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Robert Morris

Gebhard sets mark as Robert Morris sweeps Lindenwood

-- BRIAN MITCHELL

NEVILLE TWP., Pa. — Jaycee Gebhard became the all-time career leading scorer for Robert Morris on Saturday, compiling 3 points in a 4-1 victory over Lindenwood at the Island Sports Center.

Gebhard’s power-play goal in the waning minute of the first was the apparent tying point. However, a second look at the replay showed that the first goal by Emily Curlett was not touched by Michaela Boyle, allowing the forward to pick up the secondary assist, granting her later tally to set her over the top. She later added a goal on a breakaway during the second period.

“It’s awesome to be a part of it,” Paul Colontino said. “We talked in the locker room, when you break an all-time record like that, it’s a four-year process. It’s not something you can do in a year, with one great year or  even two great years. It’s a hard thing to do.”

Gebhard immediately deferred to talking about the previous record holder, Brittany Howard, as the two were line mates her first two seasons as a Colonials player.

“It’s crazy to think about,” Gebhard said. “I played with Brit the first two years on a line, obviously a lot is owed to her and all of the players I’ve played with over the years.”

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for the squad, however the Plenty, Saskatchewan native didn’t let the impending mark in the record book affect her play on the ice.

“Obviously, its in the back of my mind. I knew that we still had ten games left and it was going to come in those ten games. I didn’t really put too much pressure on myself in that aspect. It’s definitely in the back of your mind.”

The Colonials trailed in the contest early as Courtney Ganske opened up the contest with an even-strength goal at 12:49 of the first. Courtney Kollman’s 4th of the season gave the Colonials a two-goal lead at 4:35 of the second.

Raygan Kirk stopped 19-of-20 in the victory, while only giving up 1 goals on the weekend.

RECORDS ON REPEAT

Not to be outdone, junior Curlett moved within a single goal of the clubs defender’s career goals mark set by 2019 graduate Kirsten Welsh.

Curlett scored her 33rd career marker at 15:44 of the first period on the power-play. The defender also leads the NCAA in power-play goals with 11 her 13 coming on the advantage on the season.

SHORTHANDED

The Colonials scratched an additional forward from last nights game, as Mackenzie Krasowski sat out the contest. With only eleven forwards, junior Lexi Templeman appeared to have sustained an upper-body injury in the first and sat out of the contest, while first-year Maggy Burbidge left the contest after the first intermission.

Colontino had no update for Templeman’s status in the post-game media scrum.

UP NEXT

A well needed bye week awaits the Colonials. Robert Morris heads on a two-week long road trip, starting in State College with a two-game set against the Penn State Nittany Lions. Face-off at Pegula Ice Arena is set for 6:00 p.m. on February 7 and 2:00 p.m. on February 8.

The Colonials head to Mercyhurst for a showdown with the Lakers on Valentines Day, with face-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on February 14 and 2:00 p.m. on February 15.

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