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Posted: April 11th, 2014

Mercyhurst senior forward Daniel O’Donoghue signed a contract with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes today. (Contributed/Mercyhurst University)

Mercyhurst’s Daniel O’Donoghue turned the best season of his college hockey career into a NHL contract Friday.

The senior forward signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, and will join the club’s AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates in Portland, Maine, as early as this weekend. The Pirates play in Manchester, N.H., against the Monarchs tonight before returning home to face the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday.

“It’s a great feeling, and I’m very excited,” O’Donoghue said in a statement. “I have a lot of emotions running through me right now – anxious, excited, nervous. … It’s been a long time coming, and I’m excited just to get my foot in the door.”

He set career highs with 15 goals, 28 assists and 43 points in 38 games. He finished his four-year career with 119 points (45 goals, 74 assists). He’s one of 16 players in the school’s NCAA Division I history to reach the 100-point mark, and of five to sign professional contracts. The others are Jody Robinson (New York Islanders), T.J. Kemp (Edmonton Oilers), Jamie Hunt (Washington Capitals) and Cullen Eddy (Philadelphia Flyers). Hunt is the lone player to play in a NHL regular-season game (2006-07).

“Our season ended almost a month ago, and I thought it would go a little quicker than this,” O’Donoghue said. “But it all worked out in the end.”

Posted: March 20th, 2014

Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s take on tonight’s matchup…

Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals
No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. No. 7 Canisius (18-20-3)

When: Today, 4:05 p.m.
Where: Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics), (live audio)
What to expect: Mercyhurst returns to Rochester for the conference’s final four for the third straight season. The Lakers lost to Air Force 5-2 in the 2012 semifinals. They followed a 4-1 semifinal win over Connecticut in the 2013 semifinals with a 7-2 loss to Canisius in the championship game. … The top-seeded Lakers reached the semifinals with a two-game sweep of No. 8 Holy Cross, which included their first come-from-behind win of the season and first overtime victory since December 2012, in the best-of-three quarterfinal series last weekend at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … The winner of today’s game meets the winner of the second semifinal between No. 5 Robert Morris and sixth-seeded Niagara in Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. championship game. … The Lakers are unbeaten in their last eight games (6-0-2). … They lost two of three games to Canisius in the regular season. Mercyhurst lost only four AHA games overall. … Canisius has won three of the last four meetings and four of the last six with the Lakers. … These rivals have split their last eight playoff matchups. … Junior F Matt Zay (17 goals, 25 assists, 42 points) and senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (14-27-41) are Mercyhurst’s first tandem to reach the 40-point mark since Steve Cameron, Scott Pitt and Matt Pierce in the 2008-09 season. The Lakers have 10 players with at least 20 points and 14 with double-digit points. … Junior G Jimmy

Jimmy Sarjeant

Sarjeant is unbeaten in AHA play (14-0-5). … Freshman D Philippe Drouin (upper body) remains out of the lineup. … Canisius advanced to the semifinals by shutting out 10th-seeded Sacred Heart in both games of their first-round series, and then rallying to upset second-seeded Bentley in a three-game quarterfinal series. The Golden Griffins rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat Bentley 5-4 in double overtime in Game 2, and then won 3-2 in Game 3. … They have rebounded from a 1-4-1 record to end the regular season. … Senior F Kyle Gibbons leads the team with 15 goals and 37 points. … Junior F Mitch McCrank has 14 points in his past 15 games, including all three goals in the Game 3 win over Bentley. … Sophomore F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, is second on the team with 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists). … Senior G Tony Capobianco has a 2.75 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. No. 7 Canisius (16-20-3), 4:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (19-18-5) vs. No. 6 Niagara (17-19-5), approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – Saturday
Mercyhurst-Canisius winner vs. RMU-Niagara winner, 7:05 p.m.
Note: The champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Tournament. The 16-team field will be unveiled Sunday at noon on ESPNU.

Posted: March 20th, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team captured several awards at the Atlantic Hockey Association’s tournament banquet:

Player of the Year - Jimmy Sarjeant
Goaltender of the Year - Jimmy Sarjeant
Coach of the Year - Rick Gotkin
Best Defensive Forward - Daniel O’Donoghue
Best Defenseman - Nick Jones
Individual Sportsmanship Award - Nick Jones (co-winner)
Regular Season Championship Trophy - Mercyhurst

Posted: March 14th, 2014

Kyle Cook

Kyle Cook picked the perfect time to score the Mercyhurst men’s hockey team’s first OT winner in more than 2 years. He scored 4:40 into the extra period to give the top-seeded Lakers a 5-4 win over eighth-seeded Holy Cross tonight at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Daniel O’Donoghue scored with 26.8 seconds left in the 3rd period to force overtime.
The Lakers can clinch the series win and a spot in next weekend’s AHA final four in Game 2 Saturday at 7:05pm at MIC.

Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s post-game news conference here

Posted: March 14th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association
All-Conference Team
First Team

Sr. F Brett Gensler, Bentley
Sr. F Matt Zay, Mercyhurst
Jr. F Cody Wydo, Robert Morris
Sr. D Nick Jones, Mercyhurst
Jr. D Steve Weinstein, Bentley
Jr. G Jimmy Sarjeant, Mercyhurst*

Second Team
Jr. F Cole Gunner, Air Force
Jr. F Alex Grieve, Bentley
Sr. F Daniel O’Donoghue, Mercyhurst
Sr. D Adam McKenzie, Air Force
So. D Matt Blomquist, Bentley
Sr. G Branden Komm, Bentley

Third Team
Sr. F Jon Puksar, American International
Sr. F Brant Harris, Connecticut
So. F Andrew Gladiuk, Bentley
Sr. D Kevin Ryan, Niagara
Sr. D Ben Danford, Canisius
So. G Terry Shafer, Robert Morris
* Unanimous selection

Posted: March 13th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals
No. 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7)

When: Today-Sunday, 7:05 p.m.*
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst begins postseason play after earning a bye through last weekend’s opening round. … The Lakers meet Holy Cross in the quarterfinals for the third straight season, with Mercyhurst winning in three games the past two years. The winner moves on to AHA the final four March 21-22 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. … The Lakers swept a two-game series in

Jimmy Sarjeant

Worcester, Mass., in January. They needed junior G Jimmy Sarjeant‘s career-high 51 saves in a 1-0 win and junior F Chris Bodo‘s first collegiate hat trick in a 4-2 win. … Sarjeant was the lone unanimous selection on the all-conference team, which was unveiled Thursday. He was joined on the first team by junior F Matthew Zay and senior D Nick Jones. Senior F Daniel O’Donoghue earned second-team honors. Mercyhurst leads the all-time series to 31-13-5. … Zay (16 goals, 24 assists, 40 points

Matt Zay

in 32 games) ranks among the top 10 nationally with 1.25 points per game. O’Donoghue (13-24-37 in 35 games) ranks among the top 40 at 1.06 per game. … Bodo (lower body) is questionable for the series. … Freshman D Philippe Drouin (upper body) remains out of the lineup. … Sarjeant has an unbeaten record in AHA play this season (14-0-5). He ranks among the top 10 nationally in saves (fifth with 892), save percentage (tied for eighth with .931) and winning percentage (eighth at .731). … Holy Cross advanced with a three-game series win over ninth-seeded Rochester Institute of Technology last weekend. Two games went to overtime, including the deciding Game 3. … The Crusaders are 10-5-1 since a season-worst, eight-game winless streak. … Senior F Adam Schmidt leads the team with 14 goals and 29 points, followed by sophomore F Matt Vidal (5-18-23), senior F Shayne Stockton (9-12-21) and last weekend’s Game 3 hero, freshman F Mike Barrett (11-7-18).
* Game 3 on Sunday, if necessary

- Victor Fernandes

Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s preview of the AHA tournament…

Posted: March 2nd, 2014

Jordan Tibbett

PITTSBURGH – The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team will head into the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs on a high note.
The Lakers completed the regular season Saturday night with a 5-2 victory over rival Robert Morris at RMU Island Sports Center. Now the Lakers (19-12-7, 17-4-6 AHA) earn a bye through next weekend’s first-round series as the regular-season champion and No. 1 seed.
Jordan Tibbett led the way for the Lakers with a 48-save performance, as the Colonials outshot Mercyhurst 50-27.
Mercyhurst built a 2-0 lead early in the second period behind Kyle Just’s short-handed goal and Daniel O’Donoghue‘s

Daniel O'Donoghue

power-play score less than two minutes apart. RMU (13-16-5, 13-9-5) sliced the Lakers’ lead in half at 2-1 on Colin South‘s goal with 7:08 left in the period, only to have the Lakers respond with O’Donoghue’s second goal of the game at the 15:21 mark. RMU moved within a goal again at 3-2 on Cody Wydo‘s goal 9:13 into the third period. But Mercyhurst capped the win with Nardo Nagtzaam‘s goal with 3:16 left and Trent Frey‘s first goal of the season with four seconds left.

