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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: February 21st, 2014

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: (live stream), & (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

Posted: February 7th, 2014

From staff reports
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team had a strong start against Air Force on Friday night. The Lakers’ finish was a different story.
Mercyhurst squandered an early two-goal lead and a one-goal edge in the third on the way to a 5-3 Atlantic Hockey Association loss in front of 1,749 fans at Cadet Ice Arena.
Air Force (16-9-4, 11-6-3 AHA) scored four goals on 18 shots in the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit and beat the Lakers (15-11-5, 13-3-4), the conference’s top team. That offset Jordan Tibbett’s career-high, 48-save performance. He spearheaded Mercyhurst’s run to a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes with 34 saves. Cole Gunner tied the score at 2 just 1 minute, 28 seconds into the final period, followed by Scott Holm‘s tiebreaking goal 1:21 later. Holm scored again at the 6:42 mark to give the Falcons a 4-2 lead.
The Falcons’ top line of Holm, Gunner and Chad Demers combined for four goals and 11 points. The rest of the team had a goal and and two points. Ben Persian’s goal late in the period sealed the Falcons’ win. Tyler Shiplo, Kyle Dutra and Kyle Cook scored for the Lakers, who complete the two-game series today at 9:05 p.m.

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 1st, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team needed a better effort to open some breathing room in the tight Atlantic Hockey Association standings.
The first-place Lakers made it happen behind a three-goal third period in a 4-1 win against runner-up Bentley in front of 1,817 fans at Mercyhurst Ice Center Saturday night.
With a victory in the key two-game series between the conference’s top two teams, Mercyhurst (15-10-5, 13-2-4 AHA) has taken a four-point lead over the Falcons (13-9-4, 11-4-4) with eight games left. The line of Kyle Cook, Nardo Nagtzaam and Kyle Dutra led the way with three goals and five assists. Cook scored two goals – his sixth and seventh of the season – while Nagtzaam had a goal and two assists, including the go-ahead goal 4 minutes, 33 seconds into the third period. Dutra added three assists. Meanwhile, Jordan Tibbett stopped 37-of-38 shots to earn his first win since beating Connecticut 4-1 in the AHA semifinals last March.
The evening opened with a pregame presentation of the Stanley Cup to Mike Folga, the Lakers’ longtime athletic trainer and equipment manager who was the equipment manager on the New York Rangers’ 1994 NHL title team. He never had his day with the Cup because of a schedule change and a change in the Rangers’ management team.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s post-game interview…

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: December 7th, 2013

Matt Zay and Kyle Cook had a goal and assist apiece to lead the Mercyhurst men to a 7-1 Atlantic Hockey Association win against Sacred Heart on Friday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Head coach Rick Gotkin‘s team is above .500 for the first time this season at 8-7-1, and remains atop the conference at 6-1-0.
Meanwhile, the Mercyhurst women routed Penn State 7-0 in a College Hockey America game at MIC Friday afternoon behind Christine Bestland‘s hat trick and assist. The senior forward and captain needs one point to become the fifth player in program history to reach the 200-point mark. She would join the following group of former Lakers stars:

Name (years) – total points
Meghan Agosta-Marciano (2006-09, 2010-11) – 303
Jesse Scanzano (2007-11) – 225
Bailey Bram (2008-12) – 201
Valerie Chouinard (2005-09) – 200

