Story Courtesy of Mercyhurst Sports Information
DETROIT, Mich. – Junior Ashley Cockell scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1:21 remaining in the third period, as the top-ranked Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team defeated Syracuse, 3-1, in the College Hockey America Championship Game Saturday evening at the City Sports Arena in Detroit, Mich.
With the victory, the Lakers captured their eighth-straight CHA Tournament title and ninth-consecutive conference championship dating back to the 2001-02 season, when they were members of the Great Lakes Women’s Hockey Association (GLWHA).
Mercyhurst, which never trailed in the game, outshot the Orange 51-20, but was limited to two even-strength goals as Syracuse goaltender Lucy Schoedel made a tournament-record 49 saves. Junior captain Jesse Scanzano added the Lakers’ third goal of the game with Schoedel out of the net at 19:09.
Cockell put the Lakers out in front, 1-0, late in the first period when she took a pass from sophomore Bailey Bram and best Schoedel at the 15:44 mark. Scanzano earned the secondary assist on the play.
The lead would remain intact for nearly 30 minutes until
Stefanie Marty scored on a 5-on-3 power play to tie the game with
5:11 elapsed in the third period. The goal marked the
third-straight game Syracuse scored against MC with two players in
the penalty box.
With time running down, and Syracuse building momentum after three MC penalties, the Lakers broke the tie with a highlight reel goal. Cockell took a pass from junior Cassea Schols in the neutral zone and skated in all alone into Syracuse territory, where she beat Schoedel with a shot between her legs to make it a 2-1 game at 18:39.
Sophomore Hillary Pattenden recorded the win with 19 saves and her second career assist, the secondary helper on Scanzano’s empty-net goal. She improves to 28-2-3 on the season and 4-0 in CHA Tournament games.
Mercyhurst, standing at 29-2-3, will now await word from the NCAA selection committee to see if the Lakers will make their sixth-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show is set for Sunday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. on ncaasports.com.