Posted: February 21st, 2014

Mercyhurst (17-12-5, 15-4-4 AHA) vs. Niagara (10-16-4, 10-9-4)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Today – Mercyhurst Ice Center; Saturday – Dwyer Arena, Niagara University, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), & (live audio & real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst heads into this home-and-home series with a two-point lead over runner-up Bentley in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. The Lakers conclude the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against Robert Morris. … The Lakers rebounded from being swept in a two-game series at Air Force two weeks ago by sweeping a series last weekend at Rochester Institute of Technology for the first time ever at Frank Ritter Arena and the first time against the Tigers since the 1990-91 season. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body) made 43 saves in a 6-2 win last Saturday in his return to the lineup from a three-week layoff. Head coach Rick Gotkin was leaning towards Sarjeant against the Purple Eagles this weekend. … Senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (11 goals, 23 assists, 34 points) rejoined the lineup after missing the previous two series with an upper-body injury. … Junior F Nardo Nagtzaam (7-8-15) has four goals and nine points in six games since returning from a lower-body injury. He has teamed with sophomore F Kyle Cook (9-6-15) and freshman F Kyle Dutra (5-15-20) on a consistently strong line. … The Purple Eagles are sixth in the AHA standings, four behind fifth-place RMU and one ahead of seventh-place Canisius. … They have rebounded from a 0-7 record in non-conference play. … They have relied on two freshmen Gs – Jackson Teichroeb (4-10-2 record, 2.96 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and Adrian Ignagni (6-6-2, 3.15, .900).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 13th, 2014

Mercyhurst (15-12-5, 13-4-4 AHA) at Rochester Institute of Technology (8-15-5, 7-11-3)
When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Frank Ritter Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), (live audio & statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to rebound after being swept in a two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series for the first time this season last weekend at Air Force. … The Lakers’ lead in the conference stands at two points over Bentley, three over Air Force and Connecticut and four over Robert Morris. RIT is tied for eighth with 17 points, 13 behind the Lakers. … Head coach Rick Gotkin was unsure if G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body) could play this weekend. Jordan Tibbett could start his fifth and sixth straight games (1-2-1 record, 2.22 goals-against average, .945 save percentage in the past

Jordan Tibbett (Contributed/Mercyhurst University)

four games). … Gotkin is hopeful that F Daniel O’Donoghue (upper body) can play against the Tigers. He ranks second on the team in scoring with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists). … Mercyhurst trails RIT 30-16-6 in the all-time series, but the Lakers won 3-2 on Nov. 18 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … Mercyhurst plays their final regular-season series at Ritter Arena, as the Tigers move into the Gene Polisseni Center next season. The Lakers are winless in six of their last seven games at Ritter Arena and are 6-14-2 overall. … RIT had a tie and loss at home against RMU last weekend. … The Tigers are sixth in NCAA Division I on the power play (22.8 percent). They also are 35 for their last 38 on the penalty kill. … Senior F Mike Colavecchia leads the Tigers with 12 goals and 26 points. … Freshman G Mike Rotolo (5-5-3, 2.83, .909, 1 shutout) and junior G Jordan Ruby (3-10-2, 3.62, .896, 1 SHO) have split time in net.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 6th, 2014

Mercyhurst (15-10-5, 13-2-4 AHA) at Air Force (15-9-4, 10-6-3)
When: Today and Saturday, 9:05 p.m.
Where: Cadet Ice Arena – U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
On the air: (live stream), (live audio & statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst heads into the two-game series with a four-point lead over runner-up Bentley in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. Air Force is tied for fourth with Robert Morris, seven points behind the Lakers. … Mercyhurst scored a season high in goals in an 8-2 win against the Falcons on Nov. 2 at Mercyhurst Ice Center to even the all-time series at 11-11-3. The Lakers have a 7-2-1 record at Air Force. … Redshirt junior G Jordan Tibbett will start his third and fourth straight games in place of junior G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body), who didn’t travel with the team. Tibbett is the conference’s reigning co-goaltender the week (69 saves on 72 shots in a win and tie against Bentley last weekend). On Thursday, Sarjeant was named AHA goaltender of the month for January (5-0-2 record, 1.42 goals-against average, .960 save percentage). … Senior F Daniel O’Donoghue, the team’s second-leading scorer with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists), won’t play this weekend because of an upper-body injury. … Junior F Nardo Nagtzaam had a goal and four points in two games last weekend in his return from a lower-body injury. … The line of Nagtzaam, sophomore F Kyle Cook and freshman F Kyle Dutra combined for four goals and 11 points against Bentley. … Junior Fs Chad Demers (11-22-33) and Cole Gunner (12-20-32) lead the Falcons, while senior Jason Torf (9-5-4, 2.59, .914) and freshman Chris Truehl (6-2-0, 2.01, .917) have been a solid tandem in net.

- Victor Fernandes

* Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s preview of this weekend’s series here