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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: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.sacredheartpioneers.com (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: March 17th, 2011

Meghan Agosta (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

Senior forward Meghan Agosta was the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team’s only player on the Reebok Hockey/ACHA All-America Team. The honorees were announced at the NCAA Women’s Division I Frozen Four’s Welcome Banquet on Thursday at Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center.

Agosta, who leads the nation in scoring with 86 points, earned the honor for the fourth straight year.

She was joined on the first team by four players participating in this weekend’s NCAA Women’s Division I Frozen Four – senior goaltender Molly Schaus (Boston College), sophomore defenseman Laura Fortino (Cornell) and senior forward Meghan Duggan and junior forward Hilary Knight of Wisconsin. Senior defenseman Jocelyne Larocque (Minnesota Duluth) also was named to the first team.

The second team included sophomore goaltender Noora Raty (Minnesota), senior defenseman Catherine Ward (Boston University), sophomore forward Brianna Decker (Wisconsin), senior forward Kelli Stack (BC) and sophomore defenseman Lauriane Rougeau and junior forward Rebecca Johnston from Cornell.

In other news, Mercyhurst freshmen forward Taylor Holstrom was named Atlantic Hockey Association’s rookie of the year. Holstrom, who had nine goals and 33 points in 36 games this season, also was named to the all-rookie team. Senior goaltender Ryan Zapolski, an Erie native, earned a spot on the second team. Seniors Jeff Terminesi, a defenseman, and Scott Pitt, a forward, were on the third team.

Posted: March 10th, 2011

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament – quarterfinals (best-of-three)

What: No. 5 Mercyhurst College (15-16-4) at No. 4 Connecticut (13-17-4)

When: Friday through Sunday, 7:05 p.m.*

Where: Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum – Storrs, Conn.

On the air: www.uconnhuskies (Internet video, live stats)

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (13-13-3 record, 2.76 goals-against average, .923 save percentage, 2 shutouts), Sr. F Scott Pitt (18-21-39), So. F Paul Chiasson (17-19-36), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (9-23-32), Sr. F Mike Gurtler (9-17-26)

Connecticut – Fr. F Cole Schneider (11-17-28), So. F Sean Ambrosie (10-17-27), Fr. F Billy Latta (10-14-24), Sr. F Andrew Olson (14-8-22), So. G Garrett Bartus (12-14-4, 3.46, .905)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers began the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs with a 5-1 first-round win at Robert Morris last Saturday. … The Lakers split their only two meetings – a 3-1 loss and 9-4 win – at Connecticut Jan. 7-8. … With a series win, the Lakers would reach the conference’s Final Four at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., for the third time in four seasons. … Pitt and Chiasson have six-game point streaks. … Gurtler needs seven points to become the 15th player in the program’s NCAA Division I history to reach 100 career points and the third this season (Pitt and senior F Steve Cameron). … Cameron remains out with a potentially season-ending, lower-body injury.

Connecticut – The Huskies followed an eight-game winless streak, which began with the 9-4 loss to Mercyhurst Jan. 8, with six wins in their last eight games. … Bartus has earned 12 of the team’s 13 wins. … Schneider, the team’s leading scorer, is a native of Williamsville, N.Y., a Buffalo suburb.

* Sunday’s game (if necessary)

– Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament schedule

Quarterfinals (best-of-three series)

Today-Sunday*

No. 8 American International (8-22-1) at No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology (16-10-8), 7:05 p.m.

No. 7 Sacred Heart (6-23-6) at No. 2 Air Force (16-11-6), 9:05 p.m.

No. 6 Canisius (12-17-6) at No. 3 Holy Cross (15-14-5), 7:05 p.m.

No. 5 Mercyhurst (15-16-4) at No. 4 Connecticut (13-17-4), 7:05 p.m.

* Sunday games if necessary; start times apply to all three games

Semifinals – March 18

at Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

No. 1 – Quarterfinal winners, 4:05 p.m.

No. 2 – Quarterfinal winners, 60 minutes after completion of Game 1

Championship game – March 19

at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.

Semifinal winners, 7:05 p.m.

Posted: March 5th, 2011

PITTSBURGH – Mercyhurst College remains alive in the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs.

