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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 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: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (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 13th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
Today-Sunday*

(All games begin at 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
No. 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7)
No. 7 Canisius (16-19-3) at No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4)
No. 6 Niagara (15-18-5) at No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4), 9:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (17-18-5) at No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4)
Semifinals – March 21
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Quarterfinal winners, 4:05 p.m. and approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – March 22
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
* Game 3 is set for Sunday, if necessary

Vic’s picks
Quarterfinals
Mercyhurst def. Holy Cross, 2-0
Canisius def. Bentley, 2-0
Air Force def. Niagara 2-0
Connecticut def. Robert Morris, 2-1
Semifinals
Mercyhurst def. Canisius
Air Force def. Connecticut
Championship game
Mercyhurst def. Air Force

Posted: March 6th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
First round (best-of-3 series)
(All games begin at 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Friday through Sunday*

No. 5 Robert Morris 8-2-3, No. 12 Army 4-4-1 (RMU wins series 2-1)
No. 6 Niagara 1-4, No. 11 American International 0 (2OT)-2 (Niagara wins series 2-0)
No. 7 Canisius 3-5, No. 10 Sacred Heart 0-0 (Canisius wins series 2-0)
No. 9 Rochester Institute of Technology 3-1-2, No. 8 Holy Cross 2 (OT)-5-3 (OT) (Holy Cross wins series 2-1)
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
March 14-16

No 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7), 7:05 p.m.
No. 7 Canisius (16-19-3) at No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4), TBD
No. 6 Niagara (15-18-5) at No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4), TBD
No. 5 Robert Morris (17-18-5) at No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4), TBD
Semifinals – March 21
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Quarterfinal winners, 4:05 p.m. and approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – March 22
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.

* Game 3s on Sunday (if necessary)
# Game 3 would begin at 5:05 p.m.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament
First round (best-of-3 series)

(All games start at 7:05 p.m., unless otherwise noted)
Friday – Game 1
No. 12 Army (5-26-0, 5-22-0) at No. 5 Robert Morris (13-16-5, 13-9-5)
No. 11 American International (10-23-1, 9-17-1) at No. 6 Niagara (11-18-5, 11-11-5)
No. 10 Sacred Heart (12-22-0, 11-16-0) at No. 7 Canisius (12-19-3, 11-13-3)
No. 9 Rochester Institute of Technology (11-18-5, 10-14-3) at No. 8 Holy Cross (12-19-3, 11-13-3), TBD
Saturday – Game 2
Army at RMU
AIC at Niagara
Sacred Heart at Canisius
RIT at Holy Cross, TBD
Note: Game 3s, if necessary, are set for Sunday at times TBD. No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7, 17-4-6), No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4, 16-7-4), No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4, 15-9-3) and No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4, 15-9-3) earned first-round byes and home-ice advantage in the best-of-3 quarterfinal series on March 14-16.

Posted: January 14th, 2014

Mercyhurst junior Jimmy Sarjeant was named Atlantic Hockey Association’s goaltender of the week for the fourth time this season on Tuesday. He stopped 87-of-89 shots in a two-game conference sweep at Holy Cross this past weekend, headlined by a career-high 51 saves in his first collegiate shutout – a 1-0 win Friday night.
He had the most saves by a Laker in a shutout since the program joined NCAA Division I in the 1999-2000 season. He also had the most in a game by a Laker since Erie’s Ryan Zapolski stopped 63 in a 5-4 double-overtime loss to Canisius on March 13, 2010, the most in a non-overtime game since Jordan Wakefield‘s 52 saves in a 3-1 loss at Air Force on Jan. 6, 2007, and the most in a regular-season game since Matt Lundin‘s 51 stops in a 3-2 overtime loss to Rochester Institute of Technology on Nov. 17, 2007.
Sarjeant has a 13-4-2 record, 2.42 goals-against average and .930 save percentage this season, including a 11-0-1 mark, 1.74 goals-against average and .950 save percentage in AHA games. He has led the Lakers to a 13-9-2 record overall and to the top of the conference standings with an 11-1-1 mark.

