PensNation Spotlight: RMU And Chatham College Hockey Notebook

By Larry Snyder

The Robert Morris University men’s ice hockey team went 4-1-1 in the month of November. The Colonials are coming off a sweep of the Sacred Heart University Pioneers last weekend and own a three-game winning streak. Head coach Derek Schooley‘s squad heads north this weekend to the Gene Polisseni Center for a pair of contests with the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers (3-7-2 / 3-2-1 AHC).

Robert Morris is in first place in the Atlantic Hockey Conference with a 6-1-3 mark and an overall record of 7-2-3. The Colonials top line of junior left-wing Daniel Leavens, senior center Greg Gibson, and senior right-wing Zac Lynch have joined for 52 points over 12 games this season. This Blue and White trio is the highest scoring line in the conference. Their assault of the score sheet is the second highest in the country, tied with the Boston College Eagles’ Matthew Gaudreau – Colin White – Ryan Fitzgerald, and behind the 58 points of the New Hampshire Wildcats’ Dan Correale – Andrew Poturalski – Tyler Kelleher.

Lynch claimed a pair of conference honors this week as he was the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week, and the November Player of the Month. Over the course of November’s six match-ups, the 6-foot, 190-pound forward led the AHC with 12 points on five goals and seven assists. In the sweep of the Pioneers last weekend, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native had two shorthanded goals and three assists for a five-point weekend. Perhaps a Hobey Baker Award nomination could come later in the season.

Colonial Quick Hits:

  • Robert Morris likes to light the lamp early as they have 21 first period goals in 12 contests which is the most in college hockey.
  • The Colonials have not been swept by an opponent so far this season.
  • Junior goaltender Dalton Izyk is 4-0-1 with a 2.53 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage.
  • Senior left-wing Matt Cope is the leader in shots with 49.

The RMU women’s ice hockey team wrapped up the month of November with a matching 4-1-1 record. Head coach Paul Colontino‘s crew had a sweep of their own when they took down the Maine Black Bears twice at home at 84 Lumber Arena. The Colonials are on the road this weekend for two face-offs against first-place College Hockey America rival, the Mercyhurst Lakers (7-7-2 / 5-0-1 CHA).

The Blue and White are in third place in the CHA with a record of 3-2-1 and an overall mark of 9-5-2. The Colonials offense is powered in part by freshman left-wing Amber Rennie with nine goals and senior right-wing Ashley Vesci with eight goals. Redshirt sophomore right-wing Brittany Howard and junior defenseman Mikaela Lowater have seven goals apiece.

The CHA tabbed Rennie for the second time this season as their Rookie of the Week for her two goals in the victory over Maine on Friday. Lowater hit the daily double as the conference named her Player of the Week and its Player of the Month for November. The Thornhill, Ontario native had one goal and two assists in the sweep of the Black Bears. The 5-foot-7 member of the blue line crew recorded a point in each of RMU’s six November contests. Lowater contributed four goals and four assists for a total of eight points last month.

RMU Quick Hits:

  • The second period is the best time for the Colonials to score as they have 19 goals in the second frame.
  • Besides the Black Bears, the Colonials have swept Merrimack, RPI, and RIT. They have been swept by the Colgate University Raiders.
  • Freshman center Sarah Quarranta’s 12 assists is only one behind team leader Howard.
  • Junior goaltender Jessica Dodds is 9-4-1 with a 1.91 goals-against-average and a .933 save percentage.

The struggling Chatham University NCAA Division III women’s ice hockey team collected their first two victories of the season last weekend in a sweep on the road against the Becker College Hawks. The Cougars seek to extend their win streak on the road this weekend when they go to Geneva, New York for a two-game set with the William Smith College Herons (2-4-2 / 0-4-2 ECAC West).

The Purple and White participate in the Eastern College Athletic Conference West and are led by head coach Jason Evans, who is in his sixth season with the program. The Cougars are 2-4-0 overall this season with an 0-4-0 mark in the ECACW.

Last weekend proved that the Cougars could win by a little or by a lot. Chatham erupted for a season high five goals Saturday in the 5-1 victory over Becker. In the rematch on Sunday, the Cougars captured the win with 3:31 left in overtime on junior defenseman Kaitlyn Perrins shot from the blue line for 1-0 victory.

Chatham Quick Hits:

  • Sophomore goaltender Kasandra Petersen has performed well in her first three career starts this season with 2-1-0 record and a 1.65 goals-against-average.
  • Junior forward Jenny Jones has two goals in six match-ups.
  • The penalty kill unit performed well against the Hawks as they stopped all 10 power play opportunities.