Feb. 2, 2013
ERIE, Pa. – Ryan Misiak scored a natural hat trick in the second period to lead Mercyhurst to an 8-1 victory over Army, Saturday in an Atlantic Hockey Association game at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
The Lakers entered the game tied for third in the conference and improved to 13-10-2 overall and 8-7-4 in league games.
Brian Schultz scored a short-handed goal for Army which fell to 7-13-4 overall and 7-8-4 in AHA contests.
Max Strang, the AHA Goalie of the Month for January, made 14 saves to earn the win.
Rob Tadazak made 20 saves for Army before giving way to Ryan Leets who was credited with 17 stops.
Mercyhurst went on the power play two minutes into the contest but Army killed the high sticking penalty.
The Lakers, like Friday, scored the game’s first goal and again it Paul Chiasson with the tally, his 12th of the season.
Army had a five-minute power play later in the period after a boarding but failed to score and trailed 1-0 after the first 20 minutes.
The Black Knights had their second power play of the game to the second period but did not score.
The Lakers did get a power play goal at 15:29 mark of the second period on a score by Ryan Misiak to make it a 2-0 contest.
Mercyhurst went on top 3-0 when Misiak scored his second of the period after Matthew Zay won a faceoff with eight minutes left in the session.
Misiak completed the hat trick four minutes later when he snapped a shot over Tadazak’s shoulder for a 4-0 advantage,
Kyle Just took advantage of a bad clear by Army and scored a short-handed goal and then added a power play goal later in the period for a 6-0 lead after two periods.
Mercyhurst picked up its seventh goal of the game five minutes into the final period when Grant Blakey scored.
Schultz ended the shutout with his third goal of the season. Schultz collected the puck in the Mercyhurst end, took off on a breakaway and followed his own shot for Army’s second short-handed goal of the season.
Army will return to Tate Rink for the start of a home-and-home series with American International on Friday for a 7:05 p.m. start. Tickets are available by visiting www.goARMYsports.com, by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY or in person at the ticket office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium. Saturday’s game will be at 3:05 p.m. at the Olympia Ice Center in Springfield, Mass.
GAME NOTES: Army wore its black sweaters … Army’s starting lineup consisted of Andrew O’Leary, Joe Kozlak, Brian Schultz, Jonathan Gehrt and Mac Lalor with Rob Tadazak in goal … It marked the 24th start of Tadazak’s career.
MERCYHURST 8, ARMY 1
MH - Chiasson (O’Donoghue, Blakey), 8:36
MH – Misiak (Jones, Bahntge), PP, 4:31
MH – Misiak (Zay), 12:06
MH – Misiak (O’Donoghue, Mastrodicasa), 15:19
MH – Just (unassisted), SH, 15:53
MH – Jones (Bahntge, Misiak), PP, 16:59
MH -- Blakey (O’Donoghue, Shiplo), 5:24
ARMY – Schultz (unassisted), SH, 16:16
MH – Bahntge (Misiak), 19:32
Shots: Army 15 (5-5-5); Mercyhurst 45 (13-15-17)
Saves: Army 37 (Tadazak, 35:53, 12-8-x; Leets, 24:00, x-2-15; empty net, 00:07); Mercyhurst 14 (Strang, time, 5-5-4)
Power Plays: Army, 0-5; Mercyhurst, 2-6
Penalties: Army, 6-12; Mercyhurst, 5-13