• Tickets remain available for MSU-Mankato series

    Thu, February 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC Fan Photo #15Anyone hoping to see their Tigers live for what will likely prove to be the last time this season may want to consider buying tickets to this weekend’s home games.

    About 750 tickets are available for Friday’s 7:37 p.m. contest against Minnesota State-Mankato and 1,000 tickets are available for Saturday’s game, which is Senior Appreciation Night.

    Tickets start at $9.

    For Tickets:  World Arena Box Office (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. game days), CCTigers.com or call 719.576.2626.

  • In the pros: Lampl moves up to AHL Grand Rapids

    Thu, February 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Lampl with SteelheadsToledo defenseman Cody Lampl, a former Tiger, signed a player tryout agreement with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

    Lampl, 26, has played 53 games this season for Toledo, scoring five goals with eight assists. The native of Ketchum, Idaho is  plus-16, which leads the Walleye.

    He played in one game with AHL Abbotsford during the 2010-11 season.

    Lampl has played professionally for Utah, Idaho (pictured), and Las Vegas in the ECHL.

    Grand Rapids, a Red Wings affiliate, plays at Milwaukee Friday and Sunday with a road game at Peoria in between. The Griffins (30-18-2-2) are in second place in the AHL’s Western Conference behind Texas and leads the Midwest Division with seven weeks left in the regular season.

     

  • Thursday reading: J. Schwartz, WCHA preview notes, UND goalies, CS Hall of Fame nominees, web poll

    Thu, February 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Jaden action picFormer Tiger Jaden Schwartz has an opportunity to step up  into a larger role for the Blues.

    Five WCHA teams could make the NCAAs this March. CC may need to win the Broadmoor Trophy for the first time to get the automatic qualifier.

    Here are this week’s preview notes (click on school names for links)  for  Minnesota State-Mankato  at Colorado College, Wisconsin at Nebraska-Omaha, Denver at MinnesotaMichigan Tech at St. Cloud State, and Bemidji State (with video)  at North Dakota.

    Alaska-Anchorage takes on nonconference rival Alaska-Fairbanks while Minnesota-Duluth hosts Alabama-Huntsville.

    The North Dakota No. 1 goalie job remains up for grabs. Nebraska-Omaha junior Johnnie Searfoss is profiled by the Omaha World Herald.

    The 14th annual Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony is Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Colorado Springs World Arena.

    Nominations will be taken until March 1, and the selections will be made in late March by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee along with nominations for the 2013 Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame as well as for the Col. F. Don Miller & Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award.

    Nominations for all three can be submitted electronically through our web site at coloradospringssports.org and by clicking on Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame on home page.

    Nominees not selected in 2013 will be eligible for 5 years. Table and ticket prices will be announced at the same time as the Class of 2013 is officially announced.

    Here is the weekly WCHA web media poll (I am one of the voters, FYI).

    Pts Previous Record High Low
    1 1) Minnesota (8) 140 2 21-6-5 1 2
    2 2) St. Cloud State (4) 135 1 19-12-1 1 3
    3 3) North Dakota 119 3 17-9-6 3 4
    4 4) Nebraska Omaha 101 4 18-12-2 4 6
    5 5) Minnesota State 97 5 20-9-3 2 7
    6 6) Denver 88 6 16-10-5 5 7
    7 7) Wisconsin 74 7 14-11-7 5 9
    8 8) Colorado College 60 8 12-15-5 7 9
    9 9) Minnesota Duluth 45 9 10-17-5 8 11
    10 10) Michigan Tech 38 10 10-16-4 8 11
    11 11) Bemidji State 26 11 6-17-7 10 12
    12 12) Alaska Anchorage 13 12 4-19-7 11 12
  • Three things to watch about Minnesota State-Mankato

    Wed, February 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with 1 comment

    Mankato picNo. 9 Minnesota State-Mankato is riding a wave of positive energy from the turnaround sparked by new coach Mike Hastings, who took a struggling program, and with mostly the same players, has them believing in themselves and right in the hunt for home WCHA playoff ice.

    Their turnaround reminds me a lot of Michigan Tech last season, but this team is arguably deeper and more dangerous. Here are three things to watch about the Mavs this weekend:

    Strong goaltending

    One new player who has made a big difference for the purple Mavs is freshman goalie Stephon Williams (17-7-2) who has a WCHA-best 1.77 goals against average, a .932 saves percentage and four shutouts. He is an emotional leader, celebrating when Mankato scores, and the team feeds off that, said CC assistant Joe Bonnett.

