Denny Urban (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Ohio Blue Jackets) scored with 2:13 left in the third period to complete a Colonial (7-4-2, 6-4-2) rally from two goals down against Bentley. Robert Morris fell behind two goals after the Falcons (5-6-2, 4-3-1) scored with less than two minutes left in the first period and scored again less than a minute into the second period. Both Colonial goals came on the power-play against a Bentley penalty killing unit ranked 16th in the nation.
"We need to stop putting ourselves in holes so we don't have to keep fighting back," head men's ice hockey coach Derek Schooley said. "We need to finish around the net. I hope we have not used up our resiliency card because we have had to battle back a lot this season."
The Falcons grabbed the early lead with an even-strength goal from Jeremy Robert with 1:23 remaining in the first period. Bentley made it a two score game early in the second period as Brett Gensler scored back door less than a minute into the period.
Robert Morris responded late in the second period as Nathan Longpre (Peterborough, Ontario / Mahoning Valley Phantoms) found the net for the seventh time this season to cut the Falcon lead to one with 1:19 left in the second frame. Robert Morris spent most of the early going in the third period on the penalty kill, as the Colonials picked up three early penalties. After the Colonials killed off three Bentley extra man opportunities, The Falcons earned a five minute major penalty with 2:55 left in the game.
Urban found the net off some solid passing from fellow seniors Longpre and Chris Kushneriuk (Ottawa, Ontario / Orleans Blues). Bentley picked up a second major penalty with 17 second left in regulation and spent all but 17 seconds of overtime on the penalty kill.
Brooks Ostergard (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Bay State Breakers) made 22 saves for the Colonials while Joe Calvi made 32 for the Falcons including 14 in the first period. Robert Morris posted its second consecutive perfect game on the penalty kill by not allowing a Falcon goal on five extra man opportunities.
Robert Morris returns to action tomorrow against Bentley at the Island Sports Center with puck drop scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
- Brooks Ostergard has not allowed more than three goals in any game this season.
- Robert Morris has killed off 12 consecutive power play chances and has not allowed a power play goal since the first period of its Nov. 19 game against Mercyhurst.
- Longpre moved into second on Robert Morris' all-time goals list with his second period tally.
- Urban's third period goal moved him to 90 points for his career. Urban ranks as the Colonials all-time leading scorer among defenseman and currently leads the nation in point per game by a defenseman.- Robert Morris holds a 15-3 scoring edge in the final 10 minutes of regulation play including two game-tying goals.