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Posted: March 3rd, 2014

Meghan Agosta-MarcianoThe College Hockey America Tournament’s final four will begin this weekend with a special appearance from three-time Olympic gold medalist Meghan Agosta-Marciano.
Agosta-Marciano, the former Mercyhurst women’s hockey star who won gold with her native Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, last month, will be on hand Friday – first for a meet-and-greet at Mercyhurst’s Student Union from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., where fans can get autographs and pose for photos. Then she will drop the ceremonial first puck for the top-seeded and eighth-ranked Lakers’ 4 p.m. semifinal game against fourth-seeded Syracuse at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Agosta-Marciano, who played at Mercyhurst from 2006-09 before finishing up her four-year career in the 2010-11 season, holds NCAA career records for goals (157), points (303), power-play goals (55), short-handed goals (20) and game-winning goals (39).

Posted: February 12th, 2014

Former Erie Otters Arvid Rekis (1996-2000) and Sondre Olden (2011-12) headline 34 former OHL players competing in the men’s Olympic hockey tournament in Sochi, Russia.

OHL alumni at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games:
(last OHL team and season in parentheses; * indicates 2010 Olympic Winter Games participant)

Austria (1)
Andre Lakos (Barrie Colts 1999)

Canada (9)
Jeff Carter (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, 2005)
Drew Doughty (Guelph Storm, 2008)*
Matt Duchene (Brampton Battalion, 2009)
Rick Nash (London Knights, 2002)*
Corey Perry (London Knights, 2005)*
Alex Pietrangelo (Barrie Colts, 2010)
Mike Smith (Sudbury Wolves, 2002)
P.K Subban (Belleville Bulls, 2009)
John Tavares (London Knights, 2009)

Czech Republic (2)
Jakub Kovar (Windsor Spitfires, 2008)
Lukas Krajicek (Peterborough Petes, 2002)

Finland (1)
Olli Maatta (London Knights, 2013)

Latvia (5)
Kaspars Daugavins (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, 2009)*
Arturs Kulda (Peterborough Petes, 2008)
Arvid Rekis (Erie Otters, 2000)*
Juris Stals (Owen Sound Attack, 2003)
Herbert Vasiljevs (Guelph Storm, 1996)*

Norway (2)
Sondre Olden (Erie Otters, 2012)
Mathis Olimb (Sarnia Sting, 2005)*

Russia (1)
Fedor Tyutin (Guelph Storm, 2002)*

Slovakia (6)
Peter Budaj (Toronto St. Michael’s Majors, 2002)*
Tomas Marcinko (Barrie Colts, 2008)
Richard Panik (Guelph Storm, 2011)
Branko Radivojevic (Belleville Bulls, 2001)*
Andrej Sekera (Owen Sound Attack, 2006)*
Tomas Zaborsky (Saginaw Spirit, 2008)

Slovenia (3)
Jan Mursak (Belleville Bulls, 2008)
Ziga Pance (Oshawa Generals, 2008)
Marcel Rodman (Peterborough Petes, 2001)

Sweden (1)
Gabriel Landeskog (Kitchener Rangers, 2011)

Switzerland (2)
Denis Hollenstein (Guelph Storm, 2009)
Yannick Weber (Kitchener Rangers, 2008)*

United States (5)
Dustin Brown (Guelph Storm, 2003)*
Ryan Callahan (Guelph Storm, 2006)*
John Carlson (London Knights, 2009)
Cam Fowler (Windsor Spitfires, 2010)
Patrick Kane (London Knights, 2007)

Posted: February 12th, 2014

Here’s the television schedule for notable men’s hockey games featuring the United States, Canada, Norway (former Erie Otters F Sondre Olden) and Latvia (former Otters D Arvid Rekis) at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia:

Olympic men’s hockey schedule
at Sochi, Russia

(all games broadcast live)
Preliminary round – Today
Switzerland 1, Latvia 0
Preliminary round – Thursday
United States vs. Slovakia, 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
Canada vs. Norway, noon USA
Preliminary round – Friday
Latvia vs. Czech Republic, 3 a.m. MSNBC
Norway vs. Finland, noon MSNBC
Canada vs. Austria, noon USA
Preliminary round – Saturday
United States vs. Russia, 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
Latvia vs. Sweden, noon USA
Preliminary round – Sunday
Norway vs. Austria, 3 a.m. USA

Sondre Olden

United States vs. Slovenia, 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
Canada vs. Finland, noon USA
Qualification round – Tuesday
4 games – teams TBD, 3 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and noon NBCSN, USA, MSNBC
Quarterfinals – Wednesday
4 games – teams TBD, 3 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and noon USA, MSNBC, NBCSN
Semifinals – Feb. 21
Quarterfinal winners, 7 a.m. and noon NBCSN
Bronze-medal game – Feb. 22
Semifinal losers, 10 a.m. NBCSN
Gold-medal game – Feb. 23
Semifinal winners, 7 a.m. WICU

