By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 20th, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team captured several awards at the Atlantic Hockey Association’s tournament banquet:

Player of the Year - Jimmy Sarjeant
Goaltender of the Year - Jimmy Sarjeant
Coach of the Year - Rick Gotkin
Best Defensive Forward - Daniel O’Donoghue
Best Defenseman - Nick Jones
Individual Sportsmanship Award - Nick Jones (co-winner)
Regular Season Championship Trophy - Mercyhurst

Posted: March 14th, 2014

Kyle Cook

Kyle Cook picked the perfect time to score the Mercyhurst men’s hockey team’s first OT winner in more than 2 years. He scored 4:40 into the extra period to give the top-seeded Lakers a 5-4 win over eighth-seeded Holy Cross tonight at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Daniel O’Donoghue scored with 26.8 seconds left in the 3rd period to force overtime.
The Lakers can clinch the series win and a spot in next weekend’s AHA final four in Game 2 Saturday at 7:05pm at MIC.

Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s post-game news conference here

Posted: February 21st, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team managed a 3-3 tie with Niagara in Atlantic Hockey Association action tonight at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
But it was a subpar performance from the first-place Lakers, who still can clinch the AHA’s regular-season title with a win over the Purple Eagles and losses by Bentley and Robert Morris to Sacred Heart and Canisius, respectively, on Saturday. Head coach Rick Gotkin said that – and more – in a rather animated post-game interview.

Posted: February 13th, 2014

Mercyhurst (15-12-5, 13-4-4 AHA) at Rochester Institute of Technology (8-15-5, 7-11-3)
When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Frank Ritter Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), (live audio & statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to rebound after being swept in a two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series for the first time this season last weekend at Air Force. … The Lakers’ lead in the conference stands at two points over Bentley, three over Air Force and Connecticut and four over Robert Morris. RIT is tied for eighth with 17 points, 13 behind the Lakers. … Head coach Rick Gotkin was unsure if G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body) could play this weekend. Jordan Tibbett could start his fifth and sixth straight games (1-2-1 record, 2.22 goals-against average, .945 save percentage in the past

Jordan Tibbett (Contributed/Mercyhurst University)

four games). … Gotkin is hopeful that F Daniel O’Donoghue (upper body) can play against the Tigers. He ranks second on the team in scoring with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists). … Mercyhurst trails RIT 30-16-6 in the all-time series, but the Lakers won 3-2 on Nov. 18 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … Mercyhurst plays their final regular-season series at Ritter Arena, as the Tigers move into the Gene Polisseni Center next season. The Lakers are winless in six of their last seven games at Ritter Arena and are 6-14-2 overall. … RIT had a tie and loss at home against RMU last weekend. … The Tigers are sixth in NCAA Division I on the power play (22.8 percent). They also are 35 for their last 38 on the penalty kill. … Senior F Mike Colavecchia leads the Tigers with 12 goals and 26 points. … Freshman G Mike Rotolo (5-5-3, 2.83, .909, 1 shutout) and junior G Jordan Ruby (3-10-2, 3.62, .896, 1 SHO) have split time in net.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 6th, 2014

Mercyhurst (15-10-5, 13-2-4 AHA) at Air Force (15-9-4, 10-6-3)
When: Today and Saturday, 9:05 p.m.
Where: Cadet Ice Arena – U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
On the air: (live stream), (live audio & statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst heads into the two-game series with a four-point lead over runner-up Bentley in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. Air Force is tied for fourth with Robert Morris, seven points behind the Lakers. … Mercyhurst scored a season high in goals in an 8-2 win against the Falcons on Nov. 2 at Mercyhurst Ice Center to even the all-time series at 11-11-3. The Lakers have a 7-2-1 record at Air Force. … Redshirt junior G Jordan Tibbett will start his third and fourth straight games in place of junior G Jimmy Sarjeant (upper body), who didn’t travel with the team. Tibbett is the conference’s reigning co-goaltender the week (69 saves on 72 shots in a win and tie against Bentley last weekend). On Thursday, Sarjeant was named AHA goaltender of the month for January (5-0-2 record, 1.42 goals-against average, .960 save percentage). … Senior F Daniel O’Donoghue, the team’s second-leading scorer with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists), won’t play this weekend because of an upper-body injury. … Junior F Nardo Nagtzaam had a goal and four points in two games last weekend in his return from a lower-body injury. … The line of Nagtzaam, sophomore F Kyle Cook and freshman F Kyle Dutra combined for four goals and 11 points against Bentley. … Junior Fs Chad Demers (11-22-33) and Cole Gunner (12-20-32) lead the Falcons, while senior Jason Torf (9-5-4, 2.59, .914) and freshman Chris Truehl (6-2-0, 2.01, .917) have been a solid tandem in net.

