Alabama-Huntsville falls in CHA home action to Robert Morris

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - After mounting a two-goal comeback in Saturday's win, the Alabama-Huntsville (9-14-2, 5-7-1 CHA) hockey team dug themselves a hole they could not recover from on Sunday falling 4 to 2 to College Hockey America foe Robert Morris (10-16-5, 6-7-3) at Huntsville's Von Braun Center.

Robert Morris wasted little time getting on the scoreboard first in the contest when Nick Chiavetta scored from J.C. Velasquez and Stefan Salituro only 1:42 into the contest.

The Colonials then made it a 2-0 advantage early in the second period just after the end of a power play when Scott Kobialko fired a wrister that hit the top of UAH junior netminder Cameron Talbot's (Caledonia, Ontario) stick and deflected into the net.  Valesquez made it a 3-goal advantage later in the period with a short-handed tally at 7:03.  Gathering the puck in his defensive zone, Valesquez skated the length of the ice and fired a wrister that beat Talbot five-hole for the 3-goal cushion.

The Chargers managed to chip away at the lead later in the second when when junior winger Andrew Coburn (Mount Forest, Ontario) found fellow junior forward Chris Fairbanks (Millford, Mich.) open in the slot. Fairbanks hammered home the one timer that was also assisted by sophomore forward Jamie Easton (Edmonton, Alberta) at 13:27.

UAH failed to capitalize on a pair of power plays at the end of the frame including 39 seconds of 5-on-3.  Junior forward Neil Ruffini (Roswell, Ga.) came within inches of pulling the Chargers within a goal in the final minute of the frame when his shot rolled across the crossbar.

The third period saw freshman Justin Cseter (Menomonie, Wisc.) ring the pipe in the fifth minute of the third but the Colonials held onto their lead.  The Chargers would cut the lead to one goal later in the frame when junior blueliner Matt Baxter (Courtice, Ontario) found Matti Järvinen (Espoo, Finland), who hit a one-time past Ostergard glove side.  Senior defender Davide Nicoletti (Toronto, Ontario) picked up the second assist on the play.

RMU blueliner Denny Urban rounded out the scoring in the contest with a goal in the final minute cashing in on a UAH turnover with a slapshot from just inside the blueline that found its way past Talbot.

Talbot took the loss in net with a 24-save performance while RMU's Brooks Ostergard picked up the victory stopping 27 UAH shots.

The Chargers head to Niagara, N.Y., next weekend for a rare 3-game CHA series at Niagara on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.