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Posted: March 20th, 2014

Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s take on tonight’s matchup…

Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals
No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. No. 7 Canisius (18-20-3)

When: Today, 4:05 p.m.
Where: Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics), (live audio)
What to expect: Mercyhurst returns to Rochester for the conference’s final four for the third straight season. The Lakers lost to Air Force 5-2 in the 2012 semifinals. They followed a 4-1 semifinal win over Connecticut in the 2013 semifinals with a 7-2 loss to Canisius in the championship game. … The top-seeded Lakers reached the semifinals with a two-game sweep of No. 8 Holy Cross, which included their first come-from-behind win of the season and first overtime victory since December 2012, in the best-of-three quarterfinal series last weekend at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … The winner of today’s game meets the winner of the second semifinal between No. 5 Robert Morris and sixth-seeded Niagara in Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. championship game. … The Lakers are unbeaten in their last eight games (6-0-2). … They lost two of three games to Canisius in the regular season. Mercyhurst lost only four AHA games overall. … Canisius has won three of the last four meetings and four of the last six with the Lakers. … These rivals have split their last eight playoff matchups. … Junior F Matt Zay (17 goals, 25 assists, 42 points) and senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (14-27-41) are Mercyhurst’s first tandem to reach the 40-point mark since Steve Cameron, Scott Pitt and Matt Pierce in the 2008-09 season. The Lakers have 10 players with at least 20 points and 14 with double-digit points. … Junior G Jimmy

Jimmy Sarjeant

Sarjeant is unbeaten in AHA play (14-0-5). … Freshman D Philippe Drouin (upper body) remains out of the lineup. … Canisius advanced to the semifinals by shutting out 10th-seeded Sacred Heart in both games of their first-round series, and then rallying to upset second-seeded Bentley in a three-game quarterfinal series. The Golden Griffins rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat Bentley 5-4 in double overtime in Game 2, and then won 3-2 in Game 3. … They have rebounded from a 1-4-1 record to end the regular season. … Senior F Kyle Gibbons leads the team with 15 goals and 37 points. … Junior F Mitch McCrank has 14 points in his past 15 games, including all three goals in the Game 3 win over Bentley. … Sophomore F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, is second on the team with 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists). … Senior G Tony Capobianco has a 2.75 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. No. 7 Canisius (16-20-3), 4:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (19-18-5) vs. No. 6 Niagara (17-19-5), approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – Saturday
Mercyhurst-Canisius winner vs. RMU-Niagara winner, 7:05 p.m.
Note: The champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Tournament. The 16-team field will be unveiled Sunday at noon on ESPNU.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014

Mercyhurst (13-9-4, 11-1-3 AHA) at Canisius (8-12-2, 7-6-2)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Buffalo State Sports Arena – Buffalo, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), (real-time audio & statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to hold onto their two-point lead in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings by avenging their only conference loss of the season. The Lakers lost 4-3 at Canisius on Nov. 9. … The Lakers have built a 12-game unbeaten streak (9-0-3) in AHA play since that defeat. They are unbeaten in their past six games overall (4-0-2). … The Lakers and Golden Griffins complete the home-and-home series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … The Lakers’ 11-1-3 start to the conference season is tied for second best in program history. … Mercyhurst settled for two ties with Connecticut at home last weekend. The Lakers squandered a 2-1 third-period lead in a 2-2 tie Friday, and a 3-0 second-period lead in a 3-3 tie Saturday. … The Lakers are the only NCAA Division I school with five players over the 20-point mark – junior F Matt Zay (33), senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (30), junior F Ryan Misiak (27), senior D Nick Jones (20) and redshirt junior F Kyle Just (20). Junior F Daniel Bahntge is next on the list with 18 points. … The Lakers are eighth nationally with 3.46 goals scored per game. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant has allowed nine goals on 227 shots in January (.960 save percentage). … Defending AHA champion Canisius is fifth in the standings, nine points behind the Lakers. … The Golden Griffins have been up and down all season, with two separate winning or unbeaten streaks of three games or more and three separate losing or unbeaten streaks of three games or more. They are winless in their past three games, which were all played at home. … Senior F Kyle Gibbons leads the team with nine goals and 20 points. … Sophomore F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, stands second with seven goals and 15 points in 22 games after totaling four goals and 10 points in 37 games as a freshman. … Senior G Tony Capobianco, a key figure in the team’s title run last spring, has struggled to a 4-6-2 record, 3.21 goals-against average and .906 save percentage this season.

- Victor Fernandes

*** Check out head coach Rick Gotkin’s preview of tonight’s AHA game against Canisius here

Posted: October 20th, 2010

Fairview native Eric Rex has always felt at home in Mercyhurst Ice Center.

But that feeling has rubbed off on the rest of the Canisius College hockey team.

