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Robert Morris Falls, 4-2, to Ohio State in Hockey Showcase

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Robert Morris dropped a 4-2 contest to No. 4 Ohio State in front of nearly 5,000 fans in the sixth annual RMU Hockey Showcase Friday night at CONSOL Energy Center.

Both teams entered the game playing excellent hockey as Robert Morris was unbeaten in its previous eight games (6-0-2) while the Buckeyes had won nine of their last 10.

“That was a good hockey game,” RMU head coach Derek Schooley said. “I’m really pleased with our effort. We played hard and competed well. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the bounced that we needed or capitalize on the chances that we had.”

Colonials sophomore Colin South (Sewickley, Pa.) scored both goals for the Colonials (9-7-2) to give him four tallies and nine points on the season, while senior goaltender Brooks Ostergard (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) made 39 saves in the game.

South found a rebound in the slot off a Tyson Wilson shot and buried it past netminder Cal Heeter for a power-play score to give Robert Morris a 1-0 lead.

South struck again late in the first period to give Robert Morris, which has seven Pittsburgh-area hockey players on its roster, a 2-1 advantage on a great individual effort. He carried the puck down the far side and unleashed a shot on goal. The puck re-directed behind the net. However, South alertly tracked down the puck and stuffed in a wraparound before Heeter could collect himself.

Both teams were tied at 2-2 after the first period. Buckeyes Devon Krogh’s score during a two-man advantage gave the Buckeyes (14-4-1) a 3-2 lead halfway through the second period that would prove to be the game-winner – Ohio State added an empty-netter to finish out the scoring.

Robert Morris is now 2-3-1 all-time in the Showcase, which includes a 3-2 major upset of No.-1 ranked Miami (Ohio) on Jan. 8, 2010.

Friday’s Hockey Showcase was a triple-header of college hockey action throughout the day. It started with the Robert Morris women taking on Bemidji State, followed by a club hockey matchup between RMU and Pitt.

Pittsburgh continues to blossom as a hockey hotbed with events hosted by CONSOL Energy Center like the Hockey Showcase, the 2012 NHL Draft and the 2013 Frozen Four – college hockey’s equivalent of the Final Four.

Pittsburgh has also producing top-notch hockey prospects, as evident by four locals playing for Team USA in the World Junior Championships (J.T. Miller, Corapolis; Brandon Saad, Gibsonia; Johns Gibson, Whitehall; Stephen Johns, Wampum), and five players being drafted in the early rounds of the past two NHL Drafts (Miller, 15th overall, 2001 draft; Gibson, 39, 2011; Saad, 43, 2011; Johns, 60, 2010; Vince Trochek, 64, 2011).

“There are 28 players playing Division I hockey from Pittsburgh,” Schooley said. “We have seven. Pittsburgh hockey is growing and getting better. Our goal is to keep the best players at home. Pittsburgh hockey has taken a step with Lemieux, Jagr, Crosby, Malkin, that era of hockey players are coming up. You’re seeing the benefits of it.”

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