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Posted: July 11th, 2013

The Mercyhurst-Cornell women’s hockey rivalry will continue in the 2013-14 season. The Lakers and Big Red meet for a two-game, non-conference series Jan. 10-11 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Those matchups headline the Lakers’ schedule, which begins early – Sept. 21 and 28 – with exhibition games at MIC against Western Ontario and the Whitby Wildcats of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. The regular season opens at home Oct. 5 against Ohio State.
They also have non-conference games at Providence (Oct. 12-13), Clarkson (Oct. 18-19) and Minnesota State-Mankato (Jan. 17-18) and at home against Maine (Oct. 25-26). In between, the Lakers face Cornell for the first time since a 4-3 overtime win this past March in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals, which sent Mercyhurst to the Frozen Four for the third time in program history. The Lakers lost to Boston University in the semifinals to finish the season at 29-7-1.
They begin the College Hockey America schedule Nov. 8 at Robert Morris. The Lakers play their first conference home game Nov. 15 against Syracuse. They conclude the regular season at home Feb. 21-22 against CHA foe Lindenwood. The conference playoffs run from Feb. 28 to March 8.

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: October 1st, 2012

The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team received two votes in’s opening Division I poll of the season, which was released Monday. Mercyhurst spent two weeks on the honorable mention list last January on the way to a 20-16-4 record a season ago. The Lakers are one of four Atlantic Hockey Association schools that earned votes in the poll.
Defending AHA champion Air Force stands 19th with 116 points. Rochester Institute of Technology (six points), Mercyhurst and Niagara (two) were among the honorable mention.
Boston College begins defense of its national championship ranked No. 1 with 35 first-place votes and 972 points. Minnesota stands second with 12 first-place votes and 937 points, followed by Michigan at No. 3 with three first-place votes and 857 points. North Dakota (826) and Union (789) complete the top five.
Mercyhurst plays 12 games against five teams ranked among the top 20 or the honorable mention. No. 11 Ferris State, which lost to BC in the national title game this past spring, and No. 15 Maine joins Air Force, RIT and Niagara on the schedule.

Posted: November 4th, 2010
HAVERHILL, Mass. – Senior captain Meghan Agosta and freshman Christine Bestland from the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team have been named College Hockey America Player and Rookie of the Month, respectively, league officials announced on Tuesday. Both players earned CHA weekly honors on Monday after helping the Lakers to a 7-3 victory over Robert Morris last Friday.

Agosta, a three-time CHA Player of the Week honoree in the month of October, captured the league’s first monthly honor after leading Mercyhurst and the country in goals and points. She scored 10 goals and assisted on nine others for 19 points as the Lakers went 6-1 through the 10th month of the year.

Bestland, who earned CHA Rookie of the Week honors twice, netted four goals and dished out six assists in her first seven games as a Laker. In her last appearance at home, she scored two goals and added an assist for three points, falling just a point shy of her career-high performance at Maine, where she netted a goal and three assists.

Mercyhurst will look to stretch its winning streak to three games when it faces Niagara on Saturday in a 2 p.m. contest at Dwyer Arena. The Lakers defeated second-ranked Cornell, 4-3, in overtime on Tuesday.

- From Mercyhurst news release
Posted: October 11th, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS – The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team climbed two spots to take over the No. 1 ranking in this week’s Women’s Division I Poll. The Lakers claimed 129 points and three first-place votes after disposing of non-conference foe Maine, 5-2 and 6-1, last weekend on the road to move to 4-0-0 on the season.
It marks the first time this season the Lakers are ranked No. 1 after occupying the top spot for most of last season.
Cornell remained second with 120 points and seven first-place votes, followed by Minnesota and Wisconsin in a tie for third with 117 points apiece. Both teams captured first-place votes with the Gophers taking three and the Badgers with one.
Previous No. 1 Minnesota Duluth dropped four spots to fifth with 111 points and the final first-place nod.
Boston University (66), Boston College (52), North Dakota (45), Harvard (36) and Ohio State (12) and Providence (12) in a tie rounded out spots 6 – 10.
Mercyhurst continues non-conference play this weekend with a two-game series at Bemidji State, beginning on Friday, Oct. 15 at 2:07 p.m.

- From Mercyhurst news release

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Posted: October 11th, 2010

HAVERHILL, Mass. – Two members of the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team were honored by league officials Monday, as senior captain Meghan Agosta was named College Hockey America Player of the Week while freshman Christine Bestland was tabbed CHA Rookie of the Week.

