The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team allowed a valuable point to slip away Saturday night.
The Lakers squandered a two-goal lead in the final two minutes of regulation before settling for a 4-4 Atlantic Hockey Association tie with Robert Morris at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
RMU (17-9-5, 12-7-5 AHA) erased that 4-2 deficit by scoring twice in a span of 57 seconds with goaltender Brooks Ostergard pulled for an extra attacker. Trevor Lewis scored off a rebound of Denny Urban’s shot to pull the Colonials within 4-3 with 1:58 left. Then with 1:01 left, Urban and Adam Brace assisted on Lewis’ tying goal. The teams failed to score in the five-minute overtime.
The Lakers (13-13-4, 11-10-1) and Colonials exchanged goals in the opening two minutes. RMU’s Furman South scored off a rebound a minute after Mercyhurst’s Phil Ginand scored on assists from Ryan Raven and Nate Jensen.
But a key sequence late in the period allowed the Lakers to take a two-goal lead into the second period.
Senior captain Scott Pitt scored his 13th goal of the season to snap the tie with 2:40 left. As teammates celebrated the goal, sophomore forward Paul Chiasson scuffled with a fallen RMU player in front of the Colonials’ net. Ostergard intervened, sparking a multi-player altercation.
Chiasson received a 10-minute misconduct. Yet the Lakers received a power play because of Ostergard’s two-minute roughing penalty. Thirty-eight seconds later, junior forward Derek Elliott scored with the man advantage, with assists from Mike Gurtler and Jeff Terminesi, to hand the Lakers a 3-1 lead.
The Colonials capitalized on a power play late in the second, as Colin South deflected Urban’s point shot past Lakers goaltender Ryan Zapolski, an Erie native, to slice RMU’s deficit to 3-2 at the 15:36 mark.
But 38 seconds later, the Lakers responded on Pitt’s second goal of the game for a 4-2 lead.
Yet RMU overcame a disallowed goal with 2:13 left in the third, which would have moved the Colonials within a goal, to cap a dominant final period with their pair of stunning goals. They outshot the Lakers 15-6 in the period. Mercyhurst finished with a 40-37 advantage overall.
- Victor Fernandes
Mercyhurst 4, Robert Morris 4
Robert Morris 1 1 2 0 — 4
Mercyhurst 3 1 0 0 — 4
1st Period — 1. Mercyhurst, Phil Ginand 12 (Raven, Jensen), :35. 2. RMU, Furman South 6 (Blandina, Chiavetta), 1:36. 3. Mercyhurst, Scott Pitt 13 (Terminesi, Holstrom), 17:20. 4. Mercyhurst, Derek Elliott 4 (Gurtler, Terminesi), 17:58 (pp). Penalties — Blandina (R) checking from behind, 5:26; Ostergard (R) roughing (served by C. South), 17:20; Chiasson (M) 10-min. misconduct, 17:20.
2nd Period — 5. RMU, Colin South 5 (Urban, Longpre), 15:36 (pp). 6. Mercyhurst, Pitt 14 (Holstrom, Chiasson), 16:02. Penalties — Noble (M) tripping, 4:41; RMU, too many men (served by C. South), 6:43; Hervato (R) high sticking, 9:25; Cramer (R) cross checking, 12:06; Elliott (M) boarding, 14:33; Noble (M) slashing, 18:18.
3rd Period — 7. RMU, Trevor Lewis 8 (Urban, Brace), 18:02. 8. RMU, Lewis 9 (Urban, Brace), 18:59. Penalties — Hervato (R) boarding, 9:30.
Overtime — None. Penalties — Cramer (R) goaltender interference, 3:26; Ginand (M) slashing, 3:26.
Shots on goal — RMU, 11-9-15-2—37; Mercyhurst, 18-12-6-4—40.
Goaltenders — RMU, Brooks Ostergard 13-6-2 (40 shots, 36 saves); Mercyhurst, Ryan Zapolski 11-10-3 (37 shots, 33 saves).
Power plays — RMU (1-3), Mercyhurst (1-6).
Attendance — 793.