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February 26, 2012

RMU falls to Air Force, will host AIC

Senior night didn't turn out the way that the Colonials had hoped on Neville Island, as they fell by a 3-0 final to Air Force in the final regular season game in the 2011-12 campaign. The announced attendance of 1,403 was the largest number to ever see an RMU contest at the Clearview Arena.

Robert Morris was unable to solve Jason Torf, who made 24 saves en route to the victory. The win sealed the Atlantic Hockey regular season title for Air Force. Despite the losing effort, Colonials head coach Derek Schooley was certainly not displeased with his team after the final horn.

"(Air Force) put pucks on net and they capitalized on their opportunities, but that's hockey sometimes," Schooley said. "I thought our effort was great, our battle level was tremendous, and sometimes you don't get bounces."

Scott Holm broke a scoreless tie less than two minutes into the second period, as he fired a wrist shot from the slot over the glove of Brooks Ostergard for a power play goal.

With just 45 seconds remaining in the stanza, the Falcons struck once again, this time on a rebound from the left side of the net off the stick of John Kruse.

Scott Mathis put Air Force up by three with eight minutes to go in the third period, as the Falcons once again converted with the man advantage. Mathis was the beneficiary of a fortunate bounce, as he buried the puck at the side of the net without any challenge.

The Colonials went 0-for-3 on the power play with seven shots, failing to capitalize with the man advantage for the first time in four games. Ostergard recorded the loss for RMU, making 31 stops on the evening. The Hobey Baker nominee finishes the season with a 9-10-4 record.

Robert Morris combined to block 17 shots on the night, with 11 Colonials contributing to the cause. Although the Colonials will not have a first round bye as AHA playoff action gets underway next weekend, they will have home ice. RMU will welcome the AIC Yellowjackets to the Clearview Arena on Friday night to begin a best of three series.

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