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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: & (live stream and live statistics), (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: February 17th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team remains eighth in the latest Division I poll, which was released Monday. The Lakers (21-7-3) earned 47 voting points after posting a two-game sweep of Penn State this past weekend and capturing their 13th straight College Hockey America regular-season championship.
Once again, Minnesota (30-1-1) earned all 15 first-place votes and 150 points to remain atop the ranking ahead of No. 2 Wisconsin (23-5-2) and No. 3 Cornell (20-3-4). The Lakers are 15 votes behind No. 7 North Dakota (17-9-4), which slipped from fourth after being swept at home by Minnesota State-Mankato. CHA rival Robert Morris (22-7-3) is tied for ninth, while Syracuse received two votes to earn a spot on the honorable-mention list.
In other news, sophomore forward Emily Janiga was named CHA player of the week for the fourth time this season after totaling a goal and four assists against the Nittany Lions. She had a goal and assist in a 4-0 win Saturday and added three assists in a 4-1 win Sunday that clinched the CHA title and home-ice advantage in the conference’s tournament semifinals and championship game March 7-8 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Division I women’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points

1. Minnesota (15) 30-1-1 150
2. Wisconsin 23-5-2 132
3. Cornell 20-3-4 116
4. Clarkson 23-4-5 109
T5. Boston College 23-5-3 77
T5. Harvard 20-4-3 77
7. North Dakota 17-9-4 62
8. Mercyhurst 21-7-3 47
T9. Quinnipiac 18-5-9 19
T9. Robert Morris 22-7-3 19
Others receiving votes: Boston University 13, Syracuse 2, Minnesota-Duluth 1, Northeastern 1

Posted: January 30th, 2014

No. 10 Mercyhurst (15-7-3, 8-3-1 CHA) at Syracuse (14-9-2, 6-4-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Tennity Ice Pavilion – Syracuse, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst (17 points) looks to keep pace with front-running Robert Morris (19 points) in the College Hockey America standings. Syracuse stands fourth with 14 points. … Mercyhurst has a 24-0-2 all-time record against the Orange. The Lakers went 1-0-1 in a two-game series at Mercyhurst Ice Center in November. … The Lakers are ranked in the top 10 of the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national Division I polls for the first time since mid-November. … Senior F Christine Bestland (14 goals, 24 assists, 38 points) became the third player in program history with 125 assists with two assists in last Saturday’s win against RMU. … Sophomore F Emily Janiga (13-17-30) ranks second on the team in scoring, followed by junior F Shelby Bram (7-20-27), senior F Christie Cicero (11-14-25) and sophomore F Jenna Dingeldein (9-15-24). … Syracuse has won four straight and seven of their past eight games. … The Orange lead the conference with a 18.7 power-play percentage. … Sophomore Fs Melissa Piacentini (12-9-21) and Nicole Renault (4-16-20) lead the team in scoring. … Senior G Jenesica Drinkwater has a 1.99 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and two shutouts in a personal four-game winning streak.

- Victor Fernandes

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: September 22nd, 2013

Christine Bestland, Kaleigh Chippy and Emily Janiga had two goals and an assist apiece to lead the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team’s balanced attack to a 9-1 exhibition win against the Whitby Wildcats at Mercyhurst Ice Center on Sunday afternoon. Ten different Lakers recorded points in the victory.
Shelby Bram and Molly Byrne had a goal and two assists apiece while freshman Jillian Skinner added three assists to the goal she scored in a 6-2 exhibition win against University of Western Ontario on Saturday. Mercyhurst outshot the Wildcats 50-14. Julia DiTondo stopped 13-of-14 shots for the Lakers, which open the regular season Friday at Minnesota State-Mankato. Game time is 7:07 p.m., followed by the series finale next Saturday at 2:07 p.m.

