Women’s hockey starts season with a home sweep

Photo by Matthew Polaski

By Alyssa Benson, Assistant Sports Editor

  When Paul Colontino started as head coach of the Robert Morris women’s hockey team he hoped the team would be able to get off to a good start, and carry the momentum throughout the season. The team started off just as he hoped this past weekend as they swept a home series against the Lindenwood Lions.

  In game one on Friday night, the Colonials started early in the first and never gave up.  Courtney Langston and Rebecca Vint both tallied their first goals of the season to give them the lead after one.

  The team came out firing in the second when Thea Imbrogno scored a power play goal just 19 seconds in. Jamie Joslin and Kathryn Stack, each added goals in the second and Vint tallied her second of the night to increase the Colonials lead to six.

  Coming out of the intermission, Katie Fergus was able to score her first goal as a Colonial, while shorthanded, in the third period before Cobina Delaney added one more to cap the scoring.

  Sophomore goaltender, Kristen DiCiocco got the start in net and earned the shutout while turning away all 14 shots that came her way.

  “I thought she did a great job,” expressed Colontino. “She played very confident, she handled the pucks and rebounds well, and showed confidence in her game.”

  DiCiocco’s performance earned her a place on the College Hockey America Honor Roll.

  The next night the Colonials were at it again, and tallied two even strength goals in the first period with the goals coming from Brianna Delaney and Kelsey Thomas.

  Following the first intermission Cobina Delaney increased the Colonials lead to three, before the Lions rallied and tallied two power play goals to cut the lead. Soon after the Lions second goal, Fergus tallied her first goal of the game to increase the Colonials lead.

  Brianna Delaney tallied her second goal of the game to open the third period, and put the Colonials up by three.

  The goal led to Brianna Delaney tying the all-time career points record for the women’s hockey program, a feat she was excited about.

“It’s a great accomplishment, and a great way to start off my senior year,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to having a successful season and seeing the team excel.”

  Less than two minutes later Vint scored on the power play for her third goal of the season, and with less than two minutes left in the game Fergus scored her second goal of the night.

  “A two goal game boosted my confidence as a player but was also exciting because I am a freshman,” remarked Fergus.

  Fergus’ three-goal weekend helped earn her CHA rookie of the week honors.

  The win marked the second in two nights for the Colonials and completed the sweep of Lindenwood. Although it was a good start to the season, Coach Colontino believes the team still has some work to do.

  “We want to work on the consistency of our work ethic from top to bottom,” said Colontino. “For all 60 minutes opposed to 40 minutes or spots here and there.”

  Although the Colonials have won two straight games, the team plans on keeping momentum by working hard with the plan of improving each week.

  “I think the team will keep improving every weekend as our opponents get better,” explained Brianna Delaney. “Everyone is working really hard and excited to have another home weekend. It’s important for us to keep focused on the next game continuing with our success.”

  The team looks to continue their early success this weekend when they host Minnesota State at the Island Sports Center on Friday at 7:05 PM and Saturday at 2:05 PM.