Feb. 11, 2005
ERIE, Pa. - David Wrigley netted a hat trick, including the game-winning goal with 18 seconds left in overtime to lead Mercyhurst to a 5-4 victory in front of 1,050 fans Friday night at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pa.
Wrigley fired a one-timer over the shoulder of Roberts off a faceoff in Army's zone after an icing call.
David Andros put the visiting Black Knights (7-17-2; 2-13-2 Atlantic Hockey) on the board first when he backhanded a shot through the five-hole of Mercyhurst goaltender Andy Franck 4:48 into the contest. Robb Ross forced a turnover in the Lakers' end and fed Andros in the slot.
Mercyhurst (9-14-4; 8-6-3 AHA) answered less than a minute later on the power play. Ryan Cruthers then slid a backhand underneath Franck at 11:30 to restore Army's slim lead midway through the opening frame. Unfortunately, the Lakers responded 59 seconds after that to tie things up at 2-2.
closed out the high-scoring second period with a blast from the point that made its way through a screen while the Black Knights were on the power play. Chris Garceau
freed the puck with a check along the halfwall and sent the disc across the zone to Beamer.
Mercyhurst's David Wrigley netted his second of the game with 6:42 left in the middle stanza to even the game at 3-apiece entering the third period.
David Andros tied a career high with two goals, including the go-ahead marker in the third period. Cruthers tied a career high with three points (1G, 2A). Ross finished with a career-best three assists as that line finished a plus-3 on the evening.
Brad Roberts made 30 saves in goal for Army. Franck stopped 14 shots for the Lakers.
Wrigley added an assist to his three-goal night for the home team, while Scott Champagne registered four assists for the Lakers.
These same two schools will do battle again Saturday night at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.