December 15, 2013

Mercyhurst downs Lindenwood, 4-1

Mercyhurst 4, Lindenwood 1

WENTZVILLE, Mo. – Sophomore Jenna Dingeldein scores two goals in route to a 4-1 win over Lindenwood on Sunday afternoon. The Lakers finished off the first half of the season with a seven game winning streak and a record of 14-5-2 overall and 7-2-1 in the CHA. Lindenwood fell to 2-16-2 overall and 2-7-1 in the season.

The Lakers scored two goal in each the opening and middle period of the contest to lift the Lakers to their seventh consecutive victory. Senior Kaleigh Chippy scored the first goal of the contest at the 11:54 mark of the opening 20:00 minutes. Senior Christie Cicero added her 13 assist of the season to mark her 50th career assist as a Mercyhurst Laker. Sophomore Lauren Kilroy also added an assist.

Sophomore Kathy Donohue scored two minutes later to make extend the lead to 2-0 before the conclusion of the period. At the 13:16 minute, junior Shelby Bram and Dingeldein set up Donohue for the goal. The Lakers attempted 19 shots in the first period and found just two past goaltender Nicole Hensley.

Dingeldein added both of her goals in the second period with the first goal finding the back of the net at the 6:20 mark. Bram added her second assist of the contest on the second power-play goal of the contest. Freshman Jillian Skinner added the primary and extended her point streak to four games.

Bram and Dingeldein met again at the 12:36 mark of the second to extend the lead to 3-0. Bram's third assist marked her season-high three assists in a contest midway through the year. Mercyhurst added 18 more shots on net at the conclusion of the second period.

Lindenwood's Katie Erickson broke through the defense of goaltender Amanda Makela to prevent the shutout. Erickson's fourth goal of the season was assisted by Chelsea Witwicke and Jordyn Constance. Lindenwood's only opportunity was on a 5 on 3 chance in favor of the Lions.

Throughout the entire contest, Mercyhurst outshot Lindenwood 42 to 18. Chippy led the Lakers with sic shots on net while Dingeldein tallied four and Skinner had three. Defenseman junior Molly Byrne along with Kilroy each blocked three shots apiece in the efforts as well.

Makela made 17 saves to improve to 12-5-2 overall in the season. Nicole Hensley suffered the loss after making 38 saves on 42 shots.

The sweep concluded the Lakers first half of the regular season. The Lakers return to action after the New Year to face Cornell University on Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11 at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Friday's contest is set for 7:00 p.m. while Saturday is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Courtesy Mercyhurst Athletic Communications

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The Lady Lions hockey team concluded its home series with Mercyhurst on Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 setback. The game was the final one for the program before the Christmas holiday.

The Lakers took control of the game midway through the first period. Mercyhurst scored an even-strength goal at 11:54 and also went on the power play after that goal. Just over a minute later the Lakers scored again to go up 2-0.

Mercyhurst would go up 4-0 with two more goals in the second period. Lindenwood scored the final goal of the game when Katie Erickson found the back of the net while Lindenwood was on a five-on-three power play. Chelsea Witwicke and Jordyn Constance earned assists on that goal.

Nicole Hensley returned to the lineup and kept the game close with 38 saves. She made one of the top saves on the season when defending CHA Player of the Year Christine Bestland had a breakaway late in the game. Bestland initially got Hensley out of position but she was able to recover for a glove save going against her momentum.

Lindenwood returns to the ice on Dec. 31-Jan. 1 with a non-conference series at Minnesota State.

Courtesy Linenwood Athletic Communication