No. 5 Mercyhurst Erupts Offensively, Downs Brown
Erie, Pa. – It was all Mercyhurst on Saturday afternoon at Tullio Arena, site of the 2011 NCAA Women's NCAA Frozen Four. The Lakers found themselves up 8-0 after two periods and then turned on the afterburners in the final frame, tallying four goals to take the game, 12-0.
Through the first 10 and half minutes of the first period, Brown forced its defensive style upon the Lakers, limiting Mercyhurst to just one shots on net, while squeezing off two of its own.
Mercyhurst still found its way onto the board after a tripping call gave the Lakers a power play. A minute into the player advantage, Cassea Schols fired one on net that found its way in to give Mercyhurst a 1-0 lead.
Just a minute and half later, the Lakers added to their lead as Vikki Bendus put one in off the assist from Christine Bestland for the two-goal advantage.
The third goal of the period came with 4:24 to go. After a nice kick save by rookie goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.), Laker rookie forward Lauren Barnes was able to corral the puck and go high on net for her first career goal.
Even after the first period goals, Moore looked revived after the intermission, stopping 20 shots and holding Mercyhust scoreless through the first 16 minutes of the frame.
Senior Jenna Dancewicz (Lake Forest, Ill.) had a great opportunity with just over seven minutes to go in the second. The captain rocketed a slapshot on goal, which bounced straight up off the goalie's chest protector and nearly fell behind her into the goal. Dancewicz actually followed her own shot and put the rebound back on net, but Mercyhurst goalie Stephanie Ciampa was able to make the save.
With four minutes to go, the Lakers went back on the power play after a tripping call and Bendus picked her second goal of the game on the assist from Bailey Bram and Meghan Agosta.
A hooking call a minute and half later gave Mercyhurst another player advantage which the Lakers capitalized on when Christine Bestland found the back of net for her 14th goal of the year.
The Laker offense came alive and poured it on in the third period, tallying seven goals in the period and showed why they are the No. 5 team in the county.
Brown continues its four-game road trip next weekend when the team travels to take on St. Lawrence and Clarkson.