|1st||8:27||MRC||1-0||EV||Anthony Mastrodicasa (1)||Tyler Shiplo/1, Jonathan Charbonneau/2|
|1st||14:11||MER||1-1||EV||Justin Mansfield (2)||Brett Seney/1|
|2nd||13:44||MER||2-1||EV||Justin Mansfield (3)||John Gustafsson/1, Vinny Scotti/1|
|3rd||5:21||MRC||2-2||EV||Chris Bodo (2)||Philippe Drouin/1, Zac Frischmon/3|
|3rd||7:32||MER||3-2||EV||Marc Biega (1)||Clayton Jardine/2, Jonathan Lashyn/3|
|3rd||8:28||MRC||3-3||PP||Ryan Misiak (1)||Nardo Nagtzaam/1, Anthony Mastrodicasa/1|
|3rd||10:46||MER||4-3||EV||Brian Christie (2)||Ben Bahe/1|
|3rd||19:28.2||MRC||4-4||PP EA||Matthew Zay (1)||Kyle Just/1, Anthony Mastrodicasa/2|
|OT||2:41||MER||5-4||PP GW||Marc Biega (2)||Hampus Gustafsson/2, Dan Kolomatis/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Rasmus Tirronen (W, 4-0-0)||62:41||4||6||12||8||2||28|
|Jimmy Sarjeant (L, 1-2-0)||62:07||5||10||11||9||3||33|
ERIE, Pa. - Freshman defenseman Marc Biega's first two collegiate goals - including the overtime game-winner - gave Merrimack College a 5-4 victory against Mercyhurst on Friday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Already out to its best start in four years with three one-goal victories - including last Saturday's overtime win against Connecticut on Homecoming - Merrimack put itself in position to notch its fourth win in as many tries after entering the third period ahead by one.
After killing a lengthy double minor to start the final frame with momentum on its side, Merrimack watched that 2-1 advantage disappear by means of a Mercyhurst even-strength marker at 5:21 of the third, allowing the Lakers to draw even.
Still, Merrimack was in position to extend its lead with a power-play opportunity at the 6:22 mark, but that chance was nullified on a goaltender interference call less than a minute into that man advantage. Skating 4-on-4, Merrimack retook the lead on a fantastic effort by Biega at 7:32, as the rookie received a feed from senior Clayton Jardine (Lacombe, Alberta) and barreled his way toward the net where he eventually slid it home, pushing the visitors back up by a 3-2 margin. Sophomore Jonathan Lashyn (Camrose, Alberta) picked up his third assist of the season on the play.
But after the Lakers got their man out of the box and went to an abbreviated power play, the hosts stole the momentum right back after benefitting from a fortuitous bounce on a pass that banked off the end board behind the net and right to Ryan Misiak, who had a wide-open net below the left dot and buried it to draw even at 3-3.
Two minutes later, the seesaw affair continued after junior Brian Christie (West Chester, Pa.) cashed in on a feed from classmate Ben Bahe (Stillwater, Minn.) at the 10:46 mark, and just like that the Navy and Gold were back ahead, 4-3.
The two sides went back and forth over the final 10 minutes trading chances, but the Warriors still held the lead with just over a minute to go before the Lakers went to their seventh power-play opportunity of the night with 52 ticks on the clock.
With Mercyhurst goaltender Jimmy Sarjeant pulled in favor of the extra attacker, Matthew Zay managed to snipe home the game-tying tally with 32 seconds to play on a snap shot from the left point that caught the upper-right twine, sending the contest to overtime.
Playing in its second overtime session in as many contests, Merrimack watched as Sarjeant turned away a couple early chances before a wild scrum resulted in a Meryhurst skater in the penalty box on a slashing call early in the sudden-victory period.
With the first power-play unit generating a few golden looks, it wasn't until senior Dan Kolomatis (Basking Ridge, N.J.) dumped in a high shot that banked off the left corner and to sophomore Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden), who managed to find Biega at the left half wall. The rookie blueliner maneuvered his way in between a trio of Mercyhurst skaters before firing a low-blocker shot that evaded Sarjeant's reach and found the back of the net, as the freshman's second tally of the night gave the Warriors' their fourth win of the year.
Earlier in the game, Mercyhurst fired the opening strike on Anthony Mastrodicasa's slapper from the point at the 8:27 mark of the first to give the Lakers a temporary lead. But Merrimack would draw even less than six minutes later, as rookie Brett Seney (London, Ontario) took the puck away at the half wall and fed senior Justin Mansfield (Arlington, Mass.) in the right wing, and the senior snapped home his second marker of the year to make it 1-1 heading to the first intermission.
Merrimack was forced back in its own end through the first half of the second stanza on back-to-back penalties, but the Warriors would push their perfect penalty-killing streak to 14-for-14 to keep the score at a goal apiece through 30 minutes.
The visitors would get their second power play opportunity of the game later in the second but came up empty. Two minutes later, however, the Warriors took their first lead of the game on Mansfield's second strike, this time on a sneaky shot from the left point that banked in off the skate of a Mercyhurst skater to make it 2-1. Juniors John Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) and Vinny Scotti (Vineland, N.J.) picked up their first assists of the year on the play, as the Navy and Gold skated into the second intermission with the lead.
Late in the second, however, Merrimack was forced to deal with a four-minute minor penalty and had most of that to kill to start the third. The team did just that before Chris Bodo's game-tying strike at 5:21, setting the stage for a wild conclusion to the contest.