Mercyhurst drops Boston College
Szandzik scores In OT; Pattenden ties wins record
Mercyhurst, over the last two weekends, was able to split with third-ranked Cornell and fourth-ranked Boston College, helping its chances of returning to postseason play. Szandzik, who came into the game with one goal on the season, scored at the 1:59 mark, propelling the Lakers to the road victory. Senior Bailey Bram, who saw her 11-game scoring streak come to an end on Friday, picked up her third assist of the afternoon on the game-winner, giving her 40 points in 16 games this season. Sophomore Christine Bestland also assisted for her third point of the day.
Pattenden, meanwhile, stopped a career-high 48 shots on Saturday afternoon, breaking her previous high of 38 set earlier this season at Minnesota State-Mankato. It was her 11th win of the season, and 91st of her career, tying the NCAA Division I record held by former Wisconsin goaltender Jessie Vetter.
Boston College jumped out in front at the 6:45 mark of the first period on the 12th goal of the season by Alex Carpenter. Ashley Motherwell had the lone assist on the only goal of the opening twenty minutes. Boston College doubled up the Lakers in shots in the opening period, 12-6.
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Despite being outshot 19-9, the second period belonged to Mercyhurst. The Lakers scored twice on Corinne Boyles, tying the game at 1-1 at the 6:46 mark on the 14th goal of the season from senior Kelley Steadman. Steadman, who scored her 100th career point on Friday, cashed in on the power play, getting assists from Bram and Bestland.
Then, the Lakers took their first lead of the weekend at the 11:04 mark of the middle stanza when Bestland also capitalized on the power play for her 13th goal of the season. Bram and freshman Molly Byrne had the assists.
The Eagles would get the equalizer 6:51 into the third period on a goal from Emily Pfalzer. Carpenter and Emily Field had the assists on the game-tying goal. Neither team would score the rest of the way, until Szandzik's heroics 3:01 into overtime.
Pattenden stopped 48-of-50 Boston College shots, picking up double-digit saves in all three periods, and then three more stops in overtime. Boyles stopped 30-of-33 Mercyhurst shots in suffering the loss.
Special teams played a huge role in the game, as Mercyhurst went 2-for-4 on the power play and then killed off all five penalty killing opportunities.
Pattenden will attempt to break the all-time NCAA record for wins, as the Lakers will return home on Wednesday and Thursday, December 14 and 15 for a pair of 7:00 p.m. faceoffs against Lindenwood University. Last month, Lindenwood was granted admission into the CHA beginning next season, giving the conference six teams beginning in the 2012-13 season. Mercyhurst defeated the Lady Lions earlier this season in St. Louis, Missouri by the scores of 7-0 and 14-1.