No. 9 Mercyhurst, Syracuse skate to tie


ERIE, Pa. — After a 34-day break, No. 9 Mercyhurst finally began the 2015 portion of its schedule with a 1-1 overtime tie against visiting Syracuse in a College Hockey America (CHA) contest Friday afternoon at the Ice Center.

The Lakers, 16-4-3 overall and 7-3-1 in the conference, are now winless in their past three games (0-2-1). Syracuse, which played its ninth overtime game of the season (0-1-8), is now 6-10-8 and 4-2-4, respectively.

Mercyhurst junior defenseman Lauren Kilroy scored the second period’s lone goal at 10:35. Her first goal of the season came after a brilliant centering feed from freshman forward Sarah Robello. Junior winger Hannah Bale also assisted on the goal that came against Syracuse junior netminder Jenn Gilligan (6-10-7). The Lakers had a slight 9-7 advantage in second-period shots.

It was just Kilroy’s second career goal in 97 collegiate games. Named the game’s first star, Kilroy also blocked a career-high eight shots in the defensive zone.

The home team held the lead until Syracuse freshman Alysha Burriss collected her ninth of the year, beating Mercyhurst senior goalie Amanda Makela (16-4-3) at 9:31 of the third.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the final 10:29 of regulation and a five-minute overtime. Syracuse outshot Mercyhurst 9-4 in the third. Both teams had two shots in the extra session.

Makela stopped 22 of 23 shots while Gilligan saved 19 of 20.

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