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Posted: November 1st, 2012

Mercyhurst (0-2-1, 0-1-0 AHA) at Sacred Heart (0-4-1, 0-2-1)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m.
Where: Today at Northford Ice Pavilion – Northford, Conn.; Saturday at Webster Bank Arena – Bridgeport, Conn.
On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)
What to expect: Officials at Sacred Heart moved tonight’s game from Milford Ice Pavilion, located in Connecticut’s coastal town of Milford, reportedly because the effects of Hurricane Sandy knocked out power at the rink. Northford is 20 miles northeast of Milford. Saturday’s game remains in the coastal city of Bridgeport at Webster Bank Arena, home of the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. … Mercyhurst returns to Atlantic Hockey Association play after taking last weekend off. The Lakers haven’t played since losing 7-3 and tying 3-3 at nationally ranked Ferris State two weeks ago. … They continue a season-opening stretch of 11 straight road games. Six of the last eight games are against conference teams. … They swept both games from the Pioneers, 9-1 and 3-1, at Mercyhurst Ice Center a season ago. … The Lakers opened AHA play with a 2-1 loss at Niagara Oct. 13. … Sacred Heart lost 7-1 at Bentley Oct. 16 before losing once and tying once against Army two weeks ago. … The Pioneers lost 6-3 last Saturday against NCAA Division I newcomer Penn State, which features former Lakers Taylor Holstrom and Nate Jensen.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 12th, 2011

STORRS, Conn. – The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team’s season ended in overtime again.

Tom Janosz scored 11 minutes, 41 seconds into overtime, handed the Lakers a 4-3 loss to Connecticut in Game 2 of their Atlantic Hockey Association series at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Saturday night.

Janosz’s first goal of the season ended the Lakers’ season a year after a double-overtime goal eliminated the Lakers in Game 2 of a quarterfinal series against Canisius.

On this night, the Lakers (15-18-4) answered UConn’s three-goal second period, which broke open a scoreless tie, with three goals in a 6-minute span of the third period. Nate Jensen’s second goal of the season, scored on the power play sparked the comeback  6:09 into the period.

Scott Pitt moved the Lakers within a goal 18 seconds later. Then Mike Gurtler’s power-play goal completed the comeback with 7:49 left in regulation. Along the way, backup goaltender Max Strang stopped the first 11 shots he faced in relief of Erie native Ryan Zapolski.

Zapolski was pulled after allowing three goals in a 3-minute span late in the second. But Strang couldn’t stop Janosz on the game’s final shot. Mercyhurst outshot UConn 56-32 in the game. But Huskies goaltender Garrett Bartus made 53 saves.

Pitt had a goal and assist for the Lakers. Steve Bergin, Cole Schneider and Billy Latta each scored for the Huskies (15-17-4), which advance to the semifinals on Friday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y.

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule

Quarterfinals (best-of-three series)

Game 2 – Saturday

No. 4 Connecticut 4, No. 5 Mercyhurst 3, OT (UConn wins series 2-0)

No. 6 Canisius 3, No. 3 Holy Cross 2, OT (Series tied 1-1)

No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology 5, No. 8 American International 1 (RIT wins series 2-0)

No. 2 Air Force 4, No. 7 Sacred Heart 0 (Air Force wins series 2-0)

Note: Game 3 of each series, if necessary, is set for Sunday (same start times)

Game 3 – Sunday

Canisius (13-18-6) at Holy Cross (16-15-5), 7:05 p.m.

Semifinals – March 18

at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

No. 1 RIT (18-10-8) vs. lowest remaining seed, 4:05 p.m.

No. 2 Air Force (18-11-6) vs. highest remaining seed, 60 minutes after completion of Game 1

Championship game – March 19

at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.


Connecticut 4, Mercyhurst 3 (OT)

Mercyhurst  0  0  3  0  —  3

Connecticut  0  3  0  1  —  4

1st Period — None. Penalties — Sims (C) boarding, :30; Pitt (M) interference, 13:58; Krispel (C) slashing, 19:02.

2nd Period — 1. Connecticut, Steve Bergin 3 (Krispel, Ambrosie), 12:30. 2. Connecticut, Cole Schneider 12 (Ranallo), 13:39. 3. Connecticut, Billy Latta 11 (Cooper, Winter), 15:34. Penalties — Raven (M) roughing, 1:55; Schneider (C) cross checking, 6:32; Terminesi (M) roughing, 11:38; Harris (C) roughing, 11:38; Blakey (M) 5-min. major, 16:47; Ranallo (C) high sticking, 17:50; Cooper (C) high sticking, 18:54.

