Senior Nick LoCoco led the Griffs with three points on the afternoon, scoring one goal and adding two assists. Juniors Mike Albert and Brandon Bortignon both scored their first collegiate goals, while senior Greg Michael and junior Brendan O'Hagan rounded out the scoring for Canisius with one tally each.
Senior Dan Coates and junior Sean Callahan anchored the Canisius defensive effort. Coates tallied career highs with seven ground balls and five caused turnovers, while Callahan recorded 11 stops in goal, his third-straight game with double-digit saves.
Canisius started the contest strong, scoring the first two goals of the game. LoCoco set up Michael and Bortignon for two tallies in the first seven minutes as the Griffs grabbed the early advantage.
Robert Morris responded with four-straight goals for a 4-2 lead only to see Canisius answer back and tie the game. LoCoco scored an unassisted goal with 1:15 left in the first quarter and O'Hagan then followed 2:12 into the second to knot the game at four.
The Colonials, however, controlled most of the remainder of the game to earn the victory. Robert Morris scored the final three goals of the first half - including two in the final 90 seconds - and then netted the first seven tallies of the second half for a 14-4 lead en route to the victory. After Canisius tied the game, the Colonials won nine of the next 10 faceoffs to dominate possession and build their advantage.
Canisius outshot Robert Morris, 35-32, in the game but the Colonials fired 25 shots on goal compared to 11 for the Griffs. Trevor Moore led Robert Morris with seven goals, while Charles Ruppert recorded five saves to earn the victory.
The Griffs return to MAAC play on Saturday, squaring off with Detroit. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
Game Notes: The five caused turnovers by Coates are the most by a Griff since Matt Barkas also recorded five on March 14, 2009 against Marist ... Robert Morris' Moore is the first player to score seven goals against Canisius since Siena's Scott Herbst on April 26, 2002 ... The Colonials have won the last two games in the series after Canisius won the first five meetings between the two schools ... Canisius was without its starting face-off specialist, Justin Maderer, for the game.