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December 10, 2012

RMU finding rhythm on ice

A lot of times, young teams will struggle with consistency, either emotionally or with effort. Right now, Robert Morris head coach Derek Schooley does not see that as a problem.

"I'm really pleased with out team's effort and how hard we work, we just have to work a little smarter," Schooley said after his team's 2-2 draw Saturday night. "Once we get a lead we can't take our foot off the gas."

The Colonials took took a win and a tie away from Ohio State in a home-and-home this past weekend, but as Schooley mentioned, Robert Morris blew a one goal lead late in the third period and settled for a draw after a scoreless overtime period. It was the second straight strong weekend for Robert Morris, as they also registered a win and a tie last week at Holy Cross.

The Robert Morris roster displayed an astounding eleven freshman and sophomores out of a possible 18 skatersSaturday night. It's the little things, however, that are making the difference.

"Our work ethic is tremendous, I can't say that enough, and they're fun to be around because they're buying in, they're having success and they enjoy working hard and working for each other, and that's the characteristics of a true team," said Schooley.

Senior goalie Eric Levine agrees with that statement.

"It's been our work ethic, the little things and we're going to have to do that if we want to keep having success," he said.

Levine is unquestionably the man in net now, seeing consistent starts even on back-to-back days. He said this has also been key for him and his team getting in a flow and letting them play consistent hockey.

"It gets you in sync with your defenseman, they know what to expect with me, I know what to expect out of them," he said. "Anytime you get the chance to continually get starts it helps your confidence, and with me personally, it's been nice knowing the coaching staff is behind me. Not only have I had success but our team's had success."

Saturday night provided an attendance of 1,589 people, the largest ever at the Island Sports Complex. Freshman David Friedmann, whose goal 1:53 into the third period gave Robert Morris a brief lead, said the experience was something he won't forget.

"To be part of something like that is awesome, and it feeds our team and gives us more energy," he said.

Schooley said all the hard work everyone has put into the program is finally paying off, and he hopes those people come back for more.

"You think of all the alumni work that our previous alumni have done, all the work that guys like yourselves have done and put in to put the word out about the program is finally paying off," he said. "Hopefully the people there were excited, hopefully they'll want to come back, and hopefully they become hockey fans and colonial hockey fans."

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