• In the pros: Kris Fredheim, Cody Lampl, Rylan Schwartz, Colin Stuart

    Mon, September 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Schwartz 2Former Tiger Rylan Schwart, pictured, is in the AHL Worcester Sharks training camp after spending some time in the San Jose camp.

    Cody Lampl was named as the AHL St. John’s Icecaps hardest working player in a Sunday preseason win. Kris Fredheim has not played in any of the three preseason games so far.

    Left wing Colin Stuart assisted the game-winner and picked up an empty-netter in Utica’s 4-2 preseason win over Adirondack.

    It was the first victory for the new franchise, which is affiliated with Vancouver.

  • Air Force, Colorado College pick up a few votes in USCHO.com preseason rankings

    Mon, September 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC Cody Bradley_AFA1Air Force received slightly more votes than Colorado College in the U.S. College Hockey Online preseason poll announced on Monday afternoon.

    The rankings mirrored the earlier USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll with Hockey East favorite Massachusetts-Lowell picked No. 1 followed by National Collegiate Hockey Conference member Miami second.

    In the USCHO.com rankings, North Dakota was picked seventh, St. Cloud State ninth with Denver at No. 17 and Western Michigan at No. 18.

    Atlantic Hockey Association favorite Niagara was No. 20. Air Force received 14 votes and Colorado College 11.

    Here is the complete poll. All eight NCHC teams garnered votes.

    The future CC opponents (11) this season are bolded.

    USCHO.com Division I

    Preseason poll

    Team (1st-place votes)             Pts.

    1. UMass-Lowell (19)                        844

    2. Miami (14)                          837

    3. Wisconsin (2)                      740

    4. Boston College                   728

    5. Minnesota (1)                      660

    6. Yale (8)                               644

    7. North Dakota                      636

    8. Notre Dame                                    575

    9. St. Cloud State                    513

    10. Quinnipiac (1)                   419

    11 (tie) Michigan                    417

    11 (tie) Minnesota State          417

    13. New Hampshire                354

    14. Providence                                    271

    15. RPI                                    266

    16. Union                                258

    17. Denver                              241

    18. Western Michigan                        117

    19. Boston University             113

    20. Niagara                              94

    Others receiving votes: Cornell 80, Ferris State 67, Harvard 18, Minnesota-Duluth 18, Nebraska-Omaha 16, Air Force 14, Michigan Tech 14, Canisius 12, Colorado College 11, Ohio State 11, Alaska-Fairbanks 10, Mercyhurst 10, Michigan State 6, RIT 5, Bowling Green 4, Brown 4, Dartmouth 2, Merrimack 2, Robert Morris 2.

  • Falcons picked second, McKenzie honored in Atlantic Hockey media preseason rankings

    Mon, September 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    mckenzie-gazetteAir Force senior defenseman Adam McKenzie was named as a first-team preseason all-star and the Falcons were picked to finish in a tie for second with Mercyhurst in the inaugural Atlantic Hockey Media Association preseason poll and team.

    Niagara is expected to repeat as regular season champions, while last year’s postseason tournament winner Canisius was picked to finish fourth.

    2013-14 Atlantic Hockey Association

    Preseason media poll

    1. Niagara (7) 159

    T2. Mercyhurst (4) 149

    T2. Air Force (1) 149

    4. Canisius (2) 130

    5. UConn (1) 113

    6. RIT 110

    T7. Holy Cross 88

    T7. Robert Morris 88

    9. Bentley 86

    10. Army 43

    11. AIC 36

    12 Sacred Heart 19

    Preseason All-Stars

    Forwards

    Brett Gensler (Senior, Bentley)

    Kyle Gibbons (Senior, Canisius)

    Ryan Murphy (Senior, Niagara)

    Defense

    Adam McKenzie (Senior, Air Force)

    Nick Jones (Senior, Mercyhurst)

    Goal

    Tony Capobianco (Senior, Canisius)

    The Atlantic Hockey Media Association is comprised of 15 print, online, and radio/television media covering the league, which includes Joe Paisley of the Colorado Springs Gazette.

