PITTSBURGH — The Robert Morris hockey team remained one of the hottest in the nation Friday night with a 4-1 win over Canisius College in a Atlantic Hockey League game played before 982 at 84 Lumber Arena.
The Colonials are 11-2-2 since the start of the calendar year.
Robert Morris scored all four of its goals in the third period. Canisius was nursing a 1-0 lead after it scored halfway through the second period. Forward Draeden Rigney picked up his eighth goal of the season after he knocked in his own rebound.
Robert Morris answered quickly, scoring three goals in the first 6:06 of the third. Just 35 seconds in, Tyson Wilson scored to tie the game 1-1. With 18:19 left, Jeff Jones forced a turnover in the Canisius end and scored. The third goal was by Zac Lynch on a 3-on-2 rush with 13:55 remaining.
“The difference in the game tonight was the first six minutes of the third period,” said Canisius coach Dave Smith. “I did not have our team ready to play like we did for the first 40 minutes and the last 14 minutes.
Robert Morris’ last goal was an empty-netter with 1:54 left by Greg Gibson. Gibson leads the Colonials with 31 points, including 14 goals and eight power-play tallies.
Canisius senior goaltender Tony Capobianco had 26 saves. He owns a 3.07 goals against average and .907 save percentage in 21 starts this season with a 7-11-2 record.
Canisius (11-17-3 overall) outshot the hosts, 35-30. The Griffs held Robert Morris leading scorer Cody Wydo (37 points, 21 goals) without a goal.
The series moves back to Buffalo tonight starting at 7 p.m.
Canisius was coming off a split a two-game series last weekend with Air Force.