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Posted: March 19th, 2010

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Three members of the Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team were honored at the Atlantic Hockey Tournament banquet Thursday evening in Rochester, N.Y. Junior forward Brandon Coccimiglio was named to the All-AHA Second Team,  junior goaltender Ryan Zapolski earned a spot on the All-AHA Third Team and senior Chris Risi was honored with the Individual Sportsmanship Award.

Coccimiglio, a native of Burlington, Ontario, makes his first appearance on an all-conference team after finishing the season second in scoring for the Lakers. He tallied 14 goals and added 14 assists for 28 points through 31 games, missing five due to injury.

Zapolski represents Mercyhurst as an All-AHA selection for the second-straight season, being named to the second team in 2008-09. The Erie, Pa., native went 15-17-3 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against average. He set a new Mercyhurst single-season save record with 1,109 stops and won 15-plus games for the second time in his career.

Risi, the team’s captain, garnered one of the conference’s major honors for displaying honor, courage and respect to his team and opponents throughout the season. On the ice, he produced the Lakers with three goals and 13 points through 32 games, missing four contests with an injury earlier in the season. For his career, the Thorold, Ontario product netted 23 goals and added 40 assists for 63 points.

- From Mercyhurst College news release

Posted: February 19th, 2010

Mercyhurst men’s hockey coach Rick Gotkin shared backgr0und information on his program, the school and Erie during a conference call with CBS College Sports Network officials Wednesday. The cable network will broadcast the Lakers-Army game Friday night at Mercyhurst Ice Center.

Network officials were especially interested in the Lakers’ strong relationship with the OHL’s Erie Otters, since the NCAA and Canadian Hockey League (which includes the OHL, QMJHL and WHL) annually vie for North America’s top players. They also learned about Lakers junior forward Brandon Coccimiglio, 22, and his younger brother, Jordan, 16, who plays for the Otters.

Jeff Terminesi (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

“We’ve had that relationshp for years,” Gotkin said.

Meanwhile, his players are focusing on ignoring the television cameras that will be situated around MIC during the game.

“It might be a little intimidating,” said junior defenseman Jeff Terminesi, although the Lakers have played on national television in the past. Given MIC’s comfy confines, “we’ll see (the cameras),” said junior goaltender Ryan Zapolski, an Erie native. “(But we’ll) just try to take it like another game.”

The Lakers need to focus on earning the much-needed two points in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. “Distractions aside, we have to get down to business,” Terminesi said. “We’ve got to take it as any other game.”

The only difference will be the inclusion of television timeouts. “It’s almost like having an extra few timeouts during a game,” Terminesi said. “You’ve got to put it out of your mind, just black it out, and focus on what you have to do.”

- Victor Fernandes

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