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Posted: March 7th, 2014

ECAC Hockey Tournament
at Cheel Arena – Potsdam, N.Y. (Clarkson University)
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Clarkson 6, No. 4 Quinnipiac 0
No. 3 Cornell 6, No. 2 Harvard 4
Championship game – Sunday
No. 1 Clarkson (28-4-5) vs. No. 3 Cornell (23-5-4), 1 p.m.

Hockey East Association Tournament
at Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Memorial Skating Rink – Hyannis, Mass.
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Boston College 3, No. 4 Vermont 1
No. 2 Boston University 3, No. 3 Northeastern 2
Championship game – Sunday
No. 1 BC (26-5-3) vs. No. 2 BU (22-13-1) 1:30 p.m.

Western Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament
at Sanford Center – Bemidji, Minn. (Bemidji State University)
Semifinals – Friday

No. 3 North Dakota 1, No. 2 Wisconsin 0
No. 1 Minnesota 4, No. 4 Minnesota Duluth 1
Championship game – Saturday
Minnesota 3, North Dakota 1

Posted: October 8th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team dropped out of one national poll. But they are still among the top 10 on one list.
The Lakers, which fell to 1-2-0 with an overtime loss to Ohio State last Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center, slipped to 10th from ninth in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine’s latest Division I ranking. Mercyhurst received 14 voting points, one more than the Buckeyes, who are the top team on the honorable mention list.
Minnesota earned 18-of-19 first-place votes and 189 points to remain No. 1, followed by Boston College (164 points) and Clarkson (one first-place vote and 157 points). Cornell (113 points) and Wisconsin (100) completed the top five. North Dakota (97), Boston University (87), Harvard (52), Minnesota Duluth (51) and Mercyhurst rounded out the list. Quinnipiac (5), Northeastern (2) and Dartmouth (1) also received votes.

Posted: September 23rd, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team stands seventh in the opening Division I poll, which was released Monday.
The Lakers, which are eighth in the initial USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll unveiled last week, earned 65 voting points in the poll. Defending national champion Minnesota received 14-of-15 first-place votes and 149 points to edge Boston College by 16 points. The Eagles had the other first-place vote.
Clarkson holds the third spot with 99 points, followed by Cornell (84), Boston University (83), Wisconsin (74) and the Lakers. North Dakota (62), Harvard (38) and Northeastern (21) completed the top 10. Minnesota Duluth (8), Quinnipiac (4), Ohio State (3) and Dartmouth (2) also received votes.
Mercyhurst opens the season this weekend with a two-game series at Minnesota State-Mankato. Game times are 7:07 p.m. Friday and 2:07 p.m. Saturday. The Lakers have five games against three ranked teams this season – vs. Ohio State Oct. 5, at Clarkson Oct. 18-19 and vs. Cornell Jan. 10-11.

Posted: September 17th, 2013

The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team stands eighth nationally in the USA Hockey/USA Hockey Magazine preseason poll, which was released today. The Lakers return 16 players, including reigning College Hockey America player of the year Christine Bestland, from a team that finished 29-7-1, won an 11th straight CHA championship, secured a NCAA-record ninth consecutive national playoff appearance and reached the Division I Frozen Four a season ago.
Minnesota, which finished a 41-0-0 season with a national title, received 18-of-19 first-place votes and 179 points to finish ahead of runner-up Boston College, which had one first-place vote and 160 points. Clarkson (106 points), Boston University (102) and North Dakota (100) rounded out the top five teams. Cornell (96), Wisconsin (94), Mercyhurst (70), Harvard (41) and Northeastern (20) completed the top 10.
The Lakers open the season this weekend with an exhibition games at Mercyhurst Ice Center. They face the University of Western Ontario Saturday at 7 p.m., followed by a game against the Whitby Wolves on Sunday at 1 p.m. The players will be awarded their CHA championship rings before Saturday’s game.
In other news, Bestland was named captain while fellow senior Christie Cicero and juniors Shelby Bram, Molly Byrne and Caroline Luczak will serve as assistant captains.

Posted: September 17th, 2012

The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team will begin the 2012-13 season ranked 10th in the Division I poll, which was released Monday. The Lakers begin the season Saturday with an 3 p.m. exhibition game against Stoney Creek (Ontario) at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The regular season begins Sept. 28 at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Defending national champion Minnesota tops the list after receiving all 15 first-place votes, followed by Wisconsin, Cornell, Boston College and North Dakota. Boston University stands sixth, ahead of St. Lawrence, Minnesota Duluth, Northeastern and the Lakers. Robert Morris, which snapped Mercyhurst’s nine-year run as College Hockey America Tournament champion a season ago, received one vote in the poll.

