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: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (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