Story Courtesy of Mercyhurst Sports Information
ERIE, Pa – Mercyhurst rallied for four goals in
the thid period to defeat Syracuse 4-1 Saturday and claim the
College Hockey America 2013 Championship.
Luczak's power-play goal in the third period proved
to be the game-winner. Mercyhurst improved to 28-6-1 this season
while Syracuse finished its season with an overall record of
The first period was scoreless as the Lakers outshot Syracuse 10 to 4. Both teams had two power-play opportunities, but were unsuccessful.
Syracuse scored its only goal late in a penalty-filled second period. Syracuse forced a penalty late in the period and pressed the attack in the Mercyhurst zone. Defenseman Brittney Krebs elevated the puck toward the goal and forward Shiann Darkangelo deflected it past Mercyhurst goaltender Stephanie Ciampa just before the buzzer. Syracuse outshot Mercyhurst 9-7 in the middle period and headed into the dressing room with all the momentum.
Four minutes into the third, however, sophomore defensemen Molly Byrne picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired it past Syracuse netminder Kallie Billadeau to even the score. Junior captain Christine Bestland and freshman Jenna Dingeldein had the helpers.
Syracuse was also penalized on the play, giving the Lakers an extra attacker for the next two minutes. At the tail end of the power-play, senior Gina Buquet battled for the puck in the offensive zone and cycled it to senior Lauren Jones. Jones then found defenseman Luczak open at the point. Luczak's rising slap shot found the top left corner of the net for her second goal of the season.
Later in the period, and with Mercyhurst down a player, Bestland cleared the puck and skated past the Syracuse defense to create a one-on-one with goaltender Kallie Billadeau. Bestland sneaked the puck past Billadeau for her first short-handed goal of the season and a two-goal Mercyhurst lead.
Syracuse pulled Billadeau with about 90 seconds left, but junior Christie Cicero shot the puck into the empty-net to complete the 4-1 win.
The Lakers outshot Syracuse 31-to-21. Syracuse finished 1 for 9 on the power-play while the Lakers were 1 for 7.
Senior Stephanie Ciampa picked up her tenth straight win in goal for the Lakers. She made 19 saves on 20 shots and improved to 19-1-0 in the season.
Billadeau finished her season with a record of 16-9-0 in net for Syracuse. She made 27 saves.
Four Mercyhurst Lakers were named to the 2013 CHA All-Tournament Team. Ciampa was named to the All-Tournament squad and picked up the Tournament MVP Award as well for her efforts throughout the weekend. She picked up two wins, stopping 44 of 46 shots.
Senior forward Lauren Jones joined Bestland and senior Stephanie DeSutter on the All-Tournament Team. Jones tallied the first goal in the 2-1 win over Robert Morris on Friday and continued her scoring streak with two helpers against Syracuse. Bestland tallied two goals and an assist in the playoffs, while DeSutter collected two assists and helped the defense surrender only two goals in 120 minutes.
Complete CHA All-Tournament Team:
MVP- Stephanie Ciampa, Mercyhurst, G
Forward - Christine Bestland, Mercyhurst
Forward - Lauren Jones, Mercyhurst
Forward - Sadie St. Germain, Syracuse
Defense - Stephanie DeSutter, Mercyhurst
Defense - Brittney Krebs - Syracuse
Goaltender - Stephanie Ciampa, Mercyhurst