Robert Morris seniors take shot at hockey wins record
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When Robert Morris takes the ice for its two-game series against Air Force this weekend, the Colonials will be closing out the regular season with an outside chance at earning a bye in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey tournament.
Robert Morris' 10 seniors, though, will be closing out the final regular season of their college hockey careers with a chance at setting a school record for wins by a four-year class.
Last year's seniors hold the record with 53, and this group sits at 52 entering the weekend.
"That'd be big," senior captain Trevor Lewis said. "Obviously last year's class had some unbelievable hockey players. We really looked up to those guys, and for us to kind of leave our own mark now, possibly surpass them, is something that we talked about as a group at the beginning of this year."
These Robert Morris seniors will graduate with some impressive individual accomplishments. Lewis set a school record for games played last weekend, and with two games this weekend, looks set to break the record for consecutive games played.
"Trevor's the heart and soul of our hockey team," Colonials coach Derek Schooley said. "He's very low-key, works extremely hard."
Lewis and senior goalie Brooks Ostergard said Saturday's senior night game will be a night of mixed emotions. Ostergard said he had tried not to think about it and just focus on hockey.
Working in a rotation with junior Eric Levine, Ostergard has been exceptional this season. His .933 save percentage is fourth in the country and he ranks second in school history in career wins and saves.
Even though he'll be honored at senior night Saturday, Ostergard said he plans on playing a lot more hockey this season.
"There are some cool accolades that have come along the process, but since day one, my goal has not been to be a Hobey Baker finalist or candidate," he said. "My goal has been to make it to the NCAA tournament and until that happens, I'm not going to be satisfied."
Lewis and Ostergard said their favorite moment of the past four years came as sophomores in January 2010, when the Colonials posted a two-game sweep of then-No. 1 Miami (Ohio).
While these 10 seniors have a chance to graduate as the most accomplished Robert Morris class, Schooley was even prouder of their work and maturation off the ice. He noted that several seniors already have "real jobs" lined up, and pointed to senior defenseman James Lyle, who will be attending law school.
"We'll be proud to call them RMU hockey alumni," Schooley said. "Hopefully not sooner than later, hopefully a long way away. We've got a lot of hockey left to play, so this definitely is not the end of their college career."
First Published February 24, 2012 12:00 am