Strong weekend with strong results, Colonials take two huge wins

Audrey Gardner, Staff Writer

A quick turnaround for the RMU ACHA DI hockey team had the squad back on the ice Saturday night for a game against John Carroll University. After a successful come from behind shootout win Friday, they were ready for another win. The Colonials would take a 4-1 win over the Streaks adding another W and tally to their conference play record.

“John Carroll has been very good the last couple of years we knew they dropped off, but after Buffalo and especially after IUP when we lost to them we knew we had to come out running and get things done,” said starting goaltender Sean Scannell. “It’s always a good weekend when we’re two for two. The past couple of times we’ve been 1-1, for the past three, four weekends. Coming out of here with two wins it really boosts the confidence going into next weekend, with the three games weekend out in Chicago.”

With a slow start to the game that would leave both teams scoreless after one the Colonials came out with a different plan in mind for the second period.

Alex Rowland and J.J. Bond set up Travis Reece for the team’s first goal coming at 13:51. Freshman Dustin Mattern would score at 12:41 with some help form Nick Fischer and Brett Berner. With Reece’s seventh goal and Mattern’s first goal as a Colonial, RMU would carry a 2-0 lead into the final period.

“Honestly I don’t really remember the shift. I just went to the net, I think Fish shot it and I took the rebound and shot it,” said Mattern. “It’s exciting, it’s a lot of frustration when you can’t get one, but it’s just a good feeling, I guess. It gives you some confedence now for the rest of the games going forward. It just feels good.”

Dallas Savoy and Alex Rowland would score early in the third and putting them by 3, but JCU responded with their own goal and made it a two goal game. Andrew Lister would net his fifth of the season with some help from Joe Boyer and Justin Rehrer.

JCU continued to fight back and with that came physicality. Joe Mancuso and Mason Krueger would both receive two minutes for unsportsmanlike misconduct. Krueger receiving a 10 minute misconduct on top of it at 9:48. Less than two minutes earlier, John Carroll’s Joe Lane would receive a 10 minute misconduct as well. Things would settle a bit but after the final buzzer things would get a little rowdy inside the Colonials zone, right in front of Scannell, who allowed 1 goal on 21 shots and played a hug part in last night’s win.

“Our goalies get a lot of practices, but I think they work real hard and we’ve got some extra help on the ice this year working with the goaltenders, but we have good goaltending,” said Michael Joseph. “Both Sean and Jo played really well for me. We wouldn’t have won either one of these two games without either one of their goal tending performances, but sometimes when your playing these good teams that’s what you need is good goaltending, and they both came up strong with weekend.”

With two huge wins under their belt this weekend the team now set their sights on a three game weekend which involves a trip to the other Robert Morris University where the team will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday.