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Posted: April 1st, 2014

Ds Nick Jones and Randy Cure, who recently completed their hockey careers at Mercyhurst, have joined the professional ranks. Jones has signed a contract with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, while Cure has played 3 games with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals.

Posted: March 20th, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team captured several awards at the Atlantic Hockey Association’s tournament banquet:

Player of the Year - Jimmy Sarjeant
Goaltender of the Year - Jimmy Sarjeant
Coach of the Year - Rick Gotkin
Best Defensive Forward - Daniel O’Donoghue
Best Defenseman - Nick Jones
Individual Sportsmanship Award - Nick Jones (co-winner)
Regular Season Championship Trophy - Mercyhurst

Posted: March 14th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association
All-Conference Team
First Team

Sr. F Brett Gensler, Bentley
Sr. F Matt Zay, Mercyhurst
Jr. F Cody Wydo, Robert Morris
Sr. D Nick Jones, Mercyhurst
Jr. D Steve Weinstein, Bentley
Jr. G Jimmy Sarjeant, Mercyhurst*

Second Team
Jr. F Cole Gunner, Air Force
Jr. F Alex Grieve, Bentley
Sr. F Daniel O’Donoghue, Mercyhurst
Sr. D Adam McKenzie, Air Force
So. D Matt Blomquist, Bentley
Sr. G Branden Komm, Bentley

Third Team
Sr. F Jon Puksar, American International
Sr. F Brant Harris, Connecticut
So. F Andrew Gladiuk, Bentley
Sr. D Kevin Ryan, Niagara
Sr. D Ben Danford, Canisius
So. G Terry Shafer, Robert Morris
* Unanimous selection

Posted: March 13th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals
No. 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7)

When: Today-Sunday, 7:05 p.m.*
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst begins postseason play after earning a bye through last weekend’s opening round. … The Lakers meet Holy Cross in the quarterfinals for the third straight season, with Mercyhurst winning in three games the past two years. The winner moves on to AHA the final four March 21-22 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. … The Lakers swept a two-game series in

Jimmy Sarjeant

Worcester, Mass., in January. They needed junior G Jimmy Sarjeant‘s career-high 51 saves in a 1-0 win and junior F Chris Bodo‘s first collegiate hat trick in a 4-2 win. … Sarjeant was the lone unanimous selection on the all-conference team, which was unveiled Thursday. He was joined on the first team by junior F Matthew Zay and senior D Nick Jones. Senior F Daniel O’Donoghue earned second-team honors. Mercyhurst leads the all-time series to 31-13-5. … Zay (16 goals, 24 assists, 40 points

Matt Zay

in 32 games) ranks among the top 10 nationally with 1.25 points per game. O’Donoghue (13-24-37 in 35 games) ranks among the top 40 at 1.06 per game. … Bodo (lower body) is questionable for the series. … Freshman D Philippe Drouin (upper body) remains out of the lineup. … Sarjeant has an unbeaten record in AHA play this season (14-0-5). He ranks among the top 10 nationally in saves (fifth with 892), save percentage (tied for eighth with .931) and winning percentage (eighth at .731). … Holy Cross advanced with a three-game series win over ninth-seeded Rochester Institute of Technology last weekend. Two games went to overtime, including the deciding Game 3. … The Crusaders are 10-5-1 since a season-worst, eight-game winless streak. … Senior F Adam Schmidt leads the team with 14 goals and 29 points, followed by sophomore F Matt Vidal (5-18-23), senior F Shayne Stockton (9-12-21) and last weekend’s Game 3 hero, freshman F Mike Barrett (11-7-18).
* Game 3 on Sunday, if necessary

- Victor Fernandes

Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s preview of the AHA tournament…

