Dec. 18, 2008


Courtesy of Robert Morris

Bridgeport, Conn.-Dec. 17, 2008 – Despite outshooting the Sacred Heart Pioneers 42 to 31, the Robert Morris University Colonials, led by third-year head coach Nate Handrahan, fell to the Sacred Heart Pioneers 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon at the Wonderland of Ice Arena.

The Colonials made a solid final attempt to tie things up late in the third period after trailing the Pioneers for a majority of the contest, but the Pioneer defense held strong, snapping the Colonials three-game winning streak. The Colonials drop to 8-9-1, while the Pioneers improve to 5-9-0. Freshman Brianna Delaney (Stittsville, Ontario / NCCP Raiders) and sophomore Sara O’Malley (Guelph, Ontario / Hamilton Hawks) led  the squad with one goal and one assist each.   

Unlike yesterday’s events, there was no scoring in the first period and the Pioneers and the Colonials entered the second period with the score knotted 0-0. The Pioneers started the second period with the upper-hand, scoring the first two goals of the game. Junior Kate Dunlop put the first score up, taking the puck from freshman Nicole Palazzo and senior Whitney Dziama and finding the net at 7:19 on the Pioneer’s only power-play score of the afternoon.

Sacred Heart improved their lead to two when senior Gina Arnone got through RMU goalie, sophomore Daneca Butterfield (Kronau, Saskatchewan / Notre Dame Hounds), for the score at 13:09. Dziama and senior Allie Gillman contributed the assists.

RMU answered back quickly, with senior Megan Picinic (Cliffside, N.J. / Princeton Tigerlillies) finding the Pioneer net 10 seconds later. Senior Jenny Monteleone (Fox Chapel, Pa. / Ohio Flames) and sophomore Kylie Rossler (Regina Saskatchewan / Regina Rebels) added the helpers on the play. O’Malley tied things up before the start of the third period with a score at 16:41, with senior Kristen Miles (London, Ontario / London Devillettes) and Delaney assisting on the play.

The Pioneers got the first slice of action in the third period, with Palazzo adding a goal to SHU’s collection two minutes into the period for her third of the season. Dunlop and sophomore Taryn LaPierre added the assists. They improved their lead to 4-2 when freshman Jamie Mey grabbed a goal at 12:17 off assists from sophomore Jackie Galvin and freshman Tara Kent.

The Colonials closed in on the lead at less than a minute later when Delaney slipped the puck in for her eighth goal of the season off an assist from O’Malley.  Robert Morris was unable to connect with the net again, finalizing the Pioneers 4-3 win.

Butterfield notched 27 saves to Pioneer goalie Amanda Nagel’s 39.
Sacred Heart was 1-7 on power-play opportunities, while the Colonials were 0-3.

Robert Morris will take the next couple weeks off for the holiday, but return to action on January 2-3 to take on Bemidji State at 7:35 p.m. and 2:05 p.m., respectively.