Mercyhurst Ends Regular Season With Home-and-Home Against Robert Morris
Feb. 27, 2008
Erie, Pa. -
No. 7 Mercyhurst, fighting to stay alive in the NCAA playoff chase, brings down the curtain on the regular season this weekend when it plays College Hockey America-rival Robert Morris in a home-and-home series starting Friday night at 7 at the Ice Center. Seniors Danielle Ayearst, Kristen Erickson, Sherilyn Fraser, Laura Hosier, Jackie Jarrell, and Stephanie Jones will be honored before the game. The two teams will then meet in suburban Pittsburgh Saturday at 7:35.
The Lakers are 22-7-3 overall and 7-2-1 in the conference, tied for first with Wayne State which closes the campaign with two home games against Niagara. Despite identical conference records, the Warriors won the season series 2-1-1 against Mercyhurst and would win the regular season title with a sweep of the Purple Eagles. Niagara leads Robert Morris by two points in the race for third.
The Lakers defeated the Colonials 3-0 at RMU in the season-opener October 2 and then won 6-1 at the Ice Center later that month.
Mercyhurst sophomore forward Meghan Agosta has been named as one of the top-10 finalists for the 2008 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award by the USA Hockey Foundation. It's the second successive honor for the Ruthven, Ontario, native. Last year, she became the first freshman ever to make the Final 3.
Junior transfer Hayley McMeekin celebrated her return to the lineup Friday with her first game-winning goal as a member of the Lakers.
Senior Stephanie Jones had two goals and an assist in at Wayne State and now owns a six-game scoring streak.
Freshman forward Jesse Scanzano, the College Hockey America Rookie of the Week for the 6th time this season, scored two goals and added an assist against the Warriors. She has a point in nine of her last ten games.
Freshman Geena Prough's six-game scoring streak came to an end at Wayne State. She was blanked in both games.
Junior Valerie Chouinard snapped a three-game scoring drought, her longest of the season, with a combined three assists in the two games.
Senior goaltender Laura Hosier picked up her 17th win of the season, and 70th of her career, last Friday.
Mercyhurst's 3-2 overtime loss Saturday was the first this season when leading after 40 minutes.
The Lakers have averaged nearly 11 minor penalties a game over the last four contests. Opponents have averaged nearly 10 power plays over the last four contests.
Mercyhurst has ten shorthanded goals this season (Agosta 7). The one-season mark of 11 was set in 2004-2005. The Lakers had nine shorthanded goals last year.
Mercyhurst has scored multiple power play goals in eleven games this season. 30 of the team's 42 have come in those contests.
Mercyhurst had 60 power play goals in 37 games last season; the Lakers have 42 in 32 games in 2007-08.
17 of the 28 power play goals Mercyhurst has allowed this season have come in six games.
Mercyhurst finished last season +42 in special teams' play. The Lakers are +19 so far this season.
Junior forward Valerie Chouinard has seven power play goals this season and 31 in her career. She took over first place all-time this season from Stefanie Bourbeau, who finished her career last March with 25.
Mercyhurst has trailed only five times this season after the first period (2-3-0).
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