January 17, 2009

Mercyhurst Rolls Past Men's Ice Hockey, 7-0

Jan. 17, 2009

Final Stats

Erie, PA - Steve Cameron scored four consecutive goals and Mike Gurtler added two more goals as Mercyhurst rolled to a 7-0 win over Sacred Heart in Atlantic Hockey action Saturday night at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Goaltender Ryan Zapolski made 21 saves to record his first collegiate shutout.

For the second straight night, the Lakers controlled play for long stretches of the game, holding a 39-21 shots advantage. The difference in the game came as Mercyhurst scored three power-play goals in seven chances while SHU was scoreless in five chances.

Mike Gurtler scored the first two Mercyhurst goals on 5-on-3 power play chances. With 3:55 left in the first, Gurtler one-timed a pass from Chris Risi at the right face-off circle to put the Lakers on the board. Gurtler scored in nearly identical fashion 9:17 into the second period, driving another one-timer from Risi past SHU goaltender Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB).

Cameron got his show rolling with a power-play goal with 9:48 left in the second period with a power-play goal. With Chris Bailer (Wetaskiwin, MB) having been assessed a major penalty for hitting from behind, Cameron converted late in the man advantage, putting home a pass from Cullen Eddy. Four minutes later, Cameron one-timed a shot from Matt Pierce for the fourth goal. Mercyhurst took a four goal lead into the locker-room after two periods.

The Pioneers hit three posts in the game, accounting for their three best scoring chances. In the first period, freshman Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) clanked a power-play shot off the bottom of the post. Midway through the second period, as the Pioneers worked consecutive two man advantages, Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) and Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) each rang shots off the post within seconds of each other.

Cameron completed the natural hat trick 1:22 into the third period and added a fourth goal midway through the stanza, both off passes from Scott Pitt who finished the game with three assists. Pitt scored the last goal with 6:36 remaining. The game turned ugly in the third period as Eddy and Eric Giosa were ejected midway through the stanza for fighting.

Sacred Heart returns home next weekend for a series with Bentley. The teams meet Friday and Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Face-off both nights is set for 7:05 pm.