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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: 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 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: March 14th, 2013

No. 6 Mercyhurst (16-15-5) at No. 3 Holy Cross (19-12-3)
Today and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.*
Where: Hart Center – Worcester, Mass.
On the air: (live stream), WMCE-FM/88.5 & (radio), (live statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst earned a spot in the Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals with a two-game sweep of 11th-seeded Army in the first round last weekend. … With those wins, the Lakers snapped an eight-game winless streak (0-5-3) and swept a series for the first time since winning two games at Sacred Heart Nov. 2-3. … They also won consecutive games for the first time since 8-1 victories against Army and Robert Morris Feb. 2-5. … The Lakers and Crusaders meet in the quarterfinals for the second straight season. Mercyhurst won in three games at Mercyhurst Ice Center to advance to the AHA’s final four in Rochester, N.Y., a season ago Fifth-year senior G Max Strang stopped 111-of-115 shots in that series. … The Lakers split two games with the Crusaders at MIC in the regular season, losing 2-1 Jan. 11 and winning 4-2 the following night, but lead the all-time series 27-12-5. … The Lakers are 15-5-1 all-time at Hart Center. … They have a 3-1 record against Holy Cross in AHA tournament play and a 4-1 overall playoff mark dating back to a 2000 meeting in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (which became the AHA in 2003). … Rick Gotkin became the 26th college coach to reach 450 career wins last weekend. … Junior Fs Daniel O’Donoghue and Kyle Just and sophomore F Zac Frischmon combined for four goals and 11 points last weekend. They were teamed on a line for the first time this season in those games. … Holy Cross earned a first-round bye with a third-place finish in the regular-season standings. … The Crusaders enter this series with a five-game unbeaten streak. … They need one win to record consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in program history. … They have their best record through 34 games since posting a 23-9-2 mark in the 2005-06 season.
* Sunday’s game if necessary

Atlantic Hockey Association tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)

No. 6 Mercyhurst (16-15-5) at No. 3 Holy Cross (19-12-3), 7 p.m.*
No. 8 Rochester Institute of Technology (15-16-5) at No. 1 Niagara (21-8-5), 7:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (20-12-4) at No. 4 Connecticut (17-13-4), 7:05 p.m.
No. 7 Canisius (15-18-5) at No. 2 Air Force (17-11-7), 9:05 p.m.
* Game 3 on Sunday (if necessary) would begin at 5 p.m.
Semifinals – March 22
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Quarterfinal winners, TBA
Championship game – March 23
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, TBA
Note: Champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 25th, 2013

Mercyhurst University (11-9-1, 9-5-0 AHA) at Canisius (8-11-5, 7-6-2)
When: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Buffalo State Sports Arena, Buffalo
On the air: (live stream), (live audio and statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst meets longtime rival Canisius for the 72nd time after having Friday night’s game against the Golden Griffins at Mercyhurst Ice Center moved to Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at MIC. A water main break in the city Thursday prompted university officials to close school and send students home through the weekend. … The Lakers are tied for second with Holy Cross in the tight Atlantic Hockey Association standings. Five points separate the Lakers from 10th-place Connecticut. The Golden Griffins are in seventh, but are only two points out of second. Niagara, which suffered its first conference loss of the season at Holy Cross last weekend, tops the standings by nine points. … The Lakers edged Canisius 3-2 in overtime Dec. 18 at MIC on sophomore F Matthew Zay‘s winnning goal to take a 38-24-9 lead in the all-time series. … Junior F Kyle Just (upper-body injury) could rejoin the lineup tonight after missing the past six games. … Junior D Randy Cure (upper body) and freshman D Anthony Mastrodicasa (lower body) are cleared to skate, but neither will rejoin the lineup tonight. … Sophomore F Nardo Nagtzaam (lower body) will miss at least another three to four weeks. … The Golden Griffins were swept by Bentley 3-2 in overtime and 7-2 last weekend. … Canisius junior G Tony Capobianco ranks second in conference play with a 2.13 goals-against average and third with a .930 save percentage. … Mercyhurst junior G Jordan Tibbett (.924) and fifth-year senior G Max Strang (.922) are fourth and fifth, respectively, in save percentage. Strang, the reigning AHA goaltender of the week, has a 5-1-0 record, 1.61 goals-against average and .954 save percentage in his past six appearances. … Senior F Paul Chiasson needs one point to become the 15th player in Mercyhurst’s NCAA Division I history to reach 100 points. … Junior F Daniel O’Donoghue has a five-game point streak and 11 points in six games this month. … Lakers coach Rick Gotkin needs five wins to become the 26th college coach to reach 450 wins. … Freshman F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick (11th round in 2010), has no goals and two points in 18 games for the Golden Griffins this season. … Mercyhurst stands 14th in Division I at 3.19 goals scored per game. In contrast, Canisius ranks 47th out of 59 teams at 2.25 per game. … However, the Golden Griffins are seventh nationally in scoring defense (2.12 goals allowed per game). The Lakers are 40th at 2.90 per game. … The Golden Griffins are 0-7-0 in one-goal games and 0-3-5 in games decided in overtime.

