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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: December 5th, 2013

Sacred Heart (4-10-0, 3-5-0 AHA) at Mercyhurst (7-7-1, 5-1-0)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst has won three straight games in Atlantic Hockey Association play to move into first place with 10 points, one ahead of Air Force and Bentley and three ahead of Connecticut, Niagara and Canisius. Sacred Heart is in a four-way tie for seventh with six points. … Mercyhurst swept a two-game series at American International last weekend. … They swept both games from Sacred Heart a season ago. … The Lakers complete the first half of the season with three straight conference home games, including a visit from Robert Morris on Dec. 14. … Junior F Daniel Bahntge looks to build on last weekend’s strong effort, which included a natural hat trick and an assist and earned AHA co-player of the week honors. … The Lakers hold the third annual Teddy Bear Toss tonight. Fans receive free admission by donating a new or gently used stuffed animal that will be donated to Toys For Tots. Fans without a stuffed animal can toss one donated by Aeropostale onto the ice after the team’s first goal. Fans also receive free coffee and hot chocolate donated by Tim Horton’s. Monetary donations will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. … Sacred Heart snapped a seven-game losing streak with a two-game sweep against Army on Nov. 22-23. But the Pioneers were swept at home by Rochester Institute of Technology last weekend. … Freshman F Justin Danforth leads the team with two goals and 12 points.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 1st, 2013

Air Force
Record: 4-2-0, 2-0-0 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Chad Demers (2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points), Jr. F Cole Gunner (5-3-8), Sr. G Jason Torf (4-2-0, 2.87 goals-against average, .897 save percentage), Jr. D Alex Halloran (0-4-4)
What to watch: The Falcons are known for discipline, teamwork and toughness. They have a talented team too, led by Demers and Gunner up front and a veteran in Torf anchoring the defense. They also know how to win, given their five conference championships in the past seven years (2007-09, 2011-12).

American International
Record: 1-1, 1-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. F Blake Peake (1-1-2), Jr. F Nathan Sliwinski (1-1-2), Jr. F Jason Popek (1-1-2), Jr. F Brandon Fagerheim (1-1-2)
What to watch: The Yellow Jackets are known for being perennial doormats in the conference. But they also are known for giving teams with more skill – teams like Mercyhurst – difficult battles on most nights. AIC beat Sacred Heart 4-1 in its AHA opener last weekend.

Record: 0-2-0, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Jr. G Rob Tadazak (0-2-0, 3.02, .921), So. F Willie Faust (1-1-2), Jr, D Mac Lalor (1-0-1), Fr. F C.J. Reuschlein (1-0-1)
What to watch for: The Black Knights returned 10 of their top 11 scorers from a season, with leading scorer Andy Starczewski (11-15-26) being the only departure. Now they need to learn how to win. They have won 10 conference games – and 11 games overall – the past two seasons, and they’re still searching for their first win of the season.

Record: 1-5-0, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. F Brett Gensler (2-1-3), Jr. D Steve Weinstein (0-5-5), Fr. F Max French (2-2-4) Jr. F Alex Grieve (3-1-4), Sr. G Branden Komm (1-5-0, 3.20, .913)
What to watch: The Falcons have gotten off to a slow start. But they still have Gensler, one of the nation’s top players, and French, the reigning conference player of the month, as well as the experience of a challenging non-conference schedule (Harvard, Maine, Merrimack, Nebraska-Omaha and 2013 national finalist Quinnipiac).

Record: 1-2-0, 0-2-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. D Ben Danford (0-5-5), Soph. F Ralph Cuddemi (2-3-5, former Erie Otters draft pick), Sr. F Kyle Gibbons (2-1-3), Sr. G Tony Capobianco (0-2-0, 4.06, .896)
What to watch: Don’t let the early-season record fool you. The Golden Griffins followed conference losses to Niagara and Air Force with a win at then-No. 17 Denver last weekend before heading to Oxford, Ohio, this weekend to face No. 6 Miami (Ohio). And don’t be fooled by Capobianco’s slow start in net. He’s a big reason why Canisius won the AHA title as a 7th seed a season ago.

