After a big weekend on the road, the Robert Morris Colonials are back in the USCHO.com national poll. The Colonials are ranked 20th in Monday’s poll.
The Colonials earned their ranking by sweeping the Holy Cross Crusaders in Worcester, Massachusetts over the weekend.
On Friday night, senior captain and reigning Atlantic Hockey player of the week Cody Wydo scored a pair of second period goals to lead the Colonials to a 4-3 victory. Junior Zac Lynch assisted both of Wydo’s goals. Wydo is now tied for the Atlantic Hockey scoring lead with 30 points.
Center Brady Ferguson also had a pair of goals. His goals came in the first period and were assisted by linemates Daniel Leavens (2) and David Friedmann and defenseman Chase Golightly. Ferguson and Leavens are tied with Scott Jacklin for third on the team with 23 points. Sophomore Dalton Izyk made 34 saves to win his third straight start. His record is now 9-3.
On Saturday, the Colonials needed some late-game heroics as they entered the third period in a 1-1 tie. Lynch got Robert Morris on the board with an unassisted goal in the second period to tie the score, and he fed Jacklin for the game-winner early in the third. Junior Terry Shafer made stopped 37 of 38 Crusaders shots.
The Colonials are now 17-5-4 and 14-3-3 in conference play. Their 31 points have them in first place, with a four-point lead over second-place Canisius. The Crusaders (8-12-5, 7-7-5 in AHC) weekend saw them tumble from fourth to seventh in the conference. The top five teams earn a bye at the end-of-season conference tournament.
Robert Morris will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado next weekend to face off against the Air Force Academy. The Falcons (11-13-3, 10-6-2 in AHC) are in fourth place in the conference after a weekend sweep of American International. Robert Morris lost and tied in two games at home against Air Force in November.