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Posted: March 6th, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule
First round (best-of-3 series)
(All games begin at 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Friday through Sunday*

No. 5 Robert Morris 8-2-3, No. 12 Army 4-4-1 (RMU wins series 2-1)
No. 6 Niagara 1-4, No. 11 American International 0 (2OT)-2 (Niagara wins series 2-0)
No. 7 Canisius 3-5, No. 10 Sacred Heart 0-0 (Canisius wins series 2-0)
No. 9 Rochester Institute of Technology 3-1-2, No. 8 Holy Cross 2 (OT)-5-3 (OT) (Holy Cross wins series 2-1)
Quarterfinals (best-of-3 series)
March 14-16

No 8 Holy Cross (16-21-3) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7), 7:05 p.m.
No. 7 Canisius (16-19-3) at No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4), TBD
No. 6 Niagara (15-18-5) at No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4), TBD
No. 5 Robert Morris (17-18-5) at No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4), TBD
Semifinals – March 21
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

Quarterfinal winners, 4:05 p.m. and approximately 1 hour after first game
Championship game – March 22
at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.

* Game 3s on Sunday (if necessary)
# Game 3 would begin at 5:05 p.m.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament
First round (best-of-3 series)

(All games start at 7:05 p.m., unless otherwise noted)
Friday – Game 1
No. 12 Army (5-26-0, 5-22-0) at No. 5 Robert Morris (13-16-5, 13-9-5)
No. 11 American International (10-23-1, 9-17-1) at No. 6 Niagara (11-18-5, 11-11-5)
No. 10 Sacred Heart (12-22-0, 11-16-0) at No. 7 Canisius (12-19-3, 11-13-3)
No. 9 Rochester Institute of Technology (11-18-5, 10-14-3) at No. 8 Holy Cross (12-19-3, 11-13-3), TBD
Saturday – Game 2
Army at RMU
AIC at Niagara
Sacred Heart at Canisius
RIT at Holy Cross, TBD
Note: Game 3s, if necessary, are set for Sunday at times TBD. No. 1 Mercyhurst (19-12-7, 17-4-6), No. 2 Bentley (18-12-4, 16-7-4), No. 3 Air Force (20-12-4, 15-9-3) and No. 4 Connecticut (18-12-4, 15-9-3) earned first-round byes and home-ice advantage in the best-of-3 quarterfinal series on March 14-16.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team earned a bye through the first round of the upcoming Atlantic Hockey Association tournament with a 4-2 win at Niagara on Saturday night. Yet by the end of the evening, the Lakers (18-12-6, 16-4-5) earned much more – their first AHA regular-season championship and first regular-season titles since winning three in a row in the MAAC Hockey League from 2001-03.
To make that happen, the Lakers also needed losses from Air Force, Bentley and Robert Morris on Saturday to clinch the crown. All it happened, as Sacred Heart completed a sweep of Bentley 5-2, while RMU lost to Canisius 6-3 and Air Force fell 3-2 at home to Rochester Institute of Technology.

Posted: December 10th, 2013

Mercyhurst junior Jimmy Sarjeant was named Atlantic Hockey Association goaltender of the week for the third time this season. He stopped 67-of-69 shots in a two-game conference sweep of Sacred Heart this past weekend, for a 1.00 goals-against average and .971 save percentage. He has a 9-3-1 record, 2.40 goals-against average and .926 save percentage this season. His AHA numbers stands at 7-0-0, 1.72 and .948. He has allowed only 12 goals on 230 shots in conference play.

Lakers head coach Rick Gotkin also has a new goaltending prospect committed to the program. Find out more by clicking the link

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

Sacred Heart (4-10-0, 3-5-0 AHA) at Mercyhurst (7-7-1, 5-1-0)
When: Today and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst has won three straight games in Atlantic Hockey Association play to move into first place with 10 points, one ahead of Air Force and Bentley and three ahead of Connecticut, Niagara and Canisius. Sacred Heart is in a four-way tie for seventh with six points. … Mercyhurst swept a two-game series at American International last weekend. … They swept both games from Sacred Heart a season ago. … The Lakers complete the first half of the season with three straight conference home games, including a visit from Robert Morris on Dec. 14. … Junior F Daniel Bahntge looks to build on last weekend’s strong effort, which included a natural hat trick and an assist and earned AHA co-player of the week honors. … The Lakers hold the third annual Teddy Bear Toss tonight. Fans receive free admission by donating a new or gently used stuffed animal that will be donated to Toys For Tots. Fans without a stuffed animal can toss one donated by Aeropostale onto the ice after the team’s first goal. Fans also receive free coffee and hot chocolate donated by Tim Horton’s. Monetary donations will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. … Sacred Heart snapped a seven-game losing streak with a two-game sweep against Army on Nov. 22-23. But the Pioneers were swept at home by Rochester Institute of Technology last weekend. … Freshman F Justin Danforth leads the team with two goals and 12 points.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 1st, 2013

