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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 8th, 2014

Lindsay Grigg scored 13 minutes, 43 seconds into the second overtime, and Ali Binnington made a career-high 62 saves, to lead Rochester Institute of Technology to a 2-1 win over eighth-ranked Mercyhurst today in the College Hockey America championship game at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Tigers (20-15-3) captured their first CHA title in only their second season as a NCAA Division I program.
Grigg fired a slap shot from the blue line and slipped through a crowd and beat goaltender Amanda Makela for the title-winning goal. Christie Cicero scored the Lakers’ lone goal early in the third period to force overtime.
Now the Lakers (23-8-4), which outshot the Tigers (20-15-3) by a 63-25 count, await their fate in the NCAA Division I Tournament. The eight-team field will be unveiled Sunday at 6 p.m. on NCAA.com.

Check out post-game interviews with Lakers head coach Michael Sisti and captain Christine Bestland

College Hockey America Tournament recap
at Mercyhurst Ice Center
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Mercyhurst 2, No. 4 Syracuse 1
No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology 4, No. 2 Robert Morris 1
Championship game – Saturday
RIT 2, Mercyhurst 1 (2OT)

CHA All-Tournament Team
Goaltender – Ali Binnington, RIT*
Defense – Lindsay Grigg, RIT
Defense – J’nai Mahadeo, Mercyhurst
Forward – Shelby Bram, Mercyhurst
Forward – Kaleigh Chippy, Mercyhurst
Forward – Kourtney Kunichika, RIT
* Most Valuable Player

Posted: March 7th, 2014

Senior forward Kaleigh Chippy scored a pair of power-play goals, including the go-ahead score midway through the third period, to lead the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team to a 2-1 win against Syracuse today in College Hockey America’s opening semifinal at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
The top-seeded Lakers (23-7-4) advance to Saturday’s 3 p.m. championship game against No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology (18-15-3), a 4-1 winner over Robert Morris in tonight’s second semifinal at MIC.

Check out the Lakers’ post-game news conference here

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

No. 1 Mercyhurst 2, No. 4 Syracuse 1
No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology 4, No. 2 Robert Morris 1
Championship game – Saturday
Mercyhurst (23-7-4) vs. RIT (18-15-13), 3 p.m.

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: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (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 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: March 3rd, 2014

Meghan Agosta-MarcianoThe College Hockey America Tournament’s final four will begin this weekend with a special appearance from three-time Olympic gold medalist Meghan Agosta-Marciano.
Agosta-Marciano, the former Mercyhurst women’s hockey star who won gold with her native Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, last month, will be on hand Friday – first for a meet-and-greet at Mercyhurst’s Student Union from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., where fans can get autographs and pose for photos. Then she will drop the ceremonial first puck for the top-seeded and eighth-ranked Lakers’ 4 p.m. semifinal game against fourth-seeded Syracuse at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Agosta-Marciano, who played at Mercyhurst from 2006-09 before finishing up her four-year career in the 2010-11 season, holds NCAA career records for goals (157), points (303), power-play goals (55), short-handed goals (20) and game-winning goals (39).

Posted: March 3rd, 2014

Mercyhurst has announced ticket prices for this weekend’s College Hockey America Tournament games at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students with valid identification, and are available one hour before the start of the Lakers’ 4 p.m. game against Syracuse.
No complimentary tickets will be handed out at the gates, and president’s cards won’t be accepted.
Meanwhile, the tournament banquet will be held Thursday at the Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center at a cost of $36 per person. Contact Aaron Kemp at (814) 725-9390 or akemp@mercyhurst.edu for more information.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014

First round (best-of-three series)
Feb. 28 – Game 1
No. 4 Syracuse 4, No. 5 Lindenwood 1
No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology 3, No. 6 Penn State 2, OT
March 1 – Game 2
Syracuse 6, Lindenwood 0 (Syracuse wins series 2-0)
RIT 3, Penn State 0 (RIT wins series 2-0)

Semifinals – Friday
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

No. 4 Syracuse (20-12-3) vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4), 4 p.m.
No. 3 RIT (17-15-3) vs. No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3), 7:30 p.m.
Championship game – Saturday
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Syracuse-Mercyhurst winner vs. RIT-RMU winner, 3 p.m.

Note: Champion doesn’t earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament. Teams, most notably Mercyhurst and RMU will need to earn at-large bids into the eight-team field, which will be unveiled next Sunday at 6 p.m. at NCAA.com.

Posted: February 28th, 2014

First round (best-of-three series)
Friday – Game 1
No. 4 Syracuse 4, No. 5 Lindenwood 1 (Syracuse leads series 1-0)
No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology 3, No. 6 Penn State 2, OT (RIT leads series 1-0)
Today – Game 2
Lindenwood (5-25-3) at Syracuse (19-12-3), 2 p.m.
Penn State (4-28-3) at RIT (16-15-3), 2:05 p.m.
Sunday – Game 3*
Lindenwood at Syracuse, 2 p.m.
Penn State at RIT, 2:05 p.m.
* If necessary

Semifinals – March 7
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Lowest-remaining seed vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4), TBD
Highest-remaining seed vs. No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3), TBD
Championship game – March 8
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Semifinal winners, TBD
Note: Champion doesn’t earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament. Teams, most notably Mercyhurst and Robert Morris, will need to earn at-large bids into the eight-team field, which will be unveiled March 9 at 6 p.m. at NCAA.com.

Posted: February 27th, 2014

College Hockey America Tournament schedule
First round (best-of-three series)
Friday – Game 1

No. 5 Lindenwood (5-24-3) at No. 4 Syracuse (18-12-3), 7 p.m.
No. 6 Penn State (4-27-3) at No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology (15-15-3), 7 p.m.
Saturday – Game 2
Lindenwood at Syracuse, 2 p.m.
Penn State at RIT, 2:05 p.m.
Sunday – Game 3*
Lindenwood at Syracuse, 2 p.m.
Penn State at RIT, 2:05 p.m.
* If necessary

Semifinals – March 7
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Lowest-remaining seed vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4), TBD
Highest-remaining seed vs. No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3), TBD
Championship game – March 8
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Semifinal winners, TBD
Note: Champion doesn’t earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament. Teams, most notably Mercyhurst and Robert Morris, will need to earn at-large bids into the eight-team field, which will be unveiled March 9 at 6 p.m. at NCAA.com.

Posted: February 24th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team will head into the postseason ranked eighth in the USCHO.com 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.

USCHO.com 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

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