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Posts tagged ‘Meghan Agosta-Marciano’
Posted: March 15th, 2014

Mercyhurst senior captain Christine Bestland continues to move up the women’s hockey’s program career lists….

No. Name (years) Total

1. Meghan Agosta-Marciano (2006-09, 2010-11) 157
2. Christine Bestland (2010-Present) 92
3. Valerie Chouinard (2005-09) 91
4. Bailey Bram (2008-12) 87
5. Jesse Scanzano (2007-11) 85
6. Kelley Steadman (2008-12) 78

No. Name (years) Total

1. Meghan Agosta-Marciano (2006-09, 2010-11) 146
2. Jesse Scanzano (2007-11) 140
3. Christine Bestland (2010-Present) 134
4. Vicki Bendus (2007-11) 121
5. Bailey Bram (2008-12) 114
6. Valerie Chouinard (2005-09) 109

No. Name (years) Total

1. Meghan Agosta-Marciano (2006-09, 2010-11) 303
2. Christine Bestland (2010-Present) 226
3. Jesse Scanzano (2007-11) 225
4. Bailey Bram (2008-12) 201
5. Valerie Chouinard (2005-09) 200
6. Vicki Bendus (2007-11) 190

Posted: March 3rd, 2014

Meghan Agosta-MarcianoThe College Hockey America Tournament’s final four will begin this weekend with a special appearance from three-time Olympic gold medalist Meghan Agosta-Marciano.
Agosta-Marciano, the former Mercyhurst women’s hockey star who won gold with her native Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, last month, will be on hand Friday – first for a meet-and-greet at Mercyhurst’s Student Union from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., where fans can get autographs and pose for photos. Then she will drop the ceremonial first puck for the top-seeded and eighth-ranked Lakers’ 4 p.m. semifinal game against fourth-seeded Syracuse at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Agosta-Marciano, who played at Mercyhurst from 2006-09 before finishing up her four-year career in the 2010-11 season, holds NCAA career records for goals (157), points (303), power-play goals (55), short-handed goals (20) and game-winning goals (39).

Posted: February 18th, 2014

Former Mercyhurst women’s hockey star Meghan Agosta-Marciano captured her third Olympic gold medal in Canada’s 3-2 OT win over the United States today.
Here’s an update on Agosta and other players with Erie ties playing in the Olympic men’s and women’s hockey tournament:

Meghan Agosta-MarcianoF Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Canada (Mercyhurst, 2006-09, 2010-11) – 3 goals (30 SOG), 1 assist in 5 games
D Arvid Rekis, Latvia (Otters, 1996-2000) – 0 points (2 SOG), 4 PIM in 5 games
F Sondre Olden, Norway (Otters, 2011-12) – 0 points (2 SOG) in 4 games


Olympic men’s hockey schedule
at Sochi, Russia
(all games broadcast live)

Preliminary round – Feb. 12
Switzerland 1, Latvia
Preliminary round – Feb. 13
United States 7, Slovakia 1
Canada 3, Norway 1
Preliminary round – Feb. 14
Czech Republic 4, Latvia 2
Finland 6, Norway 1
Canada 6, Austria 0
Preliminary round – Feb. 15
United States 3, Russia 2 (SO)
Sweden 5, Latvia 3
Preliminary round – Feb. 16
Austria 3, Norway 1
United States 5, Slovenia 1
Canada 2, Finland 1 (OT)
Qualification round – Feb. 18
Russia 4, Norway 0 (Norway eliminated)
Latvia 3, Switzerland 1
Quarterfinals -Today
Sweden 5, Slovenia 0
Finland 3, Russia 1
Canada 2, Latvia 1
United States 5, Czech Republic 2
Semifinals – Today
Sweden vs. Finland, 7 a.m. a.m.NBCSN
Canada vs. United States, noon NBCSN
Bronze-medal game – Saturday
Sweden-Finland loser vs. Canada-U.S. loser, 10 a.m. NBCSN
Gold-medal game – Sunday
Sweden-Finland winner vs. Canada-U.S. winner, 7 a.m. WICU

Olympic women’s hockey schedule
at Sochi, Russia
(all games broadcast live)

