Robert Morris Colonials men's ice hockey
The Robert Morris Colonials men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Robert Morris University. The team plays its home games at the Colonials Arena, located at the RMU Island Sports Center in Neville Township, Pennsylvania, United States. The Colonials are a member of the Atlantic Hockey Conference. Until the 2009–10 season, the Colonials were a member of College Hockey America.
|Robert Morris Colonials men's ice hockey|
|University||Robert Morris University|
|Head coach||Derek Schooley|
15th season, 231–225–61 (.506)
|Alternate captain(s)||Alex Tonge, Luke Lynch|
|Location||Neville Township, Pennsylvania|
|Colors||Blue, White, and Red|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|Conference regular season championships|
Robert Morris had a successful club hockey team for several years before rumors started circulating in the early 2000s that the school would create an NCAA Division I program. In December 2002, reports first surfaced that the school was interested in purchasing the RMU Island Sports Center, which would house a men's and women's ice hockey team. On August 8, 2003, the school officially purchased the 32-acre complex – complete with a 1,100-seat hockey arena – for $10 million. The complex is located in Neville Island, only a few miles from RMU's campus in Moon Township. Just twelve days later, on August 20, 2003, Robert Morris athletic director Susan Hofacre officially announced that the Colonials would field an NCAA men's ice hockey team for the 2004–05 season. At the same time, the school added men's and women's lacrosse and women's field hockey as part of an expansion of the athletic department. Two days later, the school hired former Western Michigan defenceman Derek Schooley as its first head coach.
In January 2004, before the school had ever played a game, they were accepted into the College Hockey America conference. Typically, most new NCAA schools play as an Independent in their first years, but a unique series of events led to RMU being immediately accepted into the conference. The fledgling six-team conference was first given an automatic bid to the 2003 NCAA Tournament. However, in January 2004, CHA member Findlay announced they would drop hockey from its athletic program effective at the end of the 2003–04 season. This left the CHA one team short of the six required to keep their automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. As RMU was the only NCAA team not already attached to a conference, the CHA invited RMU to join immediately for the 2004–05 season. The school accepted on January 29, 2004.
Schooley quickly moved to secure the Colonials' first recruiting class and hired two assistant coaches. Nevertheless, the Colonials were predictably overmatched in their first year as an NCAA team. The young squad consisted of twenty-two freshmen and no seniors as Schooley built for the school's future. In its first season, the Colonials finished last in the conference with an 8–21–4 record.
At the start of the 2005–06 season, the Colonials were reminded how much work the program needed to do when they were stunned by the Penn State University club team in a 3–2 exhibition loss prior to the season. Two games later, however, RMU shocked CCHA member Western Michigan in a 5–2 victory that Schooley called "the biggest win for our program." The Colonials improved to 12–20–3 in their second season while advancing to the CHA semifinals for the first time.
In 2006–07, the Colonials improved yet again, finishing 14–19–2. On January 7, 2007, the Colonials beat nationally ranked Notre Dame for their first ever victory over a ranked team. The squad advanced to the CHA tournament final, where they came up just short of qualifying for their first ever NCAA Tournament against Alabama–Huntsville. The Colonials jumped out to a 4–0 first period lead and looked set for their first conference championship before the Chargers mounted a frantic comeback that ended with a 5–4 overtime victory.
It was more of the same for the Colonials over the next two years. In 2007–08, the squad finished a school-record 15–15–4 (including a win over #8 ranked Boston University) but again came up short in the CHA tournament. In 2008–09, the school finished only 10–19–7 before reaching the CHA tournament final against Bemidji State. Once again, the Colonials were left heartbroken, as they lost in overtime for the second time in three years.
By this time, it was clear that the CHA would soon disband. In 2006, Air Force left the league, leaving the conference with only five teams (one short of the six required to retain the NCAA autobid). Given two years to keep their autobid before losing it, the CHA began the search for a sixth member – likely a club team, as all current Division I teams were already in a conference. After no school expressed interest in joining, Wayne State announced just prior to the 2007–08 season that they would disband their team following the season. Following Wayne State's departure, saving the CHA was all but impossible, and Robert Morris applied for membership into Atlantic Hockey (AHA). In January 2009, the AHA announced that both RMU and Niagara's applications were unanimously approved, paving the way for the schools to join the conference for the 2010–11 season. Robert Morris and Penn State were the hosts of the inaugural Three Rivers Classic NCAA hockey tournament at the Consol Energy Center in December, 2012.
