This was a wild game, but it was a fun one. I thought yesterday’s game had a lot of penalties with 15, but today had 20 in total! And the special teams were going, 7 pp goals and 2 short handed goals in a 13 goal game. Madness.
Yesterday looked sloppy and chopped up on both sides until the third period, I thought, plus tons of blocked shots, no one could get anything through.. I was thinking Colgate was heating up in the third, but then the last five minutes was all Hurst, even when they were short handed. Isbell almost won it in regulation and in OT, but as everyone knows it ended in a tie.
Then the offensive output by both teams today! I happened to be at this game, and my favorite goal was definitely Tanskanen’s short handed goal early in the third to tie it. She skated down the right side onna two on one, took the shot and went bar down short side. So nice.
I will grab the links to highlights and post them in a minute. Best highlight for me was the post game skate. My daughter had a lot of fun (asked me when the next one is already) and the players were so sweet to all the kids. That was really nice of the players and I thank them for that.
The Lakers are at RIT this weekend, and currently sit one point back of RMU, who is in first place in the league. RIT has 8 points, 4 back of Hurst, and tied for third in the CHA. Last year RIT was in last place all year, with just one conference win.
Really curious to see this series. Hurst has the upper hand in skill, but in conference games are hard fought and RIT seems to be working harder and has more confidence this year. One comment on RIT’s success over Syracuse - Syracuse seemed to be quitting on plays, and simply getting out worked when looking at the goal plays. So I don’t know how much of a measuring stick that series is, it seemed more of a commentary on Syracuse than RIT, although credit to RIT for their improvement this season, and I guess the takeaway is don’t be lazy, they’ll make you pay.
Last year in four games, the Lakers outscored RIT 17-2. In at least one of the games the Lakers had to work at it for a while to get the first goal, then the floodgates opened, so hopefully hey weather whatever tomorrow throws at them. RIT’s goalie Lanteigne has the second best save percentage in the conference, at .940 and has seen more shots than any CHA goaltender this year, in conference.
Looking forward to the series. Syracuse vs RMU, and Lindenwood vs Penn State as well this weekend/Monday. Could be some shuffling in the standings.
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The remainder of this CHA regular season is going to be really interesting. I don't think Mercyhurst has anyone to worry about as far as winning the regular season title, but this conference always gets weird as the regular season gets closer to the end. Feel free to channel your "Mercyhurst hockey alum" karma to the team and take RIT down a few notches.
Well, credit to RIT. They beat the Lakers 4-2 tonight despite being outshot 41-32. Definitely a hard working group, on every single puck race. Short turnaround as I believe tomorrow's game is at noon. Goal scorers for Mercyhurst were Nuutinen (Tanskanen, Knott) and Fiesler (Nuutinen, Vasko). Kennedy Blair got the start for the Lakers.
I didn't see the first Laker goal, but the second one was Vasko coming up with a puck behind the net and getting it to Nuutinen down low. Fiesler ambled down the slot from the point and Nuutinen fed her a nice pass, which she shot through traffic into the net.
Two RIT goals were on 2-1s....their skaters had a lot of time and space to skate the puck. Third goal was a power play goal, and fourth was an empty net. Kendall Cornine looked good for RIT but was held off the scoresheet and RIT still managed a win. That's a huge difference from last year. Anyway...go Syracuse vs RMU. That one was tied last I looked.
Syracuse and Robert Morris are 5 minutes into the third with a free stream here, if you want to watch how it ends:
What a finish, eh? Syracuse owned the OT period, and good for them for getting through the slump they've been in.
Bummer to see today's game is postponed, but it was a good idea with this winter storm coming. RIT would have had a very nasty bus ride home tonight.
I think Mercyhurst caught a huge break by having game postponed. RIT coach is headed for CHA coach of the year. Now Mercyhurst has time to go over the tape and make corrections.
I don’t think there is a ton of tape to study. Mercyhurst was sluggish, and some calls and non calls went RIT’s way. A couple plays against Nuutinen should surely have been penalties, her getting hauled down or having her stick ripped out of her hands.
Davis and RIT have exceeded expectations for sure, and it looks like Penn State is gearing up for a run as well, as of late. Curious to see what transpires in next weeks CHA action.
You could be right, but I may give more credit to the detail your coach puts into the game than you do. Mercyhurst may get outplayed sometimes, but they are definitely not outcoached.
I think I have read enough comments on Penn State to know there is a perception that Penn State has potential. As far as RIT, I don't think anybody and maybe not even in their own locker room, did anyone envision this. The drawback could be another tech school, RPI is also having an unexpected season. You maybe onto something with Kampresal if Penn State finishes strong. They maybe this year's version of just enough. Just enough D, goaltending and offense to be dangerous.
The game that was postponed against RIT has been rescheduled for January 31 at 5:00 (Eastern). It's not showing up on the Mercyhurst schedule yet, but it's on RIT's schedule.
Lakers take on Lindenwood at 3 pm today. That series is at 1-1 this year. Lindenwood’s goalie Jolene DeBruyn does not appear on their roster anymore, which explains why freshman Sophie Wolf has gotten so many games lately.
Looking to see the Lakers rebound from last weeks game against RIT. Hoping to see the power play find the back of the net again. They have a unit of four forwards and a D that they’ve been throwing out that absolutely dominated time of possession on the PP against RIT, but wasn’t filling the net like vs Colgate. Wouldn’t be surprised if they get going again, today. I think a challenge for Mercyhurst is to set the pace of the game, and not take senseless penalties.
For those of you who follow social media, you’ll see it’s the #FightingForFolgs weekend, in support of Mike Folga, a very long time Hurst equipment manager who is battling cancer. There are opportunities to donate online to him in his fight, or to the American Cancer Society. If you can make it to tomorrow’s game, there is an auction with incredible stuff to bid on. Signed NHL jerseys (Gretzky, Skinner, Preds Team, Foligno / and an Szabados from the NWHL). Way more stuff than that; go to the game if you can, and God bless Folga in his fight!
Nice job by Mercyhurst sweeping Lindenwood.
Yesterday Sarah McDonnell got her 5th shutout of the season as Lakers won 2-0. Shots were 24-16 Lindenwood, and Mercyhurst had 20 minutes of penalties but they got the win, so what do I care?
Goals came at even strength from sophomore Megan Korzack (Robillard, Perrault); and junior Sam Isbell (Knott, Korzack).
Twitter highlights of yesterday’s game: https://mobile.twitter.com/HurstWHoc...15664717766656
Hope to share some thoughts about today’s game, later but the short version is they played great and there was lots of fan support for the #FightingForFolgs event.
Tonight's rescheduled game against RIT has been postponed again.
Edit: now rescheduled for Saturday at 1pm. https://www.ritathletics.com/news/20...o-weather.aspx
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2-1 RIT after one. Sarah McDonnell in net for Mercyhurst. Mercyhurst had a 1-0 lead after a goal from sophomore Alexa Vasko, assisted by Pinto and Nuutinen. Rebound goal, 2nd or third shot on the play. Vasko was covered but outmuscled the defender to bang the puck in the net.
RIT tied it on the PP, then took the lead shortly after to close out the period. Back and forth, evenly played period.
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