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Posted: March 2nd, 2014

First round (best-of-three series)
Feb. 28 – Game 1
No. 4 Syracuse 4, No. 5 Lindenwood 1
No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology 3, No. 6 Penn State 2, OT
March 1 – Game 2
Syracuse 6, Lindenwood 0 (Syracuse wins series 2-0)
RIT 3, Penn State 0 (RIT wins series 2-0)

Semifinals – Friday
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

No. 4 Syracuse (20-12-3) vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4), 4 p.m.
No. 3 RIT (17-15-3) vs. No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3), 7:30 p.m.
Championship game – Saturday
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Syracuse-Mercyhurst winner vs. RIT-RMU winner, 3 p.m.

Note: Champion doesn’t earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament. Teams, most notably Mercyhurst and RMU will need to earn at-large bids into the eight-team field, which will be unveiled next Sunday at 6 p.m. at NCAA.com.

Posted: February 28th, 2014

First round (best-of-three series)
Friday – Game 1
No. 4 Syracuse 4, No. 5 Lindenwood 1 (Syracuse leads series 1-0)
No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology 3, No. 6 Penn State 2, OT (RIT leads series 1-0)
Today – Game 2
Lindenwood (5-25-3) at Syracuse (19-12-3), 2 p.m.
Penn State (4-28-3) at RIT (16-15-3), 2:05 p.m.
Sunday – Game 3*
Lindenwood at Syracuse, 2 p.m.
Penn State at RIT, 2:05 p.m.
* If necessary

Semifinals – March 7
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Lowest-remaining seed vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4), TBD
Highest-remaining seed vs. No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3), TBD
Championship game – March 8
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Semifinal winners, TBD
Note: Champion doesn’t earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament. Teams, most notably Mercyhurst and Robert Morris, will need to earn at-large bids into the eight-team field, which will be unveiled March 9 at 6 p.m. at NCAA.com.

Posted: February 27th, 2014

College Hockey America Tournament schedule
First round (best-of-three series)
Friday – Game 1

No. 5 Lindenwood (5-24-3) at No. 4 Syracuse (18-12-3), 7 p.m.
No. 6 Penn State (4-27-3) at No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology (15-15-3), 7 p.m.
Saturday – Game 2
Lindenwood at Syracuse, 2 p.m.
Penn State at RIT, 2:05 p.m.
Sunday – Game 3*
Lindenwood at Syracuse, 2 p.m.
Penn State at RIT, 2:05 p.m.
* If necessary

Semifinals – March 7
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Lowest-remaining seed vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4), TBD
Highest-remaining seed vs. No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3), TBD
Championship game – March 8
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Semifinal winners, TBD
Note: Champion doesn’t earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament. Teams, most notably Mercyhurst and Robert Morris, will need to earn at-large bids into the eight-team field, which will be unveiled March 9 at 6 p.m. at NCAA.com.

Posted: February 24th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team will head into the postseason ranked eighth in the USCHO.com Division I poll. The Lakers (22-7-4), which ended the regular season this past weekend with a win and tie against Lindenwood, earned 43 voting points – nine behind No. 7 Quinnipiac, as well as 16 and 19 points ahead of No. 9 North Dakota and No. 10 Robert Morris, their College Hockey America rival. Minnesota (32-1-1) remains the unanimous No. 1 with all 15 first-place votes and 150 points.
In other news, Lakers senior forward Christine Bestland was named CHA player of the week for the fifth time this season after recording a hat trick in Friday’s 4-1 win over Lindenwood. She finished the regular season with 20 goals – second most in the conference and a CHA-leading 30 assists, 50 points, five short-handed goals and six short-handed points. She ranks fifth in NCAA Division I with 1.52 points per game.

