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Posted: March 21st, 2013

No. 6 Mercyhurst (18-16-5) vs. No. 4 Connecticut (19-13-4)
When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), WMCE-FM/88.5 & (radio), (live scores)
Up next: Championship game (Saturday, 7:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena)*
What to expect: Mercyhurst has reached the Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals for the second straight season. The Lakers lost to eventual champion Air Force 5-2 in this round a season ago. … The Lakers rebounded from an eight-game winless streak with a sweep of 11th-seeded Army at Mercyhurst Ice Center two weeks ago and a series win at No. 3 Holy Cross last weekend. … Mercyhurst hasn’t reached the title game since consecutive trips in 2008 and 2009 (lost to Air Force both times). … The Lakers haven’t won an AHA championship since beating Quinnipiac 3-2 in the 2005 title game. They also beat Quinnipiac 6-5 to capture the 2001 title, when the league was known as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. … Mercyhurst and UConn split their two-game, regular-season series in Storrs, Conn., with the Lakers losing 5-4 Jan. 18 and winning 5-0 the following night. … The Lakers lead the all-time series 32-13-3. Yet they have lost three straight and four of six games against the Huskies in the postseason, including a UConn sweep in the 2011 AHA quarterfinals. … With top-seeded and 15th-ranked Niagara (23-8-5) facing seventh-seeded Canisius (17-18-5) in the other semifinal, the conference will have a champion from a school other than Air Force and Rochester Institute of Technology for the first time since Holy Cross in 2006. Air Force, which lost to Canisius in the quarterfinals, had won five of the last six titles (2007-09, 2011-12). RIT, which lost to Niagara in the quarterfinals, won in 2010 on the way to the first NCAA Division I Frozen Four appearance for the Tigers and the AHA. … Senior F Grant Blakey has five goals and seven points in the Lakers’ five playoff games. … UConn senior G Matt Grogan has a 14-3-3 record, 1.88 goals-against average and .939 save percentage since taking over as starter midway through the season. He was the Huskies’ only player to earn all-conference honors (third team). Mercyhurst features three all-stars – junior D Nick Jones (first team), sophomore F Ryan Misiak (second) and sophomore F Matthew Zay (third). … Niagara has never reached the title game. Canisius hasn’t reached the final since 1999 (lost 4-3 to Holy Cross). … Niagara junior G Carson Chubak leads the nation with six shutouts and ranks among the top five in winning percentage (.773), goals-against average (1.81) and save percentage (.941). He’s one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which honors the nation’s top men’s hockey player. … Freshman F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, has two goals and seven points in 34 games for Canisius.
* If the Lakers win tonight

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association final four schedule
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Niagara (23-8-5) vs. No. 7 Canisius (17-18-5), 4:05 p.m.
No. 4 Connecticut (19-13-4) vs. No. 6 Mercyhurst (18-16-5), 7:05 p.m.
Championship game – Saturday
Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
Note: Champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

Posted: March 9th, 2013

The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team is headed back to the Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals.
Several Lakers made sure that happened.
Grant Blakey and Daniel O’Donoghue scored two goals apiece, while Max Strang made 36 saves, to lead the Lakers to a 5-2 win over Army in front of 912 fans Saturday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center and a two-game sweep of their first-round series. Sixth-seeded Mercyhurst (16-15-5) travels to No. 3 Holy Cross next weekend for a best-of-three series in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinals won by the Lakers in three games.
“I thought we played a little better as a team Friday night,” said Lakers coach Rick Gotkin, referring to his team’s 2-1 win against the Black Knights (7-22-5) in the series opener. “We had five or six guys that really stepped up and played well (Saturday).” Kyle Just had three assists for the Lakers, while Nick Jones and Zac Frischmon had two assists apiece. “We’re really happy that our season continues,” Gotkin said.
* News and notes: Mercyhurst and Holy Cross meet in Game 1 Friday, followed by Game 2 Saturday and, if necessary, Game 3 Sunday. All three games are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. … Gotkin became the 26th college coach to reach 450 career wins. … Mercyhurst didn’t have any power-play chances Saturday.