Air Force
Record: 4-2-0, 2-0-0 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Chad Demers (2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points), Jr. F Cole Gunner (5-3-8), Sr. G Jason Torf (4-2-0, 2.87 goals-against average, .897 save percentage), Jr. D Alex Halloran (0-4-4)
What to watch: The Falcons are known for discipline, teamwork and toughness. They have a talented team too, led by Demers and Gunner up front and a veteran in Torf anchoring the defense. They also know how to win, given their five conference championships in the past seven years (2007-09, 2011-12).

American International
Record: 1-1, 1-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. F Blake Peake (1-1-2), Jr. F Nathan Sliwinski (1-1-2), Jr. F Jason Popek (1-1-2), Jr. F Brandon Fagerheim (1-1-2)
What to watch: The Yellow Jackets are known for being perennial doormats in the conference. But they also are known for giving teams with more skill – teams like Mercyhurst – difficult battles on most nights. AIC beat Sacred Heart 4-1 in its AHA opener last weekend.

Record: 0-2-0, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Jr. G Rob Tadazak (0-2-0, 3.02, .921), So. F Willie Faust (1-1-2), Jr, D Mac Lalor (1-0-1), Fr. F C.J. Reuschlein (1-0-1)
What to watch for: The Black Knights returned 10 of their top 11 scorers from a season, with leading scorer Andy Starczewski (11-15-26) being the only departure. Now they need to learn how to win. They have won 10 conference games – and 11 games overall – the past two seasons, and they’re still searching for their first win of the season.

Record: 1-5-0, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. F Brett Gensler (2-1-3), Jr. D Steve Weinstein (0-5-5), Fr. F Max French (2-2-4) Jr. F Alex Grieve (3-1-4), Sr. G Branden Komm (1-5-0, 3.20, .913)
What to watch: The Falcons have gotten off to a slow start. But they still have Gensler, one of the nation’s top players, and French, the reigning conference player of the month, as well as the experience of a challenging non-conference schedule (Harvard, Maine, Merrimack, Nebraska-Omaha and 2013 national finalist Quinnipiac).

Record: 1-2-0, 0-2-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. D Ben Danford (0-5-5), Soph. F Ralph Cuddemi (2-3-5, former Erie Otters draft pick), Sr. F Kyle Gibbons (2-1-3), Sr. G Tony Capobianco (0-2-0, 4.06, .896)
What to watch: Don’t let the early-season record fool you. The Golden Griffins followed conference losses to Niagara and Air Force with a win at then-No. 17 Denver last weekend before heading to Oxford, Ohio, this weekend to face No. 6 Miami (Ohio). And don’t be fooled by Capobianco’s slow start in net. He’s a big reason why Canisius won the AHA title as a 7th seed a season ago.

Record: 0-2-1, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. G Matt Grogan (0-2-1, 3.27, .922), Sr. F Jordan Sims (2-1-3), Sr. F Billy Latta (1-1-2), Jr. D Jacob Poe (0-2-2)
What to watch: The Huskies head to the Hockey East Association next season. But for now, they are looking for their first AHA title since 2000. Grogan will be a key to UConn having a memorable final year.

Holy Cross
Record: 0-5-0, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: So. D Jake Bolton (1-2-3), Sr. F Shayne Stockton (1-1-2), Sr. F Adam Schmidt (1-1-2), Jr. G Matt Ginn (0-5-0, 3.64, .904)
What to watch: The Crusaders are struggling to score goals, with two goals or fewer in their first five games and eight in all. But 19th-year head coach Paul Pearl, who has 283 career wins, knows how to get this team to reach its potential.

Record: 1-5-1, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Matthew Zay (3-4-7), Sr. F Daniel O’Donoghue (3-3-6), Jr. F Ryan Misiak (2-2-4), Sr. D Nick Jones (1-3-4), Jr. F Nardo Nagtzaam (0-0-0 in 2 games)
What to watch: The Lakers entered this season with the potential to win their first conference championship since 2005. Although they begin AHA play this weekend having struggled on offense and with injuries, the talent-laden Lakers are still contenders.

Record: 1-4-1, 1-1-1 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Mike Conderman (3-1-4), Sr. D Kevin Ryan (1-3-4), Sr. F Ryan Rashid (2-1-3), Fr. C Brock Edwards (1-2-3)
What to watch: The Purple Eagles may not run out to a big lead in the conference for the second straight season. But they are still strong enough to add a postseason title to the regular-season crown they won a season ago.

