PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Robert Morris goalie Terry Shafer made 23 saves as the Colonials beat Air Force, 3-0, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game, Friday, Jan. 24, at the 84 Lumber Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. The loss ends Air Force’s five-game winning streak as the Falcons fall to 14-7-4 overall and 9-4-4 in the AHA. RMU improved to 7-13-3 overall and 7-6-3 in the league.
After a scoreless first period, Robert Morris took the early lead just 1:15 into the second period. RMU defenseman Chase Golightly scored his third of the season from Jess Jones and Colin South to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead. RMU outshot Air Force, 19-6, in the second period and kept the Falcons off the board for the first 40 minutes.
Early in the third period, the Colonials took a 2-0 lead on the power play. After the Falcons missed a chance to clear the zone, David Friedman scored his sixth of the season at the 4:39 mark. Air Force had 92 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage midway through the period, but was unable to score and managed just two shots on goal. Late in the period, Air Force pulled goaltender Chris Truehl in favor of the extra attacker and the scored an empty-netter. Brandon Denham scored the empty-netter from Matt Cope and Greg Gibson with 1:49 remaining. Air Force broke up the shutout with five seconds left when senior Mitch Torrel scored his seventh of the season from Alex Halloran and Ryan Dau. Halloran took a shot from the left point and Torrel redirected it from the slot.
Robert Morris outshot Air Force, 41-24, in the game. RMU outshot the Falcons, 32-13, through the first 40 minutes. Air Force was 0-for-5 on the power play while RMU was 1-for-4. Falcon freshman goalie Chris Truehl made a career-high 38 saves in the game.
“The better team won tonight and it was not even close,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “Robert Morris was much more determined and played with more energy tonight. Chris Truehl gave us a chance tonight. Even after the way we played in the first two periods, we were only down a goal. We had a chance to win the third period, but we didn’t get it done. The biggest thing now is how we respond to this and how we bounce back for Saturday.”
Air Force and Robert Morris conclude the two-game AHA series, Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7:05 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh, Pa.