Miami is remedying its problem with a lack of size in the defensemen corps judging from its incoming freshmen for 2014-15.
Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz scored the tying goal in regulation in a 3OT thriller against Chicago.
Air Force announced its athletic department cuts, which did not affect revenue sports, including hockey.
The ECHL playoffs are underway with former Tiger William Rapuzzi ( No. 4 seed Idaho) hosting the No. 5 Colorado Eagles (Arthur Bidwill). No. 6 Bakersfield (Joe Marciano) plays at No. 3 Utah. Here is a league preview.
Not surprisingly, Union’s Rick Bennett was the USCHO Coach of the Year.
Colorado Springs native Tom Serratore picked up his first pro goal, fight and penalty in a 5-4 win at Syracuse on Wednesday for the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms.
All but Rocco Grimaldi have announced they will be back for North Dakota next season. Denver defenseman Joey LaLeggia is returning for his senior year.
The final NCHC players of the month of the season were named with North Dakota goalie Zane Gothberg and Nebraska-Omaha’s Jake Guentzel honored.
Under the terms of the three-year contract extension reached between Nebraska-Omaha and coach Dean Blais, he will make a total of just less than $1.3 million over the next four seasons, putting him among the five highest-compensated coaches in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
According to the Omaha World Herald, Blais’ base salary for 2014-15 is the same as it was for this past season, $250,000. It climbs to $260,000 the following season, followed by raises to $265,000 in 2016-17 and $270,000 in 2017-18. A $250,000 longevity bonus from his original contract (originally due as a lump sum next summer) will be paid out concurrently, at $62,500 annually — so Blais will be paid $312,500 in 2014-15 and will top out at $332,500 in the final year of the contract.
This should give CC fans a good idea of what the new Tigers coach may be paid if he is a candidate with head coaching experience.
The Air Force Falcons travel to play Western Collegiate Hockey Association members Alaska-Anchorage and host Alaska-Fairbanks in the Brice Gold Rush tournament Oct. 17-18. North Dakota will host Air Force Nov. 1 in the annual college hockey Hall of Fame Game at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The single contest will serve as a homecoming for Air Force’s Chad Demers, who is from nearby Grafton, N.D.
The complete Air Force schedule will be announced later this summer. Here is the North Dakota schedule.
Colorado College will play on the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Opening Night for the second season in a row.
The Tigers begin conference play hosting national semifinalist North Dakota on Oct. 17-18. The Friday game comes after the 2014-15 league opener between Nebraska-Omaha at Western Michigan earlier that night.
Last season, the first two league games – which included Minnesota –Duluth at CC in Game 2 — were part of a national TV doubleheader on CBS Sports Network. The NCHC’s broadcast schedule will be announced later.
The NCHC released its league composite schedule on Thursday, also confirming that Colorado College and NCAA Tournament participant Denver will play their four-game home-and-home series the weekends of Nov. 14-15 and Feb. 20-21, 2015 to determine ownership of the Gold Pan Trophy. CC downed Denver in the series (2-1-1) last season to take back the rivalry hardware.
CC will host Miami of Ohio and Western Michigan in February. The Tigers will travel to Oxford, Ohio to take on the RedHawks for the first time there on Nov. 7-8. Previous meetings were at World Arena and at a neutral tournament site.
CC associate athletic director Scott Lowenberg said he hopes the new league rivalries will take root after World Arena fans see these new opponents more often.
“We will work hard to educate the fans about those program’s long hockey histories,” he has said.
The complete Tigers schedule, which will include 10 as of yet unconfirmed nonconference including area rival Air Force and one or two more exhibition game dates, will be released later this month. Other TV broadcasts will be announced later this offseason.
Like last year, all eight NCHC teams will play five league foes, including their protected rival (CC and Denver, for example), in both home and away series, while facing the other two teams for just one series (one home and one away) for a total of 24 league games.
In CC’s case, that means the Tigers only travel to Duluth Dec. 5-6 and host defending NCHC regular-season champion St. Cloud State on Jan. 30-31 this upcoming season, which begins Saturday, Oct. 4.
First-round series winners advance to the Target Center in Minneapolis for the second annual NCHC Frozen Faceoff with the semifinals Friday, March 20 and the third-place game and championship on Saturday, March 21. The Frozen Faceoff champion receives an automatic NCAA berth.
In this blog post, I also added some of the nonconference and exhibition games I have heard about through other media or during interviews. They remain unconfirmed.
CC 2014-15 schedule
Subject to change
Sept. 30 annual Faceoff Luncheon
Oct. 5, McGill University (exhibition)
Oct. 10-11, Alabama-Huntsville (Homecoming)
Oct. 17-18 North Dakota
Oct. 23-26, at Boston College, at New Hampshire (block break weekend)
Oct. 31-Nov. 1 OPEN
Nov. 7-8, at Miami
Nov. 14, at Denver
Nov. 15, Denver
Nov. 21, Wisconsin
Nov. 22, at Air Force
Nov. 28-29, OPEN
Dec. 5-6, at Minnesota-Duluth
Dec. 12-13, at Western Michigan
Jan. 3-4, at Providence
Jan. 6, at UConn
Jan. 16-17, Nebraska-Omaha
Jan. 23-24, at North Dakota
Jan. 30-31, St. Cloud State
Feb. 6-7, OPEN
Feb. 13-14, Miami
Feb. 20, Denver
Feb. 21, at Denver
Feb. 27-28, Western Michigan
March 6-7, at Nebraska-Omaha
March 13-15, NCHC quarterfinals
March 20-21, NCHC Frozen Faceoff (Target Center, Minneapolis)
The NCAA signing period began this morning with goalie Chase Perry and forward Mason Bergh expected to sign soon. Here are the six played joining the Tigers this summer and scheduled for the 2014-15 season.
