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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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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

NCAA Women’s Division I Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals – Today

Mercyhurst (23-8-4) at No. 2 Cornell (24-5-2), 3 p.m.
Boston College (27-6-3) at No. 3 Clarkson (28-5-5), 4 p.m.
Boston University (23-12-1) at No. 1 Minnesota (36-1-1), 5 p.m.
Harvard (23-6-4) at No. 4 Wisconsin (27-7-2), 8 p.m.
Semifinals – March 21*
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.

BU-Minnesota winner vs. Harvard-Wisconsin winner, TBD
Mercyhurst-Cornell winner vs. BC-Clarkson winner, TBD
Championship game – March 23*
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.

Semifinal winners, TBD
* Streamed live on NCAA.com

Vic’s picks
Quarterfinals
Mercyhurst 2, No. 2 Cornell 1
Boston College 4, No. 3 Clarkson 2
No. 1 Minnesota 5, Boston University 1
No. 4 Wisconsin 4, Harvard 1
Semifinals
Boston College 4, Mercyhurst 2
Minnesota 3, Wisconsin 1
Championship game
Minnesota 4, Boston College 1

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: www.cornellbigred.com & www.hurstathletics.com (live stream and live statistics), www.wmce.mercyhurst.edu (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 14th, 2014

The start time for the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team’s NCAA Division I quarterfinal game against second-seeded Cornell on Saturday has been moved up a half hour to 3 p.m. because of a second game that night at James Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. The Cornell men’s team faces Clarkson in Game 2 of an ECAC Hockey Tournament quarterfinal series at 7 pm.
School officials wanted to avoid a delayed start in the nightcap if the Lakers and Big Red head to overtime for the second straight season.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 9th, 2014

Check out the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team’s reaction to earning a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament field today….as well as interviews with head coach Michael Sisti and seniors Christine Bestland and Christie Cicero

NCAA selection breakdown
Boston College - at large (Hockey East)
Boston University - automatic bid (Hockey East champion)
Clarkson - at large (ECAC)
Cornell - automatic bid (ECAC champion)
Harvard - at large (ECAC)
Mercyhurst - at large (CHA)
Minnesota - automatic bid (WCHA champion)
Wisconsin - at large (WCHA)

NCAA Women’s Division I Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals – Saturday

Boston University (23-12-1) at No. 1 Minnesota (36-1-1), 5 p.m.
Mercyhurst (23-8-4) at No. 2 Cornell (24-5-2), 3:30 p.m.
Boston College (27-6-3) at No. 3 Clarkson (28-5-5), 4 p.m.
Harvard (23-6-4) at No. 4 Wisconsin (27-7-2), 8 p.m.
Semifinals – March 21*
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.

BU-Minnesota winner vs. Harvard-Wisconsin winner, TBD
Mercyhurst-Cornell winner vs. BC-Clarkson winner, TBD
Championship game – March 23*
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.

Semifinal winners, TBD
* Streamed live on NCAA.com

Posted: March 7th, 2014

ECAC Hockey Tournament
at Cheel Arena – Potsdam, N.Y. (Clarkson University)
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Clarkson 6, No. 4 Quinnipiac 0
No. 3 Cornell 6, No. 2 Harvard 4
Championship game – Sunday
No. 1 Clarkson (28-4-5) vs. No. 3 Cornell (23-5-4), 1 p.m.

Hockey East Association Tournament
at Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Memorial Skating Rink – Hyannis, Mass.
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Boston College 3, No. 4 Vermont 1
No. 2 Boston University 3, No. 3 Northeastern 2
Championship game – Sunday
No. 1 BC (26-5-3) vs. No. 2 BU (22-13-1) 1:30 p.m.