    Here is the coaches preseason poll for comparison:

    Atlantic Hockey Association

    2013-14 Preseason Coaches Poll
    1. Niagara (3)            102
    2 (tie). Mercyhurst (4), Air Force (2)            98
    4. Canisius (3)            92
    5. RIT            81
    6. Connecticut            79
    7. Robert Morris            66
    8. Holy Cross            59
    9. Bentley             53
    10. Army            28
    11. American International            22
    12. Sacred Heart            16

  • Monday reading: Coaches show, Providence coach; Penrose Cup, Nebraska-Omaha arena video

    Mon, September 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Penrose cupThe monthly coaches shows will be held Tuesdays at Tony’s Bar downtown.

    Providence coach Nate Leaman signed a contract extension, the school announced this weekend. The Providence Journal said it is through the 2020-21 season. The former Union coach had four years left on the original six-year deal he signed  in 2011.

    The announcement came while Providence showed off major renovations and improvements to its 30-year-old arena.

    Hockey East’s Friars play at Colorado College Jan. 17-18, 2014.

    Go to Goon’s World for a picture showing you how large the Spencer & Julie Penrose Memorial Cup — which goes to the NCHC’s regular-season champion — really is. Wow.

    Here is a fundraising video with images of the new hockey arenay at Nebraska-Omaha.

  • CC heads back to practice after weekend off

    Sun, September 29, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC jerseys, practice 007The Colorado College hockey team will get in its final full captain’s practice of the preseason this Monday at World Arena after the Tigers took a long weekend off for the school’s block break (Thursday through Sunday).

    The break was needed after a challenging turnaround with the players working to get into game shape before this Saturday’s exhibition game against Canadian national champion New Brunswick.

    The team practiced hard Wednesday afternoon following their block finals, had an 8:30 a.m. weightlifting session Thursday and, understandably, needed a little encouragement from the coaches during the 10-11 a.m. practice.

    To their credit, the tired players responded.

    “It was a quick turnaround,” senior forward Jeff Collett said. “There’s a big difference between summer shape, practice shape and game shape.”

    On the injury front, things continue to improve. Sophomore defenseman Michael King is about a week ahead of schedule on his recovery from offseason hip surgery, making it likely he could be available for the Western Michigan road trip Nov. 1-2.

    Freshman forward Zach Aman (meniscus tear) is also improving, coach Scott Owens added. He will likely be available for the season opening home series against Minnesota-Duluth Oct. 18-19.

    The coaches, who are still limited to 120 minutes a week with the players under NCAA rules, will lead 40 minutes of each 90-minute practice Wednesday through Friday. Their limited time has not been a problem, Owens said.

    “Eamonn (McDermott), Alex (Krushelnyski), Peter (Stoykewych) and Jeff (Collett) have all done a good job keeping everyone on task in the captains practices,” Owens said.

    The UNB exhibition game will be the first official practice of the season. Expect all nine healthy freshmen and all three goalies to get playing time.

  • Weekend reading: WCHA press conference; Jaden Schwartz; Denver expectations; Penn State; North Dakota captains; outdoor game

    Fri, September 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    jaden draft imageHere are highlights from the annual media conference call for the WCHA. I almost felt bad I missed it until I read it lasted a record 2 hours, 20 minutes. Yikes.

    There will be a couple “surprises” in the player interview videos this season. Be prepared Tiger fans.

    From CBS Sports radio host Andy Strickland in St. Louis via Twitter:  “Jaden Schwartz continues to be the #stlblues most impressive player in camp.”

    The Denver Post opines on the task ahead for new Pioneers coach Jim Montgomery and the expectations of the school. Beta writer Mike Chambers says the Pioneers are underrated.

    Here is everything you need to know (and more) about the Penn State media day and likelihood of an outdoor NHL game and rookie camp.

