Shootout
By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
Staff writer Victor Fernandes has ice in his veins. Hockey – he plays it, coaches it and provides the region's best coverage of it.   Read more about this blog.
 Phone: 814-870-1716
Posts tagged ‘st. cloud state’
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: December 9th, 2010

What: No. 3 Mercyhurst College (12-2-0) at St. Lawrence (8-7-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.

Where: Appleton Arena – Canton, N.Y.

On the air: www.americaone.com (Internet video)

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Jr. G Hillary Pattenden (11-2-0 record, 2.05 goals-against average, .904 save percentage, 1 shutout), Sr. F Meghan Agosta (15 goals, 16 assists, 31 points), Sr. F Vicki Bendus (10-19-29), Jr. F Bailey Bram (8-12-20), Sr. F Jesse Scanzano (5-15-20)

St. Lawrence – Fr. F Rylee Smith (6-8-14), So. F Kelly Sabatine (6-5-11), So. F Kayla Sullivan (6-5-11), Fr. D Bailey Habscheid (5-6-11), So. D Brooke Fernandez (3-8-11)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers complete the first half of the season looking to extend a five-game winning streak. … The Lakers have won five straight to close the Saints’ all-time series lead to 12-7-2, including 4-2 and 6-2 road wins last season. Mercyhurst ended the Saints’ 2008-09 season in the NCAA Tournament. … Bendus had six points in last weekend’s home sweep of Niagara, including four while playing defense on Saturday. … F Kelley Steadman (11-6-17) has points in a career-high, six straight games. … Bendus leads NCAA Division I in assists per game (1.46). … Agosta leads the nation in points per game (2.38) and trails only Minnesota Duluth junior F Haley Irwin (32) and Boston College senior F Kelli Stack (32) in total points. … The Lakers lead the nation in scoring (5.43 per game). … Pattenden moved into second on the program’s all-time wins list (64) with Saturday’s victory against Niagara. She stands 10 wins shy of equaling 2008 graduate Laura Hosier’s mark of 74. … Michael Sisti (294-80-26) needs six wins to become the sixth women’s coach to reach that mark.

St. Lawrence – The Saints have won three of their last four games. Their only loss in that stretch was at No. 1 Cornell 3-1 last Friday. … They are 1-2-1 against ranked opponents (a 2-1 loss at then-No. 5 Boston University on Oct. 22, a 7-3 win and 1-1 tie against then-No. 6 Boston College on Nov. 12-13 and the loss to Cornell). … They have 12 freshmen and sophomores on a 20-player roster. … The Saints have split time in net between graduate student Maxie Weisz (4-5-1, 2.14, .921, 1 SO) and freshman Caitlyn Lahonen (4-2-1, 2.29, .909, 1 SO).

Up next: Easton Holiday Showcase – at St. Cloud State (Jan. 1, 3 p.m.), vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 2, noon)

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 5th, 2010

Meghan Agosta (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

Senior captain Meghan Agosta and junior Hillary Pattenden of the third-ranked Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team claimed two of three College Hockey America weekly honors this week, as Agosta was named player of the week while Pattenden was tabbed goaltender of the week.

Both players helped the Lakers sweep St. Cloud State by the scores of 9-1 and 6-1 in their first series of the season. Agosta scored two goals and added four assists as the Lakers totaled 15 goals for the first time since

Hillary Pattenden (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

November of last season. Agosta, in her first games back from the Olympics, netted three points each night. In Friday’s contest, she achieved yet another milestone for her career, as she dished out her 100th career assist to join teammate Jesse Scanzano as the only Mercyhurst players to accomplish the feat.

Pattenden earned both wins in goal, leading the Lakers to their first two-game sweep of St. Cloud State since the 2002-03 season. The Surrey, B.C., native made 12 saves and allowed one goal through 40 minutes in game one before stopping 19 of 20 attempts over a span of 60 minutes.

Mercyhurst continues non-conference play this weekend with a two-game series at Maine, beginning on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.

- From Mercyhurst news release

Posted: October 4th, 2010
The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team is already rolling.
The No. 3 Lakers outscored St. Cloud State 15-2 this weekend in its season-opening series at the Mercyhurst Ice Center, including a 6-1 win Saturday afternoon. Mercyhurst’s top three players from last season – Jesse Scanzano, Bailey Bram and Vicki Bendus – each scored in the first period for a 3-0 lead. Kelley Steadman added a fourth goal with just over a minute remaining.
The Lakers outshot their opponents 31-10 through two periods, making life miserable for Huskies goaltender Tayler VanDenakker.
Meghan Agosta scored unassisted at 12:36 of the second period to make it 5-0 before St. Cloud’s Kylie Lane managed to get her team on the board 4 minutes later. But 20 seconds after Lane scored, Mercyhurst’s Christie Cicero answered with her second goal of the season. Goaltender Hillary Pattenden stopped 19 of 20 shots for her second win, as the Lakers improved to 2-0-0 in front of 516 fans.
St. Cloud State, a Western Collegiate Hockey Association member, fell to 0-2-0.
- From staff reports