Posted: January 9th, 2014

Mercyhurst (11-9-2, 9-1-1 AHA) at Holy Cross (4-13-2, 3-7-2)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Hart Center – Worcester, Mass.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.goholycross.com (audio broadcast & real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to add to the best start in their Atlantic Hockey Association history and the second-best conference start in program history (9-0-2 in the 2000-01 season while playing in the MAAC Hockey League). … Last weekend, the conference-leading Lakers swept a two-game series at Army last weekend for the first time since Feb. 13-14, 2004. … Last Saturday’s win was the 464th of head coach Rick Gotkin‘s career, which moved him among the top 25 coaches in all divisions. … Mercyhurst split a two-game series in the regular season a year ago before ending the Crusaders’ season with a three-game series win in the AHA quarterfinals. The Lakers are 17-6-1 all-time at Hart Center and have a 29-13-5 overall lead in the series… Junior Fs Matt Zay (12 goals, 19 assists, 31 points) and Ryan Misiak (7-16-23) and senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (10-19-29) have combined for 83 points, which ranks second only to Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold (91 points) in NCAA Division I. The Lakers are one of only seven schools with three 20-plus point scorers. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant has a 9-0-1 record, 1.89 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in conference games this season. … The Lakers are 9-0-0 in AHA play when allowing two goals or fewer, but 0-1-1 when more than two. … The Lakers lead the nation with eight short-handed goals. They have scored seven of those goals in AHA games while allowing only seven power-play goals. … Zay has three short-handed goals, which is tied for the national lead. … Sophomore D Anthony Mastrodicasa (upper body) could play this weekend. Senior F Trent Frey (upper body) is out indefinitely. … Holy Cross has lost four straight games and are winless in the past six games. … One of the Crusaders’ four wins was on the road against No. 5 BC, and they have eight games by two goals or fewer. … They have scored three goals or fewer in 15-of-19 games. … Junior G Matt Ginn has played in all 19 games, posting a 2.94 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. … They were swept by Canisius in a two-game series at home last weekend.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 1st, 2013

Air Force
Record: 4-2-0, 2-0-0 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Chad Demers (2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points), Jr. F Cole Gunner (5-3-8), Sr. G Jason Torf (4-2-0, 2.87 goals-against average, .897 save percentage), Jr. D Alex Halloran (0-4-4)
What to watch: The Falcons are known for discipline, teamwork and toughness. They have a talented team too, led by Demers and Gunner up front and a veteran in Torf anchoring the defense. They also know how to win, given their five conference championships in the past seven years (2007-09, 2011-12).

American International
Record: 1-1, 1-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. F Blake Peake (1-1-2), Jr. F Nathan Sliwinski (1-1-2), Jr. F Jason Popek (1-1-2), Jr. F Brandon Fagerheim (1-1-2)
What to watch: The Yellow Jackets are known for being perennial doormats in the conference. But they also are known for giving teams with more skill – teams like Mercyhurst – difficult battles on most nights. AIC beat Sacred Heart 4-1 in its AHA opener last weekend.

Army
Record: 0-2-0, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Jr. G Rob Tadazak (0-2-0, 3.02, .921), So. F Willie Faust (1-1-2), Jr, D Mac Lalor (1-0-1), Fr. F C.J. Reuschlein (1-0-1)
What to watch for: The Black Knights returned 10 of their top 11 scorers from a season, with leading scorer Andy Starczewski (11-15-26) being the only departure. Now they need to learn how to win. They have won 10 conference games – and 11 games overall – the past two seasons, and they’re still searching for their first win of the season.