Record: 0-2-1, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. G Matt Grogan (0-2-1, 3.27, .922), Sr. F Jordan Sims (2-1-3), Sr. F Billy Latta (1-1-2), Jr. D Jacob Poe (0-2-2)
What to watch: The Huskies head to the Hockey East Association next season. But for now, they are looking for their first AHA title since 2000. Grogan will be a key to UConn having a memorable final year.

Holy Cross
Record: 0-5-0, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: So. D Jake Bolton (1-2-3), Sr. F Shayne Stockton (1-1-2), Sr. F Adam Schmidt (1-1-2), Jr. G Matt Ginn (0-5-0, 3.64, .904)
What to watch: The Crusaders are struggling to score goals, with two goals or fewer in their first five games and eight in all. But 19th-year head coach Paul Pearl, who has 283 career wins, knows how to get this team to reach its potential.

Record: 1-5-1, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Matthew Zay (3-4-7), Sr. F Daniel O’Donoghue (3-3-6), Jr. F Ryan Misiak (2-2-4), Sr. D Nick Jones (1-3-4), Jr. F Nardo Nagtzaam (0-0-0 in 2 games)
What to watch: The Lakers entered this season with the potential to win their first conference championship since 2005. Although they begin AHA play this weekend having struggled on offense and with injuries, the talent-laden Lakers are still contenders.

Record: 1-4-1, 1-1-1 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Mike Conderman (3-1-4), Sr. D Kevin Ryan (1-3-4), Sr. F Ryan Rashid (2-1-3), Fr. C Brock Edwards (1-2-3)
What to watch: The Purple Eagles may not run out to a big lead in the conference for the second straight season. But they are still strong enough to add a postseason title to the regular-season crown they won a season ago.

Robert Morris
Record: 0-4-1, 0-0-1 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Cody Wydo (3-1-4), Jr. F Scott Jacklin (1-3-4), So. F Zac Lynch (1-3-4), So F David Friedmann (1-2-3)
What to watch: The Colonials finished winless in October for the first time in program history. But four of their games have been decided by two goals or fewer goals. And head coach Derek Schooley has enough experience to turn this team around.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Record: 0-3-2, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. F Michael Colavecchia (4-2-6), Sr. F Ben Lynch (3-1-4), Sr. D Nolan Descouteaux (1-3-4), Jr. F Matt Garbowsky (1-3-4), Jr. G Jordan Ruby (0-3-2, 3.89, .882)
What to watch: The Tigers have a history of strong offensive players, stalwarts in net and – most importantly, of winning. They have enough offensive threats and Ruby in goal. So don’t be surprised when the Tigers start winning in AHA play.

Sacred Heart
Record: 2-3-0, 1-1-0
Top players: Jr. F Drew George (3-1-4), Fr. F Justin Danforth (0-3-3), Jr. D Will Raynor (1-1-2), So G Alex Vazzano (2-2-0, 3.25, .902)
What to watch: The Pioneers already have matched their win total from a season ago. So they have shown early that this team is moving in the right direction.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 8th, 2012

The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team needed a spark to gain control of a tight game Saturday against American International.
Daniel Bahntge provided it. The sophomore forward recorded his second collegiate hat trick, including the tiebreaking goal, in a 7-2 Atlantic Hockey Association win in front of 625 fans at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers rebounded from a 7-3 loss to AIC Friday.
Bahntge began his three-goal outing by snapping a 1-1 tie 8 minutes, 29 seconds into the second period. His goal sparked a stretch of six straight goals – four in the decisive second period – that opened a 7-1 lead. He capped the onslaught with his final two goals in the third.
Chris Bodo scored two goals for the Lakers (6-6-1, 6-3-0 AHA), while Matthew Zay had three assists. Max Strang made 26 saves to earn the win in net. Mercyhurst outshot the Yellow Jackets (4-8-3, 1-6-3) by a 38-28 count. The Lakers return to action next Saturday with a non-conference game at Clarkson, followed by an AHA home game Dec. 18 against Canisius.