Western Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament
at Sanford Center – Bemidji, Minn. (Bemidji State University)
Semifinals – Friday

No. 3 North Dakota 1, No. 2 Wisconsin 0
No. 1 Minnesota 4, No. 4 Minnesota Duluth 1
Championship game – Saturday
Minnesota 3, North Dakota 1

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: 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: January 23rd, 2014

No. 8 Robert Morris (19-3-2, 8-1-1 CHA) at Mercyhurst (14-6-3, 7-2-1)
When: Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst plays for the first time since a loss and tie at home against nationally ranked Cornell two weeks ago, which snapped a season-high, seven-game winning streak. … The Lakers have won five straight in College Hockey America play. … The Lakers received 10 votes in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll, seven points outside of the top 10. … Senior F Christine Bestland stands third on the Lakers’ career scoring list with 207 points. She needs 19 to pass Jesse Scanzano (225 points from 2007-11) for second place. Bestland ranks fifth on the school’s goals list with 83. She could move as high as second, as she trails Scanzano (85), Bailey Bram (87 from 2008-12) and Valerie Chouinard (91 from 2005-09). Bestland also could move as high as second in assists. She stands third with 124, only 16 behind Scanzano (140). … RMU head coach Paul Colontino, who served on Mercyhurst head coach Michael Sisti‘s staff from 2006-11, has the most wins in program history (53). … The Colonials are 7-6-1 in their last 14 games against the Lakers after losing the first 27 meetings in the all-time series. … They are 7-0-2 on the road this season, with a goal differential of more than two goals per game (2.89 goals scored and 0.67 goals against). … Freshman F Brittany Howard (12-20-32) leads all rookies in the nation in points and points per game (1.39). … Former Colonials G Brianne McLaughlin (2005-09) will represent the United States at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 9th, 2014

Check out post-game interviews from Mercyhurst’s 4-4 tie with #3 Cornell on Friday night…

Head coach Michael Sisti

Junior G Amanda Makela

Junior F Shelby Bram

No. 3 Cornell (12-1-1) at Mercyhurst (14-5-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst and Cornell meet for the first time since the Lakers’ 4-3 overtime win in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals in Ithaca, N.Y., last March. … The Lakers play for the first time since ending the first half with a two-game sweep at Lindenwood on Dec. 14-15. They also have next weekend off before facing ninth-ranked Robert Morris in a key two-game College Hockey America series at MIC. … They are 13-5-1 all-time against Cornell. But the Big Red have won five of the past eight meetings, including a 4-0 regular-season win a year ago. … Mercyhurst has won seven straight games by a combined 35-8 score. … Senior F Christine Bestland stands third on the Lakers’ career scoring list with 205 points. She needs 21 to pass Jesse Scanzano (225 points from 2007-11) for second place. Bestland ranks fifth on the school’s goals list with 83. She could move as high second, as she trails Scanzano (85), Bailey Bram (87 from 2008-12) and Valerie Chouinard (91 from 2005-09). Bestland also could move as high as second in assists. She stands third with 122, only 18 behind Scanzano (140). … Cornell has won three straight games by a combined 11-3 score since its only loss of the season, 4-1 at home against No. 7 Boston College. … The Big Red have outscored opponents 59-28. … Junior Fs Emily Fulton and Jillian Saulnier lead the nation with 1.73 points and 0.87 goals per game, respectively.

- Victor Fernandes

Mercyhurst and Cornell renew their rivalry this weekend at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Here’s why it’s grown into such a rivalry:

* Lakers head coach Michael Sisti: “We now have a great tradition and rivalry with Cornell. They’re a great program. We’ve both ended each other’s season. There’s a great mutual respect there with the staffs. I like to think we bring out the best in each other. Regardless of how the games turn out the teams learn their strengths and weaknesses and improve for the rest of the season. I like the fact we’ve got the game now. It’s certainly going to make us continue to improve. We’re looking forward to it. It’s a good test.

* Lakers junior D Molly Byrne: “It’s become a great rivalry between us. In the 3 years that I’ve been here, it’s just kept building and building. I know they’re going to be smelling blood because we ended their season last year (in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals). I think it’s going to be a great weekend.”

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