Robert Morris
Record: 0-4-1, 0-0-1 AHA
Top players: Jr. F Cody Wydo (3-1-4), Jr. F Scott Jacklin (1-3-4), So. F Zac Lynch (1-3-4), So F David Friedmann (1-2-3)
What to watch: The Colonials finished winless in October for the first time in program history. But four of their games have been decided by two goals or fewer goals. And head coach Derek Schooley has enough experience to turn this team around.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Record: 0-3-2, 0-0-0 AHA
Top players: Sr. F Michael Colavecchia (4-2-6), Sr. F Ben Lynch (3-1-4), Sr. D Nolan Descouteaux (1-3-4), Jr. F Matt Garbowsky (1-3-4), Jr. G Jordan Ruby (0-3-2, 3.89, .882)
What to watch: The Tigers have a history of strong offensive players, stalwarts in net and – most importantly, of winning. They have enough offensive threats and Ruby in goal. So don’t be surprised when the Tigers start winning in AHA play.

Sacred Heart
Record: 2-3-0, 1-1-0
Top players: Jr. F Drew George (3-1-4), Fr. F Justin Danforth (0-3-3), Jr. D Will Raynor (1-1-2), So G Alex Vazzano (2-2-0, 3.25, .902)
What to watch: The Pioneers already have matched their win total from a season ago. So they have shown early that this team is moving in the right direction.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: December 7th, 2012

American International (3-7-3, 0-5-3 AHA) at Mercyhurst (5-5-1, 5-2-0)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst plays its first home games after completing a season-opening stretch of 11 straight road games with a 5-4 win at Air Force last Friday. … The Lakers were 11-4-1 at home a season ago. … They have lost three of the last four meetings with AIC, including two losses at home two seasons ago. They split two games in Springfield, Mass., a season ago. … The Lakers are tied for fourth in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings, eight points behind frontrunning Niagara, which has opened the conference season with a 9-0-0 record. AIC stands 11th in the 12-team conference. … The Lakers hold their annual “Teddy Bear Toss” tonight to benefit the United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Program. Fans can attend the game for free by donating a new or gently used stuffed animal and then tossing them onto the ice for the team’s first goal. … AIC has finished 10th or worst in the AHA standings every season since the conference began in 2003, including eight consecutive last-place finishes from 2003-11. … AIC, which continues a season-high, eight-game road trip, are winless in five straight games (0-3-2). … The Yellow Jackets have scored two goals or fewer in nine of 13 games. … They gained their only points in the AHA standings with ties against Canisius, Rochester Institute of Technology and Sacred Heart. … But they have a non-conference win against Quinnipiac, which stands 13th in the Division I poll.
Upcoming schedule: Dec. 15 at Clarkson, 7 p.m.; Dec. 18 vs. Canisius, 7:05 p.m.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 1st, 2012

Mercyhurst (0-2-1, 0-1-0 AHA) at Sacred Heart (0-4-1, 0-2-1)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m.
Where: Today at Northford Ice Pavilion – Northford, Conn.; Saturday at Webster Bank Arena – Bridgeport, Conn.
On the air: (live stream), (live statistics)
What to expect: Officials at Sacred Heart moved tonight’s game from Milford Ice Pavilion, located in Connecticut’s coastal town of Milford, reportedly because the effects of Hurricane Sandy knocked out power at the rink. Northford is 20 miles northeast of Milford. Saturday’s game remains in the coastal city of Bridgeport at Webster Bank Arena, home of the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. … Mercyhurst returns to Atlantic Hockey Association play after taking last weekend off. The Lakers haven’t played since losing 7-3 and tying 3-3 at nationally ranked Ferris State two weeks ago. … They continue a season-opening stretch of 11 straight road games. Six of the last eight games are against conference teams. … They swept both games from the Pioneers, 9-1 and 3-1, at Mercyhurst Ice Center a season ago. … The Lakers opened AHA play with a 2-1 loss at Niagara Oct. 13. … Sacred Heart lost 7-1 at Bentley Oct. 16 before losing once and tying once against Army two weeks ago. … The Pioneers lost 6-3 last Saturday against NCAA Division I newcomer Penn State, which features former Lakers Taylor Holstrom and Nate Jensen.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 25th, 2012

The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team was chosen to finish third out of 12 teams in the Atlantic Hockey Association’s preseason coaches poll, which was released Tuesday.
The Lakers received no first-place votes and 89 points. Air Force, the defending regular-season and tournament champions, earned eight first-place votes and 112 points. Niagara was second with three first-place votes and 101 points. Bentley and Rochester Institute of Technology were tied for fourth with 87 points.
Holy Cross (74) placed sixth, followed by Connecticut (65) and Robert Morris (61), which had one first-place vote. Canisius (38), Army (30), American International (20) and Sacred Heart (19) rounded out the rest of the list.

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