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association tournament
First round (best-of-3 series)
No. 6 Mercyhurst vs. No. 11 Army

Game 1 – Mercyhurst 3, Army 1
Game 2 - Mercyhurst 5, Army 2
Mercyhurst wins series 2-0

March 15-17 (best-of-3 series)

No. 8 Rochester Institute of Technology (15-16-5) at No. 1 Niagara (21-8-5), 7:05 p.m.
No. 6 Mercyhurst (16-15-5) at No. 3 Holy Cross (19-12-3), 7:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (20-12-4) at No. 4 Connecticut (17-13-4), 7:05 p.m.
No. 7 Canisius (15-18-5) at No. 2 Air Force (17-11-7), 9:05 p.m.
Note: All three games in each series start at the same time.


Mercyhurst 5, Army 2
Army 0 1 1 — 2
Mercyhurst 1 1 3 — 5
1st Period — 1. Mercyhurst, Grant Blakey 9 (Zay, Bodo), 5:24. Penalties — Just (M) slashing, 1:06.
2nd Period — 2. Mercyhurst, Daniel O’Donoghue 11 (Just, Frischmon), 4:38. 3. Army, Willie Faust 5 (Pomarico, Zaremba), 13:39 (pp). Penalties — Just (M) holding the stick, 8:55; Roberts (A) hooking, 8:55; Gettinger (M) hooking, 12:42.
3rd Period — 4. Mercyhurst, Blakey 10 (Just, Jones), 8:56. 5. Army, Joe Kozlak 7 (Clark), 15:07. 6. Mercyhurst, O’Donoghue 12 (Frischmon, Just), 16:28. 7. Mercyhurst, Ryan Misiak 17 (Jones), 19:10 (en). Penalties — None.
Shots on goal — Army, 11-18-9—38; Mercyhurst, 15-9-15—39.
Goaltenders — Army, Rob Tadazak 3-13-4 (38 shots, 34 saves); Mercyhurst, Max Strang 12-9-3 (38 shots, 36 saves).
Power plays — Army (1-2), Mercyhurst (0-0).
Referees — Steve Marofsky, Ryan Sweeney. Linesmen — Aaron Wallace, Tori Carissimo.
Attendance — 912.

Three stars
* Grant Blakey, Mercyhurst (2 goals) ** Daniel O’Donoghue, Mercyhurst (2 goals) *** Kyle Just, Mercyhurst (3 assists)

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Posted: October 20th, 2012

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey tied Ferris State Saturday night. The Lakers had a chance to win.
Then the Lakers won the shootout after finishing regulation and overtime tied 3-3 in front of 1,656 fans at Ewigleben Ice Arena. They rebounded from a 7-3 loss Friday night to the Bulldogs, which reached the NCAA Division I championship game a season ago.
Mercyhurst (0-2-1) carried a 3-2 lead into the third period, but Justin DeMartino scored with 5 minutes, 52 seconds left to force overtime. Neither team could score in overtime. Lakers sophomore Nardo Nagtzaam scored the lone goal in the shootout, but the non-conference game officially finished in a tie. Mercyhurst built a 2-0 first-period leads on goals from Ryan Misiak and Paul Chiasson less than two minutes apart. Ferris State (1-1-2) sliced the lead in half on Eric Alexander’s goal with 5:32 left in the period.
The Bulldogs tied the score at 2 on Andy Huff‘s goal 48 seconds into the second period. But the Lakers answered quickly on Grant Blakey‘s goal 1:05 later. Sophomore goaltender Jimmy Sarjeant, who made his second career start, made 39 saves in regulation and overtime and three more in the shootout for Mercyhurst, which was outshot 42-25. Misiak and Chiasson had a goal and assist apiece.

