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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 20th, 2014

Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s take on tonight’s matchup…

Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals
No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. No. 7 Canisius (18-20-3)

When: Today, 4:05 p.m.
Where: Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics), wmce.mercyhurst.edu (live audio)
What to expect: Mercyhurst returns to Rochester for the conference’s final four for the third straight season. The Lakers lost to Air Force 5-2 in the 2012 semifinals. They followed a 4-1 semifinal win over Connecticut in the 2013 semifinals with a 7-2 loss to Canisius in the championship game. … The top-seeded Lakers reached the semifinals with a two-game sweep of No. 8 Holy Cross, which included their first come-from-behind win of the season and first overtime victory since December 2012, in the best-of-three quarterfinal series last weekend at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … The winner of today’s game meets the winner of the second semifinal between No. 5 Robert Morris and sixth-seeded Niagara in Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. championship game. … The Lakers are unbeaten in their last eight games (6-0-2). … They lost two of three games to Canisius in the regular season. Mercyhurst lost only four AHA games overall. … Canisius has won three of the last four meetings and four of the last six with the Lakers. … These rivals have split their last eight playoff matchups. … Junior F Matt Zay (17 goals, 25 assists, 42 points) and senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (14-27-41) are Mercyhurst’s first tandem to reach the 40-point mark since Steve Cameron, Scott Pitt and Matt Pierce in the 2008-09 season. The Lakers have 10 players with at least 20 points and 14 with double-digit points. … Junior G Jimmy

Jimmy Sarjeant

Sarjeant is unbeaten in AHA play (14-0-5). … Freshman D Philippe Drouin (upper body) remains out of the lineup. … Canisius advanced to the semifinals by shutting out 10th-seeded Sacred Heart in both games of their first-round series, and then rallying to upset second-seeded Bentley in a three-game quarterfinal series. The Golden Griffins rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat Bentley 5-4 in double overtime in Game 2, and then won 3-2 in Game 3. … They have rebounded from a 1-4-1 record to end the regular season. … Senior F Kyle Gibbons leads the team with 15 goals and 37 points. … Junior F Mitch McCrank has 14 points in his past 15 games, including all three goals in the Game 3 win over Bentley. … Sophomore F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, is second on the team with 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists). … Senior G Tony Capobianco has a 2.75 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. No. 7 Canisius (16-20-3), 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
Mercyhurst-Canisius winner vs. RMU-Niagara winner, 7:05 p.m.
Note: The champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Tournament. The 16-team field will be unveiled Sunday at noon on ESPNU.

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 14th, 2014

Kyle Cook

Kyle Cook picked the perfect time to score the Mercyhurst men’s hockey team’s first OT winner in more than 2 years. He scored 4:40 into the extra period to give the top-seeded Lakers a 5-4 win over eighth-seeded Holy Cross tonight at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Daniel O’Donoghue scored with 26.8 seconds left in the 3rd period to force overtime.
The Lakers can clinch the series win and a spot in next weekend’s AHA final four in Game 2 Saturday at 7:05pm at MIC.

Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s post-game news conference here

Posted: March 14th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association
All-Conference Team
First Team

Sr. F Brett Gensler, Bentley
Sr. F Matt Zay, Mercyhurst
Jr. F Cody Wydo, Robert Morris
Sr. D Nick Jones, Mercyhurst
Jr. D Steve Weinstein, Bentley
Jr. G Jimmy Sarjeant, Mercyhurst*

Second Team
Jr. F Cole Gunner, Air Force
Jr. F Alex Grieve, Bentley
Sr. F Daniel O’Donoghue, Mercyhurst
Sr. D Adam McKenzie, Air Force
So. D Matt Blomquist, Bentley
Sr. G Branden Komm, Bentley

Third Team
Sr. F Jon Puksar, American International
Sr. F Brant Harris, Connecticut
So. F Andrew Gladiuk, Bentley
Sr. D Kevin Ryan, Niagara
Sr. D Ben Danford, Canisius
So. G Terry Shafer, Robert Morris
* Unanimous selection

Posted: March 13th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals
No. 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7)

