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Posted: November 9th, 2013

Mercyhurst (3-5-1, 2-0-0 AHA) at Canisius (1-5-0, 0-3-0)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Buffalo State Sports Arena, Buffalo
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst has rebounded from a slow start in non-conference play with two straight wins to open Atlantic Hockey Association play and a three-game unbeaten streak. … The Lakers edged Rochester Institute of Technology 3-2 on Friday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center after losing nine of their previous 11 meetings with the Tigers. Now they face a Canisius team that has given the Lakers tough battles in recent years. The Golden Griffins ended Mercyhurst’s season a year ago with a 7-2 win in the AHA title game. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant, the conference’s reigning goaltender of the week, has started the past six games in place of redshirt junior Jordan Tibbett, who began the season as the starter. Meanwhile, Canisius senior G Tony Capobianco, arguably the conference’s top goaltender a season ago who anchored last year’s title run, has lost playing time to junior Keegan Asmundson. … Canisius has lost three straight games, including Friday’s 6-1 road loss to Robert Morris, since winning at nationally ranked Denver on Oct. 28. … The Golden Griffins have scored 13 goals in six games. … Sophomore F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, has two goals and four points this season. … Freshman F Shane Conacher is the younger brother of Cory Conacher, a former Canisius standout who now plays in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. … The Golden Griffins are playing their final season at Buffalo State Sports Arena. The new downtown HARBORcenter is slated to open next September.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 20th, 2010

Fairview native Eric Rex has always felt at home in Mercyhurst Ice Center.

But that feeling has rubbed off on the rest of the Canisius College hockey team.

The Golden Griffins extended their win streak at MIC to five straight games with a 5-2 Atlantic Hockey Association win against Mercyhurst in front of 793 Tuesday night. “It’s exciting every time I come here,” said Rex, a senior forward who had a goal and assist. “It’s even better when we leave with a win.”

Canisius won five of six meetings with the Lakers last season, including all four in Erie. The Golden Griffins’ final two wins – in the AHA Tournament quarterfinals – ended the Lakers’ season.

Both teams are evenly matched, Rex said. Their styles are similar, too. Yet Canisius (2-1-0, 1-0-0 AHA) has enjoyed the upper hand. “It comes down to who wants it more in the end,” Rex said.

Lakers coach Rick Gotkin praised his team’s effort. The Lakers (0-3-1, 0-1-0) held two of the nation’s top offensive performers – seniors Cory Conacher and Vincent Scarsella – to a combined one point and the Golden Griffins’ normally dangerous power play to an 0-for-6 outing.

“We had too many mental lapses,” Gotkin said. Rex’s line capitalized on the Lakers’ miscues.

Rex and freshmen Ryan Bohrer and Kyle Gibbons combined for three goals and five points in their first game as linemates. Gibbons recorded the first two goals and three points of his collegiate career.

Gibbons turned an errant pass in the Lakers’ zone into a momentum-changing goal 9 minutes, 16 seconds into the opening period. That goal tied the score at 1 seven minutes after Lakers senior Ryan Raven opened the scoring with a short-handed goal.

“I feel like we clicked well,” Gibbons said. “Hopefully we’ll stay together and do well in the future.”

Gibbons scored again late in the second, with Rex earning an assist, 28 seconds after Matt Zuke snapped the 1-1 tie. Mercyhurst moved within 3-2 on freshman Taylor Holstrom’s power-play goal 4:25 into the third. But Rex scored with 8:55 left to regain a two-goal lead. He has two goals and four points in three games last season. That surpasses his total from last season (two goals, two points in nine games).

“They clearly were the better team,” Gotkin said. “We’ve just got to find a way to get better.”

The Lakers are struggling mightily on offense. Since totaling four goals in a season-opening tie against then-No. 4 Michigan, they have scored five goals in the past three regular-season games.

“I don’t think we’re getting some bounces out there. Pucks aren’t going in for us right now,” senior forward Mike Gurtler said. “I think guys are pressing. We’ve got to start finding the back of the net.”

Gurtler gave credit to the Golden Griffins for their play. But the Lakers’ struggles against them begins at home – as in their dressing room. “I don’t think it’s so much their team,” he said. “It’s more our team, what goes on her with us. We need to get better.”

* News and notes: Lakers goaltender Ryan Zapolski, an Erie native, completed his five-game suspension for violating team rules. The senior goaltender should play in Sunday’s exhibition game against the United States National Team Development Program’s Under-18 team. … Rex and Goebel were teammates with the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets, a now-defunct team from the United States Hockey League. … The Golden Griffins arrived late because of a blown bus tire. The start of the game was delayed by 10 minutes. … Brennan Serville, a defenseman in Canisius’ 2011 rookie class, appears on NHL Central Scouting’s North American players to watch list for the 2011 draft. Serville, a defenseman, plays for the Stouffville Spirit in the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

VICTOR FERNANDES can be reached at 870-1716 or by e-mail.


