Mercyhurst’s Rick Gotkin on this season’s Lakers, COVID-19 accommodations, scheduling: USCHO Spotlight college hockey podcast Season 3 Episode 9

With four straight wins, including 5-of-6 points from then-No. 17 Robert Morris, Mercyhurst has been playing well. Lakers head coach Rick Gotkin joins hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger to talk about his team, as well as how they’ve adjusted to COVID-19 restrictions and a schedule in flux. We also touch upon the impact of the pandemic beyond the rink, including the extra year of eligibility and recruiting by watching video and making Zoom calls.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly 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 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.