Colonials shutout by Dukes

Audrey Gardner , Staff Reporter

After Friday night’s exciting win, the RMU ACHA DI hockey returned to the ice for its third match up against the Duquesne.

The Colonials looked for a hat trick during their third game of the season against the Dukes, who in the end would prevail with the 3-0 shutout win.

The Colonials started Sean Scannell in net with Lucas Chiala, Thomas Kisela, Stephen Thomas, Cody Brightbill, and J.J. Bond. With a different starting lineup the team also saw a familiar face behind the bench.

Injured forward Eddie Sarin joined the team last on the bench, looking to encourage the group throughout the game.

“Ever since my injury I’ve been back there,” said Sarin. “So It was nice to get back behind the bench, talking to the guys, making sure they’re alright, encouraging the, it was nice to be back there.”

The first period of play was uneventful despite both teams having powerplay opportunities, with the score even 0-0 after one.

However, what excitement that was left from Friday night quickly disappeared. The Colonials would start the second with a powerplay but come up empty handed.

Zach Richey of Duquesne would put the puck behind Scannell at 16:36 giving the Dukes a one goal lead. Marc Bezbatchenko would make it a two goal game with two in the books.

With the third period underway RMU looked to make a comeback, but Duquesne would find its third and final goal at 14:59. Despite a very physical battle and several chances to bury the puck a goal was never scored and at the final buzzer the Dukes would skate off with the win.

“We were obviously happy that we clinched the spot in Nationals, so we were all pumped and ready to go, but unfortunately we didn’t display that tonight,” said Andrew Lister. “I think you just sort of put it past you and just realize what’s ahead.”

The team looks to finish the regular season off on a higher note next weekend when several of its seniors take the ice for their final game at the Island Sport Center; puck drop is set for 7:50 p.m. against Niagara.