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  • Poll, WMU early departure, Denver’s future

    Mon, March 31, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    DU BRittain road save Here is the USA Hockey weekly poll with Minnesota at No. 1 followed by Union, Boston College, UMass-Lowell and No. 5 North Dakota, who moved up from No. 13 before the tourney. USCHO.com did not release one this week.

    Western Michigan junior defenseman Jordan Oesterle left school early to sign with Edmonton.

    The Denver administration was pleased by Pioneers coach Jim Montgomery’s first season.

     

  • Monday reading: NCAA Tournament update

    Mon, March 31, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    icehockey_m-DIThe Big 10, ECAC, Hockey East and NCHC all have a team in the Frozen Four April 10-12 after Minnesota routed St. Cloud State and Boston College edged league rival UMass-Lowell.

    Interestingly enough, in a tournament usually marked by big upsets, three of the top four seeds advanced with only North Dakota in as a lower seed (No. 4, Midwest regional).

    NCAA Tournament

    East Regional — No. 3 Union 5, Vermont 2; Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0; Union 3, Providence 1

    Midwest Regional — Ferris State 1, Colgate 0; North Dakota 5, No. 4 Wisconsin 2[ North Dakota 2, Ferris State 1 2OT

    West Regional — No. 1 overall seed Minnesota 7,  Robert Morris 3; St. Cloud State 4, Notre Dame 3 OT; Minnesota 4, SCSU 0

    Northeast Regional — No. 2 Boston College 6, Denver 2; UMass-Lowell 2, Minnesota State 1; Boston College 4, UMass-Lowell 3

    Frozen Four, Philadelphia

    All times MT

    Semifinals, April 10, both ESPN2

    Boston College vs. Union, 3 p.m.; North Dakota vs. Minnesota, 6:30 p.m.

    National championship, April 12, ESPN

    Semifinal winners, 5:30 p.m.

  • Sunday reading: North Dakota advances to 20th Frozen 4; SCSU faces Minnesota today

    Sun, March 30, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Thorimbert vs UND road unisNorth Dakota’s Connor Gaarder scored 1:28 into the second overtime to push UND, the last at-large team to make the NCAA field,  to a 2-1 win over WCHA regular-season champion Ferris State and earn the NCHC program’s 20th trip to the Frozen Four.

    Last season, the last team to make the field was eventual champion Yale, which also won the Midwest regional.

    NCHC regular-season champion St. Cloud State’s Nic Dowd scored in overtime to knock off Notre Dame and set up a rematch with No. 1 overall seed Minnesota on Sunday.

    Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau scored three goals and added three assists in a 6-2 win over NCHC postseason champion Denver to end the Pioneers season.

    UMass-Lowell defeated WCHA playoff champ Minnesota State 2-1 to set up an all-Hockey East regional final against the Eagles.

    ECAC champion Union downed Providence 3-1 to advance out of the East regional to Philadelphia.

    NCAA Tournament

    All times MT

    East Regional

    Bridgeport, Conn.

    Friday

    No. 3 Union 5, Vermont 2

    Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0

    Saturday

    Union 3, Providence 1

    Midwest Regional

    Cincinnati

    Friday

    Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

    North Dakota 5, No. 4 Wisconsin 2

    Saturday

    North Dakota 2, Ferris State 1 2OT

    West Regional

    St. Paul, Minn.

    Saturday

    No. 1 overall seed Minnesota 7,  Robert Morris 3

    St. Cloud State 4, Notre Dame 3 OT

    Sunday

    Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU

    Northeast Regional

    Worcester, Mass.

    Saturday

    No. 2 Boston College 6, Denver 2

    UMass-Lowell 2, Minnesota State 1

    Sunday

    Regional final, 3 p.m. ESPNU

    Frozen Four

    Philadelphia

    Semifinals, April 10

    Both ESPN2, Times TBA

    BC/Lowell winner vs. Union

    North Dakota vs. Minn./SCSU

    National championship. April 12

    Semifinal winners, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.

     

  • Saturday reading: Updated NCAA schedule

    Sat, March 29, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    und vs ccSophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi recorded his first career hat trick and junior forward Mark MacMillan scored the game-winner with less than two minutes to play to lead No. 13 North Dakota to a 5-2 win over No. 4 Wisconsin Friday night in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals at U.S. Bank Arena.

    With the victory, fourth-seeded UND (24-13-3) advanced to Saturday’s regional championship against Ferris State, 1-0 winners over Colgate earlier, with a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four on the line. The season for Wisconsin (24-11-2), the top seed in the region, is over.

