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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 16th, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team will have a rematch with Canisius in the Atlantic Hockey Association’s final four – this time in Friday’s 4:05 p.m. semifinal at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. The Golden Griffins ended the Lakers’ 2012-13 season by handing them a 7-2 loss in the title game.
No. 5 Robert Morris will meet No. 6 Niagara in the other semifinal, set for approximately one hour after the first game. The Purple Eagles beat third-seeded Air Force 4-3 in OT in Game 3 tonight.

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
March 14-16 at higher-seeded team

No. 1 Mercyhurst def. No. 8 Holy Cross, 2-0
No. 7 Canisius def. No. 2 Bentley, 2-1
No. 6 Niagara def. No. 3 Air Force, 2-1
No. 5 Robert Morris def. No. 4 Connecticut, 2-0
Semifinals – Friday
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. No. 7 Canisius (18-20-3), 4:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (19-18-5) vs. No. 6 Niagara (17-19-5), approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – Saturday
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Mercyhurst-Canisius winner vs. RMU-Niagara winner, 7:05 p.m.

Posted: March 16th, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team finds out their semifinal opponent in next weekend’s Atlantic Hockey Association final four late tonight. Two series face a Game 3 tonight – No. 7 Canisius-No. 2 Bentley and No. 3 Air Force-No. 6 Niagara.
The top-seeded Lakers (21-12-7), which swept No. 8 Holy Cross this weekend, will face the lowest-remaining seed – either No. 5 Robert Morris, No. 6 Niagara or No. 7 Canisius on Friday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., either at 4:05 p.m. or approximately one hour after the opening game. The championship game is set for Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Check back here tonight for an updated tournament schedule…

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
Friday-Today

No. 8 Holy Cross at No. 1 Mercyhurst
Game 1 – Mercyhurst 5, Holy Cross 4, OT
Game 2 – Mercyhurst 4, Holy Cross 1
Mercyhurst wins series 2-0

No. 7 Canisius (16-19-3) at No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4)
Game 1 – Bentley 4, Canisius 3, OT
Game 2 – Canisius 5, Bentley 4, 2OT
Game 3 – Today at 7:05 p.m.
Series tied 1-1

No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4) vs. No. 6 Niagara (15-18-5)
Game 1 – Air Force 2, Niagara 1
Game 2 – Niagara 4, Air Force 3
Game 3 – Today at 9:05 p.m.
Series tied 1-1

No. 5 Robert Morris at No. 4 Connecticut
Game 1 – RMU 3, Connecticut 0
Game 2 – RMU 3, Connecticut 2
RMU wins series 2-0

Semifinals – Next Friday
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

(Games set for for 4:05 p.m. and approximately 1 hour after first game)
No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. lowest-remaining seed (either RMU, Niagara or Canisius)
No. 5 Robert Morris (19-18-5) vs. higher seed (either Mercyhurst, Bentley or Air Force)
Championship game – Next Saturday
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
* Game 3 is set for Sunday, if necessary

Posted: March 13th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
Today-Sunday*

(All games begin at 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
No. 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7)
No. 7 Canisius (16-19-3) at No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4)
No. 6 Niagara (15-18-5) at No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4), 9:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (17-18-5) at No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4)
Semifinals – March 21
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Quarterfinal winners, 4:05 p.m. and approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – March 22
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
* Game 3 is set for Sunday, if necessary

Vic’s picks
Quarterfinals
Mercyhurst def. Holy Cross, 2-0
Canisius def. Bentley, 2-0
Air Force def. Niagara 2-0
Connecticut def. Robert Morris, 2-1
Semifinals
Mercyhurst def. Canisius
Air Force def. Connecticut
Championship game
Mercyhurst def. Air Force

Posted: March 6th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
First round (best-of-3 series)
(All games begin at 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Friday through Sunday*

No. 5 Robert Morris 8-2-3, No. 12 Army 4-4-1 (RMU wins series 2-1)
No. 6 Niagara 1-4, No. 11 American International 0 (2OT)-2 (Niagara wins series 2-0)
No. 7 Canisius 3-5, No. 10 Sacred Heart 0-0 (Canisius wins series 2-0)
No. 9 Rochester Institute of Technology 3-1-2, No. 8 Holy Cross 2 (OT)-5-3 (OT) (Holy Cross wins series 2-1)
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
March 14-16

No 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7), 7:05 p.m.
No. 7 Canisius (16-19-3) at No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4), TBD
No. 6 Niagara (15-18-5) at No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4), TBD
No. 5 Robert Morris (17-18-5) at No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4), TBD
Semifinals – March 21
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Quarterfinal winners, 4:05 p.m. and approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – March 22
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.

