March 6, 2009

 

Courtesy of Mercyhurst

Detroit, Mich. – The No. 3 Mercyhurst women’s hockey team staked a 3-0 lead early in the second period and skated to a 4-2 victory over CHA foe Wayne State Saturday at City Sports Center. The Lakers have finished the regular season 27-5-0, and a perfect 16-0-0 in the CHA. Wayne State falls to 20-8-2 and 11-5-0 in CHA play. 

Mercyhurst has posted its fifth unbeaten regular season in conference play in seven seasons as a member of the CHA. It is also the second time the Lakers have gone unbeaten and untied in CHA play. Additionally, the Lakers have won 13 games in a row and 24 out of the last 25 contests overall. 

The Lakers took control of the game early, firing 17 shots at the Warrior net in the first period. Sophomore Melissa Lacroix got the Lakers on the scoreboard at the 6:56 mark of the first period. The goal, assisted by freshman Bailey Bram, was Lacroix’s second on the campaign. 

Mercyhurst received a power play goal at 19:31 of the first period, as sophomore Jesse Scanzano potted her 25th goal of the season, assisted by junior captain Meghan Agosta and senior assistant captain Valerie Chouinard. Mercyhurst led 2-0 after one period.

Bram gave the Lakers a 3-0 lead 5:38 into the second period, scoring a power play goal from sophomores Cassea Schols and Ashley Cockell. Bram’s goal was her 15th on the season. Wayne State fought back with a power play tally of its own late in the second period, as Jill Sandzik notched a goal at 16:14, assisted by Melissa Boal and Natalie Payne. 

Agosta restored Mercyhurst’s three-goal advantage, scoring her 35th goal of the season at 9:41 of the third period. Scanzano and Jess Jones drew the assists. Wayne State added a late tally with the goaltender pulled, but it was not enough, as Mercyhurst claimed the 4-2 victory. 

Freshman goaltender Hillary Pattenden earned her 20th victory of the season, her eighth in a row, recording 17 saves. For the regular season, she posted a tidy 1.78 goals against average and  .912 save percentage. Pattenden is the first freshman goaltender in program history to post 20 victories. 

For the game, the Lakers outshot the Warriors 40-19, and went 2-for-13 on the power play, while Wayne State went 2-for-11 with the extra player. 

Agosta stretched her goal-scoring streak to eight games, while Chouinard has registered points in 16 consecutive contests, the longest point-scoring streak for a Laker this season. Bram’s 15 goals this season are the most by a Mercyhurst freshman since Agosta scored 38 in 2006-07. 

The Lakers will host the CHA tournament Thursday, March 5 through Saturday, March 7 at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Mercyhurst earned the first seed and a subsequent first-round bye. They will play the winner of Syracuse and Niagara Friday, March 6 at 3 p.m. No. 2 seed Wayne State will take on No. 3 seed Robert Morris Friday at 7 p.m., with the championship game being played Saturday, March 7 at 5 p.m.