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Posted: March 15th, 2014

Mercyhurst senior captain Christine Bestland continues to move up the women’s hockey’s program career lists….

No. Name (years) Total

1. Meghan Agosta-Marciano (2006-09, 2010-11) 157
2. Christine Bestland (2010-Present) 92
3. Valerie Chouinard (2005-09) 91
4. Bailey Bram (2008-12) 87
5. Jesse Scanzano (2007-11) 85
6. Kelley Steadman (2008-12) 78

No. Name (years) Total

1. Meghan Agosta-Marciano (2006-09, 2010-11) 146
2. Jesse Scanzano (2007-11) 140
3. Christine Bestland (2010-Present) 134
4. Vicki Bendus (2007-11) 121
5. Bailey Bram (2008-12) 114
6. Valerie Chouinard (2005-09) 109

No. Name (years) Total

1. Meghan Agosta-Marciano (2006-09, 2010-11) 303
2. Christine Bestland (2010-Present) 226
3. Jesse Scanzano (2007-11) 225
4. Bailey Bram (2008-12) 201
5. Valerie Chouinard (2005-09) 200
6. Vicki Bendus (2007-11) 190

Posted: January 23rd, 2014

No. 8 Robert Morris (19-3-2, 8-1-1 CHA) at Mercyhurst (14-6-3, 7-2-1)
When: Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst plays for the first time since a loss and tie at home against nationally ranked Cornell two weeks ago, which snapped a season-high, seven-game winning streak. … The Lakers have won five straight in College Hockey America play. … The Lakers received 10 votes in the latest Division I poll, seven points outside of the top 10. … Senior F Christine Bestland stands third on the Lakers’ career scoring list with 207 points. She needs 19 to pass Jesse Scanzano (225 points from 2007-11) for second place. Bestland ranks fifth on the school’s goals list with 83. She could move as high as second, as she trails Scanzano (85), Bailey Bram (87 from 2008-12) and Valerie Chouinard (91 from 2005-09). Bestland also could move as high as second in assists. She stands third with 124, only 16 behind Scanzano (140). … RMU head coach Paul Colontino, who served on Mercyhurst head coach Michael Sisti‘s staff from 2006-11, has the most wins in program history (53). … The Colonials are 7-6-1 in their last 14 games against the Lakers after losing the first 27 meetings in the all-time series. … They are 7-0-2 on the road this season, with a goal differential of more than two goals per game (2.89 goals scored and 0.67 goals against). … Freshman F Brittany Howard (12-20-32) leads all rookies in the nation in points and points per game (1.39). … Former Colonials G Brianne McLaughlin (2005-09) will represent the United States at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 9th, 2014

Check out post-game interviews from Mercyhurst’s 4-4 tie with #3 Cornell on Friday night…

Head coach Michael Sisti

Junior G Amanda Makela

Junior F Shelby Bram

No. 3 Cornell (12-1-1) at Mercyhurst (14-5-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst and Cornell meet for the first time since the Lakers’ 4-3 overtime win in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals in Ithaca, N.Y., last March. … The Lakers play for the first time since ending the first half with a two-game sweep at Lindenwood on Dec. 14-15. They also have next weekend off before facing ninth-ranked Robert Morris in a key two-game College Hockey America series at MIC. … They are 13-5-1 all-time against Cornell. But the Big Red have won five of the past eight meetings, including a 4-0 regular-season win a year ago. … Mercyhurst has won seven straight games by a combined 35-8 score. … Senior F Christine Bestland stands third on the Lakers’ career scoring list with 205 points. She needs 21 to pass Jesse Scanzano (225 points from 2007-11) for second place. Bestland ranks fifth on the school’s goals list with 83. She could move as high second, as she trails Scanzano (85), Bailey Bram (87 from 2008-12) and Valerie Chouinard (91 from 2005-09). Bestland also could move as high as second in assists. She stands third with 122, only 18 behind Scanzano (140). … Cornell has won three straight games by a combined 11-3 score since its only loss of the season, 4-1 at home against No. 7 Boston College. … The Big Red have outscored opponents 59-28. … Junior Fs Emily Fulton and Jillian Saulnier lead the nation with 1.73 points and 0.87 goals per game, respectively.

- Victor Fernandes

Mercyhurst and Cornell renew their rivalry this weekend at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Here’s why it’s grown into such a rivalry:

* Lakers head coach Michael Sisti: “We now have a great tradition and rivalry with Cornell. They’re a great program. We’ve both ended each other’s season. There’s a great mutual respect there with the staffs. I like to think we bring out the best in each other. Regardless of how the games turn out the teams learn their strengths and weaknesses and improve for the rest of the season. I like the fact we’ve got the game now. It’s certainly going to make us continue to improve. We’re looking forward to it. It’s a good test.

* Lakers junior D Molly Byrne: “It’s become a great rivalry between us. In the 3 years that I’ve been here, it’s just kept building and building. I know they’re going to be smelling blood because we ended their season last year (in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals). I think it’s going to be a great weekend.”

