Jan. 31, 2014
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Robert Morris extended its win streak to four games with a 4-0 victory over visiting Army in an Atlantic Hockey Association clash at 84 Lumber Arena Friday night. The Black Knights will look for revenge as the teams close out the weekend series at the same location tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.
Rookie goaltender Parker Gahagen got the start for the second game in a row. The Buffalo, N.Y., native made 31 saves on the night. Senior captain Brian Schultz, along with sophomores Joe Kozlak and Luke Jenkins, registered four shots a piece, but the Black Knights could not light the lamp.
The Colonials held a 35-23 advantage in shots on goal and scored twice on the power play to come away with the victory. Sophomore goaltender Terry Shafer made 23 saves en route to the shutout.
The Black Knights had the advantage in face-offs, winning 36-of-70, and blocked shots 15-10. Army’s special teams came up short on four power play chances.
Gahagan put up a strong early showing, registering 11 saves before surrendering the first goal of the contest at 15:32 of the opening period. Robert Morris’ Matt Cope netted his third goal of the season to give the home team a 1-0 advantage. Two minutes later, Army sophomore defenseman Christian Pomarico took the first penalty of the game, which resulted in the Colonials taking a 2-0 lead into the first intermission following a Cody Wydo power play goal at 18:10. Gahagen finished with 14 first-period stops.
Robert Morris opened the second period as hot as it ended the first, extending its lead to 3-0 just 1:20 into the middle frame on Wydo’s second goal of the night. The early goal marked the lone score of the period for either team as the Colonials sat on a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Robert Morris gifted the Black Knights two power plays in the opening 10 minutes of the third period, but they could not get on the board on either opportunity. The Colonials, meanwhile, cashed in on a power play chance of their own as Zac Lynch punched one past Gahagen at 10:14 to give his team a 4-0 lead that proved to be the final margin of victory.
Tomorrow night’s game will be available to watch online at www.americaonesports.com (subscription fees apply). Fans can also follow live statistics via www.goARMYsports.com (see hockey schedule page) or follow @Army_Hockey on Twitter for periodic updates.
Game Notes: Robert Morris takes a 3-2-2 edge in the all-time series heading into Saturday night’s game … Army and RMU split last season’s series at Tate Rink when the Colonials were ranked No. 19 in the national polls … rookie Parker Gahagen earned his second-straight start after playing all 60 minutes of a 5-2 exhibition win at Canadian rival Royal Military College last Saturday night … along with Gahagen, Army’s starting lineup featured top line Andrew O’Leary, Shane Hearn and Willie Faust, along with Christian Pomarico and Garret Peterson on defense … the lone active senior on this year’s team, captain Brian Schultz learned of his post assignment (Germany) on the bus ride out to Robert Morris as Thursday night marked Post Night for West Point cadets.
ROBERT MORRIS 4, ARMY 0
ARMY 0-0-0 – 0
RMU 2-1-1 – 4
RMU - Cope (Denham, Renwick), 15:32
RMU – Wydo (Rey, Shafer), 18:10 PP
RMU - Wydo (Wilson, Gibson), 1:05
RMU – Lynch (South, Wydo), 10:14 PP
Shots: RMU 35 (16-14-5); Army 23 (6-10-7)
Saves: RMU 23 (Shafer, 60:00, 6-10-7); Army 31 (Gahagen, 60:00, 14-13-4)
Power Plays: RMU, 2-5; Army, 0-4
Penalties: RMU, 4-8; Army, 5-10