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Posted: January 3rd, 2013

Mercyhurst University (8-6-1) at Maine (4-11-2)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
Where: Today at Cumberland County Civic Center – Portland, Maine, Saturday at Alfond Arena – Orono, Maine
On the air: (live stream, audio and statistics)*
What to expect: Mercyhurst begins the second half with a two-game series Maine, who are last in Hockey East Association this season. … The Lakers capped the opening half with three straight wins and five victories in their past seven games. … The Lakers play their 14th and 15th road games of the season. In contrast, they have played only three home games. … After this weekend, they play 11 of their final 17 regular-season games at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … Tonight’s game will be played in the home arena of the AHL’s Portland Pirates. … Mercyhurst faces Maine for the first time since being swept 4-2 and 4-1 Oct. 19-20, 2007. The Lakers are 0-4-1 in five career meetings, all at Maine. They tied 1-1 Dec. 16, 2006. But they earned their first career win in six tries against Clarkson last month. … Lakers coach Rick Gotkin said junior D Randy Cure (upper-body injury), freshman D Anthony Mastrodicasa (lower body), sophomore F Edward DeWald (upper body) and junior F John Mousso (lower body) won’t rejoin the lineup this weekend as originally hoped. The Lakers also lost junior F Kyle Just to an upper-body injury Dec. 18 against Canisius. … The Black Bears posted their first two-game winning streak of the season last weekend, as they captured the championship of the Florida College Classic in Estero, Fla., with wins against Minnesota Duluth and No. 12 Cornell. … Maine has played 10 games against eight teams currently ranked among’s top 20 or on the honorable-mention list (Boston College, Boston University, Cornell, Massachusetts, Massachusetts-Lowell, New Hampshire, Notre Dame and Providence). They are 2-7-1 in those games.
* Live stream for Saturday’s game only

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 29th, 2011

Mercyhurst College (8-8-2) at Alabama-Huntsville (1-19-1)

When: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m.

Where: Propst Arena – Huntsville, Ala.

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

Up next: vs. Sacred Heart (Jan. 6-7, 7:05 p.m.)

Fast facts: Mercyhurst begins the second half following a three-week layoff. … They traveled 700 miles to face the independent Chargers, the south’s only NCAA Division I program. … F Kyle Just and G Jordan Tibbett, who were acquitted of sexual assault and other charges last month, could make their season debuts tonight. They re-enrolled in school Nov. 28 and began practicing Dec. 7, and then recently received waivers from the NCAA to play. Coach Rick Gotkin said he expected to decide their playing status late Thursday after watching them skate in Thursday’s practice. … The Lakers swept a two-game series against the Chargers, 8-3 and 4-3, at Mercyhurst Ice Center last season. … The Lakers are 1-6 in non-conference games, with their only win at Cornell Oct. 29. … They have been outscored 34-15 in those games. In contrast, they are 7-2-2 with a 30-23 goal advantage in Atlantic Hockey Association play. … Freshmen lead the Lakers in points (Nardo Nagtzaam 13) and assists (Daniel Bahntge and Tyler Shiplo 9 apiece). Chris Bodo’s 6 goals ranks second to senior Derek Elliott (7) in goals. … Sophomore F John Mousso faces season-ending knee surgery. Sophomore F Trent Frey remains hampered by a lower-body injury. … UAH faces the possible end to its D-I program after the season. However, published reports earlier this month indicated that university officials are attempting to save the program. … The Chargers have faced seven teams currently ranked in or just outside the top 20 in the poll (Bowling Green, Lake Superior State, Merrimack, Ohio State, Massachusetts-Lowell, Nebraska-Omaha and Western Michigan). They are 1-11, with the lone win against UNO (3-1 on Dec. 2).

- Victor Fernandes


Posted: March 11th, 2011

STORRS, Conn. – The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team has no more room for error.

The Lakers face elimination from the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs after a 5-2 loss to Connecticut in Game 1 of their best-of-three quarterfinal series at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Friday night.

Fourth-seeded UConn (14-17-4) can clinch a spot in next Friday’s semifinals with a win in Game 2 today at 7:05 p.m. Fifth-seeded Mercyhurst (15-17-4) would force a decisive Game 3 on Sunday with a win.

