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Posted: February 18th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team remains eighth in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I poll, which was released Tuesday. But the Lakers (21-7-3) received a season-high 64 voting points, only two behind seventh-ranked North Dakota (17-9-4). Minnesota (30-1-1) earned all 19 first-place votes to hold onto the top spot, while Robert Morris (22-7-3) – Mercyhurst’s rival in College Hockey America – stayed at No. 9 with 25 points. Syracuse received two votes.
In other news, the Mercyhurst men’s hockey team received one vote in the USCHO.com Division I poll. The Lakers (17-12-5) joined Air Force (five votes) as the only Atlantic Hockey Association schools to make the list.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine women’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points

1. Minnesota (19) 30-1-1 190
2. Wisconsin 23-5-2 168
3. Cornell 20-3-4 144
4. Clarkson 23-4-5 140
5. Harvard 20-4-5 103
6. Boston College 23-5-3 102
7. North Dakota 17-9-4 66
8. Mercyhurst 21-7-3 64
9. Robert Morris 22-7-3 25
10. Quinnipiac 18-5-9 24
Others receiving votes: Boston University 13, Northeastern 2, Syracuse 2, Minnesota-Duluth 1

USCHO.com Division I men’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points

1. Boston College (49) 24-4-3
2. Minnesota (1) 21-4-5
3. Union 20-6-4
4. St. Cloud State 17-6-5
5. Quinnipiac 21-6-5
6. Ferris State 21-7-3
7. UMass-Lowell 20-7-3
8. Wisconsin 17-9-2
9. Northeastern 17-10-3
10. Michigan 14-9-3
11. North Dakota 16-9-3
12. Providence 15-9-6
13. Cornell 12-7-5
14. Yale 13-8-4
15. Notre Dame 17-12-2
16. Vermont 15-11-3
17. Maine 15-10-3
18. Denver 14-10-6
19. Colgate 14-11-5
20. Minnesota-Duluth 13-11-4
Others receiving votes: Clarkson 95, Minnesota State 65, Ohio State 29, New Hampshire 6, Air Force 5, Western Michigan 4, Nebraska-Omaha 2, Mercyhurst 1

Posted: February 17th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team remains eighth in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll, which was released Monday. The Lakers (21-7-3) earned 47 voting points after posting a two-game sweep of Penn State this past weekend and capturing their 13th straight College Hockey America regular-season championship.
Once again, Minnesota (30-1-1) earned all 15 first-place votes and 150 points to remain atop the ranking ahead of No. 2 Wisconsin (23-5-2) and No. 3 Cornell (20-3-4). The Lakers are 15 votes behind No. 7 North Dakota (17-9-4), which slipped from fourth after being swept at home by Minnesota State-Mankato. CHA rival Robert Morris (22-7-3) is tied for ninth, while Syracuse received two votes to earn a spot on the honorable-mention list.
In other news, sophomore forward Emily Janiga was named CHA player of the week for the fourth time this season after totaling a goal and four assists against the Nittany Lions. She had a goal and assist in a 4-0 win Saturday and added three assists in a 4-1 win Sunday that clinched the CHA title and home-ice advantage in the conference’s tournament semifinals and championship game March 7-8 at Mercyhurst Ice Center.

USCHO.com Division I women’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points

1. Minnesota (15) 30-1-1 150
2. Wisconsin 23-5-2 132
3. Cornell 20-3-4 116
4. Clarkson 23-4-5 109
T5. Boston College 23-5-3 77
T5. Harvard 20-4-3 77
7. North Dakota 17-9-4 62
8. Mercyhurst 21-7-3 47
T9. Quinnipiac 18-5-9 19
T9. Robert Morris 22-7-3 19
Others receiving votes: Boston University 13, Syracuse 2, Minnesota-Duluth 1, Northeastern 1

