The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team fell 8-2 in the home opener against Bowling Green University on Oct. 6.
The Falcons opened the scoring with Max Johnson’s power play goal 4:08 into the first period, assisted by Will Cullen and Stephen Baylis. The Falcons tallied another goal three minutes later, gaining a 2-0 lead.
Tim Theocharidis found the back of the net less than a minute later, and the Falcons were up 3-0 at the end of the first period.
Halfway through the second period, the Falcons tallied two goals within two minutes, widening the gap to 5-0. Less than six minutes into the third, the Falcons’ Baylis recorded another goal, giving him a hat trick with a power play goal.
The Lakers were able to find the back of the net shortly after, with James Anderson scoring for the Lakers, assisted by Matthew Whittaker and Michael Bevilacqua. The Falcons recorded another goal, making the score 7-1 about halfway through the third period. Whittaker was able to answer the Falcons’ goal, adding another for the Lakers. With five minutes left in the third, Johnson capitalized on an opportunity for the Falcons, making the final score 8-2.
Bowling Green outshot Mercyhurst 35-20. The Lakers were 0-for-4 on the power play, while Bowling Green was 3-for-5. The Lakers (0-1) return to action Oct. 12-13 when they host the Ice Breaker Tournament at the Erie Insurance Area. Game one for the Lakers will be played against the University of Notre Dame.