    Grimaldi’s final two goals both came with an empty net to seal the win for his first multi-goal game at North Dakota. MacMillan also finished with a three-point night, adding two assists to go along with his game-winning goal, while junior forward Michael Parks had a two-point outing with a goal and an assist on the game-winner.

    NCAA Tournament schedule

    All times MT

    East Regional

    Bridgeport, Conn.

    Friday

    No. 3 Union 5, Vermont 2

    Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0

    Saturday

    Regional final, 1 p.m. ESPN2

    Midwest Regional

    Cincinnati

    Friday

    Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

    North Dakota 5, No. 4 Wisconsin 2

    Saturday

    Regional final, 4:30 p.m. ESPNU

    West Regional

    St. Paul, Minn.

    Saturday

    No. 1 overall seed Minnesota vs. Robert Morris, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

    St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m., ESPN2

    Sunday

    Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU

    Northeast Regional

    Worcester, Mass.

    Saturday

    No. 2 Boston College vs. Denver, 2 p.m. ESPNU

    UMass-Lowell vs. Minnesota State, 5:30 p.m., ESPN3 (online only)

    Sunday

    Regional final, 3 p.m. ESPNU

    Frozen Four

    Philadelphia

    Semifinals, April 10

    Both ESPN2, Times TBA

    Northeast winner vs. East winner

    Midwest winner vs. West winner

    National championship. April 12

    Semifinal winners, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.

  • Friday reading: Denver’s chances; CS native feature; Owens; NCAA previews, schedule

    Fri, March 28, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Fulghum home whitesDenver graduate Luke Fulghum, who scored two power-play goals against CC in the 2005 national semifinals, practices with current and former Pioneers often and is confident they can make some noise in the NCAA Tournament:

    “It feels just like the team during my junior season (2004 NCAA titlist),” he said. “We snuck up on a lot of teams and beat some real high-quality teams. I think they have a real solid chance and if they can get past (Boston College) and their confidence will really grow.”

    Fulghum, a Colorado Springs native, is the subject my feature in Friday’s Gazette.

    Gazette columnist David Ramsey suggests CC coach Scott Owens give his program a good long look.

    Ferris State is healthy and ready to make some noise for the oft-underrated WCHA against Colgate. UMass-Lowell, coached by former CC assistants Norm Bazin and Jason Lammers, takes on Minnesota State this weekend.

    New coach Jim Montgomery happy to add to Denver’s NCAA streak.

    North Dakota’s coach and players were fans of the Badgers for less than a day.UND had its troubles when they arrived in Cincinnati.

    CCUND picWisconsin has covered for its goalie’s struggles so far this postseason. Here is a plethora of UND-Wisconsin links from the Grand Forks beat writer. Here is a Midwest regional preview and one for the West regional which involves Minnesota and St. Cloud State.

    From College Hockey Inc: Despite the rise in early departures for the NHL in recent years, college hockey remains a game that rewards experienced teams.  The top five scorers in the NCAA tournament field and 11 of the top 14 are juniors or seniors.

    A number of players in the field turned down opportunities to sign pro contracts last summer to pursue an NCAA championship, including Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau (Flames), St. Cloud State’s Nic Dowd (Kings) and Wisconsin’s  Michael Mersch (Kings). Most seniors: Notre Dame, 11; Wisconsin, nine and Vermont, UMass-Lowell, both seven.

    NCAA Tournament schedule

    All times MT

    East Regional

    Bridgeport, Conn.

    Friday

    No. 3 Union vs. Vermont, noon ESPNU

    Providence vs. Quinnipiac, 3:30 p.m. ESPNU

    Saturday

    Regional final, 1 p.m. ESPN2

    Midwest Regional

    Cincinnati

    Friday

    Ferris State vs. Colgate, 2:30 p.m. ESPN3 (online only)

    No. 4 Wisconsin vs. North Dakota, 6 p.m. ESPNU

    Saturday

    Regional final, 4:30 p.m. ESPNU

    West Regional

    St. Paul, Minn.

    Saturday

    No. 1 overall seed Minnesota vs. Robert Morris, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

    St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m., ESPN2

    Sunday

    Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU

    Northeast Regional

    Worcester, Mass.

    Saturday

    No. 2 Boston College vs. Denver, 2 p.m. ESPNU

    UMass-Lowell vs. Minnesota State, 5:30 p.m., ESPN3 (online only)

    Sunday

    Regional final, 3 p.m. ESPNU

    Frozen Four

    Philadelphia

    Semifinals, April 10

    Both ESPN2, Times TBA

    Northeast winner vs. East winner

    Midwest winner vs. West winner

    National championship. April 12

    Semifinal winners, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.