3rd Period — 4. Mercyhurst, Nate Jensen 2 (Chiasson, Pitt), 6:09 (pp). 5. Mercyhurst, Scott Pitt 19 (Goebel, Holstrom), 6:27. 6. Mercyhurst, Mike Gurtler 10 (Blakey), 12:11. Penalties — Carkin (M) cross checking, 2:02; O’Donoghue (M) hitting after whistle, 2:02; Olson (C) hitting after whistle, 2:02; Janosz (C) holding, 6:01; Sapieha (C) tripping, 10:33.

Overtime — 7. Connecticut, Tom Janosz 1 (Ambrosie), 11:41. Penalties — None.

Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 14-16-19-7—56; Connecticut, 9-11-4-8—32.

Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Ryan Zapolski (20 shots, 17 saves), Max Strang 2-1-0 (12 shots, 11 saves); Connecticut, Garrett Bartus 14-14-4 (56 shots, 53 saves).

Power plays — Mercyhurst (2-6), Connecticut (0-4).

Referees — James Troup, Shayne Ferrier. Linesmen — Brendan Blanchard, Bryan Goodwin.

Attendance — 157.

Posted: February 18th, 2011

This time, the Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team let two valuable points disappear.

A week after squandering a late two-goal lead in a tie with Robert Morris, the Lakers allowed a late one-goal edge vanish in a 5-3 loss to Air Force in front of 846 at Mercyhurst Ice Center Friday night.

The Falcons (13-11-6, 11-7-6) scored three times in two minutes late in the third period to secure the Atlantic Hockey Association win. Jason Fabian’s goal tied the score at 3 with 2:06 left. John Kruse snapped the tie 49 seconds later. Then Scott Kozlak scored into an empty net with 23 seconds left.

Mercyhurst (13-14-4, 11-1-12) took a 3-2 lead on Paul Chiasson’s goal with 5:23 left. But the Lakers couldn’t hold on to that lead as their winless streak reached three games.

Chiasson had a goal and assist while Scott Pitt added three assists for the Lakers. Nate Jensen had his first collegiate goal and an assist. Erie native Ryan Zapolski made 39 saves for the Lakers.

The teams finish the three-game season series at 7:05 p.m. today at MIC.


Air Force 5, Mercyhurst 3

Air Force  0  2  3 —  5

Mercyhurst  1  1  1  —  3

1st Period — 1. Mercyhurst, Nate Jensen 1 (Holstrom, Pitt), 8:38 (pp). Penalties — Cure (M) tripping, 2:39; Bertsch (A) tripping, 8:18; McKenzie (A) holding, 18:16; Kirby (A) boarding, 19:35.

2nd Period — 2. Air Force, Casey Kleisinger 3 (Weisgarber, McKenzie), 8:17. 3. Air Force, Tony Thomas 6 (Kruse, McKenzie), 9:27 (pp). 4. Mercyhurst, Nick Jones 5 (Chiasson, Pitt), 14:46. Penalties — Terminesi (M) hooking, 8:59; Kozlak (A) holding, 11:23; McKenzie (A) hooking, 15:15; Elliott (M) tripping, 17:22.

3rd Period — 5. Mercyhurst, Paul Chiasson 15 (Pitt, Jensen), 14:27. 6. Air Force, Jason Fabian 8 (Weisgarber, Kleisinger), 17:54. 7. Air Force, John Kruse 9 (Fabian), 18:43. 8. Air Force, Scott Kozlak 4 (Fabian, Bertsch), 19:37 (en). Penalties — None.

Shots on goal — Air Force, 8-21-15—44; Mercyhurst, 12-16-15—43.

Goaltenders — Air Force, Jason Torf 10-8-4 (43 shots, 40 saves); Mercyhurst, Ryan Zapolski 11-11-3 (43 shots, 39 saves).

Power plays — Air Force (1-3), Mercyhurst (1-5).

Referees — Jason Ellis, Jay Dufree. Linesmen — Aaron Wallace, Kyle Allen.

Attendance — 846.

Posted: February 12th, 2011

The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team allowed a valuable point to slip away Saturday night.

The Lakers squandered a two-goal lead in the final two minutes of regulation before settling for a 4-4 Atlantic Hockey Association tie with Robert Morris at Mercyhurst Ice Center.