    North Dakota senior defenseman Dillon Simpson was named as team captain. Michael Parks and Stephane Pattyn will wear the As.

    Bentley will play Holy Cross at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Fenway Park in the two AHA programs’ first outdoor game.

  • Tigers pleased with new home jerseys

    Thu, September 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC jerseys, practice 020It’s only fitting that a team heading into a season with a new conference and celebrating the 75th anniversary of the program in January has a new, old-school home jersey.

    “I like them,” said senior forward Jeff Collett. “They are a little old school which is what the guys like about them. They look sharp.”

    The new home whites, which feature black shoulders and black, gold and white sleeves with gold numbers were worn by the players for the first time Thursday while the team was recording its scoreboard video interviews at World Arena. Some of the Tigers attempts at spelling Gustav Olofsson and Alexander Krushelnyski for the video did not merit praise even if the new sweater did.

    “I’m pumped up to get a new jersey and the guys are happy,” said sophomore center Cody Bradley. “It’s like getting a new stick or new skates.”

    CC jerseys, practice 022The new white jerseys are tentatively scheduled to debut with the team for the Oct. 5 exhibition game against New Brunswick. The jersey has larger, more distinct numbers on the back than the previous home jersey which had a black bar going through the middle, obscuring the numbers.

    “They had served their purpose,” senior defenseman Eamonn McDermott said of the worn-out jerseys. “It was time.”

    The new jerseys also have the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference shield logo on the right shoulder. That logo is also under the ice behind each net at World Arena, where workers were installing the dasher board advertising.

    “It’s like a new beginning with a new look,” said sophomore wing Hunter Fejes.

    The new road black jerseys are scheduled to arrive soon. Last season’s gold alternate jerseys will also be worn this year.

  • Pioneers down to 12 available forwards

    Thu, September 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    PHX_Larraza_Draft_1_2011Denver junior Zac Larraza suffered a broken clavicle on Tuesday and will be out six to eight weeks, Pioneers coach Jim Montgomery told the Denver Post.

    With the injury to Larraza (12 goals last season), Denver is down to 12 available forwards. Freshman Brad Hawkinson injured his shoulder last week. Rookie Emil Romig will serve an  eight-game NCAA suspension to begin the season for playing in a European professional league.

    An earlier Denver Post report suggested Hawkinson may miss the entire season.

  • Thursday reading: Brown; Bidwill blog; prospects game; NCHC first look; DU on TV

    Thu, September 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    stuart preseasonThe RPI fan blog put together its Know Your Enemy segment on Brown, a CC home opponent on Jan. 4, 2014.

    Former Tiger Arthur Bidwill is blogging for the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs during his tryout.

    Here’s a look at the rosters for Thursday’s night’s annual USA Hockey prospects game. No CC commits are playing. The game is at 5 p.m. MT Thursday and can be seen on this livestream here.

    Dan Bylsma will drop the ceremonial first puck at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Thursday (Sept. 26) at CONSOL Energy Center, home of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. The head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team is in his sixth season as head coach of the Penguins.

    Bill Guerin, who will be inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this fall, will present the Gillette Player of the Game Award in a postgame ceremony. Guerin is the Pittsburgh Penguins player development coach.

    CBS college hockey analyst and College Hockey News columnist Dave Starman weighs in on a number of NCHC topics.

    ROOT SPORTS’ Denver Television Schedule
    Hockey

    Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. – Western Michigan

    Saturday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m. – Air Force

    Friday, Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m. – Brown

    Friday, Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. – St. Cloud State

    Saturday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. – North Dakota

    Friday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. – Miami (Ohio)

  • Air Force hockey adds second TV broadcast

    Wed, September 25, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    TV logoAir Force hockey will have two regular-season games broadcast on live TV this season.
    The Falcons at Denver game at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 will be broadcast live regionally on ROOT Sports.

    The Air Force at Army game Jan. 10, 2014  will be shown nationwide on CBS Sports Network at 5 p.m.