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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: February 27th, 2014

Christine Bestland

Mercyhurst senior forward Christine Bestland was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which annually honors the top NCAA Division I women’s hockey player. Bestland leads the Lakers with 20 goals and tops College Hockey America with 30 assists and 50 points. She also ranks fifth nationally with 1.52 points per game and leads with five short-handed goals. Bestland (90 goals, 132 assists and 222 points in her career) is one of five Lakers to reach the 200-point mark.
The other finalists are goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (Harvard, sophomore); defenseman Erin Ambrose (Clarkson, sophomore); and forwards Brittany Ammerman (Wisconsin, senior), Kelly Babstock (Quinnipiac, senior),Rachael Bona (Minnesota, junior), Hannah Brandt (Minnesota, sophomore), Sarah Lefort (Boston University, sophomore), Jamie Lee Rattray (Clarkson, senior) and Jillian Saulnier (Cornell, junior).
The selection process began earlier this month with nominations from Division I coaches. Players receiving at least two votes were placed on the ballot. Then the list was trimmed to 10 players by coaches. The top three finalists will be chosen by a 13-person selection committee comprised of Division I coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media, an at-large member and a representative from USA Hockey, the sport’s governing body in this country. The announcement will be made next Thursday. The recipient will be honored March 22 in Wallingford, Conn., as part of the Women’s Frozen Four weekend, which will be hosted by Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

Patty Kazmaier Award finalists at a glance
D Erin Ambrose, Clarkson, Soph. – 13 goals, 35 assists, 48 points, +39 rating
F Brittany Ammerman, Wisconsin, Sr. – 22 goals, 17 assists, 39 points
Kelly Babstock, Quinnipiac, Sr. – 18 goals, 28 assists, 46 points
F Christine Bestland, Sr., Mercyhurst – 20 goals, 30 assists, 50 points

Rachael Bona (Contributed/University of Minnesota)

F Rachael Bona, Minnesota, Soph. – 20 goals, 32 assists, 52 points
* F Hannah Brandt, Minnesota, Soph. – 19 goals, 36 assists, 55 points
Soph. Sarah Lefort, Boston University, Soph. – 29 goals, 22 assists, 51 points
G Emerance Maschmeyer, Harvard, Soph. – 16-4-4 record, 1.60 goals-against average, .948 save percentage
F Jamie Lee Rattray, Clarkson, Sr. – 26 goals, 29 assists, 55 points

Jamie Lee Rattray (Contributed/Clarkson University)

F Jillian Saulnier, Cornell, Jr. –
* Only player who was a top-10 finalist a season ago

Posted: December 9th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team extended its winning streak to five straight games this past weekend by sweeping a two-game series from Penn State by a combined 15-0 score. Yet the Lakers (12-5-2) didn’t receive a single vote in the latest Division I poll, which was released today. The Lakers were shut out from the rankings for the first time since the final poll of the 2000-01 season on March 19, 2001.
Minnesota (19-1-0) still tops the list with all 15 first-place votes and 150 voting points. Wisconsin (14-2-2), Cornell (10-1-2), North Dakota (10-4-2) and Harvard (9-1-2) completed the top five. Clarkson (13-4-2) stands at No. 6, followed by Boston College (12-4-2), Boston University (14-3-1), Quinnipiac (14-2-5) and Robert Morris (16-3-1). No other teams received votes.
Check out the complete poll below…Meanwhile, senior F and captain Christine Bestland was named College Hockey America player of the week after totaling five points in in two games, including the 200th point of her collegiate career. Division I poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points
1. Minnesota (15) 19-1-0 150
2. Wisconsin 14-2-2 134
3. Cornell 10-1-2 118
4. North Dakota 10-4-2 98
5. Harvard 9-1-2 88
6. Clarkson 13-4-2 73
7. Boston College 12-4-2 70
8. Boston University 14-3-1 40
9. Quinnipiac 14-2-5 35
10. Robert Morris 16-3-1 19

* Heading outdoors in Rochester: The Rochester Institute of Technology men’s and women’s hockey teams will play in outdoor games on Saturday at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y. Find out more by clicking this link

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: March 28th, 2013

Vic’s picks
Victor Fernandes unveils his predictions for the NCAA Division I tournament:

East Regional
at Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, R.I.
Semifinals – Saturday

No. 4 Canisius def. No. 1 Quinnipiac
No. 2 Boston College def. No. 3 Union
Championship game – Sunday
No. 2 Boston College def. No. 4 Canisius

