RECAP: Burbidge’s three point afternoon leads Colonials past RIT

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Emily Curlett scored as the Colonials routed RIT 5-0 on Friday. Photo Credit: Nathan Breisinger

By Cameron Macariola, Contributor

NEVILLE TWP– Robert Morris women’s hockey (8-2-1, 8-2-1 CHA) looked to continue their win streak against RIT (1-7, 1-7) this afternoon at Clearview Arena. Robert Morris blanked the Tigers by a score of 5-0.

The Colonials controlled the game from the start. RIT goalie Emma Stephen was bombarded with shots in the first period. She managed to stop 10-of-11 shots that came her way in the first. The one that got by her was a power-play goal by Maggy Burbidge. A shot from the point from Colonials’ Emilie Harley found its way on net and was poked in by Burbidge to make it 1-0.

The Tigers had a great opportunity to even the score after Allyson Hebert fell and turned over the puck leading to a two-on-one for the Tigers, but Kirk stood her ground and made the save.

In the second, the Colonials poured it on as they tallied 3 goals. Burbidge scored her second of the game as she tipped in a shot from Templeman on the power play.

The second goal for the Colonials came with 6:50 remaining in the period when Kyleigh Hanzlik got a pass from Anjelica Diffendal and made a great move to get Stephen out of position and backhanded the puck into an empty net.

The final Colonials goal of the second frame came just two minutes later when Curlett blasted a one-timer from Anna Fairman past Stephen, sending the Colonials into the locker room up 4-0 and in total control of the game.

During the final 20 minutes of play, RMU continued to control the puck as the Tigers continued to struggle to get the puck out of their defensive zone.

The lone goal scored in the third was a deflection by Michaela Boyle from a wicked Curlett wrister to stretch the Robert Morris lead to five.

The Colonials did give up a three-on-one and a breakaway in the third, but Kirk was there to make both saves. She stopped all 22 shots she faced this afternoon.

The Colonials put up 39 shots, went 2/4 on the player-advantage, and killed all the Tigers power-plays on the way to their 5-0 victory. Robert Morris will meet the Tigers once again at Clearview Arena tomorrow. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.