The Lakers advanced to next weekend’s quarterfinals with a 5-1 win against Robert Morris in front of 1,202 at RMU Island Sports Center on Saturday night. Scott Pitt led the way with two goals and an assist.

Taylor Holstrom (goal, assist), Derek Elliott (two assists) and Paul Chiasson (two assists) had two points apiece for the Lakers (15-16-4), the fifth seed in the conference’s West Scheduling Region.

Jesse Echternach and Mike Gurtler also scored goals and Erie native Ryan Zapolski made 30 saves for the Lakers, which handed the Colonials their only two losses on home ice this season.

Pitt’s two goals sparked the Lakers’ run to a 3-0 second-period lead. Trevor Lewis scored short-handed 1 minute, 59 seconds into the third to move the Colonials (18-12-5), the West’s fourth seed, within 3-1.

But Holstrom and Gurtler scored late in the game to seal the victory.

The Lakers will play at Connecticut (13-17-4), which had a first-round bye as the East’s No. 2 seed, in a best-of-three quarterfinal series starting with Game 1 on Friday. Game 2 is Saturday, followed by Game 3 (if necessary) on Sunday. All three games begin at 7:05 p.m.

The other quarterfinal series include American International at defending champion Rochester Institute of Technology, Sacred Heart at Air Force and Canisius at Holy Cross.

- Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament

First round – Saturday

East Scheduling Region

No. 6 American International 6, No. 3 Army 3

No. 5 Sacred Heart 6, No. 4 Bentley 3

West Scheduling Region

No. 6 Canisius 6, No. 3 Niagara 3

No. 5 Mercyhurst 5, No. 4 Robert Morris 1

Quarterfinals (best-of-three series)

Friday-next Sunday

No. 8 American International (8-22-1) at No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology (16-10-8), 7:05 p.m.

No. 7 Sacred Heart (6-23-6) at No. 2 Air Force (16-11-6), 9:05 p.m.

No. 6 Canisius (12-17-6) at No. 3 Holy Cross (15-14-5), 7:05 p.m.

No. 5 Mercyhurst (15-16-4) at No. 4 Connecticut (13-17-4), 7:05 p.m.

Note: Teams re-seeded based on overall regular-season standings; times apply to all three games.

SUMMARY

Mercyhurst 5, Robert Morris 1

Mercyhurst  1  2  2  —  5

Robert Morris  0  0  1  —  1

1st Period — 1. Mercyhurst, Scott Pitt 17 (Holstrom), 7:02. Penalties — Brooks (R) hooking, 2:31; Pitt (M) slashing, 15:34.

2nd Period — 2. Mercyhurst, Pitt 18 (Chiasson, Jensen), 8:36. 3. Mercyhurst, Jesse Echternach 2 (Elliott), 12:43. Penalties — Pitt (M) tripping, 3:06; Hervato (R) elbowing, 4:16; Jones (M) slashing, 5:32.

3rd Period — 4. RMU, Trevor Lewis 10 (Urban), 1:59 (sh). 5. Mercyhurst, Taylor Holstrom 9 (Chiasson, Pitt), 16:35. 6. Mercyhurst, Mike Gurtler 9 (Elliott, Noble), 17:59 (en). Penalties — Kushneriuk (R) high sticking, :48; C. South (R) tripping, 7:09; Jones (M) hooking, 7:35.

Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 6-15-13—34; RMU, 5-15-11—31.

Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Ryan Zapolski 13-13-3 (31 shots, 30 saves); RMU, Brooks Ostergard 14-9-2 (28 shots, 24 saves), Eric Ferber (5 shots, 5 saves).

Power plays — Mercyhurst (0-4), RMU (0-4).

Referees — Jim Visconte, Chris Foote. Linesmen — Zach Roberts, Josh Deleman.

Attendance — 1,202.

