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Posted: March 19th, 2010

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Three members of the Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team were honored at the Atlantic Hockey Tournament banquet Thursday evening in Rochester, N.Y. Junior forward Brandon Coccimiglio was named to the All-AHA Second Team,  junior goaltender Ryan Zapolski earned a spot on the All-AHA Third Team and senior Chris Risi was honored with the Individual Sportsmanship Award.

Coccimiglio, a native of Burlington, Ontario, makes his first appearance on an all-conference team after finishing the season second in scoring for the Lakers. He tallied 14 goals and added 14 assists for 28 points through 31 games, missing five due to injury.

Zapolski represents Mercyhurst as an All-AHA selection for the second-straight season, being named to the second team in 2008-09. The Erie, Pa., native went 15-17-3 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against average. He set a new Mercyhurst single-season save record with 1,109 stops and won 15-plus games for the second time in his career.

Risi, the team’s captain, garnered one of the conference’s major honors for displaying honor, courage and respect to his team and opponents throughout the season. On the ice, he produced the Lakers with three goals and 13 points through 32 games, missing four contests with an injury earlier in the season. For his career, the Thorold, Ontario product netted 23 goals and added 40 assists for 63 points.

- From Mercyhurst College news release

Posted: February 19th, 2010

Mercyhurst men’s hockey coach Rick Gotkin shared backgr0und information on his program, the school and Erie during a conference call with CBS College Sports Network officials Wednesday. The cable network will broadcast the Lakers-Army game Friday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center.

Network officials were especially interested in the Lakers’ strong relationship with the OHL’s Erie Otters, since the NCAA and Canadian Hockey League (which includes the OHL, QMJHL and WHL) annually vie for North America’s top players. They also learned about Lakers junior forward Brandon Coccimiglio, 22, and his younger brother, Jordan, 16, who plays for the Otters.

Jeff Terminesi (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

“We’ve had that relationshp for years,” Gotkin said.

Meanwhile, his players are focusing on ignoring the television cameras that will be situated around MIC during the game.

“It might be a little intimidating,” said junior defenseman Jeff Terminesi, although the Lakers have played on national television in the past. Given MIC’s comfy confines, “we’ll see (the cameras),” said junior goaltender Ryan Zapolski, an Erie native. “(But we’ll) just try to take it like another game.”

The Lakers need to focus on earning the much-needed two points in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. “Distractions aside, we have to get down to business,” Terminesi said. “We’ve got to take it as any other game.”

The only difference will be the inclusion of television timeouts. “It’s almost like having an extra few timeouts during a game,” Terminesi said. “You’ve got to put it out of your mind, just black it out, and focus on what you have to do.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 18th, 2010

Brandon Coccimiglio (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

What: Army (10-15-5, 9-11-4 AHA) at Mercyhurst College (13-17-2, 13-9-2)

When: Friday, 8:05 p.m.; Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center

On TV: CBS College Sports Network*

On the air: (live stream), WMCE-FM/88.5 and 104.9 (Internet radio)*

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – G Ryan Zapolski (13-14-2 record, 2.76 goals-against average, .918 save percentage, 2 shutouts), F Brandon Coccimiglio (14-13-27), F Scott Pitt (6-18-24), F Mike Gurtler (11-13-24), F Grant Blakey (8-13-21)

Army – F Cody Omilusik (16-15-31), F Eric Sefchik (9-22-31), F Owen Meyer (9-13-22), D Marcel Alvarez (6-14-20), G Jay Clark (10-13-4, 2.82, .914, 1 SO)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – Coccimiglio (knee) rejoined the lineup last weekend against Canisius. … F Steve Cameron (concussion) is expected to play this weekend. … However, D Cullen Eddy could miss the rest of his final college season with a shoulder injury suffered last weekend. … The Lakers have lost five of their last seven overall, including four of the last six in Atlantic Hockey Association play. … They can clinch a first-round playoff bye with three of four points this weekend. … The fourth-place Lakers split a home-and-home series with Canisius last weekend to remain one point ahead of the No. 5 Golden Griffins in the battle to secure a quarterfinal series at home. … The Lakers (28 points) are two points behind third-place Air Force (30) and three behind No. 2 Sacred Heart (31) in the AHA standings. … The Lakers earned three of four points in an October series at Army (3-3 tie and 4-1 win). … They lead the all-time series 22-9-1. … Blakey has a five-game point streak. … The Lakers have the AHA’s No. 2 scoring offense (3.67 goals per game). … Gurtler is tied for the NCAA Division I lead with four short-handed goals. … Coach Rick Gotkin (397-269-51 record in 22 seasons) needs three wins to reach the 400-win mark.

Army – The Black Knights are tied for sixth in the conference following two losses against league-leading Rochester Institute of Technology last weekend. … The Black Knights have players from 14 different states. … The Black Knights will appear on national television for the first this season. They have a 4-0-1 record in national TV games the past three seasons, including 3-0-0 on CBS College Sports. … Clark is tied for third in the conference in save percentage, two points behind Zapolski.

Up next: at Connecticut (Feb. 26-27, 7:05 p.m.)

* CBS College Sports – Friday game only; B2 Network and WMCE – Saturday game only

- Victor Fernandes

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