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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 20th, 2014

Mercyhurst Lakers (24-8-4)
Head coach: Michael Sisti, 15th season (387-106-34)
Players to watch: Sr. F Christine Bestland (22

Christine Bestland

goals, 32 assists, 54 points), Jr. G Amanda Makela (22-7-4 record, 1.80 goals-against average, .927 save percentage, 6 shutouts), Jr. D Molly Byrne (3-24-27), So. F Emily Janiga (15-26-41), Sr. F Christie Cicero (16-19-35), So. F Jenna Dingeldein (15-20-35), Jr. F Shelby Bram (8-26-34)
Road to the Frozen Four: def. Syracuse 2-1 (CHA semifinal), lost to Rochester Institute of Technology 2-1 in 2OTs (CHA final), def. Cornell 3-2 (NCAA quarterfinal)
Frozen Four facts: Has reached the Frozen Four for the fourth time (2009-10, 2013-14) during a NCAA-record 10 straight appearances in the national playoffs, but has never won a national championship. … Has a 1-2 Frozen Four record, with the lone win coming against Minnesota in the 2009 semifinals. … Lost to Wisconsin in the 2009 title game. … Lost to Cornell in the 2010 semifinals and Boston University a season ago, both in Minneapolis. … Has a 5-8 record in the NCAA playoffs. … Has a 4-8-4 all-time record against Clarkson, tonight’s semifinal opponent, but went 1-0-1 against the Golden Knights in Potsdam, N.Y., in October (2-0 win and 1-1 tie).
Outlook: The Lakers are decided underdogs as the only unseeded team in the field for the second straight year. They struggled against BU a season ago. Can they claim their first national title in a season where they weren’t even expected to make the NCAA tournament?

Clarkson Golden Knights (29-5-5)
Co-head coach: Matt Desrosiers & Shannon Desrosiers, 6th season (132-68-27)
Players to watch: Sr. F Jamie Lee

Jamie Lee Rattray (Contributed/Clarkson University)

Rattray (28-34-62), So. D Erin Ambrose (14-36-50), Sr. G Erica Howe (29-5-5, 1.03, .944, 14 SO), Sr. F Brittany Styner (13-33-46), Sr. F Carly Mercer (14-31-45), Sr. F Vanessa Gagnon (17-13-30)
Road to the Frozen Four: def. Quinnipiac 6-0 (ECAC semifinal), lost to Cornell 1-0 (ECAC final), def. Boston College 3-1 (NCAA quarterfinal)
Frozen Four facts: Clarkson makes its Frozen Four debut tonight. …The Golden Knights have set a new school record for wins in a season. … Rattray is one of three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which honors the national player of the year, stands second in Division I in points. … The Desrosiers are the first husband-wife coaching tandem in college hockey. … Howe, who leads all goaltenders nationally in goals-against average and shutouts, spearheads a Golden Knights’ defense that has allowed one goal or fewer in 31-of-39 games.
Outlook: The Golden Knights enjoyed the best season in program history. But Mercyhurst, their semifinal opponent, proved to be a tough opponent earlier in the season. Can they overcome the Lakers and the nerves that may surface in their first Frozen Four?

Minnesota Golden Gophers (37-1-1)
Head coach: Brad Frost, 7th season (223-37-17)
Players to watch: So. F Hannah Brandt (22-41-63), Jr. F Rachael Bona

Rachael Bona (Contributed/University of Minnesota)

(21-37-58), Sr. F Terry Kelly (21-29-50), Sr. F Sarah Davis (19-28-47), So. G Amanda Leveille (37-1-1, 1.07, .951, 13 SO), Jr. D Rachel Ramsey (12-31-43)
Road to the Frozen Four: def. Minnesota Duluth 4-1 (WCHA semifinal), def. North Dakota 3-1 (WCHA final), def. Boston University 5-1 (NCAA quarterfinal)
Frozen Four facts: Looking for a third straight national championship and fifth overall (2004-05, 2012-13). … Has an 86-1-1 record in the last 88 games. … Had a 62-game winning streak snapped in a 3-2 loss to North Dakota on Nov. 17. … Brandt, the nation’s leading scorer, joins Clarkson’s Rattray and Cornell junior F Jillian Saulnier as finalists for the Kazmaier Award, which will be awarded Saturday. … Only other blemish was a 2-2 tie with Ohio State on Jan. 11. … Has won 17 straight games since then by a combined 80-11 score. … Has 10 players with 28 points or more.
Outlook: This is the powerhouse Golden Gophers’ title to lose. But first they have to get back rival Wisconsin in an all-WCHA semifinal.

