Lakers Fall 4-2 to #9 Colgate in Penalty-Ridden Game
ERIE, Pa. – The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team lost its first game of a two-game series with Colgate 4-2 on Friday evening at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. It was the fifth game the Lakers had played against a team ranked in the top ten of the United States College Hockey Online standings this season.
The Lakers benefitted from a strong start to take an early lead within the game’s first two minutes. Rachael Smith grabbed a loose puck at the Lakers’ blue line and skated past the Colgate defense on a breakaway. She lifted her shot over the shoulders of Raiders’ goalie Julia Vandyk to give Mercyhurst the 1-0 advantage 1:57 into the game.
In a game that saw 17 total penalties called, the special-teams battle proved to be an important factor. After Mercyhurst killed Colgate’s first power play in the period, the Raiders tied the game on its next advantage. Breanne Wilson-Bennett scored at the 16:43 mark on the power play to tie the game 1-1 before the first intermission.
The game’s next goal did not come until past the halfway mark in the second period. The Lakers retook the lead after Michele Robillard buried a loose puck in front of the net for her first collegiate goal and Mercyhurst led 2-1 at 12:43 in the period.
Once again, Colgate found its response on the power play, this time less than a minute before time expired in the period. Megan Sullivan’s score on the man-advantage tied the game again 2-2 with just 47 seconds left in the second frame.
In the third period, the Raiders broke the back-and-forth scoring trend by taking its first lead at the 9:22 mark in the period. Wilson-Bennett netted her second of the game for Colgate at even strength and put her team ahead 3-2.
Late in the third period, Lakers defenseman Morgan Stacey was given a major penalty and game misconduct for a hit to the head, resulting in a five-minute power play for Colgate. The Raiders cashed in shortly into the advantage after Olivia Zafuto beat Mercyhurst goalie Jessica Convery top shelf to give Colgate the insurance goal.
Despite falling behind 4-2 with 2:57 remaining and being forced to play a skater short because of the major penalty, the Lakers still drew two Colgate penalties and went on a power play of their own with less than a minute to play. Mercyhurst pulled Convery to get an extra skater, the Lakers couldn’t find the net and ended the game scoreless on eight power play chances.
The Lakers (5-9-1) take on Colgate again tomorrow, Nov. 23, at 3:00 p.m. at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
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