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Posted: March 13th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals
No. 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7)

When: Today-Sunday, 7:05 p.m.*
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst begins postseason play after earning a bye through last weekend’s opening round. … The Lakers meet Holy Cross in the quarterfinals for the third straight season, with Mercyhurst winning in three games the past two years. The winner moves on to AHA the final four March 21-22 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. … The Lakers swept a two-game series in

Jimmy Sarjeant

Worcester, Mass., in January. They needed junior G Jimmy Sarjeant‘s career-high 51 saves in a 1-0 win and junior F Chris Bodo‘s first collegiate hat trick in a 4-2 win. … Sarjeant was the lone unanimous selection on the all-conference team, which was unveiled Thursday. He was joined on the first team by junior F Matthew Zay and senior D Nick Jones. Senior F Daniel O’Donoghue earned second-team honors. Mercyhurst leads the all-time series to 31-13-5. … Zay (16 goals, 24 assists, 40 points

Matt Zay

in 32 games) ranks among the top 10 nationally with 1.25 points per game. O’Donoghue (13-24-37 in 35 games) ranks among the top 40 at 1.06 per game. … Bodo (lower body) is questionable for the series. … Freshman D Philippe Drouin (upper body) remains out of the lineup. … Sarjeant has an unbeaten record in AHA play this season (14-0-5). He ranks among the top 10 nationally in saves (fifth with 892), save percentage (tied for eighth with .931) and winning percentage (eighth at .731). … Holy Cross advanced with a three-game series win over ninth-seeded Rochester Institute of Technology last weekend. Two games went to overtime, including the deciding Game 3. … The Crusaders are 10-5-1 since a season-worst, eight-game winless streak. … Senior F Adam Schmidt leads the team with 14 goals and 29 points, followed by sophomore F Matt Vidal (5-18-23), senior F Shayne Stockton (9-12-21) and last weekend’s Game 3 hero, freshman F Mike Barrett (11-7-18).
* Game 3 on Sunday, if necessary

- Victor Fernandes

Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s preview of the AHA tournament…

Posted: February 27th, 2014

Mercyhurst (18-12-6, 16-4-5 AHA) vs. Robert Morris (13-15-4, 13-8-4)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Today – Mercyhurst Ice Center; Saturday – RMU Island Sports Center, Pittsburgh
On the air: (live stream), & (live audio & real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst has clinched the Atlantic Hockey Association’s regular-season title – the first in program history – as well as the No. 1 seed, a first-round bye and home-ice advantage in the best-of-three quarterfinal round in the upcoming conference tournament. … Robert Morris stands fifth in the standings with 30 points, one behind third-place Air Force and Connecticut and two behind runner-up Bentley, entering the regular season’s final weekend. The Colonials can clinch one of the three remaining first-round byes, as well as finish as high as the second seed. … The Lakers are unbeaten in their last four games (3-0-1) and 9-3-3 in conference play in the second half, while RMU has won nine of their last 13 games (9-2-2). … The Lakers and Colonials tied 5-5 on Dec. 14 at MIC in their first meeting of the season. … The Lakers are without junior F Matthew Zay (lower body), their leading scorer with 16 goals and 40 points, and freshman D Philippe Drouin (upper body). … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant, who is unbeaten in AHA play with a 14-0-4 record, will start tonight, while redshirt junior Jordan Tibbett will start Saturday. … Junior F Cody Wydo (21-17-38) and sophomore F Zac Lynch (16-18-34) lead the Colonials’ offense. … Sophomore G Terry Shafer has a 13-13-4 record, 2.81 goals-against average and .919 save percentage this season.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 14th, 2014

Want to vote for Mercyhurst’s trio of senior F Daniel O’Donoghue, junior F Matthew Zay or junior G Jimmy Sarjeant for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award? Click on this link to find out how you can move these players closer to claiming NCAA Division I’s player of the year award, as fan balloting begins today…

Posted: December 14th, 2013

Robert Morris (2-10-1, 2-5-1 AHA) at Mercyhurst (9-7-1, 7-1-0)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to end the opening half of the season with a five-game winning streak. The Lakers swept two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series with American International and Sacred Heart the past two weekends. … They have outscored opponents 23-6 during their win streak. … They are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. … The Lakers received eight votes in the latest Division I poll. They are in the national ranking for the first time since last Jan. 7. … Junior F Daniel Bahntge has six goals and eight points in his last four games after totaling one goal and four points in his previous 13 games. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant has a 7-0-0 record, 1.72 goals-against average and .948 save percentage in conference play this season. He has won eight of his last nine decisions. … Junior F Matthew Zay leads the Lakers with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists). … Zay, senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (8 goals, 21 points) and junior F Ryan Misiak (6-14-20) rank among the top 25 scorers in NCAA Division I. … O’Donoghue needs three points to become the 16th player in the program’s D-I history to reach 100 career points. … The Lakers begin the second half Dec. 28-29 with a two-game series at Ohio State. … RMU is last in the conference. … The Colonials were swept in a two-game series at Bentley last weekend. They have lost five of their last six games. … They are 0-6-0 on the road this season. Their only wins are at home – 6-1 over Canisius on Nov. 8 and 5-1 over Holy Cross on Nov. 23. … Sophomore F Zac Lynch leads the team with six goals and 15 points. Junior F Cody Wydo (11 goals, 14 points) ranks second nationally at 0.85 goals per game.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 15th, 2013