UConn scored decisive goals in Game 1 early in the third period. Corey Jendras snapped a 2-2 tie with his third goal of the game 5 minutes into the period. The Huskies took a 4-2 lead 52 seconds later on the first of two straight goals from Marcello Ranallo. His empty-net goal with three seconds left capped the win.

Mercyhurst erased a 2-0 lead with two second-period goals from freshman John Mousso. His short-handed goal with 1:23 left in the period tied the score at 2.

But the Huskies scored on three of nine shots in the third against Lakers goaltender Ryan Zapolski. The Erie native allowed four goals on 25 shots. The Lakers outshot UConn 31-26, but they failed on all five power-play chances. Huskies goaltender Garrett Bartus made 29 saves.

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule

Quarterfinals (best-of-three series)

Friday – Game 1

No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology 5, American International 0 (RIT leads series 1-0)

No. 2 Air Force 7, No. 7 Sacred Heart 5 (Air Force leads series 1-0)

No. 3 Holy Cross 6, No. 6 Canisius 3 (Holy Cross leads series 1-0)

No. 4 Connecticut 5, No. 5 Mercyhurst 2 (UConn leads series 1-0)

Saturday – Game 2

Mercyhurst (15-17-4) at Connecticut (14-17-4), 7:05 p.m.

American International (8-23-1) at Rochester Institute of Technology (17-10-8), 7:05 p.m.

Canisius (12-18-6) at Holy Cross (16-14-5), 7:05 p.m.

Sacred Heart (6-24-6) at Air Force (17-11-6), 9:05 p.m.

Note: Game 3 of each series, if necessary, is set for Sunday (same start times)


Connecticut 5, Mercyhurst 2

Mercyhurst  0  2  0  —  2

Connecticut  1  1  3  —  5

1st Period — 1. Connecticut, Corey Jendras 6 (Sapieha, Bergin), 5:27. Penalties — Winter (C) interference, 16:56.

2nd Period — 2. Connecticut, Jendras 7 (Harris, Janosz), 2:28. 3. Mercyhurst, John Mousso 3 (Gurtler, Raven), 6:33. 4. Mercyhurst, Mousso 4 (unassisted), 18:37 (sh). Penalties — Bergin (C) tripping, 8:43; Winter (C) cross checking, 12:00; Blakey (M) slashing, 18:01.

3rd Period — 5. Connecticut, Jendras 8 (Schneider, Waterstadt), 5:00. 6. Connecticut, Marcello Ranallo 5 (Sims, Encarnacao), 5:52. 7. Connecticut, Ranallo 6 (Encarnacao, Bergin), 19:57 (en). Penalties — Holstrom (M) holding, 8:36; Ranallo (C) slashing, 14:15.

Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 12-9-10—31; Connecticut, 5-12-9—26.

Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Ryan Zapolski 13-14-3 (25 shots, 21 saves); Connecticut, Garrett Bartus 13-14-4 (29 shots, 27 saves).

Power plays — Mercyhurst (0-5), Connecticut (0-2).

Referees — Mike Taddeo, Jay Durfee. Linesmen — Stephen Meyer, Fred Riley.

Attendance — 150.

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: July 21st, 2010

Rick Gotkin (Contributed/

Nine student-athletes have agreed to continue their playing careers with the Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team this fall, head coach Rick Gotkin announced today. The class of 2014, consisting of six forwards and three defensemen, will join 17 players returning from a team that finished 15-20-3 in 2009-10.