Preliminary round – Feb. 8
United States 3, Finland 1
Canada 5, Switzerland 0
Preliminary round – Feb. 10
United States 9, Switzerland 0
Canada 3, Finland 0
Preliminary round – Feb. 12
Canada 3, United States 2
Semifinals – Feb. 17
United States 6, Sweden 1
Canada 3, Switzerland 1
Medal round – Thursday
Bronze-medal game: Switzerland 4, Sweden 3
Gold-medal game: Canada 3, United States 2 (OT)

TV at a glance
DirecTV – Channel 220, DISH Network – Channel 159, Time Warner Cable – Channel 324
* MSNBC: DirecTV – Channel 356, DISH Network – Channel 209, Time Warner Cable – Channel 29
* USA: DirecTV – Channel 242, DISH Network – Channel 105, Time Warner Cable – Channel 27

Posted: February 15th, 2014

Here’s an update on players with Erie ties playing in the Olympic men’s and women’s hockey tournament:

F Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Canada (Mercyhurst, 2006-09, 2010-11) – 3 goals (16 SOG), 1 assist in 3 games
D Arvid Rekis, Latvia (Otters, 1996-2000) – 0 points (1 SOG), 4 PIM in 3 games
F Sondre Olden, Norway (Otters, 2011-12) – 0 points (2 SOG) in 2 games

Posted: February 10th, 2014

Meghan Agosta (Contributed photo/

Four years later, Christine Bestland still looks on in awe as Meghan Agosta-Marciano works her magic.
The former Mercyhurst University hockey star’s knack for making everything on and off the ice appear easy never gets old for Bestland, her former Lakers teammate.
That’s because Bestland, now the Lakers’ senior captain who has played alongside Agosta at Canadian National Team camps, has witnessed the secret to the three-time Olympian and two-time gold-medal winner’s success. “She has talent that came easy to her,” Bestland said. “But you know behind the scenes she’s working hard.”
Agosta, a leader on a Canadian National Team vying for a fourth

Christine Bestland (Contributed/Mercyhurst University)

straight Olympic gold medal in Sochi, Russia, always has been arguably the most gifted athlete in the sport every step of the way – a phenom, as Lakers head coach Michael Sisti said. She was “a better skater than most of the other players, if not all the other players,” he said. “What separates her from almost any female player in the world is her first three strides. She obviously has great skills, great hands, a good mind for the game. But I think those three steps enable her to get to pucks and possess the puck so much more than everyone else.”
Then add in the skill, work ethic and desire to take her game to the highest level, which has Agosta on the path to being the most decorated player in women’s hockey history.

Michael Sisti (Contributed/Mercyhurst University)

“That was her goal – to be regarded as one of the best,” Sisti said of Agosta-Marciano, who holds several NCAA career records, including the most goals (157) and points (300). She’s the only player in the NCAA era to top the 300-point mark. She also has a most valuable player award in the Olympics, earned at the 2010 Games in Vancouver after scoring a record nine goals in the tournament. Agosta, a native of Leamington, Ontario, has earned 13 medals – eight of them gold – in international events – over the past decade.
Agosta turns 27 on Wednesday, the day Canada meets the rival United States in a key preliminary-round game in Sochi, Russia. So Sisti figures she could play in another two or three Olympics in the future. “That would be just amazing to see,” he said. “It’s been great for us just watching her grow, mature and get better every year.”
Bestland, 21, a native of Brunkild, Manitoba, played alongside Agosta at a national team camp in Calgary this past summer. “She’s improved even more,” Bestland said.
Perhaps the best is yet to come from Agosta. “With everything she’s accomplished,” Sisti said, “she certainly has earned the right to be considered one of (the best) players.”

- Victor Fernandes

Olympic women’s hockey
Who: Canada (2-0) vs. United States (2-0)
When: Wednesday, 7 a.m.
Where: Sochi, Russia
TV: NBC Sports Network*
* DirecTV – Channel 220, DISH Network – Channel 159, Time Warner Cable – Channel 324
Note: Former Mercyhurst star Meghan Agosta-Marciano has one point, a goal, in two games.

Check out this preview of Canada’s preliminary-round game against United States on Wednesday from The Toronto Globe and Mail…

Check out this video about the rivalry between Canada and the U.S.

