Everything you need to know: RMU tops St. Lawrence in overtime

Jack O'Brien, Contributor

The Robert Morris Colonials women’s hockey team (1-1) overcame the St. Lawrence Saints (1-1) in overtime to split the no-conference weekend series at the Colonials Arena. The Colonials played a strong game until they eventually ended the game with Kirsten Welsh scoring the game-winning goal at 2:51 in the overtime period. That goal gave the Colonials a 3-2 victory. Here’s everything you need to know about the overtime thriller.

Why it Happened:

This was a completely different game than last night. The Colonials out-skated and out-played St. Lawrence right up to the end. Getting to loose pucks and winning board battles was high on the Colonials list of priorities and allowed them to possess the puck for mostly the entire game.

What it means:

The Colonials even their record to 1-1 and will play the No. 1 team in the country next week at Clarkson. It’s a strong win for the Colonials as St. Lawrence was the No. 9 team in the country in the final poll from last season.

Who was there:

Though the Colonials had possession throughout most of the game, the St. Lawrence offense took advantage of their chances scoring early in the second period. The Colonial defense core took it upon themselves to control play in the offensive zone and produce two huge goals in the comeback win.

Who starred:

Senior Kirsten Welsh controlled play at the blue line all game and eventually scored the game-winner despite having multiple Saints on her at all times. Welsh was able to break the tight coverage with a couple of nice dekes to create some space and find opportunities to get a clean shot on net.

Who stumbled:

Though the St. Lawrence forwards did a good job early on of keeping Robert Morris’s defensemen in check, their small instances of blown coverage proved to be costly in giving up two key goals to tie and eventually win the game.