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Posted: March 15th, 2014

* Frozen Four recap: The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team beat Cornell 3-2 today in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals to secure a spot in the NCAA Women’s Division I Frozen Four for the second straight season and the fourth time in program history. All four appearances have come since 2009. Here’s a look back…
2009 (Boston) – beat Minnesota 5-4 in semifinals, lost to Wisconsin 5-0 in final
2010 (Minneapolis) – lost to Cornell 3-2 in OT in semifinals
2013 (Minneapolis) – lost to Boston University 4-1 in semifinals

Christie Cicero

* 100-point club: Senior F Christine Bestland wasn’t the only Laker to reach a milestone in today’s game. Senior F Christie Cicero had an assist on Bestland’s second of two goals to reach the 100-point mark in her career.
* Bucking one trend, but not another: Mercyhurst won for only the second time in seven games when trailing after the first period (2-3-2). But the Lakers are a perfect 20-0-0 when leading after two periods.
* Around the rink: The Lakers have a 5-8 all-time record in NCAA playoff games, including 4-6 in the quarterfinals. … The Lakers are 14-6-2 all-time against Cornell. … They are 5-2-1 all-time at Lynah Rink. … Cornell had a four-game winning streak snapped with today’s loss. … The Big Red lost for the second straight year as the No. 2 seed. … Cornell senior G Lauren Slebodnick lost for only the second time this season (17-2-3) and 10th time in her 4-year career (68-10-5). … Cornell rising senior F Brianne Jenner and alum Lauriane Rougeau were on hand to sign autographs for and pose for photos with fans. They won gold medals with their native Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, last month.

- Victor Fernandes

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: March 14th, 2014

Mercyhurst (23-8-4) at No. 2 Cornell (24-5-4)
When: Today, 3 p.m.
Where: James Lynah Rink – Ithaca, N.Y.
On the air: & (live stream and live statistics), (live audio)

Players to watch:

Christine Bestland

Mercyhurst – Sr. F Christine Bestland (20 goals, 31 assists, 51 points), Jr. G Amanda Makela (21-7-4 record, 1.79 goals-against average, .927 save percentage, 6 shutouts), Jr. D Molly Byrne (3-23-26), So. F Emily Janiga (15-25-40), Sr. F Christie Cicero (16-18-34), So. F Jenna Dingeldein (15-19-34), Jr. F Shelby Bram (8-26-34)

Jillian Saulnier

Cornell – Jr. F Jillian Saulnier (28-27-55), Sr. G Lauren Slebodnick (17-1-3, 2.27, .908, 1 SHO), Jr. F Emily Fulton (19-22-41), Sr. F Jessica Campbell (14-22-36), Sr. D Alyssa Gagliardi (9-19-28), So. D Cassandra Poudrier (8-19-27)
What to expect: The start time was moved up a half hour to avoid a conflict with Game 2 of the Cornell men’s team’s ECAC Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series, which is set for 7 p.m. at Lynah Rink. … Mercyhurst has extended its NCAA record to 10 consecutive seasons in the national Division I playoffs. … The Lakers have a 4-8 all-time record in NCAA playoff games, including 3-6 in the quarterfinals. … They snapped a two-game losing streak in this round with a 4-3 overtime win at Cornell a season ago. … The Lakers are 13-6-2 all-time against Cornell, but are winless in seven of their past nine meetings, including a 4-4 tie and 6-4 loss in January at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Special teams headlined those two meetings, with the Lakers going 2-for-11 on the power play and allowing five goals on the Big Red’s 12 chances. … They are 4-2-1 at Lynah Rink. … Mercyhurst had a 10-game unbeaten streak snapped in 2-1 double-overtime loss to Rochester Institute of Technology in the College Hockey America title game last weekend. … Cicero needs one point to reach the 100-point mark for her career. … Cornell enters the matchup on a four-game winning streak, including wins over fellow NCAA tournament teams Harvard and Clarkson last weekend to capture its fourth ECAC Hockey Tournament championship in the past five years. … The Big Red have won 10 of their last 12 games …. The Big Red earned the No. 2 seed for the third time in the last four years. … Saulnier leads the nation with 0.85 goals and 1.67 points per game, and ranks sixth with 0.82 assists per game. … Campbell ranks 10th nationally with 0.78 assists and 1.25 points per game. … Fulton (1.24 points per game) also ranks among the top 15. … Bestland (tied for fifth with 1.46 points, 13th with 0.57 goals, fourth with 0.89 assists per game) is the lone Laker in the top 20 of all three categories. … Bram (0.74 assists per game) and Janiga (0.71 assists) are among the top 20. … The Big Red are second nationally with 3.61 goals scored per game, followed by the Lakers in fifth at 3.40. … Mercyhurst ranks ninth with 1.80 goals against per game, while the Big Red are 12th at 2.12. … Slebodnick ranks second with an .881 save percentage. … The Big Red have returned to the NCAA playoffs without last season’s leading scorer Brianne Jenner (35-35-70), who rejoins the program as a senior next year after winning a gold medal with her native Canada at the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 6th, 2014

College Hockey America Tournament schedule
at Mercyhurst Ice Center
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4) vs. No. 4 Syracuse (20-12-3), 4 p.m.
No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3) vs. No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology (17-15-3), 7:30 p.m.
Championship game – Saturday
Mercyhurst-Syracuse winner vs. RMU-RIT winner, 3 p.m.

