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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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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 25th, 2014

Mercyhurst junior Jimmy Sarjeant was named Atlantic Hockey Association’s goaltender of the week for the fifth time this season. He stopped 82-of-87 shots in a win and tie against Niagara this past weekend. He stopped 44-of-47 – his second straight 40-save effort – in a 3-3 tie Friday, and then added 38 saves in a 4-2 win Saturday that clinched the first AHA regular-season championship in program history. Sarjeant has a 14-0-4 in conference play and 16-4-5 overall record. He is tied for sixth in NCAA Division I with a .934 save percentage and ranks eighth with a .740 winning percentage.

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 21st, 2014

Mercyhurst (17-12-5, 15-4-4 AHA) vs. Niagara (10-16-4, 10-9-4)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Today – Mercyhurst Ice Center; Saturday – Dwyer Arena, Niagara University, N.Y.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com & www.purpleagles.com (live audio & real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst heads into this home-and-home series with a two-point lead over runner-up Bentley in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. The Lakers conclude the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against Robert Morris. … The Lakers rebounded from being swept in a two-game series at Air Force two weeks ago by sweeping a series last weekend at Rochester Institute of Technology for the first time ever at Frank Ritter Arena and the first time against the Tigers since the 1990-91 season. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body) made 43 saves in a 6-2 win last Saturday in his return to the lineup from a three-week layoff. Head coach Rick Gotkin was leaning towards Sarjeant against the Purple Eagles this weekend. … Senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (11 goals, 23 assists, 34 points) rejoined the lineup after missing the previous two series with an upper-body injury. … Junior F Nardo Nagtzaam (7-8-15) has four goals and nine points in six games since returning from a lower-body injury. He has teamed with sophomore F Kyle Cook (9-6-15) and freshman F Kyle Dutra (5-15-20) on a consistently strong line. … The Purple Eagles are sixth in the AHA standings, four behind fifth-place RMU and one ahead of seventh-place Canisius. … They have rebounded from a 0-7 record in non-conference play. … They have relied on two freshmen Gs – Jackson Teichroeb (4-10-2 record, 2.96 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and Adrian Ignagni (6-6-2, 3.15, .900).

- Victor Fernandes

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.

Posted: February 6th, 2014

Mercyhurst (15-10-5, 13-2-4 AHA) at Air Force (15-9-4, 10-6-3)
When: Today and Saturday, 9:05 p.m.
Where: Cadet Ice Arena – U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.goairforcefalcons.com (live audio & statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst heads into the two-game series with a four-point lead over runner-up Bentley in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. Air Force is tied for fourth with Robert Morris, seven points behind the Lakers. … Mercyhurst scored a season high in goals in an 8-2 win against the Falcons on Nov. 2 at Mercyhurst Ice Center to even the all-time series at 11-11-3. The Lakers have a 7-2-1 record at Air Force. … Redshirt junior G Jordan Tibbett will start his third and fourth straight games in place of junior G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body), who didn’t travel with the team. Tibbett is the conference’s reigning co-goaltender the week (69 saves on 72 shots in a win and tie against Bentley last weekend). On Thursday, Sarjeant was named AHA goaltender of the month for January (5-0-2 record, 1.42 goals-against average, .960 save percentage). … Senior F Daniel O’Donoghue, the team’s second-leading scorer with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists), won’t play this weekend because of an upper-body injury. … Junior F Nardo Nagtzaam had a goal and four points in two games last weekend in his return from a lower-body injury. … The line of Nagtzaam, sophomore F Kyle Cook and freshman F Kyle Dutra combined for four goals and 11 points against Bentley. … Junior Fs Chad Demers (11-22-33) and Cole Gunner (12-20-32) lead the Falcons, while senior Jason Torf (9-5-4, 2.59, .914) and freshman Chris Truehl (6-2-0, 2.01, .917) have been a solid tandem in net.

- Victor Fernandes

* Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s preview of this weekend’s series here

Posted: February 5th, 2014

Jimmy Sarjeant

Mercyhurst junior G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body) has been cleared to play. But head coach Rick Gotkin would like to give him an extra weekend of rest. So redshirt junior Jordan Tibbett – the Atlantic Hockey Association’s reigning co-goaltender of the week – will make his third straight start, and possibly a fourth, this weekend at Air Force.
Meanwhile, the first-place Lakers will be without senior F Daniel O’Donoghue, the team’s second-leading scorer with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists), because of an upper-body injury suffered last Friday against Bentley. He didn’t play last Saturday against the Falcons.

UPDATE: Sarjeant isn’t making the trip to Air Force…

Posted: February 4th, 2014

Mercyhurst redshirt junior G Jordan Tibbett went from a seldom-used backup to the top of the Atlantic Hockey Association – for at least one week, anyway. He shared the conference’s weekly honor for goaltenders with Robert Morris sophomore Terry Shafer after stopping 69-of-72 shots in a 2-2 tie and 4-1 win against Bentley this past weekend.
He stopped 32-of-34 shots in the tie Friday night, and then made 37 saves Saturday in a victory that opened the Lakers’ four-point lead over the Falcons in the AHA standings and snapped a personal eight-game losing streak. He entered last weekend with an 0-6-0 record, 6.16 goals-against average and .851 save percentage in his first six games of the season.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team remains 10th in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll.
The Lakers (17-7-3), which swept a two-game College Hockey America series from Syracuse this past weekend, earned 17 voting points – 18 behind CHA rival Robert Morris (21-5-2), which slipped to ninth from eighth following Saturday’s loss to Lindenwood that dropped the Colonials into a first-place tie with Mercyhurst in the conference standings. Minnesota (26-1-1) remains No. 1 after earning all 15 first-place votes and 150 voting points.
Meanwhile, the Mercyhurst men’s team received a season-high 11 voting points in the USCHO.com Division I poll – five more than Air Force, which hosts the Lakers in a two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series this weekend. The Lakers (15-10-5), which went 1-0-1 against Bentley this past weekend to open a four-point lead over the runner-up Falcons in the AHA standings, also earned a point in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll for the first time this season. And like in the women’s poll, Minnesota (19-2-5) stands atop both rankings.

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