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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: January 30th, 2014

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.

Listen to head coach Rick Gotkin‘s preview of this weekend’s series, while G Jordan Tibbett talks about starting in place of the injured Jimmy Sarjeant…

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 28th, 2014

Mercyhurst junior F Matt Zay has earned Atlantic Hockey Association player of the week honors after totaling two goals and three assists in a split of a home-and-home series with Canisius this past weekend.
He had the tying goal with less than 3 minutes left, and assisted on junior F Daniel Bahntge‘s go-ahead goal with 57 seconds left, in a 3-1 win Friday in Buffalo. Zay tied a season high with 3 points (goal, 2 assists) in a 7-4 loss Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
He leads the Lakers with 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) this season, and needs 9 points to become the 17th player in the program’s NCAA Division I history to reach 100 career points.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014

Mercyhurst (13-9-4, 11-1-3 AHA) at Canisius (8-12-2, 7-6-2)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Buffalo State Sports Arena – Buffalo, N.Y.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.gogriffs.com (real-time audio & statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to hold onto their two-point lead in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings by avenging their only conference loss of the season. The Lakers lost 4-3 at Canisius on Nov. 9. … The Lakers have built a 12-game unbeaten streak (9-0-3) in AHA play since that defeat. They are unbeaten in their past six games overall (4-0-2). … The Lakers and Golden Griffins complete the home-and-home series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … The Lakers’ 11-1-3 start to the conference season is tied for second best in program history. … Mercyhurst settled for two ties with Connecticut at home last weekend. The Lakers squandered a 2-1 third-period lead in a 2-2 tie Friday, and a 3-0 second-period lead in a 3-3 tie Saturday. … The Lakers are the only NCAA Division I school with five players over the 20-point mark – junior F Matt Zay (33), senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (30), junior F Ryan Misiak (27), senior D Nick Jones (20) and redshirt junior F Kyle Just (20). Junior F Daniel Bahntge is next on the list with 18 points. … The Lakers are eighth nationally with 3.46 goals scored per game. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant has allowed nine goals on 227 shots in January (.960 save percentage). … Defending AHA champion Canisius is fifth in the standings, nine points behind the Lakers. … The Golden Griffins have been up and down all season, with two separate winning or unbeaten streaks of three games or more and three separate losing or unbeaten streaks of three games or more. They are winless in their past three games, which were all played at home. … Senior F Kyle Gibbons leads the team with nine goals and 20 points. … Sophomore F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, stands second with seven goals and 15 points in 22 games after totaling four goals and 10 points in 37 games as a freshman. … Senior G Tony Capobianco, a key figure in the team’s title run last spring, has struggled to a 4-6-2 record, 3.21 goals-against average and .906 save percentage this season.

- Victor Fernandes

*** Check out head coach Rick Gotkin’s preview of tonight’s AHA game against Canisius here

Posted: December 17th, 2013

Senior forward Daniel O’Donoghue earned Atlantic Hockey Association player of the week honors for recording three assists in a 5-5 tie with Robert Morris on Saturday. He reached 100 career points that night to become the 16th player in the program’s NCAA Division I history to top the century mark.
O’Donoghue is the fourth Laker to earn AHA’s weekly honors, along with junior Jimmy Sarjeant (goaltender of the week three times), junior forward Daniel Bahntge (co-player of the week Dec. 3) and freshman forward Kyle Dutra (rookie of the week Oct. 29).
Also, check out this story on the Lakers’ new committed recruit

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team swept all three weekly honors from College Hockey America on Monday. Sophomore forward Emily Janiga was named player of the week for totaling a career-high six points (three goals, three assists) in a 7-1 win against Lindenwood on Saturday, while junior Amanda Makela was named top goaltender after stopping 31-of-33 shots in a two-game sweep of the Lions. Freshman defenseman Jillian Skinner earned top rookie honors for her two assists in those games.

Posted: December 14th, 2013

Robert Morris (2-10-1, 2-5-1 AHA) at Mercyhurst (9-7-1, 7-1-0)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to end the opening half of the season with a five-game winning streak. The Lakers swept two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series with American International and Sacred Heart the past two weekends. … They have outscored opponents 23-6 during their win streak. … They are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. … The Lakers received eight votes in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll. They are in the national ranking for the first time since last Jan. 7. … Junior F Daniel Bahntge has six goals and eight points in his last four games after totaling one goal and four points in his previous 13 games. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant has a 7-0-0 record, 1.72 goals-against average and .948 save percentage in conference play this season. He has won eight of his last nine decisions. … Junior F Matthew Zay leads the Lakers with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists). … Zay, senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (8 goals, 21 points) and junior F Ryan Misiak (6-14-20) rank among the top 25 scorers in NCAA Division I. … O’Donoghue needs three points to become the 16th player in the program’s D-I history to reach 100 career points. … The Lakers begin the second half Dec. 28-29 with a two-game series at Ohio State. … RMU is last in the conference. … The Colonials were swept in a two-game series at Bentley last weekend. They have lost five of their last six games. … They are 0-6-0 on the road this season. Their only wins are at home – 6-1 over Canisius on Nov. 8 and 5-1 over Holy Cross on Nov. 23. … Sophomore F Zac Lynch leads the team with six goals and 15 points. Junior F Cody Wydo (11 goals, 14 points) ranks second nationally at 0.85 goals per game.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 5th, 2013