“We’re very excited about this year’s recruiting class,” Gotkin said. “We felt we really addressed our team’s needs for both the short term and long term. We feel a lot of these players will make an immediate impact this season.”
The class of 2014 brings together student-athletes from five different junior hockey leagues ranging across the United States and Canada. Geographically, three of the incoming freshmen hail from the state of New York, while two others come to Erie, Pa., from Minnesota. Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California and Ontario each supply Gotkin with one player.
Freshmen Randy Cure (Bloomington, Minn. / Springfield Jr. BluesNorth American Hockey League), Trent Frey (River Falls, Wisc. / Springfield Jr. Blues – NAHL), Taylor Holstrom (Yorba Linda, Calif. / Youngstown PhantomsUnited States Hockey League), Nate Jensen (Shorewood, Minn. / Tri-City Storm – USHL), Nick Jones (Cranberry Township, Pa. / Jersey HitmenEastern Junior Hockey League), Kyle Just (Arnprior, Ontario / Pembroke LumberkingsCentral Junior Hockey League), John Mousso (Greece, N.Y. / Bridgewater Bandits – EJHL), Dan O’Donaghue (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. / Des Moines Buccaneers – USHL) and Rudy Sulmonte (Woodhaven, N.Y. / New Jersey RocketsAtlantic Junior Hockey League) all come to Mercyhurst after accomplishing a great deal at the junior level.
Cure, a 6-foot 3 inch, 200-pound defenseman, joins the Lakers after spending two seasons with the Springfield Jr. Blues. In 41 games last season, he netted three goals and nine assists for 12 points while maintaining a –9 plus / minus rating.
Frey, a 6 foot, 190-pound forward, reunites with Cure as Blues teammate on the Mercyhurst roster this fall. During the 2008-09 season, Frey led the league with 35 goals and ranked third on his team with 52 points, earning himself a spot in the NAHL All-Star Game. His final season saw his production slip due to injuries, scoring 11 goals and accumulating 21 points through 42 games.
Holstrom, a 5 foot 9 inch, 170-pound forward, comes to Mercyhurst via the Youngstown Phantoms. In 2009-10, Holstrom found the back of the net 11 times and dished out 22 assists for 33 points. For his efforts he was named an all-star, joining Team CCM at the 2010 USHL All-Star Game.
Jensen, a 6 foot, 180-pound defenseman, makes his move to Erie after playing for the Tri-City Storm last season. An offensive defenseman, Jensen scored seven goals and added 20 assists for 27 points to rank first in defensemen scoring on the Storm and top-10 in the league.
Jones, a 6 foot 3 inch, 200-pound defenseman, played in 95 games over the past two seasons with the EJHL’s Jersey Hitmen. He made 50 appearances during the 2008-09 season when the Hitmen won the Dineen Championship and, most recently, contributed five goals and 20 assists in 45 games this past season.
Just, a 5 foot 11 inch, 190-pound forward, recorded 33 goals and 54 assists through 55 regular-season games with the Pembroke Lumber Kings in 2009-10. At the end of the 2008-09 campaign he exploded with 14 goals and eight assists in 18 playoff games, earning the league playoff MVP award. A two-time all-star selection, Just also led Team Canada East in scoring at the World Junior A Challenge in 2010.
Mousso, a 5 foot 11 inch, 190-pound forward, led the Bridgewater Bandits in scoring, tallying a team-leading 17 goals and 30 assists for 47 points through 43 games. An EJHL All-Star, he also competed with his high school team his junior season at the Bowman Cup, a New York State all-star game held at the HSBC Arena between the best players from Rochester and Buffalo.
O’Donaghue, a 6 foot 5 inch, 200-pound forward, scored six goals and added two assists for the Des Moines Buccaneers in 2009-10. A season earlier, he played for the New York Bobcats of the AJHL and became one of the team’s top players, showcasing his talents with the MVP award of the 2009 AJHL All-Star Game.
Sulmonte, a 5 foot 9 inch, 180-pound forward, was the fourth leading scorer in the AJHL last season, tallying 32 goals and 70 points through 40 games with the New Jersey Rockets. A true freshman to be at Mercyhurst, Sulmonte was ranked in the National Hockey League Central Scouting’s watch list and was invited to the New York Islanders’ developmental camp earlier this month.
With the additions, Mercyhurst will have 26 players – 16 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders – at for the 2010-11 season.
- From Mercyhurst College news release
Erik Kaminski
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Mercyhurst College
501 E. 38th Street
Erie, Pa. 16546
Phone: (814) 824-3338
Mobile: (412) 302-1278
Fax: (814) 824-2591