RMU grinds out win with Tonge overtime winner


Samuel Anthony

Aided by some late in-period goals and an overtime slapshot by Alex Tonge, The Robert Morris Colonials edged past the Falcons of Bentley 3-2 in overtime.

On the first shot in the first offensive possession not even a minute into overtime, Alex Tonge sent a rocket past Bentley goaltender Aidan Pelino to send the Colonials home victorious. And while the game ended well for the Colonials, they faced defeat with under a minute left in the final period, trailing 2-1.

It was a game that started off quiet and picked up its intensity in both scoring and physicality as hits were being thrown as often as shots.

Robert Morris managed to put up 21 shots in the first period, but the scoreboard still remained empty at the end of the first.

Bentley got on the board first eight minutes into the second period on the only shot of the game from defenseman Connor Brassard.

The Colonials would respond quickly just two minutes later on Timmy Moore’s second goal of the season. The powerplay goal was an easy chip-in shot from Moore, who was camped out in front of the net ready for the perfect pass from Alex Tonge.

It appeared that the game would go tied into the final period until Bentley silenced the crowd on the goal by Michael Zuffante which brought the score to 2-1 going into the final period.

The Colonials were looking to carry their momentum from their win over the Niagara Purple Falcons 10 days before and were desperately looking for a goal to tie the game.

But Pelino was not going to be stopped.

Colonials had a slew of opportunities, failing to score on all three on their powerplay opportunities in the third. Their final powerplay ended with just a minute left and play and it appeared that Robert Morris was out of time.

As the clock ticked down to 52 seconds remaining, Michael Louria kicked into gear and RMU’s powerhouse first line sent home the game-tying goal to earn the Colonials a chance at the win in overtime.

The overtime ended just a quickly as it started as Tonge and the first line once again sent the puck into the back of the net.