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Posted: August 20th, 2013

Former Mercyhurst University men’s hockey player Paul Chiasson has signed with the San Francisco Bulls, the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks.
“Paul is a very fast and tenacious right winger,” Bulls president and head coach Pat Curcio said in a prepared statement. “He shoots the puck well in stride and has always scored a lot of goals.”
Chiasson, a native of Toronto, Ontario, who graduated this past spring with a degree in business management, finished his four-year career with 109 points (55 goals, 54 assists) in 151 games. The forward ranks 10th on the school’s career NCAA Division I scoring list and tied for fifth in career goals. He’s one of 15 players in school history to reach the 100-point mark. He had 15 goals and 27 points a senior a season ago.

Posted: March 22nd, 2013

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team can focus on playing for the Atlantic Hockey Association championship now.
All week long, the Lakers and coach Rick Gotkin wouldn’t look past Friday night’s semifinal matchup against Connecticut. That mindset worked, as Mercyhurst scored four unanswered goals to overcome the Huskies’ early lead on the way to a 4-1 win in front of 1,095 fans at Blue Cross Arena.
The sixth-seeded Lakers (19-16-5) face seventh-seeded Canisius (18-18-5) in today’s 7:05 p.m. championship game at Blue Cross Arena for a chance to earn Mercyhurst’s first AHA title and automatic bid into the NCAA Division I tournament since 2005. The Golden Griffins shocked top-seeded and 15th-ranked Niagara 5-3 in the opening semifinal, one week after upsetting two-time defending champion Air Force in the quarterfinals.
Paul Chiasson scored two goals for Mercyhurst, while Ryan Misiak and Zac Frischmon added one apiece.

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

No. 7 Canisius 5, No. 1 Niagara 3
No. 6 Mercyhurst 4, No. 4 Connecticut 1
Championship game – Saturday
Canisius (18-18-5) vs. Mercyhurst (19-16-5), 7:05 p.m.
Note: Champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

SUMMARY

Mercyhurst 4, Connecticut 1
Mercyhurst 0 2 2 — 4
Connecticut 1 0 0 — 1
1st Period —
1. Connecticut, Trevor Gerling 12 (Sharib, Pauly), 7:36. Penalties — DeWald (M) boarding, 15:02; Blakey (M) slashing, 15:23.
2nd Period — 2. Mercyhurst, Zac Frischmon 4 (unassisted), 9:15. 3. Mercyhurst, Paul Chiasson 14 (Jones, DeWald), 15:59. Penalties — Latta (C) slashing, 5:13; Poe (C) holding, 6:58; Harris (C) hooking, 11:56; Shiplo (M) slashing, 13:03.
3rd Period — 4. Mercyhurst, Ryan Misiak 18 (Just, Shiplo), 13:19 (pp). 5. Mercyhurst, Chiasson 15 (Tibbett), 18:06 (en). Penalties — Bouchard (C) slashing, 11:34.
Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 9-10-14—33; Connecticut, 12-12-8—32.
Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Jordan Tibbett 7-6-1 (32 shots, 31 saves); Connecticut, Matt Grogan 14-4-3 (32 shots, 29 saves).
Power plays — Mercyhurst (1-4), Connecticut (0-3).
Attendance — 1,095.

