ERIE, Pa. – The Mercyhurst University women's hockey team captured their third straight win after a 3-2 win over St. Lawrence on Wednesday afternoon. The Lakers captured an out of conference sweep to conclude their mid-week series.
The Lakers improved to 10-5-2 after capturing their first series sweep since the University of Maine. The Lakers also improved to 5-1-1 on their home ice. St. Lawrence, a member of the ECAC conference, dropped to 6-9-1 overall this season.
The Lakers wasted no time gaining the lead against the Saints at the start of the opening period. Sophomore J'nai Mahadeo tallied her second goal of the season at the 5:04 mark into the contest. Junior Molly Byrne picked the puck up from the blue line and gave defenseman Mahadeo a pass across the ice. Mahadeo skated to the left faceoff circle and blasted one to the glove of Carmen MacDonald. MacDonald made the initial save but the puck fluttered over her glove and into the back of the net.
Just four minutes later, senior Christie Cicero scored her eighth goal of the season on a power-play opportunity. Bryne once again was in on the action cycling the puck from senior Christine Bestland to Cicero. At the point, Cicero took a slap shot which was screened perfectly by senior Kaleigh Chippy. The Lakers took the 2-0 advantage heading into the second.
St. Lawrence finally answered back on their own power-play opportunity at the 5:58 mark into the middle period. Kristen Padalis cut the lead in half on her fourth goal of the season. She was assisted by Kayla Raniwsku and Brooke Webster.
Sophomore Kathy Donohue scored the eventual game-winning goal which marked her first career game-winning goal. The even strength goal was scored at the 11:03 mark into the second period. Cicero passed the puck to Dingeldein who attempted an odd angle shot at almost the goal line. MacDonald then gave up a rebound at the top of the crease where Donohue was waiting and shot the puck to the left corner of the net, giving her team the 3-1 lead.
With 2:46 left on the clock, St. Lawrence pulled MacDonald to give their team a man advantage. The Lakers kept the pressure on in the beginning by taking two shots attempted just wide of the open net. The Saints' however took control over the contest and drew two penalties with a minute remaining.
With just 12 seconds left, St. Lawrence finally crashed the Mercyhurst net and goaltender Amanda Makela to make the score 3-2. There was not enough time however as the Lakers won the faceoff and eventually the contest.
Makela made a season-high 33 saves in the win to improve to 9-5-2. MacDonald fell to 6-4-1 in the season.
The Lakers were outshot 35 to 33 with Cicero leading the Lakers with six shots on net. The Lakers were also one for five on the power-play and stopped six of the Saints' eight power-plays.
All told, Cicero tallied three goals and one assist and attempted 15 shots on net against St. Lawrence over the series. Donohue had two goals including her first career game-winning goal. Bestland had two assists and is now just four points away from a career 200 points while at Mercyhurst.
The Lakers return to CHA action as they host Penn State University on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7. Puck drop is set for 3:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively.
Courtesy Mercyhurst Athletic Communications