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Posted: January 2nd, 2014

Mercyhurst (9-9-2, 7-1-1 AHA) at Army (3-12-0, 3-8-0)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Tate Rink – West Point, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), (audio broadcast & real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst resumes Atlantic Hockey Association play this weekend after starting the second half of the season with two losses to Ohio State last weekend. … The Lakers finished non-conference play with a 2-8-1 record. … Mercyhurst (15 points) is tied with Bentley atop the AHA standings, but the Lakers have a game in hand. … The Lakers were unbeaten in four meetings with the Black Knights a season ago, with three wins by a combined 16-4 score and a 1-1 tie in the series finale. … The Lakers are winless in three straight games (0-2-1), but are unbeaten in their last six conference games (5-0-1). … Junior F Matt Zay (11 goals, 17 assists, 28 points) has points in 16 of his 18 games played, including nine points in his past five games. He ranks among the NCAA Division I leaders in points per game (tied for third with 1.56), assists per game (tied for eighth with 0.94) and short-handed goals (tied for first with 3). … Zay sparks an offense that ranks fifth nationally at 3.70 goals per game, including a 4.33 average in the past 15 games. … Junior F Edward DeWald scored his first collegiate goal in his 51st career game last weekend against the Buckeyes. … Redshirt freshman F Alec Shields had an assist on the goal for his first career point. … Junior F Nardo Nagtzaam (lower body) has missed the past eight games. He’s expected to sit out another four to six weeks. … Sophomore D Anthony Mastrodicasa and senior F Trent Frey are sidelined with upper-body injuries. … Army’s first game since Dec. 20 will be the 500th game in the 28-year history of the rink. … The Black Knights recorded two of their three wins in the past four games.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 14th, 2013

Robert Morris (2-10-1, 2-5-1 AHA) at Mercyhurst (9-7-1, 7-1-0)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to end the opening half of the season with a five-game winning streak. The Lakers swept two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series with American International and Sacred Heart the past two weekends. … They have outscored opponents 23-6 during their win streak. … They are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. … The Lakers received eight votes in the latest Division I poll. They are in the national ranking for the first time since last Jan. 7. … Junior F Daniel Bahntge has six goals and eight points in his last four games after totaling one goal and four points in his previous 13 games. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant has a 7-0-0 record, 1.72 goals-against average and .948 save percentage in conference play this season. He has won eight of his last nine decisions. … Junior F Matthew Zay leads the Lakers with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists). … Zay, senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (8 goals, 21 points) and junior F Ryan Misiak (6-14-20) rank among the top 25 scorers in NCAA Division I. … O’Donoghue needs three points to become the 16th player in the program’s D-I history to reach 100 career points. … The Lakers begin the second half Dec. 28-29 with a two-game series at Ohio State. … RMU is last in the conference. … The Colonials were swept in a two-game series at Bentley last weekend. They have lost five of their last six games. … They are 0-6-0 on the road this season. Their only wins are at home – 6-1 over Canisius on Nov. 8 and 5-1 over Holy Cross on Nov. 23. … Sophomore F Zac Lynch leads the team with six goals and 15 points. Junior F Cody Wydo (11 goals, 14 points) ranks second nationally at 0.85 goals per game.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 11th, 2013

The Ohio State and Bemidji State women’s hockey teams definitely didn’t play nice this past Friday night…check out this video and story.

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: October 7th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team has dropped out of the Division I poll for the first time in five years.
The Lakers stand at 1-2-0 after losing their home opener 4-3 in overtime to Ohio State on Saturday night. That dropped the Lakers from seventh in the preseason poll to the honorable mention list with only eight votes. They hadn’t dipped that low since falling out of the top 10 on Oct. 27, 2008. They climbed back to No. 10 on Nov. 17, 2008 on the way to reaching the NCAA Division I Frozen Four and the national championship game for the first time in program history.
The Lakers also have a losing record for the first time falling to 1-2-0 early in the 2011-12 season. Defending national champion Minnesota (2-0-0) received all 15 first-place votes and 150 points to claim the top spot. Boston College (1-0-0) and Clarkson (3-0-0) are second and third with 129 and 123 points, respectively.
Cornell (0-0-0) and Wisconsin (2-0-0) complete the top five, followed by North Dakota (2-0-0), Boston University (0-0-0), Harvard (0-0-0). Minnesota Duluth (2-0-0) and Ohio State (1-0-0) joined the list for the first time this season. women’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points
1. Minnesota (15) 2-0-0 150
2. Boston College 1-0-0 129
3. Clarkson 3-0-0 123
T4. Cornell 0-0-0 88
T4. Wisconsin 2-0-0 88
6. North Dakota 2-0-0 75
7. Boston University 0-0-0 67
8. Harvard 0-0-0 41
9. Minnesota Duluth 2-0-0 30
10. Ohio State 1-0-0 17
Others receiving votes: Mercyhurst 8, Quinnipiac 8, Northeastern 4, Dartmouth 1

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: 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: July 17th, 2012

Joe Kimball, Mercyhurst University’s director of athletics, announced at a news conference Tuesday that men’s hockey Rick Gotkin and women’s coach Michael Sisti have signed four-year contracts that will keep them with their respective NCAA Division I programs through the 2015-16 season.
Gotkin also confirmed that his Lakers have been invited to play an outdoor game against Ohio State in December 2013 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
“It’s an exciting day at Mercyhurst University, especially for our two hockey programs,” Kimball said.
Gotkin and Sisti still had one year left on three-year deals. Yet their new contracts, which replace those previous deals, allow them to maintain the continuity at the top of their programs that prospective student-athletes and their families search for during the recruiting process.
“When you look a kid in the eye and they ask if you’re going to be here, you’ve got the feeling you’re going to be here,” said Sisti, who heads into his 14th season as women’s coach after spending his first six years at Mercyhurst as Gotkin’s assistant. “But it’s nice to have it on paper, so you can look them in the eye back and say, ‘I’m definitely going to be here.’ It helps them feel good about the process.”
The first outdoor hockey game in school history also would serve as a great recruiting tool. Ohio State faced rival Michigan this past January in front of 25,864 fans at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, in the first outdoor college hockey game in Ohio.
“It’s a great reflection of our program from top to bottom,” Gotkin said. “I think people realize we have a big-time program.”
The game isn’t official yet, said Gotkin, who received the invitation from OSU officials this past weekend. The schools await confirmation from the Indians. Mercyhurst and OSU already are scheduled to play a two-game weekend series in Columbus Dec. 13-14, 2013. Gotkin said the Dec. 14 game would move to Progressive Field.

- Victor Fernandes

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.