Bentley
Record: 1-5-0, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. F Brett Gensler (2-1-3), Jr. D Steve Weinstein (0-5-5), Fr. F Max French (2-2-4) Jr. F Alex Grieve (3-1-4), Sr. G Branden Komm (1-5-0, 3.20, .913)
What to watch: The Falcons have gotten off to a slow start. But they still have Gensler, one of the nation’s top players, and French, the reigning conference player of the month, as well as the experience of a challenging non-conference schedule (Harvard, Maine, Merrimack, Nebraska-Omaha and 2013 national finalist Quinnipiac).

Canisius
Record: 1-2-0, 0-2-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. D Ben Danford (0-5-5), Soph. F Ralph Cuddemi (2-3-5, former Erie Otters draft pick), Sr. F Kyle Gibbons (2-1-3), Sr. G Tony Capobianco (0-2-0, 4.06, .896)
What to watch: Don’t let the early-season record fool you. The Golden Griffins followed conference losses to Niagara and Air Force with a win at then-No. 17 Denver last weekend before heading to Oxford, Ohio, this weekend to face No. 6 Miami (Ohio). And don’t be fooled by Capobianco’s slow start in net. He’s a big reason why Canisius won the AHA title as a 7th seed a season ago.

Connecticut
Record: 0-2-1, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. G Matt Grogan (0-2-1, 3.27, .922), Sr. F Jordan Sims (2-1-3), Sr. F Billy Latta (1-1-2), Jr. D Jacob Poe (0-2-2)
What to watch: The Huskies head to the Hockey East Association next season. But for now, they are looking for their first AHA title since 2000. Grogan will be a key to UConn having a memorable final year.

Holy Cross
Record: 0-5-0, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: So. D Jake Bolton (1-2-3), Sr. F Shayne Stockton (1-1-2), Sr. F Adam Schmidt (1-1-2), Jr. G Matt Ginn (0-5-0, 3.64, .904)
What to watch: The Crusaders are struggling to score goals, with two goals or fewer in their first five games and eight in all. But 19th-year head coach Paul Pearl, who has 283 career wins, knows how to get this team to reach its potential.

Mercyhurst
Record: 1-5-1, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Matthew Zay (3-4-7), Sr. F Daniel O’Donoghue (3-3-6), Jr. F Ryan Misiak (2-2-4), Sr. D Nick Jones (1-3-4), Jr. F Nardo Nagtzaam (0-0-0 in 2 games)
What to watch: The Lakers entered this season with the potential to win their first conference championship since 2005. Although they begin AHA play this weekend having struggled on offense and with injuries, the talent-laden Lakers are still contenders.

Niagara
Record: 1-4-1, 1-1-1 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Mike Conderman (3-1-4), Sr. D Kevin Ryan (1-3-4), Sr. F Ryan Rashid (2-1-3), Fr. C Brock Edwards (1-2-3)
What to watch: The Purple Eagles may not run out to a big lead in the conference for the second straight season. But they are still strong enough to add a postseason title to the regular-season crown they won a season ago.

Robert Morris
Record: 0-4-1, 0-0-1 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Cody Wydo (3-1-4), Jr. F Scott Jacklin (1-3-4), So. F Zac Lynch (1-3-4), So F David Friedmann (1-2-3)
What to watch: The Colonials finished winless in October for the first time in program history. But four of their games have been decided by two goals or fewer goals. And head coach Derek Schooley has enough experience to turn this team around.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Record: 0-3-2, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. F Michael Colavecchia (4-2-6), Sr. F Ben Lynch (3-1-4), Sr. D Nolan Descouteaux (1-3-4), Jr. F Matt Garbowsky (1-3-4), Jr. G Jordan Ruby (0-3-2, 3.89, .882)
What to watch: The Tigers have a history of strong offensive players, stalwarts in net and – most importantly, of winning. They have enough offensive threats and Ruby in goal. So don’t be surprised when the Tigers start winning in AHA play.