USCHO.com Division I women’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points

1. Minnesota (15) 32-1-1 150
2. Wisconsin 25-5-2 133
3. Clarkson 25-4-5 120
4. Boston College 25-5-3 100
5. Harvard 21-4-4 85
6. Cornell 20-5-4 81
7. Quinnipiac 20-5-9 52
8. Mercyhurst 22-7-4 43
9. North Dakota 17-11-4 27
10. Robert Morris 24-7-3 24
Others receiving votes: Boston University 6, Northeastern 4

Posted: February 23rd, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team has the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye for the College Hockey America tournament, which begins next weekend with best-of-three, first-round series. Here’s the schedule…

First round
No. 6 Penn State (4-27-3, 1-18-1) at Rochester Institute of Technology (15-15-3, 10-7-2)
Game 1 – Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday at 7:05 p.m.*

No. 5 Lindenwood (5-24-3, 5-13-2) at No. 4 Syracuse (18-12-3, 9-7-3)
Game 1 – Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday at 7:05 p.m.*

Semifinals – March 7
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Lowest-remaining seed vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4, 15-3-2), TBA
Highest-remaining seed vs. No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3, 13-5-2), TBA

Championship game – March 8
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Semifinal winners, TBA

Posted: February 21st, 2014

Lindenwood (5-23-2, 5-12-1 CHA) at No. 8 Mercyhurst (21-7-3, 14-3-1)
When: Today, 3 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst concludes the regular season having already clinched their 13th straight regular-season championship in College Hockey America and home-ice advantage for the conference semifinals and title game March 7-8. … The Lakers have tied a season high with seven straight wins. They have allowed three goals or fewer in all seven games (10 goals in all). … They are 14-2-1 in their last 17 games. … They swept a two-game series at Lindenwood on Dec. 14-15 by a combined 11-2 score to improve their record in the all-time series to 10-0-0. … Senior Fs Christine Bestland (17 goals, 29 assists, 56 points), Kaleigh Chippy (14-8-22) and Christie Cicero (15-17-32) will play their final regular-season games at MIC. One of them will win the school’s Bill Smith Award, which honors the senior women’s hockey player that displays exemplary qualities in the classroom, community and on the ice. … Bestland leads NCAA Division I with four short-handed goals, and ranks third with 0.97 assists per game and sixth with 1.52 points per game. … Lindenwood stands fifth in the six-team conference. … The Lions had a three-game winning streak – their longest since joining Division I in 2011 – snapped in a two-game series sweep at Syracuse last weekend. … They will play at Rochester Institute of Technology or Syracuse next weekend in one of the CHA’s best-of-three, first-round series. … Sophomore G Nicole Hensley has 1,077 saves this season – 10th most in NCAA history – to go with a 3.21 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. She broke former Mercyhurst standout Desi Clark‘s single-game record (78 saves in a triple-overtime loss to Harvard in the 2005 national quarterfinals) with 90 saves in a triple-overtime loss to Robert Morris in a CHA first-round game last March.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out head coach Michael Sisti‘s thoughts on the weekend series here

Posted: January 9th, 2014

Check out post-game interviews from Mercyhurst’s 4-4 tie with #3 Cornell on Friday night…

Head coach Michael Sisti

Junior G Amanda Makela

Junior F Shelby Bram

No. 3 Cornell (12-1-1) at Mercyhurst (14-5-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst and Cornell meet for the first time since the Lakers’ 4-3 overtime win in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals in Ithaca, N.Y., last March. … The Lakers play for the first time since ending the first half with a two-game sweep at Lindenwood on Dec. 14-15. They also have next weekend off before facing ninth-ranked Robert Morris in a key two-game College Hockey America series at MIC. … They are 13-5-1 all-time against Cornell. But the Big Red have won five of the past eight meetings, including a 4-0 regular-season win a year ago. … Mercyhurst has won seven straight games by a combined 35-8 score. … Senior F Christine Bestland stands third on the Lakers’ career scoring list with 205 points. She needs 21 to pass Jesse Scanzano (225 points from 2007-11) for second place. Bestland ranks fifth on the school’s goals list with 83. She could move as high second, as she trails Scanzano (85), Bailey Bram (87 from 2008-12) and Valerie Chouinard (91 from 2005-09). Bestland also could move as high as second in assists. She stands third with 122, only 18 behind Scanzano (140). … Cornell has won three straight games by a combined 11-3 score since its only loss of the season, 4-1 at home against No. 7 Boston College. … The Big Red have outscored opponents 59-28. … Junior Fs Emily Fulton and Jillian Saulnier lead the nation with 1.73 points and 0.87 goals per game, respectively.