Posted: December 7th, 2012

American International (3-7-3, 0-5-3 AHA) at Mercyhurst (5-5-1, 5-2-0)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst plays its first home games after completing a season-opening stretch of 11 straight road games with a 5-4 win at Air Force last Friday. … The Lakers were 11-4-1 at home a season ago. … They have lost three of the last four meetings with AIC, including two losses at home two seasons ago. They split two games in Springfield, Mass., a season ago. … The Lakers are tied for fourth in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings, eight points behind frontrunning Niagara, which has opened the conference season with a 9-0-0 record. AIC stands 11th in the 12-team conference. … The Lakers hold their annual “Teddy Bear Toss” tonight to benefit the United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Program. Fans can attend the game for free by donating a new or gently used stuffed animal and then tossing them onto the ice for the team’s first goal. … AIC has finished 10th or worst in the AHA standings every season since the conference began in 2003, including eight consecutive last-place finishes from 2003-11. … AIC, which continues a season-high, eight-game road trip, are winless in five straight games (0-3-2). … The Yellow Jackets have scored two goals or fewer in nine of 13 games. … They gained their only points in the AHA standings with ties against Canisius, Rochester Institute of Technology and Sacred Heart. … But they have a non-conference win against Quinnipiac, which stands 13th in the Division I poll.
Upcoming schedule: Dec. 15 at Clarkson, 7 p.m.; Dec. 18 vs. Canisius, 7:05 p.m.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 5th, 2012

The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team will play the first 11 games of the regular season on the road. Yet before embarking on a stretch of road games that will last nearly two months, the Lakers will enjoy one game at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
The Lakers begin the 2012-13 season today at 7:05 p.m. with an exhibition game against Wilfrid Laurier, from Waterloo, Ontario. The Lakers, which posted a 20-16-4 record and reached the Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament semifinals a season ago, begins the regular season Oct. 13 at AHA rival Niagara. The home opener is Dec. 7 against conference foe American International.

Posted: September 25th, 2012

The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team was chosen to finish third out of 12 teams in the Atlantic Hockey Association’s preseason coaches poll, which was released Tuesday.
The Lakers received no first-place votes and 89 points. Air Force, the defending regular-season and tournament champions, earned eight first-place votes and 112 points. Niagara was second with three first-place votes and 101 points. Bentley and Rochester Institute of Technology were tied for fourth with 87 points.
Holy Cross (74) placed sixth, followed by Connecticut (65) and Robert Morris (61), which had one first-place vote. Canisius (38), Army (30), American International (20) and Sacred Heart (19) rounded out the rest of the list.

Posted: November 7th, 2011

Lakers drop to 9th in poll

The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team dropped to ninth in the latest poll Division I poll despite not playing a regular-season game last week. The Lakers (6-2-0) lost to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Brampton Thunder 3-1 in an exhibition game on Wednesday.

Northeastern (8-1-1) moved ahead of Mercyhurst by 12 points in voting. Wisconsin (11-1-0) remains No. 1 ahead of No. 2 Cornell (4-0-0) and No. 3 Minnesota (10-2-0). Boston College (6-3-1) and Boston University (6-4-1) completed the top 5. Minnesota Duluth (4-5-1) stands sixth, followed by North Dakota (7-4-1) at No. 7. Harvard (2-0-0) is 10th.


Lakers’ Strang earns AHA honor

Mercyhurst College redshirt junior goaltender Max Strang was named Atlantic Hockey Association’s co-goaltender of the week with American International’s Ben Meisner. He extended his and the team’s winning streaks to four straight games with a weekend sweep of AHA rival Connecticut last weekend.