Sacred Heart (4-10-0, 3-5-0 AHA) at Mercyhurst (7-7-1, 5-1-0)
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 statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst has won three straight games in Atlantic Hockey Association play to move into first place with 10 points, one ahead of Air Force and Bentley and three ahead of Connecticut, Niagara and Canisius. Sacred Heart is in a four-way tie for seventh with six points. … Mercyhurst swept a two-game series at American International last weekend. … They swept both games from Sacred Heart a season ago. … The Lakers complete the first half of the season with three straight conference home games, including a visit from Robert Morris on Dec. 14. … Junior F Daniel Bahntge looks to build on last weekend’s strong effort, which included a natural hat trick and an assist and earned AHA co-player of the week honors. … The Lakers hold the third annual Teddy Bear Toss tonight. Fans receive free admission by donating a new or gently used stuffed animal that will be donated to Toys For Tots. Fans without a stuffed animal can toss one donated by Aeropostale onto the ice after the team’s first goal. Fans also receive free coffee and hot chocolate donated by Tim Horton’s. Monetary donations will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. … Sacred Heart snapped a seven-game losing streak with a two-game sweep against Army on Nov. 22-23. But the Pioneers were swept at home by Rochester Institute of Technology last weekend. … Freshman F Justin Danforth leads the team with two goals and 12 points.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 8th, 2012

The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team needed a spark to gain control of a tight game Saturday against American International.
Daniel Bahntge provided it. The sophomore forward recorded his second collegiate hat trick, including the tiebreaking goal, in a 7-2 Atlantic Hockey Association win in front of 625 fans at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers rebounded from a 7-3 loss to AIC Friday.
Bahntge began his three-goal outing by snapping a 1-1 tie 8 minutes, 29 seconds into the second period. His goal sparked a stretch of six straight goals – four in the decisive second period – that opened a 7-1 lead. He capped the onslaught with his final two goals in the third.
Chris Bodo scored two goals for the Lakers (6-6-1, 6-3-0 AHA), while Matthew Zay had three assists. Max Strang made 26 saves to earn the win in net. Mercyhurst outshot the Yellow Jackets (4-8-3, 1-6-3) by a 38-28 count. The Lakers return to action next Saturday with a non-conference game at Clarkson, followed by an AHA home game Dec. 18 against Canisius.

Posted: May 8th, 2012

ERIE, Pa. – The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team recently held its annual postseason team banquet and head coach Rick Gotkin presented eight postseason team awards to members of the 2011-12 roster.

The Lakers finished the 2011-12 season with a 20-16-4 overall record and advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals for the first time since the 2008-09 season. The team’s 20 victories was also the most by a Mercyhurst team since winning 22 games during the 2008-09 campaign.

Redshirt junior goaltender Max Strang was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, while freshman Daniel Bahntge was the only player to winning multiple awards, finishing as the team’s Top Forward and as the Freshman of the Year.

The Top Defenseman award was given to sophomore Nick Jones, while the Top Defensive Forward went to sophomore Daniel O’Donoghue. Sophomore Randy Cure was named the team’s Most Improved Player and freshman Edward DeWald was given the team’s Hustle Award. Freshman Grant Gettinger earned the final honor of the evening, picking up the team’s Scholar Athlete Award.

Most Valuable Player – Max Strang
Strang, who will be returning for a fifth season in 2012-13, posted remarkable numbers in his first year as the starting goaltender. The native of Gilbertsville, Pa. had started just seven games in three years entering the season, but finished the campaign with a 16-14-3 overall record with a 2.68 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. His numbers were even better in the conference, as he helped lead Mercyhurst to a tie for third place in the standings and a first round bye in the postseason. He went 12-6-3 against conference opponents and sported a 2.25 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.

In the quarterfinals against Holy Cross, Strang stopped 111-of-115 Crusader shots (.965) to lead the Lakers to the best-of-three series victory and to advance to the Atlantic Hockey semifinals for the first time in four years. In 14 of his 33 starts, he stopped at least 38 shots and in 17 of his starts, he allowed two goals or fewer.