Posted: September 30th, 2010

What: St. Cloud State (0-0-0) at No. 3 Mercyhurst College (0-0-0)

When: Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center

On the air: www.b2livetv.com (live stream), www.wmce.mercyhurst.edu (Internet radio)

Meghan Agosta (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

Players to watch: Mercyhurst – F Meghan Agosta (41-37-78 in 2008-09), G Hillary Pattenden (29-3-3 record, 1.60 goals-against average, .921 save percentage, 3 shutouts in 2009-10), F Vicki Bendus (28-37-65), F Jesse Scanzano (20-45-65), F Bailey Bram (29-27-56); St. Cloud State – G Ashley Nixon (13-10-8, 2.54, .926), F Alex Nelson (6-6-12), F Brittany Toor (3-7-10)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – Agosta rejoins the Lakers after taking last season off to prepare for her native Canada’s run to a second straight gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics last winter. … The Lakers also return 19-of-20 players from a team that reached the NCAA Division I Women’s Frozen Four last season. … They have won four straight season openers since a 2-0 loss to Minnesota State in 2005. … They have won five of seven meetings with St. Cloud State (5-1-1). They tied 4-4 in St. Cloud, Minn., last season. … They open a second straight season against a Western Collegiate Hockey Association school (Bemidji State). … Proceeds from several fundraisers and ticket sales this weekend will benefit assistant coach Kristen Cameron, who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident while riding her bicycle three weeks ago on Route 19 in Summit Township. Fans can watch the game from the rink’s balcony and enjoy food and beverages for a minimum $10 donation, win an autographed game jersey tonight and a signed stick on Saturday in separate raffles and purchase Cameron buttons. … Agosta has been named captain. Scanzano and Bendus are alternate captains.

St. Cloud State – The Huskies enjoyed one of their best seasons in school history a year ago (15-14-8 overall, 11-11-6 WCHA). They finished third to national champion Minnesota Duluth and semifinalist Minnesota in the conference – their first-ever, top-three showing. … They are picked to finish seventh in the eight-team conference this season. … They travel to Erie for the first time since 2002. … Coach Jeff Geisen has the most wins in school history (60-65-24). … The Huskies lost their top five scorers from last year’s team – Holly Roberts (21-28-49), Felicia Nelson (31-15-46), Caitlin Hogan (16-27-43), Meaghan Pezon (12-26-38) and Danielle Hirsch (1-14-15). … They have 16 freshmen and sophomores on their 23-player roster.

Up next: at Maine (Oct. 8-9, 1 p.m.)

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 25th, 2010

Behind a balanced attack that saw seven different players score a goal, the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team disposed of Wilfred Laurier, 7-0, in an exhibition contest Saturday afternoon at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

The Lakers, playing without the services of six players, including senior captains Meghan AgostaVicki Bendus and Jesse Scanzano due to Hockey Canada’s evaluation camp, overwhelmed the Golden Hawks in their first and only tune-up before the start of the regular season.

Overall, 10 players got on the stat sheet, with senior Cassea Schols leading the way with a one-goal, three-assist effort. Senior Kylie Rossler, junior Kelley Steadman, sophomores Lauren Jones and Samantha Watt and freshman Christie Cicero each recorded a goal and an assist. JuniorKyleigh Palmer pocketed two points as well with a pair of assists. Junior Pamela Zgoda scored once and junior Meghan Corbett and freshman Lauren Barnes each dished out an assist.

Mercyhurst outshot Wilfrid Laurier 33-25 and rolled to its exhibition rout with two goals in the first period, three in the second and two more in the third. Three of those scores came on the power play with the Lakers converting 3-for-11 with the extra-man advantage. The penalty kill, meanwhile, squashed all seven Wilfrid Laurier power-play opportunities.

Junior Hillary Pattenden earned the decision in goal with 13 stops over 40 minutes of action. Sophomore Stephanie Ciampa finished out the game with 12 saves in the third period.

Wilfrid Laurier’s Kristen Kilgallen suffered the loss with 18 saves through the first two periods before Rachel Hamilton came in relief in the third, recording eight saves and allowing two goals. Mercyhurst opens the 2010-11 campaign on Oct. 1 when the Lakers welcome St. Cloud State for a 7 p.m. contest at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

- From Mercyhurst news release

Posted: September 21st, 2010

HAVERHILL, Mass. - The College Hockey America coaches have voted who they believe will take the regular0season crown for the 2010-11 season.  Last year’s tournament champion and NCAA Frozen Four Semifinalist, Mercyhurst, which collected 16 points and four first-place votes, is this season’s top choice, as selected by the coaches.