* Game 3s on Sunday (if necessary)
# Game 3 would begin at 5:05 p.m.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament
First round (best-of-3 series)

(All games start at 7:05 p.m., unless otherwise noted)
Friday – Game 1
No. 12 Army (5-26-0, 5-22-0) at No. 5 Robert Morris (13-16-5, 13-9-5)
No. 11 American International (10-23-1, 9-17-1) at No. 6 Niagara (11-18-5, 11-11-5)
No. 10 Sacred Heart (12-22-0, 11-16-0) at No. 7 Canisius (12-19-3, 11-13-3)
No. 9 Rochester Institute of Technology (11-18-5, 10-14-3) at No. 8 Holy Cross (12-19-3, 11-13-3), TBD
Saturday – Game 2
Army at RMU
AIC at Niagara
Sacred Heart at Canisius
RIT at Holy Cross, TBD
Note: Game 3s, if necessary, are set for Sunday at times TBD. No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7, 17-4-6), No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4, 16-7-4), No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4, 15-9-3) and No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4, 15-9-3) earned first-round byes and home-ice advantage in the best-of-3 quarterfinal series on March 14-16.

Posted: February 27th, 2014

Mercyhurst (18-12-6, 16-4-5 AHA) vs. Robert Morris (13-15-4, 13-8-4)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Today – Mercyhurst Ice Center; Saturday – RMU Island Sports Center, Pittsburgh
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com & www.rmucolonials.com (live audio & real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst has clinched the Atlantic Hockey Association’s regular-season title – the first in program history – as well as the No. 1 seed, a first-round bye and home-ice advantage in the best-of-three quarterfinal round in the upcoming conference tournament. … Robert Morris stands fifth in the standings with 30 points, one behind third-place Air Force and Connecticut and two behind runner-up Bentley, entering the regular season’s final weekend. The Colonials can clinch one of the three remaining first-round byes, as well as finish as high as the second seed. … The Lakers are unbeaten in their last four games (3-0-1) and 9-3-3 in conference play in the second half, while RMU has won nine of their last 13 games (9-2-2). … The Lakers and Colonials tied 5-5 on Dec. 14 at MIC in their first meeting of the season. … The Lakers are without junior F Matthew Zay (lower body), their leading scorer with 16 goals and 40 points, and freshman D Philippe Drouin (upper body). … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant, who is unbeaten in AHA play with a 14-0-4 record, will start tonight, while redshirt junior Jordan Tibbett will start Saturday. … Junior F Cody Wydo (21-17-38) and sophomore F Zac Lynch (16-18-34) lead the Colonials’ offense. … Sophomore G Terry Shafer has a 13-13-4 record, 2.81 goals-against average and .919 save percentage this season.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 23rd, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team earned a bye through the first round of the upcoming Atlantic Hockey Association tournament with a 4-2 win at Niagara on Saturday night. Yet by the end of the evening, the Lakers (18-12-6, 16-4-5) earned much more – their first AHA regular-season championship and first regular-season titles since winning three in a row in the MAAC Hockey League from 2001-03.
To make that happen, the Lakers also needed losses from Air Force, Bentley and Robert Morris on Saturday to clinch the crown. All it happened, as Sacred Heart completed a sweep of Bentley 5-2, while RMU lost to Canisius 6-3 and Air Force fell 3-2 at home to Rochester Institute of Technology.

Posted: February 18th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team remains eighth in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I poll, which was released Tuesday. But the Lakers (21-7-3) received a season-high 64 voting points, only two behind seventh-ranked North Dakota (17-9-4). Minnesota (30-1-1) earned all 19 first-place votes to hold onto the top spot, while Robert Morris (22-7-3) – Mercyhurst’s rival in College Hockey America – stayed at No. 9 with 25 points. Syracuse received two votes.
In other news, the Mercyhurst men’s hockey team received one vote in the USCHO.com Division I poll. The Lakers (17-12-5) joined Air Force (five votes) as the only Atlantic Hockey Association schools to make the list.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine women’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points

