Coach Schooley alluded to it in his post-game meeting with the RMU broadcasting crew. The time to celebrate the teams unbeaten streak and back to back sweeps of both Alabama-Huntsville and Colgate would last through the holidays, but the attention needs to be shifted to the heavyweight bout on December 30th at the CONSOL Energy Center.

“If you wanna be considered a contender, you gotta beat the guy with the title belt. Right now, RIT has that title belt.”

Schooley clearly has the Colonials focused in on a first place seat in Atlantic Hockey conference.

As for today’s matinee against Colgate, it was all about physicality, as usual, for the Colonials.

Colgate took the lead late in the first period after Robert Morris had continued a parade to the penalty box, but that early first period goal was all that starting goaltender Brooks Ostergard would allow.

RMU stepped up their physical game and were rewarded with a tying goal at the end of the first. Denny Urban started a rush up ice, dangled several players en route to the front of the goal, and captain Chris Kushneriuk was there to tap home a loose puck.

In the second, RMU continued their onslaught of physicality but the game remained tight. Denny Urban registered his second primary assist of the game when he set up grinder Ron Cramer for a nice one-timer to give RMU the lead.

The game was sealed when Nathan Longpre broke up ice, found a wide open Adam Brace, who potted a nice one on one goal against Colgate’s freshman keeper to seal the deal for the Colonials.

RMU has extended it’s unbeaten streak to 6, and it’s winning streak to 5. The unbeaten streak matches the team’s franchise record and is the current longest unbeaten streak in the nation.

So, the stage is set. RMU and RIT in the CONSOL Energy Center on December 30th for first place in Atlantic Hockey!