- Victor Fernandes

Mercyhurst and Cornell renew their rivalry this weekend at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Here’s why it’s grown into such a rivalry:

* Lakers head coach Michael Sisti: “We now have a great tradition and rivalry with Cornell. They’re a great program. We’ve both ended each other’s season. There’s a great mutual respect there with the staffs. I like to think we bring out the best in each other. Regardless of how the games turn out the teams learn their strengths and weaknesses and improve for the rest of the season. I like the fact we’ve got the game now. It’s certainly going to make us continue to improve. We’re looking forward to it. It’s a good test.

* Lakers junior D Molly Byrne: “It’s become a great rivalry between us. In the 3 years that I’ve been here, it’s just kept building and building. I know they’re going to be smelling blood because we ended their season last year (in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals). I think it’s going to be a great weekend.”

Posted: December 14th, 2013

Mercyhurst (12-5-2, 5-2-1 CHA) at Lindenwood (2-14-2, 2-5-1)
When: Today, 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Lindenwood Ice Arena – Wentzville, Mo.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst completes the first half of the season with a second straight two-game series against a struggling College Hockey America team. The Lakers swept Penn State by a combined 15-0 score at Mercyhurst Ice Center last weekend, as 18 skaters that dressed for those games recorded at least a point. … The Lakers have a nearly month-long Christmas break before facing No. 3 Cornell at MIC on Jan. 10-11. … The Lakers have won a season-high five straight games by a combined 24-6 score. … With two wins, they would move within a game of idle Robert Morris (16-3-1, 8-1-1) in the CHA standings. … The Lakers have won all eight career meetings with Lindenwood by a combined 64-5 score, including four shutouts. … Senior F Christine Bestland can climb into third on the Lakers’ career scoring list with two points this weekend. She is tied for fourth with Valerie Chouinard (200 from 2005-09), one point behind Bailey Bram (201 from 2008-12). … The Lakers have allowed three goals or fewer 17 times. … Junior G Amanda Makela has a 10-5-2 record, 1.83 goals-against average, .933 save percentage this season, including 3-2-1, 2.04 and .930 in conference play. … The Lakers have improved to seventh in NCAA Division I with 3.26 goals scored per game and eighth at 1.68 goals against per game. … Lindenwood split a two-game CHA series with Syracuse last weekend, their second straight series split. … Junior F Kendra Broad leads the Lions with four goals and nine points. … Sophomore G Nicole Hensley, CHA’s reigning rookie of the year who set the NCAA single-game record with 90 saves a season ago, has a 3.47 goals-against average and .915 save percentage overall. Her statistics improve to 2.37 and .934 in CHA play. On Wednesday, Lindenwood learned the school will serve as host for the 2017 Women’s Frozen Four at Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 12th, 2013

Mercyhurst’s Kaleigh Chippy will join fellow senior F Christie Cicero in serving a one-game suspension Friday.
College Hockey America commissioner Robert DeGregorio has suspended Chippy and Robert Morris senior D Kylie St. Louis for one game for throwing punches at opposing players at the end of a penalty-filled game between these two CHA rivals this past Saturday in Moon Township. Both players initially received major penalties for checking to the head and face-masking, respectively, and game misconducts. But a video review determined that punches also were thrown.
Chippy will miss Friday’s CHA game against Syracuse at Mercyhurst Ice Center. St. Louis will miss Friday’s CHA home game against Lindenwood. Cicero and RMU freshman F Brittany Howard also won’t play that night because they were disqualified from last Saturday’s game for leaving the bench and contact to the head penalties, respectively. Disqualifications carry automatic one-game suspensions. League officials chose not to lengthen their suspensions.

