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College Photos: Niagara University vs Mercyhurst University

On Jan 27 the Mercyhurst Lakers faced the Niagara Eagles in Erie, Pa for the first game of their home-and-home weekend series. This was the Lakers third meeting with the Eagles this season. First was on Oct 18 at Mercyhurst, where the Lakers won 4-2. The second was Nov 15 at Niagara, where the Eagles won 5-4.

Going into the weekend, the Lakers had a conference record of 9-9-3. Meanwhile the Eagles were looking at a record of 3-15-2. This weekend, however, the Lakers were looking to win in front of their Spirit Night student crowd on Friday night. While Niagara was looking to improve their win record with back to back wins.

At the Mercyhurst Ice Center, Mercyhurst started Brandon Wildung, their Junior goaltender and Niagara started their Senior goaltender, Jackson Teichroeb.

In the first period, the Lakers found the net at the 10 minute mark. Zach Todd tipped one past Teichroeb, from Kyle Dutra and Josh Lammon. Despite recording seven shots on goal, the Eagles would not be able to answer the goal by the end of the first. The Lakers would outshoot the Eagles 10-7, leaving the period 1-0 Mercyhurst.

Only five minutes into the second, the Eagles would find their chance on the power-play. Vinny Muto finds the net from Stanislav Dzakhov and Christian Cakebread.  However, the Lakers would find an opportunity to score from Wes Baker, his third of the season. Baker would score with a shot from Jack Riley and Patrick Piacentini. The period would end with the Lakers up 2-1 over the Eagles.

Coming back out for the third, Niagara was fighting for a chance to tie the game. However, just six minutes in, the Lakers would increase their lead 3-1. From Wes Baker and Jermey Wu, Stephen Hrehoriak tips the puck  past Teichroeb. Although the Lakers had extended the lead, the Eagles kept shooting. At the 18 minute mark, the Eagles finally shoot one past Wildung. Nick Farmer scores his third of the season with a shot from Noah Delmas. Even after recording eight shots on goal, Niagara is unable to find one last opportunity to score. The Lakers take the 3-2 victory on their home ice.

Afterwards, the teams headed to Niagara Falls, N.Y. to finish their series. Both Wildung and Teichroeb would, again, start in net for their respective teams on Saturday. Mercyhurst would take the lead in the first with two goals, one from Jonathan Charbonneau and the other Taylor Best. In the second, Laker’s Stephen Hrehoriak would score his second of the series. Finally, in the third, Les Lancaster of Mercyhurst would find the net. The Lakers would outshoot the Eagles 40-26 and would take the win, 4-0.

Moving forward, Mercyhurst continues their Atlantic Hockey run with Sacred Heart in Erie, Pa Feb 2-3. Meanwhile, Niagara continues their Atlantic Hockey play Jan 31 against Canisius College.

Pucks and Rec’s Photo Editor and College Hockey Photographer, Jenn Hoffman, was on site to capture the action. To see more from Jenn you can follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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