Posted: March 4th, 2011

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament – first round

What: Mercyhurst College (14-16-4) at Robert Morris (18-11-5)

When: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: RMU Island Sports Center – Pittsburgh

On the air: www.americaone.com (Internet video), www.rmucolonials.com (Internet radio, live stats)

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (12-13-3 record, 2.82 goals-against average, .921 save percentage, 2 shutouts), Sr. F Scott Pitt (16-20-36), So. F Paul Chiasson (17-16-33), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (8-22-30), Sr. F Mike Gurtler (8-17-25)

Robert Morris – Sr. F Nathan Longpre (14-28-42), Sr. D Denny Urban (8-31-39), Jr. G Brooks Ostergard (14-8-2, 2.67, .918), So. F Adam Brace (12-16-28), Jr. F Ron Cramer (9-12-21)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers, the No. 5 seed in the AHA’s six-team West scheduling region, start the conference playoffs on the road for the first time since 2006-07. They were swept by Canisius in a best-of-three quarterfinal series at Mercyhurst Ice Center last year. … The Lakers and Colonials split their three-game, regular-season series, with the teams splitting two games in Pittsburgh and tying 4-4 on Feb. 12 at MIC. Mercyhurst squandered a two-goal lead with two minutes left to settle for the tie. … The Lakers snapped a five-game winless streak with a 5-1 home win against Canisius in the regular-season finale last Saturday. … They enter the postseason with a 3-5-2 record in their last 10 games. … The Lakers will play without redshirt sophomore F Phil Ginand (season-ending, upper-body injury) and senior F Steve Cameron (potentially season-ending, lower-body injury). … Junior D Patrick Goebel (upper body) rejoined the lineup against Canisius after missing the previous two weekends. … Freshman D Nick Jones (upper body) will play tonight after missing last weekend’s games. … Gurtler needs seven points to become the 15th player in the program’s NCAA Division I history to reach 100 career points.

Robert Morris – The Colonials were swept in a two-game series at Air Force last weekend to slip from the West’s No. 2 seed and a first-round bye to the fourth seed. … They are an AHA-best 10-2-3 at home, including 9-1-3 at Island Sports Center. But the Lakers handed them that one loss (3-1 Nov. 19). … Longpre, Urban, senior F Chris Kushneriuk (7-13-20) and junior F Trevor Lewis (9-615) rank among the top 10 on the school’s scoring list. … Longpre has points in nine straight games and 19-of-21 outings.

– Victor Fernandes

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament

First round – Today

East Scheduling Region

No. 6 American International (7-22-1) at No. 3 Army (11-19-4), 7:05 p.m.

No. 5 Sacred Heart (5-23-6) at No. 4 Bentley (10-17-6), 7:05 p.m.

West Scheduling Region

No. 6 Canisius (11-17-6) at No. 3 Niagara (18-12-4), 7:05 p.m.

No. 5 Mercyhurst (14-16-4) at No. 4 Robert Morris (18-11-5), 7:05 p.m.

Note: No. 1W Rochester Institute of Technology (16-10-8), No. 2W Air Force (16-11-6), No. 1 E Holy Cross (15-14-5) and No. 2E Connecticut (13-17-4) earned byes into the quarterfinals.

Posted: February 24th, 2011

What: Mercyhurst College (13-15-4, 11-12-2 AHA) vs. Canisius (10-16-6, 9-11-5)

When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Friday at Buffalo State Sports Arena; Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center

On the air: www.americaone.com (Internet video), WMCE (radio)*

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (11-12-3 record, 2.88 goals-against average, .919 save percentage, 2 shutouts), Sr. F Scott Pitt (15-18-33), So. F Paul Chiasson (16-14-31), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (8-21-29), Sr. F Mike Gurtler (7-16-23)