Posted: January 30th, 2014

No. 10 Mercyhurst (15-7-3, 8-3-1 CHA) at Syracuse (14-9-2, 6-4-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Tennity Ice Pavilion – Syracuse, N.Y.
On the air: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.suathletics.com (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst (17 points) looks to keep pace with front-running Robert Morris (19 points) in the College Hockey America standings. Syracuse stands fourth with 14 points. … Mercyhurst has a 24-0-2 all-time record against the Orange. The Lakers went 1-0-1 in a two-game series at Mercyhurst Ice Center in November. … The Lakers are ranked in the top 10 of the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national Division I polls for the first time since mid-November. … Senior F Christine Bestland (14 goals, 24 assists, 38 points) became the third player in program history with 125 assists with two assists in last Saturday’s win against RMU. … Sophomore F Emily Janiga (13-17-30) ranks second on the team in scoring, followed by junior F Shelby Bram (7-20-27), senior F Christie Cicero (11-14-25) and sophomore F Jenna Dingeldein (9-15-24). … Syracuse has won four straight and seven of their past eight games. … The Orange lead the conference with a 18.7 power-play percentage. … Sophomore Fs Melissa Piacentini (12-9-21) and Nicole Renault (4-16-20) lead the team in scoring. … Senior G Jenesica Drinkwater has a 1.99 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and two shutouts in a personal four-game winning streak.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: January 27th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team’s two-game College Hockey America split with Robert Morris this past weekend was enough to move the Lakers back into the USCHO.com Division I poll. The Lakers (15-7-3) are 10th on the list with 18 voting points, two spots behind the rival Colonials (20-4-2). They appear among the top 10 for the first time since Nov. 18.
Mercyhurst supplanted Boston University (16-8-1), who were swept at unranked Vermont this past weekend. Minnesota (24-1-1) remains No. 1 with all 15 first-place votes and 150 points, with Wisconsin (21-3-2), North Dakota (16-5-3), Clarkson (19-4-3) and Harvard (16-2-2) completing the top five. Cornell (14-3-4) slipped to sixth from fourth, followed by Boston College (18-4-3), RMU, Quinnipiac (16-4-6) and Mercyhurst. In other news, the Mercyhurst men received two votes in the USCHO.com D-I poll after splitting a home-and-home series with Canisius this past weekend.

USCHO.com women’s Division I poll
No. School (1st-place votes) Record Total points
1. Minnesota (15) 24-1-1 150
2. Wisconsin 21-3-2 135
3. North Dakota 16-5-3 106
4. Clarkson 19-4-3 96
5. Harvard 16-2-2 93
6. Cornell 14-3-4 78
7. Boston College 18-4-3 67
8. Robert Morris 20-4-2 52
9. Quinnipiac 16-4-6 29
10. Mercyhurst 15-7-3 18
Honorable mention: Boston University 1

Posted: January 13th, 2014

The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team earned five votes in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll, which was released Monday. The Lakers, which are a season-high 13-9-1 overall record and lead the Atlantic Hockey Association with an 11-1-1 record, appear in the national rankings for the fourth time this season.
They headline three AHA schools on the honorable mention list. Bentley and Air Force received three and two votes, respectively. Minnesota (14-2-3) topped the list with 48-of-50 first-place votes. No. 2 Ferris State (17-3-3) and No. 3 St. Cloud State (12-3-3) each earned one vote. Boston College (14-4-3) and Quinnipiac (17-3-5) rounded out the top five.
In other news, the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team earned four votes in the USCHO.com Division I poll. The Lakers (14-6-3) tied No. 3 Cornell 4-4 at home this past Friday night before losing 6-4 to the Big Red on Saturday, which snapped their eight-game unbeaten streak. Minnesota (20-1-1) remains No. 1 after earning all 15 first-place votes, followed by Wisconsin (17-3-2), Cornell, North Dakota (13-5-2) and Clarkson (16-4-2). Harvard (12-2-2) leads the bottom six at No. 6, ahead of Boston College (14-4-3), Robert Morris (18-3-1), Boston University (16-4-1) and Quinnipiac (16-3-5).

Posted: January 6th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team received only one vote in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll, which was released Monday. But the Lakers (14-5-2) have a chance to reclaim a spot in next week’s poll in a two-game series against third-ranked Cornell (12-1-2) this weekend at Mercyhurst Ice Center. Meanwhile, Minnesota remains No. 1 after earning all 15 first-place votes and 150 voting points, followed by Wisconsin (16-2-2), Cornell, North Dakota (12-4-2) and Harvard (10-1-2). Clarkson (14-4-2) leads the bottom five of the ranking, ahead of Boston College (12-4-2), Boston University (15-3-1), Robert Morris (18-3-1) and Quinnipiac (14-2-5).

USCHO.com Division I women’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points

1. Minnesota (15) 19-1-0 150
2. Wisconsin 16-2-2 134
3. Cornell 12-1-2 117
4. North Dakota 12-4-2 101
5. Harvard 10-1-2 87
6. Clarkson 14-4-2 79
7. Boston College 12-4-2 64
8. Boston University 15-3-1 41
9. Robert Morris 18-3-1 28
10. Quinnipiac 14-2-5 23
Others receiving votes: Mercyhurst 1.

