Bentley (13-8-3, 11-3-3 AHA) at Mercyhurst (14-10-4, 12-2-3)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time audio & statistics)
What to expect: First-place Mercyhurst and runner-up Bentley are separated by two points in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. … The Lakers had two unbeaten streaks – seven games overall and 13 games in the conference – snapped in a 7-4 home loss to Canisius last Saturday night. … The Lakers are 12-0-0 in AHA play when allowing two goals or fewer, but 0-2-3 when surrendering three or more goals. … Redshirt junior G Jordan Tibbett (0-6-0 record, 6.16 goals-against average, .851 save percentage in 6 games) starts in place of junior G Jimmy Sarjeant, who will miss the series with an upper-body injury. … Lakers junior F Matt Zay (15 goals, 23 assists, 38 points) and Bentley senior F Brett Gensler (16-19-35) rank among the top six scorers in NCAA Division I. … Lakers senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (11-23-34), as well as Bentley junior D Steve Weinstein (1-30-31) and junior F Alex Grieve (16-14-30), rank among the top 20 nationally. … Weinstein leads the nation in scoring by defensemen. … The Lakers have six players with at least 20 points – Zay, O’Donoghue (11-23-34), junior F Ryan Misiak (9-20-29), junior F Daniel Bahntge (13-9-22), senior D Nick Jones (6-16-22) and redshirt junior F Kyle Just (6-14-20). … Bentley is unbeaten in the last five games (4-0-1) and have one loss in 15 games (11-1-3) since starting the season 2-7-0. … The Falcons are 1-0-1 on their current six-game road trip. … The Falcons (3.50 goals per game) and Lakers (3.46) rank among the top 10 nationally in scoring offense. … The Stanley Cup will make a special appearance at the university on Saturday. The general public can view the NHL’s championship trophy from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Student Union and during the game, where it will be presented to Mike Folga, the team’s longtime athletic trainer and equipment manager, during one of two intermissions. … Fans attending tonight’s game will receive a voucher for free admission to Saturday’s game and have first chance to see the Cup before Saturday’s game. Other fans must pay full price for admission Saturday and can view the up during intermissions. Donations benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project are welcome.
- Victor Fernandes