Local College Hockey Saturday (2-17-18)

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 Joshua Lammon scored with 15 seconds left in overtime as the Mercyhurst men’s ice hockey team defeated Robert Morris, 3-2, and finished a weekend sweep of its Atlantic Hockey opponent on Saturday at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. With the win, the Lakers clinched a first-round bye in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. They will host a best-of-three conference quarterfinal series.

On the game-winner, Lammon deflected a shot from the right point by Les Lancaster. Lancaster had received a feed on the play by Tommaso Bucci.

Lammon also had two assists as he helped goals by Patrick Piacentini and Kane Elliot. Piacentini, Lancaster, Bucci and Taylor Best each had one assist for Mercyhurst (17-11-4, 14-8-4), which currently has sole possession of first place in the AHA standings.
 
Luke Lynch and Robert Powers scored for Robert Morris (13-17-2, 12-11-2). Matthew Graham, Spencer Dorowicz and Timmy Moore had assists.
 
After a scoreless first period, Piacentini got the Lakers on the board at 1:29 of the second period. Best took a shot that was rebounded in front of the net. Lammon then took a shot that was rebounded to the left of Robert Morris goaltender Andrew Pikul where Piacentini tapped it in.
 
About five minutes later, Lynch scored for Robert Morris to tie the game at 1-1. Graham and Dorowicz made assists.
 
Early the third period, Elliot scored to give Mercyhurst its lead back. Lammon picked up a bouncing puck and took a shot that was deflected toward Elliot, who was wide open to put it in the back of the net.
 
As Mercyhurst tried to close out the regulation win, Robert Morris pulled Pikul and capitalized to tie the game at 2-all on Powers’ goal. Moore had an assist on the goal.
 
Time expired on regulation, setting the stage for Lammon’s goal late in overtime.
 
The Lakers were 0-for-2 on the power play while the Colonials went 0-for-4.
 
Winning goaltender Brandon Wildung stopped 37 shots for Mercyhurst. Pikul made 23 saves for Robert Morris. RMU held a 39-26 shot advantage.
 
The Lakers will return to action on Feb. 23-24 when they finish their regular season with an AHA series at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Mercyhurst women’s ice hockey team got two goals from senior Brooke Hartwick but came up short in its comeback efforts in a 3-2 loss to #9 Robert Morris Saturday afternoon at Mercyhurst Ice Center.

Both of Hartwick’s goals came in the third period, with Alexa VaskoJennifer MacAskillMaggie Knott, and Rachel Marmen all earning assists.

Mercyhurst (14-14-4) drops to 11-4-3 in College Hockey America play and sit two points behind RMU (18-7-4) for first place in the standings. RMU moves to 12-3-3 in the CHA.

After a scoreless first period, Robert Morris finally scored against Kennedy Blair for the first time over the weekend. Jaycee Gebhard scored twice in the second period at 5:47 and 11:24 to open a two-goal advantage for the Colonials.

Mercyhurst struck back with Hartwick’s first score at 2:13 in the third after a slick pass in front by Alexa Vasko on the backhand to cut the deficit to one.

After a Laker penalty at 3:08, Robert Morris extended its lead back to two on a power-play marker Brittany Howard’s at 3:51.

Hartwick scored her second from a sharp angle at 11:31 to make it 3-2 RMU. The Lakers’ pulled Blair from the net for the extra skater but came up empty as time expired.

Blair finished the game with 22 saves and now has a 7-7-1 record. 

The Lakers conclude their regular season next weekend, Feb. 23-24, at RIT with a chance to clinch a first-round bye in the CHA tournament. Friday’s game begins at 2:05 with Saturday’s puck drop set for 1:05 p.m.

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