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Three Rivers Classic 2012: Robert Morris upsets Miami for championship

Another stellar effort by goalie Eric Levine allowed the Colonials to upend the No. 5 Miami RedHawks to win the first ever Three Rivers Classic.

Justin K. Aller

After posting a shutout Friday against the Penn State Nittany Lions, Robert Morris goalie Eric Levine was able to do the same to the No. 5 Miami RedHawks Saturday, helping the Colonials capture the inaugural Three Rivers Classic championship with a 1-0 win.

Levine stopped all 51 shots he faced despite facing a barrage from a roster featuring numerous NHL draft picks. He stopped all 99 shots on net over the course of the weekend.

The game remained scoreless through the first two periods, although Miami held a commanding 35-14 advantage in shots.

RMU got a breakthrough in the third from an unlikely source when freshman forward Brandon Denham batted down a loose puck in front of the net out of the air and past the goalie for the first goal of his career.

Despite another barrage from Miami late in the game, Levine and the Colonial defense remained strong to hold on for the upset win.

In addition to being the first team to claim the Confluence Cup, the Colonials raised their record to 9-4-2. Miami saw their mark fall to 12-4-4.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.