Posted: May 8th, 2012

Mercyhurst University men’s hockey coach Rick Gotkin has announced that senior Grant Blakey (Canton, Michigan) and juniors Nick Jones (Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania) and Daniel O’Donoghue (Port Jefferson Station, New York) will serve as the captains for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

The trio will serve as tri-captains for the upcoming season, with each player garnering the “C” on his jersey.

Blakey missed eight games last season due to an injury, but still posted four goals and 12 assists for 16 points, finishing 11th on the team in scoring. He was leading or near the team lead in scoring before he went down with his injury. He finished tied for third on the team with a +2 rating last season and also had one of Mercyhurst’s two shorthanded goals. His 12 assists was tied for eighth on the team. Blakey has played in 105 games for the Lakers in his three seasons, and has recorded 24 goals and 42 assists for 66 points. He will be one of only four seniors on next year’s squad, joining defenseman Charlie Carkin, forward Paul Chiasson, and goaltender Max Strang.

Named the team’s Top Defenseman at the team’s postseason banquet, Nick Jones was only one of five players last season to play in all 40 games. He was the only non-freshman from Mercyhurst to be named to an All-Conference team, earning a Third Team nod as a defenseman. Jones led all Laker defensemen in scoring with 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points this season. He was tied for fifth on the team in both goals and points. His ten goals was 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 was 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. Jones has played in 74 career games and has 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points.

Named the team’s Top Defensive Forward at the team’s postseason banquet, Daniel O’Donoghue played in 39 games last season and was tied for seventh on the team in scoring with eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points. He 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. O’Donoghue 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. In 76 career games, O’Donoghue has 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points.

Mercyhurst loses just three players to graduation from a team that 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.

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.




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.

Posted: February 23rd, 2012

Mercyhurst (17-13-4, 14-7-4 AHA) at Canisius (9-19-4, 9-13-3)

When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Buffalo State Sports Arena, Buffalo

On the air: (live stream), (Internet radio, live statistics)

Up next: vs. Canisius (Saturday, 7:05 p.m.)

Fast facts: Mercyhurst enters the final weekend of the regular season with a chance to win the Atlantic Hockey Association’s regular-season championship for the first time. … The Lakers are tied for third with Bentley and Niagara at 32 points – one point behind front-running Air Force and one behind second-place Rochester Institute of Technology. Holy Cross (31 points) and Robert Morris (29) are behind the Lakers in sixth and seventh, respectively. … Mercyhurst holds tiebreakers over Air Force, Bentley and Holy Cross, but not over Niagara, RIT and RMU. … Mercyhurst would secure a bye in next weekend’s first round of the AHA playoffs and home-ice advantage for the quarterfinals in two weeks by finishing among the top four in the standings. … The Lakers can finish as low as seventh. If the Lakers finish fifth, sixth or seventh, they would play a first-round game at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … They have three of their last five games, but are 5-5-2 since recording their second four-game winning streak of the season. … They are 6-4-3 in AHA road games. … Redshirt junior G Max Strang will start tonight. … Junior F Grant Blakey (lower-body injury) won’t play this weekend. He already has missed nearly a month. … Canisius stands ninth in the conference with 21 points, three behind Connecticut. The Golden Griffins need to sweep Mercyhurst and two UConn losses to 10th-place American International to host a first-round game against UConn. … Canisius has won six of the past nine meetings with the Lakers.

- Victor Fernandes


Posted: October 7th, 2011

OMAHA, Neb. – The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team started the season quietly.

The Lakers were outshot 44-18 in a 5-1 loss to No. 14 Nebraska Omaha at the Mutual of Omaha Stampede in front of 5,407 fans at CenturyLink Center Omaha on Friday night.

Grant Blakey scored the lone goal in the third period for the Lakers (0-1-0), which face Atlantic Hockey Association rival Robert Morris in the consolation game today at 5:07 p.m. RMU (0-1-0) lost to Colgate 3-1 in the opening game Friday.