- Victor Fernandes

* Check out head coach Rick Gotkin‘s preview of this weekend’s series here

Posted: January 31st, 2014

Kyle Cook scored off a rebound with 9 minutes, 9 seconds left in the third period to help the Mercyhurst men’s hockey team salvage a 2-2 tie with Bentley tonight at Mercyhurst Ice Center in a battle between the Atlantic Hockey Association’s top two teams.
The first-place Lakers (14-10-5, 12-2-4) maintain a two-point lead over the runner-up Falcons (13-8-4, 11-3-4) heading into Saturday night’s 7:05 p.m. series finale at MIC. Zac Frischmon scored the Lakers’ other goal, while Jordan Tibbett made 32 saves in his best outing of the season in what was an entertaining game that even had a controversial no-goal in the Lakers’ favor.
The Falcons appeared to score a goal early in the third that would give them a 3-1 lead. The officials immediately waved it off and play continued. During the next stoppage in play, I was able to see a replay of the shot (thanks to colleague Matt Edwards from WJET-TV). From my vantage point, the puck appeared to cross the goal line at the right side of the net, curl around the white pad that rims the bottom of the net and then exit on the left side. Cook scored the tying goal a short time later.
“I couldn’t see it,” Lakers head coach Rick Gotkin said of the controversial no-goal. “Next year there’s going to be video replay (mandated throughout NCAA hockey), so we’ll probably take that stuff out of it. But the referees looked like they were absolutely sure. There wasn’t much discussion afterwards.”
But that didn’t overshadow the superb effort from Tibbett, who played very well in place of injured starter Jimmy Sarjeant (lower body).

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 30th, 2014

Bentley (13-8-3, 11-3-3 AHA) at Mercyhurst (14-10-4, 12-2-3)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time audio & statistics)
What to expect: First-place Mercyhurst and runner-up Bentley are separated by two points in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. … The Lakers had two unbeaten streaks – seven games overall and 13 games in the conference – snapped in a 7-4 home loss to Canisius last Saturday night. … The Lakers are 12-0-0 in AHA play when allowing two goals or fewer, but 0-2-3 when surrendering three or more goals. … Redshirt junior G Jordan Tibbett (0-6-0 record, 6.16 goals-against average, .851 save percentage in 6 games) starts in place of junior G Jimmy Sarjeant, who will miss the series with an upper-body injury. … Lakers junior F Matt Zay (15 goals, 23 assists, 38 points) and Bentley senior F Brett Gensler (16-19-35) rank among the top six scorers in NCAA Division I. … Lakers senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (11-23-34), as well as Bentley junior D Steve Weinstein (1-30-31) and junior F Alex Grieve (16-14-30), rank among the top 20 nationally. … Weinstein leads the nation in scoring by defensemen. … The Lakers have six players with at least 20 points – Zay, O’Donoghue (11-23-34), junior F Ryan Misiak (9-20-29), junior F Daniel Bahntge (13-9-22), senior D Nick Jones (6-16-22) and redshirt junior F Kyle Just (6-14-20). … Bentley is unbeaten in the last five games (4-0-1) and have one loss in 15 games (11-1-3) since starting the season 2-7-0. … The Falcons are 1-0-1 on their current six-game road trip. … The Falcons (3.50 goals per game) and Lakers (3.46) rank among the top 10 nationally in scoring offense. … The Stanley Cup will make a special appearance at the university on Saturday. The general public can view the NHL’s championship trophy from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Student Union and during the game, where it will be presented to Mike Folga, the team’s longtime athletic trainer and equipment manager, during one of two intermissions. … Fans attending tonight’s game will receive a voucher for free admission to Saturday’s game and have first chance to see the Cup before Saturday’s game. Other fans must pay full price for admission Saturday and can view the up during intermissions. Donations benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project are welcome.

