Oct. 31, 2009


Courtesy of Mercyhurst

ERIE, Pa. - The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team scored five goals on special teams, and the top-ranked Lakers overcame an early deficit to defeat No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, 5-2, in front of a crowd of over 700 on Friday evening at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. With the victory, the Lakers improve to 7-0-0 on the season and extend their regular-season winning streak to 20 games dating back to last season.

On a special night, in which the Lakers were hosting their fourth-annual Skate for the Cure event in hopes of raising funds and awareness about breast cancer, it was their power-play and penalty-kill units that carried them to their first-ever victory over the Bulldogs (1-3-1).

Mercyhurst wiped away its first deficit of the season - a 2-0 hole that lasted seven minutes and 25 seconds - with three power-play goals and two short-handed markers. Sophomore Bailey Bram led all scorers with two goals while sophomore Jess Jones and juniors Cassea Schols and Melissa Lacroix found the back of net once. Juniors Vicki Bendus and Jesse Scanzano also had two assists apiece for the Lakers, who have scored four or more goals in six games this season.

Bram started the run with back-to-back goals connecting the first and second periods. Her first on the power play cut the deficit to one with 4:30 remaining in the first, while her second, a man-down goal, tied the game at 2-2 with 2:33 elapsed in the middle stanza. Jones followed suit just nine seconds later as she picked the goalie’s pocket behind the net and swooped around for a wide-open, short-handed score at 2:42. Schols put the Lakers up 4-2 late in the second with a power-play strike at 17:45 while Lacroix closed out the game at 14:53 of the third.

Sophomore Hillary Pattenden stayed perfect on the season with 20 saves. Mercyhurst outshot Minnesota Duluth 37-22, with 24 of its shots coming on 14 power play (3-for-14). The Bulldogs were shutout on all 13 attempts with the extra skater.

Mercyhurst closes out its two-game series with the Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 3 p.m.