|RIT Slips Past Robert Morris, 2-0|
Rochester, N.Y. - In the fourth meeting of RIT and RMU this season, the Robert Morris University women's hockey team fell, 2-0 to the Tiger's in College Hockey America (CHA) play at Frank Ritter Ice Arena.
With just 56 seconds remaining in the first period, RIT scored the opening goal of the contest and eventual game-winner on its third power play chance of the period. Sophomore forward Marissa Maugeri found the net from the right offensive faceoff zone to tally her sixth goal of the season. Senior captain Ariane Yokoyama tallied the primary assist on the goal while sophomore defenseman Emilee Bulleid was credited with the secondary assist.
The entire first period was roughly played and hard fought as both teams combined to commit six penalties, three for each squad. In last night's contest, six penalties were committed throughout the entire first 40 minutes of play. The shot count favored the Tigers, 11-7 at the end of the first period.
Identically to the first period, RIT scored with less than one minute remaining on clock to take a 2-0 lead heading into the second intermission. With 20.2 seconds left on the scoreboard, Tiger sophomore forward Celeste Brown scored her eighth goal of the year. Sophomore defenseman Morgan Scoyne and senior captain Tenecia Hiller registered assists on the second RIT goal. The assists mark the eighth of the season for both Scoyne and Hiller.
The Tigers again led the shot count in the second period, 13-5 over the Colonials. The RMU penalty kill unit denied each of RIT's power play chances in the second frame.
RMU came out hard in the third period outshooting RIT 12-2, but the Colonials eventually fell 2-0 to the Tigers. Robert Morris has six power play opportunities throughout the contest, but could not capitalize on its scoring chances. The Colonial penalty kill unit allowed only one goal on RIT's six chances. In league play, the penalty kill unit currently owns a kill percentage of 84%.
As a team, the Colonials blocked 12 shots in the rematch contest against RIT. Senior forward Kelsey Thomas (Hamilton, Ontario / Hamilton Hawks) and junior assistant captain Thea Imbrogno (Etobicoke, Ontario / Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) led the Robert Morris offensive effort each tallying four shots on net. On power play opportunities, RMU outshot RIT 14-8.
Senior netminder Kristen DiCiocco (Niagara Falls, Ontario / Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres) earned the starting nod between the pipes for RMU. DiCiocco registered 24 saves in this afternoon's loss. DiCiocco has now played 580 minutes in conference games to register a .925 save percentage and a 2.07 goals against average.
The Colonials are now 10-9-3 this season with a league record of 6-5-1. Robert Morris returns home next weekend to take on CHA member Syracuse. Puck drop is set for 3:05 p.m. both Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2. The series with Syracuse marks RMU's 'Skate for the Cure' weekend. The Colonials will be raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research.