March 21, 2003
MAAC Semifinals

Mercyhurst, Quinnipiac set up summit meeting

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After squeaking by with one-goal wins in the quarterfinals, you might have thought that Mercyhurst and Quinnipiac's status as the class of the MAAC was in jeopardy.

So much for that theory.

For the third straight year those two teams will meet for the MAAC Tournament title, with the conference's NCAA Tournament automatic bid on the line. They advanced in convincing fashion, with Mercyhurst disposing of Bentley, 10-2, and Quinnipiac jumping out to an early lead against Holy Cross and holding on, 3-0.

Mercyhurst 10,
Bentley 2
Team Goal Str
Time Assists

First Period

1-M Dave Borrelli (8) EV
19:13 David Wrigley, Adam Rivers
Second Period
2-M Erik Johnson (8) EV
1:11 S. Reynolds, M. Carter
3-M Mike Carter (9) EV
1:56 E. Johnson, S. Reynolds
4-M Dave Borrelli (9) PP
3:40 A. Rivers, D. Wrigley
5-M Adam Tackaberry (8) EV
6:06 M. Muldoon
6-M David Wrigley (15) EV
7:35 Unassisted
7-M Marty Rychley (3) EV
13:27 A. Rivers
Third Period
8-M Peter Rynshoven (11) EV
0:57 N. Brown, M. Chambers
9-M Marty Rychley (4) PP
4:08 Unassisted
1-B Troy Wiebler (4) EV
9:24 T. Calabro, J. Chase
2-B Ryan Lessnau (8) PP
10:49 J. Chase, B. Goodwin
10-M P.J. Hiscock (8) EV
16:01 A. Tackaberry, T.J. Kemp
B: Simon St. Pierre, 27:35, 16 saves, 6 GA; Geordan Murphy, 32:25, 14 saves, 4 GA
M: Andy Franck, 60:00, 38 saves, 2 GA
Penalties: B 5/10; M 7/22
Power Plays: B 1-5; M 2-4
Attendance: 1,312

A 6:24 span early in the second period wrapped up Mercyhurst's berth in the finals. The Lakers scored five times in that stretch, and just past the midway point of the second period they led, 7-0.

The game was actually scoreless for the first 19 minutes, before freshman Dave Borelli recorded his first of two goals on the day at the 19:13 mark of the first. The Lakers rode the momentum of that late goal when they returned to the ice, erupting for a six-goal second period.

Bentley didn't hold back, and actually outshot Mercyhurst, 17-15, in the second period, but Laker goaltender Andy Franck stopped all 17 Falcon bids. He finished with 38 saves on the day and didn't allow a goal until it was already 9-0.

Bentley – which was picked to finish last in the conference by the coaches – sees its surprise season end in the semifinals at 15-19-0.

The nightcap was a much more tame affair, although again, a burst of goals helped the favorites advance. Quinnipiac scored just 3:39 into the game on Michael Bordieri's fifth of the year.

With goals from big guns Matt Froehlich (his 21st) and Matt Craig (his 18th) just 5:50 apart, the Bobcats grabbed a 3-0 lead and chased Holy Cross rookie Tony Quesada in favor of Ben Conway.

Conway didn't allow a goal the rest of the way, but it didn't matter thanks to the efforts of Quinnipiac goaltender Jamie Holden. Making his first start after missing six games with an injury, Holden posted his first shutout of the season. He stopped 30 shots along the way, including 14 in the first period as his teammates built the 3-0 lead.

Quinnipiac 3,
Holy Cross 0
Team Goal Str
Time Assists

First Period

1-Q Michael Bordieri (5) EV
3:39 J. Kelly
2-Q Matt Froehlich (21) EV
11:07 M. Craig, J. Testa
3-Q Matt Craig (18) EV
16:57 M. Froehlich, W. Winkler
Second Period
No Scoring
Third Period
No Scoring
HC: Tony Quesada, 17:13, 7 saves, 3 GA; Ben Conway, 40:53, 11 saves, 0 GA
Q: Jamie Holden, 60:00, 30 saves, 0 GA
Penalties: HC 4/8; Q 8/16
Power Plays: HC 0-5; Q 0-1
Attendance: 1,456


The Lakers and Bobcats get a day off before they meet in the MAAC title game for the third consecutive season. Faceoff is set for noon on Sunday, meaning that this will be the last bid to be decided before the NCAA Tournament Selection Show is held Sunday night at 6 p.m.

Mercyhurst's last loss to Quinnipiac was the Bobcats' victory in last year's title game; the Lakers won this season's series, 2-0-1. Franck was especially sharp in their most recent meetings, a Mercyhurst sweep at Quinnipiac Jan. 17-18. He stopped 66 of the 68 shots he faced that weekend.

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