The Robert Morris University Women’s Ice Hockey team gassed up the team bus and hit I-79 for a pair of games last weekend against the nationally ranked Mercyhurst University Lakers, On Friday, the Colonials sank their College Hockey America rivals 4-2, while on Saturday Mercyhurst stormed back to defeat Robert Morris, 9-1.
On Friday afternoon, RMU took the lead in the second period and persevered in the third period to bring home the victory, snapping a three-game losing streak. Sophomore right wing Katie Fergus, junior defenseman Brandi Pollock, junior left wing Thea Imbrogno and junior center Kristen Richards were the Colonials who scored goals during the game. Senior goaltender Kristen DiCiocco turned away 28-of-30 shots to pick up her ninth win of the season.
On Saturday afternoon, it was the Colonials’ Thea Imbrogno who got Robert Morris on the scoresheet in the second period, but it was Mercyhurst who dominated the rest of the game with nine goals on 29 shots to seal the deal against goaltenders senior Delayne Brian, who let in five goals, DiCiocco, who let in four goals, and sophomore Courtney Vinet.
Mercyhurst is now 22-6-1 overall, and in first place in the CHA with a record of 13-3-0 and 26 points. It should be noted that their three conference losses, this season, have come at the hands of the Colonials.
PUCK POINTS: Robert Morris is 11-12-3 overall, and the Colonials are in fourth place in the CHA standings with a 7-8-1 record and 15 points. The third and fourth place teams will host the first round of the CHA Tournament on March 1-3.
The Colonials are 7-4-3 on the road this season, with a 4-3-1 record in CHA games.
Kristen DiCiocco’s win on Friday night against Mercyhurst was her 31st career victory in a Colonials uniform. She is now tied with assistant coach Brianne McLaughlin for all-time wins in RMU program history.
Thea Imbrogno has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in 26 games this season. With her game-winning goal on Friday against Mercyhurst, Thea is now tied for fifth all-time in RMU program history with five game-winning goals.
NEXT UP: The Colonials are the road again this weekend as they travel to Wentzville, Missouri for a pair of games against the Lindenwood University Lions on Friday and Saturday. The puck will drop at 8 PM on Friday night and 3 PM on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions are 4-23-3 overall, and 4-9-3 with 11 points in the CHA. Lindenwood is 2-13-1 on its home ice this season, including a 2-5-1 record in CHA contests. This weekend series with RMU is the final regular season home series for the Lions.
In their previous 2-game weekend matchup back in the middle of January, the Colonials and Lions split the series, each winning a game by the identical score of 5-2, at 84 Lumber Arena.