The Lakers prevailed over Syracuse in the CHA Tournament, 3-1, to garner their tenth straight conference crown. Mercyhurst defeated Boston University in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Division I Tournament, before falling to Cornell in the national semifinals, 3- 2 in overtime, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Syracuse, last year’s tournament runner-up has been chosen second by the coaches.  The Orange earned the last first-place vote and totaled 13 points.  Following Syracuse is Niagara, which collected 10 points, followed by Robert Morris (7 points) and Wayne State (4 points).

Exhibition contests kick off the start of the CHA season on Saturday as Wilfrid Laurier travels to Erie to face Mercyhurst at 2 p.m, while Wayne State makes the trek to Toronto to face York at 7 p.m.  The regular season will start the following weekend with all five institutions in action in non-conference matches.  Mercyhurst will host St. Cloud State, while Niagara will take on Quinnipiac.

Robert Morris faces Providence, as Wayne State will drop the puck against Bemidji State.  All four of those series will be a two-game series.  Syracuse will play a single game on Oct. 1, as the Orange will host Northeastern.

The 2011 Tournament will take place in Syracuse, N.Y. at Tennity Rink with the first round taking place on March 4.  The semifinals will be the next night on March 5, with the championship game o March 6.

- From CHA news release

2010-11 College Hockey America Preseason Coach’s Poll

(First Place votes)

1.                        Mercyhurst (4)                        16

2.                        Syracuse (1)                        13

3.                        Niagara                        10

4.                        Robert Morris                        7

5.                        Wayne State                        4

Posted: August 10th, 2010

Vicki Bendus (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team will play 32 games during the 2010-11 season, including a home-and-home series against 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Frozen Four opponent Cornell and a regular-season contest against perennial power Wisconsin.

“As always, we have a very tough road ahead of us,” said head coach Michael Sisti, who released the details of the schedule Monday evening. “Playing a schedule like this helps us compete against the teams in our league and prepares us for a deep run in the playoffs.”

Twelve opponents representing all four women’s hockey conferences will face the Lakers this season. Four teams hail from ECAC Hockey, three from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and one from the Hockey East Association (HEA), in addition to the four teams that are scheduled from the Lakers’ conference, College Hockey America (CHA). Altogether, the Lakers own a combined 164-33-12 record against opponents on their schedule.

The schedule will be one of the toughest the team has ever faced, with 18-0f-32 games taking place on the road, including six against teams that were ranked in the top 10 last season. Fourteen games and one exhibition are set for the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

Mercyhurst opens the year with its first three games at home, beginning with an exhibition contest against Canadian university Wilfred Laurier on Sept. 25. The season officially opens with a two-game series against St. Cloud State on Oct. 1-2.

The Lakers then play eight of their next nine games on the road, starting with back-to-back weekend series at Maine (Oct. 8-9) and Bemidji State (Oct. 15-16). After a home game against Robert Morris (Oct. 29), the Lakers travel to Cornell (Nov. 2) and Niagara (Nov. 6) before opening CHA play at Wayne State (Nov. 20-21).

Returning from Detroit, Mercyhurst welcomes Colgate (Nov. 27) and Niagara (Dec. 3-4) to Erie for its first home games in almost a month. A pair of road contests at St. Lawrence await to close out the first half of the season on Dec. 10-11.

After the winter break, Mercyhurst stays on the road for its first two games of the new year, taking part in the 2011 Easton Holiday Showcase in St. Cloud, Minn. The Lakers face host St. Cloud State on Jan. 1 and Wisconsin on Jan. 2, their first meeting with the Badgers since the 2009 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four title game.

Home series against Syracuse (Jan. 7-8) and Brown (Jan. 14-15) and a game against Cornell (Jan. 18) welcome the Lakers back home and prepare them for their fourth four-game road trip of the season to close out the month of January.

Mercyhurst wraps up the final month of the regular season with a visit from Wayne State (Feb. 4-5) and a trip to Syracuse (Feb. 11-12) before hosting Robert Morris on Feb. 25.

The 2011 CHA Championship Tournament will be hosted by Syracuse on Mar. 3-5 at the Tennity Ice Pavilion in Syracuse, N.Y. Mercyhurst will host the 2011 Women’s Frozen Four on March 18-20 at Tullio Arena.

- From Mercyhurst College news release, staff reports

Switch to our mobile site