Posted: January 30th, 2014

Bentley (13-8-3, 11-3-3 AHA) at Mercyhurst (14-10-4, 12-2-3)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time audio & statistics)
What to expect: First-place Mercyhurst and runner-up Bentley are separated by two points in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. … The Lakers had two unbeaten streaks – seven games overall and 13 games in the conference – snapped in a 7-4 home loss to Canisius last Saturday night. … The Lakers are 12-0-0 in AHA play when allowing two goals or fewer, but 0-2-3 when surrendering three or more goals. … Redshirt junior G Jordan Tibbett (0-6-0 record, 6.16 goals-against average, .851 save percentage in 6 games) starts in place of junior G Jimmy Sarjeant, who will miss the series with an upper-body injury. … Lakers junior F Matt Zay (15 goals, 23 assists, 38 points) and Bentley senior F Brett Gensler (16-19-35) rank among the top six scorers in NCAA Division I. … Lakers senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (11-23-34), as well as Bentley junior D Steve Weinstein (1-30-31) and junior F Alex Grieve (16-14-30), rank among the top 20 nationally. … Weinstein leads the nation in scoring by defensemen. … The Lakers have six players with at least 20 points – Zay, O’Donoghue (11-23-34), junior F Ryan Misiak (9-20-29), junior F Daniel Bahntge (13-9-22), senior D Nick Jones (6-16-22) and redshirt junior F Kyle Just (6-14-20). … Bentley is unbeaten in the last five games (4-0-1) and have one loss in 15 games (11-1-3) since starting the season 2-7-0. … The Falcons are 1-0-1 on their current six-game road trip. … The Falcons (3.50 goals per game) and Lakers (3.46) rank among the top 10 nationally in scoring offense. … The Stanley Cup will make a special appearance at the university on Saturday. The general public can view the NHL’s championship trophy from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Student Union and during the game, where it will be presented to Mike Folga, the team’s longtime athletic trainer and equipment manager, during one of two intermissions. … Fans attending tonight’s game will receive a voucher for free admission to Saturday’s game and have first chance to see the Cup before Saturday’s game. Other fans must pay full price for admission Saturday and can view the up during intermissions. Donations benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project are welcome.

Listen to head coach Rick Gotkin‘s preview of this weekend’s series, while G Jordan Tibbett talks about starting in place of the injured Jimmy Sarjeant…

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 1st, 2013

The Mercyhurst men’s team appears on the honorable mention list of’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: March 21st, 2013

No. 6 Mercyhurst (18-16-5) vs. No. 4 Connecticut (19-13-4)
When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), WMCE-FM/88.5 & (radio), (live scores)
Up next: Championship game (Saturday, 7:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena)*
What to expect: Mercyhurst has reached the Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals for the second straight season. The Lakers lost to eventual champion Air Force 5-2 in this round a season ago. … The Lakers rebounded from an eight-game winless streak with a sweep of 11th-seeded Army at Mercyhurst Ice Center two weeks ago and a series win at No. 3 Holy Cross last weekend. … Mercyhurst hasn’t reached the title game since consecutive trips in 2008 and 2009 (lost to Air Force both times). … The Lakers haven’t won an AHA championship since beating Quinnipiac 3-2 in the 2005 title game. They also beat Quinnipiac 6-5 to capture the 2001 title, when the league was known as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. … Mercyhurst and UConn split their two-game, regular-season series in Storrs, Conn., with the Lakers losing 5-4 Jan. 18 and winning 5-0 the following night. … The Lakers lead the all-time series 32-13-3. Yet they have lost three straight and four of six games against the Huskies in the postseason, including a UConn sweep in the 2011 AHA quarterfinals. … With top-seeded and 15th-ranked Niagara (23-8-5) facing seventh-seeded Canisius (17-18-5) in the other semifinal, the conference will have a champion from a school other than Air Force and Rochester Institute of Technology for the first time since Holy Cross in 2006. Air Force, which lost to Canisius in the quarterfinals, had won five of the last six titles (2007-09, 2011-12). RIT, which lost to Niagara in the quarterfinals, won in 2010 on the way to the first NCAA Division I Frozen Four appearance for the Tigers and the AHA. … Senior F Grant Blakey has five goals and seven points in the Lakers’ five playoff games. … UConn senior G Matt Grogan has a 14-3-3 record, 1.88 goals-against average and .939 save percentage since taking over as starter midway through the season. He was the Huskies’ only player to earn all-conference honors (third team). Mercyhurst features three all-stars – junior D Nick Jones (first team), sophomore F Ryan Misiak (second) and sophomore F Matthew Zay (third). … Niagara has never reached the title game. Canisius hasn’t reached the final since 1999 (lost 4-3 to Holy Cross). … Niagara junior G Carson Chubak leads the nation with six shutouts and ranks among the top five in winning percentage (.773), goals-against average (1.81) and save percentage (.941). He’s one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which honors the nation’s top men’s hockey player. … Freshman F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, has two goals and seven points in 34 games for Canisius.
* If the Lakers win tonight

