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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 2nd, 2014

First round (best-of-three series)
Feb. 28 – Game 1
No. 4 Syracuse 4, No. 5 Lindenwood 1
No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology 3, No. 6 Penn State 2, OT
March 1 – Game 2
Syracuse 6, Lindenwood 0 (Syracuse wins series 2-0)
RIT 3, Penn State 0 (RIT wins series 2-0)

Semifinals – Friday
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

No. 4 Syracuse (20-12-3) vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4), 4 p.m.
No. 3 RIT (17-15-3) vs. No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3), 7:30 p.m.
Championship game – Saturday
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Syracuse-Mercyhurst winner vs. RIT-RMU winner, 3 p.m.

Note: Champion doesn’t earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament. Teams, most notably Mercyhurst and RMU will need to earn at-large bids into the eight-team field, which will be unveiled next Sunday at 6 p.m. at NCAA.com.

Posted: February 28th, 2014

First round (best-of-three series)
Friday – Game 1
No. 4 Syracuse 4, No. 5 Lindenwood 1 (Syracuse leads series 1-0)
No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology 3, No. 6 Penn State 2, OT (RIT leads series 1-0)
Today – Game 2
Lindenwood (5-25-3) at Syracuse (19-12-3), 2 p.m.
Penn State (4-28-3) at RIT (16-15-3), 2:05 p.m.
Sunday – Game 3*
Lindenwood at Syracuse, 2 p.m.
Penn State at RIT, 2:05 p.m.
* If necessary

Semifinals – March 7
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Lowest-remaining seed vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4), TBD
Highest-remaining seed vs. No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3), TBD
Championship game – March 8
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Semifinal winners, TBD
Note: Champion doesn’t earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament. Teams, most notably Mercyhurst and Robert Morris, will need to earn at-large bids into the eight-team field, which will be unveiled March 9 at 6 p.m. at NCAA.com.

Posted: February 27th, 2014

College Hockey America Tournament schedule
First round (best-of-three series)
Friday – Game 1

No. 5 Lindenwood (5-24-3) at No. 4 Syracuse (18-12-3), 7 p.m.
No. 6 Penn State (4-27-3) at No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology (15-15-3), 7 p.m.
Saturday – Game 2
Lindenwood at Syracuse, 2 p.m.
Penn State at RIT, 2:05 p.m.
Sunday – Game 3*
Lindenwood at Syracuse, 2 p.m.
Penn State at RIT, 2:05 p.m.
* If necessary

Semifinals – March 7
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Lowest-remaining seed vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4), TBD
Highest-remaining seed vs. No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3), TBD
Championship game – March 8
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Semifinal winners, TBD
Note: Champion doesn’t earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament. Teams, most notably Mercyhurst and Robert Morris, will need to earn at-large bids into the eight-team field, which will be unveiled March 9 at 6 p.m. at NCAA.com.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team has the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye for the College Hockey America tournament, which begins next weekend with best-of-three, first-round series. Here’s the schedule…

First round
No. 6 Penn State (4-27-3, 1-18-1) at Rochester Institute of Technology (15-15-3, 10-7-2)
Game 1 – Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday at 7:05 p.m.*

No. 5 Lindenwood (5-24-3, 5-13-2) at No. 4 Syracuse (18-12-3, 9-7-3)
Game 1 – Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday at 7:05 p.m.*

Semifinals – March 7
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Lowest-remaining seed vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst (22-7-4, 15-3-2), TBA
Highest-remaining seed vs. No. 2 Robert Morris (24-7-3, 13-5-2), TBA

Championship game – March 8
at Mercyhurst Ice Center

Semifinal winners, TBA

Posted: February 14th, 2014

No. 8 Mercyhurst (19-7-3, 12-3-1 CHA) at Penn State (4-23-3, 1-14-1)
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Pegula Ice Arena – University Park
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.gopsusports.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst takes a three-point lead over Robert Morris in the College Hockey America standings into their first series at Penn State’s new 5,782-seat arena that cost a reported $102 million to build. The Lakers have four regular-season games left. … The Lakers have won five straight games. They have allowed two goals or fewer in four of those wins. … They have won all six career meetings with PSU, including 7-0 and 8-0 wins Dec. 6-7 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … Senior F Christine Bestland ranks among the NCAA Division I leaders with 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists). … Senior F Christie Cicero (14-16-30) needs five points to reach the 100 mark for her career. … Junior D Molly Byrne (2-20-22) has points in seven straight games. … Penn State has two straight and are in the past seven games (0-6-1). The Nittany Lions are 2-11-2 at home this season. … They have scored two goals or fewer in 25-of-30 games this season, including eight shutout losses, on the way to being outscored 107-44 this season. … Freshman F Laura Bowman (9-5-14) and senior F Taylor Gross (7-7-14) lead the team in scoring.