RMU (17-9-5, 12-7-5 AHA) erased that 4-2 deficit by scoring twice in a span of 57 seconds with goaltender Brooks Ostergard pulled for an extra attacker. Trevor Lewis scored off a rebound of Denny Urban’s shot to pull the Colonials within 4-3 with 1:58 left. Then with 1:01 left, Urban and Adam Brace assisted on Lewis’ tying goal. The teams failed to score in the five-minute overtime.

The Lakers (13-13-4, 11-10-1) and Colonials exchanged goals in the opening two minutes. RMU’s Furman South scored off a rebound a minute after Mercyhurst’s Phil Ginand scored on assists from Ryan Raven and Nate Jensen.

But a key sequence late in the period allowed the Lakers to take a two-goal lead into the second period.

Senior captain Scott Pitt scored his 13th goal of the season to snap the tie with 2:40 left. As teammates celebrated the goal, sophomore forward Paul Chiasson scuffled with a fallen RMU player in front of the Colonials’ net. Ostergard intervened, sparking a multi-player altercation.

Chiasson received a 10-minute misconduct. Yet the Lakers received a power play because of Ostergard’s two-minute roughing penalty. Thirty-eight seconds later, junior forward Derek Elliott scored with the man advantage, with assists from Mike Gurtler and Jeff  Terminesi, to hand the Lakers a 3-1 lead.

The Colonials capitalized on a power play late in the second, as Colin South deflected Urban’s point shot past Lakers goaltender Ryan Zapolski, an Erie native, to slice RMU’s deficit to 3-2 at the 15:36 mark.

But 38 seconds later, the Lakers responded on Pitt’s second goal of the game for a 4-2 lead.

Yet RMU overcame a disallowed goal with 2:13 left in the third, which would have moved the Colonials within a goal, to cap a dominant final period with their pair of stunning goals. They outshot the Lakers 15-6 in the period. Mercyhurst finished with a 40-37 advantage overall.

- Victor Fernandes


Mercyhurst 4, Robert Morris 4

Robert Morris  1  1  2  0  —  4

Mercyhurst  3  1  0  0  —  4

1st Period — 1. Mercyhurst, Phil Ginand 12 (Raven, Jensen), :35. 2. RMU, Furman South 6 (Blandina, Chiavetta), 1:36. 3. Mercyhurst, Scott Pitt 13 (Terminesi, Holstrom), 17:20. 4. Mercyhurst, Derek Elliott 4 (Gurtler, Terminesi), 17:58 (pp). Penalties — Blandina (R) checking from behind, 5:26; Ostergard (R) roughing (served by C. South), 17:20; Chiasson (M) 10-min. misconduct, 17:20.

2nd Period — 5. RMU, Colin South 5 (Urban, Longpre), 15:36 (pp). 6. Mercyhurst, Pitt 14 (Holstrom, Chiasson), 16:02. Penalties — Noble (M) tripping, 4:41; RMU, too many men (served by C. South), 6:43; Hervato (R) high sticking, 9:25; Cramer (R) cross checking, 12:06; Elliott (M) boarding, 14:33; Noble (M) slashing, 18:18.

3rd Period — 7. RMU, Trevor Lewis 8 (Urban, Brace), 18:02. 8. RMU, Lewis 9 (Urban, Brace), 18:59. Penalties — Hervato (R) boarding, 9:30.

Overtime — None. Penalties — Cramer (R) goaltender interference, 3:26; Ginand (M) slashing, 3:26.

Shots on goal — RMU, 11-9-15-2—37; Mercyhurst, 18-12-6-4—40.

Goaltenders — RMU, Brooks Ostergard 13-6-2 (40 shots, 36 saves); Mercyhurst, Ryan Zapolski 11-10-3 (37 shots, 33 saves).

Power plays — RMU (1-3), Mercyhurst (1-6).

Attendance — 793.

Posted: July 21st, 2010

Rick Gotkin (Contributed/

Nine student-athletes have agreed to continue their playing careers with the Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team this fall, head coach Rick Gotkin announced today. The class of 2014, consisting of six forwards and three defensemen, will join 17 players returning from a team that finished 15-20-3 in 2009-10.

