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Cody Wydo scored twice as RMU took care of business against last-place Sacred Heart. The Colonials advance to the quarterfinals, where they will face Connecticut next weekend. ... Sacred Heart wraps up a two-win season, and heads into next year with Bobby Valentine as its new athletic director. Should be interesting.
RIT swept Sacred Heart on the weekend, but played a more thorough game Saturday than Friday. "I thought we were more consistent tonight than last night, start to finish," said RIT coach Wayne Wilson. "Our freshmen have really begun to step into their roles and play well for us and were great all weekend. Our power-play continues to produce for us and has been really good all season." ... RIT has just one game left this calendar year, but it's a big one with Niagara, which is currently unbeaten in the league.
Penn State is off to a strong start in its Division I infancy. After stumbling out of the gate against American International, it bounced back with an OT win -- then, after losing to Buffalo State, has reeled off wins against RIT, Army and now Sacred Heart. Coach Guy Gadowsky wasn't sure whether his young team, filled with solid recruits but very raw, would be ready right away. It's not beating any Top 10 teams to be sure, but the teams it's beating are solid Atlantic Hockey teams, not pushovers. In this game, six different players scored, and again the Nittany Lions had a strong third period. "It's something we strive for," Gadowsky said. "We're a high-tempo team. We can't rely on one or two lines to do that. So when see contributions from all the lines, it's fun to roll lines and play high tempo and that's what you saw tonight."
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