Northeast Regional
at Verizon Wireless Arena – Manchester, N.H.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 4 Wisconsin def. No. 1 UMass-Lowell
No. 3 Denver def. No. 2 New Hampshire
Championship game – Saturday
No. 4 Wisconsin def. No. 3 Denver

Midwest Regional
at Huntington Center – Toledo, Ohio
Semifinals – Saturday

No. 4 St. Cloud State def. No. 1 Notre Dame
No. 2 Miami, Ohio def. No. 3 Minnesota State-Mankato
Championship game – Sunday
No. 4 St. Cloud State def. No. 2 Miami, Ohio

West Regional
at Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Minnesota def. No. 4 Yale
No. 2 North Dakota def. No. 3 Niagara
Championship game – Saturday
No. 1 Minnesota def. No. 2 North Dakota

Men’s Frozen Four
at CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh
Semifinals – April 11

No. 2 Boston College def. No. 4 St. Cloud State
No. 1 Minnesota def. No. 4 Wisconsin
Championship game – April 13
No. 2 Boston College def. No. 1 Minnesota

NCAA Division I Tournament schedule
East Regional
at Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, R.I.
Semifinals – Saturday

No. 1 Quinnipiac (27-7-5) vs. No. 4 Canisius (19-18-5), 5:30 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Boston College (22-11-4) vs. No. 3 Union (21-12-5), 9 p.m. ESPNU
Championship game – Sunday
Semifinal winners, 6:30 p.m. ESPNU

Northeast Regional
at Verizon Wireless Arena – Manchester, N.H.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 UMass-Lowell (26-10-2) vs. No. 4 Wisconsin (22-12-7), 4:30 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 New Hampshire (19-11-7) vs. No. 3 Denver (20-13-5), 8 p.m. ESPNU
Championship game – Saturday
Semifinal winners, 6:30 p.m. ESPNU

Midwest Regional
at Huntington Center – Toledo, Ohio
Semifinals – Saturday

No. 1 Notre Dame (25-12-3) vs. No. 4 St. Cloud State (23-15-1), 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Miami, Ohio (24-11-5) vs. Minnesota State-Mankato (24-13-3), 5 p.m. ESPN3
Championship game – Sunday
Semifinal winners, 4 p.m. ESPNU

West Regional
at Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Minnesota (26-8-5) vs. No. 4 Yale (18-12-3), 2 p.m. ESPNU
No. 2 North Dakota (21-12-7) vs. No. 3 Niagara (23-9-5), 5:30 p.m. ESPNU
Championship game – Saturday
Semifinal winners, 4 p.m. ESPNU

Men’s Frozen Four
at CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh
Semifinals – April 11

East Regional champion vs. Midwest Regional champion, 4:30 p.m. ESPN2
Northeast Regional champion vs. West Regional champion, 8 p.m. ESPN2
Championship game – April 13
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. ESPN

Posted: March 21st, 2013

No. 6 Mercyhurst (18-16-5) vs. No. 4 Connecticut (19-13-4)
When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), WMCE-FM/88.5 & (radio), (live scores)
Up next: Championship game (Saturday, 7:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena)*
What to expect: Mercyhurst has reached the Atlantic Hockey Association semifinals for the second straight season. The Lakers lost to eventual champion Air Force 5-2 in this round a season ago. … The Lakers rebounded from an eight-game winless streak with a sweep of 11th-seeded Army at Mercyhurst Ice Center two weeks ago and a series win at No. 3 Holy Cross last weekend. … Mercyhurst hasn’t reached the title game since consecutive trips in 2008 and 2009 (lost to Air Force both times). … The Lakers haven’t won an AHA championship since beating Quinnipiac 3-2 in the 2005 title game. They also beat Quinnipiac 6-5 to capture the 2001 title, when the league was known as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. … Mercyhurst and UConn split their two-game, regular-season series in Storrs, Conn., with the Lakers losing 5-4 Jan. 18 and winning 5-0 the following night. … The Lakers lead the all-time series 32-13-3. Yet they have lost three straight and four of six games against the Huskies in the postseason, including a UConn sweep in the 2011 AHA quarterfinals. … With top-seeded and 15th-ranked Niagara (23-8-5) facing seventh-seeded Canisius (17-18-5) in the other semifinal, the conference will have a champion from a school other than Air Force and Rochester Institute of Technology for the first time since Holy Cross in 2006. Air Force, which lost to Canisius in the quarterfinals, had won five of the last six titles (2007-09, 2011-12). RIT, which lost to Niagara in the quarterfinals, won in 2010 on the way to the first NCAA Division I Frozen Four appearance for the Tigers and the AHA. … Senior F Grant Blakey has five goals and seven points in the Lakers’ five playoff games. … UConn senior G Matt Grogan has a 14-3-3 record, 1.88 goals-against average and .939 save percentage since taking over as starter midway through the season. He was the Huskies’ only player to earn all-conference honors (third team). Mercyhurst features three all-stars – junior D Nick Jones (first team), sophomore F Ryan Misiak (second) and sophomore F Matthew Zay (third). … Niagara has never reached the title game. Canisius hasn’t reached the final since 1999 (lost 4-3 to Holy Cross). … Niagara junior G Carson Chubak leads the nation with six shutouts and ranks among the top five in winning percentage (.773), goals-against average (1.81) and save percentage (.941). He’s one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which honors the nation’s top men’s hockey player. … Freshman F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, has two goals and seven points in 34 games for Canisius.
* If the Lakers win tonight

