ACHA DI hockey team suffers first home loss

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Amy Shubilla

Coming off of a 2-1 victory against John Carroll University last weekend, the ACHA DI hockey took on the University of Pittsburgh last night in search of their ninth win of the season.

Instead, the team suffered its first home ice loss, falling to the Panthers, 6-2.

“We were defiantly dull tonight, and I think that over the course of the season that’s going to have to happen,” said forward Wes Heinle. “We were still fortunate enough to battle back. We played a pretty good third period, and I think we’ll carry that momentum into tomorrow night.”

The Panthers were able to get the puck behind starting goaltender Ryan Gayso in the first period, giving Pitt a 4-1 lead after one.

“It was quick, I was behind the rush, Joyce drew all the defenders and I just called for it and he passed it back and I went five-hole,”  said Andrew Lister, who tallied the only RMU goal in the first.

Just 55 seconds into the second period, Bobby Tritschler put up the fifth goal for the Panthers. With Tritschler’s goal RMU switched Gayso out and put Sean Scannell in net.

Shortly after being placed in net, Scannell took a hit to the head when he came out to grab a puck. After lying on the ice for several minutes Scannell shook the hit off and was able to continue play.

He would give up one more goal during the course of the second period.

Heinle would come up with his 14th goal of the season and second goal of the night for the Colonials early in the third period. Heinle’s goal would be the only goal of the period leading the Pitt Panthers to their 6-2 victory over the Robert Morris Colonials.

With the lose, the Colonials’ record moves to 8-3 on the season and they look to capture their ninth win Saturday night against Indian University of Pennsylvania at the Island Sport Center. Puck drop is set for 9:50 P.M.