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association final four schedule
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Niagara (23-8-5) vs. No. 7 Canisius (17-18-5), 4:05 p.m.
No. 4 Connecticut (19-13-4) vs. No. 6 Mercyhurst (18-16-5), 7:05 p.m.
Championship game – Saturday
Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
Note: Champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

Posted: March 19th, 2013

Junior defenseman Nick Jones was one of three Mercyhurst men’s players named to the Atlantic Hockey Association’s all-conference teams, which were announced Tuesday. Jones earned first-team honors for ranking fourth among all defensemen with 18 points. Sophomore forward Ryan Misiak was named to the second team for totaling 30 points, while sophomore forward Matthew Zay earned a spot on the third team after leading the Lakers with 34 points.

Posted: March 9th, 2013

The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team is headed back to the Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals.
Several Lakers made sure that happened.
Grant Blakey and Daniel O’Donoghue scored two goals apiece, while Max Strang made 36 saves, to lead the Lakers to a 5-2 win over Army in front of 912 fans Saturday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center and a two-game sweep of their first-round series. Sixth-seeded Mercyhurst (16-15-5) travels to No. 3 Holy Cross next weekend for a best-of-three series in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinals won by the Lakers in three games.
“I thought we played a little better as a team Friday night,” said Lakers coach Rick Gotkin, referring to his team’s 2-1 win against the Black Knights (7-22-5) in the series opener. “We had five or six guys that really stepped up and played well (Saturday).” Kyle Just had three assists for the Lakers, while Nick Jones and Zac Frischmon had two assists apiece. “We’re really happy that our season continues,” Gotkin said.
* News and notes: Mercyhurst and Holy Cross meet in Game 1 Friday, followed by Game 2 Saturday and, if necessary, Game 3 Sunday. All three games are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. … Gotkin became the 26th college coach to reach 450 career wins. … Mercyhurst didn’t have any power-play chances Saturday.

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association tournament
First round (best-of-3 series)
No. 6 Mercyhurst vs. No. 11 Army

Game 1 – Mercyhurst 3, Army 1
Game 2 - Mercyhurst 5, Army 2
Mercyhurst wins series 2-0

March 15-17 (best-of-3 series)

No. 8 Rochester Institute of Technology (15-16-5) at No. 1 Niagara (21-8-5), 7:05 p.m.
No. 6 Mercyhurst (16-15-5) at No. 3 Holy Cross (19-12-3), 7:05 p.m.
No. 5 Robert Morris (20-12-4) at No. 4 Connecticut (17-13-4), 7:05 p.m.
No. 7 Canisius (15-18-5) at No. 2 Air Force (17-11-7), 9:05 p.m.
Note: All three games in each series start at the same time.


