Where Are They Now?: RMU hockey transfers

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Jonathan Hanna examines the current location of all the hockey teams’ transfers. Photo credit: Colonial Sports Network

By Jonathan Hanna, Contributor

Editorial Note (12/5/21) – We have updated the status of Wasyn Rice following further clarification

After the dissolution of the Robert Morris men’s and women’s hockey teams on May 26, 2021; 48 RMU hockey players were now on their own, looking for a new home in the already convoluted post-COVID NCAA transfer portal.

A few weeks into the NCAA season, here is how the former Colonials are doing in their new homes.

Men’s Hockey

Justin Addamo (RPI)

After three seasons at Robert Morris, the Clermont-Ferrand, France native transferred to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. With the Engineers, Addamo has played 15 games, tallying 3 goals and 3 assists.

Aidan Beck (N/A)

Following a three-year career with the Colonials, in which he played 14 games, Beck did not find a home for the 2020-21 season.

Garrett Clegg (SUNY Oswego (D-III))

With the Lakers of SUNY Oswego, Clegg has put up three points (2 G, 1 A) in four games. In his two prior seasons with RMU, the 5’11” forward had seven points (2 G, 5 A) in 37 games.

Reid Cooper (Curry College (D-III))

Cooper, despite only playing in 11 games for the Colonials, headed to Milton, Massachusetts as the starting goalie for the Curry College Colonels. This season, Cooper has been excellent, notching a 3-0-1 record and a 1.96 goals-against and a .918 save percentage.

Matthew Guerra (Holy Cross)

After transferring to Holy Cross, Guerra has put up a career-high eight points (1 G, 7 A) in 15 games with the Crusaders, compared to his freshman year in Moon Township in which he scored seven points in 16 games.

Gavin Gulash (N/A)

Similar to Beck, following his freshman season with the Colonials, Gulash also did not find a new home. The Red Bank, New Jersey native tallied five points in 22 games with the Colonials.

Santeri Hartikainen (AIC)

The Helsinki, Finland native took his talents to Springfield, Massachusetts following the cancellation of the program. With three-time defending Atlantic Hockey regular-season champion Yellow Jackets, Hartikainen has been solid, scoring three assists in six games played.

Kyler Head (Mercyhurst)

Head stayed not only in Atlantic Hockey but also in Western Pennsylvania, driving 126.2 miles up I-79 to join the Lakers. In Erie, Head has operated at a 0.50 points per game basis, scoring one goal and three assists in eight games.

Cameron Hebert (St. Francis Xavier (USports))

Although Hebert transferred to St. Francis Xavier, he is no longer listed on the roster. During his two seasons with the Colonials, Hebert notched four goals and five assists in 33 games played.

Grant Hebert (Maine)

Unlike his brother Cameron, Grant found somewhere to stick, as he is playing his senior season with Maine, tallying five points (4 G, 1 A) in 12 games on a struggling Black Bears team.

Randy Hernández (Canisius)

Last season’s Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year, Hern├índez headed off to the Queen City to join Canisius. With the Golden Griffins, the Miami, Florida native has not found the same scoring touch, with only two goals and two assists in 10 games played.

Matt Hutton (Saint Mary’s of Minnesota (D-III))

Despite only playing two games in a Colonials sweater, Hutton found a place with the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Cardinals, a Division III school in Winona, Minnesota. There, he leads the team with six points (2 G, 4 A) in seven games.

Nick Jenny (Graduation)

Despite four productive seasons with the Colonials, netting 38 points in 104 games, as well as being named 2020-21 the Best Defenseman and a First Team All-Star within the Atlantic Hockey’s West Division; following his graduation, no offers to continue to play found Jenny.

Roman Kraemer (Robert Morris (D-I ACHA))

Following his career at the Division-I level, Kraemer decided to keep wearing the red, white, and blue of Robert Morris, only this time, at the Division-I club level. Here, he has been tearing up the ACHA, ranking third in the entire association, notching 36 points (20 G, 16 A) in just 18 games played.

Brian Kramer (AIC)

Joining Hartikainen on the road to Springfield, the 5′ 11″ Kramer scored his first goal with the Yellow Jackets in his first game, a game against Canisius on November 26. In that game, Kramer also added an assist.

David Lafrance (Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL))

The only Colonial to go to the CHL, Lafrance joined a Halifax team that included Zachary L’Heureux, the 27th overall draft choice by Nashville in 2021; as well as Jordan Dumais and Markus Vidicek; two prospects in the 2022 draft. In the “Q”, Lafrance has added five points (2 G, 3 A) in 21 games to a team that sits eighth in the league.

Nick Lalonde (N/A)

After three seasons with RMU, scoring 38 (15 G, 23 A) in 96 games played, the Whitby, Ontario native has seemingly hung up his skates from collegiate hockey.

Geoff Lawson (N/A)

Lawson too has not transferred, telling the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in June, “I committed to being a Colonial four years ago, and I want to finish the job that I started.” Lawson has played three seasons with the Colonials, scoring a goal and five assists.

