|Colonials Split Series with Bobcats after Shutout|
Hamden, Conn. - The Robert Morris University men's ice hockey team took to the ice again against the nationally ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats to conclude a two-game series. Behind a stellar defensive effort, the Colonials came away with a 4-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.
As the two teams traded chances in the first period, it was the Colonials who would strike first with less than three minutes remaining. Freshman forward David Friedmann (Toronto, Ontario / Toronto Jr. Canadiens) scored his first collegiate goal that was assisted by assistant captain Tyler Hinds (Orleans, Ontario / Nepean Raiders). Less than a minute later RMU would double their advantage thanks to senior forward Zach Hervato (Stittsville, Ontario / Smiths Falls Bears). Hervato would be set up on his first goal of the season by his line mates Jeff Jones (Revelstoke, British Columbia / Merritt Centennials) and Colin South (Sewickley, Pa. / Bay State Breakers).
While neither team would score in the second period, senior goaltender Eric Levine (Wheeling, Ill. / Pembroke Lumber Kings) remained busy stopping all fourteen Quinnipiac shots he saw in the frame.
Less than three minutes into the third period, Hervato would net his second goal of the game. While killing a Colonial penalty, Hervato would find the back of the net after a setup from freshman defenseman Evan Moore (Groose Point, Mich. / Sioux Falls Stampede) who picked up his first career point on the play. Fellow senior Adam Brace (Cobden, Ontario / Canisius College) would seal the game for the Colonials in the final minute while killing a sixth RMU penalty. The empty-net goal would be the second short-handed goal in the game for Robert Morris who again killed every penalty the team committed.
The strong special-teams play combined with a 48-save performance from Levine helped the Colonials to their first shutout since December 17, 2011 when they blanked RIT and the team's first-ever shutout of a ranked opponent. Robert Morris blocked twelve shots in front of Levine and junior defenseman Evan Renwick (Calgary, Alberta / Canmore Eagles) sacrificed his body for three blocks. On the offensive end, the Colonials managed 25 shots on goal as Brace led the way with six of them.
Robert Morris will return home with a week off before traveling to RIT for a Thursday evening game at 7:05 p.m. on the 25th.