Posted: March 21st, 2013

NCAA Women’s Frozen Four schedule
at Ridder Arena – Minneapolis, Minn.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Minnesota (39-0-0) vs. No. 4 Boston College (27-6-3), 6 p.m.
Mercyhurst (29-6-1) vs. No. 3 Boston University (27-5-3), 9 p.m.
Championship game – Sunday
Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.
Note: All three games will be streamed live on WMCE-FM/88.5 will broadcast Mercyhurst’s game tonight and Sunday’s championship game (if the Lakers advance).

Frozen Four teams at a glance
Mercyhurst Lakers (29-6-1)
Michael Sisti, 14th season (363-98-30)
Players to watch: Jr. F Christine Bestland (28 goals, 41 assists, 69 points), Sr. G Stephanie Ciampa (19-1-0 record, 1.37 goals-against average, .937 save percentage, 4 shutouts), Fr. F Jenna Dingeldein (14-27-41), Fr. F Emily Janiga (19-21-40), So. D Molly Byrne (8-24-32)
Frozen Four facts: Has reached the Frozen Four for the third time (2009-10, 2013) during a NCAA-record nine straight appearances in the national playoffs, but has never won a national championship. … Has a 1-2 Frozen Four record, with the lone win coming against Minnesota in the 2009 semifinals. … Lost to Wisconsin in the 2009 title game. … Lost to Cornell in the 2010 semifinals at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, site of this weekend’s Frozen Four. … Has a 4-7 record in the NCAA playoffs. … Has a 4-2 all-time record against Boston University, tonight’s semifinal opponent, including a 4-2 national quarterfinal loss in Boston in their last meeting (March 12, 2011).
Outlook: The Lakers are decided underdogs as the only unseeded team in the field. But is this the year they claim their first national title?

No. 3 Boston University Terriers (27-5-3)
Brian Durocher, 8th season (158-92-37)
Players to watch: Jr. F Marie-Philip Poulin (17 goals, 34 assists, 51 points), Jr. G Kerrin Sperry (23-4-3 record, 2.19 goals-against average, .914 save percentage, 4 shutouts), Sr. F Isabel Menard (15-29-44), Sr. F Jenelle Kohanchuk (23-20-43), Fr. F Sarah Lefort (23-19-42)
Frozen Four facts: Has reached the Frozen Four for the second time and the NCAA playoffs for the fourth straight time in the program’s eight-year history. … Reached the Frozen Four in 2011 at Erie Insurance Arena (beat Cornell 4-1 in the semifinal, but lost 4-1 to Wisconsin in the title game. … Lost to Cornell 8-7 in overtime in the 2012 quarterfinals. … Tied a school record for wins in a season. … Poulin was named to the Canadian Women’s National Team that will play in the IIHF Women’s World Championship next month in Ottawa, Ontario. … Menard transferred from Syracuse, Mercyhurst’s College Hockey America rival, after her sophomore season.
Outlook: The Terriers have another shot at the national title that slipped away in Erie two years ago. Mercyhurst stands in their way.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers (39-0-0)
Brad Frost, 5th season (145-36-16)
Players to watch: Jr. F Amanda Kessel (44 goals, 53 assists, 97 points), Sr. G Noora Raty (36-0-0 record, 0.88 goals-against average, .959 save percentage, 17 shutouts), Fr. F Hannah Brandt (31-49-80), Sr. D Megan Bozek (20-35-55), Fr. F Maryanne Menefee (16-19-35)
Frozen Four facts: Have won three national championships (2004, 2005, 2012) in nine trips to the Frozen Four (2002-06, 2009-10, 2012). … Was led in 2012 by Jen Schoullis, a Girard native who now plays for the Boston Blades (CWHL) and the United States National Team. … Has a 47-game winning streak. … Needed three overtimes to beat WCHA rival North Dakota in the quarterfinals. … Has all three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which honors the national player of the year (Bozek, Kessel and Raty). … Has won 21 games by shutout. .. Has outscored opponents 207-31. … Lost in the semifinals in the Frozen Four’s last trip to Ridder Arena in Minneapolis in 2010.
Outlook: The Golden Gophers are the clear favorite to win the natioal title on their home ice. They also have all the pressure on their shoulders.