Check out weekend previews from head coach Michael Sisti and sophomore D Lauren Kilroy

Posted: December 14th, 2013

Mercyhurst (12-5-2, 5-2-1 CHA) at Lindenwood (2-14-2, 2-5-1)
When: Today, 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Lindenwood Ice Arena – Wentzville, Mo.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst completes the first half of the season with a second straight two-game series against a struggling College Hockey America team. The Lakers swept Penn State by a combined 15-0 score at Mercyhurst Ice Center last weekend, as 18 skaters that dressed for those games recorded at least a point. … The Lakers have a nearly month-long Christmas break before facing No. 3 Cornell at MIC on Jan. 10-11. … The Lakers have won a season-high five straight games by a combined 24-6 score. … With two wins, they would move within a game of idle Robert Morris (16-3-1, 8-1-1) in the CHA standings. … The Lakers have won all eight career meetings with Lindenwood by a combined 64-5 score, including four shutouts. … Senior F Christine Bestland can climb into third on the Lakers’ career scoring list with two points this weekend. She is tied for fourth with Valerie Chouinard (200 from 2005-09), one point behind Bailey Bram (201 from 2008-12). … The Lakers have allowed three goals or fewer 17 times. … Junior G Amanda Makela has a 10-5-2 record, 1.83 goals-against average, .933 save percentage this season, including 3-2-1, 2.04 and .930 in conference play. … The Lakers have improved to seventh in NCAA Division I with 3.26 goals scored per game and eighth at 1.68 goals against per game. … Lindenwood split a two-game CHA series with Syracuse last weekend, their second straight series split. … Junior F Kendra Broad leads the Lions with four goals and nine points. … Sophomore G Nicole Hensley, CHA’s reigning rookie of the year who set the NCAA single-game record with 90 saves a season ago, has a 3.47 goals-against average and .915 save percentage overall. Her statistics improve to 2.37 and .934 in CHA play. On Wednesday, Lindenwood learned the school will serve as host for the 2017 Women’s Frozen Four at Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 7th, 2013

Matt Zay and Kyle Cook had a goal and assist apiece to lead the Mercyhurst men to a 7-1 Atlantic Hockey Association win against Sacred Heart on Friday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Head coach Rick Gotkin‘s team is above .500 for the first time this season at 8-7-1, and remains atop the conference at 6-1-0.
Meanwhile, the Mercyhurst women routed Penn State 7-0 in a College Hockey America game at MIC Friday afternoon behind Christine Bestland‘s hat trick and assist. The senior forward and captain needs one point to become the fifth player in program history to reach the 200-point mark. She would join the following group of former Lakers stars:

Name (years) – total points
Meghan Agosta-Marciano (2006-09, 2010-11) – 303
Jesse Scanzano (2007-11) – 225
Bailey Bram (2008-12) – 201
Valerie Chouinard (2005-09) – 200

Posted: December 5th, 2013

Penn State (3-12-2, 1-7-0 CHA) at Mercyhurst (10-5-2, 3-2-1)
When: Today, 3 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst returns to College Hockey America play after sweeping a pair of 3-2 non-conference games against St. Lawrence last weekend. … The Lakers have won three straight games, all by 3-2 scores. … They end the first half next weekend with a two-game series at Lindenwood. … The Lakers have scored three goals or fewer 14 times this season. But they have allowed three goals or fewer 15 times. … Mercyhurst swept all four meetings with Penn State a season ago. … Senior F Christine Bestland needs five points to become the fifth player in program history to reach 200 career points. … Penn State snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 4-1 win at Lindenwood on Nov. 23, followed by a 1-1 tie with Maine last Saturday. … The Nittany Lions have a 10-38-4 record, including 2-24-2 in CHA play, in the first one-plus seasons as a NCAA Division I program. … The Nittany Lions have lost seven games by one goal. … Sophomore F Shannon Yoxheimer leads the team with five goals and 11 points, while senior F Taylor Gross has six goals and 10 points. … The Lakers will hold their annual “Pink the Rink” event Saturday in support of breast cancer awareness. The players will wear pink sweaters that will be sold for $100 apiece. All funds from ticket sales, 50-50 raffle and Chuck-A-Puck will be donated to Erie’s “Linked by Pink.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 7th, 2013

Lindenwood
Record: 0-9-1, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: So. G Nicole Hensley (0-9-1 record, 4.46 goals-against average, .903 save percentage), Jr. F Kendra Broad (2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points), So. D Brooke Peden (1-2-3), Sr. F Jocelyn Slattery (2-0-2), Jr. F Alyssa West (2-0-2)
What to watch: The Lions’ third season in NCAA Division I has been as difficult as the first two. They are a combined 15-56-3 at this level as they head into CHA play. But at least they have a strong building block in Hensley, who set the NCAA record with 90 saves in a 2-1 triple-OT loss to Robert Morris in the CHA playoffs last March. She broke former Mercyhurst star Desi Clark‘s mark of 78.

