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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 17th, 2014

EASTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga
Game 1 – Friday at Oshawa, 7:35 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Oshawa, 6:05 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 at Oshawa, 7:35 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Mississauga, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Oshawa, 7:05 p.m.*

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Game 1 – Friday at North Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at North Bay, 2 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 ay North Bay, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Niagara, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at North Bay, 7 p.m.*

No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Game 1 – Friday at Kingston, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Kingston, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 at Kingston, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Peterborough, 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Kingston, 7 p.m.*

No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Game 1 – Thursday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 3 – March 25 at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – March 27 at Sudbury, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – March 28 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6 – March 30 at Sudbury, 7 p.m.*
Game 7 – April 1 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*

* If necessary

Posted: March 16th, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team will have a rematch with Canisius in the Atlantic Hockey Association’s final four – this time in Friday’s 4:05 p.m. semifinal at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. The Golden Griffins ended the Lakers’ 2012-13 season by handing them a 7-2 loss in the title game.
No. 5 Robert Morris will meet No. 6 Niagara in the other semifinal, set for approximately one hour after the first game. The Purple Eagles beat third-seeded Air Force 4-3 in OT in Game 3 tonight.

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
March 14-16 at higher-seeded team

No. 1 Mercyhurst def. No. 8 Holy Cross, 2-0
No. 7 Canisius def. No. 2 Bentley, 2-1
No. 6 Niagara def. No. 3 Air Force, 2-1
No. 5 Robert Morris def. No. 4 Connecticut, 2-0
Semifinals – Friday
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. No. 7 Canisius (18-20-3), 4:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (19-18-5) vs. No. 6 Niagara (17-19-5), approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – Saturday
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Mercyhurst-Canisius winner vs. RMU-Niagara winner, 7:05 p.m.

Posted: March 16th, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team finds out their semifinal opponent in next weekend’s Atlantic Hockey Association final four late tonight. Two series face a Game 3 tonight – No. 7 Canisius-No. 2 Bentley and No. 3 Air Force-No. 6 Niagara.
The top-seeded Lakers (21-12-7), which swept No. 8 Holy Cross this weekend, will face the lowest-remaining seed – either No. 5 Robert Morris, No. 6 Niagara or No. 7 Canisius on Friday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., either at 4:05 p.m. or approximately one hour after the opening game. The championship game is set for Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Check back here tonight for an updated tournament schedule…

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
Friday-Today

No. 8 Holy Cross at No. 1 Mercyhurst
Game 1 – Mercyhurst 5, Holy Cross 4, OT
Game 2 – Mercyhurst 4, Holy Cross 1
Mercyhurst wins series 2-0

No. 7 Canisius (16-19-3) at No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4)
Game 1 – Bentley 4, Canisius 3, OT
Game 2 – Canisius 5, Bentley 4, 2OT
Game 3 – Today at 7:05 p.m.
Series tied 1-1

No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4) vs. No. 6 Niagara (15-18-5)
Game 1 – Air Force 2, Niagara 1
Game 2 – Niagara 4, Air Force 3
Game 3 – Today at 9:05 p.m.
Series tied 1-1

No. 5 Robert Morris at No. 4 Connecticut
Game 1 – RMU 3, Connecticut 0
Game 2 – RMU 3, Connecticut 2
RMU wins series 2-0

Semifinals – Next Friday
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

(Games set for for 4:05 p.m. and approximately 1 hour after first game)
No. 1 Mercyhurst (21-12-7) vs. lowest-remaining seed (either RMU, Niagara or Canisius)
No. 5 Robert Morris (19-18-5) vs. higher seed (either Mercyhurst, Bentley or Air Force)
Championship game – Next Saturday
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
* Game 3 is set for Sunday, if necessary

Posted: March 13th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
Today-Sunday*

(All games begin at 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
No. 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7)
No. 7 Canisius (16-19-3) at No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4)
No. 6 Niagara (15-18-5) at No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4), 9:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (17-18-5) at No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4)
Semifinals – March 21
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Quarterfinal winners, 4:05 p.m. and approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – March 22
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
* Game 3 is set for Sunday, if necessary

Vic’s picks
Quarterfinals
Mercyhurst def. Holy Cross, 2-0
Canisius def. Bentley, 2-0
Air Force def. Niagara 2-0
Connecticut def. Robert Morris, 2-1
Semifinals
Mercyhurst def. Canisius
Air Force def. Connecticut
Championship game
Mercyhurst def. Air Force

Posted: March 6th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
First round (best-of-3 series)
(All games begin at 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Friday through Sunday*

No. 5 Robert Morris 8-2-3, No. 12 Army 4-4-1 (RMU wins series 2-1)
No. 6 Niagara 1-4, No. 11 American International 0 (2OT)-2 (Niagara wins series 2-0)
No. 7 Canisius 3-5, No. 10 Sacred Heart 0-0 (Canisius wins series 2-0)
No. 9 Rochester Institute of Technology 3-1-2, No. 8 Holy Cross 2 (OT)-5-3 (OT) (Holy Cross wins series 2-1)
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
March 14-16

No 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7), 7:05 p.m.
No. 7 Canisius (16-19-3) at No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4), TBD
No. 6 Niagara (15-18-5) at No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4), TBD
No. 5 Robert Morris (17-18-5) at No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4), TBD
Semifinals – March 21
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Quarterfinal winners, 4:05 p.m. and approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – March 22
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.

