When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
Players to watch
Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (1-1-0 record, 3.54 goals-against average, .911 save percentage), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (2-2-4), Sr. F Ryan Raven (3-1-4), Sr. F Steve Cameron (1-2-3), So. F Paul Chiasson (2-1-3)
Army – Sr. F Cody Omilusik (3-0-3), So. F Andy Starczewski (2-3-5), Jr. F Bryant Skarda (3-1-4), Jr. D Marcel Alvarez (1-3-4), Sr. G Jay Clark (1-4-0, 2.97, .911)
Mercyhurst – The Lakers snapped an eight-game winless streak dating to last February with a 6-2 win at Air Force last weekend. … On that night, Rick Gotkin (400-276-53 record in 23 seasons) became the 36th NCAA men’s hockey coach to reach the 400-win mark. “That number is more a reflection of our program than it is of me,” he said. … Senior Fs Cameron (flu), Brandon Coccimiglio (upper-body injury) and Mike Gurtler (lower-body injury) didn’t travel to the game at Air Force. Cameron and Gurtler will play this weekend. Coccimiglio remains out of the lineup. … These teams meet for the only time this season. … The Lakers are unbeaten in six straight games against the Black Knights (4-0-2) and hold a 23-9-2 series lead. Mercyhurst has won 16-of-18 meetings at MIC (16-1-1). … Freshman F Daniel O’Donoghue (2-2-4) scored his first two career goals against Air Force. … Senior F Scott Pitt (1-2-3) needs six points to reach 100 in his career. … Zapolski, an Erie native, made 32 saves against the Falcons.
Army – The Black Knights have responded to a season-opening, four-game losing streak (including Atlantic Hockey Association losses to Holy Cross, Colgate and Canisius) with consecutive wins against Canisius and Massachusetts, a Hockey East Association school. … Army concludes a season-high, five-game road trip this weekend. They begin a six-game home stand Nov. 19. … So G Ryan Leets earned the win and had an assist against UMass last weekend in his first career start and second career game. … Junior Bill Day scored a goal against UMass in the former defenseman’s first game at forward.
Up next: at Robert Morris (Nov. 19, 7:05 p.m.)
- Victor Fernandes