PITTSBURGH – Looking to take steps forward going into the second half of the season, the Lake Superior State Lakers found themselves stymied by the Robert Morris Colonials in a 5-0 loss in the Three Rivers Classic.
Lake Superior (4-13-4, 3-8-3 WCHA) could not get its offense going, as the team suffered its third shutout in four games.
Played at the home of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, the Classic will see tourney host Robert Morris playing for the championship for the 5th time in 6 years.
Timmy Moore and Brady Ferguson were the major sources of the Lakers’ ailments in the opening period, as each had a goal and two assists as the Colonials (8-11-1, 7-7-1 Atlantic Hockey) took a 3-0 lead to the dressing room after one period of play.
Lake Superior was outshot badly in the first period and completely outworked by the Colonials, as Robert Morris scored one fewer goal than the Lakers had shots.
With Nick Kossoff relieving Mareks Mitens in net to start the second period, the Lakers looked to dig out of the hole they were in. Alas, the hole only grew deeper, with Nick Jenny and Luke Lynch converting for Robert Morris to make the score 5-0.
While the shots in the final period were nearly even (10-9 in favour of RMU), Lake Superior could not get the puck past Francis Marotte, as the sophomore earned his third shutout of the season. Francis needed 19 saves to get there.
On special teams, the Colonials were 1 for 9 with the man advantage while Lake Superior went 0 for 4. The Lakers took 14 minutes worth of penalties, meaning some of the nine power plays Robert Morris had were only partial ones.
In relief of Mitens, who made 14 saves on 17 shots, Kossoff tallied 19 on 21.
The Lakers will look to get back on track in their second game of the Classic, where they will face Arizona State. The Sun Devils (4-11-4, 0-0-0 Independent) suffered a similar fate in their opening game, as they were blanked 6-0 by 11th ranked Providence. Puck drop is at 4:05 p.m.