Robert Morris hockey will have to wait until next year.
The team was in the running to earn the 16th and final seed of the NCAA hockey tournament until Niagara lost today to Canisius, by a score of 5-3 in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs. The Colonials are now mathematically eliminated from earning an at-large bid.
The team entered the week with a fairly realistic chance at getting that final bid, but an upset in the WCHA finals on Thursday, coupled with the upset in their own conference equaled the end of the line.
“Unfortunately it did not work out for us as far as an at-large goes, but we are proud of our season,” said Coach Derek Schooley in a text message. “There are not very many teams that can claim 20 wins and it is something that we can build upon.”
The Colonials finished the season with 20 wins for the first time in school history, and took another significant step forward by being in the conversation for the NCAA tournament down to the wire.
RMU will serve as the host institution for the Frozen Four at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh April 11 and 13.