ERIE, Pa. – Freshman Jeffrey Reppucci (Newburyport, Mass.) cut the Mercyhurst lead to 2-1 in the third period with his first collegiate goal, but the Lakers added an empty-netter as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Mercyhurst, 3-1, at the Mercyhurst Ice Center on Friday night in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-12-2 overall (6-6-2 Atlantic Hockey), while the Lakers improve to 9-11-2 overall (7-8-0 Atlantic Hockey). The two-game regular season series between these two teams concludes on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 7:00 p.m.
The Lakers took a 1-0 lead at 11:56 of the first period when Taylor Holstrom scored a power play goal. At 18:00, Mercyhurst increased its lead to 2-0 when Grant Blakey fired a slap shot to the upper left corner of the net. Holy Cross outshot the Lakers, 18-15, while Mercyhurst went 1-1 on the power play.
The second period went scoreless as Mercyhurst outshot Holy Cross by a 14-6 margin, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the man-advantage and the Lakers went 0-2 as they were unable to score on a two-man-advantage power play for 1:27.
At 4:16 of the third period and with the Crusaders on the power play, Reppucci netted his first collegiate goal when he blasted a slap shot from the blue line past Laker goalie Ryan Zapolski to make the score 2-1. Junior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) and senior Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) recorded assists. The Crusaders went with an empty net with 1:04 remaining, but John Mousso then scored an empty-netter with 24 seconds left for the 3-1 final score.
Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 33 saves and is now 1-4-0 on the season, while Zapolski made 34 saves to improve to 7-8-1. The Crusaders went 1-3 on the power play, while the Lakers went 1-4. Mercyhurst outshot Holy Cross, 36-35.