Posted: December 7th, 2013

Matt Zay and Kyle Cook had a goal and assist apiece to lead the Mercyhurst men to a 7-1 Atlantic Hockey Association win against Sacred Heart on Friday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Head coach Rick Gotkin‘s team is above .500 for the first time this season at 8-7-1, and remains atop the conference at 6-1-0.
Meanwhile, the Mercyhurst women routed Penn State 7-0 in a College Hockey America game at MIC Friday afternoon behind Christine Bestland‘s hat trick and assist. The senior forward and captain needs one point to become the fifth player in program history to reach the 200-point mark. She would join the following group of former Lakers stars:

Name (years) – total points
Meghan Agosta-Marciano (2006-09, 2010-11) – 303
Jesse Scanzano (2007-11) – 225
Bailey Bram (2008-12) – 201
Valerie Chouinard (2005-09) – 200

Posted: October 17th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team will hold its annual Beef & Beatles fundraiser on Oct. 26. Tickets to the all-day event cost $50, and gain admission to the team’s 2 p.m. against Maine at Mercyhurst Ice Center, a meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. at Egan Dining Hall, a steak dinner and open bar at 6 p.m., live auction at 7 p.m. and an evening of music, dancing and drinks starting at 8 p.m.
Some of the auction items available include:
* Jeff Skinner-signed Carolina Hurricanes sweater (his sister, Jillian Skinner, is a freshman defenseman with the Lakers)
* Framed poster of the 1979-1983 New York Islanders (sophomore forward Jaclyn Arbour‘s grandfather, Al Arbour, was the legendary coach of those four Stanley Cup championship teams)
* Golf outing for three with Lakers coach Michael Sisti at Lawrence Park Golf Club
* Jersey and plaque signed by former Lakers star Meghan Agosta-Marciano
* Peek ‘n Peak overnight stay and ski package

For more information, contact Lakers assistant coach Delaney Collins at (814) 824-3019 or Head to to register.

Posted: August 27th, 2013

Former Mercyhurst University women’s hockey player Jess Jones was selected third overall by the Brampton Thunder in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League Draft on Monday. She joins two former Lakers – Vicki Bendus and Bailey Bram – with the Thunder and four former Lakers in the league. Meghan Agosta-Marciano plays for the Montreal Stars, while Kelley Steadman plays for the Boston Blades. Jones totaled 61 goals and 154 points in 138 games for Mercyhurst from 2008-12. She had 28 goals and 53 points on the way to leading Belarus Pantera Minsk to the championship of the Elite Women’s Hockey League in Austria a season ago.

Posted: August 25th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey program were represented by four current and former players – rising senior forward Christine Bestland and alums Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Vicki Bendus and Bailey Bram – at Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Program Red-White Series at Markin MacPhail Center in Calgary, Alberta. The series capped a week-long camp that ended Saturday and featured 27 players training with Canada’s National Women’s Team in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the top 13 players on the nation’s National Women’s Development Team.
Agosta-Marciano led the White team to the series title with three goals, including both goals in a 2-1 shootout win against the Red Team in the final game Saturday. Bendus (goal, two assists) and Bestland (no points) also played for the White team. Bram had no points for the Red team. Mercyhurst assistant coach Delaney Collins is part of Hockey Canada’s coaching staff.

Posted: March 27th, 2013

Girard native Jen Schoullis scored the first two goals and Mercyhurst alumnus Kelley Steadman scored the last three to lead the Boston Blades to a 5-2 win over the Montreal Stars in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League title game last weekend at Centennial Community Centre in Markham, Ontario.
Steadman’s power-play goal with 8 minutes, 51 seconds left in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie against the two-time defending Clarkson Cup champion Stars. Then she completed her first hat trick in the CWHL and the first in the Blades’ tournament history. Former Laker Meghan Agosta-Marciano scored Montreal’s first goal of the game. She led the league in the regular season with 46 points.
Schoullis, who won a national title at the University of Minnesota a season ago, and Steadman now hope to represent the United States at the IIHF Women’s World Championship, which begins Tuesday and runs through April 9 in Ottawa, Ontario. Agosta-Marciano joins former Laker Bailey Bram on Team Canada’s roster.