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: www.americaonesports.com (live stream), www.hurstathletics.com (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 USCHO.com 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