Posted: January 25th, 2013

Mercyhurst University (11-9-1, 9-5-0 AHA) at Canisius (8-11-5, 7-6-2)
When: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Buffalo State Sports Arena, Buffalo
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.gogriffs.com (live audio and statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst meets longtime rival Canisius for the 72nd time after having Friday night’s game against the Golden Griffins at Mercyhurst Ice Center moved to Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at MIC. A water main break in the city Thursday prompted university officials to close school and send students home through the weekend. … The Lakers are tied for second with Holy Cross in the tight Atlantic Hockey Association standings. Five points separate the Lakers from 10th-place Connecticut. The Golden Griffins are in seventh, but are only two points out of second. Niagara, which suffered its first conference loss of the season at Holy Cross last weekend, tops the standings by nine points. … The Lakers edged Canisius 3-2 in overtime Dec. 18 at MIC on sophomore F Matthew Zay‘s winnning goal to take a 38-24-9 lead in the all-time series. … Junior F Kyle Just (upper-body injury) could rejoin the lineup tonight after missing the past six games. … Junior D Randy Cure (upper body) and freshman D Anthony Mastrodicasa (lower body) are cleared to skate, but neither will rejoin the lineup tonight. … Sophomore F Nardo Nagtzaam (lower body) will miss at least another three to four weeks. … The Golden Griffins were swept by Bentley 3-2 in overtime and 7-2 last weekend. … Canisius junior G Tony Capobianco ranks second in conference play with a 2.13 goals-against average and third with a .930 save percentage. … Mercyhurst junior G Jordan Tibbett (.924) and fifth-year senior G Max Strang (.922) are fourth and fifth, respectively, in save percentage. Strang, the reigning AHA goaltender of the week, has a 5-1-0 record, 1.61 goals-against average and .954 save percentage in his past six appearances. … Senior F Paul Chiasson needs one point to become the 15th player in Mercyhurst’s NCAA Division I history to reach 100 points. … Junior F Daniel O’Donoghue has a five-game point streak and 11 points in six games this month. … Lakers coach Rick Gotkin needs five wins to become the 26th college coach to reach 450 wins. … Freshman F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick (11th round in 2010), has no goals and two points in 18 games for the Golden Griffins this season. … Mercyhurst stands 14th in Division I at 3.19 goals scored per game. In contrast, Canisius ranks 47th out of 59 teams at 2.25 per game. … However, the Golden Griffins are seventh nationally in scoring defense (2.12 goals allowed per game). The Lakers are 40th at 2.90 per game. … The Golden Griffins are 0-7-0 in one-goal games and 0-3-5 in games decided in overtime.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 20th, 2012

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey tied Ferris State Saturday night. The Lakers had a chance to win.
Then the Lakers won the shootout after finishing regulation and overtime tied 3-3 in front of 1,656 fans at Ewigleben Ice Arena. They rebounded from a 7-3 loss Friday night to the Bulldogs, which reached the NCAA Division I championship game a season ago.
Mercyhurst (0-2-1) carried a 3-2 lead into the third period, but Justin DeMartino scored with 5 minutes, 52 seconds left to force overtime. Neither team could score in overtime. Lakers sophomore Nardo Nagtzaam scored the lone goal in the shootout, but the non-conference game officially finished in a tie. Mercyhurst built a 2-0 first-period leads on goals from Ryan Misiak and Paul Chiasson less than two minutes apart. Ferris State (1-1-2) sliced the lead in half on Eric Alexander’s goal with 5:32 left in the period.
The Bulldogs tied the score at 2 on Andy Huff‘s goal 48 seconds into the second period. But the Lakers answered quickly on Grant Blakey‘s goal 1:05 later. Sophomore goaltender Jimmy Sarjeant, who made his second career start, made 39 saves in regulation and overtime and three more in the shootout for Mercyhurst, which was outshot 42-25. Misiak and Chiasson had a goal and assist apiece.

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.

Posted: February 18th, 2012

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Max Strang waited patiently for his next start in goal.

That start occurred Saturday night in a key Atlantic Hockey Association game against Air Force at Cadet Ice Arena. Strang, a redshirt junior who hadn’t played in two weeks, responded by stealing a big win.

Strang stopped a career-high 50-of-51 shots in Mercyhurst’s 2-1 win against first-place Air Force in front of 2,887 fans. His save total was the most by a Laker in a regulation game since Ryan Zapolski stopped 50 shots against Robert Morris Nov. 19, 2010.

With the win, the Lakers (17-13-4, 14-7-4) moved into a three-way tie for third with Niagara and Bentley with two games left in the regular season.

They head into next weekend’s home-and-home series with Canisius two points behind Air Force (16-8-7, 14-5-6) and one behind second-place Rochester Institute of Technology. Holy Cross and Robert Morris are one and three points behind the Lakers, respectively.

The top four teams in the standings earn first-round byes in the AHA playoffs, which begin in two weeks.

Strang allowed only Cole Gunner’s goal 9 minutes, 22 seconds into the opening period, which handed the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Mercyhurst, which was outshot 51-19, tied the score at 1 on Nick Jones’ power-play goal 11:11 into the second.

Paul Chiasson’s unassisted goal 6:25 into the third snapped the tie. Then the Lakers held on the rest of the way, headlined by a successful penalty kill in the game’s final two minutes.

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SUMMARY

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Mercyhurst 2, Air Force 1

Mercyhurst 0 1 1 — 2

Air Force 1 0 0 — 1

1st Period — 1. Air Force, Cole Gunner 5 (Kirby, Weissenhofer), 9:22. Penalties — Zay (M) hooking, 5:16; Zay (M) tripping, 19:46.