Mercyhurst
Record: 5-3-1, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: Sr. F Christine Bestland (5-9-14), Jr. G Amanda Makela (5-3-1, 1.66, .935, 3 shutouts), Jr. F Shelby Bram (2-6-8), Sr. F Christie Cicero (3-4-7), Jr. D Molly Byrne (0-4-4)
What to watch: The Lakers are young, with 15 freshmen and sophomores. But it’s hard to count out this team at playoff time, given their track record (NCAA-record nine straight trips to the national playoffs) and leaders like Bestland, Cicero and Byrne.

Penn State
Record: 2-7-1, 0-2-0 CHA
Top players: So. F Shannon Yoxheimer (3-5-8), Sr. F Taylor Gross (3-4-7), So. F Hannah Hoenshell (1-4-5), Fr. F Sarah Nielsen (1-4-5), Fr. F Laura Bowman (4-0-4)
What to watch: The Nittany Lions are off to a sluggish start in their second CHA season. They need to keep the puck out of their net to turn it around. PSU has allowed four goals or more five times in their seven losses.

Robert Morris
Record: 8-2-0, 2-0-0 CHA
Top players: Fr. F Brittany Howard (4-13-17), Fr. G Jessica Dodds (6-0-0, 1.49, .932, 3 shutouts), Sr. F Kristen Richards(3-7-10), Sr. F Thea Imbrogno (5-4-9), Jr. F Rebecca Vint (5-3-8)
What to watch: The Colonials have a strong blend of experience and youth, starting up front with Howard, Richards and Imbrogno and in net with Dodds and junior Courtney Vinet (2-2-0, 2.25, .905). They are contenders to win a conference title for the second time in three seasons.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Record: 4-5-0, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: Sr. F Kourtney Kunichika (5-2-7), Jr. G Ali Binnington (4-3-0, 2.63, .914, 2 SO), Jr. F Kolbee McCrea(3-3-6), So. F Jess Paton (3-3-6), Jr. D Morgan Scoyne (0-5-5)
What to watch: The Tigers head into their second season in CHA with a chance to make a name for themselves. They have wins over two Hockey East Association teams – New Hampshire and Vermont – and a one-goal loss to a strong Northeastern club. They also have a strong roster, led by Binnington in goal.

Syracuse
Record: 4-4-0, 0-0-0 CHA
Top players: So. D Nicole Renault (1-8-9), Sr. G Kallie Billadeau (2-4-0, 2.03, .943), So. F Melissa Piacentini(1-5-6), Sr. F Margot Scharfe (4-1-5), Sr. D Caitlin Roach (2-3-5)
What to watch: The Orange join Mercyhurst and RMU in the national poll. With a goaltending tandem like Billadeau and Jenesica Drinkwater (2-0-0, 1.50, .940), they should be in the running in the CHA this season.

Posted: September 19th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team has been picked to win the College Hockey America championship in the preseason coaches poll, which was released Thursday. The Lakers, which finished 29-7-1 and won an 11th straight conference title a season ago, received five of six first-place votes and 25 voting points.
Syracuse finished second with 19 points, followed by Robert Morris, which earned one first-place vote and 18 total points. Rochester Institute of Technology (13 points), Lindenwood (nine points) and Penn State (six points) rounded out the list.
In other news, Mercyhurst announced ticket prices for the 2013-14 men’s and women’s hockey seasons. Single-game tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Mercyhurst students will continue to receive free admission. Season tickets cost $125, which saves fans $65 on 19 women’s home games and $45 on 17 men’s home games. A season ticket for the combined 36-game home schedule costs $200. Students and senior citizens can purchase season tickets for $75 for one team or $100 for both teams. The women’s team opens the season Saturday at 7 p.m. with an exhibition game against Western Ontario at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The men’s team opens the season Oct. 8 against Guelph at 7:05 p.m. at MIC.
For more information, call the school’s hockey box office at (814) 824-2277.

CHA coaches poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Points
1. Mercyhurst (5) 25
2. Syracuse 19
3. Robert Morris 18
4. RIT 13
5. Lindenwood 9
6. Penn State 6

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