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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 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

Posted: February 5th, 2014

Jimmy Sarjeant

Mercyhurst junior G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body) has been cleared to play. But head coach Rick Gotkin would like to give him an extra weekend of rest. So redshirt junior Jordan Tibbett – the Atlantic Hockey Association’s reigning co-goaltender of the week – will make his third straight start, and possibly a fourth, this weekend at Air Force.
Meanwhile, the first-place Lakers will be without senior F Daniel O’Donoghue, the team’s second-leading scorer with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists), because of an upper-body injury suffered last Friday against Bentley. He didn’t play last Saturday against the Falcons.

UPDATE: Sarjeant isn’t making the trip to Air Force…

Posted: February 4th, 2014

Mercyhurst redshirt junior G Jordan Tibbett went from a seldom-used backup to the top of the Atlantic Hockey Association – for at least one week, anyway. He shared the conference’s weekly honor for goaltenders with Robert Morris sophomore Terry Shafer after stopping 69-of-72 shots in a 2-2 tie and 4-1 win against Bentley this past weekend.
He stopped 32-of-34 shots in the tie Friday night, and then made 37 saves Saturday in a victory that opened the Lakers’ four-point lead over the Falcons in the AHA standings and snapped a personal eight-game losing streak. He entered last weekend with an 0-6-0 record, 6.16 goals-against average and .851 save percentage in his first six games of the season.

Posted: January 31st, 2014

Kyle Cook scored off a rebound with 9 minutes, 9 seconds left in the third period to help the Mercyhurst men’s hockey team salvage a 2-2 tie with Bentley tonight at Mercyhurst Ice Center in a battle between the Atlantic Hockey Association’s top two teams.
The first-place Lakers (14-10-5, 12-2-4) maintain a two-point lead over the runner-up Falcons (13-8-4, 11-3-4) heading into Saturday night’s 7:05 p.m. series finale at MIC. Zac Frischmon scored the Lakers’ other goal, while Jordan Tibbett made 32 saves in his best outing of the season in what was an entertaining game that even had a controversial no-goal in the Lakers’ favor.
The Falcons appeared to score a goal early in the third that would give them a 3-1 lead. The officials immediately waved it off and play continued. During the next stoppage in play, I was able to see a replay of the shot (thanks to colleague Matt Edwards from WJET-TV). From my vantage point, the puck appeared to cross the goal line at the right side of the net, curl around the white pad that rims the bottom of the net and then exit on the left side. Cook scored the tying goal a short time later.
“I couldn’t see it,” Lakers head coach Rick Gotkin said of the controversial no-goal. “Next year there’s going to be video replay (mandated throughout NCAA hockey), so we’ll probably take that stuff out of it. But the referees looked like they were absolutely sure. There wasn’t much discussion afterwards.”
But that didn’t overshadow the superb effort from Tibbett, who played very well in place of injured starter Jimmy Sarjeant (lower body).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 30th, 2014

Bentley (13-8-3, 11-3-3 AHA) at Mercyhurst (14-10-4, 12-2-3)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time audio & statistics)
What to expect: First-place Mercyhurst and runner-up Bentley are separated by two points in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. … The Lakers had two unbeaten streaks – seven games overall and 13 games in the conference – snapped in a 7-4 home loss to Canisius last Saturday night. … The Lakers are 12-0-0 in AHA play when allowing two goals or fewer, but 0-2-3 when surrendering three or more goals. … Redshirt junior G Jordan Tibbett (0-6-0 record, 6.16 goals-against average, .851 save percentage in 6 games) starts in place of junior G Jimmy Sarjeant, who will miss the series with an upper-body injury. … Lakers junior F Matt Zay (15 goals, 23 assists, 38 points) and Bentley senior F Brett Gensler (16-19-35) rank among the top six scorers in NCAA Division I. … Lakers senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (11-23-34), as well as Bentley junior D Steve Weinstein (1-30-31) and junior F Alex Grieve (16-14-30), rank among the top 20 nationally. … Weinstein leads the nation in scoring by defensemen. … The Lakers have six players with at least 20 points – Zay, O’Donoghue (11-23-34), junior F Ryan Misiak (9-20-29), junior F Daniel Bahntge (13-9-22), senior D Nick Jones (6-16-22) and redshirt junior F Kyle Just (6-14-20). … Bentley is unbeaten in the last five games (4-0-1) and have one loss in 15 games (11-1-3) since starting the season 2-7-0. … The Falcons are 1-0-1 on their current six-game road trip. … The Falcons (3.50 goals per game) and Lakers (3.46) rank among the top 10 nationally in scoring offense. … The Stanley Cup will make a special appearance at the university on Saturday. The general public can view the NHL’s championship trophy from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Student Union and during the game, where it will be presented to Mike Folga, the team’s longtime athletic trainer and equipment manager, during one of two intermissions. … Fans attending tonight’s game will receive a voucher for free admission to Saturday’s game and have first chance to see the Cup before Saturday’s game. Other fans must pay full price for admission Saturday and can view the up during intermissions. Donations benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project are welcome.