  • Time change for CC awards banquet

    Thu, March 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    cc celebration goldThe annual team awards banquet now starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6 for registration followed by the lunch buffet and awards at 1 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive.

    Reservations are required by 5 p.m. Friday, March 28 by emailing Jessica Bennett at jessica.bennett@coloradocollege.edu or by calling (719) 389-6336 required.

    The cost is $35 per person.

  • More Thursday reading: NCHC-NCAA notes

    Thu, March 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    bigger-NCHC-logo-300x300The NCHC tied for second among the six NCAA conferences with its three entrants in the NCAA field, tying with the ECAC. Hockey East led all leagues with five teams in the National Tournament. By putting 37.5 percent of its teams in the Tournament, the NCHC was second behind only Hockey East, which put 45.5 percent (5/11) of its teams in the field.

    Two NCHC teams (Denver and SCSU) face Hockey East foes in the first round. The NCHC went just 5-10-5 against Hockey East foes during the season, but DU was 3-0-0 with a sweep of Merrimack and a win over UMass. SCSU did not face any HEA foes during the year. 

    The NCHC was 9-7-1 against the Big Ten during the season, but UND did not face any Big Ten teams. Against Wisconsin, the NCHC went 1-3-0 as Miami split and Colorado College was swept by UW.

    North Dakota is making its 12th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the longest active streak in the NCAA. Denver boasts the second-longest active streak in the NCAA making its seventh straight appearance, after Miami saw its eight-year streak snapped this season.

    St. Cloud State is making its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and is one of three Frozen Four teams from last year to qualify for this year’s national championship.

  • Thursday reading: NCHC-NCAA previews

    Thu, March 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    LaLeggia actionHere are a plethora of links concerning the St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame game.

    With all its young players, North Dakota is excited about reaching the NCAAs while Wisconsin, which has only two rookies, is focused on learning the lesson from last year’s 6-1 loss to UMass-Lowell.

    Denver is peaking as it heads into its match-up against Boston College, which has Hobey hopeful Johnny Gaudreau.

  • Wednesday reading: J. Schwartz, Bachman, another NCAA first-time champ?

    Wed, March 26, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Jaden picThis just in:  Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz is pretty darn good.

    Oklahoma City goalie Richard Bachman made 33 saves in his team’s 2-1 win over San Antonio to earn the game’s No. 1 star.

    From College Hockey Inc: The odds of another first-time NCAA champion are high  judging from the first-round match-ups. Two of the last three years the national champion was a team that had never won it before (Minnesota Duluth in 2011, Yale in 2013).

    Only five teams in the  2014  tourney have won national titles before, and four of them face off in the first round: Denver (7), North Dakota (7), Wisconsin (6), Boston College (5) and Minnesota (5). The 11 others enter in search of their first championships.

    NHL teammates whose alma maters face off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament include Zach Parise (North Dakota) and Ryan Suter/Dany Heatley (Wisconsin) in Minnesota and Paul Carey (Boston College) and Paul Stastny (Denver) in Colorado.

    Michigan’s Phil Di Giuseppe signed with Carolina for $675,000 in 2014-15, $725,000 in 2015-16 and $775,000 in 2016-17 according to ESPN.

    And finally, although I should know better, this column on Dallas’ Rich Peverley made me say “Wow” out loud this morning.

     

  • Incoming Tiger garners USHL award

    Tue, March 25, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Cecere MUGThe United States Hockey League announced its weekly award winners and they include future Tiger defenseman Garrett Cecere of the Sioux Falls Stampede. Cecere is scheduled to join the team this fall.

    The other honorees were C.J. Franklin (Minnesota State commit) of the Sioux Falls Stampede and Brian Pinho (Providence) of the Indiana Ice, recognized as co-recipients of CCM Forward of the Week;  and Cornell commit Hayden Stewart of the Indiana Ice, named Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

    Here is the USHL’s write-up:

    Garrett Cecere, D, Sioux Falls Stampede:  The 19-year-old defenseman dished out six assists to help the Stampede capture a pair of weekend victories.  He recorded three assists in Friday’s 7-1 win against the Sioux City Musketeers, setting a USHL career high for points in one game.  The West Des Moines, Iowa native then matched that effort with three more assists in Sunday’s 5-0 win against the Lincoln Stars. 

    He was also part of a defensive unit that allowed just one goal over the weekend and successfully killed off all eight power play chances by the opposition.  The Colorado College commit has recorded 20 points (2g, 18a) and a plus-16 rating in 20 games since being acquired by the Stampede in January.  His 35 total points (3g, 32a) are the fifth most among USHL defensemen.