Sacred Heart
Record: 2-3-0, 1-1-0
Top players: Jr. F Drew George (3-1-4), Fr. F Justin Danforth (0-3-3), Jr. D Will Raynor (1-1-2), So G Alex Vazzano (2-2-0, 3.25, .902)
What to watch: The Pioneers already have matched their win total from a season ago. So they have shown early that this team is moving in the right direction.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 17th, 2013

The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team was picked to finish a close second in the Atlantic Hockey Association’s preseason coaches poll, which was released today. The Lakers, which finished 19-17-5 and one game shy of claiming a conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth a season ago, received four first-place votes – the most by any school – and 98 total voting points. They were tied with Air Force, four points behind front-running Niagara.
The Purple Eagles received three first-place votes and 102 points after finishing 23-10-5 and reaching the NCAA playoffs for the first time as an AHA member.
Air Force earned two first-place votes. Canisius, which beat Mercyhurst to win its first conference title and earn its first NCAA playoff spot, had three first-place votes and 92 points to finish fourth. Rochester Institute of Technology rounded out the top five with 81 points. Mercyhurst opens the season Oct. 8 with an exhibition game against the University of Guelph. The regular-season opener is Oct. 11 against Minnesota in Minneapolis.

2013-14 AHA coaches poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Points

1. Niagara (3) 102
T2. Mercyhurst (4) 98
T2. Air Force (2) 98
4. Canisius (3) 92
5. RIT 81
6. Connecticut 79
7. Robert Morris 66
8. Holy Cross 59
9. Bentley 53
10. Army 28
11. AIC 22
12. Sacred Heart 16

Posted: March 14th, 2013

AHA TOURNAMENT – QUARTERFINALS
No. 6 Mercyhurst (16-15-5) at No. 3 Holy Cross (19-12-3)
When:
Today and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.*
Where: Hart Center – Worcester, Mass.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), WMCE-FM/88.5 & wmce.mercyhurst.edu (radio), www.goholycross.com (live statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst earned a spot in the Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals with a two-game sweep of 11th-seeded Army in the first round last weekend. … With those wins, the Lakers snapped an eight-game winless streak (0-5-3) and swept a series for the first time since winning two games at Sacred Heart Nov. 2-3. … They also won consecutive games for the first time since 8-1 victories against Army and Robert Morris Feb. 2-5. … The Lakers and Crusaders meet in the quarterfinals for the second straight season. Mercyhurst won in three games at Mercyhurst Ice Center to advance to the AHA’s final four in Rochester, N.Y., a season ago Fifth-year senior G Max Strang stopped 111-of-115 shots in that series. … The Lakers split two games with the Crusaders at MIC in the regular season, losing 2-1 Jan. 11 and winning 4-2 the following night, but lead the all-time series 27-12-5. … The Lakers are 15-5-1 all-time at Hart Center. … They have a 3-1 record against Holy Cross in AHA tournament play and a 4-1 overall playoff mark dating back to a 2000 meeting in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (which became the AHA in 2003). … Rick Gotkin became the 26th college coach to reach 450 career wins last weekend. … Junior Fs Daniel O’Donoghue and Kyle Just and sophomore F Zac Frischmon combined for four goals and 11 points last weekend. They were teamed on a line for the first time this season in those games. … Holy Cross earned a first-round bye with a third-place finish in the regular-season standings. … The Crusaders enter this series with a five-game unbeaten streak. … They need one win to record consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in program history. … They have their best record through 34 games since posting a 23-9-2 mark in the 2005-06 season.
* Sunday’s game if necessary

Atlantic Hockey Association tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
Friday-Sunday*

No. 6 Mercyhurst (16-15-5) at No. 3 Holy Cross (19-12-3), 7 p.m.*
No. 8 Rochester Institute of Technology (15-16-5) at No. 1 Niagara (21-8-5), 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.
* Game 3 on Sunday (if necessary) would begin at 5 p.m.
Semifinals – March 22
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Quarterfinal winners, TBA
Championship game – March 23
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, TBA
Note: Champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

- Victor Fernandes