Pioneers clipped by Colonials
Nov. 27, 2004
TROY, NY (November 27) - Robert Morris scored four special teams goals and Christian Boucher made 28 saves to lead the Colonials to a 4-2 win over Sacred Heart in the consolation game of the 54th Annual Rensselaer/Bank of America Holiday Tournament at the Houston Field House in Troy, N.Y. With the victory, the Colonials snap a seven game winless streak (0-6-1) and improve to 3-9-1. The Pioneers fall to 5-8-0.
Robert Morris jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three goals - all special teams tallies - in the first period. Forward Logan Bittle notched a power play marker when he scored on a rebound of a Kurt Wright shot at the 11:05 mark for a 1-0 lead. Jace Buzek doubled the lead with an unassisted shorthanded goal 5:18 later. Buzek stole the puck at center ice and broke in alone, scoring under the goaltender. David Boguslawski put the Colonials ahead by three with a 5-on-3 goal with only 35 seconds left in the opening stanza. Boguslawski, who assisted on the game's first goal, was set up by Buzek and Doug Conley.
The Pioneers cut their deficit to two goals on a power play goal by Alexander Parent early in the second period. Parent earned his third of the year when he drove to the net on the weak side, collected a pass from Garrett Larson and deposited the puck into the back of the net. Rocco Molinaro also assisted on the play. Robert Morris' second 5-on-3 goal of the game put the Colonials back ahead by three goals. Doug Conley scored on a wrister over the goaltender's shoulder on the stick side from the right faceoff circle with 1:52 left in the second period. Assists were credited to Buzek and Sean Berkstresser.
A rebound goal by freshman Nick Kary at 6:15 of the third period pulled Sacred Heart to within 4-2. Kary earned his first collegiate goal when he stuffed home a loss puck following a breakaway by Molinaro. Larson, who hit Molinaro with the head-man pass, also earned an assist.
Boucher stopped nine shots in the first period, eight in the second and 11 in the third for Robert Morris, which was 3-for-9 on the power play. Sacred Heart, which was 1-for-7, got 18 saves from Kevin LaPointe.
Robert Morris returns to the ice on Friday at for a non-league affair at Miami of Ohio (7:35pm). Sacred Heart is also back in action on Friday as they host league foe Mercyhurst at 7pm.