Seton Hill Upends Mercyhurst for ECAC Title Shot
from press release
ERIE, Pa. - Seton Hill made school history on Friday afternoon by advancing to their first ever ECAC Tournament Championship game after a thrilling 10-9 victory over #1 seed Mercyhurst on the Lakers home field. The Griffins held a 9-3 advantage before the Lakers scored 6 straight to tie the score at 9 before SHU netted the game winner with less than two minutes to play in the contest. SHU improves to 10-5 on the season.
The Griffins came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, taking a 4-0 lead after one quarter. Dylan Gelven gave the Griffins a 1-0 lead with 9:39 to play in the quarter. Jimmy Cogley assisted on the goal. Marc Piche and Matt Delmonico scored just over a minute apart to give SHU the 3-0 lead. Gelven closed out the first quarter scoring with a goal with 11 seconds to play in the quarter. Mercyhurst scored the first three goals of the second quarter. Gelven ended the Laker run with a goal 11 seconds after the Lakers last goal to give SHU a 5-3 lead. Dylan Lefebvre extended the lead to 6-3 with a goal with 2:43 remaining in the first half as SHU took a 6-3 lead into the halftime break.
The third quarter was all Seton Hill as the Griffins scored the only three goals of the quarter. Erik Hultgren scored from Lefebvre to open the scoring. Gelven and Piche closed out the scoring for the quarter giving SHU a 9-3 lead after three quarters. The Lakers then ran off the next six goals to tie the score at nine with just over three minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Zach Hartmann scored with 1:34 left in the quarter to give SHU the 10-9 lead. Griffin keeper Brady Lawrence then made a save with 25 seconds remaining to preserve the win.
Dylan Gelven led the Griffins with 4 goals. Marc Piche added 2 goals. Dylan Lefebvre added a goal and 2 assists. Brady Lawrence recorded 12 saves in net.
Seton Hill will take on the winner of the other semifinal between Wheeling Jesuit and Lake Erie in Sunday's championship game. The game is set for a 12 PM start.
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