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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: July 11th, 2013

Rick Gotkin heads into the 2013-14 season – his 26th as Mercyhurst men’s hockey coach – with another schedule filled with quality opponents.
The Lakers, which a season ago fell one win shy of capturing their first Atlantic Hockey Association title and NCAA Division I tournament berth since 2005, opens the regular season Oct. 11 at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis against host Minnesota – one of the nation’s most prestigious programs – in one of the nation’s premier events, the Ice Breaker Tournament. They conclude the two-day tournament Oct. 12 against either Clarkson or New Hampshire.
The Lakers play their home opener Oct. 15 at Mercyhurst Ice Center against Ferris State, which reached the national title game two seasons ago. Then they travel for a pair of two-game, non-conference series at Merrimack (Oct. 18-19) and Alaska (Oct. 25-26). They also have Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Nov. 22-23 at MIC) and Ohio State (Dec. 28-29 in Columbus, Ohio) on the non-conference schedule. Gotkin said a potential outdoor game against the Buckeyes at Progressive Field in Cleveland won’t be held for what he called unknown reasons. The game was tentatively announced last summer but was never finalized.
Mercyhurst opens the AHA schedule Nov. 2 against Air Force at MIC. They face a challenging stretch in conference in the second half, with trips to Air Force (Feb. 7-8) and Rochester Institute of Technology (Feb. 14-15) followed by a home-and-home series with defending regular-season champion Niagara (Feb. 21-22). They finish the regular season with a home-and-home series against Robert Morris Feb. 28 and March 1.
The AHA playoffs begin March 7 and conclude with the semifinals and title game March 21 and 22, respectively, at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y.

Posted: April 27th, 2012


Millcreek Township native Bryan Sienerth has chosen to attend the USHL Combine over the Erie Otters’ orientation camp this weekend, his father, Rick, confirmed Friday.
“We felt that he needed the exposure to keep all of his hockey options open,” Rick Sienerth said in a text message, referring to USHL Futures Draft, the draft for 1996-born players, which will be held Tuesday. “He is only 16, so NCAA eligibility is still very important. And since the USHL is the Tier I league (in the United States), that keeps (eligibility) intact. We opted to keep that door open.”
Sienerth, a Cathedral Prep sophomore who played for the Pittsburgh Hornets’ U16 team this past season, has received interest from Division I programs at Harvard, Merrimack and Notre Dame.
He could be selected in the draft, Rick Sienerth said. He has been contacted by several USHL clubs. The Otters chose him in the 13th round of the OHL Priority Selection April 7.
He plans to attend the Otters’ main camp in August, Rick Sienerth said.

Posted: October 18th, 2010

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Mercyhurst College and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, a former Central Collegiate Hockey Association rival will join the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves and host Alaska Nanooks in the 2011 Brice Alaska Goal Rush at the Center.

The Nanooks defeated the Mercyhurst Lakers of the Atlantic Hockey Association in the inaugural Brice in 2008 and during a 12-season rivalry with Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, the Nanooks compiled a 22-16-11 record, including a 10-10-5 mark in Omaha.

Nebraska Omaha is in its inaugural season in the 12-team Western Collegiate Hockey Association, which includes UAA. The 2012 Brice is scheduled to have the North Dakota Fighting Sioux of the WCHA and the Merrimack Warriors of Hockey East. Alaska lost 3-1 to No. 2-ranked North Dakota in the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage on Oct. 9. The 14th-ranked Nanooks captured their second Brice title on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado College Tigers of the WCHA.

- From Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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