Seton Hill vs. Mercyhurst
April 1, 2009
The Game Story:
Seton Hill falls to 5-3 on the season after dropping a 14-8 contest to Mercyhurst (7-1) on Wednesday night. Seton Hill was unable to recover from a 6-0 first period defecit in route to the loss.

Mercyhurst opened the scoring in the first at the 12:23 when Mike Bartlett found the back of the net for the 1-0 Mercyhurst lead. Mercyhurst went on to score the next five goals of the period which included another goal by Bartlett and three goals Cameron McLean. Mercyhurst held a distinct first quarter advantage double the Griffins shots with 12.

After no scores in the first seven minutes of the second period Mercyhurst’s Cameron McLean netted his fourth goal of the game to stretch the score to 7-0. Dan Rub promptly answered back for the Griffins with two goals in 36 seconds to cut the deficit to five at the 4:48 mark.

Ruby’s second goal was the final tally of period for the 7-2 halftime score. Seton Hill held a 17-15 advantage in shots and a 23-21 advantage in shots on goal. McLean led Mercyhurst with four goals while Ruby had the only two tallies for Seton Hill.

Seton Hill opened up the second half and cut the Mercyhurst lead to four with a Chris Horigan goal on a centering feed from Ben Petchel. Mercyhurst would answer back 54 seconds later to push the lead back to five.

Mercyhurst scored the next three goals which included back to back goals within eight seconds of each other by Ryan Arnold and McLean to push the lead to 11-3 with 8:37 to go in the period.

Justin Menefee scored back to back goals to end the half with the Griffins trailing 11-5.

Mercyhurst and Seton Hill traded goals in the third period as Tyler Burton scored all three goals for Mercyhurst while Will Robins, Menefee and Joel Zalesky scored for the Griffins in the final period for the 14-8 final.

For Mercyhurst Cameron McLean scored five goals while Tyler Burton added four goals of his own. Jason LaShomb made five saves in net for the Lakers.

Seton Hill was led by Justin Menefee who tallied three goals and two assists while Dan Ruby was the only other Griffin with more than one goal. Ben Petchel chipped in two assists while Corey Struss made only four saves in net in the loss.

Seton Hill returns to action on Monday when they host Grand Canyon. Game time is set for 1:00 PM.