Freshman Of The Year / Top Forward – Daniel Bahntge
A native of Westlake, Ohio, Bahntge led Mercyhurst in scoring as a freshman, recording 10 goals and 21 assists for 31 points. He was named to the Atlantic Hockey Association’s All-Rookie Team, finishing third in points by a rookie in the conference behind Bentley’s Alex Grieve and Brett Switzer, who had 34 and 33 points respectively. Earlier in the season, Bahntge was named the conference’s Rookie of the Week on January 9 and was also the conference’s Rookie of the Month in November. He had his first collegiate hat trick against Sacred Heart on January 6 at the Mercyhurst Ice Center, and then scored both of the Lakers’ goals in last Friday’s game one victory over Holy Cross.

Top Defenseman – Nick Jones
Jones was the only non-freshman from Mercyhurst to be named to an All-Conference team, earning a Third Team nod as a defenseman. A native of Cranberry Township, Pa., Jones led all Laker defensemen in scoring with 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points this season. His ten goals is the most goals by a Laker defenseman since Jamie Hunt scored 12 during the 2005-06 season. Hunt went on to become the first Laker to play in the National Hockey League, skating for the Washington Capitals. In fact, Jones’ ten goals is the tied for third-most by a Mercyhurst defenseman since the 1999-2000 season. T.J. Kemp scored 11 in 2002-03 and then scored 10 during the 2004-05 season.

Jones finished in a tie for third among Atlantic Hockey defensemen with his 24 points this season, trailing only Air Force’s Tim Kirby (28) and Connecticut’s Alex Gerke (25). He was tied with Air Force’s Scott Mathis.

Top Defensive Forward – Daniel O’Donoghue
A native of Port Jefferson Station, New York, O’Donoghue earned the Top Defensive Forward award after posting eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points this season. O’Donoghue was one of the Lakers’ best penalty killers all season and was usually on the team’s top unit when called upon to kill a penalty. The sophomore scored Mercyhurst’s first shorthanded goal of the season against Sacred Heart on January 6 and he was named the Atlantic Hockey Co-Player of the Week on January 23 after posting two goals and two assists in a series at Holy Cross.

Most Improved Player – Randy Cure
Hailing from Bloomington, Minnesota, Cure worked his way into the lineup on a regular basis this past season after being in-and-out of the lineup as a freshman. Although he only posted one assist in 34 games this season, Cure played a valuable role on the Mercyhurst blueline and was also regularly on the team’s penalty killing unit. Primarily a defenseman this past season, Cure was also pressed into services as a third- or fourth-line winger when injuries or illnesses came about. His only point was an assist on the team’s final regular season game of the season against Canisius.

Hustle Award – Edward DeWald
A native of Southampton, Pa., DeWald always gave 100% whether in practice or when he cracked the Mercyhurst lineup. Appearing in 19 games as a freshman, the winger posted one assist on the season – a helper against Niagara University on December 10. Mercyhurst was one game over .500 (9-8-2) when DeWald was in the lineup this season.

Scholar Athlete Award – Grant Gettinger
A native of North Olmsted, Ohio, Gettinger was honored with the Scholar Athlete Award by posting the best numbers in the classroom during the season. Gettinger was also a mainstay on the Mercyhurst blueline in his rookie season, appearing in all but one game and finishing the season with three assists. He earned assists against Alaska, RIT, and Canisius this season and also finished the year as a +1.

- From Mercyhurst news release

Posted: March 15th, 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Sophomore defenseman Nick Jones, freshman forward Daniel Bahntge, and freshman defenseman Tyler Shiplo of the Mercyhurst men’s hockey team were honored with postseason honors by the Atlantic Hockey Association on Thursday night at the conference banquet in Rochester, N.Y.

Jones was named an All-Conference Third Team selection, while Bahntge and Shiplo earned All-Rookie Team accolades.

A native of Cranberry Township, Pa, Jones currently leads all Laker defensemen in scoring with 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points this season. His ten goals is the most goals by a Laker defenseman since Jamie Hunt scored 12 during the 2005-06 season. Hunt went on to become the first Laker to play in the National Hockey League, skating for the Washington Capitals. In fact, Jones’ ten goals is the tied for third-most by a Mercyhurst defenseman since the 1999-2000 season. T.J. Kemp scored 11 in 2002-
03 and then scored 10 during the 2004-05 season.

Jones ranks third among Atlantic Hockey defensemen with his 24 points this season, trailing only Air Force’s Tim Kirby (27) and Connecticut’s Alex Gerke (25). Kirby was named the conference’s Defenseman of the Year and Player of the Year on Thursday night.

Bahntge, a native of Westlake, Ohio, leads Mercyhurst in scoring this season with 10 goals and 21 assists for 31 points. Earlier this season, the freshman was named the conference’s Rookie of the Week on January 9 and was also the conference’s Rookie of the Month in November. He had his first collegiate hat trick against Sacred Heart on January 6 at the Mercyhurst Ice Center, and then scored both of the Lakers’ goals in last Friday’s game one victory over Holy Cross.

