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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: July 11th, 2013

Rick Gotkin heads into the 2013-14 season – his 26th as Mercyhurst men’s hockey coach – with another schedule filled with quality opponents.
The Lakers, which a season ago fell one win shy of capturing their first Atlantic Hockey Association title and NCAA Division I tournament berth since 2005, opens the regular season Oct. 11 at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis against host Minnesota – one of the nation’s most prestigious programs – in one of the nation’s premier events, the Ice Breaker Tournament. They conclude the two-day tournament Oct. 12 against either Clarkson or New Hampshire.
The Lakers play their home opener Oct. 15 at Mercyhurst Ice Center against Ferris State, which reached the national title game two seasons ago. Then they travel for a pair of two-game, non-conference series at Merrimack (Oct. 18-19) and Alaska (Oct. 25-26). They also have Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Nov. 22-23 at MIC) and Ohio State (Dec. 28-29 in Columbus, Ohio) on the non-conference schedule. Gotkin said a potential outdoor game against the Buckeyes at Progressive Field in Cleveland won’t be held for what he called unknown reasons. The game was tentatively announced last summer but was never finalized.
Mercyhurst opens the AHA schedule Nov. 2 against Air Force at MIC. They face a challenging stretch in conference in the second half, with trips to Air Force (Feb. 7-8) and Rochester Institute of Technology (Feb. 14-15) followed by a home-and-home series with defending regular-season champion Niagara (Feb. 21-22). They finish the regular season with a home-and-home series against Robert Morris Feb. 28 and March 1.
The AHA playoffs begin March 7 and conclude with the semifinals and title game March 21 and 22, respectively, at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y.

Posted: March 22nd, 2013

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team can focus on playing for the Atlantic Hockey Association championship now.
All week long, the Lakers and coach Rick Gotkin wouldn’t look past Friday night’s semifinal matchup against Connecticut. That mindset worked, as Mercyhurst scored four unanswered goals to overcome the Huskies’ early lead on the way to a 4-1 win in front of 1,095 fans at Blue Cross Arena.
The sixth-seeded Lakers (19-16-5) face seventh-seeded Canisius (18-18-5) in today’s 7:05 p.m. championship game at Blue Cross Arena for a chance to earn Mercyhurst’s first AHA title and automatic bid into the NCAA Division I tournament since 2005. The Golden Griffins shocked top-seeded and 15th-ranked Niagara 5-3 in the opening semifinal, one week after upsetting two-time defending champion Air Force in the quarterfinals.
Paul Chiasson scored two goals for Mercyhurst, while Ryan Misiak and Zac Frischmon added one apiece.

Atlantic Hockey Association final four schedule
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 7 Canisius 5, No. 1 Niagara 3
No. 6 Mercyhurst 4, No. 4 Connecticut 1
Championship game – Saturday
Canisius (18-18-5) vs. Mercyhurst (19-16-5), 7:05 p.m.
Note: Champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

SUMMARY

Mercyhurst 4, Connecticut 1
Mercyhurst 0 2 2 — 4
Connecticut 1 0 0 — 1
1st Period —
1. Connecticut, Trevor Gerling 12 (Sharib, Pauly), 7:36. Penalties — DeWald (M) boarding, 15:02; Blakey (M) slashing, 15:23.
2nd Period — 2. Mercyhurst, Zac Frischmon 4 (unassisted), 9:15. 3. Mercyhurst, Paul Chiasson 14 (Jones, DeWald), 15:59. Penalties — Latta (C) slashing, 5:13; Poe (C) holding, 6:58; Harris (C) hooking, 11:56; Shiplo (M) slashing, 13:03.
3rd Period — 4. Mercyhurst, Ryan Misiak 18 (Just, Shiplo), 13:19 (pp). 5. Mercyhurst, Chiasson 15 (Tibbett), 18:06 (en). Penalties — Bouchard (C) slashing, 11:34.
Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 9-10-14—33; Connecticut, 12-12-8—32.
Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Jordan Tibbett 7-6-1 (32 shots, 31 saves); Connecticut, Matt Grogan 14-4-3 (32 shots, 29 saves).
Power plays — Mercyhurst (1-4), Connecticut (0-3).
Attendance — 1,095.

Posted: March 21st, 2013

No. 6 Mercyhurst (18-16-5) vs. No. 4 Connecticut (19-13-4)
When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), WMCE-FM/88.5 & wmce.mercyhurst.edu (radio), www.atlantichockeyonline.com (live scores)
Up next: Championship game (Saturday, 7:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena)*
What to expect: Mercyhurst has reached the Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals for the second straight season. The Lakers lost to eventual champion Air Force 5-2 in this round a season ago. … The Lakers rebounded from an eight-game winless streak with a sweep of 11th-seeded Army at Mercyhurst Ice Center two weeks ago and a series win at No. 3 Holy Cross last weekend. … Mercyhurst hasn’t reached the title game since consecutive trips in 2008 and 2009 (lost to Air Force both times). … The Lakers haven’t won an AHA championship since beating Quinnipiac 3-2 in the 2005 title game. They also beat Quinnipiac 6-5 to capture the 2001 title, when the league was known as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. … Mercyhurst and UConn split their two-game, regular-season series in Storrs, Conn., with the Lakers losing 5-4 Jan. 18 and winning 5-0 the following night. … The Lakers lead the all-time series 32-13-3. Yet they have lost three straight and four of six games against the Huskies in the postseason, including a UConn sweep in the 2011 AHA quarterfinals. … With top-seeded and 15th-ranked Niagara (23-8-5) facing seventh-seeded Canisius (17-18-5) in the other semifinal, the conference will have a champion from a school other than Air Force and Rochester Institute of Technology for the first time since Holy Cross in 2006. Air Force, which lost to Canisius in the quarterfinals, had won five of the last six titles (2007-09, 2011-12). RIT, which lost to Niagara in the quarterfinals, won in 2010 on the way to the first NCAA Division I Frozen Four appearance for the Tigers and the AHA. … Senior F Grant Blakey has five goals and seven points in the Lakers’ five playoff games. … UConn senior G Matt Grogan has a 14-3-3 record, 1.88 goals-against average and .939 save percentage since taking over as starter midway through the season. He was the Huskies’ only player to earn all-conference honors (third team). Mercyhurst features three all-stars – junior D Nick Jones (first team), sophomore F Ryan Misiak (second) and sophomore F Matthew Zay (third). … Niagara has never reached the title game. Canisius hasn’t reached the final since 1999 (lost 4-3 to Holy Cross). … Niagara junior G Carson Chubak leads the nation with six shutouts and ranks among the top five in winning percentage (.773), goals-against average (1.81) and save percentage (.941). He’s one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which honors the nation’s top men’s hockey player. … Freshman F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, has two goals and seven points in 34 games for Canisius.
* If the Lakers win tonight

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association final four schedule
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Niagara (23-8-5) vs. No. 7 Canisius (17-18-5), 4:05 p.m.
No. 4 Connecticut (19-13-4) vs. No. 6 Mercyhurst (18-16-5), 7:05 p.m.
Championship game – Saturday
Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
Note: Champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

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