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Posted: April 11th, 2014
Mercyhurst senior forward Daniel O’Donoghue signed a contract with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes today. (Contributed/Mercyhurst University)

Mercyhurst’s Daniel O’Donoghue turned the best season of his college hockey career into a NHL contract Friday.

The senior forward signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, and will join the club’s AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates in Portland, Maine, as early as this weekend. The Pirates play in Manchester, N.H., against the Monarchs tonight before returning home to face the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday.

“It’s a great feeling, and I’m very excited,” O’Donoghue said in a statement. “I have a lot of emotions running through me right now – anxious, excited, nervous. … It’s been a long time coming, and I’m excited just to get my foot in the door.”

He set career highs with 15 goals, 28 assists and 43 points in 38 games. He finished his four-year career with 119 points (45 goals, 74 assists). He’s one of 16 players in the school’s NCAA Division I history to reach the 100-point mark, and of five to sign professional contracts. The others are Jody Robinson (New York Islanders), T.J. Kemp (Edmonton Oilers), Jamie Hunt (Washington Capitals) and Cullen Eddy (Philadelphia Flyers). Hunt is the lone player to play in a NHL regular-season game (2006-07).

“Our season ended almost a month ago, and I thought it would go a little quicker than this,” O’Donoghue said. “But it all worked out in the end.”

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: January 14th, 2014

Mercyhurst junior Jimmy Sarjeant was named Atlantic Hockey Association’s goaltender of the week for the fourth time this season on Tuesday. He stopped 87-of-89 shots in a two-game conference sweep at Holy Cross this past weekend, headlined by a career-high 51 saves in his first collegiate shutout – a 1-0 win Friday night.
He had the most saves by a Laker in a shutout since the program joined NCAA Division I in the 1999-2000 season. He also had the most in a game by a Laker since Erie’s Ryan Zapolski stopped 63 in a 5-4 double-overtime loss to Canisius on March 13, 2010, the most in a non-overtime game since Jordan Wakefield‘s 52 saves in a 3-1 loss at Air Force on Jan. 6, 2007, and the most in a regular-season game since Matt Lundin‘s 51 stops in a 3-2 overtime loss to Rochester Institute of Technology on Nov. 17, 2007.
Sarjeant has a 13-4-2 record, 2.42 goals-against average and .930 save percentage this season, including a 11-0-1 mark, 1.74 goals-against average and .950 save percentage in AHA games. He has led the Lakers to a 13-9-2 record overall and to the top of the conference standings with an 11-1-1 mark.

Posted: January 9th, 2014

Mercyhurst (11-9-2, 9-1-1 AHA) at Holy Cross (4-13-2, 3-7-2)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Hart Center – Worcester, Mass.
On the air: (live stream), (audio broadcast & real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to add to the best start in their Atlantic Hockey Association history and the second-best conference start in program history (9-0-2 in the 2000-01 season while playing in the MAAC Hockey League). … Last weekend, the conference-leading Lakers swept a two-game series at Army last weekend for the first time since Feb. 13-14, 2004. … Last Saturday’s win was the 464th of head coach Rick Gotkin‘s career, which moved him among the top 25 coaches in all divisions. … Mercyhurst split a two-game series in the regular season a year ago before ending the Crusaders’ season with a three-game series win in the AHA quarterfinals. The Lakers are 17-6-1 all-time at Hart Center and have a 29-13-5 overall lead in the series… Junior Fs Matt Zay (12 goals, 19 assists, 31 points) and Ryan Misiak (7-16-23) and senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (10-19-29) have combined for 83 points, which ranks second only to Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold (91 points) in NCAA Division I. The Lakers are one of only seven schools with three 20-plus point scorers. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant has a 9-0-1 record, 1.89 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in conference games this season. … The Lakers are 9-0-0 in AHA play when allowing two goals or fewer, but 0-1-1 when more than two. … The Lakers lead the nation with eight short-handed goals. They have scored seven of those goals in AHA games while allowing only seven power-play goals. … Zay has three short-handed goals, which is tied for the national lead. … Sophomore D Anthony Mastrodicasa (upper body) could play this weekend. Senior F Trent Frey (upper body) is out indefinitely. … Holy Cross has lost four straight games and are winless in the past six games. … One of the Crusaders’ four wins was on the road against No. 5 BC, and they have eight games by two goals or fewer. … They have scored three goals or fewer in 15-of-19 games. … Junior G Matt Ginn has played in all 19 games, posting a 2.94 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. … They were swept by Canisius in a two-game series at home last weekend.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 20th, 2013

Former Mercyhurst University men’s hockey player Paul Chiasson has signed with the San Francisco Bulls, the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks.
“Paul is a very fast and tenacious right winger,” Bulls president and head coach Pat Curcio said in a prepared statement. “He shoots the puck well in stride and has always scored a lot of goals.”
Chiasson, a native of Toronto, Ontario, who graduated this past spring with a degree in business management, finished his four-year career with 109 points (55 goals, 54 assists) in 151 games. The forward ranks 10th on the school’s career NCAA Division I scoring list and tied for fifth in career goals. He’s one of 15 players in school history to reach the 100-point mark. He had 15 goals and 27 points a senior a season ago.

