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Posted: February 18th, 2012
LAKERS UPDATE: Mercyhurst women end regular season with tie at RMU

PITTSBURGH – The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team wanted to sweep Robert Morris this weekend.

Two wins, coupled with two more wins in the College Hockey America tournament March 2-3, would strengthen the sixth-ranked Lakers’ résumé for the NCAA Division I Tournament selection committee.

But Mercyhurst, which secured the CHA’s regular-season championship on Friday, had to settle for a 4-4 overtime tie with the Colonials in front of 179 fans at Island Sports Center Saturday night. The Lakers (22-6-3, 8-1-3) squandered three separate leads, including a 4-3 advantage late in the third period.

RMU’s Dayna Newsom scored the tying goal with 3 minutes, 9 seconds left in regulation. The Colonials (17-9-4, 6-3-3), which were shut out in Friday’s 3-0 loss, also rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits earlier in the game. Then they stymied the nation’s best power play for the final 1:10 of overtime.

Kelley Steadman scored two goals and Bailey Bram had a goal and an assist for the Lakers, which earned the No. 1 seed for the CHA playoffs and a semifinal matchup against No. 4 Syracuse. Hillary Pattenden stopped 32-of-36 shots, but fell short of becoming the first D-I goaltender to reach 100 career wins.

Thea Imbrogno had a goal and an assist for the Colonials, which are seeded second and will face No. 3 Niagara in the semifinals. Courtney Vinet stopped 23-of-25 shots in relief of Kristen DiCiocco.




Mercyhurst 4, Robert Morris 4 (OT)

Mercyhurst  2  1  1  0  —  4

Robert Morris  1  2  1  0  —  4

1st Period — 1. Mercyhurst, Kelley Steadman 31 (Luczak, Grenier), 6:59. 2. Mercyhurst, Steadman 32 (Cicero, Zgoda), 9:44. 3. RMU, Rebecca Vint 21 (Imbrogno, B. Delaney), 14:11 (pp). Penalties — Cicero (M) tripping, 7:30; L. Jones (M) interference, 13:48; Vint (R) cross checking, 15:33; B. Bram (M) interference, 15:41; B. Delaney (R) kneeing, 17:30; J. Jones (M) roughing, 17:45; C. Delaney (R) tripping, 18:48; S. Bram (M) embellishment, 18:48.

2nd Period — 4. Mercyhurst, Jill Szandzik 7 (B. Bram, Bestland), 15:20. 5. RMU, Thea Imbrogno 15 (Vint), 17:28. 6. RMU, Cobina Delaney 8 (Thomas, Newsom), 18:21. Penalties — RMU, too many players (served by Scott), 8:33.

3rd Period — 7. Mercyhurst, Bailey Bram 26 (unassisted), 4:33. 8. RMU, Dayna Newsom 4 (unassisted), 16:51. Penalties — J. Jones (M) hooking, 5:27; Bestland (M) roughing, 19:58; St. Louis (R) holding, 19:58.

3rd Period — None. Penalties — Vint (R) body checking, 3:50.

Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 13-11-10-4—38; Robert Morris, 12-10-8-6—36.

Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Hillary Pattenden 19-6-3 (36 shots, 32 saves); RMU, Kristen DiCiocco (13 shots, 11 saves), Courtney Vinet 2-0-1 (25 shots, 23 saves).

Power plays — Mercyhurst (0-4), RMU (1-5).

Referees — Clint Evans, Gui Bradshaw. Linesmen — Jonah Paul, Steven Waters.

Attendance — 179.

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