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February 2, 2013

RMU jumpstarts power play to sweep SHU

Adam Brace tallied a goal and three assists, recording career point number 100 in the process as Robert Morris completed the weekend sweep of Sacred Heart, defeating the Pioneers by a 7-4 final at the 84 Lumber Arena on Saturday night.

Brace was one of 11 Colonials to tally a point on the evening as RMU netted 13 goals over the two game set.

"For the most part, we played pretty solid this weekend," head coach Derek Schooley said. "We were disciplined tonight. We didn't spend the night in the penalty box and our power play was outstanding."

Four of RMU's seven tallies came on the man advantage, including a gorgeous tic-tac-toe passing play finished off by Scott Jacklin for the final goal of the night.

"We made some nice plays," Schooley said. "That really beautiful seventh goal that we scored, I don't know if we could've done that 5 on 0, let alone 5 on 4."

Cody Wydo had two goals, both in the second period, and both coming on the power play for the Colonials. Brace assisted on the latter for the centennial point.

"It feels good to get our power play going," Wydo said. "Then for Brace to get 100 career points, it's a great milestone for him. I'm proud to be a part of his line and proud to get the goal for him on that play."

"I thought Adam was a little sleepy last night, but I thought he was outstanding tonight," Schooley said. "He's a dynamic hockey player. If he plays like he played (tonight) all the time, we're going to have a lot of success and he's going to have a lot of success."

Zac Lynch recorded his second goal in as many nights, and Colin South got on the board as well to round out the scoring for the Colonials. Eric Levine stopped 29 on the evening for the victory in net.

"I think (Levine) fought the puck a little bit, but the sign of a good team is when you score goals and bail your goaltender out," Schooley said. "We did that this weekend."

It's a quick turnaround for the Robert Morris, as they'll welcome rival Mercyhurst to Neville Island for a rare Tuesday night contest.

"We just have to keep our power play going," Wydo said. "We need to stay mentally confused and have our penalty kill going. I think (Mercyhurst is) top five in the nation on the power play, so we have to be smart, not take any dumb penalties and stay out of the box."

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