NEVILLE ISLAND, Pa. — Robert Morris set a new team record, stretching its win streak four games following a 4-2 victory against Bemidji State at the RMU Island Sports Center Friday night.
The Colonials also tied the program win record as they improved to 12-13-1 and set a new mark for wins in College Hockey America play at 8-7-0. The Beavers fall to 13-10-4 while falling to 8-3-4 in conference play.
The Colonials got multi-point efforts from senior Doug Conley, junior Logan Bittle and sophomore Chris Margott. Conley finished with three assists while Bittle had a goal and two assists and Margott tacked on a goal and an assist.
Rob Sirianni had a goal and an assist and Blaine Jarvis had two assists for Bemidji State.
Robert Morris, which never trailed in the game, opened the scoring 4:17 in as Margott one-timed a pass from behind the net by Conley. Sirianni tied the game at 13:29 with a power-play goal. John Vadnais took a shot from the left point that Colonials goaltender Joe Tuset turned away, but Sirianni jumped on the rebound in the slot and buried it.
Bittle put the Colonials up 2-1 with his own power-play marker 18:25 into the second period. The junior forward picked a rebound on the backside of the crease after Matt Climie stopped a shot from the right circle by Conley.
Junior forward Ryan Cruthers stretched the RMU lead to 3-1 3:02 into the third period. Senior Aaron Clarke started the play out of the defense, playing the puck forward to junior Joel Gasper. Gasper found Cruthers cruising down the right wing, and Cruthers buried the puck high off the crossbar and in to put the Colonials up 3-1.
Ryan Miller scored with the extra attacker for Bemidji at 18:19, finishing off a scramble in front of the net with Sirianni and Blaine Jarvis earning the helpers. But Robert Morris ended any hopes of a Bemidji State comeback when junior David Boguslawski found the empty net with 27 seconds left in the third period with assists by Conley and Bittle.
Tuset improved to 5-4 on the year by making 35 saves, while Climie was saddled with the loss while making 22 saves. Each team was 1-for-8 on the power play.
These two teams meet again Saturday at 7:35 p.m. at the RMU Island Sports Center.