Victory remained elusive last weekend, as the Robert Morris University women’s ice hockey team ended their College Hockey America road games against Rochester Institute of Technology with a 2-2 tie on Saturday evening, and a 2-0 loss on Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday night, it was Robert Morris who got on the scoreboard first, with a power-play goal by junior center Kristen Richards at the 16:19 mark in the first period. It was Kristen’s eighth goal of the season.
The Tigers came roaring back in the second period and found the back of the net twice, but the Colonials’ sophomore left wing Katelyn Scott scored at 19:10 to tie the game up at two goals apiece. It was Katelyn’s third goal of the season. RMU senior goaltender Kristen DiCiocco turned away 32 shots on the evening.
In the rematch at Frank Ritter Ice Arena on Sunday afternoon, Robert Morris fell behind 2-0 after RIT goals by sophomore forwards Marissa Maugeri in the first period and Celeste Brown in the second period. Tigers sophomore goaltender Ali Binnington made 24 saves, including 12 in the third period, and got the job done between the pipes for RIT.
As a team, Robert Morris outshot RIT 14-8 on the power play, but could not capitalize on the man advantage. DiCiocco stopped 24 shots in the loss.
PUCK POINTS: Robert Morris is 10-9-3 overall, and 6-5-1 with 13 points in the CHA conference, putting the Colonials in fourth place, just one point behind RIT. A total of four points seperate Syracuse, RIT and RMU.
The Colonials penalty-kill unit owns an overall kill percentage of 84.1, which is good for third in the conference.
Sophomore center Rebecca Vint leads the Colonials in game-winning goals with four going in to this weekend’s games.
NEXT UP: Robert Morris is back home at 84 Lumber Arena this weekend, as they take on second-place Syracuse University. The Orange has a 14-11-1 overall record, with 8-3-1 in conference. The puck will drop at 3:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
It will be the third and fourth meetings of the programs this season. RMU downed Syracuse 2-1 on Friday, Nov. 30, while the Orange came back to beat the Colonials 4-3 on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Robert Morris will host its seventh annual “Skate for the Cure” event as part of the homestand with Syracuse. The event was founded during the 2006-07 season by College Hockey America.
Skate for the Cure is a league-wide initiative that involves its member institutions, Mercyhurst, RMU, Syracuse, Penn State, Lindenwood, and RIT, dedicating one or two games out of their schedule towards raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research.
Last season, the CHA raised over $12,000 dollars. In the past six seasons, conference teams have combined to raise a total of $65,000.