1. Minnesota (19) 30-1-1 190
2. Wisconsin 23-5-2 168
3. Cornell 20-3-4 144
4. Clarkson 23-4-5 140
5. Harvard 20-4-5 103
6. Boston College 23-5-3 102
7. North Dakota 17-9-4 66
8. Mercyhurst 21-7-3 64
9. Robert Morris 22-7-3 25
10. Quinnipiac 18-5-9 24
Others receiving votes: Boston University 13, Northeastern 2, Syracuse 2, Minnesota-Duluth 1

USCHO.com Division I men’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points

1. Boston College (49) 24-4-3
2. Minnesota (1) 21-4-5
3. Union 20-6-4
4. St. Cloud State 17-6-5
5. Quinnipiac 21-6-5
6. Ferris State 21-7-3
7. UMass-Lowell 20-7-3
8. Wisconsin 17-9-2
9. Northeastern 17-10-3
10. Michigan 14-9-3
11. North Dakota 16-9-3
12. Providence 15-9-6
13. Cornell 12-7-5
14. Yale 13-8-4
15. Notre Dame 17-12-2
16. Vermont 15-11-3
17. Maine 15-10-3
18. Denver 14-10-6
19. Colgate 14-11-5
20. Minnesota-Duluth 13-11-4
Others receiving votes: Clarkson 95, Minnesota State 65, Ohio State 29, New Hampshire 6, Air Force 5, Western Michigan 4, Nebraska-Omaha 2, Mercyhurst 1

Posted: February 13th, 2014

Mercyhurst (15-12-5, 13-4-4 AHA) at Rochester Institute of Technology (8-15-5, 7-11-3)
When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Frank Ritter Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.ritathletics.com (live audio & statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to rebound after being swept in a two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series for the first time this season last weekend at Air Force. … The Lakers’ lead in the conference stands at two points over Bentley, three over Air Force and Connecticut and four over Robert Morris. RIT is tied for eighth with 17 points, 13 behind the Lakers. … Head coach Rick Gotkin was unsure if G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body) could play this weekend. Jordan Tibbett could start his fifth and sixth straight games (1-2-1 record, 2.22 goals-against average, .945 save percentage in the past

Jordan Tibbett (Contributed/Mercyhurst University)

four games). … Gotkin is hopeful that F Daniel O’Donoghue (upper body) can play against the Tigers. He ranks second on the team in scoring with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists). … Mercyhurst trails RIT 30-16-6 in the all-time series, but the Lakers won 3-2 on Nov. 18 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … Mercyhurst plays their final regular-season series at Ritter Arena, as the Tigers move into the Gene Polisseni Center next season. The Lakers are winless in six of their last seven games at Ritter Arena and are 6-14-2 overall. … RIT had a tie and loss at home against RMU last weekend. … The Tigers are sixth in NCAA Division I on the power play (22.8 percent). They also are 35 for their last 38 on the penalty kill. … Senior F Mike Colavecchia leads the Tigers with 12 goals and 26 points. … Freshman G Mike Rotolo (5-5-3, 2.83, .909, 1 shutout) and junior G Jordan Ruby (3-10-2, 3.62, .896, 1 SHO) have split time in net.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 7th, 2014

From staff reports
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team had a strong start against Air Force on Friday night. The Lakers’ finish was a different story.
Mercyhurst squandered an early two-goal lead and a one-goal edge in the third on the way to a 5-3 Atlantic Hockey Association loss in front of 1,749 fans at Cadet Ice Arena.
Air Force (16-9-4, 11-6-3 AHA) scored four goals on 18 shots in the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit and beat the Lakers (15-11-5, 13-3-4), the conference’s top team. That offset Jordan Tibbett’s career-high, 48-save performance. He spearheaded Mercyhurst’s run to a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes with 34 saves. Cole Gunner tied the score at 2 just 1 minute, 28 seconds into the final period, followed by Scott Holm‘s tiebreaking goal 1:21 later. Holm scored again at the 6:42 mark to give the Falcons a 4-2 lead.
The Falcons’ top line of Holm, Gunner and Chad Demers combined for four goals and 11 points. The rest of the team had a goal and and two points. Ben Persian’s goal late in the period sealed the Falcons’ win. Tyler Shiplo, Kyle Dutra and Kyle Cook scored for the Lakers, who complete the two-game series today at 9:05 p.m.

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