College head coaching recordEdit
|Robert Morris Colonials (CHA) (2004–2010)|
|2004–05||Derek Schooley||8–21–4||4–14–2||6th||CHA Quarterfinals|
|2005–06||Derek Schooley||12–20–3||7–11–2||T–4th||CHA Semifinals|
|2006–07||Derek Schooley||14–19–2||9–10–1||3rd||CHA Runner-Up|
|2007–08||Derek Schooley||15–15–4||10–7–3||3rd||CHA Semifinals|
|2008–09||Derek Schooley||10–19–7||5–8–5||3rd||CHA Runner-Up|
|2009–10||Derek Schooley||10–19–6||6–9–3||2nd||CHA Third Place Game (Tie)|
|Derek Schooley:||69–113–26 (.394)||41–59–16|
|Robert Morris Colonials (Atlantic Hockey) (2011–present)|
|2010–11||Derek Schooley||18–12–5||13–9–5||5th||Atlantic Hockey First Round|
|2011–12||Derek Schooley||17–17–5||13–9–5||7th||Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals|
|2012–13||Derek Schooley||20–14–4||13–11–3||5th||Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals|
|2013–14||Derek Schooley||19–18–5||13–9–5||5th||NCAA West Regional Semifinals|
|2014–15||Derek Schooley||24–8–5||19–5–4||1st||Atlantic Hockey Semifinals|
|2015–16||Derek Schooley||24–11–4||18–6–4||1st||Atlantic Hockey Runner-Up|
|2016–17||Derek Schooley||22–12–4||15–10–3||T–3rd||Atlantic Hockey Runner-Up|
|2017–18||Derek Schooley||18–20–3||12–13–3||7th||Atlantic Hockey Runner-Up|
|Derek Schooley:||162–112–35 (.581)||103–72–32|
Postseason invitational champion
As of June 28, 2019.
|No.||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|2||Brendon Michaelian||Sophomore||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||172 lb (78 kg)||1997-12-07||Wixom, Michigan||Amarillo (NAHL)||—|
|3||Nolan Schaeffer||Sophomore||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||1997-07-15||Marshall, Minnesota||Fairbanks (NAHL)||—|
|4||Aidan Girduckis||Sophomore||D||6' 4" (1.93 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1998-10-08||Belleville, Ontario||Carleton Place (CCHL)||—|
|5||Sean Giles||Senior||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||182 lb (83 kg)||1996-05-14||Colorado Springs, Colorado||Lone Star (NAHL)||—|
|6||Darcy Walsh||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||1999-02-06||Gloucester, Ontario||Ottawa (CCHL)||—|
|7||Nick Jenny||Junior||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1996-06-23||Strongsville, Ohio||Aberdeen (NAHL)||—|
|8||Aidan Spellacy||Sophomore||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1998-06-13||Lakewood, Ohio||Lone Star (NAHL)||—|
|9||Daniel Mantenuto||Senior||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1997-10-18||Thornhill, Ontario||Aurora (OJHL)||—|
|10||Nick Lalonde||Sophomore||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1998-01-30||Brooklin, Ontario||Ottawa (CCHL)||—|
|11||Kip Hoffmann||Sophomore||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1997-03-05||Huntley, Illinois||Janesville (NAHL)||—|
|12||Garrett Clegg||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||2000-01-13||St. Albert, Alberta||Sherwood Park (AJHL)||—|
|14||Grant Hebert||Sophomore||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1997-05-22||St. Andrews West, Ontario||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|15||Roman Kraemer||Freshman||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1998-01-09||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Johnstown (NAHL)||—|
|16||Nick Prkusic||Junior||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1996-11-10||St. Albert, Alberta||Brooks (AJHL)||—|
|17||Aiden Beck||Sophomore||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1998-08-28||Coraopolis, Pennsylvania||Springfield (NAHL)||—|
|18||Michael Coyne||Senior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1995-02-21||Buffalo, New York||Wenatchee (BCHL)||—|
|19||Alex Robert||Senior||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1995-01-08||Novi, Michigan||Madison (USHL)||—|
|20||Cameron Hebert||Freshman||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1999-03-17||St. Andrews West, Ontario||Johnstown (NAHL)||—|
|21||Justin Addamo||Sophomore||F||6' 6" (1.98 m)||227 lb (103 kg)||1998-05-27||Clermont-Ferrand, France||Lone Star (NAHL)||—|
|23||Geoff Lawson||Sophomore||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1997-05-15||Metcalfe, Ontario||Wellington (OJHL)||—|
|25||Bradley Stonnell||Freshman||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1998-07-22||Surrey, British Columbia||Drumheller (AJHL)||—|
|26||Santeri Hartikainen||Freshman||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1999-01-05||Helsinki, Finland||Corpus Christi (NAHL)||—|
|27||Jacob Coleman||Senior||F||5' 7" (1.7 m)||162 lb (73 kg)||1997-04-29||Moon Township, Pennsylvania||Muskegon (USHL)||—|
|28||Luke Lynch||Senior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||209 lb (95 kg)||1996-06-20||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Johnstown (NAHL)||—|
|30||Reid Cooper||Sophomore||G||6' 2" (1.88 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1998-07-01||Corman Park, Saskatchewan||Salmon Arm (BCHL)||—|
|35||Dyllan Lubbesmeyer||Junior||G||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1996-12-06||Burnsville, Minnesota||Shreveport (NAHL)||—|
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