Mercyhurst (13-9-4, 11-1-3 AHA) at Canisius (8-12-2, 7-6-2)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Buffalo State Sports Arena – Buffalo, N.Y.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.gogriffs.com (real-time audio & statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst looks to hold onto their two-point lead in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings by avenging their only conference loss of the season. The Lakers lost 4-3 at Canisius on Nov. 9. … The Lakers have built a 12-game unbeaten streak (9-0-3) in AHA play since that defeat. They are unbeaten in their past six games overall (4-0-2). … The Lakers and Golden Griffins complete the home-and-home series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Mercyhurst Ice Center. … The Lakers’ 11-1-3 start to the conference season is tied for second best in program history. … Mercyhurst settled for two ties with Connecticut at home last weekend. The Lakers squandered a 2-1 third-period lead in a 2-2 tie Friday, and a 3-0 second-period lead in a 3-3 tie Saturday. … The Lakers are the only NCAA Division I school with five players over the 20-point mark – junior F Matt Zay (33), senior F Daniel O’Donoghue (30), junior F Ryan Misiak (27), senior D Nick Jones (20) and redshirt junior F Kyle Just (20). Junior F Daniel Bahntge is next on the list with 18 points. … The Lakers are eighth nationally with 3.46 goals scored per game. … Junior G Jimmy Sarjeant has allowed nine goals on 227 shots in January (.960 save percentage). … Defending AHA champion Canisius is fifth in the standings, nine points behind the Lakers. … The Golden Griffins have been up and down all season, with two separate winning or unbeaten streaks of three games or more and three separate losing or unbeaten streaks of three games or more. They are winless in their past three games, which were all played at home. … Senior F Kyle Gibbons leads the team with nine goals and 20 points. … Sophomore F Ralph Cuddemi, a former Erie Otters draft pick, stands second with seven goals and 15 points in 22 games after totaling four goals and 10 points in 37 games as a freshman. … Senior G Tony Capobianco, a key figure in the team’s title run last spring, has struggled to a 4-6-2 record, 3.21 goals-against average and .906 save percentage this season.
- Victor Fernandes
*** Check out head coach Rick Gotkin’s preview of tonight’s AHA game against Canisius here