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February 1, 2013

RMU scores six to beat Sacred Heart

Six different Colonials found the back of the net, and Robert Morris returned home to the 84 Lumber Arena after a four game road trip to defeat Sacred Heart by a 6-3 final on Friday night.

RMU got back in the win column after being swept by Air Force last weekend and kicked off their current five game home stand in a favorable fashion.

"I thought offensively and even strength we were very good," head coach Derek Schooley said. "We had 45 even strength shots. I thought we did some things well offensively. We got production, we got a power play goal, and we outscored them 4-0 (in even-strength play)."

The Colonials found themselves in penalty trouble on the night however, as RMU was whistled for eight minors. The Pioneers, still winless on the season, were able to keep things close for most of the evening by converting on three of their man advantages.

"When you continually put yourself in penalty trouble, it's going to bite you in the rear end and it did," Schooley said. "We gave up three power play goals tonight because we keep taking penalties. We have to be more disciplined or that's going to hurt us."

Robert Morris potted three in the opening frame, courtesy of freshman forwards Zac Lynch and Greg Gibson, as well as a power play marker from captain Brendan Jamison. Lynch's tally was the first of his collegiate career. Zach Hervato, Andrew Blazek and Scott Jacklin also found the back of the net in the contest.

"We needed secondary scoring," Schooley said. "It was good to see (Jamison) get his first goal of the year and Zac Lynch get his goal. He's been pressing and it was good for him to finally get one."

Blazek and Jamison also finished with two assists each. Twelve different Colonials registered at least one point in the win, while senior netminder Eric Levine recorded 38 saves for his 12th victory of the campaign.

Schooley was pleased with the offensive side of the game, but he'd undoubtedly like to see his skaters spend more time on the ice as opposed to the sin bin moving forward.

"We can't keep killing eight power plays a night," Schooley said. "We can't keep putting ourselves in those situations. The penalties we're taking are not good penalties. Undisciplined, unfocused penalties. Those will kill us when it comes down the stretch."

That stretch includes four more on home ice over the next eight days, leaving plenty of opportunity to make up some ground in the tightly-contested Atlantic Hockey Association standings.

"It's very important for us to get as many of these home games coming at the end of the season here," said Blazek. "We'll get some points back. We're only a certain amount of points from last and a certain amount of points up from the top four. I think that it's definitely doable. I'm excited for it."

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