Tyler Love (Wisconsin-Eau Claire (D-III))

The Moon Township native signed midway through the 2019-20 season with the Colonials found the scoresheet six times (all assists) in 42 games. Now with the Blugolds of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Love has one assist in five games.

Dyllan Lubbesmeyer (Wheeling Nailers (ECHL))

Following four seasons with the Colonials, manning the pipes in 22 games with a 2.69 goals-against and a .905 save percentage, Lubbesmeyer signed a contract with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers didn’t find any ice time, playing in zero games.

Brendon Michaelian (Ferris State)

An offensive defenseman for the Colonials last year, Michaelian has found a new home his senior year at Ferris State, where he has potted a goal and added four assists in 16 games for the Bulldogs.

Nick Prkusic (Graduated)

After spending the last two seasons as captain of the Colonials, the decision to cut the program didn’t affect Prkusic athletically, as he was set to graduate anyways. However, following graduation, Prkusic accepted a job as the U-17 coach of Prairie Hockey Academy, a Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) school located in Caronport, Saskatchewan.

Nolan Schaeffer (N/A)

After a tumultuous summer for Schaeffer, counting the discontinuation of the program and getting married, it’s no surprise that the Marshall, Minnesota native decided to not find a place to transfer in the offseason.

Aidan Spellacy (St. Cloud State)

In his junior year with the Colonials, Spellacy wore the “A”, scoring 11 points (5 G, 6 A) in 24 games played. However, instead of returning for his senior (and potentially captain) season, the cancellation resulted in Spellacy transferring to current no. 5 ranked St. Cloud State. With the Huskies, Spellacy has added one assist in 11 games.

Bradley Stonnell (Wisconsin-Superior (D-III))

Joining Tyler Love in Wisconsin Division-III schools, Stonnell has matched his point total for the past two seasons with two this year, in only six games this year with the Yellow Jackets, including his first goal.

Jordan Timmons (LIU)

The former UConn transfer whose Colonials career was cut short not only by the cancellation but also injuries, as he only played in 13 games sidelined by a leg injury, once again joined the portal, this time to LIU. Currently with the Sharks, the Bridgeville, Pennsylvania native has 11 points in 14 games, second on the team.

Darcy Walsh (N/A)

Headed into his junior season with the Colonials, Walsh was hoping to make a big impact due to the graduation of Nick Prkusic, however, in the same line as Nick Lalonde and Gavin Gulash; Walsh too has not played collegiate hockey since the cancellation.

Quinn Warmuth (SUNY-Oswego (D-III))

The second pair of Colonial reconnections, following Santeri Hartikainen and Brian Kramer, Warmuth joins Garrett Clegg on the shores of Lake Ontario with the Lakers. After scoring his first collegiate point (as a member of RMU) in 2019-20, Warmuth is still looking for that illustrious first point with Oswego State.

Noah West (Michigan)

Despite an excellent freshman year with the Colonials, posting a 2.66 goals-against and a .915 save percentage, West has yet to start a game for the no. 5 Wolverines, mostly because Erik Portillo, a third-round draft choice by the Buffalo Sabres in 2019, has been stellar for the maize and blue, going 12-4-0 with a 2.17 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

Women’s Hockey

Michaela Boyle (Boston College)

Headed home, the former Clarkson transfer transferred once again, joining the Eagles of Boston College. Although she has yet to play a game for them, as she plans to graduate for Robert Morris in December first, Boyle will provide a proven goal scorer to the Eagles. Outside of collegiate hockey, Boyle was also named the Executive Director for her former junior team, the Boston Lady Whalers.

Maggy Burbidge (St. Francis Xavier (USports))

Following two seasons with the Colonials, Burbidge; similar to Cameron Hebert, took their skills to Antigonish, Nova Scotia to play for St. Francis Xavier. The only difference? Burbidge has been playing for the X-Women, and playing well she has been. Burbidge is second in the entire Atlantic University Sport Conference, scoring 21 points (10 G, 11 A) in just 16 games played.

Emily Curlett (Ohio State)

While the point totals may not be there for Curlett as they usually are, the defender has been solid for the no. 2 Buckeyes, scoring a goal and three assists in 10 games played. As a Colonial, Curlett was the embodiment of a number-one defender, scoring 54 points (26 G, 28 A) in 94 games played, in addition to being a +25.

Arielle DeSmet (Syracuse)

The only Colonial to transfer to a CHA rival team, DeSmet joins the team that lost the CHA Championship to the Colonials in the Orange. In Syracuse, DeSmet took over the starting role from Allison Small and hasn’t looked back, posting a 2.31 goals-against and a .927 save percentage. The Orange currently tied with Penn State for first in the CHA with a 4-2-0 conference record.

Anjelica Diffendal (Buffalo Beauts (PHF))

Drafted in the second round (7th overall) in the 2021 PHF draft, Diffendal proved why she was drafted that high, scoring four points in her first three games with Buffalo. As a member of the hometown Colonials, the Pittsburgh native scored 40 points (24 G, 16 A) in 122 career games.

