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Posted: March 20th, 2014

Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s take on tonight’s matchup…

Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals
No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. No. 7 Canisius (18-20-3)

When: Today, 4:05 p.m.
Where: Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics), wmce.mercyhurst.edu (live audio)
What to expect: Mercyhurst returns to Rochester for the conference’s final four for the third straight season. The Lakers lost to Air Force 5-2 in the 2012 semifinals. They followed a 4-1 semifinal win over Connecticut in the 2013 semifinals with a 7-2 loss to Canisius in the championship game. … The top-seeded Lakers reached the semifinals with a two-game sweep of No. 8 Holy Cross, which included their first come-from-behind win of the season and first overtime victory since December 2012, in the best-of-three quarterfinal series last weekend at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … The winner of today’s game meets the winner of the second semifinal between No. 5 Robert Morris and sixth-seeded Niagara in Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. championship game. … The Lakers are unbeaten in their last eight games (6-0-2). … They lost two of three games to Canisius in the regular season. Mercyhurst lost only four AHA games overall. … Canisius has won three of the last four meetings and four of the last six with the Lakers. … These rivals have split their last eight playoff matchups. … Junior F Matt Zay (17 goals, 25 assists, 42 points) and senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (14-27-41) are Mercyhurst’s first tandem to reach the 40-point mark since Steve Cameron, Scott Pitt and Matt Pierce in the 2008-09 season. The Lakers have 10 players with at least 20 points and 14 with double-digit points. … Junior G Jimmy

Jimmy Sarjeant

Sarjeant is unbeaten in AHA play (14-0-5). … Freshman D Philippe Drouin (upper body) remains out of the lineup. … Canisius advanced to the semifinals by shutting out 10th-seeded Sacred Heart in both games of their first-round series, and then rallying to upset second-seeded Bentley in a three-game quarterfinal series. The Golden Griffins rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat Bentley 5-4 in double overtime in Game 2, and then won 3-2 in Game 3. … They have rebounded from a 1-4-1 record to end the regular season. … Senior F Kyle Gibbons leads the team with 15 goals and 37 points. … Junior F Mitch McCrank has 14 points in his past 15 games, including all three goals in the Game 3 win over Bentley. … Sophomore F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, is second on the team with 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists). … Senior G Tony Capobianco has a 2.75 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. No. 7 Canisius (16-20-3), 4:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (19-18-5) vs. No. 6 Niagara (17-19-5), approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – Saturday
Mercyhurst-Canisius winner vs. RMU-Niagara winner, 7:05 p.m.
Note: The champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Tournament. The 16-team field will be unveiled Sunday at noon on ESPNU.

Posted: March 16th, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team will have a rematch with Canisius in the Atlantic Hockey Association’s final four – this time in Friday’s 4:05 p.m. semifinal at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. The Golden Griffins ended the Lakers’ 2012-13 season by handing them a 7-2 loss in the title game.
No. 5 Robert Morris will meet No. 6 Niagara in the other semifinal, set for approximately one hour after the first game. The Purple Eagles beat third-seeded Air Force 4-3 in OT in Game 3 tonight.

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
March 14-16 at higher-seeded team

No. 1 Mercyhurst def. No. 8 Holy Cross, 2-0
No. 7 Canisius def. No. 2 Bentley, 2-1
No. 6 Niagara def. No. 3 Air Force, 2-1
No. 5 Robert Morris def. No. 4 Connecticut, 2-0
Semifinals – Friday
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. No. 7 Canisius (18-20-3), 4:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (19-18-5) vs. No. 6 Niagara (17-19-5), approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – Saturday
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Mercyhurst-Canisius winner vs. RMU-Niagara winner, 7:05 p.m.

Posted: March 16th, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team finds out their semifinal opponent in next weekend’s Atlantic Hockey Association final four late tonight. Two series face a Game 3 tonight – No. 7 Canisius-No. 2 Bentley and No. 3 Air Force-No. 6 Niagara.
The top-seeded Lakers (21-12-7), which swept No. 8 Holy Cross this weekend, will face the lowest-remaining seed – either No. 5 Robert Morris, No. 6 Niagara or No. 7 Canisius on Friday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., either at 4:05 p.m. or approximately one hour after the opening game. The championship game is set for Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Check back here tonight for an updated tournament schedule…

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
Friday-Today

No. 8 Holy Cross at No. 1 Mercyhurst
Game 1 – Mercyhurst 5, Holy Cross 4, OT
Game 2 – Mercyhurst 4, Holy Cross 1
Mercyhurst wins series 2-0

No. 7 Canisius (16-19-3) at No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4)
Game 1 – Bentley 4, Canisius 3, OT
Game 2 – Canisius 5, Bentley 4, 2OT
Game 3 – Today at 7:05 p.m.
Series tied 1-1

No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4) vs. No. 6 Niagara (15-18-5)
Game 1 – Air Force 2, Niagara 1
Game 2 – Niagara 4, Air Force 3
Game 3 – Today at 9:05 p.m.
Series tied 1-1

