In Four Nations news - Emma Nuutinen has two goals in two games, Finland is 1-1-0 in the tourney and takes on Canada tomorrow. Great to see Emma making some noise in this tourney. I believe she is the only NCAA player in Finland’s roster.
The Lakers tied 7th ranked Cornell 4-4, yesterday, outshooting them 31-14. A ten minute span in the 2nd had the Lakers trailing 3-0, before starting their comeback. Kennedy Blair entered the net in relief halfway thru the second period. She has had three starts this year, is 0-3-1 (Minnesota, Wisc, Cornell).
Goal scoring for the Lakers came from Vasko, Hine (2) and also a first college goal for freshman Mary Katherine Gialames. Congrats to Gialames. Gialames is from Pittsburgh, one of a very few Pa players to play for Mercyhurst in its history.
The two teams play again today.
Recap with Hurst goal highlights:
As for today’s game, although I have only been watching the streams for two seasons, I’d say that was the best game I’ve ever seen McDonnell play. Some great stops in an 18 save shutout. Boissonault (G) for Cornell was also very good in a 30 save shutout.
Top to bottom the Lakers played well, so many times I thought they were going to score, including a dreaded post in the dying seconds of OT.
I enjoyed watching them play Cornell, missed them on the schedule last year. When the Lakers take on Union it will only be the second time in program history, so that road trip will be a new adventure for all the players. Looking forward to getting Nuutinen back, and moving on to the next series, after what is hopefully a productive rest for the team.
Finally the Lakers are back in action, and not on a Monday afternoon. Almost two weeks ago now, the Lakers beat Union 5-2, outshooting them 50-23 as well.
Tonight, the 7-6-2 Lakers host Bemidji. Common opponents include Wisc and Minn, who both teams went 0-4 against.
Last year, Hurst and Bemidji split at Bemidji. The Lakers were without Nuutinen and Tanskanen, and lost 2-1 in OT, then won 2-1 the next day. Bemidji outshot Mercyhurst both days, about 30-18, very uncharacteristic of Mercyhurst to be held to so few shots. Blair and McDonnell both played well in those games, though it was McDonnell who got the win, and who has been Mercyhurst’s starter this year.
I think having the Finns in the lineup, a confident McDonnell and home ice advantage should help the Lakers, relative to last year, but that shot count from last year is intriguing. Anyway, new year new series.
Bemidji is coming off a sweep of St Cloud; hopefully Mercyhurst stops that momentum with a non conference win at the MIC tonight.
Let’s go Lakers!
Link to highlights of last night’s 3-0 win over Bemidji State.
The story of the first period was speed. Both teams played fast, and Mercyhurst dominated the shots. Summer Rae Dobson had a breakaway after a Hurst D flipped the puck over everyone in the neutral zone to a waiting Dobson. She lost the handle, and didn’t score, 0-0 after one.
In the second the pace slowed a bit, and the Lakers got into penalty trouble. Bemidji dominated the second in shots. Hurst held on though, and played smart. Perreault, a freshman, had a great penalty kill after serving a bench minor, that preceded a 2nd Hurst penalty resulting in 5 on 3 time. Perrault killed after getting out of the box, then smartly stayed on the ice when her linemate went for the change, chasing and keeping in Bemidjis end while the second penalty expired.
Hurst ended the second on the power play, with a very strong shift. Although the period ended 0-0, and although Bemidji was getting better as the game wore on, Hurst was getting better chances, and I thought they’d win the third.
I missed first half of third which of course is when the goals happened, haha, but the highlights tell the story. Dobson - not deterred after the first period breakaway - buried a 2 on 1 pass from Knott, top shelf. Pinto had broken out of the zone and passed to Knott.
Later Hine would would intercept a sloppy Bemidji pass on Bemidjis blue line and also score top shelf, unassisted.
Bemidji pressed in the final minutes, but Hurst played calm and poised in the d zone. Finally, Isbell created a turnover and broke out of the zone feeding Vasko who skated through the neutral zone and into the Bemidji zone. She passed across to Dobson who put it in the empty net.
A great win, the whole roster played well, and McDonnell got her fourth shutout of the year.
Keep it going today. Let’s go Lakers!
I am shocked at Nuutinen's sparse stats for the year. She passes the eye test for sure. Any thoughts. Is it the system or systems?
Right on cue Nuutinen scores.
She also had a goal on Friday but it was disallowed.
Lakers fell 3-1 to Bemidji. Next up is at Ohio State.
Your point about Nuutinen is fair. Wonderful player, but not gaudy offensive numbers, more of pretty good numbers and a big moment player, and still getting better. Just a reflection of systems and current roster makeup I’d say. Still she is producing at a point a game pace, on par with Daryl Watts and Emily Clark.
I don’t take any issue with your comment but since I’m a Nuutinen fan here is some more commentary:
She’s third in CHA points per game behind Gebhard and Heising. Of CHA players, she’s second in points per game against all opponents. My guess is that the diff between her and the other two might partially be power play points, where Hurst traditionally is not as strong.
Her production this year is up from about 0.56 points per game her freshman and sophomore year to the 1.0 this year. Incredibly she has 5 OT goals in her college career this far, including 2 in conference tourneys (one vs Ohio State).
She’s continuing to get better and I love watching her play. Most importantly I want to see Hurst win CHA’s, but I think Nuutinen might help the team crack that “point a game” player barrier that they haven’t had the past few years.
Last edited by Lindsay; 12-09-2018 at 10:01 AM.
Love the highlights and the player. Keep them coming.
The Lakers are at Ohio State to play the Buckeyes today. Only game on the D1 slate this weekend. The teams split last year, this should be another entertaining series.
Mercyhurst’s preview: https://hurstathletics.com/news/2018...hio-state.aspx
Let’s go Lakers!
I hope you enjoy Saturday's Three Goals Of The Game, over on the Buckeye thread.
Have to admit, I'm hoping the Buckeyes put a second lump of Ohio Coal in your Christmas Stocking on Sunday. But of course I'm also hoping for another fun, competitive game.
Sorry about all that coal Sunday afternoon. A bit of overkill, I must concede. Even so, 1 Laker still made my Stars List. Check it out on the Buckeye thread.
This is not entirely college but I wrote a post about memorable moments in hockey, captured on social media this year. Mercyhurst, OSU, BC, Wisconsin, Clarkson and Minnesota all appear in the post, plus other non college moments from the year. Some of you may enjoy.
That's a great collection of highlights, Lindsay (except the Mercyhurst OT win over Penn State, of course)
Nuutinen has another big game!
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