Ohio State handles RMU hockey
The Robert Morris men's hockey team had allowed just four power-play goals in 75 chances entering Friday's night game against No. 4 Ohio State, but what happened halfway through the second period was sort of like playing with fire.
Or jumping into the fireplace altogether.
With the score tied at 2 midway through the second period and Colonials left wing Nick Chiavetta joining defenseman Josh Jones in the penalty box, the Buckeyes figured to get a whopping 100 seconds of 5-on-3 time. Ohio State needed only 43: Defenseman Devon Krogh blasted a shot from the point that eluded goaltender Brooks Ostergard and lifted the Buckeyes to a 4-2 victory in front of 4,927 at Consol Energy Center at the sixth annual RMU Hockey Showcase.
"We've done a great job (killing penalties), and I think it was unfortunate that we got the second penalty," RMU captain Trevor Lewis said. "It was just kind of a miscommunication -- something we're normally pretty good with."
The loss snapped a two-year winning streak in this event for the Colonials, who christened the Penguins' new home with a 3-2 win over Air Force last year.
Right wing Colin South staked the Colonials (9-7-2) to an early 1-0 lead with a man-advantage goal at 10:50 of the first, sweeping home a Tyson Wilson rebound from in front of Ohio State netminder Cal Heeter.
Defenseman Curtis Gedig pulled the Buckeyes (14-4-1) even when he unleashed a wrister from the top of the left circle that got past Ostergard at 13:24 for only his second goal in 53 career games.
South answered a little more than three minutes later with his second goal. The Sewickley native fired a shot from the right dot and watched it carom off Heeter. After retrieving a loose puck from behind the cage, South stuffed home his second attempt to make it 2-1 at 16:17 of the first.
Continuing a frenetic six-plus minutes, Ohio State center Nick Oddo brought the Buckeyes even at 16:49 when a rebound bounced his way as he was stationed uncovered to Ostergard's left.
Chris Crane added an empty-netter late for Ohio State.
"We just didn't get the job done," RMU coach Derek Schooley said. "But you can't fault your penalty killing at all when you give up a 5-on-3 goal."
Note: In the first game, the Robert Morris women suffered a 3-2 loss to No. 8 Bemidji State when Kimberly Lieder scored with less than nine minutes left in the third period. RMU (11-3-2) trailed by two after the first period, but Anneline Lauziere and Rebecca Vint struck 1:46 apart in the second to create a 2-2 tie.