RMU Topples Sacred Heart
Brooks Ostergard had to be feeling better on Sunday morning than he did on Saturday morning.
The Colonials goaltender was yanked in the 4-4 draw with Sacred Heart Friday night after letting in two late first period goals that appeared to be a tad soft.
Ostergard and the rest of the Colonials came back to Clearview Arena at the ISC on Saturday playing like they’d left a win on the ice in Friday’s draw.
While the first period saw a scoreless tie and Sacred Heart lead the Colonials 6-5 in the shot category, RMU began to lay the groundwork for what would be an explosive second period.
In typical RMU fashion, they controlled the physical aspect of the game, moved the puck well, and had Sacred Heart paying the price at every level.
Cue the fireworks.
Five minutes into the second the Colonials found themselves on the power-play, and James Lyle’s low shot from the point found it’s way through Steven Legatto’s five hole to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead.
The next few goals would all be part of what would become the Nathan Longpre show.
Freshman forward Colin South buried a Nathan Longpre dish to the slot to give the Colonials the 2-0 lead. Longpre dangled in the corner, peeled off towards the circle, and found South wide open in between the circles.
Longpre was at it again four minutes later, this time it was defenseman Denny Urban getting a Longpre feed in the slot and burying another chance past Steven Legatto to give the Colonials a 3-0 lead.
The lone Sacred Heart goal came as the second period was winding down, R.J. Boyd threw a harmless puck at the net that was careened in by the foot of defenseman Denny Urban. RMU would take a two goal lead into the third. After the onslaught was complete, RMU had launched 18 shots on goal in the second.
Longpre was far from done.
He tied the all-time record for assists in RMU program history when he fell, dangled from his backside, and dished a puck loose to Zach Hervato for the a goal to make it 4-1 RMU.
Longpre would break that record and take sole possession of first place off of a beautiful tic-tac-toe play. Andrew Blazek threw a long, up-ice outlet pass to Longpre, who skated far outside towards the boards and threw a cross-ice feed to Adam Brace for his third goal of the year. The record-breaking assist from Longpre was his tenth of the season.
Adam Brace’s goal extended his point streak to five games.
That was the end of the fireworks for RMU, and the end of the night for Sacred Heart goaltender Steven Legatto, who was pulled with 8:00 to go in the third.
- Note to opposing forwards, don’t try to take the puck wide on RMU defenseman Brock Meadows. He was lambasting people all night long and is the most physical presence on RMU’s roster.
- It’s easy to see why Denny Urban was invited to Penguins camp this year. His skills 1-1 are unmatched and he was putting on a dangle-fest all night long.
- How will RMU replace Nathan Longpre?
- RMU remains unbeaten in regulation this year at 7-2-1.
- RMU has outscored it’s opponents 14-1 in the final ten minutes of regulation this season.
Next Game: Friday, November 19, home against Mercyhurst.