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

Published: March 28, 2014, 10:37 am, by Joe Paisley

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.