Anna Fairman (KRS Vanke Rays (ZhHL))

Perhaps the farthest any Colonial has traveled, following her two years as a Colonial, Fairman joined the KRS Vanke Rays, the lone Chinese team in Russia’s Zhenskaya Hockey League. This season with the Vanke Rays playing in Mytishchi due to COVID-19 restrictions, Fairman has scored three assists in 14 games played.

Joelle Fiala (British Columbia (USports))

After two productive seasons with the Colonials, scoring 23 points (5 G, 18 A) in 61 games played, Fiala transferred to the University of British Columbia. With the Thunderbirds this season, Fiala has six points in 10 games, helping her team to an 11-3-1-0 record, third in Canada West.

Kyleigh Hanzlik (PWHPA)

Following two seasons with the Colonials after transferring from Wisconsin, Hanzlik now joins the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association, or PWHPA. Hanzlik joins Team Adidas, representing the PWHPA’s Minnesota Region. As a Colonial, Hanzlik scored nine goals and eight assists in 33 games played, including a beautiful last-second winner against Colgate in the Three Rivers Classic, her first goal as a Colonial.

Emilie Harley (Buffalo Beauts (PHF))

The second overall pick by Buffalo in the 2021 PHF draft, Harley has had an interesting career with the Colonials. Playing her first two seasons as a forward, Harley was sent to play the blue line her junior year, and never looked back. In her four seasons with Robert Morris, Harley put up 46 points (10 G, 36 A) in 130 games played. Now in the Queen City alongside Anjelica Diffendal, Harley has scored two goals in her first three games.

Allyson Hebert (N/A)

After two seasons with the Colonials, Hebert has also seemed to hang up the skates. In 58 games with RMU, Hebert scored a goal and three assists.

Raygan Kirk (Ohio State)

Kirk, who backstopped the Colonials during her two seasons in Moon Township, posting a 23-6-9 record, and 2.00 goals against, a .931 save percentage and seven shutouts, is joining the RMU-Ohio State pipeline.

In Columbus, the Buckeyes have a set starter in Andrea Braendli, but have a backup-by-commission, with Kirk splitting the already reduced ice time with Amanda Thiele and Quinn Kuntz. Despite this, in her three games, Kirk has a 3-0-0 record, alongside a 1.50 goals-against average and an .852 save percentage.

Mackenzie Krasowski (Ontario Tech (USports))

Transferring closer to her hometown of Keswick, Ontario after three seasons in Moon Township, Krasowski has been able to crack the Ridgeback lineup, scoring a goal (a game-winner against York) in her five games played thus far.

Ellie Marcovsky (Princeton)

A freshman standout for the Colonials last season, scoring 18 points (8 G, 10 A) in 25 games played; Marcovsky transferred to Princeton, where, with the Tigers, she has scored a goal and an assist in seven games played.

Leah Marino (Toronto Six (PHF))

Drafted in the third round by the Toronto Six, Marino has been sharp in the early stages of the season, scoring a goal in three games. During her time at Robert Morris, Marino scored 11 points (5 G, 6 A) in 97 games played.

Molly Pedone (Utica (D-III))

Although Pedone did not have a point her freshman year in college, she showed up in places other than the scoreboard for the Colonials. Following the cancellation, she was brought in by the Utica Pioneers. In four games with Utica, Pedone has two assists.

Wasyn Rice (University of Prince Edward Island (USports))

After three seasons with the Colonials, Rice will focus on graduating for the first term of the 2021-22 academic season. In the second term, Rice will attend the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). In her 94 games on the Colonials’ blue line, Rice tallied three goals and eight assists.

Molly Singewald (Graduated)

Despite only seeing action in six games throughout her career, Singewald stood strong her senior season, playing in four games, posting a 3-0-0 record and a 0.28 goals-against average and a .984 save percentage.

Chace Sperling (St. Cloud State)

After breaking her fibula and tibia in the summer of 2020, Sperling could have easily hung up the skates, instead of joining the Colonials. However, despite only playing seven games last year, Sperling got another chance as she transferred to St. Cloud State. In nine games this season, Sperling has one assist.

Lexi Templeman (Ohio State)

One of three Colonials to join the Buckeyes in the summer, Templeman has seemingly bucked the pass-first mentality with the Colonials, in which she had 34 goals compared to 93 assists. This season in Columbus however, Templeman has three goals and an assist through 13 games.

Gillian Thompson (N/A)

Thompson, who scored the game-winner in the CHA Championship game against Syracuse to give the Colonials the title and an NCAA Tournament bid, did not find a home following her heroic performance. Including that goal, Thompson scored 22 points (4 G, 18 A) throughout her career as a Colonial.

Marah Wagner (RPI)

Joining Justin Addamo of the men’s team at RPI, Wagner is doing well for the Engineers, scoring a career-high 12 points (6 G, 6 A), in only 17 games this season.