Freshmen Tyler Shiplo and Ryan Misiak assisted on Blakey’s goal for their first career points. Max Strang made 39 saves for the Lakers. Brock Montpetit scored twice for the Mavericks (1-0-0).




Mavericks 5, Lakers 1

Mercyhurst  0  0  1  —  1

UNO  1  1  2  —  5

1st Period — 1. UNO, Brock Montpetit 1 (White), 5:03. Penalties — Shiplo (M) slashing, 8:31; Montpetit (UNO) interference, 12:15.

2nd Period — 2. UNO, Michael Young 1 (Broadhurst), :44. 3. UNO, Josh Archibald 1 (Walters, Aneloski), 12:39. Penalties — None.

3rd Period — 4. Mercyhurst, Grant Blakey 1 (Shiplo, Misiak), 10:46 (pp). 5. UNO, Johnnie Searfoss 1 (Raubenheimer, Aneloski), 14:01. 6. UNO, Montpetit 2 (White, Walters), 17:36 (pp). Penalties — Goebel (M) tripping, 17:04; Schmit (UNO) roughing, 18:23.

Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 6-7-5—18; UNO, 18-14-12—44.

Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Max Strang 0-1-0 (44 shots, 39 saves); UNO, John Faulkner 1-0-0 (18 shots, 17 saves).

Power plays — Mercyhurst (1-3), UNO (1-2).

Attendance — 5,407.

Posted: June 30th, 2011

Ashley Harper, a senior goaltender on the 2010-11 Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team, was named College Hockey America’s top scholar athlete, the conference announced Thursday.

She also joined 65 other student-athletes on the CHA All-Academic Team. She was joined by teammates Vicki Bendus, Stephanie Ciampa, Meghan Corbett, Lauren Jones, Melissa Lacroix, Kyleigh Palmer, Kelley Steadman and Pamela Zgoda.

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team had six players named to the Atlantic Hockey Association’s All-Academic Team – Grant Blakey, Steve Cameron, Randy Cure, Patrick Goebel, Nick Jones and Max Strang.


Posted: January 20th, 2011

What: Mercyhurst College (10-11-2, 8-8-0 AHA) at Bentley (5-11-4, 4-8-3)

When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Ryan Skating Arena – Watertown, Mass.

On the air: (Internet video)

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (8-8-1 record, 2.65 goals-against average, .922 save percentage, 1 shutout), Sr. F Scott Pitt (7-13-20), Sr. F Steve Cameron (7-12-19), So. F Paul Chiasson (10-7-17), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (9-7-16)

Bentley – Sr. F Erik Peterson (7-7-14), Sr. F Dustin Cloutier (5-8-13), So. F Joe Campanelli (4-6-10), So. F Dan Koudys (4-6-10), Sr. G Joe Calvi (4-6-2, 2.51, .925)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers have rebounded from a three-game winless streak with three straight wins – all in Atlantic Hockey Association play. … With a win tonight, they can match their season-high, four-game winning streak set with wins against Air Force, Army (twice) and Robert Morris from Nov. 5-19. … The Lakers also can reach the .500 mark for the first time since that win streak (4-4-1). They haven’t posted a winning overall record this season. … The Lakers (16 points) have moved into fifth in the AHA standings – one behind fourth-place Air Force and three behind Niagara and Robert Morris, who are tied for second. … Holstrom earned AHA rookie honors the past two weeks. … Zapolski, an Erie native, is the current co-goaltender of the week. … Chiasson has four multi-goal games this season, the most by a Laker since Matt Pierce’s six in 2008-09. … Freshman F John Mousso had his first collegiate goal and point in last Friday’s win against Holy Cross. … Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win against the Crusaders marked the Lakers’ third series sweep of the season and second OT win in four tries (2-0-2). … Sophomore D Charlie Carkin’s father, Charlie Sr., is Bentley’s longtime assistant coach, athletic trainer and equipment manager. The younger Carkin recorded his first collegiate goal and point at Bentley on Oct. 31, 2009. … Senior F Mike Gurtler (4-12-16) needs 14 points to become the 15th player in the program’s Division I history to reach 100 career points and third this season (Pitt and Cameron). … Gurtler has a five-game point streak, while Cameron has points in four straight games. Chiasson, Holstrom and sophomore F Grant Blakey (7-7-14) have three-game streaks. … Junior D Kevin Noble (lower-body injury) hasn’t played since Dec. 4 at Sacred Heart.

