Saturday, March 21, 2009

Lady Gophers Succumb

The women met their match. After the Golden Gophers popped in the first goal, Mercyhurst proceeded with 5 unanswered through the 2nd period. Just a bit too much to overcome. Although, with 9 minutes remain in the game, the Gophers squad rattled off 3 quick goals, it still was one short.
With two Mercyhurst players in the penalty box and Gophers goalie Jenny Lura pulled for an extra skater, Monique Lamoureux scored at 18:43 of the third period to cut the Lakers' lead to 5-4.

In the final minute, with Lura still on the bench, both Emily West and Marvin were turned away by Pattenden on point-blank scoring opportunities. Mercyhurst finally cleared the puck with about 10 seconds to play, and the Lakers breathed a sigh of relief that could be heard back home in Erie, Pa.
Hard to say what happened, other than the starting goalie, Alyssa Grogan, had been battling food poisoning and was unable to return in the 2nd period. Back up goalie, Jenny Lura, allowed only one of the 5 Mercyhurst scores causing some to second guess the coaches' decision to stay the course at the beginning of the game knowing his net minder was ailing. But that is just armchair quarterbacking!

The Lovely Mrs. Flash and I are getting ready for a bike ride, first of the season. It will help me take my mind of that hockey game last night.


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