    Skilled and deep group of forwards, especially on power play

    Senior Eriah Hayes (18g, 12a) is a potent, physical force at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds who is especially tough on the power play where he roams the ice instead of holding down on particular spot, Bonnett said. His 11 power-play goals ties him for the Division I lead. That means the CC penalty killers must keep track of him. Sophomore Matt Leitner (team-high 36 points, 12g, 24a) has 18 assists with the man advantage.

    Smooth-skating team with good forecheck that plays sound defense in neutral zone

    The Mavs will have little trouble adjusting to the Olympic-size ice sheet at World Arena. The team moves well and has a single-forward forecheck that proves challenging, especially with a team adept at forcing turnovers in the neutral zone. They use those for good scoring chances in quick transition.

    Minnesota State (20-9-3, 14-9-1 WCHA) has four games to win two games and surpass the program’s best wins total (21) of the Division I era. The Mavs promise to be as tough an opponent as WCHA-leading St. Cloud State.

  • Schwartz shares WCHA weekly offensive honor

    Wed, February 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Rylan goal vs scsu

    Colorado College center Rylan Schwartz and North Dakota forward Danny Kristo were named as WCHA co-Offensive Players of the Week for Feb. 27.

    Kristo, a 5-11, 185-pound senior right winger from Eden Prairie, Minn., had a goal and an assist in each of North Dakota’s two games at Denver.

    Schwartz, a 5-10, 196-pound senior from Wilcox, Sask., led the Tigers with a five-point series against league-leading St. Cloud State last weekend. He had a goal and two assists in last Friday’s 4-3 victory, including one on the game-winner. He scored both CC goals in Saturday’s 5-2 loss.

    Schwartz has 146 points (93 assists) in 146 games as a Tiger. He is fifth in scoring overall among WCHA players with 40 points (14g, 26a).

    St. Cloud State sophomore defenseman Andrew Prochno, who produced five points at CC last weekend, is the Defensive Player of the Week.

    CC junior defenseman Eamonn McDermott also was nominated.

    Huskies freshman forward Jonny Brodzinski, who recorded three goals and four points at CC last weekend, is the league Rookie of the Week. His 17 goals leads all Division I rookies.

  • Wednesday reading: Hobey Baker balloting, UMass-Lowell, bracketology, SHU

    Wed, February 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    NCAA Men's Frozen Four - Notre Dame v Minnesota DuluthWith less than two weeks remaining in Phase I of fan balloting to nominate this year’s Hobey Baker Award winner, more than 125,000 votes have been cast, surpassing the record number of votes received last year.

    Awarded annually to college hockey’s top player, the  fan-voting phase will close on Sunday, March 10 at 10 p.m. MT. College hockey fans can visit the Hobey Baker web site to vote.

    Alphabetically, the top eight vote-getters to date are: Ryan Dzingel – Ohio State; Johnny Gaudreau – Boston College; Corban Knight – North Dakota;  Drew LeBlanc – St. Cloud State; Greg Miller – Cornell; Wayne Simpson – Union; Frank Slubowski – Western Michigan; and Ryan Walters – Nebraska-Omaha.

    The two CC nominees are Mike Boivin and Rylan Schwartz.

    The fans’ vote accounts for  1 percent of the total ballot in selecting this year’s award recipient.

    Award criteria include candidates emulating the exceptional character traits exhibited by the award’s namesake, Hobey Baker.  He was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America’s greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton.

    Important announcement dates are:

    • Top Ten list of candidates:  March 21
    • Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists:  April 3
    • Hobey Baker Award announcement:  April 12

    That early-season home loss to No. 10 UMass-Lowell doesn’t look so bad now for CC fans. The RiverHawks downed Boston College Tuesday night to move into a four-way tie for first place in Hockey East.

    The North Dakota beat writer takes his best stab at predicting the NCAA Tournament field.

    Okay, I missed this earlier but Sacred Heart hired former baseball manager Bobby Valentine as its new AD. The NCAA meetings just got a whole lot more interesting.

  • In the pros: Testwuide traded to Flames organization

    Tue, February 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Testwuide adirondackAdirondack Phantoms winger and former Tiger Mike Testwuide was working his way back into game shape after he suffered a concussion in an AHL game last month, according to the Saratogian newspaper.

    He was closer to a return, but learned Monday that it won’t be in upstate New York.