Canisius – Sr. F Cory Conacher (19-13-32), Sr. F Vincent Scarsella (10-16-26), Fr. D Ben Danford (2-20-22), Sr. F Eric Rex (7-14-21), Jr. G Dan Morrison (7-13-4, 3.50, .903, 1 SO)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers, who are winless in their last four games (0-3-1), will clinch the fifth spot in the Atlantic Hockey Association’s West pod with a win in the regular season-ending series with the sixth-place Golden Griffins. … The Lakers will begin the playoffs on the road against the West pod’s third or fourth seed. … Redshirt sophomore F Phil Ginand (upper-body injury) is out for the season. … Senior F Steve Cameron (lower body) could miss the rest of the season. … Freshman F Nick Jones (upper body) will miss this weekend’s games. But coach Rick Gotkin hopes he will be cleared to play for the playoffs. … Junior D Patrick Goebel (upper body) rejoins the lineup after missing the past two weekends. …The school will honor seniors Cameron, Gurtler, Pitt, Zapolski, Jeff Terminesi, Ryan Raven and Jesse Echternach before Saturday’s game. … The Lakers lost 5-2 to Canisius in October, but they lead the all-time series 34-22-9. … Gurtler needs nine points to become the 15th player in the program’s NCAA Division I history to reach 100 career points and the third this season (Pitt and Cameron). Gurtler also needs two short-handed goals to equal the program’s Division I career record of 10 set by Louis Goulet (1998-2002), now an assistant coach with the women’s team. … Zapolski, an Erie native, has 46 career wins, four shy of being the Lakers’ first goaltender to reach 50 since Peter Aubry in 2002. … The Lakers are tied for ninth nationally in scoring offense (3.53 goals per game), one spot ahead of Air Force (3.56).

Canisius – The Golden Griffins snapped a three-game losing streak (all by shutout) with a 6-3 win at Niagara on Saturday. … They were shut out in three straight games for the first time in the program’s 31-year history. … Conacher is the Division I program’s all-time leading scorer (132 points). … Danford has set a new program record for points by a rookie defenseman. … Fairview native Rex’s 21 points are eight more than his first three seasons combined. … The Golden Griffins have won four straight against the Lakers and five in a row at MIC.

Up next: at Atlantic Hockey Association tournament – first round (TBA)

* Radio broadcast – home game only

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 17th, 2011

What: Air Force (12-11-6, 10-7-6 AHA) at Mercyhurst College (13-13-4, 11-10-2)

When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center

On the air: Image Sports Network (TV), www.americaone.com (Internet video)*

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (10-10-3 record, 2.70 goals-against average, .924 save percentage, 2 shutouts), Sr. F Scott Pitt (14-17-31), So. F Paul Chiasson (14-13-27), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (8-17-25), Sr. F Ryan Raven (8-13-21)

Air Force – Sr. F Jacques Lamoureux (15-17-32), Sr. F Derrick Burnett (7-20-27), Jr. D Scott Mathis (7-16-23), So. F Kyle De Laurell (8-14-22), Fr. G Jason Torf (9-8-4, 3.02, .905)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers are sixth in the Atlantic Hockey Association. They trail the fifth-place Falcons by two points and are five points out of second with four games left. … The Lakers won 6-2 at Air Force Nov. 5 to extend their unbeaten streak in the series to three straight games (2-0-1). … They are 6-2-2 in the last eight meetings with the Falcons to even the series at 13-13-4. … They are unbeaten in six straight home games (5-0-1). … Redshirt sophomore forward Phil Ginand (upper-body injury) senior forward Steve Cameron (lower body) could miss extended time, coach Rick Gotkin said. … Junior D Patrick Goebel (upper body) will miss his second straight weekend. … Senior F Mike Gurtler (6-15-21) needs nine points to become the 15th player in the program’s NCAA Division I history to reach 100 career points and the third this season (Pitt and Cameron). Gurtler also needs two short-handed goals to equal the program’s Division I career record of 10 set by Louis Goulet (1998-2002), now an assistant coach with the women’s team. … Pitt has points in eight of his last 10 games. … Zapolski, an Erie native, has 46 career wins, four shy of being the Lakers’ first goaltender to reach 50 since Peter Aubry in 2002. … Chiasson and Holstrom had nine-game point streaks snapped last Friday night at Robert Morris. … Ticket revenue from both games, as well as donations placed in donation boxes at the rink, will benefit the Kimball Family Foundation as part of the school’s Pink Zone week. Fundraisers also will be held at the basketball teams’ doubleheader Saturday. … The Lakers rank 10th nationally in scoring offense (3.53 goals per game), one spot ahead of Air Force (3.52).

