two of the period as Joe Gambardella would have one deflect off his skate to give the River Hawks the lead.   That would be followed by a Ryan McGrath goal to extend the lead to 3-1.  Almost directly after that UML goal, RMU superstar Zac Lynch would score to cut the lead to 3-2.  He scored on a deflection that he was able to bury from the side of the net.  Shortly after, RMU would go on a power play and not convert, but as the River Hawks player was leaving the sin bin, RMU would tie the game up with a snap shot by Matt Cope.  Lowell owned the first 10 minutes of the period, RMU took the second 10 minutes.  As mentioned prior, this game was very evenly played and this period was no different.

The third period resembled the first period  as the shots were more in check, so were the goals.  RMU would score on a power play, on what was really their only real chance in the first 10 minutes of the period.  It would be a goal by Brando Denham to give the Colonials a 4-3 lead.  From that point on, RMU would hold on playing more of a defensive style of hockey waiting for an opportunity to take advantage of a lazy pass.  It was exactly what they did last night against Penn State.  With just over 2 minutes to play, Zac Lynch would finish off the the River Hawks with his second of the night and 15th of the season.

With the win, RMU would make it a clean sweep in the tournament scoring 11 goals in two games.  RMU’s Zac Lynch along with goalie Terry Shaffer were named to the all tournament team, Lynch was later named the Tournament MVP.

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