TV at a glance
* NBCSN: DirecTV – Channel 220, DISH Network – Channel 159, Time Warner Cable – Channel 324
* MSNBC: DirecTV – Channel 356, DISH Network – Channel 209, Time Warner Cable – Channel 29
* USA: DirecTV – Channel 242, DISH Network – Channel 105, Time Warner Cable – Channel 27

Posted: January 23rd, 2014

No. 8 Robert Morris (19-3-2, 8-1-1 CHA) at Mercyhurst (14-6-3, 7-2-1)
When: Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst plays for the first time since a loss and tie at home against nationally ranked Cornell two weeks ago, which snapped a season-high, seven-game winning streak. … The Lakers have won five straight in College Hockey America play. … The Lakers received 10 votes in the latest Division I poll, seven points outside of the top 10. … Senior F Christine Bestland stands third on the Lakers’ career scoring list with 207 points. She needs 19 to pass Jesse Scanzano (225 points from 2007-11) for second place. Bestland ranks fifth on the school’s goals list with 83. She could move as high as second, as she trails Scanzano (85), Bailey Bram (87 from 2008-12) and Valerie Chouinard (91 from 2005-09). Bestland also could move as high as second in assists. She stands third with 124, only 16 behind Scanzano (140). … RMU head coach Paul Colontino, who served on Mercyhurst head coach Michael Sisti‘s staff from 2006-11, has the most wins in program history (53). … The Colonials are 7-6-1 in their last 14 games against the Lakers after losing the first 27 meetings in the all-time series. … They are 7-0-2 on the road this season, with a goal differential of more than two goals per game (2.89 goals scored and 0.67 goals against). … Freshman F Brittany Howard (12-20-32) leads all rookies in the nation in points and points per game (1.39). … Former Colonials G Brianne McLaughlin (2005-09) will represent the United States at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 7th, 2014

Check out the rosters for the hockey teams representing all 12 countries at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month…by the way, there are two players with local ties – former Erie Otters Arvid Rekis (Latvia) and Sondre Olden (Norway)

Group A: United States, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia

Group B: Canada, Finland, Norway, Austria

Group C: Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Latvia

Posted: August 25th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey program were represented by four current and former players – rising senior forward Christine Bestland and alums Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Vicki Bendus and Bailey Bram – at Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Program Red-White Series at Markin MacPhail Center in Calgary, Alberta. The series capped a week-long camp that ended Saturday and featured 27 players training with Canada’s National Women’s Team in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the top 13 players on the nation’s National Women’s Development Team.
Agosta-Marciano led the White team to the series title with three goals, including both goals in a 2-1 shootout win against the Red Team in the final game Saturday. Bendus (goal, two assists) and Bestland (no points) also played for the White team. Bram had no points for the Red team. Mercyhurst assistant coach Delaney Collins is part of Hockey Canada’s coaching staff.

Posted: August 1st, 2013

Mercyhurst University women’s hockey players Christine Bestland and Shelby Bram are set to join 38 other players for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team Camp, which is set for Aug. 10-18 at Canada Olympic Park’s Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Meanwhile, Lakers third-year assistant coach Delaney Collins will serve as one of two assistant coaches on the National Development Team’s staff.
The camp features 24 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders, who were chosen based on evaluations by Hockey Canada scouts this past season as well as past performances with Canada’s National Women’s Program. Hockey Canada officials will select 13 players to join 27 senior team players in Calgary to train for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, this coming February.
Bestland, 21, a rising senior forward, had a career-high 72 points (28 goals, 44 assists) a season ago. She needs 28 points to join former Lakers Meghan Agosta, Valerie Chouinard and Jesse Scanzano as the only players in school history to reach 200 career points. Bram, 19, a rising junior forward and younger sister of former Lakers forward Bailey Bram, had a career-high 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) a season ago after totaling 21 points as a freshman.

Posted: July 19th, 2013

NHL players will play in the Winter Olympics next February in Sochi, Russia. Read about it by clicking this link

Posted in: NHL, Uncategorized
Posted: May 16th, 2013

Add another major publication – Sports Illustrated – to the always growing list of media outlets throughout North America that have done feature stories on hockey phenom Connor McDavid since he joined the Erie Otters as a 15-year-old at the start of the 2013-14 OHL season.
Sports Illustrated has a four-page article in its latest magazine entitled “The Next Next Next One.” McDavid, the highly touted No. 1 pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection who’s already expected to be the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, also has been featured by media outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today and, The Hockey News, Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail in Toronto) and Le Journal de Montreal.
McDavid, 16, a native of Newmarket, Ontario, finished second among all OHL rookies with 66 points in the regular season. He won a gold medal, and led all scorers with 14 points in seven games, with Canada in the IIHF U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia.

Posted: May 7th, 2013

Girard native Jen Schoullis and Mercyhurst alumnus Kelley Steadman will join 39 other players attending the United States Women’s National Team camp June 16-23 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. The camp will determine the players that will train together and play in various events in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which will be held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia. That roster will be announced June 24.
The final 21-player Olympic team will be unveiled in late December. Schoullis, 24, and Steadman, 22, led the Boston Blades to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League championship this past March before winning gold with the U.S. at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ontario, last month.

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