First off congrats to senior Sarah Hine for winning best defensive forward award, and to junior Emma Nuutinen for being named to first CHA team, this week.
Tonightís game at 730 is between Cuse and Hurst, two teams that have met in the semis many times before, and most recently last year when Hurst defeated the Orange in OT.
A big question for todayís semi is who plays in net, for both teams. Senior Maddi Welch got the win yesterday for Cuse but wasnít really tested. Welch has given up 9 goals to Hurst this year in 2 games. Cohen, a sophomore, has only given up one goal against Hurst in 2 games this year. Both goalies are 1-1 vs Mercyhurst.
For Mercyhurst McDonnell played 3 out of 4 games against Cuse, going 2-1 and earning one shutout against them in a 1-0 game. Meanwhile, Blair hasnít had stats as good as last year but also played some really tough starts this year, and is coming off a shutout performance against RIT last Saturday. She was excellent in last years post season.
I believe Mercyhurst can win with either goalie. Sloppiness in their own zone, while Syracuse threw anything on net hurt Hurst in the last outing against Syracuse. If Hurst cleans that up and plays a full 60 minutes, I do think they come out on top.
A person could pick anyone to be the difference maker on the score sheet, but a player who has been doing well lately is Dobson. In the second half sheís quietly climbed up to 2nd in points on the team with 22. One of my favorite goals of the year was the 1-0 win over Cuse in the fall, when Hine and Dobson dug a puck out of the corner and Dobson found Isbell in the slot, who then beat Ady Cohen after she stepped around the Syracuse D. Hope they have some of that magic tonight.
Letís go Lakers!
Stoney Creek product Vasko, I think plays with a high hockey iq and seems to always make the right play.
3-2 Cuse after 2. Cohen and Blair in the nets, Lakers outshooting the 25-17.
Cuse with 2 goals that were scored on a delayed penalty against Mercyhurst... then in college you still have to serve the penalty after being scored on. What a devastating rule. Ah well, gotta get them in the third.
Hurst goals from Nuutinen, and Dobson on the power play. Cuse goals from Eastwood (2), and Hoppner.
One more (at least) period. Letís go Lakers!
Please, please, please take out Syracuse!
4-3 final, Syracuse over Mercyhurst. Mercyhurst finishes 15-14-5 on the year, and 2nd in the CHA.
The third period was another exciting period of hockey. The Lakers tied the game on a Maggie Knott power play goal after Blair got ran over on a Syracuse rush. One minute later though, the Orange got a power play of their own and buried a puck after a goal mouth scramble, Eastwood with the hat trick. The Lakers had some more great chances, but it wasnít meant to be.
Good luck to the Orange tomorrow. Thatís a wrap on the Lakers season, always a pleasure to cheer for them.
Thanks for keeping us up on Mercyhurst all season, and giving your game recaps along the way. Next season is going to be very interesting in the CHA, I think...I can't wait!
Scoring Nuutinen 26 pts
Goals. Nuutinen 15 goals
Assists Knott. 16 assists
Blocks. Thiessen 74 blocks
+-. Marmen +- +4
Goalieing McDonell had highest save percentage
A good in depth discussion from The Ice Garden On RIT, Penn State, Mercyhurst and Lindenwood. Presumably Cuse and RMU still to come.
Q and A with rising senior Emma Nuutinen, who will represent Finland at the WWC.
CHA fans may enjoy this on RMU and Syracuse
Wanted to offer congrats to Emma Nuutinen on being part of Finlandís first ever silver medal winning team.
She didnít get a ton of ice in the final - about 2:30 and 5 shifts thru two periods today. Then she was needed in the third and finished the game with over six minutes of ice. Obviously a role player in this situation, but I was so proud to see her out there doing her thing late in the third of a gold medal game so Karvinen could get her skate fixed or whatever and the top liners could get their breath and not die of fatigue.
What an amazing game. The ending didnít feel right, and I canít imagine how the Finns feel. Donít know what else to say other than that I was so proud to watch Emma play, to embrace her role and be a good teammate, and to make womenís hockey history.
Not Mercyhurst related, but CHA: Scott Spencer let go as head coach at Lindenwood. This is 3rd consecutive year with a HC change in the CHA. I believe Lindenwood will begin playing at the new St Louis Blues practice rink for the upcoming season, so this is quite the reboot for their program.
Nice story in The Hockey Writers on Lily Perrault, a rising sophomore at Mercyhurst.
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