RMU hockey extends streak with win over Canisius

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Photo by Kyle Gorcey

By Ian Kidd, Assistant Sports Editor

The Robert Morris men’s hockey team (20-5-4, 17-3-3 AHC) extended its winning streak to a season-high seven games Friday following a 2-1 overtime victory over conference foe Canisius.

The first-place Colonials won in a gritty performance between the top two clubs in the league.

Tied one goal apiece at the end of regulation, forward Greg Gibson took an assist from captain Cody Wydo and Jeff Jones with thirty seconds left in overtime to drive a powerful shot into the back of the Griffin’s net, sealing the victory.

“We found a way,” head coach Schooley said. “We found a way to get the job done.”

With the win, RMU opened up a gap between itself and the other AHC programs. With 17 victories, Robert Morris has six more wins than Canisius in second place.

The match-up Friday night possessed an incredibly slow, choppy feel. Each team struggled to create any sort of offense throughout the entire game.

“It was kind of a hard game to get into,” Jones said. “They’re a good defensive team, they shut us down pretty well.”

The Golden Griffins played to their strengths, forcing the Colonials to play a slower style of play than they typically exercise.

“We didn’t test [the goalie] very much tonight,” Gibson said. “We’re just going to keep on shooting. He is a good goalie.”

Robert Morris battled frustration against the defensively-minded Griffins and capitalized on the few opportunities that they were given.

“It’s one and two,” Gibson said of the game. “That’s who we’re playing against. Down low is huge, we have to win the little battles.”

The Colonials will be given another chance to win the little battles when they play the second game of a weekend set against Canisius at the 84 Lumber Arena on Saturday. Puck drop is slated for 7:05 p.m.