Dec. 3, 2004
MILFORD, CT (December 3) - Mercyhurst's Jamie Hunt slammed home a Erik Johnson rebound with just 1.6 seconds remaining the game as the Pioneers (5-8-1, 5-1-1) and the Lakers (4-8-1, 3-0-1) skated to a 3-3 tie in Atlantic Hockey action at the Milford Ice Pavilion on Friday night.
The Pioneers opened up a two-goal first period 8:40 into the contest capitalizing on a five-on-three power play. Bernie Chmiel (Pittsburgh, PA) slid the puck down low to Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) who then sent a pass across the crease to an unmarked Rocco Molinaro (Deerborn, MI) who roofed the puck over Laker goalie Andy Franck for the 1-0 lead.
Andrew Billinghurst (Fort Collins, CO) extended the Pioneer lead to 2-0 at the 16:23 mark converting on a two-one odd man rush for the Pioneers. Alexandre Parent (Boisbraind, QC) fed O'Brien as he rushed into the Mercyhurst zone, he then sent a pass to Billinghurst who was able to beat Franck for the goal.
The Laker offense quickly responded as just 20 seconds later they would cut the SHU lead in half. Senior T.J. Kemp sent a slap shot through heavy traffic in front of Pioneer net minder Kevin LaPointe (Quebec City, QC) to get Mercyhurst on the board. Ben Cottreau assisted on the goal.
The Lakers would then pull even at the 11:50 mark of the second stanza. Kyle Gourgon sent a shot up high over the right shoulder of LaPointe to tie the game at 2-2. Rich Hansen and David Wrigley picked up helpers on the goal.
The game seemed destined for overtime as neither team could solve the other until Kalen Wright (Candle Lake, SK) sent a slap shot from the blue line through a screen and past Franck for the 3-2 lead. Parent started the play with a pass across the crease to Billinghurst who couldn't find the net. He quickly re-claimed the puck and sent it to the point where Wright was ready to capitalize.
The Pioneers nearly had the game won but Mercyhurst continued to apply the pressure late and it paid off as they scored with just 1.6 left on the clock. With Franck out of the net Hunt slammed home a Hansen rebound to send the game into overtime.
Neither team gave up any quality scoring chances as the game ended in a 3-3 tie.
Sacred Heart returns to action on Saturday night, December 4 as they host the Canisius Golden Griffins while the Lakers head north to face off with American International. Both games face off at 7:00 PM.