Air Force – The Falcons’ last nine games have been decided by a goal or finished in a tie (3-3-3). Nine of their 12 wins have been by a goal. … They haven’t won consecutive games since a three-game streak in December. … The Falcons are second nationally on the power play (24.7 percent). … They rank near the bottom nationally in scoring defense (3.24 goals per game). … Lamoureux needs one goal to set a new career record for goals in AHA games. He’s tied with Army’s Owen Meyer (55 from 2006-10). His twin sisters, Monique and Jocelyne, won silver with Team USA at the Vancouver Olympics.

Up next: at Canisius (Feb. 25, 7:05 p.m.), vs. Canisius (Feb. 26, 7:05 p.m.)

* TV broadcast tonight only

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 10th, 2011

What: Mercyhurst College (13-12-3, 11-9-1 AHA) vs. Robert Morris (16-9-4, 11-7-4)

When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Friday at RMU Island Sports Center, Pittsburgh; Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center

On the air: www.americaone.com (Internet video), www.rmucolonials.com (Internet radio)*

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (10-9-2 record, 2.52 goals-against average, .928 save percentage, 2 shutouts), Sr. F Scott Pitt (11-16-27), So. F Paul Chiasson (14-9-23), Sr. F Steve Cameron (7-14-21), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (8-14-22)

Robert Morris – Sr. F Nathan Longpre (14-25-39), Sr. F Denny Urban (8-28-36), So. F Adam Brace (10-14-24), Jr. G Brooks Ostergard (12-6-1, 2.53, .918), Sr. F Chris Kushneriuk (6-12-18)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers have a winning record for the first time this season. … They are tied for fifth with Holy Cross in the Atlantic Hockey Association, one point behind fourth-place Air Force, two behind No. 3 Niagara and three behind the runner-up Colonials. … The Lakers have earned points in seven of their last eight games (6-2-1). … They are 2-0-1 against the Colonials this season, including a 3-1 road win Nov. 19 when RMU was ranked 20th in the USCHO.com Division I poll. … The Lakers have won five straight at home after opening the season with a 2-7 mark. … They have moved into the top 10 nationally in scoring offense (3.57 goals per game). … Their power play has moved into the top 25 at 14.5 percent after being near the bottom of the 58-team list earlier this season. The Lakers had five power-play goals against Niagara, including four in last Friday’s win. … Zapolski, an Erie native, made 43 saves apiece and recorded a shutout in last weekend’s two-game sweep of Niagara. He has 46 career wins, four shy of being the program’s first goaltender to reach 50 since Peter Aubry in 2002. … D Patrick Goebel (upper-body injury) isn’t expected to play this weekend. … Chiasson and Holstrom have nine-game point streaks. … Holstrom is tied for ninth nationally in rookie scoring. … Senior F Mike Gurtler (4-13-17) needs 12 points to become the 15th player in the program’s Division I history to reach 100 career points and the third this season (Pitt and Cameron).

Robert Morris – The Colonials received two votes in the latest USCHO.com poll. … They are 4-5-2 in the second half. … Longpre is tied for seventh nationally in scoring and tied for fifth in game-winning goals. … Urban is second in scoring by defensemen and tied for fourth overall in assists.

Up next: vs. Air Force (Feb. 18-19, 7:05 p.m.)

* Internet radio broadcast – tonight only

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 3rd, 2011

What: Mercyhurst College (11-12-3, 9-9-1 AHA) vs. Niagara (15-8-3, 12-6-1)

When: Friday and Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Today at Dwyer Arena – Niagara University, N.Y.; Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center

On the air: Time Warner (TV), www.americaone.com (Internet video), www.purpleeagles.com (Internet radio)*

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (9-9-2 record, 2.65 goals-against average, .923 save percentage, 1 shutout), Sr. F Scott Pitt (8-16-24), So. F Paul Chiasson (14-8-22), Sr. F Steve Cameron (7-14-21), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (8-13-21)

Niagara – So. F Paul Zanette (22-18-40), Sr. F Bryan Haczyk (22-15-37), So. F Giancarlo Iuorio (8-19-27), Sr. D Ryan Annesley (4-20-24), Fr. F Scott Arnold (13-4-17)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers are winless in two straight since tying a season high with a four-game winning streak. Yet they rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie at Rochester Institute of Technology, the Atlantic Hockey Association’s defending champion and current frontrunner, on Saturday to earn a point that kept the Lakers tied for fifth in the standings. … They lost to the Purple Eagles 5-3 on the road Oct. 29. … The Lakers play five of their final eight regular-season games at home. … They can post their first winning overall record of the season with two wins. … Chiasson has six multi-goal games this season, the most by a Laker since Matt Pierce’s six in 2008-09. … Chiasson and Holstrom have seven-game point streaks. … Senior F Mike Gurtler (4-13-17) needs 12 points to become the 15th player in the program’s Division I history to reach 100 career points and the third this season (Pitt and Cameron).

