Shootout
By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
Staff writer Victor Fernandes has ice in his veins. Hockey – he plays it, coaches it and provides the region's best coverage of it.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: February 23rd, 2012
LAKERS WATCH: Mercyhurst men at Canisius

Mercyhurst (17-13-4, 14-7-4 AHA) at Canisius (9-19-4, 9-13-3)

When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Buffalo State Sports Arena, Buffalo

On the air: www.b2livetv.com (live stream), www.gogriffs.com (Internet radio, live statistics)

Up next: vs. Canisius (Saturday, 7:05 p.m.)

Fast facts: Mercyhurst enters the final weekend of the regular season with a chance to win the Atlantic Hockey Association’s regular-season championship for the first time. … The Lakers are tied for third with Bentley and Niagara at 32 points – one point behind front-running Air Force and one behind second-place Rochester Institute of Technology. Holy Cross (31 points) and Robert Morris (29) are behind the Lakers in sixth and seventh, respectively. … Mercyhurst holds tiebreakers over Air Force, Bentley and Holy Cross, but not over Niagara, RIT and RMU. … Mercyhurst would secure a bye in next weekend’s first round of the AHA playoffs and home-ice advantage for the quarterfinals in two weeks by finishing among the top four in the standings. … The Lakers can finish as low as seventh. If the Lakers finish fifth, sixth or seventh, they would play a first-round game at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … They have three of their last five games, but are 5-5-2 since recording their second four-game winning streak of the season. … They are 6-4-3 in AHA road games. … Redshirt junior G Max Strang will start tonight. … Junior F Grant Blakey (lower-body injury) won’t play this weekend. He already has missed nearly a month. … Canisius stands ninth in the conference with 21 points, three behind Connecticut. The Golden Griffins need to sweep Mercyhurst and two UConn losses to 10th-place American International to host a first-round game against UConn. … Canisius has won six of the past nine meetings with the Lakers.

- Victor Fernandes

 

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