Women’s hockey sweep three games against Lindenwood

Michael Boylan, Sports editor

The Mercyhurst Women’s ice hockey team completed a three game sweep this past weekend as they faced off against Lindenwood University.
The Lakers competed at the Mercyhurst Ice Center for all three of the games taking place on Feb. 18, 19 and 20.
The first game was won in impressive fashion with a score of 6-2, a season high for the Lakers. The six goals came off of 33 shots by the Lakers. Goals were contributed by Chantal Ste-Croix, Sara Boucher, Grace Nelles, K.K. Thiessen, Rachel Marmen and Summer-Rae Dobson.
Goalie Jenna Silvonen had ten saves on the day, allowing just two goals to Lindenwood.
For the second game of the series Mercyhurst won with a score of 4-2. Freshman forward Sara Boucher recorded her first hat-trick of her career, with one goal in the first period and two in the second period.
Junior forward Emily Pinto recorded the fourth goal of the game for Mercyhurst, while senior forward Alexa Vasko racked up three assists for the night.
Making her seventh start this season, goalie Ena Nystrom was able to stop all six shots during the first period, with twenty total throughout the game. Nystrom held a .909 save percentage with just two goals allowed.
The Lakers finished the series with their final win of 3-1 on Sunday. Goals were contributed by sophomore Alexandria Weiss, Pinto and Marmen.
Silvonen had an impressive night defending the net, achieving a .952 save percentage with just one goal allowed on 21 Lindenwood shots.
Pinto scored her goal from a backend shot off a pass by senior forward Megan Korzack in the first period. Next was a goal by Marmen off an assist by Pinto, which was originally called no goal prior to a review that led to the reversal.
Lindenwood scored their only goal during the first period.
The Lakers final goal came from Weiss off an assist by sophomore Jordan Mortlock during the second period.
With the three game sweep the team is now 9-5-1 on the season.
The Lakers return to the ice for a two game matchup at home against Penn State this weekend.