He stopped 27-of-30 shots in a 4-3 overtime win Friday and added 41 saves in his first career shutout, a 2-0 win Saturday. Strang has a 4-4-0 record with 3.12 goals-against average and .916 save percentage this season. Those numbers improve to 3-0-0, 1.32 and .967 in conference play.


Posted: October 2nd, 2010

(in order of predicted finish)

Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers

2009-10 record: 28-12-1, 22-5-1 AHA

Coach: Wayne Wilson, 12th season (216-103-25)

Players to watch: Jr. F Cameron Burt (16-31-47), Sr. F Andrew Favot (13-33-46), Jr. F Tyler Brenner (15-11-26), D Chris Haltigin (11-13-24), C Sean Murphy (6-13-19)

Outlook: The Tigers enjoyed a magical ride to the conference’s first NCAA Division I Frozen Four berth last season. If they find a replacement for graduated G Jared DeMichiel (27-10-1, 2.09, .920, 5 SO in 2009-10), they will have the inside track for another trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Mercyhurst Lakers

2009-10 record: 15-20-3, 15-10-3 AHA

Coach: Rick Gotkin, 23rd season (399-272-52)

Players to watch: R-So. F Phil Ginand (15 goals, 19 assists, 34 points in 2008-09), Sr. F Mike Gurtler (14-16-30 in 2009-10), Sr. F Brandon Coccimiglio (14-14-28), Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (15-17-3 record, 2.79 goals-against average, .918 save percentage, 2 shutouts), Sr. D Jeff Terminesi (5-13-18, plus-17)

Outlook: Ginand’s return to a lineup filled with size makes the Lakers an imposing team in the conference. They will be in contention for the conference title until the end of the season.

Air Force Falcons

2009-10 record: 16-15-6, 14-8-6 AHA

Coach: Frank Serratore, 13th season (198-212-32)

Players to watch: Sr. F Jacques Lamoureux (22-20-42), Sr. F Derrick Burnett (10-23-33), Jr. D Tim Kirby (5-19-24), So. F Kyle De Laurell (6-12-18), Jr. D Scott Mathis (2-14-16)

Outlook: Lamoureux, whose sisters, Jocelyne and Monique, won silver with Team USA at the Vancouver Olympics, leads a veteran Falcons’ team. But they need to replace their longtime starter in net, Andrew Volkening (16-15-6, 2.44, .918 in 2009-10).

Canisius Golden Griffins

2009-10 record: 17-15-5, 13-11-4 AHA

Coach: Dave Smith, 6th season (N/A)

Players to watch: Sr. F Cory Conacher (20-33-53), Sr. F Vincent Scarsella (11-30-41), So. F Preston Shupe (10-15-25), Jr. G Dan Morrison (12-11-3, 3.16, .906, 3 SO)

Outlook: Conacher, the reigning AHA player of the year, and Scarsella ignite one of the nation’s leading offenses. But the Golden Griffins need to replace two key weapons in Josh Heidinger (11-28-39 in 2009-10) and Carl Hudson (14-20-34).

Sacred Heart Pioneers

2009-10 record: 21-13-4, 16-9-3 AHA

Coach: C.J. Marottolo, 1st season (0-0-0)

Players to watch: Sr. F Patrick Knowlton (13-26-39), Jr. F Matt Gingera (11-12-23), Sr. F David Berube (10-7-17), So. D Alex Stuart (1-10-11), So. Steven Legatto (19-10-3, 3.10, .907, 2 SO)

Outlook: Marottolo takes over a program that lost four of its top five players from the 2009-10 team. But he still had Legatto, who had a standout season in net as a freshman.

