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Robert Morris versus RIT postponed due to COVID-19 protocols

Robert Morris goaltender Noah West (31) makes a save during a game against Niagara at Clearview Arena at the RMU Island Sports Center on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. -- BRIAN MITCHELL

The Robert Morris men’s hockey team’s Saturday, Jan. 23 game at RIT has been postponed due to Atlantic Hockey COVID-19 protocols, the university athletic department announced via a press release Wednesday. It was unclear whether the the postponement was due to an outbreak within either program or an external party. RIT has also postponed its home game against Mercyhurst on Tuesday, Jan. 26, citing the same reasons.

“The health and safety of the RMU and Moon Township community remains paramount as RMU Athletics continues to follow university, local, state and national guidelines in response to the global pandemic,” the press release stated. “RMU will continue to adhere to the evolving recommendations and requirements of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local and state health guidelines, the RMU Ready Plan, RMU Athletics Return to Campus Policy and Procedures, UPMC Sports Medicine guidelines, the NCAA Resocialization of College Sports guidelines and the Horizon League COVID-19 Advisory Panels for practice and workout activities.”

The Colonials (11-4, 9-1-1 AHA) dropped Tuesday’s game at Mercyhurst, 3-2, and will play the Lakers in a home-and-home series Friday, Jan. 29 at 5:05 p.m. at Mercyhurst Ice Center and Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7:35 p.m. at Clearview Arena at the RMU Island Sports Center.

RIT (4-4-2, 2-2-1 AHA) last played Sunday, Jan. 3, a 4-3 loss at Robert Morris. The Tigers have since had three games against Mercyhurst postponed, three games against Canisius postponed, and the aforementioned Jan. 23 game against Robert Morris postponed. RIT is next scheduled for a home-and-home series against Canisius Jan. 29-30.

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