- Victor Fernandes

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: February 25th, 2012

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team has earned a well-deserved break.

The Lakers needed a win against Canisius Saturday night and some help to secure a top-four finish in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings and a bye in next weekend’s first round of the AHA playoffs.

The Lakers handled their part, as they shut out the Golden Griffins 5-0 in front of 725 at Mercyhurst Ice Center behind redshirt junior goaltender Max Strang’s 27-save performance. Then Holy Cross defeated Bentley 6-4 Saturday, which handed the Lakers (18-14-4, 15-8-4) next week off and home-ice advantage in a best-of-three quarterfinal series against a first-round winner in two weeks.

Mercyhurst finished fourth in a tight conference race, behind first-place Air Force, Niagara and Rochester Institute of Technology. The Lakers would face the best remaining first-round winner in the quarterfinals.

Canisius (10-20-4, 10-14-3) finished ninth and will face eighth-place Connecticut in a best-of-three, first-round series next weekend.

Freshmen Nardo Nagtzaam and Chris Bodo led the Lakers with a goal and two assists apiece. Nick Jones had a goal and assist. Daniel O’Donoghue and Kyle Just each scored a goal.

Posted: January 6th, 2012

Sacred Heart (1-16-1, 0-10-1 AHA) at Mercyhurst College (10-8-2, 7-2-2)

When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center

On the air: (live stream), WMCE-FM/88.5 & 104.9 (radio), (live statistics)

Up next: at American International (Jan. 13-14, 7:05 p.m.)

Fast facts: The Lakers (16 points) are tied for second with Robert Morris and Rochester Institute of Technology in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings, one point behind Air Force. … They snapped a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) in conference play with a 4-3 loss to Niagara Dec. 10 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … The Lakers face a one-win team for the second straight weekend. They swept a two-game non-conference series at Alabama-Huntsville 5-1 and 4-3 last weekend. … Freshmen lead the Lakers in points (Nardo Nagtzaam 13) and assists (Daniel Bahntge and Tyler Shiplo 9 apiece). Freshman Chris Bodo’s 6 goals ranks second to senior Derek Elliott (7) in goals. … Sophomore F Kyle Just has a goal and two points in his first two games of the season. Just and sophomore G Jordan Tibbett, who didn’t dress for either game last weekend, were acquitted of sexual assault and other charges in November. … Redshirt junior G Max Strang has a 7-2-2 record, 2.06 goals-against average and .947 save percentage in 11 AHA games. … The Pioneers posted their lone win, 7-6, against then-No. 8 Yale Nov. 22. They recorded their lone point in the AHA standings with a 4-4 tie against Niagara Nov. 27.

- 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 10th, 2011

Check out a update on the ongoing legal battles for former Mercyhurst College men’s hockey players Kyle Just and Jordan Tibbett by clicking here.