This past weekend saw the end of a three-game losing streak for the Robert Morris University women’s hockey team, as they split their series with the Lindenwood University Lions at 84 Lumber Arena, part of the RMU Island Sports Center. Both games were broadcast on the internet on AmericaOne.com.
On Friday afternoon, Lindenwood snapped their own four-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Colonials. Lions freshman goaltender Nicole Hensley turned away 32 of 34 shots by RMU to pick up her second win of the season.
Lindenwood was able to put three power-play goals up on the scoreboard against Robert Morris. Two of the three goals came less than two minutes apart early in the game, as sophomore forward Kendra Broad put the biscuit in the net at the 15:16 mark, and then again at 16:42 against Colonials goaltender Kristen DiCiocco.
Meanwhile, RMU sophomore center Rebecca Vint scored in the first period, and junior forward Thea Imbrongno scored on the power play in the second period for the Colonials.
With the score tied at 2-2, going into the third period, the Lions roared back onto the score sheet, finding the back of the net three more times against RMU. Sophomore forward Alison Wickenheiser scored first on the final power play of the game, and Wickeheiser and Lions sophomore forward Alyssa West handled the other goals in the third period.
On Saturday afternoon, it was Robert Morris’ turn as the Colonials snapped their three-game losing streak, and improved their overall record to 10-6-2, by downing Lindenwood 5-2. Senior goaltender Delayne Brian was solid between the pipes as she stopped 19 of 21 shots to get her second win of the season.
RMU’s Vint scored her 12th goal of the season at the 11:00 mark of the first period. It came on the penalty kill by the Colonials. RMU would maintain their 1-0 lead going into the third period.
The Colonials brought all cannons to bear as they scored four goals in the third period against Lindenwood. Sophomore forward Maddie Collias had her first career two-goal performance, and it included her first game-winning goal, too. Junior forward Kristen Richards and sophomore forward Katelyn Scott also scored for RMU.
PUCK POINTS: The Colonials’ offense is led by Vint, as she has 12 goals, 12 assists for 24 points in 18 games played so far this season. Senior forward Kelsey Thomas is second with eight goals, 11 assists for 19 points in 18 games.
On special teams, junior forward Imbrogno leads the team in power-play goals with four in 18 games played so far this season.
Kristen DiCiocco is 8-6-2 with a .919 save percentage in goal for the Colonials this season. She also has a 2.18 goals-against-average.
Robert Morris finishes its eight-game homestand this weekend against the Quinnipiac University Bobcats at 84 Lumber Arena. Quinnipiac is 12-9-2 overall and 8-5-1 in the ECAC. They are the last non-conference games on the schedule for RMU.
The puck will drop at 7 p.m. on Friday night, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the RMU Island Sports Center.