Robert Morris Pulls Away from Air Force
from press release
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - April 3, 2010 - The Robert
Morris University Colonials earned their second straight win on
Saturday afternoon with a 13-7 victory over the Air Force Falcons
at Joe Walton Stadium. The Colonials led for the majority of play,
but the Falcons were able to stay within at least three goals of
RMU until the Colonials pulled away in the fourth quarter with four
With the win the Colonials improve to 7-2 overall, while the Air Force drops to 1-7.
Junior Corbyn Tao-Brambleby (Coquitlam, B.C. / Western Reserve Academy) led the Colonials with a season-high five goals, while junior Trevor Moore (Port Coquitlam, B.C. / Riverside), junior Keith Lee (Hudson, Ohio / Western Reserve Academy) and sophomore Kiel Matisz (Stoney Creek, Ontario / Saltfleet) each added a pair of goals and assists in the victory. Sophomore Kyle Buchanan (Nepean, Ontario / John McCrae) led the contest with three helpers.
Robert Morris opened up play with an unassisted goal by Lee at 1:08 in the first quarter. For the next 10 minutes both teams played resilient defense holding each other scoreless. The Falcons were finally able to break through when Vinny Sandtorv scored a goal off an assist by Ridge Flick to knot the score 1-1.
The last few minutes of play saw a lot of action as the Colonials scored three times in the final three minutes and the Falcons were able to add one more goal. Robert Morris broke the tie within 14 seconds when Tao-Brambleby scored his first of the day off an assist from senior Jordon Sealock (Airdrie, Alberta / George MacDougal) to take back the one goal lead. Kevin Brownell (Burlington, Ontario / Central) chipped in a goal with 2:37 left to play and within the final minute of the quarter both the Colonials and the Falcons found the net once more, bringing the score to 4-2.
Defense dominated the second quarter with only three goals being scored throughout the entire 15 minutes. The Air Force closed the gap to one when Ben Cullen got the ball past RMU goalie Charles Ruppert (Long Island, N.Y. / Massapequa) at 6:25. However, goals by Tao-Brambleby and Matisz at the 9:02 and 12:04 marks gave RMU a 6-3 advantage heading into the second half.
The Air Force did not waste any time in the third stanza and scored with 42 seconds of the opening face-off to bring the score within two. Moore responded for the Colonials by firing off two goals shortly after off assists from Buchanan and Lee to put RMU up 8-4. The Falcons closed out the third quarter with a goal by Adam Paranka on an unassisted play to bring the Air Force within three.
In the final stanza the Colonials proved why they have the number one scoring offense in the nation with 16.13 goals per game by outscoring the Falcons five to two. The Air Force's Carroll scored a goal at 1:45, but the Colonials came up with four unanswered goals to give them their largest lead of the contest at 12-6. Both squads swapped scores once more before the end of regulation to finalize the score 13-7.
The RMU duo of Ruppert and sophomore Dillon Pope (Smithtown, N.Y. / Smithtown West) played solidly between the pipes with Ruppert coming up with eight saves in the first half and Pope adding seven in the second half. Air Force goalie Brian Wilson finished the contest with 11 saves.
Both teams were relatively even from the face-off circle with RMU winning 11 of 23 and the Air Force going 12-for-23. Only one extra man opportunity was awarded throughout the contest to the Falcons and they were unsuccessful on the attempt.
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