Pioneers Can't Complete Comeback, Fall to Mercyhurst, 4-3
Feb. 15, 2008
Milford, CT - Seniors Ben Cottreau and Kerry Bowman each recorded a goal and an assist to lead Mercyhurst to a 4-3 win over Sacred Heart in Atlantic Hockey action Friday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The loss snapped an eight game unbeaten streak for the Pioneers over the Lakers.
Mercyhurst started the game fast while the Pioneers looked sluggsih early on. Cottreau got the Lakers on the board quickly when he redirected a shot by Kirk Medernach 3:58 into the game. Medernach blasted a puck from the blueline and Cottreau, camped out in front of the net, knocked it out of mid-air, down to the ice and through the legs of SHU goaltender Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB).
The Lakers opened up a 2-0 lead at the 7:39 mark of the second period. Bowman took a pass from Cottreau and fired a shot that beat Drew for his third goal of the season. After the play, SHU freshman Reade Wolansky (St. Albert, AB) was given a five minute major and a game miscondcut for hitting with the butt-end of his stick. On the ensuing penalty kill the Pioneers got on the board with a shorthanded goal by sophomore Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON). Jarman took a head-long pass from Corey Laurysen (Ottawa, ON), raced into the Mercyhurst zone and slipped the puck through the legs of Lakers' goaltender Matt Lundin to bring the Pioneers within a goal after one period.
SHU started the second period on a powerplay but that momentum was quickly erased when the Lakers' Steve Cameron scored a goal at the 1:27 mark to make it 3-1. Medernach found Cameron alone in the face-off circle with a pass and the freshman snapped a shot into the back of the net.
Depsite falling behind by two goals for the second time, the Pioneers fought back again as junior Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) scored his fourth goal with 3:33 left in the second period. Ferraro took a feed from Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) and rifled a shot from the high slot that zipped past Lundin to make it 3-2 after two periods.
Junior Bobby Phillips helped Mercyhurst regain a two goal cushion with a blast from the point at the 6:49 mark of the third period. Parent netted his team leading 11th goal at the 9:06 mark but SHU couldn't get the equalizer late in the game as their comeback fell short.
Lundin made 29 saves to earn the win in net for the Lakers while Drew stopped 23 shots in the losing effort. Despite being outplayed for much of the game, the Pioneers out-shot the Lakers 31-27.
Sacred Heart and Mercyhurst close out their series Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Face-off is set for 7:05 pm.