2nd Period — 2. Mercyhurst, Nick Jones 9 (Bahntge, Nagtzaam), 11:11 (pp). Penalties — Frischmon (M) hooking, 7:12; Fabian (A) cross checking, 9:41; Shiplo (M) cross checking, 13:44.

3rd Period — 3. Mercyhurst, Paul Chiasson 13 (unassisted), 6:25. Penalties — Gunner (A) facemasking, 6:58; O’Donoghue (M) facemasking, 6:58; Misiak (M) boarding, 17:15.

Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 8-4-7—19; Air Force, 17-14-19—51.

Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Max Strang 13-11-3(51 shots, 50 saves); Air Force, Jason Torf 5-3-2 (19 shots, 17 saves).

Power plays — Mercyhurst (1-1), Air Force (0-5).

Referee — Jim Visconte. Linesmen — Chris Foote, Jon Shaw.

Attendance — 2,887.

Posted: March 10th, 2011

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament – quarterfinals (best-of-three)

What: No. 5 Mercyhurst College (15-16-4) at No. 4 Connecticut (13-17-4)

When: Friday through Sunday, 7:05 p.m.*

Where: Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum – Storrs, Conn.

On the air: www.uconnhuskies (Internet video, live stats)

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (13-13-3 record, 2.76 goals-against average, .923 save percentage, 2 shutouts), Sr. F Scott Pitt (18-21-39), So. F Paul Chiasson (17-19-36), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (9-23-32), Sr. F Mike Gurtler (9-17-26)

Connecticut – Fr. F Cole Schneider (11-17-28), So. F Sean Ambrosie (10-17-27), Fr. F Billy Latta (10-14-24), Sr. F Andrew Olson (14-8-22), So. G Garrett Bartus (12-14-4, 3.46, .905)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers began the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs with a 5-1 first-round win at Robert Morris last Saturday. … The Lakers split their only two meetings – a 3-1 loss and 9-4 win – at Connecticut Jan. 7-8. … With a series win, the Lakers would reach the conference’s Final Four at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., for the third time in four seasons. … Pitt and Chiasson have six-game point streaks. … Gurtler needs seven points to become the 15th player in the program’s NCAA Division I history to reach 100 career points and the third this season (Pitt and senior F Steve Cameron). … Cameron remains out with a potentially season-ending, lower-body injury.

Connecticut – The Huskies followed an eight-game winless streak, which began with the 9-4 loss to Mercyhurst Jan. 8, with six wins in their last eight games. … Bartus has earned 12 of the team’s 13 wins. … Schneider, the team’s leading scorer, is a native of Williamsville, N.Y., a Buffalo suburb.

* Sunday’s game (if necessary)

– Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule

Quarterfinals (best-of-three series)

Today-Sunday*

No. 8 American International (8-22-1) at No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology (16-10-8), 7:05 p.m.

No. 7 Sacred Heart (6-23-6) at No. 2 Air Force (16-11-6), 9:05 p.m.

No. 6 Canisius (12-17-6) at No. 3 Holy Cross (15-14-5), 7:05 p.m.

No. 5 Mercyhurst (15-16-4) at No. 4 Connecticut (13-17-4), 7:05 p.m.

* Sunday games if necessary; start times apply to all three games

Semifinals – March 18

at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

No. 1 – Quarterfinal winners, 4:05 p.m.

No. 2 – Quarterfinal winners, 60 minutes after completion of Game 1

Championship game – March 19

at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.

Posted: March 5th, 2011

PITTSBURGH – Mercyhurst College remains alive in the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs.

The Lakers advanced to next weekend’s quarterfinals with a 5-1 win against Robert Morris in front of 1,202 at RMU Island Sports Center on Saturday night. Scott Pitt led the way with two goals and an assist.

Taylor Holstrom (goal, assist), Derek Elliott (two assists) and Paul Chiasson (two assists) had two points apiece for the Lakers (15-16-4), the fifth seed in the conference’s West Scheduling Region.

Jesse Echternach and Mike Gurtler also scored goals and Erie native Ryan Zapolski made 30 saves for the Lakers, which handed the Colonials their only two losses on home ice this season.

Pitt’s two goals sparked the Lakers’ run to a 3-0 second-period lead. Trevor Lewis scored short-handed 1 minute, 59 seconds into the third to move the Colonials (18-12-5), the West’s fourth seed, within 3-1.

But Holstrom and Gurtler scored late in the game to seal the victory.