Wisconsin Badgers (28-7-2)
Head coach: Mark Johnson, 11th season (335-65-30)
Players to watch: Sr. F Brittany Ammerman (22-21-43), Sr. G Alex Rigsby (17-6-2, 1.17, .950, 7 SO) Jr. F Blayre Turnbull (18-22-40), So. D Courtney Burke (5-21-26), Sr. F Madison Packer (11-11-22)
Road to the Frozen Four: lost to North Dakota 1-0 (WCHA semifinal), def. Harvard 2-1 (NCAA quarterfinal)
Frozen Four facts: Has won four national championships (2006-07, 2009, 2011). … Won their last title by beating Boston University at Tullio Arena in March 2010. … Had four losses in their last nine games. … Johnson was a member of the gold medal-winning Unites States Olympic team that won at Lake Placid, N.Y. … He also coached the U.S. Olympic Women’s Team to a silver medal in 2010 in Vancouver. … Lost all four meetings with Minnesota in the regular season. … Have a NCAA-best 17-3 all-time record in the national playoffs. …
Outlook: The WCHA has won all 14 national championships in tournament history. The conference is guaranteed to have a team in the title game. But will it be the Badgers?

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 16th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team will play in the nightcap in Friday’s semifinals at the NCAA Division I Frozen Four.
The unseeded Lakers (24-8-4) will face third-seeded Clarkson (29-5-5) in the 8 p.m. game at TD Sports Bank Center in Hamden, Conn. Top-seeded and two-time defending champion Minnesota (37-1-1) and No. 4 Wisconsin (28-7-2) meet in the opening semifinal at 5 p.m. The winners move on to the championship game Sunday at 3 p.m.
All three games will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

NCAA Women’s Division I Final Four schedule
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.
Semifinals – Friday*

No. 1 Minnesota (37-1-1) vs. No. 4 Wisconsin (28-7-2), 5 p.m.
Mercyhurst (24-8-4) vs. No. 3 Clarkson (29-5-5), 8 p.m.
Championship game – Sunday*
Minnesota-Wisconsin winner vs. Mercyhurst-Clarkson winner, 3 p.m.
* Streamed live on NCAA.com

Posted: March 15th, 2014

NCAA Women’s Division I Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals – Today

Mercyhurst (23-8-4) at No. 2 Cornell (24-5-2), 3 p.m.
Boston College (27-6-3) at No. 3 Clarkson (28-5-5), 4 p.m.
Boston University (23-12-1) at No. 1 Minnesota (36-1-1), 5 p.m.
Harvard (23-6-4) at No. 4 Wisconsin (27-7-2), 8 p.m.
Semifinals – March 21*
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.

BU-Minnesota winner vs. Harvard-Wisconsin winner, TBD
Mercyhurst-Cornell winner vs. BC-Clarkson winner, TBD
Championship game – March 23*
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.

Semifinal winners, TBD
* Streamed live on NCAA.com

Vic’s picks
Quarterfinals
Mercyhurst 2, No. 2 Cornell 1
Boston College 4, No. 3 Clarkson 2
No. 1 Minnesota 5, Boston University 1
No. 4 Wisconsin 4, Harvard 1
Semifinals
Boston College 4, Mercyhurst 2
Minnesota 3, Wisconsin 1
Championship game
Minnesota 4, Boston College 1

Posted: March 9th, 2014

Check out the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team’s reaction to earning a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament field today….as well as interviews with head coach Michael Sisti and seniors Christine Bestland and Christie Cicero

NCAA selection breakdown
Boston College - at large (Hockey East)
Boston University - automatic bid (Hockey East champion)
Clarkson - at large (ECAC)
Cornell - automatic bid (ECAC champion)
Harvard - at large (ECAC)
Mercyhurst - at large (CHA)
Minnesota - automatic bid (WCHA champion)
Wisconsin - at large (WCHA)

NCAA Women’s Division I Tournament schedule
Quarterfinals – Saturday

Boston University (23-12-1) at No. 1 Minnesota (36-1-1), 5 p.m.
Mercyhurst (23-8-4) at No. 2 Cornell (24-5-2), 3:30 p.m.
Boston College (27-6-3) at No. 3 Clarkson (28-5-5), 4 p.m.
Harvard (23-6-4) at No. 4 Wisconsin (27-7-2), 8 p.m.
Semifinals – March 21*
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.

BU-Minnesota winner vs. Harvard-Wisconsin winner, TBD
Mercyhurst-Cornell winner vs. BC-Clarkson winner, TBD
Championship game – March 23*
at TD Sports Bank Center – Hamden, Conn.

Semifinal winners, TBD
* Streamed live on NCAA.com

Posted: March 7th, 2014

ECAC Hockey Tournament
at Cheel Arena – Potsdam, N.Y. (Clarkson University)
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Clarkson 6, No. 4 Quinnipiac 0
No. 3 Cornell 6, No. 2 Harvard 4
Championship game – Sunday
No. 1 Clarkson (28-4-5) vs. No. 3 Cornell (23-5-4), 1 p.m.

Hockey East Association Tournament
at Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Memorial Skating Rink – Hyannis, Mass.
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Boston College 3, No. 4 Vermont 1
No. 2 Boston University 3, No. 3 Northeastern 2
Championship game – Sunday
No. 1 BC (26-5-3) vs. No. 2 BU (22-13-1) 1:30 p.m.