Listen to head coach Rick Gotkin‘s preview of this weekend’s series, while G Jordan Tibbett talks about starting in place of the injured Jimmy Sarjeant…

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 26th, 2014

Mercyhurst junior G Jimmy Sarjeant suffered an upper-body injury in the second period of a 7-4 loss to Canisius on Saturday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Sarjeant will be evaluated Monday to determine how much time he will miss. The Lakers (14-10-4, 12-2-3) host Bentley (13-8-3, 11-3-3) next weekend in a key two-game series between the top two teams in the Atlantic Hockey Association. Mercyhurst leads the Falcons by two points in the standings.
Sarjeant, a first-year starter, has an 11-0-3 record, 1.83 goals-against average and .947 save percentage in 14 AHA games this season.
If he can’t play against the Falcons, head coach Rick Gotkin said redshirt junior Jordan Tibbett will start in net. He replaced Sarjeant in Saturday’s game and allowed 5 goals on 17 shots to fall to 0-6-0 with a 6.16 goals-against average and .851 save percentage this season.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 25th, 2014

The Canisius men’s hockey team erased a two-goal deficit with five straight goals – two in the second period and three more less than six minutes apart early in the third – to hand the Mercyhurst its first Atlantic Hockey Association loss in two months and first defeat overall in eight games, 7-4, tonight at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Mercyhurst (14-10-4, 12-2-3 AHA) was unbeaten in its previous 13 conference games. Canisius (9-13-2, 8-7-2) has handed the Lakers both of their AHA losses this season.
But the Lakers may have a bigger loss to worry about – the second-period injury to starting G Jimmy Sarjeant. He stopped 15-of-16 shots before exiting the game. No word on his condition at this time. Backup G Jordan Tibbett allowed five goals on 17 shots, along with an empty-netter, to fall to 0-6-0 on the season.

Posted: November 9th, 2013

Mercyhurst (3-5-1, 2-0-0 AHA) at Canisius (1-5-0, 0-3-0)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Buffalo State Sports Arena, Buffalo
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst has rebounded from a slow start in non-conference play with two straight wins to open Atlantic Hockey Association play and a three-game unbeaten streak. … The Lakers edged Rochester Institute of Technology 3-2 on Friday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center after losing nine of their previous 11 meetings with the Tigers. Now they face a Canisius team that has given the Lakers tough battles in recent years. The Golden Griffins ended Mercyhurst’s season a year ago with a 7-2 win in the AHA title game. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant, the conference’s reigning goaltender of the week, has started the past six games in place of redshirt junior Jordan Tibbett, who began the season as the starter. Meanwhile, Canisius senior G Tony Capobianco, arguably the conference’s top goaltender a season ago who anchored last year’s title run, has lost playing time to junior Keegan Asmundson. … Canisius has lost three straight games, including Friday’s 6-1 road loss to Robert Morris, since winning at nationally ranked Denver on Oct. 28. … The Golden Griffins have scored 13 goals in six games. … Sophomore F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, has two goals and four points this season. … Freshman F Shane Conacher is the younger brother of Cory Conacher, a former Canisius standout who now plays in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. … The Golden Griffins are playing their final season at Buffalo State Sports Arena. The new downtown HARBORcenter is slated to open next September.

- Victor Fernandes

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