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team are still looking for their first win of the young season.
Stephen Hrehoriak scored his first collegiate goal, and Matthew Zay added his first of the season, on a breakaway. But the Lakers fell 3-2 to WCHA newcomer Ferris State in front of 833 fans at Mercyhurst Ice Center on Tuesday night. Jimmy Searjant made 24 saves for the Lakers (0-3-0) in his first start of the season.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier, as they head to Merrimack and Alaska the next two weekends before returning home Nov. 2 to begin Atlantic Hockey Association play against Air Force.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 1st, 2013

The Mercyhurst men’s team appears on the honorable mention list of’s preseason Division I poll. The Lakers received 10 votes to finish tied for 31st on the list. Massachusetts-Lowell tops the list with 19 first-place votes and 844 points, followed by Miami (Ohio) with 14 first-place votes and 837 points.
Niagara, who won the Atlantic Hockey Association’s regular-season championship and reached the NCAA tournament a season ago, starts the season 20th on the list with 94 points. Air Force (14 points), Canisius (12), Rochester Institute of Technology (5) and Robert Morris (2) also received votes.
Mercyhursts opens the season Tuesday at 7 p.m. with an exhibition game against the University of Guelph at Mercyhurst Ice Center. They begin the regular season Oct. 11 in Minneapolis against fifth-ranked Minnesota in the Ice Breaker tournament. They could face No. 13 New Hampshire the following night. In all, the Lakers will play 25-of-37 games against ranked teams. In other news, senior defenseman Nick Jones will serve as captain while senior forward Daniel O’Donoghue and junior forward Matthew Zay were named alternate captains.

Posted: March 21st, 2013

No. 6 Mercyhurst (18-16-5) vs. No. 4 Connecticut (19-13-4)
When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), WMCE-FM/88.5 & (radio), (live scores)
Up next: Championship game (Saturday, 7:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena)*
What to expect: Mercyhurst has reached the Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals for the second straight season. The Lakers lost to eventual champion Air Force 5-2 in this round a season ago. … The Lakers rebounded from an eight-game winless streak with a sweep of 11th-seeded Army at Mercyhurst Ice Center two weeks ago and a series win at No. 3 Holy Cross last weekend. … Mercyhurst hasn’t reached the title game since consecutive trips in 2008 and 2009 (lost to Air Force both times). … The Lakers haven’t won an AHA championship since beating Quinnipiac 3-2 in the 2005 title game. They also beat Quinnipiac 6-5 to capture the 2001 title, when the league was known as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. … Mercyhurst and UConn split their two-game, regular-season series in Storrs, Conn., with the Lakers losing 5-4 Jan. 18 and winning 5-0 the following night. … The Lakers lead the all-time series 32-13-3. Yet they have lost three straight and four of six games against the Huskies in the postseason, including a UConn sweep in the 2011 AHA quarterfinals. … With top-seeded and 15th-ranked Niagara (23-8-5) facing seventh-seeded Canisius (17-18-5) in the other semifinal, the conference will have a champion from a school other than Air Force and Rochester Institute of Technology for the first time since Holy Cross in 2006. Air Force, which lost to Canisius in the quarterfinals, had won five of the last six titles (2007-09, 2011-12). RIT, which lost to Niagara in the quarterfinals, won in 2010 on the way to the first NCAA Division I Frozen Four appearance for the Tigers and the AHA. … Senior F Grant Blakey has five goals and seven points in the Lakers’ five playoff games. … UConn senior G Matt Grogan has a 14-3-3 record, 1.88 goals-against average and .939 save percentage since taking over as starter midway through the season. He was the Huskies’ only player to earn all-conference honors (third team). Mercyhurst features three all-stars – junior D Nick Jones (first team), sophomore F Ryan Misiak (second) and sophomore F Matthew Zay (third). … Niagara has never reached the title game. Canisius hasn’t reached the final since 1999 (lost 4-3 to Holy Cross). … Niagara junior G Carson Chubak leads the nation with six shutouts and ranks among the top five in winning percentage (.773), goals-against average (1.81) and save percentage (.941). He’s one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which honors the nation’s top men’s hockey player. … Freshman F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, has two goals and seven points in 34 games for Canisius.
* If the Lakers win tonight

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association final four schedule
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Niagara (23-8-5) vs. No. 7 Canisius (17-18-5), 4:05 p.m.
No. 4 Connecticut (19-13-4) vs. No. 6 Mercyhurst (18-16-5), 7:05 p.m.
Championship game – Saturday
Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
Note: Champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

Posted: March 19th, 2013

Junior defenseman Nick Jones was one of three Mercyhurst men’s players named to the Atlantic Hockey Association’s all-conference teams, which were announced Tuesday. Jones earned first-team honors for ranking fourth among all defensemen with 18 points. Sophomore forward Ryan Misiak was named to the second team for totaling 30 points, while sophomore forward Matthew Zay earned a spot on the third team after leading the Lakers with 34 points.

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: December 8th, 2012

The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team needed a spark to gain control of a tight game Saturday against American International.
Daniel Bahntge provided it. The sophomore forward recorded his second collegiate hat trick, including the tiebreaking goal, in a 7-2 Atlantic Hockey Association win in front of 625 fans at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers rebounded from a 7-3 loss to AIC Friday.
Bahntge began his three-goal outing by snapping a 1-1 tie 8 minutes, 29 seconds into the second period. His goal sparked a stretch of six straight goals – four in the decisive second period – that opened a 7-1 lead. He capped the onslaught with his final two goals in the third.
Chris Bodo scored two goals for the Lakers (6-6-1, 6-3-0 AHA), while Matthew Zay had three assists. Max Strang made 26 saves to earn the win in net. Mercyhurst outshot the Yellow Jackets (4-8-3, 1-6-3) by a 38-28 count. The Lakers return to action next Saturday with a non-conference game at Clarkson, followed by an AHA home game Dec. 18 against Canisius.

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