* Game 3s on Sunday (if necessary)
# Game 3 would begin at 5:05 p.m.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament
First round (best-of-3 series)

(All games start at 7:05 p.m., unless otherwise noted)
Friday – Game 1
No. 12 Army (5-26-0, 5-22-0) at No. 5 Robert Morris (13-16-5, 13-9-5)
No. 11 American International (10-23-1, 9-17-1) at No. 6 Niagara (11-18-5, 11-11-5)
No. 10 Sacred Heart (12-22-0, 11-16-0) at No. 7 Canisius (12-19-3, 11-13-3)
No. 9 Rochester Institute of Technology (11-18-5, 10-14-3) at No. 8 Holy Cross (12-19-3, 11-13-3), TBD
Saturday – Game 2
Army at RMU
AIC at Niagara
Sacred Heart at Canisius
RIT at Holy Cross, TBD
Note: Game 3s, if necessary, are set for Sunday at times TBD. No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7, 17-4-6), No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4, 16-7-4), No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4, 15-9-3) and No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4, 15-9-3) earned first-round byes and home-ice advantage in the best-of-3 quarterfinal series on March 14-16.

Posted: February 21st, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team managed a 3-3 tie with Niagara in Atlantic Hockey Association action tonight at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
But it was a subpar performance from the first-place Lakers, who still can clinch the AHA’s regular-season title with a win over the Purple Eagles and losses by Bentley and Robert Morris to Sacred Heart and Canisius, respectively, on Saturday. Head coach Rick Gotkin said that – and more – in a rather animated post-game interview.

Posted: February 21st, 2014

Mercyhurst (17-12-5, 15-4-4 AHA) vs. Niagara (10-16-4, 10-9-4)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Today – Mercyhurst Ice Center; Saturday – Dwyer Arena, Niagara University, N.Y.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com & www.purpleagles.com (live audio & real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst heads into this home-and-home series with a two-point lead over runner-up Bentley in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. The Lakers conclude the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against Robert Morris. … The Lakers rebounded from being swept in a two-game series at Air Force two weeks ago by sweeping a series last weekend at Rochester Institute of Technology for the first time ever at Frank Ritter Arena and the first time against the Tigers since the 1990-91 season. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body) made 43 saves in a 6-2 win last Saturday in his return to the lineup from a three-week layoff. Head coach Rick Gotkin was leaning towards Sarjeant against the Purple Eagles this weekend. … Senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (11 goals, 23 assists, 34 points) rejoined the lineup after missing the previous two series with an upper-body injury. … Junior F Nardo Nagtzaam (7-8-15) has four goals and nine points in six games since returning from a lower-body injury. He has teamed with sophomore F Kyle Cook (9-6-15) and freshman F Kyle Dutra (5-15-20) on a consistently strong line. … The Purple Eagles are sixth in the AHA standings, four behind fifth-place RMU and one ahead of seventh-place Canisius. … They have rebounded from a 0-7 record in non-conference play. … They have relied on two freshmen Gs – Jackson Teichroeb (4-10-2 record, 2.96 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and Adrian Ignagni (6-6-2, 3.15, .900).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 1st, 2013

Air Force
Record: 4-2-0, 2-0-0 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Chad Demers (2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points), Jr. F Cole Gunner (5-3-8), Sr. G Jason Torf (4-2-0, 2.87 goals-against average, .897 save percentage), Jr. D Alex Halloran (0-4-4)
What to watch: The Falcons are known for discipline, teamwork and toughness. They have a talented team too, led by Demers and Gunner up front and a veteran in Torf anchoring the defense. They also know how to win, given their five conference championships in the past seven years (2007-09, 2011-12).

American International
Record: 1-1, 1-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. F Blake Peake (1-1-2), Jr. F Nathan Sliwinski (1-1-2), Jr. F Jason Popek (1-1-2), Jr. F Brandon Fagerheim (1-1-2)
What to watch: The Yellow Jackets are known for being perennial doormats in the conference. But they also are known for giving teams with more skill – teams like Mercyhurst – difficult battles on most nights. AIC beat Sacred Heart 4-1 in its AHA opener last weekend.