When: Today-Sunday, 7:05 p.m.*
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst begins postseason play after earning a bye through last weekend’s opening round. … The Lakers meet Holy Cross in the quarterfinals for the third straight season, with Mercyhurst winning in three games the past two years. The winner moves on to AHA the final four March 21-22 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. … The Lakers swept a two-game series in

Jimmy Sarjeant

Worcester, Mass., in January. They needed junior G Jimmy Sarjeant‘s career-high 51 saves in a 1-0 win and junior F Chris Bodo‘s first collegiate hat trick in a 4-2 win. … Sarjeant was the lone unanimous selection on the all-conference team, which was unveiled Thursday. He was joined on the first team by junior F Matthew Zay and senior D Nick Jones. Senior F Daniel O’Donoghue earned second-team honors. Mercyhurst leads the all-time series to 31-13-5. … Zay (16 goals, 24 assists, 40 points

Matt Zay

in 32 games) ranks among the top 10 nationally with 1.25 points per game. O’Donoghue (13-24-37 in 35 games) ranks among the top 40 at 1.06 per game. … Bodo (lower body) is questionable for the series. … Freshman D Philippe Drouin (upper body) remains out of the lineup. … Sarjeant has an unbeaten record in AHA play this season (14-0-5). He ranks among the top 10 nationally in saves (fifth with 892), save percentage (tied for eighth with .931) and winning percentage (eighth at .731). … Holy Cross advanced with a three-game series win over ninth-seeded Rochester Institute of Technology last weekend. Two games went to overtime, including the deciding Game 3. … The Crusaders are 10-5-1 since a season-worst, eight-game winless streak. … Senior F Adam Schmidt leads the team with 14 goals and 29 points, followed by sophomore F Matt Vidal (5-18-23), senior F Shayne Stockton (9-12-21) and last weekend’s Game 3 hero, freshman F Mike Barrett (11-7-18).
* Game 3 on Sunday, if necessary

- Victor Fernandes

Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s preview of the AHA tournament…

Posted: March 5th, 2014

Nardo Nagtzaam

Mercyhurst junior forward Nardo Nagtzaam collected an Atlantic Hockey Association award for the second straight day.
He was named the conference’s player of the month for February after totaling seven goals and an assist in eight games this past month. Nagtzaam, who captured AHA player of the week honors Tuesday, had at least one point in six of those games. He has eight goals and 15 points in 10 games since returning from a lower-body injury. He has 11 goals and 21 points in 20 games overall this season.

Posted: March 4th, 2014

Nardo Nagtzaam

Mercyhurst junior forward Nardo Nagtzaam shared Atlantic Hockey Association player of the week honors with Bentley junior forward Alex Grieve after totaling two goals and two assists in a 1-0-1 weekend against Robert Morris.
Nagtzaam tied a career high with three points (goal, two assists) in a 5-5 tie Friday and added a goal in a 5-2 win Saturday that ended the Lakers’ regular season. He has eight goals and 15 points in 10 games since returning from a two-month layoff with a lower-body injury.

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: March 2nd, 2014

Jordan Tibbett

PITTSBURGH – The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team will head into the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs on a high note.
The Lakers completed the regular season Saturday night with a 5-2 victory over rival Robert Morris at RMU Island Sports Center. Now the Lakers (19-12-7, 17-4-6 AHA) earn a bye through next weekend’s first-round series as the regular-season champion and No. 1 seed.
Jordan Tibbett led the way for the Lakers with a 48-save performance, as the Colonials outshot Mercyhurst 50-27.
Mercyhurst built a 2-0 lead early in the second period behind Kyle Just’s short-handed goal and Daniel O’Donoghue‘s

Daniel O'Donoghue

power-play score less than two minutes apart. RMU (13-16-5, 13-9-5) sliced the Lakers’ lead in half at 2-1 on Colin South‘s goal with 7:08 left in the period, only to have the Lakers respond with O’Donoghue’s second goal of the game at the 15:21 mark. RMU moved within a goal again at 3-2 on Cody Wydo‘s goal 9:13 into the third period. But Mercyhurst capped the win with Nardo Nagtzaam‘s goal with 3:16 left and Trent Frey‘s first goal of the season with four seconds left.

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