No. 1 Mercyhurst Rallies Late, Nips No. 2 Limestone in Overtime

Rich led the way on offense for the Saints with six points on three goals and three assists but it was Ternosky that gave the ball to that potent offense. On the day, he won 28 of 39 faceoffs and picked up a career-high 17 groundballs while adding a goal and an assist. He topped his career-best for groundballs by six, surpassing the 11 he had earlier this year against Merrimack on March 9.

Among those that benefited from Ternosky's work at the center "X" were Nakasuji who delivered four goals and senior midfielder Tor Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) who finished with a pair of goals and two assists. Loewen notched three scores and an assist and Reinholdt added seven groundballs. Reid Reinholdt had a pair of scores and an assist. Senior goalkeeper Christian Dzwilewski (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) played all 61:04 and made 13 saves while allowing 18 goals to suffer the loss.

Two teams not known for giving up a great deal of goals certainly reinforced that perception throughout the first quarter. Three minutes in, Mercyhurst's Jake McAndrew got the Lakers on the board with an unassisted score at 11:59 before Kyle Rhatigan tied it at 1-1 with an unassisted score of his own at 9:07. From there, both club's defense would step up as neither team found the back of the net over the next 7:47. That stretch would be broken by the Laker's Deven Alves who made it 2-1 with 1:20 remaining in the quarter.

After closing out the frame with that narrow margin and just three total goals between the teams, the second quarter proved to be nothing like the first. With 7:28 on the clock, Limestone's Corey Rich took it himself to knot the score at 2-2. That would be just the tip of the iceberg in terms of scoring as the flood gates opened, first on the Mercyhurst side.

Just 17 seconds later, MU's Brian Scheetz kicked off a run of three goals in a span of 2:06 as he converted off a pass from Brady Heseltine to make it 3-2 at the 7:11 mark. Nearly two minutes later he would have a hand in the second goal of that stretch as he assisted on Zac Reid's goal at 5:15 for a two goal lead. It would be three in the next nine seconds as faceoff man Mitch McAvoy won the ensuing faceoff and raced down the field for the third goal to make it 5-2 at the 5:06 mark.

It would then be the Saints turn to light up the scoreboard and did they ever, thanks in large part to Corey Rich. The senior attack found Tor Reinholdt at 3:09, assisted on a Riley Loewen goal that saw him put it in behind his back at the 2:34 mark before finally taking it himself for the third straight score, this coming at 1:28 to tie the game at 5-5. That three goal run came in a span of just 1:41 and would eventually send the teams to the break deadlocked.

The time of goals being at a premium continued to be distant in the rearview mirror as it took all of 3:07 for the Lakers James Chayka to find the back of the net and make it 6-5 at the beginning of the third. That score would be just a speed bump to the Limestone offense as they once again drilled home three in a row, this time in just 44 seconds.

Cummings rifled in his 33rd of the season at 9:44 and was quickly followed by Loewen, off a faceoff assist from Ternosky, just five seconds later while Reid Reinholdt converted off a pass from senior midfielder Connor DeVoe (East Rockaway, N.Y.) to take an 8-6 advantage. That stretch gave the Saints six of the last seven goals.

In what quickly became a game of runs, Mercyhurst took very little time to answer back as Reid scored at 8:31 and was followed at 7:15 by Heseltine for a man-up goal that tied the game at 8-8. Loewen broke the stalemate with his 54th of the season for a 9-8 lead with 7:04 left in the quarter before Reid drilled another goal for the Lakers, this one at 4:07, to lock it back up at 9-9. As had been the case for most of the day, it would not stay that way for long. Tor Reinholdt and Reid traded goals just minutes later to keep the score tied with 1:51 left in the period before Corey Rich found Todd Nakasuji for an 11-10 lead 26 seconds later.

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