Posted: December 14th, 2013

Mercyhurst (12-5-2, 5-2-1 CHA) at Lindenwood (2-14-2, 2-5-1)
When: Today, 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Lindenwood Ice Arena – Wentzville, Mo.
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst completes the first half of the season with a second straight two-game series against a struggling College Hockey America team. The Lakers swept Penn State by a combined 15-0 score at Mercyhurst Ice Center last weekend, as 18 skaters that dressed for those games recorded at least a point. … The Lakers have a nearly month-long Christmas break before facing No. 3 Cornell at MIC on Jan. 10-11. … The Lakers have won a season-high five straight games by a combined 24-6 score. … With two wins, they would move within a game of idle Robert Morris (16-3-1, 8-1-1) in the CHA standings. … The Lakers have won all eight career meetings with Lindenwood by a combined 64-5 score, including four shutouts. … Senior F Christine Bestland can climb into third on the Lakers’ career scoring list with two points this weekend. She is tied for fourth with Valerie Chouinard (200 from 2005-09), one point behind Bailey Bram (201 from 2008-12). … The Lakers have allowed three goals or fewer 17 times. … Junior G Amanda Makela has a 10-5-2 record, 1.83 goals-against average, .933 save percentage this season, including 3-2-1, 2.04 and .930 in conference play. … The Lakers have improved to seventh in NCAA Division I with 3.26 goals scored per game and eighth at 1.68 goals against per game. … Lindenwood split a two-game CHA series with Syracuse last weekend, their second straight series split. … Junior F Kendra Broad leads the Lions with four goals and nine points. … Sophomore G Nicole Hensley, CHA’s reigning rookie of the year who set the NCAA single-game record with 90 saves a season ago, has a 3.47 goals-against average and .915 save percentage overall. Her statistics improve to 2.37 and .934 in CHA play. On Wednesday, Lindenwood learned the school will serve as host for the 2017 Women’s Frozen Four at Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 7th, 2013

Matt Zay and Kyle Cook had a goal and assist apiece to lead the Mercyhurst men to a 7-1 Atlantic Hockey Association win against Sacred Heart on Friday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Head coach Rick Gotkin‘s team is above .500 for the first time this season at 8-7-1, and remains atop the conference at 6-1-0.
Meanwhile, the Mercyhurst women routed Penn State 7-0 in a College Hockey America game at MIC Friday afternoon behind Christine Bestland‘s hat trick and assist. The senior forward and captain needs one point to become the fifth player in program history to reach the 200-point mark. She would join the following group of former Lakers stars:

Name (years) – total points
Meghan Agosta-Marciano (2006-09, 2010-11) – 303
Jesse Scanzano (2007-11) – 225
Bailey Bram (2008-12) – 201
Valerie Chouinard (2005-09) – 200

Posted: August 27th, 2013

Former Mercyhurst University women’s hockey player Jess Jones was selected third overall by the Brampton Thunder in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League Draft on Monday. She joins two former Lakers – Vicki Bendus and Bailey Bram – with the Thunder and four former Lakers in the league. Meghan Agosta-Marciano plays for the Montreal Stars, while Kelley Steadman plays for the Boston Blades. Jones totaled 61 goals and 154 points in 138 games for Mercyhurst from 2008-12. She had 28 goals and 53 points on the way to leading Belarus Pantera Minsk to the championship of the Elite Women’s Hockey League in Austria a season ago.

Posted: August 25th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey program were represented by four current and former players – rising senior forward Christine Bestland and alums Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Vicki Bendus and Bailey Bram – at Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Program Red-White Series at Markin MacPhail Center in Calgary, Alberta. The series capped a week-long camp that ended Saturday and featured 27 players training with Canada’s National Women’s Team in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the top 13 players on the nation’s National Women’s Development Team.
Agosta-Marciano led the White team to the series title with three goals, including both goals in a 2-1 shootout win against the Red Team in the final game Saturday. Bendus (goal, two assists) and Bestland (no points) also played for the White team. Bram had no points for the Red team. Mercyhurst assistant coach Delaney Collins is part of Hockey Canada’s coaching staff.

Posted: August 1st, 2013

Mercyhurst University women’s hockey players Christine Bestland and Shelby Bram are set to join 38 other players for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team Camp, which is set for Aug. 10-18 at Canada Olympic Park’s Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Meanwhile, Lakers third-year assistant coach Delaney Collins will serve as one of two assistant coaches on the National Development Team’s staff.
The camp features 24 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders, who were chosen based on evaluations by Hockey Canada scouts this past season as well as past performances with Canada’s National Women’s Program. Hockey Canada officials will select 13 players to join 27 senior team players in Calgary to train for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, this coming February.
Bestland, 21, a rising senior forward, had a career-high 72 points (28 goals, 44 assists) a season ago. She needs 28 points to join former Lakers Meghan Agosta, Valerie Chouinard and Jesse Scanzano as the only players in school history to reach 200 career points. Bram, 19, a rising junior forward and younger sister of former Lakers forward Bailey Bram, had a career-high 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) a season ago after totaling 21 points as a freshman.

Posted: March 27th, 2013

Girard native Jen Schoullis scored the first two goals and Mercyhurst alumnus Kelley Steadman scored the last three to lead the Boston Blades to a 5-2 win over the Montreal Stars in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League title game last weekend at Centennial Community Centre in Markham, Ontario.
Steadman’s power-play goal with 8 minutes, 51 seconds left in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie against the two-time defending Clarkson Cup champion Stars. Then she completed her first hat trick in the CWHL and the first in the Blades’ tournament history. Former Laker Meghan Agosta-Marciano scored Montreal’s first goal of the game. She led the league in the regular season with 46 points.
Schoullis, who won a national title at the University of Minnesota a season ago, and Steadman now hope to represent the United States at the IIHF Women’s World Championship, which begins Tuesday and runs through April 9 in Ottawa, Ontario. Agosta-Marciano joins former Laker Bailey Bram on Team Canada’s roster.

Posted: March 19th, 2013

Former Mercyhurst hockey players Meghan Agosta-Marciano and Bailey Bram earned roster spots on the Canadian National Women’s Team that will compete for gold in the IIHF Women’s World Championship April 2-9 in Ottawa, Ontario.
They are joined on the team by Laura Fortino, Brianne Jenner and Lauriane Rougeau, who were on the Cornell team that lost to the Lakers in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals this past weekend. Boston University junior Marie-Philip Poulin, who faces Mercyhurst Friday in the Frozen Four semifinals, also is on the team.

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