Denver 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.
Wisconsin 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
No. 3 Union vs. Vermont, noon ESPNU
Providence vs. Quinnipiac, 3:30 p.m. ESPNU
Regional final, 1 p.m. ESPN2
Ferris State vs. Colgate, 2:30 p.m. ESPN3 (online only)
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. North Dakota, 6 p.m. ESPNU
Regional final, 4:30 p.m. ESPNU
St. Paul, Minn.
No. 1 overall seed Minnesota vs. Robert Morris, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU
No. 2 Boston College vs. Denver, 2 p.m. ESPNU
UMass-Lowell vs. Minnesota State, 5:30 p.m., ESPN3 (online only)
Regional final, 3 p.m. ESPNU
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.