LEWISTON -- It's the final meeting of the regular season between Niagara and Mercyhurst in College Hockey America action.
Mercyhurst, ranked No. 5 in the country, won last night's game, 2-0, but outshot Niagara, 40-10. Had it not been for senior goaltender Jenni Bauer, the result on the scoreboard would have been much worse for the Purple Eagles.
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Mercyhurst wins, 3-0, improving to 11-0-0 in the CHA and 22-5-0 overall. Niagara drops to 5-4-1 in the conference and 8-14-4 overall.
18:13 left: And we have a goal. 1-0 Mercyhurst. A beautiful play from Vicki Bendus to Jess Jones on a 2-on-1 break gives the Lakers the lead.
13:28: A 5-on-3 power play goal from Vicki Bendus puts the Lakes up 2-0.
12:48: And another power play goal, this one by Christine Bestian, makes it 3-0 Mercyhurst. Niagara needed to keep it an even-strength series in order to have a chance to steal a point or two. This is why.
16:26 left: Niagara moves to 0-for-2 on the power play but had several excellent scoring chances and are starting to get gritty around the net.
3:00 left: Great chances for the Purps but no goals on back-to-back power plays, including 35 seconds of 5-on-3. They had some chances and were patient, but perhaps a bit too patient.
End of the period: Still scoreless. Mercyhurst is talented, aggressive and patient but Niagara is hanging with them.
13:48 left: Meghan Agosta hits the post from in close on Jenni Bauer. But where did she even come from? A strong and smart player, she is fun to watch, and the nation's leading scorer for a reason.
8:48 left: NIagara goes 0-for-1 on the power play. Mercyhurst had a 2-on-1 shorthanded opportunity, but good stick work by Bauer broke up the play.
3:35 left: The Lakers potent offense has yet to score as Niagara's PK held the Lakers off the board in their first power play of the game.
End of the period: It's a scoreless tie after 20 minutes, though Mercyhurst caught a second post in the final minute, amping up the pressure.
Mercyhurst has a 7-4 advantage in shots but the Lakers seem to be generating more consistent scoring opportunities. For Niagara, Bauer has been excellent in net and the Purple Eagles have created some offensive chances of their own.
--- Amy Moritz