The Golden Griffins extended their win streak at MIC to five straight games with a 5-2 Atlantic Hockey Association win against Mercyhurst in front of 793 Tuesday night. “It’s exciting every time I come here,” said Rex, a senior forward who had a goal and assist. “It’s even better when we leave with a win.”

Canisius won five of six meetings with the Lakers last season, including all four in Erie. The Golden Griffins’ final two wins – in the AHA Tournament quarterfinals – ended the Lakers’ season.

Both teams are evenly matched, Rex said. Their styles are similar, too. Yet Canisius (2-1-0, 1-0-0 AHA) has enjoyed the upper hand. “It comes down to who wants it more in the end,” Rex said.

Lakers coach Rick Gotkin praised his team’s effort. The Lakers (0-3-1, 0-1-0) held two of the nation’s top offensive performers – seniors Cory Conacher and Vincent Scarsella – to a combined one point and the Golden Griffins’ normally dangerous power play to an 0-for-6 outing.

“We had too many mental lapses,” Gotkin said. Rex’s line capitalized on the Lakers’ miscues.

Rex and freshmen Ryan Bohrer and Kyle Gibbons combined for three goals and five points in their first game as linemates. Gibbons recorded the first two goals and three points of his collegiate career.

Gibbons turned an errant pass in the Lakers’ zone into a momentum-changing goal 9 minutes, 16 seconds into the opening period. That goal tied the score at 1 seven minutes after Lakers senior Ryan Raven opened the scoring with a short-handed goal.

“I feel like we clicked well,” Gibbons said. “Hopefully we’ll stay together and do well in the future.”

Gibbons scored again late in the second, with Rex earning an assist, 28 seconds after Matt Zuke snapped the 1-1 tie. Mercyhurst moved within 3-2 on freshman Taylor Holstrom’s power-play goal 4:25 into the third. But Rex scored with 8:55 left to regain a two-goal lead. He has two goals and four points in three games last season. That surpasses his total from last season (two goals, two points in nine games).

“They clearly were the better team,” Gotkin said. “We’ve just got to find a way to get better.”

The Lakers are struggling mightily on offense. Since totaling four goals in a season-opening tie against then-No. 4 Michigan, they have scored five goals in the past three regular-season games.

“I don’t think we’re getting some bounces out there. Pucks aren’t going in for us right now,” senior forward Mike Gurtler said. “I think guys are pressing. We’ve got to start finding the back of the net.”

Gurtler gave credit to the Golden Griffins for their play. But the Lakers’ struggles against them begins at home – as in their dressing room. “I don’t think it’s so much their team,” he said. “It’s more our team, what goes on her with us. We need to get better.”

* News and notes: Lakers goaltender Ryan Zapolski, an Erie native, completed his five-game suspension for violating team rules. The senior goaltender should play in Sunday’s exhibition game against the United States National Team Development Program’s Under-18 team. … Rex and Goebel were teammates with the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets, a now-defunct team from the United States Hockey League. … The Golden Griffins arrived late because of a blown bus tire. The start of the game was delayed by 10 minutes. … Brennan Serville, a defenseman in Canisius’ 2011 rookie class, appears on NHL Central Scouting’s North American players to watch list for the 2011 draft. Serville, a defenseman, plays for the Stouffville Spirit in the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

VICTOR FERNANDES can be reached at 870-1716 or by e-mail.


Canisius 5, Mercyhurst 2

Canisius  1  2  2  —  5

Mercyhurst  1  0  1  —  2

1st Period — 1. Ryan Raven 2 (Jones), 2:18 (sh). 2. Canisius, Kyle Gibbons 1 (unassisted), 9:16. Penalties — Gurtler (M) boarding, :19; Carkin (M) high sticking, 4:25; Kenney (C) obstruction-hooking, 7:10; Mercyhurst, too many men (served by Coccimiglio), 16:12.

2nd Period — 3. Canisius, Matt Zuke 1 (Rauch), 14:07. 4. Canisius, Gibbons 2 (Parker, Rex), 14:35. Penalties — Noble (M) interference, :39; Bohrer (C) hooking, 4:12; Goebel (M) roughing, 14:48.

3rd Period — 5. Mercyhurst, Taylor Holstrom 2 (Cameron, Pitt), 4:25 (pp). 6. Canisius, Eric Rex 2 (Danford, Gibbons), 11:05. 7. Canisius, Scott Moser 1 (Conacher, Rauch), 18:19. Penalties — Moser (C) interference, 2:56; Conacher (C) interference, 12:14; Coccimiglio (M) hooking, 19:49.

Shots on goal — Canisius, 4-16-12—32; Mercyhurst, 10-15-12—37.

Goaltenders — Canisius, Dan Morrison 2-1-0 (27 shots, 25 saves); Mercyhurst, Jordan Tibbett 0-3-1 (32 shots, 27 saves).

Power plays — Canisius (0-6), Mercyhurst (1-4).

Referees — Steve Marofsky, Peter Feola. Linesmen — Zach Roberts, Chris Woodworth.

Attendance — 793.