Mercyhurst 5, Army 2
Army 0 1 1 — 2
Mercyhurst 1 1 3 — 5
1st Period — 1. Mercyhurst, Grant Blakey 9 (Zay, Bodo), 5:24. Penalties — Just (M) slashing, 1:06.
2nd Period — 2. Mercyhurst, Daniel O’Donoghue 11 (Just, Frischmon), 4:38. 3. Army, Willie Faust 5 (Pomarico, Zaremba), 13:39 (pp). Penalties — Just (M) holding the stick, 8:55; Roberts (A) hooking, 8:55; Gettinger (M) hooking, 12:42.
3rd Period — 4. Mercyhurst, Blakey 10 (Just, Jones), 8:56. 5. Army, Joe Kozlak 7 (Clark), 15:07. 6. Mercyhurst, O’Donoghue 12 (Frischmon, Just), 16:28. 7. Mercyhurst, Ryan Misiak 17 (Jones), 19:10 (en). Penalties — None.
Shots on goal — Army, 11-18-9—38; Mercyhurst, 15-9-15—39.
Goaltenders — Army, Rob Tadazak 3-13-4 (38 shots, 34 saves); Mercyhurst, Max Strang 12-9-3 (38 shots, 36 saves).
Power plays — Army (1-2), Mercyhurst (0-0).
Referees — Steve Marofsky, Ryan Sweeney. Linesmen — Aaron Wallace, Tori Carissimo.
Attendance — 912.

Three stars
* Grant Blakey, Mercyhurst (2 goals) ** Daniel O’Donoghue, Mercyhurst (2 goals) *** Kyle Just, Mercyhurst (3 assists)

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Posted: May 8th, 2012

Mercyhurst University men’s hockey coach Rick Gotkin has announced that senior Grant Blakey (Canton, Michigan) and juniors Nick Jones (Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania) and Daniel O’Donoghue (Port Jefferson Station, New York) will serve as the captains for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

The trio will serve as tri-captains for the upcoming season, with each player garnering the “C” on his jersey.

Blakey missed eight games last season due to an injury, but still posted four goals and 12 assists for 16 points, finishing 11th on the team in scoring. He was leading or near the team lead in scoring before he went down with his injury. He finished tied for third on the team with a +2 rating last season and also had one of Mercyhurst’s two shorthanded goals. His 12 assists was tied for eighth on the team. Blakey has played in 105 games for the Lakers in his three seasons, and has recorded 24 goals and 42 assists for 66 points. He will be one of only four seniors on next year’s squad, joining defenseman Charlie Carkin, forward Paul Chiasson, and goaltender Max Strang.

Named the team’s Top Defenseman at the team’s postseason banquet, Nick Jones was only one of five players last season to play in all 40 games. He was the only non-freshman from Mercyhurst to be named to an All-Conference team, earning a Third Team nod as a defenseman. Jones led all Laker defensemen in scoring with 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points this season. He was tied for fifth on the team in both goals and points. His ten goals was the most goals by a Laker defenseman since Jamie Hunt scored 12 during the 2005-06 season. Hunt went on to become the first Laker to play in the National Hockey League, skating for the Washington Capitals.

In fact, Jones’ ten goals was tied for third-most by a Mercyhurst defenseman since the 1999-2000 season. T.J. Kemp scored 11 in 2002-03 and then scored 10 during the 2004-05 season. Jones finished in a tie for third among Atlantic Hockey defensemen with his 24 points this season, trailing only Air Force’s Tim Kirby (28) and Connecticut’s Alex Gerke (25). He was tied with Air Force’s Scott Mathis. Jones has played in 74 career games and has 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points.

Named the team’s Top Defensive Forward at the team’s postseason banquet, Daniel O’Donoghue played in 39 games last season and was tied for seventh on the team in scoring with eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points. He was one of the Lakers’ best penalty killers all season and was usually on the team’s top unit when called upon to kill a penalty. O’Donoghue scored Mercyhurst’s first shorthanded goal of the season against Sacred Heart on January 6 and he was named the Atlantic Hockey Co-Player of the Week on January 23 after posting two goals and two assists in a series at Holy Cross. In 76 career games, O’Donoghue has 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points.

Mercyhurst loses just three players to graduation from a team that finished the 2011-12 season with a 20-16-4 overall record and advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals for the first time since the 2008-09 season. The team’s 20 victories was also the most by a Mercyhurst team since winning 22 games during the 2008-09 campaign.