- Victor Fernandes

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

No. 1 Niagara (23-8-5) vs. No. 7 Canisius (17-18-5), 4:05 p.m.
No. 4 Connecticut (19-13-4) vs. No. 6 Mercyhurst (18-16-5), 7:05 p.m.
Championship game – Saturday
Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.
Note: Champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

Posted: October 1st, 2012

The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team gained one spot in the latest Division I poll, which was released Monday. The Lakers (2-0-0), which swept a season-opening series with College Hockey America newcomer Rochester Institute of Technology this past weekend, passed Northeastern (0-0-0) for the ninth spot with 34 voting points.
Defending national champion Minnesota (2-0-0) retained the No. 1 spot after sweeping Colgate by a combined 18-0 score this past weekend. Cornell (0-0-0) and Boston College (0-0-0) moved up one spot to second and third, respectively, despite not playing any games. Wisconsin fell to fourth from second after a win and tie against unranked Minnesota State-Mankato. North Dakota (0-0-0), Boston University (0-0-0), St. Lawrence (0-0-0) and Minnesota Duluth (0-0-0) rounded out the top 10.
Quinnipiac (0-0-0), which hosts Mercyhurst Friday and Saturday, made the honorable mention list with two points.

Posted: September 29th, 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team didn’t start fast this time around.
The 10th-ranked Lakers didn’t score in the first period after scoring twice in the opening 18 seconds in Friday’s season opener.
But the Lakers responded strong in the final two periods of a 7-0 College Hockey America win against Rochester Institute of Technology Saturday afternoon in front of 630 at James Ritter Memorial Ice Arena. Mercyhurst (2-0-0, 2-0-0 CHA) swept the season-opening series from the Tigers (0-2-0, 0-2-0), which are in their first season as a NCAA Division I program.
Freshman Emily Janiga provided the offensive spark with the first three goals and four points of her collegiate career. She snapped a scoreless tie 8 minutes, 15 seconds into the second period, and scored again 5 minutes later. She also assisted on Shelby Bram‘s goal that opened a 3-0 lead with 1:13 left in the period.
Janiga capped her first career hat trick 6:31 into the third. Christine Bestland scored twice in the period – her second and third goals of the season – and added two assists for a four-point outing. Kelsey Welch, one of three transfers from Niagara, scored her first goal as a Laker. Fellow transfers Jenna Hendrikx and Kaleigh Chippy had an assist apiece. Molly Byrne and Vaila Higson each had two assists for the Lakers, which went 3-for-9 on the power play after failing on all eight chances Friday.
Senior goaltender Stephanie Ciampa stopped all 17 shots she faced for her first career shutout in her sixth career start. The Lakers head to Hamden, Conn., next weekend for a two-game non-conference series at Quinnipiac.

Posted: September 30th, 2011

Hillary Pattenden had a perfect start to her season Friday night.

Mercyhurst College’s senior goaltender stopped 20 shots on the way to her 10th career shutout in the Lakers’ season-opening 4-0 win against Quinnipiac at Mercyhurst Ice Center.

Bailey Bram’s short-handed goal 9 minutes, 44 seconds into the game was the only offensive support Pattenden needed in the battle of nationally ranked teams.

Kelley Steadman and Christine Bestland had a goal and assist apiece for the eighth-ranked Lakers (1-0-0). Lauren Jones added a goal while freshman Caroline Luczak and Wayne State transfer Gina Buquet recorded their first points with the Lakers.

Victoria Vigilanti made 30 saves for the No. 9 Bobcats (0-1-0). The teams meet today at 4 p.m. at MIC.

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