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Mercyhurst gets the lone goal in the first period, and heads to the semis against UConn. Mercyhurst is the only one of the four Atlantic semifinalists that has won this tournament, last coming back in 2005.
Holy Cross scored twice in the third, including the game winner on the power play, to even the series. It's the first time in the program's history that Holy Cross has registered back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Sixth-seeded Mercyhurst got a late goal from Grant Blakey to pull off the Game 1 win.
With Western Michigan getting a couple of ties, and St. Cloud State splitting its weekend, by taking care of business, Niagara inched up a couple of more spots in the Pairwise this week, to No. 8. Carson Chubak stopped 31 shots to improve to 21-4-5 on the season.
Air Force missed an opportunity to jump ahead of Mercyhurst into second place in Atlantic Hockey. It gets three points from the Lakers on the weekend and is one point behind. “We played a really strong game and strong series this weekend,” AFA head coach Frank Serratore said. “Mercyhurst is a good hockey team. It was so disappointing when they scored that second goal to tie the game. But, give them credit, they needed to get that goal and they got it. The bottom line is that we came into the building of the hottest team in the league and took three points. This team showed their resilience as we had to come back in both games. I like the direction this team is going.”
Two late goals in a 31-second span helped Canisius rally past Mercyhurst. “It was a really tight hockey game tonight,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “It was a game where two of the top goaltenders in the league made big save after big save and we happened to get a couple by him late. After a slow start to the contest, getting that first goal on the power play helped shift the momentum our way and get two big points out of this game. Now we need to get back at it and try to do the same thing on Tuesday.”
Maine came off the tournament win in Florida with a victory over Mercyhurst on Friday, a stretch which came somewhat out of nowhere after a tough start, especially considering the injuries that have plagued the Black Bears. But Mercyhurst would not go away quietly. It got a goal midway through the third, and two empty netters to walk away from Orono with the split. Mercyhurst also has a win this season over Clarkson and a tie with Ferris State, so it's been solid in its non-league games.
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