The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team fought to a 3-3 tie and a 4-1 victory this past weekend against Army in West Point, N.Y.
Saturday’s meeting produced the first tie since the two teams first squared off in 2000.
Sophomore Phil Ginand scored his first goal of the season about midway through the first period and gave Mercyhurst the 1-0 lead.
Army scored the next two goals at the 11:12 mark of the second period and at 1:20 in the third to steal back the lead, 2-1.
Junior Steve Cameron scored the Lakers’ equalizer less than a minute after Army’s, making the score 2-2.
Freshman Grant Blakey scored his first collegiate goal about three minutes later to push the Lakers into the lead.
With less than four minutes left in regulation, Army tied the game. After an unproductive overtime session, the game ended in a 3-3 tie.
The Lakers’ next game found four different goal scorers to give Mercyhurst its first win of the season, 4-1.
Mercyhurst started the scoring less than two minutes in with junior Brandon Coccimiglio’s goal, and a tally by senior Cody Collins’ followed five minutes later, making the game 2-0 early in the first period.
Army answered back on the Black Knights’ power play, but two more Laker goals in the third period assured the Mercyhurst win.
Cameron’s and sophomore Derek Elliott’s goals gave the game its final score of 4-1.
The Lakers were satisfied to get their first win of the season, especially in the fashion that they accomplished this with different players contributing.
“To get the first win of the season is always a nice feeling, especially a road win again Army. The guys and I were feeling good afterwards knowing it was a collective team win with different guys contributing in all areas of the game, stemming from goal scoring all the way to blocking shots,” Ginand said.
Mercyhurst squares off against the Bentley University Falcons in Massachusetts this upcoming weekend.