Army
Record: 0-2-0, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Jr. G Rob Tadazak (0-2-0, 3.02, .921), So. F Willie Faust (1-1-2), Jr, D Mac Lalor (1-0-1), Fr. F C.J. Reuschlein (1-0-1)
What to watch for: The Black Knights returned 10 of their top 11 scorers from a season, with leading scorer Andy Starczewski (11-15-26) being the only departure. Now they need to learn how to win. They have won 10 conference games – and 11 games overall – the past two seasons, and they’re still searching for their first win of the season.

Bentley
Record: 1-5-0, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. F Brett Gensler (2-1-3), Jr. D Steve Weinstein (0-5-5), Fr. F Max French (2-2-4) Jr. F Alex Grieve (3-1-4), Sr. G Branden Komm (1-5-0, 3.20, .913)
What to watch: The Falcons have gotten off to a slow start. But they still have Gensler, one of the nation’s top players, and French, the reigning conference player of the month, as well as the experience of a challenging non-conference schedule (Harvard, Maine, Merrimack, Nebraska-Omaha and 2013 national finalist Quinnipiac).

Canisius
Record: 1-2-0, 0-2-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. D Ben Danford (0-5-5), Soph. F Ralph Cuddemi (2-3-5, former Erie Otters draft pick), Sr. F Kyle Gibbons (2-1-3), Sr. G Tony Capobianco (0-2-0, 4.06, .896)
What to watch: Don’t let the early-season record fool you. The Golden Griffins followed conference losses to Niagara and Air Force with a win at then-No. 17 Denver last weekend before heading to Oxford, Ohio, this weekend to face No. 6 Miami (Ohio). And don’t be fooled by Capobianco’s slow start in net. He’s a big reason why Canisius won the AHA title as a 7th seed a season ago.

Connecticut
Record: 0-2-1, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. G Matt Grogan (0-2-1, 3.27, .922), Sr. F Jordan Sims (2-1-3), Sr. F Billy Latta (1-1-2), Jr. D Jacob Poe (0-2-2)
What to watch: The Huskies head to the Hockey East Association next season. But for now, they are looking for their first AHA title since 2000. Grogan will be a key to UConn having a memorable final year.

Holy Cross
Record: 0-5-0, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: So. D Jake Bolton (1-2-3), Sr. F Shayne Stockton (1-1-2), Sr. F Adam Schmidt (1-1-2), Jr. G Matt Ginn (0-5-0, 3.64, .904)
What to watch: The Crusaders are struggling to score goals, with two goals or fewer in their first five games and eight in all. But 19th-year head coach Paul Pearl, who has 283 career wins, knows how to get this team to reach its potential.

Mercyhurst
Record: 1-5-1, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Matthew Zay (3-4-7), Sr. F Daniel O’Donoghue (3-3-6), Jr. F Ryan Misiak (2-2-4), Sr. D Nick Jones (1-3-4), Jr. F Nardo Nagtzaam (0-0-0 in 2 games)
What to watch: The Lakers entered this season with the potential to win their first conference championship since 2005. Although they begin AHA play this weekend having struggled on offense and with injuries, the talent-laden Lakers are still contenders.

Niagara
Record: 1-4-1, 1-1-1 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Mike Conderman (3-1-4), Sr. D Kevin Ryan (1-3-4), Sr. F Ryan Rashid (2-1-3), Fr. C Brock Edwards (1-2-3)
What to watch: The Purple Eagles may not run out to a big lead in the conference for the second straight season. But they are still strong enough to add a postseason title to the regular-season crown they won a season ago.

Robert Morris
Record: 0-4-1, 0-0-1 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Cody Wydo (3-1-4), Jr. F Scott Jacklin (1-3-4), So. F Zac Lynch (1-3-4), So F David Friedmann (1-2-3)
What to watch: The Colonials finished winless in October for the first time in program history. But four of their games have been decided by two goals or fewer goals. And head coach Derek Schooley has enough experience to turn this team around.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Record: 0-3-2, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. F Michael Colavecchia (4-2-6), Sr. F Ben Lynch (3-1-4), Sr. D Nolan Descouteaux (1-3-4), Jr. F Matt Garbowsky (1-3-4), Jr. G Jordan Ruby (0-3-2, 3.89, .882)
What to watch: The Tigers have a history of strong offensive players, stalwarts in net and – most importantly, of winning. They have enough offensive threats and Ruby in goal. So don’t be surprised when the Tigers start winning in AHA play.

Sacred Heart
Record: 2-3-0, 1-1-0
Top players: Jr. F Drew George (3-1-4), Fr. F Justin Danforth (0-3-3), Jr. D Will Raynor (1-1-2), So G Alex Vazzano (2-2-0, 3.25, .902)
What to watch: The Pioneers already have matched their win total from a season ago. So they have shown early that this team is moving in the right direction.

- Victor Fernandes

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.

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