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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: February 7th, 2014

Rochester Institute of Technology (13-12-3, 8-4-2 CHA) at No. 10 Mercyhurst (17-7-3, 10-3-1)
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 moved into a first-place tie with Robert Morris in the College Hockey America standings with a two-game sweep of Syracuse and the Colonials’ two-game split with Lindenwood last weekend. RIT is three points behind in third. All three teams have six regular-season games left. … The Lakers have won three straight games. … They are 8-3-2 this season at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … They have won six of seven career meetings with RIT, but the loss occurred in a two-game split at MIC in November. … Senior F Christine Bestland (14 goals, 25 assists, 39 points) ranks among the top five in NCAA Division I with 1.44 points per game. She leads an offense that stands fifth nationally with 3.41 goals scored per game. The Lakers also rank ninth at 1.96 goals against per game. … The Tigers are unbeaten in their past four games (3-0-1), and are 4-2-2 in the second half to move above the .500 mark. … Freshman F Mackenzie Stone has five goals this season – all game-winners. … Freshman G Brooke Stoddart, the CHA’s reigning rookie of the week, stopped 31-of-33 shots and earned her first collegiate win in two games against Penn State last weekend. … Fans attending tonight’s game are entered into a special giveaway featuring a $300 prize, two $100 prizes and a a ski or golf package at Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa in Findley Lake, N.Y.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out head coach Michael Sisti‘s preview of this weekend’s series here

Posted: January 25th, 2014

Kaleigh Chippy scored two goals and Shelby Bram added a goal and two assists to lead the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team to a 5-3 College Hockey America win over No. 8 Robert Morris today in front of 675 fans at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers (15-7-3, 8-3-1 CHA) salvaged a split of the two-game series, while RMU (20-4-2, 9-2-1) had its 14-game overall and eight-game conference unbeaten streaks snapped with its first loss in two months. Molly Byrne added three assists for the Lakers, which held RMU without a shot on goal for the opening 23 minutes, 1 seconds of the game.

Check out post-game interviews with Chippy and head coach Michael Sisti by clicking on the links…

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 dcollins@mercyhurst.edu. Head to www.hurstalumni.org to register.

Posted: October 1st, 2013

The Mercyhurst men’s team appears on the honorable mention list of USCHO.com’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: September 21st, 2013

Senior forwards Christine Bestland and Christie Cicero scored two goals apiece and Kaleigh Chippy added a goal and assist to lead the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team to a season-opening 6-2 exhibition win against Western Ontario in front of 300 fans at Mercyhurst Ice Center on Saturday night.
Cicero snapped a scoreless tie with a pair of goals less than six minutes apart in the second period. UWO sliced the Lakers’ lead in half twice in the period, only to have Bestland regain two-goal leads with her two scores. Freshman Jillian Skinner scored the other goal for the Lakers, which built a 53-15 advantage in shots.
Mercyhurst returns to MIC today for a 2 p.m. exhibition game against the Whitby Wildcats. They open the regular season Friday at Minnesota State-Mankato.

Posted: September 21st, 2013

The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team begins the 2013-14 season tonight with a 7 p.m. exhibition game against the University of Western Ontario at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The players will receive their College Hockey America championship rings before the game. The Lakers also play an exhibition home game Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Whitby Wildcats.

Posted: September 17th, 2013

The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team stands eighth nationally in the USA Hockey/USA Hockey Magazine preseason poll, which was released today. The Lakers return 16 players, including reigning College Hockey America player of the year Christine Bestland, from a team that finished 29-7-1, won an 11th straight CHA championship, secured a NCAA-record ninth consecutive national playoff appearance and reached the Division I Frozen Four a season ago.
Minnesota, which finished a 41-0-0 season with a national title, received 18-of-19 first-place votes and 179 points to finish ahead of runner-up Boston College, which had one first-place vote and 160 points. Clarkson (106 points), Boston University (102) and North Dakota (100) rounded out the top five teams. Cornell (96), Wisconsin (94), Mercyhurst (70), Harvard (41) and Northeastern (20) completed the top 10.
The Lakers open the season this weekend with an exhibition games at Mercyhurst Ice Center. They face the University of Western Ontario Saturday at 7 p.m., followed by a game against the Whitby Wolves on Sunday at 1 p.m. The players will be awarded their CHA championship rings before Saturday’s game.
In other news, Bestland was named captain while fellow senior Christie Cicero and juniors Shelby Bram, Molly Byrne and Caroline Luczak will serve as assistant captains.

