Pioneers Fall Just Short of Comeback as Mercyhurst Edges Out 4-3 OT Win

Pioneers Fall Just Short of Comeback as Mercyhurst Edges Out 4-3 OT Win

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team (2-5-1, 2-3-0 AHA) fell to Mercyhurst in overtime by a final score of 4-3. The Pioneers were able to score the final goal of regulation off a netter by Vito Bavaro to send the game into overtime. SHU looks to split the two game series tomorrow night as they face-off against the Lakers for a 7:05 p.m. puck-drop. 

The Lakers would get on the board first as Steven Ipri would find the back of the net courtesy of a pair of assists by Jeremey Wu and Brendan Riley to give Mercyhust a 1-0 lead at 3:09. That would be the only goal scored in the first period as both sides were evenly contested on the shots front as Mercyhurst had 11 compared to SHU's 12. 

The second period would be a lot more exciting as Austin Mcllmurray would find the back of the net while the Pioneers were on the power play to tie the game up at 1-1 at 4:15. But the Lakers would respond with a power play goal of their own at 9:36 to give them a 2-1 lead courtesy of James Anderson. But it would be the Pioneers that would close the period with a goal courtesy of Vito Bavaro tallying his first goal of the season at 13:45 off assists by Marc Johnstone and Austin Magera to tie the game up at 2-2 heading into the third. 

It wouldn't be until more than halfway into the third when the Lakers would look to end the game as Derek Barach fired a goal passed the goalie Magnus to give the Lakers a 3-2 lead at 10:21. But the Pioneers wouldn't back down as in the final minute of regulation with goalie Brett Magnus out of the game to add an extra skater, Bavaro would score a game tying goal at the 19:00 minute mark to make the score 3-3. Neither team would be able to score after that sending the game into overtime. 

Not even two minutes into the first overtime the Lakers would nail the game winner at 1:58 off a shot by Joseph Duszak off assists by Ipri and Dalton Hunter to make the final score 4-3.