No. 4 Boston College Eagles (27-6-3)
Katie King Crowley, 6th season (119-61-34)
Players to watch: So. F Alex Carpenter (32 goals, 37 assists, 69 points), Sr. D Blake Bolden (6-23-29), Fr. F Haley Skarupa (24-27-51), Sr. G Corinne Boyles (22-4-1 record, 1.79 goals-against average, .927 save percentage, 3 shutouts), So. F Emily Field (15-29-44)
Frozen Four facts: Has reached the Frozen Four for the third straight season. … Lost to Wisconsin in the semifinals the past two seasons – 3-2 in 2011 at Erie Insurance Arena and 6-2 a season ago in Duluth, Minn. … Enjoying the best season in program history, headlined by an offense that set a school record with 4.36 goals per game. … Lost to Northeastern in the Hockey East Association semifinals, but rebounded with a 3-1 NCAA quarterfinal win against Harvard last weekend. … Has a 1-4-1 all-time record against Minnesota, their Final Four opponent.
Outlook: The Eagles never have won a Frozen Four game. But a win over the defending champs could vault them to their first national title.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 7th, 2013

No. 9 Mercyhurst University (26-6-1) vs. Robert Morris (15-14-13)
Syracuse (19-14-1) vs. Rochester Institute of Technology (16-15-5)

When: Today, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst begins its quest for a 10th College Hockey America tournament championship in the last 11 years with a healthy lineup. Junior F Christie Cicero (severe concussion, sprained neck) rejoined the lineup Feb. 23 against RIT. … The Lakers can capture their 12th conference title in the last 13 years, dating back to the 2000-01 season in the Great Lakes Women’s Hockey Association. … Win or lose, the Lakers learn if they will make a NCAA-record ninth straight NCAA Division I tournament appearance when the eight-team field is unveiled Sunday at 6 p.m. on … Mercyhurst lost the first three regular-season meetings with defending CHA champion Robert Morris before posting a 9-1 home win Feb. 9. … The Lakers swept all four respective meetings with Syracuse and RIT. … Junior F Christine Bestland finished the regular season ranked fourth nationally with 40 assists, fifth with 66 points and ninth with 26 goals. She also tied for second with 10 power-play goals and tied for eighth with six game-winning goals. … Sophomore Ds Molly Byrne and and Vaila Higson were tied for fifth among all defensemen with 31 points apiece. … F Emily Janiga is third among all freshmen with 40 points, one spot ahead of F Jenna Dingeldein (39 points). … Senior G Stephanie Ciampa ranks second with a .944 winning percentage (17-1-0), fourth with a 1.40 goals-against average, tied for seventh with a .935 save percentage and tied for eighth with four shutouts. … RMU needed two wins last weekend over Lindenwood, including a three-overtime victory in the opener, to reach the semifinals. … RIT, which beat Penn State twice by one goal last weekend, looks for a CHA championship in its first season in the league and at the D-I level. … Syracuse reached the title game two of the last three years.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 21st, 2013

Rochester Institute of Technology (14-13-5, 7-6-5 CHA) at No. 9 Mercyhurst University (24-6-1, 15-3-0)
When: Friday, 3 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst enters the final weekend of the regular season already having clinched a 12th straight College Hockey America regular-season championship and top seed in the upcoming conference tournament. The Lakers and second-seeded Syracuse will have byes in next weekend’s first round, which features the other four teams in best-of-three series for the first time in CHA history. The Lakers will host the semifinals and title game March 8-9. … Mercyhurst swept a season-opening, two-game series from CHA newcomer RIT, 6-2 and 7-0, in Rochester, N.Y., Sept. 28-29 behind junior F Christine Bestland‘s three goals and seven points. … RIT needs one win to secure a winning record in its first NCAA Division I season. The Tigers, which will have home-ice advantage in a first-round playoff series, need one point to earn the third seed. They lead Robert Morris and Lindenwood by four points with two games left. Penn State has clinched the sixth seed. … Bestland ranks third nationally with 39 assists and fifth with 63 points. She’s also tied for second with nine power-play goals and tied for sixth with six game-winning goals. … Sophomore D Molly Byrne is tied for fourth among all defensemen with 30 points. Sophomore D Vaila Higson has moved into the top 10 with 27 points. … F Emily Janiga is third among all freshmen with 39 points, one spot ahead of F Jenna Dingeldein (35 points). … Senior G Stephanie Ciampa ranks second with a .938 winning percentage, fifth with a 1.39 goals-against average, seventh with a .935 save percentage and tied for sixth with four shutouts.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 14th, 2013

