When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Ritter Arena – Rochester, N.Y.
Up next: vs. Niagara (Feb. 3, 7:05 p.m.), at Niagara (Feb. 4, 7:05 p.m.)
Fast facts: Mercyhurst plays its first game under the school’s new university status, which was unveiled Wednesday. … The Lakers’ two-week stay in USCHO.com’s Division I poll ended Monday. RIT stands No. 26 with seven votes. … …Mercyhurst beat RIT 2-1 Oct. 28 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. But the Tigers lead the all-time series 27-14-5. … The battle for first place in Atlantic Hockey Association features the conference’s highest-scoring team (Mercyhurst – 59 goals in 17 games) against the stingiest defense (RIT – 28 goals in 17 games). The Lakers rank 13th in NCAA Division I at 3.19 goals scored per game (80 in 26 games). RIT ranks third at 2.04 goals against per game (49 in 24 games). … Redshirt junior G Max Strang (12-9-3 record, 2.80 goals-against average, .922 save percentage, 2 shutouts) faces a stern challenge from RIT junior G Shane Madolora, who ranks among the top five nationally in shutouts (6 – tied for first), save percentage (.935 – tied for third), winning percentage (.735 – fourth) and GAA (1.82 – fifth). … Mercyhurst freshman F Nardo Nagtzaam is tied for second among rookies nationally with 23 points. … The Lakers are unbeaten in three straight games and 8-2-2 in their last 12 games. … The Tigers have outscored teams 17-1 in a four-game winning streak. … They have allowed one goal or fewer 11 times. … Both teams have beaten ranked teams (Mercyhurst against Cornell, RIT against Ferris State and Lake Superior State). … The Lakers complete a season-high, six-game road trip. After this weekend, they finish the regular season with five of their final eight games on the road. … Senior D Patrick Goebel (lower-body injury), who missed practice time earlier in the week, will be a game-time decision. … RIT has a 31-2-6 home record against AHA teams since the start of the 2009-10 season.
- Victor Fernandes