GAME #17 - MERCYHURST 3, #20 ALABAMA 4
PELHAM, Ala. – Alabama won the first of a two-game series against Mercyhurst, 4-3, on Saturday. Garret Kingsbury stopped 44 shots which is tied for the fourth-most in a single game in program history. Thirteen different Alabama skaters recorded a point in today’s game.
The first period went scoreless despite Alabama leading in shots on goal, 14-8. There was one penalty called on Alabama’s Paul Weise for tripping with 12:15 left.
The second period saw more action on the ice. Just 1:14 into the period, a penalty was called on the Lakers’ Christian Johansen and shortly after, the Lakers’ Pavel Nayda scored short-handed to put Mercyhurst on the board.
Minutes later, Mercyhurst’s Eric Mackenzie was sent to the penalty box for slashing. Freshman Nick Messina was able to take advantage of the power play to tie up the game, 1-1, with assists from Taylor Joseph and Ian Soifer.
With 7:44 left in the second, a penalty was called on Soifer for high sticking, but 34 seconds later, Jon Lovorn scored a short-handed goal and put Alabama in the lead by one. Lovorn’s short-handed goal was the sixth of his career and now has him tied for fourth in program history.
Taylor Bowman upped Alabama’s lead to two goals with 3:49 left in the second period. The assists were credited to Jack Rooney and Josh Mooncotch. About a minute later, Andrew Durkin scored with assists from Dane Sana and Thomas Godfrey. Alabama led at the end of the second, 4-1.
Things remained quiet for the majority of the third period. With 2:57 left to play in the game, Nayda scored his second unassisted goal of the game. With 31 seconds left on the clock, the Lakers’ struck again resulting in the final score.
Alabama plays Mercyhurst again tomorrow, Sunday Jan. 7th, at the Pelham Civic Complex. Puck drops at 1 p.m. CT.