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ACHA: Back in Action

Robert Morris forward Brett Berner skates on the forecheck against Oswego. -- ED MAJOR II

NEVILLE TWP, Pa. — After a winter break without ACHA hockey, the teams got back onto the ice Friday night to start the second half of the season.

Pitt traveled to Towson for a two-game set, taking Friday night’s game, 3-0, and Saturday’s game, 3-2. The Robert Morris Colonials hosted Oswego for the weekend, taking the first game 4-3 but dropping the game Saturday night, 4-3, in overtime. The Mountaineers of West Virginia, hosting 17th ranked Kent State, fell in the 12th round of a shootout, 4-2, on Friday and in regulation, 2-3, on Saturday. It is interesting to note that Friday night’s game marked their third overtime/shootout loss and second in as many games. Slippery Rock ended the action-filled weekend by hosting Niagara on Saturday night, prevailing 4-3.

Duquesne’s game versus Niagara on Friday night was canceled due to severe winter weather. There are currently no plans to reschedule that game.

This weekend’s Major Focus was on Robert Morris and their disappointing overtime loss to Oswego on Saturday night at RMU Island Sports Center. Through the first period, Oswego’s defense looked dominant. They were able to generate turnovers at will and Robert Morris was unable to hold the puck for any sustained offensive effort. Oswego even managed to net a goal themselves in the first, taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Colonials managed to battle back in the second, solving the Lakers’ defensive puzzle and scoring three straight to take a 3-1 lead into the second break. Oswego would have the last laugh, though, as they scored two goals in the third period to tie it and scored with less than a minute to go in overtime to secure the win.

Weekend scores from around the CHMA:CHMA

Friday:
Niagara at Duquesne (**CANCELED**)
Pitt 3, Towson 0
Oswego 3, Robert Morris 4
John Carroll 2, Alabama 3 (SO)
Mercyhurst 1, Central Oklahoma 9
Kent State 3, West Virginia 2 (SO)

Saturday:
Niagara 3, Slippery Rock 4
Pitt 3, Towson 2
Oswego 4, Robert Morris 3 (OT)
John Carroll 3,  Alabama 2
Mercyhurst 3, Central Oklahoma 5
Kent State 4, West Virginia 3

Through Saturday’s games, the CHMA standings remain as they were prior to the winter break. Duquesne-Robert Morris and Slippery Rock-West Virginia games highlight next week’s inter-conference action as teams fight for one of six spots in the CHMA tournament in February. Check out the ACHA schedule here for upcoming matchups in the CHMA and other conferences.

Team W L OTL/SOL Points
Pitt 8 1 0 16
John Carroll 6 3 0 12
Robert Morris 6 3 0 12
Slippery Rock 5 3 0 10
IUP 4 7 1 9
Mercyhurst 4 5 1 9
Duquesne 3 6 1 7
West Virginia 2 5 2 6

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