Posted: November 7th, 2013

Lindenwood
Record: 0-9-1, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: So. G Nicole Hensley (0-9-1 record, 4.46 goals-against average, .903 save percentage), Jr. F Kendra Broad (2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points), So. D Brooke Peden (1-2-3), Sr. F Jocelyn Slattery (2-0-2), Jr. F Alyssa West (2-0-2)
What to watch: The Lions’ third season in NCAA Division I has been as difficult as the first two. They are a combined 15-56-3 at this level as they head into CHA play. But at least they have a strong building block in Hensley, who set the NCAA record with 90 saves in a 2-1 triple-OT loss to Robert Morris in the CHA playoffs last March. She broke former Mercyhurst star Desi Clark‘s mark of 78.

Mercyhurst
Record: 5-3-1, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: Sr. F Christine Bestland (5-9-14), Jr. G Amanda Makela (5-3-1, 1.66, .935, 3 shutouts), Jr. F Shelby Bram (2-6-8), Sr. F Christie Cicero (3-4-7), Jr. D Molly Byrne (0-4-4)
What to watch: The Lakers are young, with 15 freshmen and sophomores. But it’s hard to count out this team at playoff time, given their track record (NCAA-record nine straight trips to the national playoffs) and leaders like Bestland, Cicero and Byrne.

Penn State
Record: 2-7-1, 0-2-0 CHA
Top players: So. F Shannon Yoxheimer (3-5-8), Sr. F Taylor Gross (3-4-7), So. F Hannah Hoenshell (1-4-5), Fr. F Sarah Nielsen (1-4-5), Fr. F Laura Bowman (4-0-4)
What to watch: The Nittany Lions are off to a sluggish start in their second CHA season. They need to keep the puck out of their net to turn it around. PSU has allowed four goals or more five times in their seven losses.

Robert Morris
Record: 8-2-0, 2-0-0 CHA
Top players: Fr. F Brittany Howard (4-13-17), Fr. G Jessica Dodds (6-0-0, 1.49, .932, 3 shutouts), Sr. F Kristen Richards(3-7-10), Sr. F Thea Imbrogno (5-4-9), Jr. F Rebecca Vint (5-3-8)
What to watch: The Colonials have a strong blend of experience and youth, starting up front with Howard, Richards and Imbrogno and in net with Dodds and junior Courtney Vinet (2-2-0, 2.25, .905). They are contenders to win a conference title for the second time in three seasons.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Record: 4-5-0, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: Sr. F Kourtney Kunichika (5-2-7), Jr. G Ali Binnington (4-3-0, 2.63, .914, 2 SO), Jr. F Kolbee McCrea(3-3-6), So. F Jess Paton (3-3-6), Jr. D Morgan Scoyne (0-5-5)
What to watch: The Tigers head into their second season in CHA with a chance to make a name for themselves. They have wins over two Hockey East Association teams – New Hampshire and Vermont – and a one-goal loss to a strong Northeastern club. They also have a strong roster, led by Binnington in goal.

Syracuse
Record: 4-4-0, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: So. D Nicole Renault (1-8-9), Sr. G Kallie Billadeau (2-4-0, 2.03, .943), So. F Melissa Piacentini(1-5-6), Sr. F Margot Scharfe (4-1-5), Sr. D Caitlin Roach (2-3-5)
What to watch: The Orange join Mercyhurst and RMU in the national poll. With a goaltending tandem like Billadeau and Jenesica Drinkwater (2-0-0, 1.50, .940), they should be in the running in the CHA this season.

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