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February 24, 2012

Cramer's OT goal boosts RMU

Ron Cramer went 28 games without registering a goal, before potting his first of the season last weekend against RIT.

It took him just two more games to record another, arguably the most important of his career.

The senior forward beat Jason Torf on the backhand just under two minutes into overtime on Friday night on Neville Island to give Robert Morris a huge win against top-ranked Air Force.

"(Brandon) Blandina came down and made nice contact with the guy coming out of the zone and created a turnover," Cramer said. "The puck was just kind of laying there so I threw it on net and I followed it up with my rebound. I don't know it Torf kind of lost it or what but he went down so I just chipped it over his shoulder."

That chip keeps the Colonials' chances of a first round bye alive. Robert Morris needs to win tomorrow evening against the Falcons, completing the sweep. They would then need some help from their AHA foes. Wins for Niagara and Bentley, and a win or tie for Canisius coupled with a Colonial victory would give RMU a week off.

Tonight's contest was simply stated, pure hockey. A combination of physicality, quality goaltending, few stoppages and only three penalty calls allowed for back and forth action that was finished in dramatic fashion.

Both teams went into the first intermission scoreless, with a 10-9 advantage in shots for Air Force, with both Brooks Ostergard and Torf holding their opponents off the scoreboard.

The score was also tied at the end of the second, except for that fact that both teams converted with a goal of their own. Adam Brace put RMU up 1-0 with his tenth of the year on the power play, placing a wrist shot from the slot in the top corner of the net.

Air Force got the equalizer just two minutes later, as freshman Cole Gunner beat Ostergard with a wrister on the glove side. The two teams were once again unable to solve the netminders in the third, forcing overtime where Cramer pounced on a loose puck to cap it off.

Ostergard stopped 23 on the evening, bumping his record to 9-9-4 on the season. Torf suffered the loss, making 35 stops in the contest. Senior captain Trevor Lewis appeared in his RMU record 137th career game, also playing in his 117th consecutive match.

RMU is now 3-0 in their alternate sweaters, scoring 12 goals over those three games. The Colonials will wrap up the 2011-12 regular season tomorrow evening as all ten seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 at the Clearview Arena.

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