No. 5 Robert Morris at No. 4 Connecticut
Game 1 – RMU 3, Connecticut 0
Game 2 – RMU 3, Connecticut 2
RMU wins series 2-0

Semifinals – Next Friday
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

(Games set for for 4:05 p.m. and approximately 1 hour after first game)
No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. lowest-remaining seed (either RMU, Niagara or Canisius)
No. 5 Robert Morris (19-18-5) vs. higher seed (either Mercyhurst, Bentley or Air Force)
Championship game – Next Saturday
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
* Game 3 is set for Sunday, if necessary

Posted: March 13th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
Today-Sunday*

(All games begin at 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
No. 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7)
No. 7 Canisius (16-19-3) at No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4)
No. 6 Niagara (15-18-5) at No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4), 9:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (17-18-5) at No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4)
Semifinals – March 21
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Quarterfinal winners, 4:05 p.m. and approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – March 22
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
* Game 3 is set for Sunday, if necessary

Vic’s picks
Quarterfinals
Mercyhurst def. Holy Cross, 2-0
Canisius def. Bentley, 2-0
Air Force def. Niagara 2-0
Connecticut def. Robert Morris, 2-1
Semifinals
Mercyhurst def. Canisius
Air Force def. Connecticut
Championship game
Mercyhurst def. Air Force

Posted: March 6th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
First round (best-of-3 series)
(All games begin at 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Friday through Sunday*

No. 5 Robert Morris 8-2-3, No. 12 Army 4-4-1 (RMU wins series 2-1)
No. 6 Niagara 1-4, No. 11 American International 0 (2OT)-2 (Niagara wins series 2-0)
No. 7 Canisius 3-5, No. 10 Sacred Heart 0-0 (Canisius wins series 2-0)
No. 9 Rochester Institute of Technology 3-1-2, No. 8 Holy Cross 2 (OT)-5-3 (OT) (Holy Cross wins series 2-1)
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
March 14-16

No 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7), 7:05 p.m.
No. 7 Canisius (16-19-3) at No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4), TBD
No. 6 Niagara (15-18-5) at No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4), TBD
No. 5 Robert Morris (17-18-5) at No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4), TBD
Semifinals – March 21
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Quarterfinal winners, 4:05 p.m. and approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – March 22
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.

* Game 3s on Sunday (if necessary)
# Game 3 would begin at 5:05 p.m.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament
First round (best-of-3 series)

(All games start at 7:05 p.m., unless otherwise noted)
Friday – Game 1
No. 12 Army (5-26-0, 5-22-0) at No. 5 Robert Morris (13-16-5, 13-9-5)
No. 11 American International (10-23-1, 9-17-1) at No. 6 Niagara (11-18-5, 11-11-5)
No. 10 Sacred Heart (12-22-0, 11-16-0) at No. 7 Canisius (12-19-3, 11-13-3)
No. 9 Rochester Institute of Technology (11-18-5, 10-14-3) at No. 8 Holy Cross (12-19-3, 11-13-3), TBD
Saturday – Game 2
Army at RMU
AIC at Niagara
Sacred Heart at Canisius
RIT at Holy Cross, TBD
Note: Game 3s, if necessary, are set for Sunday at times TBD. No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7, 17-4-6), No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4, 16-7-4), No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4, 15-9-3) and No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4, 15-9-3) earned first-round byes and home-ice advantage in the best-of-3 quarterfinal series on March 14-16.

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: January 28th, 2014

Mercyhurst junior F Matt Zay has earned Atlantic Hockey Association player of the week honors after totaling two goals and three assists in a split of a home-and-home series with Canisius this past weekend.
He had the tying goal with less than 3 minutes left, and assisted on junior F Daniel Bahntge‘s go-ahead goal with 57 seconds left, in a 3-1 win Friday in Buffalo. Zay tied a season high with 3 points (goal, 2 assists) in a 7-4 loss Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
He leads the Lakers with 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) this season, and needs 9 points to become the 17th player in the program’s NCAA Division I history to reach 100 career points.

Posted: January 26th, 2014

Mercyhurst junior G Jimmy Sarjeant suffered an upper-body injury in the second period of a 7-4 loss to Canisius on Saturday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Sarjeant will be evaluated Monday to determine how much time he will miss. The Lakers (14-10-4, 12-2-3) host Bentley (13-8-3, 11-3-3) next weekend in a key two-game series between the top two teams in the Atlantic Hockey Association. Mercyhurst leads the Falcons by two points in the standings.
Sarjeant, a first-year starter, has an 11-0-3 record, 1.83 goals-against average and .947 save percentage in 14 AHA games this season.
If he can’t play against the Falcons, head coach Rick Gotkin said redshirt junior Jordan Tibbett will start in net. He replaced Sarjeant in Saturday’s game and allowed 5 goals on 17 shots to fall to 0-6-0 with a 6.16 goals-against average and .851 save percentage this season.

- Victor Fernandes