Vicki Bendus (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)
What: Wayne State (8-14-4, 4-7-1 CHA) at No. 1 Mercyhurst College (23-2-3, 10-1-1)
When: Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: www.b2livetv.com (live stream), WMCE-FM/88.5 and 104.9 (Internet radio)*
Players to watch
Mercyhurst – G Hillary Pattenden (23-2-3 record, 1.73 goals-against average, .917 save percentage, 4 shutouts), F Vicki Bendus (22 goals, 30 assists, 52 points), F Jesse Scanzano (17-33-50), F Bailey Bram (24-19-43), F Jess Jones (15-23-38)
Wayne State – F Alyssa Baldin (7-9-16), F Katrina Protopapas (11-3-14), G Delayne Brian (5-7-3, 2.06, .925, 3 SO), F Julie Ingratta (5-8-13), F Gina Buquet (5-7-12),
Mercyhurst – Bendus, Bram and Scanzano – the top three scorers in NCAA Division I – headline the nation’s top scoring offense (4.75 goals per game). … All three were among the 45 hopefuls for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented to the nation’s top player. … Bram leads the nation in goals (0.96 per game). Scanzano leads in assists (1.32 per game). … Bendus and Bram are first and second in short-handed goals with five and four, respectively. … Pattenden leads a defense that allows 1.79 goals per game (ranked ninth in the nation) and has the fifth-best penalty kill (90 percent). … She has recorded four of her five career shutouts this season. … Her 47 career wins rank fourth on the school’s all-time list. … The power play ranks second overall at 25.7 percent. … The Lakers also have the nation’s best scoring margin (2.96 goals per game). … They haven’t played since a two-game sweep at Robert Morris two weeks ago. … They swept the Warriors 3-1 and 7-2 in Detroit in November. … They have won 40-of-45 career meetings with Wayne State (40-2-3). They have an eight-game winning streak (including the past two CHA Tournament championship games) since losing consecutive games late in the 2007-08 season.
Wayne State – Coach Jim Fetter, a Mercyhurst assistant under coach Michael Sisti from 2000-03, has a 108-98-22 record in seven seasons at the Detroit school. But he has a 2-26-2 career mark against the Lakers. … The Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-2 tie against Niagara Feb. 12. … But they are winless in the past six games (0-5-1). … They have scored two goals or fewer in 18-of-26 games, including in all six games of the winless skid. … They are fourth in the five-team conference.
Up next: vs. Syracuse (Feb. 26, 7 p.m.; Feb. 27, 2 p.m.)
* B2 Network – both games, WMCE – Saturday game only
- Victor Fernandes