NEVILLE ISLAND, Pa. — The Robert Morris Colonials finished their exhibition season tonight with a 3-2 victory over Queens University of Ontario. The Colonials got three first period goals and some timely saves from their goaltending duo of sophomore Brooks Ostergard and freshman Eric Levine, and staved off a stiff challenge from their opponent throughout the final two periods.
Coming off an 8-4 victory over Queens on Friday, the Colonials looked to pick up right where they left off, peppering the net for 19 shots, and dominating the territory for almost the whole first period.
The first tally of the night came at the 1:20 mark of the first, when Colonials’ defenseman James Lyle released a laser beam from the center point through traffic, giving his team the first lead of the evening. The next several minutes saw Robert Morris cycle the puck at will, until sophomore Ron Cramer pounced on a rebound at the 4:04 mark, putting the Colonials up 2-0 less than five minutes into the game.
With the puck possession game clearly favoring the faster Colonials, penalties became a factor, and junior defenseman Denny Urban took advantage, lighting the lamp on his teams’ second power play at the 9:22 mark, bringing the first period scoring and Robert Morris’ domination of the game to an end.
At the start of the second, the Queens Gaels ramped up their effort and got rewarded when Chris Feniak scored on a power play at the 18:11 mark of the second to cut the deficit to 3-1. The Gaels worked hard and displayed tenacity all throughout the second and third periods, refusing to call it a night until the final whistle.
Eric Levine relieved Brooks Ostergard in the net at the start of the second period, and made several key saves on shots. Levine stopped 17-of-19 shots and a couple of point-blank opportunities.
The Gaels mustered one more goal on the night when forward Jordan Miwaldt punched home a pass sent from the right corner at 9:33 of the third, giving the visitors their second power-play goal and shrinking the Colonials’ lead to one, but Queens could draw no closer the rest of the way.
Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley chimed in with some closing thoughts on the harder challenge his team received from their opponent.
“Tonight was great for our hockey team; we would have got nothing out of playing another 8-4 game again. We played hard and got our chances. At the end of the day I was pretty pleased. It was a good test for us.”
The Colonials outshot Queens 37-26 for the game, going 1-for-4 on the power play while the Gaels went 2-for-6 with the man advantage.
Robert Morris will open the regular season next Friday and Saturday in Alaska with games against Alaska and Alaska-Anchorage.