Army Black Knights

2009-10 record: 11-18-7, 10-12-6 AHA

Coach: Brian Riley, 7th season (79-102-32)

Players to watch: Sr. F Cody Omilusik (18-16-34), Jr. F Mike Hull (8-20-28), D Marcel Alvarez (6-14-20), Jr. F Danny Colvin (6-12-18), Sr. G Jay Clark (11-16-5, 3.00, .908, 1 SO)

Outlook: The Black Knights lost leading scorer Eric Sefchik (11-24-35 in 2009-10). But they return enough talent, led by Omilusik up front and Clark in net, to enjoy a solid season.

Robert Morris Colonials

2009-10 record: 10-19-6, 6-10-4 CHA

Coach: Derek Schooley, 6th season (59-94-20)

Players to watch: Sr. F Nathan Longpre (14-17-31), Sr. F Chris Kushneriuk (11-18-29), Sr. D Denny Urban (10-14-24), Jr. F Trevor Lewis (5-16-21), Jr. G Brooks Ostergard (9-16-3, 3.13, .906)

Outlook: The Colonials take a veteran club into their inaugural AHA season. But in this conference, they should be middle of the pack.

Niagara Purple Eagles

2009-10 record: 12-20-4, 6-10-2 CHA

Coach: Dave Burkholder, 10th season (156-141-32)

Players to watch: Sr. F Bryan Haczyk (9-13-22), Sr. F Paul Zanette (11-10-21), So. F Marc Zanette (7-13-20), Jr. G Chris Noonan (7-9-1, 3.20, .909)

Outlook: The Purple Eagles join former College Hockey America counterpart Robert Morris in the now 12-team AHA. With the departure of leading scorers Chris Moran (9-33-42 in 2009-10), Ryan Olidis (14-19-33) and Tyler Gotto (11-14-25), their first season could be difficult.

Bentley Falcons

2009-10 record: 12-19-4, 10-15-3 AHA

Coach: Ryan Soderquist, 9th season (99-154-28)

Players to watch: So. F Joe Campanelli (10-15-25), So. F Dan Koudys (6-14-20), So. F Brett Hartung (10-5-15), Jr. G Kyle Rank (8-12-3, 3.33, .895)

Outlook: The Falcons relied on several underclassmen last season. Those players are back to lead the way again this year.

Holy Cross Crusaders

2009-10 record: 12-19-6, 10-13-5 AHA

Coach: Paul Pearl, 16th season (226-226-54)

Players to watch: So. F Rob Linsmayer (4-15-19), Jr. F Jay Silvia (10-4-14), Jr. D Mike Daly (3-10-13), So. G Thomas Tysowsky (11-17-6, 2.43, .910, 2 SO)

Outlook: The Crusaders need to replace three of their top four scorers – Jordan Cyr (14-16-30), Everett Sheen (9-11-20) and Brodie Sheahan (10-4-14). That should be difficult, since the team scored only 87 goals in 37 games last season.

Connecticut Huskies

2009-10 record: 7-27-3, 6-19-3 AHA

Coach: Bruce Marshall, 23rd season (301 wins)

Players to watch: Sr. F Andrew Olson (9-10-19), So. F Sean Ambrosie (7-11-18), Sr. F Jason Krispel (3-12-15), So. G Garrett Bartus (5-14-1, 3.26, .900)

Outlook: Marshall recorded his 300th career win last season. But the Huskies didn’t win many more games. Offense was a culprit, as they scored 59 goals in 37 games.

American International Yellow Jackets

2009-10 record: 5-24-4, 5-19-4 AHA

Coach: Gary Wright, 27th season (264-466-55)

Players to watch: So. F Adam Pleskach (15-9-24), Sr. F Steve McLeod (9-13-22), Sr. F Tom Mele (9-8-17), Jr. F Nielsson Arcibal (3-12-15), So. G Ben Meisner (4-12-2, 3.66, .901, 3 SO)

Outlook: The Yellow Jackets return 17 letterwinners from the 2009-10 team. But that team struggled in many facets of the game. Don’t expect much different this season.

- Victor Fernandes

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