Last weekend at 84 Lumber Arena, the Robert Morris University women’s ice hockey team lost its final two home games in the month of January against non-conference opponent Quinnipiac.
In both games, the Bobcats earned come-from-behind wins over the Colonials. In the first game, on Friday evening, Quinnipiac downed Robert Morris by the slim margin of 2-1, then came back on Saturday afternoon to score two third period goals to defeat RMU 3-2.
On Friday night, junior center Kristen Richards put the Colonials on the scoresheet with her seventh goal of the season, at the 4:22 mark in to the first period. Bobcats sophomore Nicole Koasta then tied up the game in the first period with her short-handed goal at the 14:18 mark. While neither team was able to find the back of the net in the second period, Quinnipiac senior forward Brittany Lyons scored the game-winning-goal just 22 seconds in to the third period.
On Saturday afternoon, Robert Morris forged a 2-1 lead by the end of the second period as sophomore right winger Katie Fergus put the biscuit in the net for her third goal of the season; the goal came on the powerplay at the 8:36 mark of the second period.
Then, senior center Rebecca Vint scored her thirteenth goal of the season on the powerplay at the 11:48 mark of the second period. But it was Quinnipiac’s special teams that took over in the third period, as the Bobcats scored two power-play goals to finish the game with a 3-2 win.
PUCK POINTS: Robert Morris is 10-8-2 overall, and 6-4-0 with 12 points in the College Hockey America conference, putting the Colonials in third place, just one point behind Syracuse. A total of two points separates Syracuse, RMU and fourth-place RIT.
The Colonials have outscored their opponents 54-44 this season. 12 of the 54 goals by RMU have come on the powerplay.
Senior goaltender Kristen DiCiocco’s 435 saves is good for third among goalies in the CHA. She has only allowed two short-handed goals this season.
Senior right winger and assistant captain Cobina Delaney was recently named as one of the 11 nominees across the country for the 2013 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. The Humanitarian Award is presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen, and seeks to recognize collegiate student-athletes from any division who give back to their community in the true humanitarian spirit. Delaney is just one of three females named as nominees this season for the award.
NEXT UP: Robert Morris hits the road to Frank Ritter Arena this weekend, as the Colonials take on the Tigers of the Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT is 11-10-3 overall and 4-3-3 in the CHA. The puck will drop at 7:05 on Saturday night, and at 2:05 on Sunday afternoon.
It will be the third and fourth meeting of the programs this season. RIT swept the Colonials at the RMU Island Sports Center on January 4-5. The Tigers lead the all-time series between the two schools 3-2-0.