Niagara – Zanette and Haczyk are tied for the NCAA Division I lead in goals. They rank third and sixth, respectively, on the national scoring list. … The Purple Eagles rank fifth nationally with 3.65 goals scored per game and are tied for ninth on the power play (21.7 percent). … They rank 45th in goals against (3.23 per game) but are 12th on the penalty kill (85.6). … Haczyk had a program-record, 21-game point streak snapped in Saturday’s 2-2 tie against Robert Morris. His streak started Oct. 29 against Mercyhurst. … He was named the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I player of the month for January (12 goals, 15 points).

Up next: at Niagara (Friday, 7:05 p.m.), vs. Niagara (Feb. 5, 7:05 p.m.)

* TV on Saturday, Internet radio Friday

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 28th, 2011

What: Mercyhurst College (11-12-2, 9-9-0 AHA) at Rochester Institute of Technology (13-8-5, 12-3-4)

When: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Ritter Arena – Rochester, N.Y.

On the air: Time Warner (TV), www.americaone.com (Internet video)

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. G Ryan Zapolski (9-9-1 record, 2.64 goals-against average, .924 save percentage, 1 shutout), Sr. F Scott Pitt (7-15-23), Sr. F Steve Cameron (7-13-20), So. F Paul Chiasson (12-8-20), Fr. F Taylor Holstrom (8-12-20)

RIT – So. G Shane Madolora (11-0-4, 1.91, .936, 2 SO), Sr. F Andrew Favot (11-22-33), Jr. F Tyler Brenner (18-9-27), Jr. F Cameron Burt (5-15-20), So. F Adam Hartley (8-11-19)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – The Lakers snapped a four-game winning streak with a 3-2 loss at Bentley last Saturday. … They look to salvage the finale of the three-game season series with the Tigers, which earned a pair of 4-2 wins at Mercyhurst Ice Center Dec. 10-11. … The Lakers began their current 6-3-1 stretch following those losses. … The Lakers and Tigers meet for the 45th time – second most in Mercyhurst history (Canisius, 65 games). RIT leads the all-time series 27-13-4. … The Lakers are tied for fifth with Canisius (18 points) in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings – two points behind fourth-place Air Force, three behind No. 3 Robert Morris and six behind No. 2 Niagara. RIT, the defending conference champion, tops the list with 28 points. … Chiasson has five multi-goal games this season, the most by a Laker since Matt Pierce’s six in 2008-09. … Chiasson and Holstrom have five-game point streaks. … Junior D Kevin Noble (lower-body injury) rejoined the lineup last weekend at Bentley. … Senior F Mike Gurtler (4-13-17) needs 13 points to become the 15th player in the program’s Division I history to reach 100 career points and the third this season (Pitt and Cameron). … Gurtler’s five-game point streak ended last Saturday. … Cameron’s four-game point streak also ended that night.

RIT – The Tigers are unbeaten in 10 straight AHA games (7-0-3). … Madolora is the only NCAA Division I goaltender without a loss. He ranks second nationally in save percentage and fourth in goals-against average. … Brenner ranks fourth nationally in goals. … Favot stands seventh in assists. … The Tigers had a streak of 32 straight successful penalty kills snapped last Saturday against Holy Cross. They are 52 for their last 57 and at 82.4 percent overall, which offsets their nation-high 19.5 penalty minutes per game. … The Tigers have sold out six of nine home games. They average 2,010 fans per game.

Up next: at Niagara (Friday, 7:05 p.m.), vs. Niagara (Feb. 5, 7:05 p.m.)

– Victor Fernandes

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