Posted: March 8th, 2012

Mercyhurst’s streak of five straight finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award has ended.

Senior forward Bailey Bram wasn’t named one of the three finalists for the prestigious award, which annually honors the top women’s hockey player in NCAA Division I. A 13-member selection committee chose Wisconsin junior forward Brianna Decker, North Dakota junior forward Jocelyne Lamoureux and Northeastern senior goaltender Florence Schelling. The finalists were unveiled Thursday.

Bram joined fellow Laker forwards Christine Bestland and Kelley Steadman as well as Girard native Jen Schoullis, a redshirt senior forward at Minnesota, on the initial list of 30 nominees two weeks. Bram survived the cut to 10 players a week ago. But she fell short of joining former teammates Meghan Agosta (2007-09, 2011) and Vicki Bendus (2010) as Kazmaier finalists. Bendus won the award in 2010.

Decker has 36 goals, 42 assists and 78 points for the top-ranked Badgers, who on Saturday begin their quest for a fifth national championship in the past seven years as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Lamoureux has 34 goals, 48 assists and 82 points for the Fighting Sioux, which earned the seventh seed in the NCAA tournament field. Like her twin sister, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, she represented the United States in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Schelling finished the season with a 20-6-4 record, 1.42 goals-against average and .950 save percentage.

The award will be presented March 17 at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn., as part of the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four, which will be held March 16 and 18.

Posted: November 15th, 2010 Division I Women’s Poll
Minneapolis, Minn./November 15, 2010

Team       (First Place)  Record   Pts  Last Week
1 Wisconsin           (15)   9-1-0   150     1
2 Cornell                    6-1-0   130     2
3 Minnesota-Duluth           8-2-0   115     3
4 Mercyhurst 7-2-0   114     4
5 Boston University          8-1-3    90     5
6 Minnesota                  6-5-0    60     7
7 Boston College             7-1-4    56     6
8 North Dakota               6-4-2    34     8
9 Dartmouth                  5-1-0    27    NR
10 Providence                 8-3-1    20    10

Others Receiving Votes: Ohio State 16, Bemidji State 7,
Quinnipiac 3, Northeastern 2, Harvard 1

The Poll is compiled weekly and consists of 15 voters, including 14 coaches of Division I programs and one women’s hockey writer. provides in-depth coverage of college hockey.

Posted: September 21st, 2010

HAVERHILL, Mass. - The College Hockey America coaches have voted who they believe will take the regular0season crown for the 2010-11 season.  Last year’s tournament champion and NCAA Frozen Four Semifinalist, Mercyhurst, which collected 16 points and four first-place votes, is this season’s top choice, as selected by the coaches.

The Lakers prevailed over Syracuse in the CHA Tournament, 3-1, to garner their tenth straight conference crown. Mercyhurst defeated Boston University in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Division I Tournament, before falling to Cornell in the national semifinals, 3- 2 in overtime, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Syracuse, last year’s tournament runner-up has been chosen second by the coaches.  The Orange earned the last first-place vote and totaled 13 points.  Following Syracuse is Niagara, which collected 10 points, followed by Robert Morris (7 points) and Wayne State (4 points).

Exhibition contests kick off the start of the CHA season on Saturday as Wilfrid Laurier travels to Erie to face Mercyhurst at 2 p.m, while Wayne State makes the trek to Toronto to face York at 7 p.m.  The regular season will start the following weekend with all five institutions in action in non-conference matches.  Mercyhurst will host St. Cloud State, while Niagara will take on Quinnipiac.

Robert Morris faces Providence, as Wayne State will drop the puck against Bemidji State.  All four of those series will be a two-game series.  Syracuse will play a single game on Oct. 1, as the Orange will host Northeastern.

The 2011 Tournament will take place in Syracuse, N.Y. at Tennity Rink with the first round taking place on March 4.  The semifinals will be the next night on March 5, with the championship game o March 6.

- From CHA news release

2010-11 College Hockey America Preseason Coach’s Poll

(First Place votes)

1.                        Mercyhurst (4)                        16

2.                        Syracuse (1)                        13

3.                        Niagara                        10

4.                        Robert Morris                        7

5.                        Wayne State                        4

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