*** On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)

Teams at a glance
* Mercyhurst - The Lakers have won 11-of-12 CHA tournament championships under head coach Michael Sisti. … They are 26-0-2 all time against Syracuse, including 1-0-1 this season. Mercyhurst beat the Orange 1-0 in the 2013 CHA title game. … They are unbeaten in nine straight games, which is the third longest in NCAA Division I this season. … The Lakers play better with a lead, as they are 2-6-1 when trailing in the third period and 2-1-3 when tied after two periods. … Senior F Christine Bestland ranks fifth nationally with 1.52 points per game. … Senior F Christie Cicero needs two points to reach the 100 mark for her career.
* Syracuse - The Orange swept Lindenwood in an opening-round series last weekend behind scoring from eight different players. … They have three wins against nationally ranked teams (Boston College, Northeastern and Robert Morris). … Sophomore F Melissa Piancentini leads the team with 17 goals and 29 points. … Senior G Jenesica Drinkwater (16-6-1 record, 1.82 goals-against average, .929 save percentage, 4 shutouts).
* Robert Morris - The Colonials won the 2012 conference title by beating Mercyhurst under head coach Paul Colontino, a former associate coach under Lakers head coach Michael Sisti. … RMU won three of four regular-season meetings with semifinal opponent Rochester Institute of Technology. … The Colonials swept Penn State in the first round. … Freshman F Brittany Howard leads the team with 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists), followed by junior F Rebecca Vint with 23 goals and 40 points.
* RIT - The Tigers have won five straight games, their longest streak as a D-I program. … Junior G Ali Binnington leads the conference (and ranks sixth nationally) with a .940 save percentage and is tied for second in CHA (11th in the nation) with a 1.82 GAA. She has stopped 147-of-151 shots during the Tigers’ current win streak. … Junior F Marissa Maugeri leads the way with 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 6th, 2014

Christine Bestland

USA Hockey announced today that Minnesota sophomore F Hannah Brandt, Clarkson senior F Jamie Lee Rattray and Cornell junior F Jillian Saulnier are the three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is awarded to NCAA Division I’s player of the year. Mercyhurst senior F Christine Bestland, who was on the initial list of 10 players, didn’t make the final cut.
The winner will be announced March 22 at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, Conn., as part of the NCAA Frozen Four tournament, which is set for March 21 and 23 in Hamden, Conn.

Posted: March 4th, 2014

Christine Bestland

Mercyhurst senior forward Christine Bestland was named College Hockey America’s player of the month for February after totaling six goals and 10 points in seven games and leading the Lakers to a 6-0-1 record. Bestland, who also had a plus-10 rating and recorded 24 shots on goal, has 20 goals and 50 points in 33 games this season.

Posted: February 27th, 2014

Christine Bestland

Mercyhurst senior forward Christine Bestland was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which annually honors the top NCAA Division I women’s hockey player. Bestland leads the Lakers with 20 goals and tops College Hockey America with 30 assists and 50 points. She also ranks fifth nationally with 1.52 points per game and leads with five short-handed goals. Bestland (90 goals, 132 assists and 222 points in her career) is one of five Lakers to reach the 200-point mark.
The other finalists are goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (Harvard, sophomore); defenseman Erin Ambrose (Clarkson, sophomore); and forwards Brittany Ammerman (Wisconsin, senior), Kelly Babstock (Quinnipiac, senior),Rachael Bona (Minnesota, junior), Hannah Brandt (Minnesota, sophomore), Sarah Lefort (Boston University, sophomore), Jamie Lee Rattray (Clarkson, senior) and Jillian Saulnier (Cornell, junior).
The selection process began earlier this month with nominations from Division I coaches. Players receiving at least two votes were placed on the ballot. Then the list was trimmed to 10 players by coaches. The top three finalists will be chosen by a 13-person selection committee comprised of Division I coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media, an at-large member and a representative from USA Hockey, the sport’s governing body in this country. The announcement will be made next Thursday. The recipient will be honored March 22 in Wallingford, Conn., as part of the Women’s Frozen Four weekend, which will be hosted by Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

Patty Kazmaier Award finalists at a glance
D Erin Ambrose, Clarkson, Soph. – 13 goals, 35 assists, 48 points, +39 rating
F Brittany Ammerman, Wisconsin, Sr. – 22 goals, 17 assists, 39 points
Kelly Babstock, Quinnipiac, Sr. – 18 goals, 28 assists, 46 points
F Christine Bestland, Sr., Mercyhurst – 20 goals, 30 assists, 50 points

Rachael Bona (Contributed/University of Minnesota)

