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Posted: May 8th, 2012

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna says the conference’s expansion plans are focused on the University of Connecticut.

Bertagna and UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel say they hope to know in June whether UConn will be upgrading its men’s hockey program and becoming a member of Hockey East.

The 10-member conference, which is in the process of adding Notre Dame for 2013, has been looking for a 12th member.

The school and the conference have been in talks that also have included Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and officials with Hartford’s XL Center, a likely venue for games.

Bertagna says while there have been casual conversations with other schools, the league’s talks with UConn are the most serious.

Connecticut currently plays in the Atlantic Hockey conference.

Posted: March 19th, 2010

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Three members of the Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team were honored at the Atlantic Hockey Tournament banquet Thursday evening in Rochester, N.Y. Junior forward Brandon Coccimiglio was named to the All-AHA Second Team,  junior goaltender Ryan Zapolski earned a spot on the All-AHA Third Team and senior Chris Risi was honored with the Individual Sportsmanship Award.

Coccimiglio, a native of Burlington, Ontario, makes his first appearance on an all-conference team after finishing the season second in scoring for the Lakers. He tallied 14 goals and added 14 assists for 28 points through 31 games, missing five due to injury.

Zapolski represents Mercyhurst as an All-AHA selection for the second-straight season, being named to the second team in 2008-09. The Erie, Pa., native went 15-17-3 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against average. He set a new Mercyhurst single-season save record with 1,109 stops and won 15-plus games for the second time in his career.

Risi, the team’s captain, garnered one of the conference’s major honors for displaying honor, courage and respect to his team and opponents throughout the season. On the ice, he produced the Lakers with three goals and 13 points through 32 games, missing four contests with an injury earlier in the season. For his career, the Thorold, Ontario product netted 23 goals and added 40 assists for 63 points.

- From Mercyhurst College news release

Posted: March 13th, 2010

The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team’s season ended Saturday night with a 5-4 double-overtime loss to Canisius in Game 2 of their Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinal series at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Golden Griffins won the series 2-0 to advance to next Friday’s semifinals at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. They won all four meetings with the Lakers at MIC this season.

Check out the boxscore by clicking the link.

Posted: March 12th, 2010

Eric Rex (Contributed/Canisius College)

Fairview native Eric Rex, a junior forward for the Canisius College men’s hockey team, had family members and friends watchingtheGolden Griffins play Mercyhurst College Friday night. Unfortunately, Rex watched the game, too.

“I grew up on this ice,” said Rex, 22, before Game 1 of a best-of-three Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinal series at Mercyhurst Ice Center. “It was a little strange not being in there.”

Rex was a healthy scratch in the Golden Griffins’ 5-1 win. He has watched many games this season. He has appeared in only nine of the team’s 35 games. In contrast, he played in 26 games as a freshman in 2007-08 and 31 more in 2008-09.

“We have a lot of guys who play good hockey,” said Rex, who played with the United States Hockey League’s Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets before signing with the Buffalo, N.Y., school. “It’s very competitive. I need to make sure that I keep mistakes to a minimum. I have to keep working hard and playing well.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 12th, 2010

AHA Tournament schedule

Quarterfinals (best-of-3)

No. 4 Mercyhurst vs. No. 5 Canisius

Game 1 – Canisius 5, Mercyhurst 1

Game 2 – Saturday at Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.

Game 3 – Sunday at Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.*

Canisius leads series, 1-0

No. 2 Sacred Heart vs. No. 7 Holy Cross

Game 1 – Sacred Heart 4, Holy Cross 0

Game 2 – Saturday at Sacred Heart, 7:05 p.m.

Game 3 – Sunday at Sacred Heart, 7:05 p.m.*

Sacred Heart leads series 1-0

No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology vs. No. 9 Connecticut

Game 1 - RIT 4, Connecticut 3 (OT)

Game 2 - Saturday at RIT, 7:05 p.m.

Game 3 - Sunday at RIT, 7:05 p.m.*

RIT lead series 1-0

No. 3 Air Force vs. No. 6 Army

Game 1 - Air Force 3, Army 0

Game 2 - Saturday at Air Force, 9:05 p.m.

Game 3 - Sunday at Air Force, 9:05 p.m.*

Air Force leads series 1-0

* If necessary

Posted: March 12th, 2010

Posted: March 3rd, 2010

First round

No. 10 American International at No. 7 Holy Cross, Friday at 7 p.m.

No. 9 Connecticut at No. 8 Bentley, Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)

March 12-14

First-round winner at No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology, 7:05 p.m.*

First-round winner at No. 2 Sacred Heart, 7:05 p.m.*

No. 5 Canisius at No. 4 Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.*

No. 6 Army at No. 3 Air Force, 9:05 p.m.*

* Every game in each series has the same start time


March 19 – at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.

Quarterfinal winners, 4:05 and 7:05 p.m.

Championship game

March 20 at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 16th, 2010

The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team will face Army in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday night on CBS College Sports’ live national broadcast. Find out more by clicking the link.