This marks the second straight week that Mercyhurst players have captured two of the possible three CHA weekly honors.

Agosta earned her second straight player of the week honor after scoring four goals and assisting on another in a sweep of Maine last weekend on the road. She scored twice in each game and totaled three points with an assist on junior Bailey Bram’s goal in Saturday’s 5-2 win. With her weekend total, she now has a team-leading six goals and 11 points on the season.

Bestland provided Mercyhurst with a goal and three assists in its 6-1 victory over the Black Bears on Sunday. After assisting on the game-winner by junior Kelley Steadman, she found the back of the net once before dishing out assists on two of the next three goals.

- From Mercyhurst College news release

Posted: October 9th, 2010

ORONO, Maine – Senior captain Meghan Agosta scored three goals as the third-ranked Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team defeated Maine, 5-2, in a non-conference tilt Saturday afternoon in Orono, Maine.
With the win, the Lakers improve to 3-0 on the season and extend their road unbeaten streak to 35 games dating back to a 3-2 OT loss to Wayne State Feb. 23, 2008 in Detroit, Mich.
Agosta led the offense for the third straight game, scoring three times to mark her first hat trick of the season and 12th of her career.
Senior assistant captain Vicki Bendus and junior Kelley Steadman each scored once as the offense found the back of the net five times on 74 shots. Overall, the Lakers outshot the Black Bears 74-22.
Mercyhurst pounced on the Black Bears early on, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Steadman and Agosta at 2:11 and 12:58.
Maine cut the deficit in half with its first of two goals by Jennie Gallo at the 6:36 mark of the second period. However, after the ensuing faceoff, the Lakers restored their two-goal advantage as Agosta tickled the twine less than a minute later at 7:33, taking a 3-1 score into the third period.
Both teams closed out the game with three goals in the third. Mercyhurst pushed its advantage to 5-1 with back-to-back goals. Agosta completed her hat trick with just 26 seconds elapsed off the clock, while Bendus scored the team’s fifth goal at 9:22. Maine’s Gallo netted her second of the game with just under six minutes to play.
Junior Hillary Pattenden recorded the win in goal with 20 saves over a span of 60 minutes. Brittany Ott, on the other hand, shined with 69 stops despite allowing five goals, one of which came on the power play. Mercyurst finished the game 1-for-13 with the extra man, while Maine ended at 2-for-9.
Both teams close out the series on Sunday, Oct. 10, with a 1 p.m. contest at Alfond Arena.

- From Mercyhurst news release

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Posted: October 8th, 2010

What: No. 3 Mercyhurst College (2-0-0) at Maine (2-0-0)

When: Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: Alfond Arena – Orono, Maine

On the air: (Internet video/radio)

Players to watch: Mercyhurst – F Meghan Agosta (2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points), G Hillary Pattenden (2-0-0 record, 1.20 goals-against average, .939 save percentage), F Vicki Bendus (3-2-5), F Jesse Scanzano (2-2-4), F Bailey Bram (1-1-2); Maine – So. F Brittany Dougherty (2-5-7), Jr. F Myriam Croussette (2-3-5), Jr. F Danielle Ward (2-3-5), Sr. F Jennie Gallo (2-2-4), So. G Brittany Ott (1-0-0, 0.00, 1.000, 1 shutout)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers opened the season last weekend with a two-game sweep of St. Cloud State by a combined 15-2 score, their most goals in a weekend series since scoring 16 times against Colgate last season. … The Lakers scored nine first-period goals in those games. … Agosta, who took last season off to prepare for her native Canada’s run to a gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics last winter, had two goals and four assists against the Huskies. … Bendus, Scanzano and Bram – three of NCAA Division I’s top-five scorers last season – combined for six goals and 11 points. … The Lakers face the Black Bears for the first time since a two-game sweep (4-0 and 5-0) at home in the 2007-08 season. They travel to Maine for the first time in four years. … The Lakers lead the all-time series 5-1. … They are 39-15-3 overall against Hockey East Association foes, including winning records against all but two schools – New Hampshire (4-5-1) and Northeastern (0-3-0). Junior forward Jess Jones (knee) could join the lineup as soon as next weekend’s trip to Bemidji State. … Agosta and Pattenden are College Hockey America’s reigning player and goaltender of the week.

