No. 1 Mercyhurst Stifles Roberts Wesleyan, Stays Unbeaten

ROCHESTER, N.Y.- No. 1 Mercyhurst overcame a slow start to win, 10-5, at Roberts Wesleyan Tuesday night. James Chayka and Brady Heseltine each scored three times as the Lakers held the Redhawks to three goals in the last 58:20 of action.

The teams played to a 3-3 tie through two periods. Late in the third quarter, Mercyhurst finally made its move. With 1:41 left, Chayka found Brandon Thomson for a goal and a 4-3 edge. Cory Becker closed the frame with a score at the 19-second mark.

Jake McAndrew struck early in the fourth, extending the lead with 13:53 to play. Mitch McAvoy won the ensuing faceoff and Chayka found the back of the net just over a minute later, making it 7-3. After a Redhawk score, Brady Heseltine iced the match, scoring twice in less than three minutes. Roberts Wesleyan scored again late, but Chayka put in a man-down goal with 2:28 remaining, closing the scoring.

The hosts came out on fire, scoring two goals in the first 1:40 of play. With 9:24 to go, Deven Alves put the Lakers on the board. However, Mercyhurst would not score again in the first. Thomson assisted on a Chayka goal with 8:10 showing on the clock in the second period, tying the game at 2.

The offenses slowed again, with the match swaying back and forth with no scoring for over six minutes. At the 1:27 mark, the Redhawks regained the lead. The Lakers answered with a Brady Heseltine goal with three seconds left in the half. Brian Scheetz picked up the assist.

The Lakers dominated possession, outshooting RWC, 44-21, and forcing 25 Redhawk turnovers. Michael Grace made four saves in net. Chayka finished with three goals and an assist, while Heseltine had a hat trick. Thomson added a goal and a helper.

Mercyhurst improved to 13-0 this season and has won its last 31 regular season outings, dating back to 2011. It plays at #7 Seton Hill on Saturday, April 27, at 1:00 p.m. The winner will take the inaugural Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) regular season championship and host the ECAC Tournament May 3-5.


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