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Hurst Falls in Home Opener (10-15-13)

Lakers Rally Late But Fall to Ferris State
Box Score

ERIE, Pa. - The Ferris State Bulldogs scored twice within a 32-second span in the second period and hung on to defeat the Mercyhurst University men's hockey team, 3-2, in a rare Tuesday night game at the Ice Center. The Bulldogs, first-year members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), improved to 2-1-0 on the young season. The Lakers remained winless at 0-3-0.

Mercyhurst jumped in front 5:08 into the first period when freshman Stephen Hrehoriak scored his first collegiate goal, on a power play. The Stittsville, Ontario, native took a pass from senior defenseman Nick Jones at the side of the Ferris State goal and beat sophomore netminder C.J. Motte for the early lead. Junior winger Ryan Misiak had the additional helper.

But Ferris State tied the game late in the first when Bulldogs' sophomore forward Kenny Babinski got to a loose puck in front of Lakers' goalie Jimmy Sarjeant and lifted it over the prone netminder for the equalizer. Ferris State outshot Mercyhurst 11-9 in the first period.

The Bulldogs took a lead they would never relinquish when senior forwards Garrett Thompson and Justin Demartino scored at 8:46 and 9:18 respectively in the second stanza. The Bulldogs owned a 7-4 shot advantage in the middle period.

Mercyhurst drew within a goal early in the third when junior forward Matt Zay stole the puck just outside the Lakers' defensive zone and beat Motte on the backhand. The breakaway goal was Zay's first of the season and 19th of his career. The Lakers pressed the attack for much of the third, and pulled Sarjeant late for an extra attacker, but could not get the tying goal.

Although Mercyhhurst outshot Ferris State 11-9 in the third, the Bulldogs had three more shots than the Lakers (27-24) for the 60 minutes.

The Lakers shut down the Ferris State power play, limiting the Bulldogs to only five shots in six opportunities. Mercyhurst finished one-for-six with the skater advantage and took 11 shots on goal in its six opportunities.

Sarjeant made his first start of the season. The Aurora, Ontario, native was between the pipes a year ago when the Lakers and Bulldogs skated to a 3-3 tie in the second game of a weekend set at Ferris State. The Lakers went on to win the game in a shootout. The junior netminder turned aside 24 Ferris State shots in suffering the first loss of his collegiate career. Sarjeant's counterpart, Motte, stopped 22 Mercyhurst shots to improve to 2-0-0 on the season.

Ferris State, a team that played for the national championship in 2012, improved to 6-0-1 lifetime against the Lakers, including a perfect 3-0 mark at the Ice Center.

The Lakers return to the road this weekend for first-ever meetings with the Warriors of Merrimack on Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19. Faceoffs are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. both nights from North Andover, Massachusetts. Then, after a trip to Alaska the following weekend, Mercyhurst returns to the Ice Center on November 2 when it opens Atlantic Hockey Association play against Air Force. Game time is set for 7:05.
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