Posted: March 7th, 2013

No. 11 Army (7-20-5) at No. 6 Mercyhurst University (14-15-5)
When: Today at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7:05 p.m.*
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst slid from second place and a first-round bye to sixth and a first-round series in the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs by going winless in their final eight games of the regular season (0-5-3). … The Lakers earned a first-round bye a season ago on the way to the AHA semifinals. … They haven’t won since consecutive 8-1 wins against Army and Robert Morris Feb. 2 and 5. … Sophomore F Ryan Misiak had three goals and an assist and senior F Paul Chiasson hd two goals, while fifth-year senior G Max Strang stopped 42-of-44 shots in the two earlier meetings with Army. … Sophomore F Nardo Nagtzaam (lower-body injury) is out for the season. … Freshman F Kyle Cook (upper body) has begun skating for the first time in a month. Lakers coach Rick Gotkin doesn’t expect him to play this season, but Cook hasn’t been ruled out. … Gotkin needs two wins to become the 26th college coach to reach 450 career wins. … Sophomore F Chris Bodo finished the regular season third in NCAA Division I with 10 power-play goals. … Junior F Daniel O’Donoghue was tied for the national lead with three short-handed goals. … Mercyhurst has the nation’s best scoring offense (3.18 goals per game). Army ranks 56th out of 59 D-I programs with 3.53 goals allowed per game. … Army also is 54th in scoring offense (2.19 goals per game). … The Lakers are 36th in scoring defense (2.82 goals per game). … The Black Knights are winless in their past 15 games (0-12-3). They last won a D-I game Jan. 4 (5-0 against Robert Morris). Their only other win in this stretch was in an exhibition game Jan. 26 against Royal Military College of Kingston, Ontario.
* Sunday’s game if necessary

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 28th, 2013

Mercyhurst University (14-15-3, 12-11-2 AHA) vs. Robert Morris (18-12-2, 13-11-1)
When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Friday at RMU Island Sports Center, Pittsburgh; Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), & (live statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst enters the final weekend series of the regular season tied for sixth with Rochester Institute of Technology in the Atlantic Hockey Association with 26 points. The Lakers are three points behind third-place Holy Cross, two behind fourth-place Connecticut and one behind fifth-place RMU. … The Lakers can finish as high as third, which would secure a bye through next weekend’s first round of the AHA playoffs. They can finish as low as eighth, which would clinch home-ice advantage in a first-round series. … They are winless in six straight games (0-5-1) for the first time since a six-game losing streak early in the 2008-09 season. … Mercyhurst beat RMU 8-1 in Pittsburgh Feb. 5 for the team’s last win. … The Lakers are tied for ninth in NCAA Division I with 3.25 goals scored per game. But they were held to two goals in five of six games during this winless skid. … Lakers coach Rick Gotkin needs two wins to become the 26th college coach to reach 450 career wins. … Junior G Jordan Tibbett (lower-body injury) rejoined the lineup last weekend after missing the previous month. … Sophomore F Nardo Nagtzaam (lower body) won’t play the rest of the season. … Freshman F Kyle Cook (upper body) has missed the past month. … Sophomore F Chris Bodo is third nationally with 10 power-play goals. … Junior F Daniel O’Donoghue is tied for the national lead with three short-handed goals. … The Colonials can set the program’s single-season wins record with a victory this weekend. … Senior G Eric Levine has set the Colonials’ single-season record with 17 wins. … RMU is unbeaten in its last three games.

- Victor Fernandes

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Posted: July 24th, 2012

Five players headline the Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team’s recruiting class for the 2012-13 season.
Rick Gotkin, who enters his 25th season as coach, has brought in three defensemen – Anthony Mastrodicasa from Woodbridge, Ontario, Mychal Monteith (Toledo, Ohio) and Justin Stevens (Brantford, Ontario). Mastrodicasa (6-foot 1-inch, 195 pounds), a two-time captain with the Vaughan Vipers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, had 25 goals and 85 points in 69 games the past two seasons.
Monteith (5-9, 180) led the Texas Tornado to the North American Hockey League’s Robertson Cup finals this past season. Stevens (5-11, 205) had four goals and 24 points in 43 games with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canadian Hockey League in 2011-12.
Gotkin also added forward Kyle Cook (6-4, 215) from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and Moon Township native Alec Shields (5-9, 180). Cook finished sixth in the NAHL this past season with 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) in 59 games for the Springfield Jr. Blues. Shields had five points in eight games for the NAHL’s Traverse City North Stars before a torn tendon in his hand ended his season. Cook, whose expected to be ready for the start of the 2012-13 season, had 21 goals and 51 points in 50 games with Traverse City two seasons ago.
Mercyhurst begins the season Oct. 6 with a 7:05 p.m. exhibition game against Wilfrid Laurier, from Waterloo, Ontario, at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The regular season opens Oct. 13 with an Atlantic Hockey Association game at Niagara.

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