Bentley – The Falcons are winless in nine straight games (0-6-3). Their last win was 3-2 at home against Canisius Nov. 28. But they held a two-goal, third-period lead at first-place Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday before settling for a 3-3 tie. … They have fallen into a tie for 10th with Sacred Heart in the 12-team conference, two points ahead of last-place American International. … They have won nine of 39 career meetings with the Lakers (9-25-5). … They have played only six of 20 games at home (3-3-0 at home, 2-8-4 on the road). … They have scored a league-low 36 goals in AHA games.

Up next: at RIT (Jan. 29, 7:05 p.m.)

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 9th, 2010

What: Rochester Institute of Technology (6-7-2, 5-3-1 AHA) at Mercyhurst College (5-7-1, 5-5-0)

When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center

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

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (5-4-0 record, 2.36 goals-against average, .930 save percentage, 1 shutout), Fr. F Daniel O’Donoghue (5-5-10), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (5-4-9), Sr. F Steve Cameron (3-5-8),  Sr. F Ryan Raven (5-2-7)

RIT – Sr. F Andrew Favot (4-14-18), Jr. F Cameron Burt (2-18-10), So. F Adam Hartley (7-7-14), Jr. F Tyler Brenner (10-3-13), So. G Shane Madolora (4-0-1, 2.19, .915, 1 SO)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers have lost three of four to fall into a tie for sixth in the Atlantic Hockey Association, one point behind fifth-place RIT. The Tigers and Lakers were 1-2 in the AHA’s preseason poll. …  The Lakers are winless in six straight home games against the Tigers (0-5-1). … These teams are meeting for the 43rd and 44th times in a series that began in 1988 at the Division III level. The Lakers have faced only one team more often (Canisius – 65 games). … The Lakers trail the all-time series 25-13-4, including a pair of one-goal losses last season. … Raven has matched his single-season high in goals set in 2008-09. … Sophomore F Paul Chiasson (4-3-7) had two goals in last Friday’s win at Sacred Heart – his first multi-goal game since Feb. 26, 2010 at Connecticut. … Sophomore F Grant Blakey (3-3-6) had a career-high three assists in last Friday’s win. … Senior F Scott Pitt (3-4-7) and Cameron need two and six points, respectively, to reach the 100 mark in their careers. … Junior D Patrick Goebel (upper-body injury) rejoined the lineup last weekend after a three-week absence. … The Lakers are 5-for-57 on the power play (8.8 percent), which is tied for 56th among 58 NCAA Division I teams.

RIT – The defending champion Tigers, which last season were the first conference team to reach the Frozen Four, have been inconsistent this season. They haven’t won or lost more than two straight games this season. … They are 2-5 on the road. … Madolora appears to be the replacement for graduated G Jared DeMichiel. Madolora earned the AHA’s top goaltender honor last week for posting his first career shutout in a 4-0 win against American International last Friday. … That was the team’s first shutout win of the season after totaling eight last year. … The Tigers tied the program’s Division I record with five first-period goals in that game. … Burt, the team’s leading scorer last season, has points in six straight games (one goal, eight points). … The Tigers rank 51st nationally on the penalty kill (76.7 percent). They had a streak of 17 straight successful kills snapped in Saturday’s loss to AIC.

Up next: vs. Alabama-Huntsville (Dec. 16-17, 7:05 p.m.)

– Victor Fernandes

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