He ranks third in the conference among freshmen in scoring with 31 points, trailing Bentley’s Alex Grieve (34) and Brett Switzer (33).

Shiplo, a native of Oakville, Ontario, ranks third on the team in points by a defenseman with four goals and 15 assists for 19 points. The freshman had a goal and an assist last weekend against Holy Cross and registered four two-point contests this season, including a pair of assists in a 5-4 win at nationally-ranked Cornell on October 29.

He ranks tenth among conference defensemen in scoring and tied for 12th among conference freshmen.

- From Mercyhurst news release

Posted: March 9th, 2012

Mercyhurst men’s hockey coach Rick Gotkin called Friday night’s intense battle with Holy Cross the easiest game of the weekend.

If that’s the case, expect an all-out war tonight. The Crusaders “are not going to go quietly,” Gotkin said.

Mercyhurst and Holy Cross fought for start to finish in the Lakers’ 2-1 win in Game 1 of their best-of-three Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinal series, played in front of 1,125 at Mercyhurst Ice Center.

“Nothing has been easy with us playing against Holy Cross,” said Gotkin, whose team posted a win and tie – both in overtime – in Worcester, Mass., in late January. On this night, his Lakers (19-14-4) didn’t have many offensive chances. They also had to overcome a relentless attack from the Crusaders.

Mercyhurst had two shots on goal in the first period. But freshman forward Daniel Bahntge’s stellar effort 4 minutes, 59 seconds into the game allowed the Lakers to salvage a 1-1 heading into the second.

“I had an opportunity to take it to the net,” Bahntge said. “I drove hard, shot it and I got lucky.”

The Lakers had a few more shots in that period – eight in all. But they needed only one – Bahntge’s goal from in front – to take the lead at 2-1 at the 1:27 mark of the second. Fourth-seeded Mercyhurst held on to take a 1-0 lead over the fifth-seeded Crusaders in the series into Game 2 today at 7:05 p.m. at MIC.

* News and notes: Holy Cross outshot the Lakers by a combined 85-51 in their two regular-season meetings. … Sophomore forward Daniel O’Donoghue left the ice late in the second after being speared in the midsection by Crusaders forward Jay Silvia. O’Donoghue returned for the third. Silvia received a major penalty and game misconduct. … Junior forward Grant Blakey had an assist on Bahntge’s first goal in his return to the lineup. Blakey missed the final previous games with a lower-body injury. … Lakers senior Patrick Goebel and Crusaders senior Matt Clune exchanged words in the handshake line after the game.

- Victor Fernandes

 

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament scoreboard

Game 1 – Friday

No. 4 Mercyhurst 2, No. 5 Holy Cross 1

No. 6 Bentley 4, No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology 1

No. 2 Niagara 3, No. 7 Robert Morris 0

No. 8 Connecticut at No. 1 Air Force (n)

 

Game 2 – Today

No. 5 Holy Cross (19-14-4) at No. 4 Mercyhurst (19-14-4), 7:05 p.m.

No. 6 Bentley (16-14-8) at No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology (17-12-6), 7:05 p.m.

No. 7 Robert Morris (17-16-5) at No. 2 Niagara (16-10-9), 7:05 p.m.

No. 8 Connecticut (15-17-4) at No. 1 Air Force (17-9-7), 9:05 p.m.

Note: Game 3, if necessary, will be on Sunday at same locations and times.

 

SUMMARY

 

Mercyhurst 2, Holy Cross 1

Holy Cross  1  0  0  —  1

Mercyhurst  1  1  0  —  2

1st Period — 1. Holy Cross, Erik Vos 13 (Stockton, Silvia), 2:25 (pp). 2. Mercyhurst, Daniel Bahntge 9 (Nagtzaam, Blakey), 4:59. Penalties — Gettinger (M) holding, :54; Linsmayer (H) slashing, 14:12; Elliott (M) interference, 15:22.

2nd Period — 3. Mercyhurst, Bahntge 10 (Shiplo, Noble), 1:27. Penalties — Fletcher (H) interference, 9:30; Silvia (H) 5-min. spearing (served by McNamara), 17:08; Silvia (H) game misconduct, 17:08; Bodo (M) interference, 19:28; Goebel (M) roughing, 19:51.

3rd Period — None. Penalties — Nagtzaam (M) hooking, 2:46; O’Donoghue (M) high sticking, 10:06; Misiak (M) roughing, 12:36; Linsmayer (H) tripping, 14:52.

Shots on goal — Holy Cross, 12-9-9—30; Mercyhurst, 2-8-7—17.

Goaltenders — Holy Cross, Matt Ginn 16-7-2 (17 shots, 15 saves); Mercyhurst, Max Strang 15-12-3 (30 shots, 29 saves).

Power plays — Holy Cross (1-6), Mercyhurst (0-5).

Attendance — 1,125.