RMU defeated Lindenwood 2-0 last night, with an empty netter. Shots 30-17, and RMU scored a pp goal. My general expectation is a blowout today, because thatís how itís been for LU recently. But credit to Asplundh for keeping them in games. They need to figure out a way to create offense in the short term and stop bleeding transfers in the long term. I noticed that some team that was named recently... maybeU18? had another St Louis kid on it. If I were LUís staff Iíd be doing everything I could to make my program and school known to the kids growing up in the area, as they seem to be producing good girls hockey players.
A bit related: Brianne McLaughlin Bittle did the puck drop at the Canada US game last night and they gave a nice bio of her RMU background and a bit of RMU press for all in attendance to hear.
One of the biggest series of the year as Mercyhurst faces #5 Clarkson on the road. First game is at 2pm today.... Lakers have looked full of promise this year with some good results, and have been doing a good job starting games strong. PP % and goals scored are both top ten in the nation.
Crossing my fingers the Lakers have a healthy, and rested but not sluggish roster today, as they were off last week. I know Finland was involved in the 5 Nations tournament that recently happened but Iím not sure if Laker players were there or not.
Thereís been no love for the Lakers in the polls ever since the split weekend vs UMD and UConn. Need to get some points and make a statement this weekend.
Congrats to Emma Nuutinen and freshman goaltender Jenna Silvonen on being named to Team Finland for the next tourney in the Euro Cup. This means Hurst will be without them for the series against St Cloud in 2 weeks time; hopefully they are available for the RMU series this weekend.
Silvonen got her first collegiate start on the weekend, and turned in a shutout against Union.
Interesting that two wins against Union gets Mercyhurst back receiving votes in the polls but I will definitely take it. The win against UConn a few weeks back paid some surprising dividends I suppose, with UConns two wins against BC and BC tying Minnesota. Further, a win is a win and the Lakers have taken care of business against the teams they are supposed to beat. Still looking for a statement win but this weekend is a great opportunity. No question that right now they should be in discussion as a top ten team.
The goal hi lights are out there on Twitter for anyone who cares to look....that top shelf OT one timer by Dobson off the draw from Knott was so nice!
If Mercyhurst beats Robert Morris, then maybe those five votes go-to Mercyhurst. Or I guess it could be vice versa.
Thanks on Twitter links.
UCONN is currently ahead of BU in the Hockey East, but is getting even less love than Mercyhurst and Robert Morris with no votes at all --- so it could be worse.
It's similar with RMU and Mercyhurst. The voters are more likely to embrace one that cements itself as the top team in the CHA. If neither does, then a team like UMD has enough good results (wins over Mercyhurst, Clarkson, Colgate, UConn, ties with OSU and UM) to balance out bad losses to BSU and Quinnipiac.
"... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling
Lakers defeated RMU 5-2 on the road to move to 10-4-1 on the season. Kennedy Blair didnít get a star in the game but obviously kept them in it in the first when the Lakers were outshot a bit. I watched the last ten minutes of the game and she made some big saves. On the second goal by RMU, Blair pretty much stopped a one on 0, and then it was the secondary chance (short handed) that went it. At least thatís how it looked on the replay; they may have been piecing highlights together as the goal happened right before I turned it on... In other words she was solid, with 34 saves on the night, and I would have given her a star if I were in charge of such things.
Goal scorers for Hurst were Nelles, Nuutinen, Knott, Pinto and then
Robillard with an empty netter. Nice job on at least three of those goals of having a mess of traffic in front of the net. Goaltender DeSmet couldnít have seen much. I have to think Raygan Kirk will get the start tomorrow. On RMU scoring it was Templeman, Gebhard, and Boyle that got all the points.
Canít remember the last time there was a series sweep between these two teams. Record in last 11 games vs each other is 6-4-1 in favor of Hurst if I recall the pregame stat correctly. Iím hoping Hurst can take that step forward tomorrow, and not have any kind of emotional let down after today.
That would be huge if Mercyhurst sweeps Robert Morris tomorrow, and at Robert Morris, no less - what a way to head into the holiday break!
Great win by the Lakers, hopefully they build off that for Saturdays game. Looked like it was a good crowd. I think RMU won the 1st period, pretty even 2nd, then all Mercyhurst in the 3rd. Nice seeing 5 different goal scorers for the Lakers and Blair was solid.
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