Previewing Mercyhurst at No. 20 Arizona State with Lakers coach Rick Gotkin: Game of the Week podcast Season 2, Episode 1

Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin and his Lakers begin the season with a pair of games at No. 20 Arizona State (photo: Mercyhurst Athletics)

Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin takes his Lakers on the road to No. 20 Arizona State for a pair of games this weekend. Gotkin joins hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger for a preview, as well as what’s involved helping 11 rookies adjust to the college game, whether Mercyhurst would look at a new league geographically situated around the Great Lakes, and to remember Mike Folga, former equipment manager who succumbed to cancer over the summer. Jim and Ed also spotlight some other contests around college hockey, including the only league contest, Maine at No. 7 Providence in Hockey East.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.