Dowling vs. Mercyhurst
March 22, 2008
The Game Story:
Brookhaven, NY- The #5 ranked Golden Lions clench their fifth straight win over the #10 nationally ranked Lakers of Mercyhurst this afternoon. Kyle O達rien (Whitby, Ontario) led Dowling with four goals and two assists in the 10-7 victory over the Lakers to jump to an impressive 7-1 on the season as Mercyhurst falls to 2-3 overall.

The Lakers, Mike Thon, scored his first goal of the game in the opening minutes of play for the early lead over Dowling and they were able to push to a two-goal cushion in the first quarter after. The Golden Lions awoke in the second as they pounded in four goals before the end of the half. Kyle O達rien led the scoring brigade with his first of four goals to put the Golden Lions on the board and Ryan Cambell (Brampton, NY) added his first goal of the season to tie the Lakers, 2-2, with 7:15 remaining in the half. Senior, Kevin Rimmer (Ronkonkoma, NY) tallied his 9th goal of the season to give the Golden Lions the go-ahead goal with under six on the clock but the Lakers, Mike Thon, fired back to tie the game at 3-3. O達rien opened and closed the scoring for the Golden Lions in the first half as he connected off a feed by Ed Hoctor (Selden, NY) for the 4-3 hold but again the Lakers tied the score with under a minute remaining to close the half at 4-4.

Mercyhurst痴, Mike Thon, scored the go-ahead goal in the start of the second half but the Golden Lions fought back to tie the game at 5-5 a minute later off an unassisted Hoctor tally. Both teams battled for the lead in the third but it would be the Lakers to grab the 6-5 advantage. O達rien hit a streaming Campbell on net to tie the game at 6-6 as the Golden Lions went en route to a 8-6 advantage at the start of the fourth quarter. John McClure (Brampton, Ontario) capitalized on a man-up goal at the start of the quarter to give Dowling their largest lead of the game and O達rien tallied his fourth goal of the game with 8:08 remaining for a 10-6 hold. The Lakers fired in one last goal with 1:25 on the clock but they were unable to overtake the Golden Lions as Dowling took home a 10-7 win.

Junior, Thomas Stellwagon (Farmingville, NY) dominated the Lakers in face-offs this afternoon as he won 10-13 from inside the circle. O達rien tallied his 22nd goal of the season with 6 points on the day (4 g, 2 a) and Campbell scored three goals and dished off an assist in his 2008 season debut.

The Golden Lions face off at home against Briarcliffe at 7:30 PM on Wednesday April 12th .