Listen to head coach Rick Gotkin‘s preview of this weekend’s series, while G Jordan Tibbett talks about starting in place of the injured Jimmy Sarjeant…

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 26th, 2014

Mercyhurst junior G Jimmy Sarjeant suffered an upper-body injury in the second period of a 7-4 loss to Canisius on Saturday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Sarjeant will be evaluated Monday to determine how much time he will miss. The Lakers (14-10-4, 12-2-3) host Bentley (13-8-3, 11-3-3) next weekend in a key two-game series between the top two teams in the Atlantic Hockey Association. Mercyhurst leads the Falcons by two points in the standings.
Sarjeant, a first-year starter, has an 11-0-3 record, 1.83 goals-against average and .947 save percentage in 14 AHA games this season.
If he can’t play against the Falcons, head coach Rick Gotkin said redshirt junior Jordan Tibbett will start in net. He replaced Sarjeant in Saturday’s game and allowed 5 goals on 17 shots to fall to 0-6-0 with a 6.16 goals-against average and .851 save percentage this season.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 23rd, 2014

Mercyhurst (13-9-4, 11-1-3 AHA) at Canisius (8-12-2, 7-6-2)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Buffalo State Sports Arena – Buffalo, N.Y.
On the air: (live stream), (real-time audio & statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to hold onto their two-point lead in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings by avenging their only conference loss of the season. The Lakers lost 4-3 at Canisius on Nov. 9. … The Lakers have built a 12-game unbeaten streak (9-0-3) in AHA play since that defeat. They are unbeaten in their past six games overall (4-0-2). … The Lakers and Golden Griffins complete the home-and-home series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … The Lakers’ 11-1-3 start to the conference season is tied for second best in program history. … Mercyhurst settled for two ties with Connecticut at home last weekend. The Lakers squandered a 2-1 third-period lead in a 2-2 tie Friday, and a 3-0 second-period lead in a 3-3 tie Saturday. … The Lakers are the only NCAA Division I school with five players over the 20-point mark – junior F Matt Zay (33), senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (30), junior F Ryan Misiak (27), senior D Nick Jones (20) and redshirt junior F Kyle Just (20). Junior F Daniel Bahntge is next on the list with 18 points. … The Lakers are eighth nationally with 3.46 goals scored per game. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant has allowed nine goals on 227 shots in January (.960 save percentage). … Defending AHA champion Canisius is fifth in the standings, nine points behind the Lakers. … The Golden Griffins have been up and down all season, with two separate winning or unbeaten streaks of three games or more and three separate losing or unbeaten streaks of three games or more. They are winless in their past three games, which were all played at home. … Senior F Kyle Gibbons leads the team with nine goals and 20 points. … Sophomore F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, stands second with seven goals and 15 points in 22 games after totaling four goals and 10 points in 37 games as a freshman. … Senior G Tony Capobianco, a key figure in the team’s title run last spring, has struggled to a 4-6-2 record, 3.21 goals-against average and .906 save percentage this season.

- Victor Fernandes

*** Check out head coach Rick Gotkin’s preview of tonight’s AHA game against Canisius here

Posted: January 9th, 2014

Mercyhurst (11-9-2, 9-1-1 AHA) at Holy Cross (4-13-2, 3-7-2)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Hart Center – Worcester, Mass.
On the air: (live stream), (audio broadcast & real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to add to the best start in their Atlantic Hockey Association history and the second-best conference start in program history (9-0-2 in the 2000-01 season while playing in the MAAC Hockey League). … Last weekend, the conference-leading Lakers swept a two-game series at Army last weekend for the first time since Feb. 13-14, 2004. … Last Saturday’s win was the 464th of head coach Rick Gotkin‘s career, which moved him among the top 25 coaches in all divisions. … Mercyhurst split a two-game series in the regular season a year ago before ending the Crusaders’ season with a three-game series win in the AHA quarterfinals. The Lakers are 17-6-1 all-time at Hart Center and have a 29-13-5 overall lead in the series… Junior Fs Matt Zay (12 goals, 19 assists, 31 points) and Ryan Misiak (7-16-23) and senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (10-19-29) have combined for 83 points, which ranks second only to Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold (91 points) in NCAA Division I. The Lakers are one of only seven schools with three 20-plus point scorers. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant has a 9-0-1 record, 1.89 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in conference games this season. … The Lakers are 9-0-0 in AHA play when allowing two goals or fewer, but 0-1-1 when more than two. … The Lakers lead the nation with eight short-handed goals. They have scored seven of those goals in AHA games while allowing only seven power-play goals. … Zay has three short-handed goals, which is tied for the national lead. … Sophomore D Anthony Mastrodicasa (upper body) could play this weekend. Senior F Trent Frey (upper body) is out indefinitely. … Holy Cross has lost four straight games and are winless in the past six games. … One of the Crusaders’ four wins was on the road against No. 5 BC, and they have eight games by two goals or fewer. … They have scored three goals or fewer in 15-of-19 games. … Junior G Matt Ginn has played in all 19 games, posting a 2.94 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. … They were swept by Canisius in a two-game series at home last weekend.

- Victor Fernandes

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