Posted: September 2nd, 2013

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – Rookie goaltender Daniel Dekoning gave the Erie Otters a chance to sweep their two-game weekend series against Niagara.
He had a strong performance against the IceDogs. But it wasn’t enough for the short-handed Otters in a 2-0 preseason loss Monday at Jack Gatecliff Arena. The Otters played without several key veterans, headlined by the No. 1 line of Connor McDavid, Connor Brown and Andre Burakovsky.
The Otters, which beat the IceDogs 6-3 at Mercyhurst Ice Center on Saturday night, fell behind 1-0 on Mike Robinson‘s goal with 4 minutes, 5 seconds left in the opening period.
Brendan Perlini scored short-handed with 5:48 left in the second period to give the IceDogs a two-goal lead. Meanwhile, former Otters goaltender Chris Festarini finished with 14 saves on 14 shots for the IceDogs after allowing four goals on 14 shots Saturday. Then Blake Richard capped the shutout for the IceDogs, which were outshot by the Otters 26-21. Dekoning made 19 saves for the Otters, which head to Barrie on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. preseason game.

Posted: September 2nd, 2013

The Erie Otters and Niagara IceDogs meet in the preseason for the second time in three days. This time, it will be a 2 p.m. matchup today at Jack Gatecliff Arena in St. Catharines, Ontario.
The Otters capped their week-long training camp Saturday with a 6-3 win against the IceDogs at Mercyhurst Ice Center in their first of six exhibition games. The highly anticipated line of Connor McDavid, Connor Brown and Andre Burakovsky combined for five goals and 14 points in the win.
McDavid, the OHL’s reigning rookie of the year, led the way with a goal and five assists. Brown had two goals and three assists. Burakovsky, the fifth overall pick in the 2013 CHL Import Draft, had two goals – including the game-winner – and an assist in his Otters debut.
After today’s game, the Otters conclude the preseason with three more games – at Barrie on Friday at 7:30 p.m., against Owen Sound on Sunday at 2 p.m. at P&H Centre in Hanover, Ontario, at Kitchener on Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and against Mississauga on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at Caledon East Arena in Caledon, Ontario.
In other news, eight players leave the club Tuesday to attend NHL rookie camps – Brown (Toronto), Burakovsky (Washington), Connor Crisp (Montreal), Oscar Dansk (Columbus), Troy Donnay (N.Y. Rangers), Stephen Harper (Philadelphia), Dane Fox (St. Louis) and Adam Pelech (N.Y. Islanders).
Dansk, Donnay and Fox are set to play in the NHL Prospects Tournament, which begins Thursday at Center Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.
Donnay and the Rangers face Carolina on Thursday at 3:30 p.m., followed by Fox and the Blues at 7 p.m. Dansk and the Blue Jackets play Carolina on Friday at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Rangers and Buffalo at 4 p.m. St. Louis meets Minnesota at 7 p.m. Donnay and Dansk will face off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Jackets-Rangers game. St. Louis faces Detroit at 7 p.m. The final day of games is next Monday.
Brown joins former Otters forwards David Broll and Greg McKegg in the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament, which begins Thursday with a 7 p.m. game against Chicago at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. The Maple Leafs face Pittsburgh on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Ottawa on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Burakovsky will attend the Capitals’ rookie camp from Thursday through next Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The camp ends with a game against Harper and the Flyers’ rookies next Monday at 3 p.m. The Flyers’ rookie camp runs from Friday through Sunday at The Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. Crisp will attend the Canadiens’ rookie camp from Thursday through next Monday at Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Quebec.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 31st, 2013

Free-agent LW Fabrizio Ricci has experienced the OHL before. He played a couple of preseason games with Barrie a season ago, and then was recalled by the Colts for five games in December.
Yet he caught the attention of Erie Otters officials over the summer. Ricci, who was released by the Colts after the 2012-13 season, played against an Otters team in the Carnevale summer league near his Toronto home. Then he was invited to Otters camp his agent contacted Dave Brown, Otters assistant manager of hockey operations.
Now after a strong performance in training camp this week, Ricci heads into his first game with the Otters – tonight’s exhibition opener against Niagara at Mercyhurst Ice Center – focused on making a good enough impression to earn a roster spot.
“It’s going to be really exciting,” Ricci, the lone free agent that’s expected to play tonight, said after today’s morning skate at MIC. “I’ve got to make a good impression. I have to show whatever I have to show.”
Fellow free agent Fs Cristiano DiGiacinto and Matt Marsden said they are scratched for tonight’s game. Yet they still appreciate the opportunity they have received this week. “It’s amazing. Coming into camp as a free agent, we didn’t expect much,” said Marsden, who initially thought he had been cut Friday after being told by club officials that there wasn’t a roster spot available for him. Marsden nearly left town Friday, yet he received a telephone call from Sherry Bassin, managing partner and general manager, about remaining in camp. Marsden is willing to do anything to stay with the club, even simply being a practice player. Yet perhaps and DiGiacinto will earn a chance to play in an upcoming preseason game. As DiGiacinto said, he’s “looking for the experience.”

- Victor Fernandes

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