STAFF : Orange ice hockey falls to CHA-powerhouse Mercyhurst in conference tournament

first_img Comments Published on March 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm Syracuse challenged top-seeded Mercyhurst in the College Hockey America tournament semifinals, but the No. 6 Lakers held on for a 4-3 victory in front of 267 Saturday in Moon Township, Pa.Syracuse (10-22-3) failed to reach the CHA finals for the first time since the program’s inaugural season in 2009.SU forward Shiann Darkangelo posted her first career hat trick in the loss. The Orange capitalized on a power-play goal from the freshman 6:50 into the game.From there, Mercyhurst took over. The Lakers scored three straight goals in the next 22 minutes, including two by forward Christine Bestland.Four minutes later, Darkangelo scored another power-play goal to cut the deficit to 3-2 going into the final period.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMercyhurst forward Kristine Grenier scored her second goal of the game to extend the lead to two goals early in the third period. Darkangelo added her third goal with less than six minutes remaining in the game, but it wasn’t enough. Syracuse ultimately fell 4-3.Syracuse finished the year with 10 victories, the fewest since the program’s first season. —Compiled by David Wilson, staff writer, [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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