West Springfield, Mass. -TheRobert Morris Universitymen's ice hockey team concluded a weekend
trip to American International with a 5-4 victory on Saturday afternoon. Three goals in the first seven minutes of
play opened up an early lead for the Colonials who improved to 12-7-2 on the
season. Two goals by defenseman Andrew
Blazek paced the Colonial attack while five skaters recorded multi-point
efforts. Senior Zach Hervato capped off
the scoring with the game-winning goal in the final minutes of the third
would open the scoring less than three minutes in to the first period as Cody
Wydo (Southgate, Mich. / Motor City Metal Jackets) would pick up his tenth goal
of the season. Wydo would find the back
of the net off of a pass from Evan Moore (Grosse Point, Mich. / Sioux Falls
Stampede) at the 2:47 mark of the period.
Freshman David Friedmann(Toronto, Ontario / Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
would also be credited with an assist on Wydo’s goal.
seconds after RMU’s first goal, the Colonials would open up a two-goal
advantage as defenseman Andrew Blazek(Pittsburgh, Pa. / Topeka Roadrunners)
netted his first of two goals in the game.
Blazek’s sixth goal of the season came after a pass to the point from forward
Mac Roy(Chilliwack, British Columbia / University of Alabama-Huntsville). Freshman Zac Lynch(Pittsburgh, Pa. / Bay
State Breakers) was credited with the secondary assist on the Colonials’ second
would gain a 3-0 advantage as Roy would pick up his first goal as a Colonial at
the 6:03 mark of the first. Friedmann
would pick up his second assist of the game on Roy’s goal. Also assisting on Roy’s marker was Colin
South (Sewickley, Pa. / Bay State Breakers).
International would make the score 3-1 heading in to the first intermission
after netting a power-play goal with less than a minute remaining in the
first. The Yellow Jackets would then cut
the Robert Morris lead to a single goal with their second power-play goal of
the game at the 13:48 mark of the second period.
again give the Colonials a two-goal lead as Robert Morris capitalized on a
two-man advantage. Blazek’s second goal
of the game came with ten seconds remaining in the second period and was
assisted by Wydo and senior Adam Brace(Cobden, Ontario / Canisius College).
again cut the RMU advantage to one as the Yellow Jackets would score while
shorthanded less than two minutes in to the third period to make the score 4-3.
In the final
minute of the third period, the Colonials would make the score 5-3 while
picking up a short-handed, empty-net goal.
The goal, scored by Zach Hervato(Stittsville, Ontario / Smiths Falls
Bears), would turn out to be the game-winning goal as the Yellow Jackets would
score on the power play with 16 seconds remaining in the game. Assisting on Hervato’s goal were Brace and
assistant captain Tyler Hinds(Orleans, Ontario / Nepean Raiders).
Levine (Wheeling, Ill. / Pembroke Lumber Kings) would make 30 saves while
improving his record to 11-5-2. Leading
the way for the Colonials in the shot department was Hervato who had eight
shots on goal. One of those eight shots
resulted in Hervato’s 50th career point as the native of Ontario reached the
milestone with his goal in the third period.
With two assists in the victory, Brace moved even closer to the
100-point plateau as the forward now has 95 career points. Friedmann recorded his first career
multi-point game with his two assists during the first period of play. Roy also picked up his first multi-point game
as a Colonial; the transfer from Alabama-Huntsville recorded six such efforts
while playing two seasons with the Chargers.
Robert Morris entered the series with a penalty-kill unit ranked in the
top-15 of the NCAA (86.6 success rate), but allowed three power-play goals to
be scored by the Yellow Jackets in the contest.
conclude their four-game road trip with a two-game series against the Air Force
Academy next weekend. The two games,
scheduled for Friday and Saturday, are set for a 9:05 ET faceoff in Colorado Springs,
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