Posted: July 11th, 2013

The Mercyhurst-Cornell women’s hockey rivalry will continue in the 2013-14 season. The Lakers and Big Red meet for a two-game, non-conference series Jan. 10-11 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Those matchups headline the Lakers’ schedule, which begins early – Sept. 21 and 28 – with exhibition games at MIC against Western Ontario and the Whitby Wildcats of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. The regular season opens at home Oct. 5 against Ohio State.
They also have non-conference games at Providence (Oct. 12-13), Clarkson (Oct. 18-19) and Minnesota State-Mankato (Jan. 17-18) and at home against Maine (Oct. 25-26). In between, the Lakers face Cornell for the first time since a 4-3 overtime win this past March in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals, which sent Mercyhurst to the Frozen Four for the third time in program history. The Lakers lost to Boston University in the semifinals to finish the season at 29-7-1.
They begin the College Hockey America schedule Nov. 8 at Robert Morris. The Lakers play their first conference home game Nov. 15 against Syracuse. They conclude the regular season at home Feb. 21-22 against CHA foe Lindenwood. The conference playoffs run from Feb. 28 to March 8.

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: June 13th, 2013

Millcreek Township native Bryan Sienerth, who played for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite’s Under-16 hockey club this past season, has verbally committed to Miami University, a NCAA Division I school in Oxford, Ohio. Sienerth, 17, chose the RedHawks over scholarship offers from Dartmouth and Mercyhurst.
Sienerth also had interest from other schools both in and out of the Ivy League. “I pretty much fell in love (with the school) as soon as I got there,” Sienerth said of Miami. He credited advice from Justin Mercier, a Millcreek Township native and former Miami standout who has played professionally in the NHL (Colorado Avalanche) and overseas, for helping him make his decision. “Everything fell into place,” Sienerth said.
Sienerth would join the RedHawks as part of the incoming freshman class for the 2015-16 season or 2016-17 season, depending on how well he plays in the next two seasons. He will play for the Penguins Elite’s Under-18 team next season, and possibly some games for the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Stampede, which selected Sienerth in the eighth round of the United States Hockey League draft last month. He hopes to play full time for Sioux Falls in the 2014-15 season.
The Erie Otters chose him in the 13th round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. He attended training camp in Ancaster, Ontario, last August as well as the club’s rookie development camp a month ago. He hasn’t ruled out the OHL in the future, since NCAA players can leave school to play at the major junior level.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 26th, 2013

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team will open the 2013-14 season by playing in the prestigious Ice Breaker Tournament for the first time. The 17-year-old event, which will be held Oct. 11-12 at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, also will include Clarkson and New Hampshire and the host Gophers. The four teams in the field have reached a combined 89 NCAA Division I tournaments. Minnesota and New Hampshire made the national playoffs this past season.

Posted: September 29th, 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team didn’t start fast this time around.
The 10th-ranked Lakers didn’t score in the first period after scoring twice in the opening 18 seconds in Friday’s season opener.
But the Lakers responded strong in the final two periods of a 7-0 College Hockey America win against Rochester Institute of Technology Saturday afternoon in front of 630 at James Ritter Memorial Ice Arena. Mercyhurst (2-0-0, 2-0-0 CHA) swept the season-opening series from the Tigers (0-2-0, 0-2-0), which are in their first season as a NCAA Division I program.
Freshman Emily Janiga provided the offensive spark with the first three goals and four points of her collegiate career. She snapped a scoreless tie 8 minutes, 15 seconds into the second period, and scored again 5 minutes later. She also assisted on Shelby Bram‘s goal that opened a 3-0 lead with 1:13 left in the period.
Janiga capped her first career hat trick 6:31 into the third. Christine Bestland scored twice in the period – her second and third goals of the season – and added two assists for a four-point outing. Kelsey Welch, one of three transfers from Niagara, scored her first goal as a Laker. Fellow transfers Jenna Hendrikx and Kaleigh Chippy had an assist apiece. Molly Byrne and Vaila Higson each had two assists for the Lakers, which went 3-for-9 on the power play after failing on all eight chances Friday.
Senior goaltender Stephanie Ciampa stopped all 17 shots she faced for her first career shutout in her sixth career start. The Lakers head to Hamden, Conn., next weekend for a two-game non-conference series at Quinnipiac.

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