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February 12, 2012

RMU salvages split with Mercyhurst

Hockey is a game that is filled with superstition. A favorite piece of equipment or a certain pregame routine can do wonders for a player. Sometimes, it's a team's outfit that gets the job done.

The Colonials defeated Mercyhurst Saturday night at the Clearview Arena by a 4-2 final, and with it came the second victory in as many tries in their new alternate jerseys. Whether or not the sweaters have the winning formula stitched right in, the effort was there tonight, and that made head coach Derek Schooley quite pleased.

"We stayed with our game plan," Schooley said. "We stuck with the process and accomplished what we wanted to do and that was getting two points."

With those two points, the Colonials boosted their record to 12-8-3 in Atlantic Hockey with 27 points. They now sit tied for sixth in the conference, but are just five points out of first place with four games to go. Friday night in Erie, it was a 3-1 loss to the Lakers, even though Robert Morris outshot their opponents, including a 13-4 margin in the third period.

Saturday, RMU managed four pucks past goaltender Jordan Tibbett, courtesy of Colin South, Cody Crichton, Nick Chiavetta and Jeff Jones. Ten different Colonials registered points in the victory, including defenseman Tyson Wilson, who has an assist in each of the last four contests.

Goaltender Brooks Ostergard started both games over the weekend, making 23 saves for the win in game two. The senior now has an 8-9-2 record on the campaign.

If you believe in superstition, maybe it was the sweaters that did the trick. No matter what you believe in, however, the effort was there for the entire weekend, and it paid off on Neville Island.

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