It’s the final week of the regular season for the Robert Morris University women’s hockey team, coming off of a weekend where they split their two-game series with RIT on the road in College Hockey America action.
The Colonials (22-7-3, 11-5-2 CHA) defeated the Tigers (14-15-3, 9-7-2 CHA) on Friday 2-1 while RIT hung on to win 1-0 on Saturday. The last time RMU was shut out was Nov. 8 against Mercyhurst, where they lost 2-0.
Paul Colontino’s squad remained ranked in both national polls for the 11th straight week. On Monday, RMU found themselves sharing USCHO.com’s No. 9 slot with the Quinnipiac Bobcats as both programs received 19 points from voters. Then, on Tuesday the Colonials held on to the No. 9 position, edging out Quinnipiac 25 to 24 points, in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
The Colonials need a win or two ties this weekend at 84 Lumber Arena to clinch a first round bye in the CHA tournament. Robert Morris has already broken the school record for wins during the regualr season, surpassing the 19 set by the 2011-12 team that won the school’s first CHA championship.
RMU is in second place in the CHA behind Mercyhurst University, who are 21-7-3 overall and 14-3-1 in the CHA. The Lakers are ranked eighth in both polls again this week. Syracuse is third in the conference with an overall record of 18-11-3 and 9-6-3 in the CHA.
Fifth-place Lindenwood (5-23-2, 5-12-1 CHA) is at Mercyhurst this weekend while Syracuse and RIT will play a home-and-home series.
Robert Morris will host the sixth-place Penn State Nittany Lions (4-25-3, 1-16-1 CHA) for a two-game set at 84 Lumber Arena this weekend. The puck will drop at 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday afternoons. The last time these two met, the Colonials swept the Nittany Lions 4-0 and 6-0 at Penn State over Halloween weekend.
It will be the final regular-season games for senior defensemen Anneline Lauziere, Brandi Pollock and Kylie St. Louis; left wing Thea Imbrogno; and center and team captain Kristen Richards.
Imbrogno is one point behind Brianna Delaney as the all-time points leader in Colonials history. The native of Etobicoke, Ontario is fifth on the career goals list with 51, and fifth on the game-winning goals list with six. She is RMU’s all-time leader in power-play goals with 25.