UD MIH CONTINUES TO ROLL THROUGH THE COMPETITION
On Friday, the Blue Hens came out of the gate very sluggish and Robert Morris was able to capitalize, as they took a 2-0 lead less than halfway through the first period. elaware seemed to wake up a bit after going down 2 goals and was able to tie the game at 2 by the end of the first period, thanks to goals from Christian Tasker and Ryan McDonald. The second frame featured more sluggish play from the Hens, as they seemed to look out of synch from the hectic travel earlier in the day. Early in the period, Robert Morris scored a controversial goal on the power play to go ahead. The shot from just outside the slot seemed to hit the post and the teams looked to continue play, but the referee signaled goal. After a brief conference between the referees, the goal stood and it was 3-2 Robert Morris. The Hens were able to add a power play goal of their own, thanks to a rebound in tight from Chris Volonino, and the teams went into the locker room tied at 3.
Early in the third, it looked as if Delaware had finally found their
legs, as Christian Tasker added his 2nd goal of the night on the power play. The Hens carried play for much of the third period, before some sloppy defensive play led to a breakdown and Robert Morris was able to tie the game at 4 with less than 5 minutes to play. After scoring the tying goal, Robert Morris was content with sitting back and getting a point by taking the game into overtime as regulation ended in a 4-4 tie. On the first shift of overtime Andre Menard broke into the offensive zone, curled back towards the blue line, and found Jason Michaud who ripped a slapshot on net. Josh Weiner was standing in front of the Robert Morris goalie and was able to deflect the shot passed the goaltender to give the Hens the 5-4 overtime win.
Saturday, Delaware came out firing early on and dominated the first period, outshooting Robert Morris 15-2 in the first period. However,
the Robert Morris goaltender stood on his head, and the two teams went back to the lockeroom for the first intermission, tied at 0. In the
second period, the Hens went right back to work, playing in the
offensive zone for minutes at a time, and broke open the floodgates, scoring 5 times in the frame including 3 from Ryan McDonald. The third period was much of the same for both teams, as Delaware added 3 more goals to win convincingly, 8-0. In the game, Delaware outshot Robert Morris 57-9.
This weekend, the #4 ranked Blue Hens take on #8 ranked Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia "We always look forward to playing
Liberty in their barn. Its always a real fun place to play because
they really pack it in down there," junior goalie SJ Broadt said. The
weekend will be a huge test for the Hens, as Liberty looks to be a
much-improved team over last year's squad.
Puck drop for Friday evening's game is set for 7:30 in Lynchburg. You can catch all of this weekend's action on FastHockey.