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Posted: March 8th, 2013
LAKERS UPDATE: Mercyhurst women reach CHA title game

The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team are one win away from reclaiming the College Hockey America tournament championship.
Lauren Jones snapped a scoreless early in the second period, and the top-seeded Lakers held on with a strong defensive effort, in a 2-1 semifinal win against defending champion and fourth-seeded Robert Morris Friday afternoon at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
The Lakers (27-6-1) will face the winner of today’s 4:30 p.m. semifinal between Syracuse and Rochester Institute of Technology in Saturday’s 3 p.m. title game. Christine Bestland scored into an empty net for the Lakers. Brandi Pollock scored for the Colonials (15-15-3), which ended Mercyhurst’s nine-year run as CHA champion in the championship game a season ago.

Syracuse 2, RIT 1 (OT)
At Mercyhurst Ice Center, Sadie St. Germain scored 10 minutes, 8 seconds into overtime to secure second-seeded Syracuse’s spot in the title game. Fourth-seeded RIT (16-16-5) snapped a scoreless tie on Kim Schlattman‘s goal 6:32 into the second period. But the Orange (20-14-1), which outshot the Tigers 45-23, forced the extra period on Allie LaCombe‘s power-play goal with 12:15 left in regulation.

- Victor Fernandes

College Hockey America tournament schedule
Semifinals – Today
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

No. 1 Mercyhurst 2, No. 4 Robert Morris 1
No. 2 Syracuse (19-14-1) vs. No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology (16-15-5), 4:30 p.m.
Championship game – Saturday
at Mercyhurst Ice Center
Mercyhurst (27-6-1) vs. Syracuse-RIT winner, 3 p.m.
Note: Champion doesn’t earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.


Mercyhurst 2, Robert Morris 1
Robert Morris 0 0 1 — 1
Mercyhurst 0 1 1 — 2
1st Period — None. Penalties — Fergus (R) tripping, 7:03; Carlson (R) body checking, 14:56.
2nd Period — 1. Mercyhurst, Lauren Jones 14 (DeSutter, Chippy), 7:22. Penalties — Byrne (M) cross checking, 14:46; Bram (M) slashing, 15:12; Byrne (M) cross checking, 17:01.
3rd Period — 2. Mercyhurst, Christine Bestland 27 (Dingeldein, DeSutter), 19:10 (en). 3. RMU, Brandi Pollock 2 (Joslin), 19:35. Penalties — Fergus (R) hooking, 7:04; Luczak (M) body checking, 11:00; Collias (R) high sticking, 13:33.
Shots on goal — RMU, 7-11-8—26; Mercyhurst, 11-7-7—25.
Goaltenders — RMU, Kristen DiCiocco 13-13-3 (24 shots, 23 saves); Mercyhurst, Stephanie Ciampa 18-1-0 (26 shots, 25 saves).
Power plays — RMU (0-4), Mercyhurst (0-4).
Referees — Adam Bell, Rich Jebo. Linesmen — John Quigley, Rob Sauda.
Attendance — 825.

Three stars
* Stephanie Ciampa, Mercyhurst (25 saves) ** Lauren Jones, Mercyhurst (goal) *** Kristen DiCiocco, RMU (23 saves)

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