Robert Morris 4, Maine 2
Pittsburgh, Pa. – Nov. 29, 2013 – Robert Morris University women’s hockey freshman Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) tallied a career-high four goals this afternoon, pushing the Colonials past Maine, 4-2, in non-conference play.
No. 10 Robert Morris (14-3-1) extended its unbeaten streak to a season-high seven games, and outshot the Black Bears (0-11-3), 48-12.
For the fourth straight game, the Colonials played a scoreless first period. RMU held an 8-2 advantage in shots and killed off a penalty, but couldn’t capitalize on their two power play opportunities.
However, for the first time since Nov. 16 against Lindenwood, the Colonials dented the scoreboard first. 8:54 into the second period, junior forward Rebecca Vint (Caldeon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) carried the puck into the RMU offensive zone on an attack. Vint then passed it across to a waiting Howard, who then back-handed it top-shelf from the right crease for her seventh goal of the season.
Less than three minutes later, the Colonials extended their lead to 2-0 with Howard’s second goal. Senior assistant captain Thea Imbrogno (Etobicoke, Ontario / Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) controlled the puck in the offensive zone before passing it off to Vint. Vint then found Howard again, and the freshman would light the lamp from the left crease.
As the goal was announced, Imbrogno received a nice ovation from the fans at 84 Lumber Arena as the secondary assist gave the senior forward the 100th point of her career. Imbrogno became the second Colonial to reach the 100-point plateau, joining Brianna Delaney (2008-12) who tallied 121 points for her career.
Also on Howard’s second goal, Vint also moved in sole possession of third place in the RMU record books for career assists with her 46th.
Maine cut the Colonial lead in half two minutes into the third period. Jennifer More forced a turnover and found an open Jillian Langtry, who one-timed it home past freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds (London, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes).
Two minutes later, Howard would push the RMU lead back to three with Abbey Cook of the Black Bears in the box for checking. Imbrogno passed it to senior captain Kristen Richards (Toronto, Ontario / Niagara University), who rifled a shot at Maine goaltender Mariah Fujimagari. The netminder saved it, but the rebounded trickled to Howard, who buried the puck into an open net for the first hat trick of her career.
Howard notched her fourth goal of the afternoon at the 7:47 mark of the final frame. Imbrogno passed it to Vint, who took a shot from the right crease. Fujimagari saved it, but the rebound again trickled to Howard, who back-handed it over the goaltender for her 10th of the season.
The Black Bears would set the final with less than six minutes remaining in regulation, as Karissa Kirkup scored off a turnover.
Dodds earned her fifth-straight start and improved her record to 11-0-1 with 10 saves.
Howard’s hat trick is the first for a Colonial in the regular season, and the first since Vint did it on at Penn State last season. Howard’s four-goal outing is third-best in program history, as Vint (Nov. 10, 2012 at Penn State) and Megan Picnic (Oct. 27, 2006 vs. Chatham) hold the record with five goals.
Robert Morris finishes off the 2013 calendar year next weekend with a College Hockey America (CHA) series against RIT. Face-off for Friday’s contest with the Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from 84 Lumber Arena.
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Quinnipiac 8, RIT 0
HAMDEN, CT – A disheartening six goal second period for No. 8 Quinnipiac (11-2-5) left the RIT women's hockey team (8-7-1) in an insurmountable hole, as the Tigers fell 8-0 in the first round of the Nutmeg Classic on Friday evening at the TD Bank Center.
Depite generating consistent offensive pressure from start to finish, and only being outshot 29-25, the Tigers just couldn't find the back of the net. Erin Zach (Elmira, Ontario/Cambridge Fury) led the offensive attack, taking a team high five shots but couldn't punch any of them in.
Freshman goaltender Brook Sotddart made the second start of her collegiate career but couldn't get into rhythm, allowing three goals on 14 shots faced. After falling behind 3-0, RIT Head Coach Scott McDonald would switch to sophomore Jetta Rackliff in goal. She would remain in net the rest of the game, allowing five goals to the Bobcats on 15 shots.
For Quinnipiac, Shiann Darkangelo had herself a solid day five point day, with a hat trick and two assists. Kelly Babstock would add a goal of her own as well as three assists for four total points on the day. Morgan Fritz-Ward scored two goals while Megan Turner and Kristen Tamberg each had one, in the 8-0 route.
Sydney Rossman had an outstanding showing for Quinnipiac,making 25 saves to shut down the RIT offensive attack.
Both teams played a hard fought first period in which the TIgers and Bobcats each had several offenseive scoring chances. About halfway through the period it looked as though Quinnipiac would score the first goal of a game, only to have the goal waved off after review. The period remained scoreless untill 4:25 remained in the period when Darkangelo would find the back of ther net to put the Bobcats out in front 1-0, a lead they would take into the first break.
The second period was a very different story as Quinnipiac took control right out of the gate scoring just 51 second in. That goal seemed to open the flood gates, as Babstock would score just 2:29 seconds late to make it 3-0. at the 5:13 mark, Darkangelo would add her second goal of the game. The Bobcats would add three more goals through the remainder of the period to take a 7-0 lead over the Tigers into the second break.
Entering the third period, RIT would need an improbable comback to have a chance against Quinnipiac but but was once again shut out by Rossman in goal. The Bobcats would add one more late goal, courtesy of Darkangelo, giving her a hat trick on the day and the 8-0 final score.
The loss marks the first of the season for the Tigers on a Friday, as well as its first two-game losing streak. The last time RIT lost two straight was last season on Feb. 22-23 in back to back games against Mercyhurst.
The Tigers are now 0-1 all-time against Quinnipiac and will move now play in the consolation game of the Nutmeg Classic, tomorrow,Saturday Nov. 30 against Connecticut at 1 p.m. Yale defeated Connecticut, 5-4 in the other semifinal contest.
Courtesy RIT Athletic Communications