Posted: December 13th, 2013

Listen to Mercyhurst men’s coach Rick Gotkin speak on the latest USCHO.com Live! podcast…

Posted: December 9th, 2013

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team received eight votes in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll, which was released today. The Lakers have won four straight games and eight of their last 11 games (8-2-1) to move over .500 overall (9-7-1) and stand atop the Atlantic Hockey Association with a 7-1-0 record. The Lakers are the only AHA team in the poll. Check out the complete list below…

USCHO.com Division I poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points
1. St. Cloud State (33) 11-1-2 978
2. Minnesota (14) 12-2-2 958
3. Michigan 10-2-1 873
4. Ferris State (3) 13-2-2 842
5. Providence 11-2-3 829
6. Boston College 10-4-2 708
7. Quinnipiac 13-3-3 697
8. Clarkson 12-3-1 647
9. Massachusetts-Lowell 11-5-0 595
10. Union 10-3-2 588
11. Yale 6-3-3 470
12. Miami 9-7-2 382
13. Notre Dame 10-7-1 361
14. Cornell 7-4-2 311
15. Wisconsin 6-5-1 272
16. Northeastern 9-5-2 247
17. Lake Superior State 9-6-1 213
18. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 8-5-3 147
19. Nebraska-Omaha 8-7-1 136
20. Denver 8-6-2 58
Others receiving votes: New Hampshire 45, Minnesota State 29, Vermont 25, Minnesota Duluth 23, Ohio State 20, North Dakota 18, Maine 11, Mercyhurst 8, Colgate 6, St. Lawrence 3

Posted: December 9th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team extended its winning streak to five straight games this past weekend by sweeping a two-game series from Penn State by a combined 15-0 score. Yet the Lakers (12-5-2) didn’t receive a single vote in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll, which was released today. The Lakers were shut out from the rankings for the first time since the final poll of the 2000-01 season on March 19, 2001.
Minnesota (19-1-0) still tops the list with all 15 first-place votes and 150 voting points. Wisconsin (14-2-2), Cornell (10-1-2), North Dakota (10-4-2) and Harvard (9-1-2) completed the top five. Clarkson (13-4-2) stands at No. 6, followed by Boston College (12-4-2), Boston University (14-3-1), Quinnipiac (14-2-5) and Robert Morris (16-3-1). No other teams received votes.
Check out the complete poll below…Meanwhile, senior F and captain Christine Bestland was named College Hockey America player of the week after totaling five points in in two games, including the 200th point of her collegiate career.

USCHO.com Division I poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points
1. Minnesota (15) 19-1-0 150
2. Wisconsin 14-2-2 134
3. Cornell 10-1-2 118
4. North Dakota 10-4-2 98
5. Harvard 9-1-2 88
6. Clarkson 13-4-2 73
7. Boston College 12-4-2 70
8. Boston University 14-3-1 40
9. Quinnipiac 14-2-5 35
10. Robert Morris 16-3-1 19

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Posted: October 7th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team has dropped out of the USCHO.com Division I poll for the first time in five years.
The Lakers stand at 1-2-0 after losing their home opener 4-3 in overtime to Ohio State on Saturday night. That dropped the Lakers from seventh in the preseason poll to the honorable mention list with only eight votes. They hadn’t dipped that low since falling out of the top 10 on Oct. 27, 2008. They climbed back to No. 10 on Nov. 17, 2008 on the way to reaching the NCAA Division I Frozen Four and the national championship game for the first time in program history.
The Lakers also have a losing record for the first time falling to 1-2-0 early in the 2011-12 season. Defending national champion Minnesota (2-0-0) received all 15 first-place votes and 150 points to claim the top spot. Boston College (1-0-0) and Clarkson (3-0-0) are second and third with 129 and 123 points, respectively.
Cornell (0-0-0) and Wisconsin (2-0-0) complete the top five, followed by North Dakota (2-0-0), Boston University (0-0-0), Harvard (0-0-0). Minnesota Duluth (2-0-0) and Ohio State (1-0-0) joined the list for the first time this season.

USCHO.com women’s poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
No. School Record Points
1. Minnesota (15) 2-0-0 150
2. Boston College 1-0-0 129
3. Clarkson 3-0-0 123
T4. Cornell 0-0-0 88
T4. Wisconsin 2-0-0 88
6. North Dakota 2-0-0 75
7. Boston University 0-0-0 67
8. Harvard 0-0-0 41
9. Minnesota Duluth 2-0-0 30
10. Ohio State 1-0-0 17
Others receiving votes: Mercyhurst 8, Quinnipiac 8, Northeastern 4, Dartmouth 1

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