Nov. 21, 2009

 

Courtesy Mercyhurst Athletics

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. –The top-ranked Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team saw a couple of lengthy streaks come to an end Friday evening, as Niagara forced the Lakers to settle for a 2-2 tie at the Dwyer Arena.

Entering the game, Mercyhurst (9-1-1, 2-0-1 CHA) had won 24-straight games against CHA opponents dating back to a 3-2 setback to Wayne State on Feb. 23, 2008, and went 56 games without a tie.

Mercyhurst was forced to overcome an early deficit to start the game when Niagara's Jennifer MacLean scored on the power play just 1:56 into the first period.

The Lakers answered back with a pair of special-teams goals that bridged the first and third periods courtesy of juniors Jesse Scanzano and Ashley Cockell. Scanzano evened the game at one when she scored on the penalty kill at 4:56, giving Mercyhurst its nation-leading sixth short-handed goal of the season. Cockell followed suit later in the game, scoring on the power play at 3:08 of the third period.

Despite the lead and a 16-9 edge in shots in the third, Mercyhurst saw the Purple Eagles clear the slate as Jocey Kleiber found the back of the net with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation at 10:34.

Both goaltenders kept the score from getting out of hand, with sophomore Hillary Pattenden making 21 saves and Niagara’s Jenni Bauer posting 38 stops through 65 minutes worth of action. Mercyhurst outshot Niagara 40-23. On the power play, Mercyhurst finished 1-for-7 while Niagara converted 2-for-8.

Mercyhurst and Niagara close out the two-game series on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m.