Maine – The Black Bears began the season with 7-0 and 11-0 wins against Sacred Heart two weeks ago. They were off last weekend. … The Black Bears swept Hockey East’s weekly awards two weeks ago – Dougherty (top player), Ott (top goaltender) and freshman forward Jenny Kistner (top rookie). … They have 11 freshmen and sophomores on their 24-player roster. … They have only one player from Maine.

Up next: at Bemidji State (Oct. 15-16, 3 p.m.)

Posted: October 5th, 2010

Meghan Agosta (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

Senior captain Meghan Agosta and junior Hillary Pattenden of the third-ranked Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team claimed two of three College Hockey America weekly honors this week, as Agosta was named player of the week while Pattenden was tabbed goaltender of the week.

Both players helped the Lakers sweep St. Cloud State by the scores of 9-1 and 6-1 in their first series of the season. Agosta scored two goals and added four assists as the Lakers totaled 15 goals for the first time since

Hillary Pattenden (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

November of last season. Agosta, in her first games back from the Olympics, netted three points each night. In Friday’s contest, she achieved yet another milestone for her career, as she dished out her 100th career assist to join teammate Jesse Scanzano as the only Mercyhurst players to accomplish the feat.

Pattenden earned both wins in goal, leading the Lakers to their first two-game sweep of St. Cloud State since the 2002-03 season. The Surrey, B.C., native made 12 saves and allowed one goal through 40 minutes in game one before stopping 19 of 20 attempts over a span of 60 minutes.

Mercyhurst continues non-conference play this weekend with a two-game series at Maine, beginning on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.

- From Mercyhurst news release

Posted: August 10th, 2010

Vicki Bendus (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team will play 32 games during the 2010-11 season, including a home-and-home series against 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Frozen Four opponent Cornell and a regular-season contest against perennial power Wisconsin.

“As always, we have a very tough road ahead of us,” said head coach Michael Sisti, who released the details of the schedule Monday evening. “Playing a schedule like this helps us compete against the teams in our league and prepares us for a deep run in the playoffs.”

Twelve opponents representing all four women’s hockey conferences will face the Lakers this season. Four teams hail from ECAC Hockey, three from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and one from the Hockey East Association (HEA), in addition to the four teams that are scheduled from the Lakers’ conference, College Hockey America (CHA). Altogether, the Lakers own a combined 164-33-12 record against opponents on their schedule.

The schedule will be one of the toughest the team has ever faced, with 18-0f-32 games taking place on the road, including six against teams that were ranked in the top 10 last season. Fourteen games and one exhibition are set for the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

Mercyhurst opens the year with its first three games at home, beginning with an exhibition contest against Canadian university Wilfred Laurier on Sept. 25. The season officially opens with a two-game series against St. Cloud State on Oct. 1-2.

The Lakers then play eight of their next nine games on the road, starting with back-to-back weekend series at Maine (Oct. 8-9) and Bemidji State (Oct. 15-16). After a home game against Robert Morris (Oct. 29), the Lakers travel to Cornell (Nov. 2) and Niagara (Nov. 6) before opening CHA play at Wayne State (Nov. 20-21).

Returning from Detroit, Mercyhurst welcomes Colgate (Nov. 27) and Niagara (Dec. 3-4) to Erie for its first home games in almost a month. A pair of road contests at St. Lawrence await to close out the first half of the season on Dec. 10-11.

After the winter break, Mercyhurst stays on the road for its first two games of the new year, taking part in the 2011 Easton Holiday Showcase in St. Cloud, Minn. The Lakers face host St. Cloud State on Jan. 1 and Wisconsin on Jan. 2, their first meeting with the Badgers since the 2009 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four title game.

Home series against Syracuse (Jan. 7-8) and Brown (Jan. 14-15) and a game against Cornell (Jan. 18) welcome the Lakers back home and prepare them for their fourth four-game road trip of the season to close out the month of January.

Mercyhurst wraps up the final month of the regular season with a visit from Wayne State (Feb. 4-5) and a trip to Syracuse (Feb. 11-12) before hosting Robert Morris on Feb. 25.

The 2011 CHA Championship Tournament will be hosted by Syracuse on Mar. 3-5 at the Tennity Ice Pavilion in Syracuse, N.Y. Mercyhurst will host the 2011 Women’s Frozen Four on March 18-20 at Tullio Arena.

- From Mercyhurst College news release, staff reports

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