Canisius 5, Mercyhurst 2

Canisius  1  2  2  —  5

Mercyhurst  1  0  1  —  2

1st Period — 1. Ryan Raven 2 (Jones), 2:18 (sh). 2. Canisius, Kyle Gibbons 1 (unassisted), 9:16. Penalties — Gurtler (M) boarding, :19; Carkin (M) high sticking, 4:25; Kenney (C) obstruction-hooking, 7:10; Mercyhurst, too many men (served by Coccimiglio), 16:12.

2nd Period — 3. Canisius, Matt Zuke 1 (Rauch), 14:07. 4. Canisius, Gibbons 2 (Parker, Rex), 14:35. Penalties — Noble (M) interference, :39; Bohrer (C) hooking, 4:12; Goebel (M) roughing, 14:48.

3rd Period — 5. Mercyhurst, Taylor Holstrom 2 (Cameron, Pitt), 4:25 (pp). 6. Canisius, Eric Rex 2 (Danford, Gibbons), 11:05. 7. Canisius, Scott Moser 1 (Conacher, Rauch), 18:19. Penalties — Moser (C) interference, 2:56; Conacher (C) interference, 12:14; Coccimiglio (M) hooking, 19:49.

Shots on goal — Canisius, 4-16-12—32; Mercyhurst, 10-15-12—37.

Goaltenders — Canisius, Dan Morrison 2-1-0 (27 shots, 25 saves); Mercyhurst, Jordan Tibbett 0-3-1 (32 shots, 27 saves).

Power plays — Canisius (0-6), Mercyhurst (1-4).

Referees — Steve Marofsky, Peter Feola. Linesmen — Zach Roberts, Chris Woodworth.

Attendance — 793.

Posted: October 18th, 2010

What: Canisius (1-1-0, 0-0-0 AHA)

at Mercyhurst College (0-2-1, 0-0-0)

When: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center

On the air: (Internet radio), (Internet video)

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – So. F Phil Ginand (1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points), So. F Grant Blakey (1-0-1), Sr. F Brandon Coccimiglio (1-0-1), Sr. F Mike Gurtler (0-1-1), Fr. So. F Paul Chiasson (1-1-2)

Canisius – Sr. F Cory Conacher (3-2-5), Sr. F Vincent Scarsella (1-3-4), So. D Wes Love (1-1-2), Sr. F Eric Rex (1-1-2), Jr. G Dan Morrison (1-1-0 record, 2.93 goals-against average, .939 save percentage)

Rick Gotkin (Contributed/

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers begin their Atlantic Hockey Association schedule with the first of three meetings against the Golden Griffins. These teams conclude the regular season with a home-and-home series Feb. 25-26. … The Lakers look to rebound from a pair of one-goal losses at home to Western Michigan this past weekend. … The 1-0 loss on Saturday was their first shutout loss at home since a 7-0 loss to Air Force on Feb. 9, 2008. … The Lakers have another chance to earn coach Rick Gotkin (399-274-53 record in 23 seasons) his 400th career win. With a win, he becomes the 36th NCAA men’s hockey coach to reach the 400-win mark. He would be the 24th coach to reach that plateau while spending 10 or more years at the Division I level and the 11th to earn 400 wins at the same school. … Ginand, who has returned from last November’s season-ending knee surgery, scored a goal against WMU – his first

Cory Conacher (Contributed/Canisius College)

goal and point since Oct. 24, 2009, against Army. … Freshman G Jordan Tibbett (0-2-1, 1.96, .944) earned the start in both games against WMU in place of suspended senior Ryan Zapolski and ahead of junior Max Strang.Tibbett, who stopped 62-of-66 shots, ranks among the top 15 nationally in goals-against average and save percentage. … The Lakers, which have faced Canisius more than any other school in their history, hold a 34-21-9 advantage in the all-time series.

Canisius – The Golden Griffins ended Mercyhurst’s 2009-10 season with a two-game sweep at MIC in the AHA quarterfinals. … They won five of six meetings with the Lakers last season, including all four at MIC. … They haven’t played since splitting a two-game series at WMU on Oct. 8-9. … They continue a season-opening, five-game road trip. They play at Sacred Heart this weekend. … Conacher leads the nation with 2.50 points per game and is tied for first with 1.50 goals per game. He finished tied for first in points (53) and second in points per game (1.51) last season. … Scarsella is tied for fifth with 2.00 points per game and 1.50 assists per game. … Rex, a Fairview native, already has matched his offensive totals from last season (two goals, two points in nine games). … The Golden Griffins were picked to finish sixth in the AHA preseason poll, four spots behind the Lakers.

Up next: vs. U.S. National Under-18 Team (exhibition – Sunday, 7:05 p.m.)

- Victor Fernandes

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