The Robert Morris hockey team closed the book Saturday afternoon on a dreadful first half of the season, dropping a 3-2 decision against Bowling Green in the consolation game of the Three Rivers Classic at Consol Energy Center.
Taking the ice just 18 hours after a heartbreaking, 3-2 loss against Penn State in the first round of the holiday tournament, a game in which Robert Morris goalie Terry Shafer made 59 saves, the Colonials (2-12-2) again came out cold, registering three shots on goal in the first period.
"I wouldn't say men against boys," Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley said, "but it was men against young men in the first period."
Bowling Green (9-9-4) scored a goal in each period and earned third place in the event.
The Falcons were blanked, 5-0, in the first round by seventh-ranked Boston College.
Robert Morris scored two third-period goals, including one with 24 seconds remaining and an extra attacker on the ice, but it wasn't enough to overcome a three-goal deficit.
"We played extremely hard; we left it on the ice," Schooley said. "That's all you can ask for."
Falcons forward Brett Mohler opened the scoring late in the first period with his first career goal, a wrist shot over Shafer's left shoulder.
Forward Bryce Williamson made it 2-0 three minutes into the second period when he knocked a rebound past Shafer. It was the third power-play goal against the Colonials in two games.
Five minutes into the third period, Falcons forward Kevin Dufour curled out from behind the net and rifled a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot that beat Shafer glove-side.
Though Robert Morris couldn't do anything with an extended 5-on-3 power play midway through the second period, sophomore forward David Friedmann made the second chance count.
His blast, his second goal this weekend, put the Colonials on the board with 6:25 left in the game.
Shafer, who made 32 saves in the loss, went to the bench with two minutes left, and sophomore forward Zac Lynch scored with 24 seconds left.
The Colonials, finally with life, simply ran out of time.
Stephen J. Nesbitt: email@example.com, 412-290-2183. Twitter @stephenjnesbitt First Published December 28, 2013 7:26 PM