Mercyhurst Men Drop 5-3 Decision on the Ice


 Jack Riley scored two goals during the Mercyhurst men’s ice hockey team’s 5-3 loss to Atlantic Hockey opponent Sacred Heart on Saturday in front of 1,006 fans at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

Taylor Best also scored for the Lakers while single assists were credited to James AndersonDerek BarachJonathan CharbonneauPatrick Piacentini and Michael Verboom.

Brandon Wildung had 18 saves in net for the Lakers (6-6-2, 3-3-2).

For SHU (4-10-2, 2-7-2), Jason Cotton scored twice. Vito Bavaro, Jordan Kaplan and Kory Kaplan also had goals. Ruslan Rakhmatov and Matt Tugnutt made two assists each while Marcus Joseph, Zach De Concilys, Zach Tsekos and Marc Johnstone had one assist apiece.

For the second straight night, Sacred Heart spotted itself a two-goal lead — this time, it held the lead for good.

Bavaro put the Pioneers ahead with a first-period goal before Cotton extended the visitors’ lead to 2-0 early in the second.

Best struck back for the Lakers, getting assists from Anderson and Piacentini, but a SHU power-play goal by Kennedy put the Pioneers ahead 3-1 less than two minutes later.

Riley scored a short-handed goal later in the second, closing MU’s deficit to 3-2. Verboom stole the puck from SHU goaltender Brett Magnus and found Riley, who finished the play into a vacated net.

Cotton pushed SHU’s lead back to two goals early in the third as he tallied on the power play with a deflection. Kaplan made it 5-2 midway through the period.

Riley pulled the Lakers within 5-3 with 8:13 to go. He received assists from Barach and Charbonneau.

Magnus had 25 saves in earning the win for Sacred Heart.

The Pioneers were 2-for-4 on the power play while Mercyhurst went 0-for-3. The Lakers held a 28-24 shot advantage.

Mercyhurst will return to action next weekend with a pair of contest at Atlantic Hockey opponent American International.

The Mercyhurst women’s ice hockey team lost against a College Hockey America opponent for just the second time this season in its 2-1 loss to ninth-ranked Robert Morris Saturday evening at the RMU Island Sports Center.

The Lakers’ lone goal was scored by Maggie Knott at 2:02 in the second period. Her goal was sandwiched between RMU scores in the first and third periods.

Vilma Tanskanen and Jennifer MacAskill earned assists on Knott’s goal. Kennedy Blair made 19 saves in her second-straight start in goal.

Mercyhurst (4-10-2) held a seven-shot advantage over Robert Morris (28-21) for the game. Despite an 11-7 lead in shots on goal in the opening period, Mercyhurst fell behind after a RMU power-play goal at 6:10.

The Lakers bounced back with Knott’s goal in the second period to tie the game. MacAskill worked the puck behind the Robert Morris goal to Tanskanen, who flicked a backhand pass in front to Knott for her fifth goal of the season.

Robert Morris (11-3-2) scored its go-ahead goal at even strength with 6:07 remaining.

Mercyhurst returns to home ice next weekend for a two-game set versus CHA-foe Syracuse Dec. 8-9. Friday’s puck drop is set for 6 p.m. with Saturday’s start slated for 1 p.m.

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