November 15, 2006
Robert Morris Continues to Challenge in the CHA

By Warren Kozireski

Robert Morris continued their development into a viable contender in College Hockey America by traveling to Bemidji, Minn., and garnering their first victory against the Beavers on the road.

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Ryan Cruthers, a junior for Robert Morris who began his career at Army, had three assists in the Colonials' first-ever win at Bemidji State.

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"We played determined and a complete game from start to finish and got the result we wanted," said head coach Derek Schooley about his team's 3-2 win. "I thought we played fine Saturday, but fine in this league gets you a 3-0 loss. Maybe we were satisfied, I don't know."

Junior forward Ryan Cruthers, in his first season with the Colonials after transferring from Army and sitting out the obligatory season, assisted on all three goals — two at even strength — to double his season point total.

"It was a nice showing after leaving campus at 4 a.m. the day before to travel," said Schooley. "We stopped off to practice in Coleraine, Minn., home of Frank and Tom Serratore (head coaches of Air Force and Bemidji respectively) and got in around 4 p.m."

Aaron Clarke, Jason Towsley, and Doug Conley scored for the Colonials and they protected their own end well as Christian Boucher faced just four shots in the third period.

Bemidji bounced back with a 3-0 win Saturday scoring all three in the second period and keeping the pressure on in the third with half of their 36 shots.

"They took it to us Friday and we responded Saturday," said Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore. "It was a bit of desperation not wanting to lose two games in our own barn."

Robert Morris hosts Alabama-Huntsville this weekend where the Chargers are 3-1. The only Colonial win was 1-0 last season on Christian Boucher's only shutout of the season and second overall.

Bemidji State hosts rival Niagara. The two teams are evenly matched at 5-5-1 head-to-head since the start of the 2003-04 season and 2-2 at Bemidji over the past two seasons.


Just When You Think You've Figured This Game Out: Just when you think you've figured this game out…Alabama-Huntsville and Niagara combined for 10 goals in Friday's 7-3 Purple Eagles victory, but went scoreless for 51:18 Saturday. Niagara then scored three times in 3:20 before UAH broke up the shutout bid with just under six minutes remaining.

Senior goaltender Allen Barton made 36 saves and picked up his second victory of the season Friday after not playing a single minute last season.

Niagara freshman forward Chris Moran is tied for 5th in the nation in assists, but had to wait until his 11th game to pick up his first collegiate goal also on Friday. "It was nice to see Chris get his first," said head coach Dave Burkholder. "He's been one of our best players and a catalyst, but I know he was chomping at the bit to get one."

Defenseman Tyler Gotto also got his first collegiate goal in the same contest.

Bemidji State Injury Update: Bemidji State senior forward Ryan Miller, the team's leading goal scorer last season, has missed the last four games after suffering a concussion at Niagara on Oct. 28. He is expected to be back in the lineup when the Beavers host the same Purple Eagles this weekend.

Beavers senior netminder Layne Sedevie, who was pulled just 5:17 into the Oct. 27 loss to Niagara, has also returned to practice though his return date to game action has not been determined. He has 29 career victories in 53 appearances. "Matt Climie will start Friday and we'll go from there," said Serratore.

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Niagara at Bemidji State
It's round two, and also the final regular-season tilts between these perennial CHA powers. The Purps took round one with a win and a tie. The bad news is they can't meet again until the playoffs in three months.

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Bemidji State junior goaltender Matt Climie made 26 saves and registered the sixth shutout of his career Saturday.
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Robert Morris' power play was 1-for-16 on the weekend including 0-for-9 in the 3-0 loss Saturday.


• Robert Morris was virtually 50 percent at the face-off dot (35 won, 37 lost) against Bemidji State in a 3-2 win Friday, but the Beavers won the circle battles 46-26 in their 3-0 shutout Saturday. "Didn't matter," said the Colonials' Schooley. "They didn't score off the draw once the whole game."

• Bemidji State junior defenseman Riley Weselowski was on the ice for Robert Morris' game-winning goal Friday and was not in the lineup Saturday.

• The line of Sean Bentivoglio, Les Reaney and Ted Cook has accounted for 64 of Niagara's 125 points (51%) this season.

• Niagara is the only CHA team not to score shorthanded this season, but has allowed a league-worst four goals while a man short.

• With just two wins in their first 9 games, Wayne State is off to the worst start in the program's history. It doesn't get any easier with road trips to Lake Superior State and Cornell for two games each the next two weekends.

• Rookie Kevin Morrison's penalty shot goal against Air Force was the first for UAH since 2000 when Dwayne Blais scored against Iona.

• Former UAH goaltender Scott Munroe has played in a team-high seven games for the Philadelphia Phantoms in the AHL and has two victories with a 3.41 GAA.

A variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this report.