“We’re very excited about this year’s recruiting class,” Gotkin said. “We felt we really addressed our team’s needs for both the short term and long term. We feel a lot of these players will make an immediate impact this season.”
The class of 2014 brings together student-athletes from five different junior hockey leagues ranging across the United States and Canada. Geographically, three of the incoming freshmen hail from the state of New York, while two others come to Erie, Pa., from Minnesota. Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California and Ontario each supply Gotkin with one player.
Freshmen Randy Cure (Bloomington, Minn. / Springfield Jr. BluesNorth American Hockey League), Trent Frey (River Falls, Wisc. / Springfield Jr. Blues – NAHL), Taylor Holstrom (Yorba Linda, Calif. / Youngstown PhantomsUnited States Hockey League), Nate Jensen (Shorewood, Minn. / Tri-City Storm – USHL), Nick Jones (Cranberry Township, Pa. / Jersey HitmenEastern Junior Hockey League), Kyle Just (Arnprior, Ontario / Pembroke LumberkingsCentral Junior Hockey League), John Mousso (Greece, N.Y. / Bridgewater Bandits – EJHL), Dan O’Donaghue (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. / Des Moines Buccaneers – USHL) and Rudy Sulmonte (Woodhaven, N.Y. / New Jersey RocketsAtlantic Junior Hockey League) all come to Mercyhurst after accomplishing a great deal at the junior level.
Cure, a 6-foot 3 inch, 200-pound defenseman, joins the Lakers after spending two seasons with the Springfield Jr. Blues. In 41 games last season, he netted three goals and nine assists for 12 points while maintaining a –9 plus / minus rating.
Frey, a 6 foot, 190-pound forward, reunites with Cure as Blues teammate on the Mercyhurst roster this fall. During the 2008-09 season, Frey led the league with 35 goals and ranked third on his team with 52 points, earning himself a spot in the NAHL All-Star Game. His final season saw his production slip due to injuries, scoring 11 goals and accumulating 21 points through 42 games.
Holstrom, a 5 foot 9 inch, 170-pound forward, comes to Mercyhurst via the Youngstown Phantoms. In 2009-10, Holstrom found the back of the net 11 times and dished out 22 assists for 33 points. For his efforts he was named an all-star, joining Team CCM at the 2010 USHL All-Star Game.
Jensen, a 6 foot, 180-pound defenseman, makes his move to Erie after playing for the Tri-City Storm last season. An offensive defenseman, Jensen scored seven goals and added 20 assists for 27 points to rank first in defensemen scoring on the Storm and top-10 in the league.
Jones, a 6 foot 3 inch, 200-pound defenseman, played in 95 games over the past two seasons with the EJHL’s Jersey Hitmen. He made 50 appearances during the 2008-09 season when the Hitmen won the Dineen Championship and, most recently, contributed five goals and 20 assists in 45 games this past season.
Just, a 5 foot 11 inch, 190-pound forward, recorded 33 goals and 54 assists through 55 regular-season games with the Pembroke Lumber Kings in 2009-10. At the end of the 2008-09 campaign he exploded with 14 goals and eight assists in 18 playoff games, earning the league playoff MVP award. A two-time all-star selection, Just also led Team Canada East in scoring at the World Junior A Challenge in 2010.
Mousso, a 5 foot 11 inch, 190-pound forward, led the Bridgewater Bandits in scoring, tallying a team-leading 17 goals and 30 assists for 47 points through 43 games. An EJHL All-Star, he also competed with his high school team his junior season at the Bowman Cup, a New York State all-star game held at the HSBC Arena between the best players from Rochester and Buffalo.
O’Donaghue, a 6 foot 5 inch, 200-pound forward, scored six goals and added two assists for the Des Moines Buccaneers in 2009-10. A season earlier, he played for the New York Bobcats of the AJHL and became one of the team’s top players, showcasing his talents with the MVP award of the 2009 AJHL All-Star Game.
Sulmonte, a 5 foot 9 inch, 180-pound forward, was the fourth leading scorer in the AJHL last season, tallying 32 goals and 70 points through 40 games with the New Jersey Rockets. A true freshman to be at Mercyhurst, Sulmonte was ranked in the National Hockey League Central Scouting’s watch list and was invited to the New York Islanders’ developmental camp earlier this month.
With the additions, Mercyhurst will have 26 players – 16 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders – at for the 2010-11 season.
- From Mercyhurst College news release
Erik Kaminski
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Mercyhurst College
501 E. 38th Street
Erie, Pa. 16546
Phone: (814) 824-3338
Mobile: (412) 302-1278
Fax: (814) 824-2591

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