Mercyhurst (17-12-5, 15-4-4 AHA) vs. Niagara (10-16-4, 10-9-4)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Today – Mercyhurst Ice Center; Saturday – Dwyer Arena, Niagara University, N.Y.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com & www.purpleagles.com (live audio & real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst heads into this home-and-home series with a two-point lead over runner-up Bentley in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. The Lakers conclude the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against Robert Morris. … The Lakers rebounded from being swept in a two-game series at Air Force two weeks ago by sweeping a series last weekend at Rochester Institute of Technology for the first time ever at Frank Ritter Arena and the first time against the Tigers since the 1990-91 season. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body) made 43 saves in a 6-2 win last Saturday in his return to the lineup from a three-week layoff. Head coach Rick Gotkin was leaning towards Sarjeant against the Purple Eagles this weekend. … Senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (11 goals, 23 assists, 34 points) rejoined the lineup after missing the previous two series with an upper-body injury. … Junior F Nardo Nagtzaam (7-8-15) has four goals and nine points in six games since returning from a lower-body injury. He has teamed with sophomore F Kyle Cook (9-6-15) and freshman F Kyle Dutra (5-15-20) on a consistently strong line. … The Purple Eagles are sixth in the AHA standings, four behind fifth-place RMU and one ahead of seventh-place Canisius. … They have rebounded from a 0-7 record in non-conference play. … They have relied on two freshmen Gs – Jackson Teichroeb (4-10-2 record, 2.96 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and Adrian Ignagni (6-6-2, 3.15, .900).
- Victor Fernandes