The Lakers will play at Connecticut (13-17-4), which had a first-round bye as the East’s No. 2 seed, in a best-of-three quarterfinal series starting with Game 1 on Friday. Game 2 is Saturday, followed by Game 3 (if necessary) on Sunday. All three games begin at 7:05 p.m.

The other quarterfinal series include American International at defending champion Rochester Institute of Technology, Sacred Heart at Air Force and Canisius at Holy Cross.

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament

First round – Saturday

East Scheduling Region

No. 6 American International 6, No. 3 Army 3

No. 5 Sacred Heart 6, No. 4 Bentley 3

West Scheduling Region

No. 6 Canisius 6, No. 3 Niagara 3

No. 5 Mercyhurst 5, No. 4 Robert Morris 1

Quarterfinals (best-of-three series)

Friday-next Sunday

No. 8 American International (8-22-1) at No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology (16-10-8), 7:05 p.m.

No. 7 Sacred Heart (6-23-6) at No. 2 Air Force (16-11-6), 9:05 p.m.

No. 6 Canisius (12-17-6) at No. 3 Holy Cross (15-14-5), 7:05 p.m.

No. 5 Mercyhurst (15-16-4) at No. 4 Connecticut (13-17-4), 7:05 p.m.

Note: Teams re-seeded based on overall regular-season standings; times apply to all three games.

SUMMARY

Mercyhurst 5, Robert Morris 1

Mercyhurst  1  2  2  —  5

Robert Morris  0  0  1  —  1

1st Period — 1. Mercyhurst, Scott Pitt 17 (Holstrom), 7:02. Penalties — Brooks (R) hooking, 2:31; Pitt (M) slashing, 15:34.

2nd Period — 2. Mercyhurst, Pitt 18 (Chiasson, Jensen), 8:36. 3. Mercyhurst, Jesse Echternach 2 (Elliott), 12:43. Penalties — Pitt (M) tripping, 3:06; Hervato (R) elbowing, 4:16; Jones (M) slashing, 5:32.

3rd Period — 4. RMU, Trevor Lewis 10 (Urban), 1:59 (sh). 5. Mercyhurst, Taylor Holstrom 9 (Chiasson, Pitt), 16:35. 6. Mercyhurst, Mike Gurtler 9 (Elliott, Noble), 17:59 (en). Penalties — Kushneriuk (R) high sticking, :48; C. South (R) tripping, 7:09; Jones (M) hooking, 7:35.

Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 6-15-13—34; RMU, 5-15-11—31.

Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Ryan Zapolski 13-13-3 (31 shots, 30 saves); RMU, Brooks Ostergard 14-9-2 (28 shots, 24 saves), Eric Ferber (5 shots, 5 saves).

Power plays — Mercyhurst (0-4), RMU (0-4).

Referees — Jim Visconte, Chris Foote. Linesmen — Zach Roberts, Josh Deleman.

Attendance — 1,202.

Posted: March 4th, 2011

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament – first round

What: Mercyhurst College (14-16-4) at Robert Morris (18-11-5)

When: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: RMU Island Sports Center – Pittsburgh

On the air: www.americaone.com (Internet video), www.rmucolonials.com (Internet radio, live stats)

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (12-13-3 record, 2.82 goals-against average, .921 save percentage, 2 shutouts), Sr. F Scott Pitt (16-20-36), So. F Paul Chiasson (17-16-33), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (8-22-30), Sr. F Mike Gurtler (8-17-25)

Robert Morris – Sr. F Nathan Longpre (14-28-42), Sr. D Denny Urban (8-31-39), Jr. G Brooks Ostergard (14-8-2, 2.67, .918), So. F Adam Brace (12-16-28), Jr. F Ron Cramer (9-12-21)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers, the No. 5 seed in the AHA’s six-team West scheduling region, start the conference playoffs on the road for the first time since 2006-07. They were swept by Canisius in a best-of-three quarterfinal series at Mercyhurst Ice Center last year. … The Lakers and Colonials split their three-game, regular-season series, with the teams splitting two games in Pittsburgh and tying 4-4 on Feb. 12 at MIC. Mercyhurst squandered a two-goal lead with two minutes left to settle for the tie. … The Lakers snapped a five-game winless streak with a 5-1 home win against Canisius in the regular-season finale last Saturday. … They enter the postseason with a 3-5-2 record in their last 10 games. … The Lakers will play without redshirt sophomore F Phil Ginand (season-ending, upper-body injury) and senior F Steve Cameron (potentially season-ending, lower-body injury). … Junior D Patrick Goebel (upper body) rejoined the lineup against Canisius after missing the previous two weekends. … Freshman D Nick Jones (upper body) will play tonight after missing last weekend’s games. … Gurtler needs seven points to become the 15th player in the program’s NCAA Division I history to reach 100 career points.