    The Flyers dealt Testwuide to Calgary on Monday, acquiring center Mitch Wahl in the trade.  Testwuide is headed to the Flames’ AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford (B.C.) Heat.

    The Vail native has played the past three seasons with the Flyers’ AHL club, the Adirondack Phantoms. In 76 games during his rookie professional season in 2010-11, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound winger recorded 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists). In 161 career AHL games, he has tallied 70 points and 168 penalty minutes. He had two points in 19 games this season, and was either scratched or played on the fourth line when healthy.

    Testwuide, 26, was captain of Colorado College  his senior year. He signed as a free agent with the Flyers on March 19, 2010.

    Wahl, 22, was Calgary’s second-round pick (No. 48) at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He has spent the majority of the season with the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies, where he tallied 19 goals and 40 assists in 45 games. Wahl also had a goal in six AHL games for Abbotsford.

    Testwuide’s older brother, J.P, played at Abbotsford last season but has since retired from pro hockey according to the Saratogian.

  • Tuesday reading: Bazin, Crabb, J. Schwartz, SCSU, Grimaldi, Wisconsin loss

    Tue, February 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    crabb heelsFormer CC assistant Norm Bazin is the subject of this Q&A feature.

    Former Tiger Joey Crabb, pictured, took part in the Capitals’ recent Hockey and Heels event.

    Jaden Schwartz is interviewed by St. Louis radio on a number of topics, including college road trips.

    St. Cloud State is in position to win first (and last) WCHA regular-season championship, according to this columnist.

    North Dakota rookie Rocco Grimaldi is anxious for his first college postseason.

    Penn State 3, No. 16 Wisconsin 2 OT

    MADISON — Allowing two third-period goals, then a third score in overtime, No. 16 Wisconsin (14-11-7, 10-8-7 WCHA) fell 3-2 to Penn State (13-14-0) on Monday night at the Kohl Center, setting up what will be a testing finish to the season.

    “I think what it does is it just squeezes the importance of our last four games,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “We have to primarily win out, so that’s our task at hand.”

    With the overtime loss, Wisconsin fell to 2-2-7 in 11 overtime games this season. Penn State improved to 3-2 against future Big Ten foes with splits against Michigan State and Wisconsin and a single win over Ohio State at the 3 Rivers Classic. The win concludes the NCAA independent’s season.

    Wisconsin dropped from 16th in the Pairwise rankings to 28th with the loss.

    CCHA ESSENTIAL – “Need to know” items from this week

    Alaska- The Nanooks and Alaska Anchorage will face off in a home-and-home series this weekend to determine the winner of the 2013 Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup. The Nanooks lead the all-time cup series 11-8 and are in the hunt for their fourth straight Cup victory.

    Bowling Green-  Sophomore forward Ryan Carpenter scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season on Saturday, four more than his total from last season. The last Falcon to score 15 goals or more in a season was Dan Sexton when he recorded 17 in 2008-09.

    Ferris State- The Bulldogs, who were idle last weekend, are tied with Ohio State for fourth place in the league standings with 42 points and have clinched a bye in the first round of the CCHA playoffs for the fourth straight season.

    Lake Superior- The Lakers take a 6-1 total-goals lead in the Cappo Cup series into its regular-season finale at Northern Michigan. In mid-December, eleven Lakers tallied at least one point as Lake Superior swept the Wildcats at Taffy Abel Arena, 3-0 and 3-1.

    Miami- After a sweep at Lake Superior, Miami has 21 wins on the year, marking its eighth straight 20-win season. The eight consecutive 20-win seasons is the fourth-longest active streak in the country behind only Michigan (25), Denver (11) and North Dakota (10).

    Michigan- The Wolverines completed their second sweep of the season at Ohio State (5-3, 6-3) last weekend and finished the month of February with a 6-2-0 record. The two wins over the Buckeyes give Michigan three road wins this season.

    Michigan State- Friday’s 1-0 victory at Alaska was the Spartans’ first victory in game one of a CCHA series this season. The win also gave Michigan State its first back-to-back victories this season. The Spartans are now 1-6-3 in games after a win.

    Northern Michigan- The Wildcats host Upper Peninsula-rival Lake Superior this weekend to wrap up the regular season. Northern Michigan was swept in Sault Ste. Marie in November but swept the Lakers in last season’s final series at Berry Events Center.

    Notre Dame- Notre Dame’s Senior Night will honor defenseman Sam Calabrese, forwards Nick Larson and Kevin Nugent and goaltender Mike Johnson along with senior manager John Madison on the ice prior to the start of the game on Saturday against Bowling Green.

