Connecticut (10-7-2, 8-4-1 AHA) at Mercyhurst (13-9-2, 11-1-1)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (audio broadcast & real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst (23 points) takes a three-point lead in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings into this weekend’s series with the Huskies, who are tied for third with Air Force at 17 points. … The Lakers have won four straight games overall – two-game sweeps at Army and Holy Cross the past two weekends – and are unbeaten in 10 straight (9-0-1) in AHA play. … The Lakers are off to their second-best start in conference play through 13 games since joining the NCAA Division I level. The 2001-02 team was 11-0-2 in the MAAC Hockey League. … They are 11-0-0 in AHA games when allowing two goals or fewer. They surrendered nine goals in a 4-3 loss at Canisius on Nov. 9 and 5-5 tie with Robert Morris on Dec. 14. … The Lakers are the highest-ranking AHA school in the USCHO.com Division I poll with five votes. … The Lakers are 6-2-1 at home. … The Lakers and Huskies meet for the first time since Mercyhurst’s 4-1 win in the semifinals of the conference tournament last March. They split their two regular-season meetings, so Mercyhurst leads the all-time series 33-13-2. … Junior F Chris Bodo recorded his first career hat trick last Saturday. … Junior F Nardo Nagtzaam (lower-body injury) hopes to begin skating with the team next week. … Connecticut plays its first road games since November. The Huskies were 6-2 on a recently completed homestand, which was capped by a two-game split with Robert Morris last weekend. … Senior F Jordan Sims leads the Huskies with 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists). … Senior F Billy Latta (8-6-14) leads the team in goals. … Connecticut is playing its final season in AHA before joining Hockey East Association for the 2014-15 season.
- Victor Fernandes