Western Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament
at Sanford Center – Bemidji, Minn. (Bemidji State University)
Semifinals – Friday

No. 3 North Dakota 1, No. 2 Wisconsin 0
No. 1 Minnesota 4, No. 4 Minnesota Duluth 1
Championship game – Saturday
Minnesota 3, North Dakota 1

Posted: February 27th, 2014

Christine Bestland

Mercyhurst senior forward Christine Bestland was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which annually honors the top NCAA Division I women’s hockey player. Bestland leads the Lakers with 20 goals and tops College Hockey America with 30 assists and 50 points. She also ranks fifth nationally with 1.52 points per game and leads with five short-handed goals. Bestland (90 goals, 132 assists and 222 points in her career) is one of five Lakers to reach the 200-point mark.
The other finalists are goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (Harvard, sophomore); defenseman Erin Ambrose (Clarkson, sophomore); and forwards Brittany Ammerman (Wisconsin, senior), Kelly Babstock (Quinnipiac, senior),Rachael Bona (Minnesota, junior), Hannah Brandt (Minnesota, sophomore), Sarah Lefort (Boston University, sophomore), Jamie Lee Rattray (Clarkson, senior) and Jillian Saulnier (Cornell, junior).
The selection process began earlier this month with nominations from Division I coaches. Players receiving at least two votes were placed on the ballot. Then the list was trimmed to 10 players by coaches. The top three finalists will be chosen by a 13-person selection committee comprised of Division I coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media, an at-large member and a representative from USA Hockey, the sport’s governing body in this country. The announcement will be made next Thursday. The recipient will be honored March 22 in Wallingford, Conn., as part of the Women’s Frozen Four weekend, which will be hosted by Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

Patty Kazmaier Award finalists at a glance
D Erin Ambrose, Clarkson, Soph. – 13 goals, 35 assists, 48 points, +39 rating
F Brittany Ammerman, Wisconsin, Sr. – 22 goals, 17 assists, 39 points
Kelly Babstock, Quinnipiac, Sr. – 18 goals, 28 assists, 46 points
F Christine Bestland, Sr., Mercyhurst – 20 goals, 30 assists, 50 points

Rachael Bona (Contributed/University of Minnesota)

F Rachael Bona, Minnesota, Soph. – 20 goals, 32 assists, 52 points
* F Hannah Brandt, Minnesota, Soph. – 19 goals, 36 assists, 55 points
Soph. Sarah Lefort, Boston University, Soph. – 29 goals, 22 assists, 51 points
G Emerance Maschmeyer, Harvard, Soph. – 16-4-4 record, 1.60 goals-against average, .948 save percentage
F Jamie Lee Rattray, Clarkson, Sr. – 26 goals, 29 assists, 55 points

Jamie Lee Rattray (Contributed/Clarkson University)


F Jillian Saulnier, Cornell, Jr. –
* Only player who was a top-10 finalist a season ago

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

* Heading outdoors in Rochester: The Rochester Institute of Technology men’s and women’s hockey teams will play in outdoor games on Saturday at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y. Find out more by clicking this link

Posted: October 8th, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team dropped out of one national poll. But they are still among the top 10 on one list.
The Lakers, which fell to 1-2-0 with an overtime loss to Ohio State last Saturday at Mercyhurst Ice Center, slipped to 10th from ninth in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine’s latest Division I ranking. Mercyhurst received 14 voting points, one more than the Buckeyes, who are the top team on the honorable mention list.
Minnesota earned 18-of-19 first-place votes and 189 points to remain No. 1, followed by Boston College (164 points) and Clarkson (one first-place vote and 157 points). Cornell (113 points) and Wisconsin (100) completed the top five. North Dakota (97), Boston University (87), Harvard (52), Minnesota Duluth (51) and Mercyhurst rounded out the list. Quinnipiac (5), Northeastern (2) and Dartmouth (1) also received votes.

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

Posted: September 23rd, 2013

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team stands seventh in the opening USCHO.com Division I poll, which was released Monday.
The Lakers, which are eighth in the initial USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll unveiled last week, earned 65 voting points in the poll. Defending national champion Minnesota received 14-of-15 first-place votes and 149 points to edge Boston College by 16 points. The Eagles had the other first-place vote.
Clarkson holds the third spot with 99 points, followed by Cornell (84), Boston University (83), Wisconsin (74) and the Lakers. North Dakota (62), Harvard (38) and Northeastern (21) completed the top 10. Minnesota Duluth (8), Quinnipiac (4), Ohio State (3) and Dartmouth (2) also received votes.
Mercyhurst opens the season this weekend with a two-game series at Minnesota State-Mankato. Game times are 7:07 p.m. Friday and 2:07 p.m. Saturday. The Lakers have five games against three ranked teams this season – vs. Ohio State Oct. 5, at Clarkson Oct. 18-19 and vs. Cornell Jan. 10-11.

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