RMU hockey dreaming of at-large bid

Written by Jenn Menendez on .

There is life again at Robert Morris this morning, as the Colonials learned they have a slim but real chance at earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, according to coach Derek Schooley.

The Colonials were swept in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs over the weekend but learned this morning a scenario still exists that could land them a first-ever bid to the NCAA tournament.

RMU (20-14-4)is ranked No. 24 in the latest PairWise comparison which mimics the selection criteria used by the NCAA when determining the at-large field for the tournament leading up to the Frozen Four.

Their shot, said Schooley, comes by way of several teams they have wins against moving forward in their respective playoffs which strengthens their schedule. It's complicated and could change quickly when next weekend’s games get underway.

But long story short, a chance exists.

“Yesterday was a pretty gloom and doom day,” said Schooley whose team drove home from Connecticut. “But like the old Dumb and Dumber (movie) saying: ‘We still have a chance.’ It’s an 8 percent chance we get a 15 seed and an 8.7 percent chance we can get a 16 seed.”

They’ll take it.

Schooley said he is meeting with team staff this afternoon, but it is likely they will return to the ice Tuesday to continue to practice.


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