Robert Morris – The Colonials were swept in a two-game series at Air Force last weekend to slip from the West’s No. 2 seed and a first-round bye to the fourth seed. … They are an AHA-best 10-2-3 at home, including 9-1-3 at Island Sports Center. But the Lakers handed them that one loss (3-1 Nov. 19). … Longpre, Urban, senior F Chris Kushneriuk (7-13-20) and junior F Trevor Lewis (9-615) rank among the top 10 on the school’s scoring list. … Longpre has points in nine straight games and 19-of-21 outings.

– Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament

First round – Today

East Scheduling Region

No. 6 American International (7-22-1) at No. 3 Army (11-19-4), 7:05 p.m.

No. 5 Sacred Heart (5-23-6) at No. 4 Bentley (10-17-6), 7:05 p.m.

West Scheduling Region

No. 6 Canisius (11-17-6) at No. 3 Niagara (18-12-4), 7:05 p.m.

No. 5 Mercyhurst (14-16-4) at No. 4 Robert Morris (18-11-5), 7:05 p.m.

Note: No. 1W Rochester Institute of Technology (16-10-8), No. 2W Air Force (16-11-6), No. 1 E Holy Cross (15-14-5) and No. 2E Connecticut (13-17-4) earned byes into the quarterfinals.

Posted: February 24th, 2011

What: Mercyhurst College (13-15-4, 11-12-2 AHA) vs. Canisius (10-16-6, 9-11-5)

When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Friday at Buffalo State Sports Arena; Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center

On the air: www.americaone.com (Internet video), WMCE (radio)*

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (11-12-3 record, 2.88 goals-against average, .919 save percentage, 2 shutouts), Sr. F Scott Pitt (15-18-33), So. F Paul Chiasson (16-14-31), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (8-21-29), Sr. F Mike Gurtler (7-16-23)

Canisius – Sr. F Cory Conacher (19-13-32), Sr. F Vincent Scarsella (10-16-26), Fr. D Ben Danford (2-20-22), Sr. F Eric Rex (7-14-21), Jr. G Dan Morrison (7-13-4, 3.50, .903, 1 SO)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers, who are winless in their last four games (0-3-1), will clinch the fifth spot in the Atlantic Hockey Association’s West pod with a win in the regular season-ending series with the sixth-place Golden Griffins. … The Lakers will begin the playoffs on the road against the West pod’s third or fourth seed. … Redshirt sophomore F Phil Ginand (upper-body injury) is out for the season. … Senior F Steve Cameron (lower body) could miss the rest of the season. … Freshman F Nick Jones (upper body) will miss this weekend’s games. But coach Rick Gotkin hopes he will be cleared to play for the playoffs. … Junior D Patrick Goebel (upper body) rejoins the lineup after missing the past two weekends. …The school will honor seniors Cameron, Gurtler, Pitt, Zapolski, Jeff Terminesi, Ryan Raven and Jesse Echternach before Saturday’s game. … The Lakers lost 5-2 to Canisius in October, but they lead the all-time series 34-22-9. … Gurtler needs nine points to become the 15th player in the program’s NCAA Division I history to reach 100 career points and the third this season (Pitt and Cameron). Gurtler also needs two short-handed goals to equal the program’s Division I career record of 10 set by Louis Goulet (1998-2002), now an assistant coach with the women’s team. … Zapolski, an Erie native, has 46 career wins, four shy of being the Lakers’ first goaltender to reach 50 since Peter Aubry in 2002. … The Lakers are tied for ninth nationally in scoring offense (3.53 goals per game), one spot ahead of Air Force (3.56).

Canisius – The Golden Griffins snapped a three-game losing streak (all by shutout) with a 6-3 win at Niagara on Saturday. … They were shut out in three straight games for the first time in the program’s 31-year history. … Conacher is the Division I program’s all-time leading scorer (132 points). … Danford has set a new program record for points by a rookie defenseman. … Fairview native Rex’s 21 points are eight more than his first three seasons combined. … The Golden Griffins have won four straight against the Lakers and five in a row at MIC.

Up next: at Atlantic Hockey Association tournament – first round (TBA)

* Radio broadcast – home game only

– Victor Fernandes