Erie, Pa. – Playing at the site of this year's 2011 Women's NCAA Frozen Four, Tullio Arena, No. 5 Mercyhurst used its friendly surroundings to spark its offensive attack, downing the Bears 6-0. The story of the game however, was the defensive play of sophomore goalie Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) who stopped a season-high 52 shots.
The Lakers struck first with their sixth shot on goal, 6:57 into the first. Mercyhurst found itself on a power play after hooking call and scored just nine seconds into the player advantage. Senior Meghan Agosta drilled the shot home for her 23rd goal of the season.
Mercyhurst added to its lead with just 3:43 left in the initial frame as a nifty pass from senior Jesse Scanzano set up rookie Christie Cicero for her sixth goal of the season and a 2-0 Laker lead.
Even though, the Hurst took an early lead, Jamieson was able to stop 16 shots in the first period while sophomore forward Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) fired three shots on net.
Jolin kept her frantic offensive pace going in the second period when four minutes in she stole the puck in the Mercyhurst zone, directly in front of the goalie, spun in place and fired on net for her fourth shot of the game. It was Laker goalie Hillary Pattenden who stood tall though, as she was able to block the shot and keep the Bears off the scoreboard.
Just two and half minutes later, it was the Mercyhurst offense back at it again, when this time Cicero found Scanzano for the three-goal advantage. The Lakers made it two goals in each of the first two periods with 5:29 to go when senior Vicki Bendus tallied her 12 goal of the season.
Brown refused to quit however as junior Vika Mykolenko (Kharkiv, Ukraine) stole the puck and broke away from the Lakers. With two defenders on her back, she was able to get a shot off, but Pattenden was able to make the save.
Even though the Mercyhurst offense attack kept coming, the story through two period was Jamieson who continued to fight off the shot barrage on her way to 41 saves in just two frames. Her 25 stops in the second just missed the Brown record for saves in a period. Nicole Stock '09, who stopped 27 shots in 2007-08, set the mark.
Three and half minutes into the third period, Scanzano picked up her second goal of the game to increase the Laker lead to five.
Brown got 49 seconds of 5-on-3 hockey with just over 13 minutes to play, but once again the Mercyhurst defense an Pattenden in net were able to keep the Bears off the board.
With 7:40 left in the game and a Laker power play after an interference call, Agosta picked up her second goal of game while Scanzano was awarded her fourth point of the game on the assist.
Both teams will return to the Tullio Arena tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. for the second game of the series.
Pictured: Sophomore goalie Katie Jamieson