PREVIEW: RMU women’s hockey takes a day trip up I-79 to take on Mercyhurst

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Women’s hockey heads to Mercyhurst for a Tuesday night battle. Photo Credit: Nathan Breisinger

By Cameron Macariola, Contributor

ERIE, Pa.– On Tuesday, Robert Morris women’s hockey will be hopping on the bus and taking I-79 north to Erie to take on Mercyhurst for another meeting this season. The Colonials (9-2-1, 9-2-1 CHA) are coming off a five-game win streak that started against the Lakers (3-4-1, 3-4-1 CHA) and will look to make it six on Tuesday.

Recapping RMU

Last week RMU soundly defeated RIT (1-8, 1-8 CHA) by scores of 5-0 and 7-0. The Colonials offense was elite against the Tigers as the Colonials captain Lexi Templeman led the way with three goals and an assist in the two games. All three goals came in the first period of game two against RIT, recording a natural hat trick. Many other Colonials had multi-point games, as Maggy Burbidge and Marah Wagner were a part of that list of Colonials. They contributed to the wave of Colonials goals as they both had two-goal games. The last time the Colonials saw Mercyhurst, they gave RMU fits when the Lakers took the Colonials to overtime twice. RMU won one of those games while the other ended in the lone tie on both teams’ records.

Scouting Mercyhurst

Mercyhurst’s new year has been filled with issues due to COVID-19 protocol. The Lakers have had four of their last six games postponed. The Lakers’ last game was against the Colonials’ next opponent Penn State (9-1-2, 9-1-2 CHA) where Penn State defeated Mercyhurst by the scores of 2-1 and 4-1.

Players to Watch

Lexi Templeman (RMU) – With Templeman’s offensive explosion on Saturday against the Tigers, she stands atop the Colonials’ goal category with five on the season. Look for the captain to carry this momentum into Tuesday against the Lakers.

Emilie Harley (RMU) – You know the saying, “The best offense is defense”. This couldn’t be any more true about Harley. She doesn’t just contribute on the back end, but on offense as well, as she leads the Colonials in assists with six. Keep an eye out for Harley to set up some scoring chances on Tuesday.

Sara Boucher (Hurst) – The Colonials better keep an eye out for Boucher as she has six points in six games this season. She also leads the Lakers in goals with four. If the Colonials keep her off the scoresheet, they’ll come home with their sixth straight win.

Megan Korzak (Hurst) – Following Boucher in the points category, Korzak has had a great season. She had five points in her six games played. Korzak also contributes on the back end with 14 blocked shots on the season. The Colonials will look to keep her in her zone and add to her defensive numbers rather than offensive.

Prediction

While the Colonials are coming off five straight wins, I’m coming off of two straight right predictions. The Colonials will look to make my prediction come true once again as I believe they’ll defeat the Lakers by a score of 3-1. One key to this victory is staying disciplined as the Colonials took seven penalties last weekend. If they let Mercyhurst take the penalties and capitalize on the chances they get, the Colonials should pass Penn State and be alone at the top of the CHA standings.