    Ohio State- Sophomore forward Tanner Fritz scored the first short-handed goal of his career in a 5-3 loss to Michigan on Friday. He has nine points (4-5-9) in his last three games, has a point in 10 of his last 12 games and is first in conference scoring (9-21-30).

    Western Michigan- The Broncos’ two ties against Notre Dame (3-3, 1-1) marked the first time Western Michigan has ended a CCHA series with a pair of draws since a road series against Lake Superior on Jan. 21-22, 2011. The Broncos and Lakers battled to a 2-2 tie and a 4-4 tie.

  • Falcon players never questioned top-four finish

    Tue, February 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    AFAlogo2012Air Force players never doubted they would clinch a bye into the Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals, even with a 3-7-3 record entering December.

    “I don’t think anyone ever doubted, even in mid-January,” said junior defenseman Adam McKenzie. “There was never any doubt in the locker room.”

    Coach Frank Serratore did not share their confidence.

    “Are you kidding me?” he said to open his Monday press conference. “Did anyone think we could clinch home playoff ice with a week left go to when we were sitting in ninth place? If someone had said yes, I would have had that person get a drug test.”

    The Falcons have gone 12-4-3 since Dec. 1 and now find themselves in second place and guaranteed to finish no worse than fourth place when the regular season ends this weekend.

    “We felt confident we could do it,” said senior forward Kyle De Laurell. “We thought we were one of the top teams in the conference and knew we weren’t playing up to our potential. When the second half rolled around, we knew we could finish in the top four.”

    Fortunately for Falcon fans, the players believed and bought in to the level of commitment and performance required to make that 12-4-3 run. Now, Serratore knows he needs to coach less and let the players take care of business this weekend against No. 14 Niagara.

    “I want bright eyes on Friday and Saturday,” he said. “You can’t want to win more than your players. They have to want it just as much.

    “Coaches get much credit for wins and too much for losses. If you want to credit me, Mike (Corbett) or Andy (Berg), credit us for getting out of the way.”

  • Monday reading: Polls, Wisconsin, WCHA schedule

    Mon, February 25, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Air Force home opponent Niagara moved up No. 14 in this week’s USCHO poll while CC’s home foe, Minnesota State. remains No. 9 after a bye weekend. The purple Mavs moved up from No. 8 to No. 7 in the USA Hockey/USA Today poll. The Purple Eagles went up to No. 13 from 15 in the USA rankings.

    No. 16 Wisconsin 5, Penn State 0

    MADISON — Junior forward Tyler Barnes scored a goal and made three assists while sophomore goalie Joel Rumpel made 22 saves to lead Wisconsin to a 5- 0 nonconference victory over Penn State on Sunday night at Kohl Center.

    Here is this week’s WCHA schedule:

    Upcoming Schedule
    Day Date Visiting Team Home Team Time
    Mon
    02/25/13
    Penn State
    at Wisconsin
    7:37 p.m. CT
    Fri
    03/01/13
    Wisconsin
    at Nebraska Omaha
    6:37 p.m. CT
    Fri
    03/01/13
    Denver
    at Minnesota
    7:07 p.m. CT
    Fri
    03/01/13
    Bemidji State
    at North Dakota
    7:37 p.m. CT
    Fri
    03/01/13
    Michigan Tech
    at St. Cloud State
    7:37 p.m. CT
    Fri
    03/01/13
    Minnesota State
    at Colorado College
    7:37 p.m. MT
    Fri
    03/01/13
    Alab-Huntsville
    at Minnesota Duluth
    7:07 p.m. CT
    Fri
    03/01/13
    Alaska Anchorage
    at Alaska
    7:05 p.m. AT
    Sat
    03/02/13
    Bemidji State
    at North Dakota
    7:07 p.m. CT
    Sat
    03/02/13
    Denver
    at Minnesota
    7:07 p.m. CT
    Sat
    03/02/13
    Michigan Tech
    at St. Cloud State
    7:07 p.m. CT
    Sat
    03/02/13
    Wisconsin
    at Nebraska Omaha
    7:07 p.m. CT
    Sat
    03/02/13
    Minnesota State
    at Colorado College
    7:07 p.m. MT
    Sat
    03/02/13
    Alab-Huntsville
    at Minnesota Duluth
    7:07 p.m. CT
    Sat
    03/02/13
    Alaska
    at Alaska Anchorage
    7:07 p.m. AT