PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Dec. 11, 2011 - Behind a two-goal performance by freshman forward Cody Wydo, the Robert Morris men’s hockey team topped Canisius on Sunday night to extend its program-best unbeaten streak to seven games. A three-point showing by the Colonials over the weekend reclaims third place in the Atlantic Hockey Association while RMU now trails second place Mercyhurst and RIT by two-points and league leader Air Force by three points.
“Tonight was a good win for us, and we’ve really found our identity lately. Kudos to our guys for setting a new program record,” Colonials head coach Derek Schooley said. “It feels good to win a couple games, and our guys have been putting in the work day-in and day-out to get it done.”
The first period saw the two teams skate fairly evenly as Robert Morris held a slight advantage in both shots – 12 to nine – and power-play opportunities – two to one. The best opportunity for the Colonials came off the stick of junior defenseman Tyler Hinds (Orleans, Ontario / Nepean Raiders) as he slapped a shot on Canisius goaltender Dan Morrison, who flashed his glove to snag the puck before it hit the back of the net.
Within the first five minutes of the second period, the Colonials jumped out to a two-goal lead thanks to two goals from freshman forwardll Cody Wydo (Aen Park, Mich. / Motor City Metal Jackets) and two assists from Cody Crichton (Palgrave, Ontario / Brampton Capitals). Wydo got the scoring going less than a minute into the period as he deposited a pass from Crichton past the outstretched leg of the Canisius goaltender. Wydo’s second tally of the evening occurred just over four minutes into the period as Crichton again found Wydo in the slot with a no-look pass. Wydo, who moved into a tie for the team lead with his sixth and seventh goal of the season, was again able to beat Morrison to the blocker side with a one-timer. Adam Brace (Cobden, Ontario / Canisius College) was credited with the secondary assist on the play as he passed to Crichton on the boards. The Golden Griffins would cut the Colonial lead in half as Mackenzie Scott picked up his first collegiate goal after beating Colonial senior netminder Brooks Ostergard (Chargin Falls, Ohio / Bay State Breakers) with a slap shot that rang off the post and in.
The third period played out much like the first as both teams were held off the scoreboard. Canisius (4-10-3, 4-5-2) had a golden opportunity to tie the game as a shot got behind Ostergard but bounced off both posts before popping out the other side. The Colonials withstood the Golden Griffins attack with an extra skater for the final minute and held them to no real scoring opportunities.
Ostergard picked up his fourth win of the season while saving 24 of 25 shots. The senior is 4-0-2 in his last six starts. Morrison fell to 2-6-1 on the season for Canisius after making 28 saves in the loss.
With Miami sweeping Ohio State this weekend, Robert Morris currently owns the second-longest active unbeaten streak in the nation behind defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth’s 14 games. The Colonials blanked Canisius on three power-play chances in the win – maintaining the nation’s best killing percentage at 94.3 (67-for-70). Robert Morris was 0-for-4 on the power play.
The Colonials will return to the ice this upcoming Saturday as they host RIT at Clearview Arena. Face-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
-Robert Morris University, 2013 NCAA® Frozen Four® Host Institution-