F Rachael Bona, Minnesota, Soph. – 20 goals, 32 assists, 52 points
* F Hannah Brandt, Minnesota, Soph. – 19 goals, 36 assists, 55 points
Soph. Sarah Lefort, Boston University, Soph. – 29 goals, 22 assists, 51 points
G Emerance Maschmeyer, Harvard, Soph. – 16-4-4 record, 1.60 goals-against average, .948 save percentage
F Jamie Lee Rattray, Clarkson, Sr. – 26 goals, 29 assists, 55 points

Jamie Lee Rattray (Contributed/Clarkson University)

F Jillian Saulnier, Cornell, Jr. –
* Only player who was a top-10 finalist a season ago

Posted: February 24th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team will head into the postseason ranked eighth in the Division I poll. The Lakers (22-7-4), which ended the regular season this past weekend with a win and tie against Lindenwood, earned 43 voting points – nine behind No. 7 Quinnipiac, as well as 16 and 19 points ahead of No. 9 North Dakota and No. 10 Robert Morris, their College Hockey America rival. Minnesota (32-1-1) remains the unanimous No. 1 with all 15 first-place votes and 150 points.
In other news, Lakers senior forward Christine Bestland was named CHA player of the week for the fifth time this season after recording a hat trick in Friday’s 4-1 win over Lindenwood. She finished the regular season with 20 goals – second most in the conference and a CHA-leading 30 assists, 50 points, five short-handed goals and six short-handed points. She ranks fifth in NCAA Division I with 1.52 points per game. Division I women’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points

1. Minnesota (15) 32-1-1 150
2. Wisconsin 25-5-2 133
3. Clarkson 25-4-5 120
4. Boston College 25-5-3 100
5. Harvard 21-4-4 85
6. Cornell 20-5-4 81
7. Quinnipiac 20-5-9 52
8. Mercyhurst 22-7-4 43
9. North Dakota 17-11-4 27
10. Robert Morris 24-7-3 24
Others receiving votes: Boston University 6, Northeastern 4

Posted: February 21st, 2014

Lindenwood (5-23-2, 5-12-1 CHA) at No. 8 Mercyhurst (21-7-3, 14-3-1)
When: Today, 3 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst concludes the regular season having already clinched their 13th straight regular-season championship in College Hockey America and home-ice advantage for the conference semifinals and title game March 7-8. … The Lakers have tied a season high with seven straight wins. They have allowed three goals or fewer in all seven games (10 goals in all). … They are 14-2-1 in their last 17 games. … They swept a two-game series at Lindenwood on Dec. 14-15 by a combined 11-2 score to improve their record in the all-time series to 10-0-0. … Senior Fs Christine Bestland (17 goals, 29 assists, 56 points), Kaleigh Chippy (14-8-22) and Christie Cicero (15-17-32) will play their final regular-season games at MIC. One of them will win the school’s Bill Smith Award, which honors the senior women’s hockey player that displays exemplary qualities in the classroom, community and on the ice. … Bestland leads NCAA Division I with four short-handed goals, and ranks third with 0.97 assists per game and sixth with 1.52 points per game. … Lindenwood stands fifth in the six-team conference. … The Lions had a three-game winning streak – their longest since joining Division I in 2011 – snapped in a two-game series sweep at Syracuse last weekend. … They will play at Rochester Institute of Technology or Syracuse next weekend in one of the CHA’s best-of-three, first-round series. … Sophomore G Nicole Hensley has 1,077 saves this season – 10th most in NCAA history – to go with a 3.21 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. She broke former Mercyhurst standout Desi Clark‘s single-game record (78 saves in a triple-overtime loss to Harvard in the 2005 national quarterfinals) with 90 saves in a triple-overtime loss to Robert Morris in a CHA first-round game last March.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out head coach Michael Sisti‘s thoughts on the weekend series here

Posted: February 14th, 2014

No. 8 Mercyhurst (19-7-3, 12-3-1 CHA) at Penn State (4-23-3, 1-14-1)
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Pegula Ice Arena – University Park
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst takes a three-point lead over Robert Morris in the College Hockey America standings into their first series at Penn State’s new 5,782-seat arena that cost a reported $102 million to build. The Lakers have four regular-season games left. … The Lakers have won five straight games. They have allowed two goals or fewer in four of those wins. … They have won all six career meetings with PSU, including 7-0 and 8-0 wins Dec. 6-7 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … Senior F Christine Bestland ranks among the NCAA Division I leaders with 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists). … Senior F Christie Cicero (14-16-30) needs five points to reach the 100 mark for her career. … Junior D Molly Byrne (2-20-22) has points in seven straight games. … Penn State has two straight and are in the past seven games (0-6-1). The Nittany Lions are 2-11-2 at home this season. … They have scored two goals or fewer in 25-of-30 games this season, including eight shutout losses, on the way to being outscored 107-44 this season. … Freshman F Laura Bowman (9-5-14) and senior F Taylor Gross (7-7-14) lead the team in scoring.

Check out weekend previews from head coach Michael Sisti and sophomore D Lauren Kilroy