Robert Morris Rallies, Then Holds on to Upend No. 20 Bryant

Bryant was given a man-up chance with just over two minutes to play, but the Colonials killed it off by blocking a shot attempt and getting a big save from freshman netminder Matt Bukovac (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods). Bryant would pull within one, 13-12, with 19 seconds to play. The Bulldogs won the ensuing faceoff but were not able to get a shot on cage for the remainder of the contest.

Robert Morris tallied 13 goals against Bryant's top-10 defense as it notched approximately five scores more than Bryant usually concedes in a game.

Morton moved into the top 10 in single-season points at RMU by notching his seventh straight multi-goal game. He finished with a team-high 29 points in RMU's five conference games. Morton registered his seventh career hat trick, including his third consecutive, while extending his career-long point streak to 13 games.

Senior Mike Grosz (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway West) won 15 of 29 faceoffs to hold the nation's second-best faceoff percentage team (.640) under 50 percent. He scored his third goal of the season, to open the second half, and recorded a game-high 12 ground balls. He notched his eighth career double-digit GB effort, claiming 12 against Bryant for the second straight year, to become the first Colonial to surpass 100 ground balls in a single season.

Junior Tyler Digby (Westminster, British Columbia/New Westminster) notched a trio of assists as he assisted on each of Morton's scores to post his fifth consecutive multi-point game. Digby's second three-assist game of the season doubled as his 12th career multi-point effort.

Matisz tallied two goals to move into a tie for fourth in single-season goals with 36. His 12th straight multi-point game was the 40th of his career and extended his overall point streak to 20 games. Matisz also moved into eighth in career ground balls (89) while sliding up into a tie for fourth in career games played at RMU (60).

Redshirt senior Kevin Brownell (Burlington, Ontario/Central) also put home a pair of scores to move into ninth place in career goals with 42. His 23rd multi-point game was also his 13th career multi-goal performance.

Junior Ben Lewis (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia Central) tied for game-high honors with three caused turnovers to move into the single-season top five at RMU in that category. He also moved into fourth in career history for the Colonials with 38 as he surpassed his current assistant coach, Dan Mulford, with Saturday's effort.

Redshirt junior Mike Meagher (Chesterfield, Mo./St. Louis University) matched Lewis' three caused turnovers to move his program-record total to 48.

Bukovac earned his fourth win of the season by tallying nine saves in 60 minutes of action and also helped the Colonials kill off two of the Bulldogs' four extra-man opportunities.

Robert Morris had advantages in shots, shots on goal, ground balls, faceoffs, clear percentage and also committed fewer turnovers. It is the sixth straight game in which RMU has had advantages in shots, shots on goal and ground balls. Bryant had entered the game as the national leader in ground balls per game, but RMU held them below their season average.

Robert Morris scored 200 goals for the third straight season as it notched its eighth-consecutive game with double-figure goals. The Colonials also recorded their first season with multiple wins over nationally ranked opponents.

With his five assists, Buchanan swapped places with Matisz and became RMU's current leader in career assists with 72.

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2012-04-28



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