No. 9 Mercyhurst University (22-6-1, 13-3-0 CHA) at Syracuse (18-11-1, 12-3-1)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Tennity Ice Pavilion – Syracuse, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)
What to expect:Mercyhurst can clinch their 11th straight College Hockey America regular-season championship – and 10th outright title – with a sweep of this two-game series. The Lakers lead the Orange by one point with four games left in the regular season. … Mercyhurst split a series with Robert Morris last weekend, while the Orange swept a series from Rochester Institute of Technology by 2-1 scores to extend their winning streak to eight games. … The Orange won six of those games by one goal, including the past four outings. They haven’t lost since Jan. 15 (8-1 at Cornell). … The Lakers swept a two-game series from Syracuse, 1-0 and 4-1, Jan. 11-12 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … Mercyhurst is unbeaten against Syracuse (20-0-1), with the only blemish being a 1-1 tie Jan. 7, 2012. … The Lakers slipped to ninth from seventh in’s Division I poll this week. They remain seventh in the Ratings Percentage Index and PairWise Ranking, which are used to determine the eight-team field in the upcoming NCAA Division I playoffs. … Junior F Christine Bestland ranks fifth nationally with 61 points and fourth with 2.10 points per game. She also ranks among the national leaders in goals (23), goals per game (0.82), assists (38), assists per game (1.31), power-play goals (nine) and game-winning goals (six). … Sophomore D Molly Byrne is tied for fourth among all defensemen with 28 points and 0.97 points per game. … Freshman F Emily Janiga is third among all rookies with 37 points and 1.28 points per game, one spot ahead of F Jenna Dingeldein (35 points, 1.21 per game). … Mercyhurst senior Stephanie Ciampa (13-1-0 record, 1.24 goals-against average, .941 save percentage, four shutouts) and Syracuse junior Kallie Billadeau (14-6-0, 1.35, .947, six shutouts) are two of the nation’s top goaltenders. … The Orange have relied on the nation’s eighth-best scoring defense (1.93 goals per game). They are only 16th in scoring offense (2.80 goals per game).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 1st, 2012

No. 5 Mercyhurst (8-1-1, 2-0-0 CHA) at Lindenwood (0-6-0, 0-0-0)
When: Today, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.
Where: Lindenwood Ice Arena – Wentzville, Mo.
On the air: (live stream), (live audio and statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst returns to College Hockey America action after playing eight straight non-conference games. … The Lakers posted 6-2 and 7-0 wins against CHA newcomer Rochester Institute of Technology Sept. 28-29. Now they face Lindenwood, which plays in its first-ever CHA games. … Mercyhurst won all four non-conference meetings with the Lions a season ago by a combined 37-3 score. … Lindenwood lost their first six games – two apiece against Minnesota State, Ohio State and Wisconsin from the WCHA – by a combined 34-6 score. The Lions finished 8-21-0 a season ago as a first-year NCAA independent team, but they were 0-18 against D-I opponents. … The Lions face their seventh and eighth games of the season against a team that has been nationally ranked this season. … Mercyhurst plays six of the next eight games on the road. … Lakers junior F Christine Bestland leads NCAA Division I with 18 assists and ranks third with 28 points. … Freshman F Emily Janiga (nine goals, 18 points) ranks fifth in scoring.

- Victor Fernandes