ERIE, Pa. – Grant Blakey scored the game-winner for the Lakers with 2:23 left in overtime as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Mercyhurst, 3-2, at the Mercyhurst Ice Center on Saturday evening in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-13-2 overall (6-7-2 Atlantic Hockey), while the Lakers improve to 10-11-2 overall (8-8-0 Atlantic Hockey). Mercyhurst sweeps the two-game regular season series between these two teams as it won, 3-1, on Friday.
The first period went scoreless as Mercyhurst outshot Holy Cross, 10-9. The Crusaders went 0-1 on the power play.
At 11:56 of the second period, the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead when senior Matt Celin (Gibsonia, Pa.) netted his first goal of the season as he knocked in a loose puck from in front of the net. Sophomore Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) and junior Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) recorded assists. Just 1:13 later, the Lakers tied the game at 1-1 with a goal by Paul Chiasson. Mercyhurst outshot Holy Cross by a 14-8 margin, while each team went 0-3 on the man-advantage.
Holy Cross took a 2-1 lead at 4:16 of the third period when junior Luke Miller (Andover, Mass.) scored a shorthanded goal off a rebound by a shot by senior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta). Junior Matthew Davis (Lancaster, N.Y.) also earned an assist as he blocked a shot sending Sheen down the ice with the puck. The goal was Miller's third of the season. At 16:48, the Lakers tied the game at 2-2 when Chiasson scored on the power play for his second goal of the contest. With 1:36 remaining in the period, the Crusaders went on a power play but could not score as the game went to overtime. And then with 2:23 remaining, Blakey netted the game-winner from right in front of the goal.
Senior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 31 saves and is now 1-5-0 on the season, while Ryan Zapolski made 33 saves and is 8-8-1. The Crusaders went 0-8 on the power play and the Lakers went 1-5. Holy Cross outshot Mercyhurst, 35-34.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21-22, when they play first-place RIT at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m., for two Atlantic Hockey games.