Incoming Tiger freshmen
Stats through Monday
Jordan Berger, 17, Meridian, Idaho, 5-foot-9, 168 pounds – The Notre Dame Argos center recorded 42 points (27 goals) in 38 Saskatchewan Midget AAA league games.
Garrett Cecere, 19, West Des Moines, Iowa, 5-8, 168 – He is the top-scoring defenseman (22 points, 20 assists, 24 games) for the U.S. Hockey League’s Sioux Falls Stampede after being traded from the Tri-City Storm (15 points, 14 assists in 30 games).
Teemu Kivilhalme, 18, Savage, Minn., 6-0, 157 – The Fargo Force defenseman (12 points, nine assists, 47 games) was a fifth-round draft pick of Nashville in 2013 (140th overall).
Daniel Labosky, 18, Edina, Minn., 5-7, 155 – The forward is third in points (32, 22 assists) in 59 games for the USHL’s Tri-City Storm.
Duggie Lagrone, 19, Plano, Texas, 5-9, 170 – The Fairbanks Ice Dogs defenseman has 27 points (17 assists) in 56 North American Hockey League games.
Chase Perry, 18, Andover, Minn., 6-2, 191 – The Wenatchee Wild goalie (15-12-2, 2.24 goals, .905 saves percentage) led his team into the second round of the NAHL playoffs against Fairbanks. His size is complimented by his speed and hands, making him the No. 8-ranked North American goalie for this June’s NHL draft according to NHL Central Scouting.
College Hockey News tweeted its early Top 10 for the 2014-15 season: 1. Minnesota; 2. North Dakota, 3. Michigan, 4. BC; 5. Miami; 6. Providence; 7. Union; 8. Minnesota State; 9. Colgate and 10. Maine.
The list of potential Colorado College coaches is down to 10, including current assistants Joe Bonnett and Eric Rud. A nine-member advisory committee whittled down an initial list of 60 applicants on Monday.
The group will spend the next week or so vetting the second round’s 10 down to a more-workable number of two up to eight finalists for more in-depth interviews, athletic director Ken Ralph said on Tuesday.
“We are really happy with the 10 candidates. Any of them would make an excellent head coach,” said Ralph, who confirmed Bonnett and Rud are among those 10. “They have both done an excellent job over the past nine days keeping the program moving forward.”
Neither assistant will comment during the hiring process.
For the first time, three Colorado Springs natives played in an American Hockey League game Monday night with Tom Serratore, a former Minnesota wing, and Ben Holmstrom (UMass-Lowell) with the Adirondack Phantoms, an affiliate of the Flyers, and former Lowell forward Josh Holmstrom on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Islanders).
Ben Holmstrom picked up an assist on the winning goal in a 4-2 victory for the Phantoms in Serratore’s pro debut. Josh Holmstrom has no points in five pro games.
They play each other again to end their season on Friday since neither will make the playoffs. All three played club hockey for the Colorado Rampage in Monument.
Here is an article by ncaa.com:
Union (N.Y.)’s big guys played big Saturday night as the third-ranked Dutchmen beat top-ranked Minnesota to win their first NCAA Division I title.
Senior Matt Bodie and junior Shayne Gostisbehere have been Union’s brand-name defensive stalwarts all season. They only polished those reputations before 18,000 at the Wells Fargo Center and before a national television audience.
Both did it by scoring goals — Gostisbehere notched Union’s first and Bodie supplied the seventh. Both also took care of their first priority, defense. Afterward, they also exhibited perspective. Gostibehere finished plus-7 for the game.
“It’s unbelievable the growth this program has taken over the past, probably, eight years,” Bodie said of the significance of winning Union’s first NCAA ice hockey title. “I’ve only been here for four of them, but those championships for anyone that’s ever had a hand in Union hockey because we wouldn’t be here without all those players before us. We learned a lot from them, and they broke us into college hockey, and we’re forever grateful for that.”
Gostisbehere had one goal, two assists and five shots. Bodie had one goal, one assist and two shots. Both players had been selected as first-team All-Americans on Friday, per the American Hockey Coaches Association.
“My teammates, my coaches, my family, all the support that we have is just amazing,” Gostisbehere said. “They make me want to play the game, and the game is just fun. Just playing every day, going to the rink with them, having fun. Just winning at the same time is a good combination and something you can’t describe when you’ve got that sitting next to you.”
Known as “Ghost” to his teammates, Gostisbehere particularly haunted Minnesota. He was a plus-7 Saturday night, the best on-ice percentage of any player on either team, and flashed the skills that might land him in the same building some day as a Philadelphia Flyer (he’s a Flyers’ prospect).
“Yeah, you just never know when a guy is going to come to the forefront in the magnitude of this game,” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “That is phenomenal. Again, if you come to practice and every time we do a small game, an area game, he’s coming out of his cleats there. He really wants to win no matter what. He has that in him. Matt Bodie has it in him. (Left wing) Dan Carr, they’re winners. Everyone in that locker room is just a winner.”
Gostisbehere’s first goal involved some deft stick-handling and puck movement before he launched a shot past Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox. It was especially timely since his teammates had killed off his holding penalty only a few minutes before.
“He’s such a great skater,” Minnesota’s Lucia said. “In this day and age you can still defend with your feet and your stick. That is the strength of his game. He’s not going to go be a big bruiser, but you don’t expect that from him. But his ability to get to a puck, get it up the rink, initiates a lot of their offense.”
It initiated Union’s clinching goal late in the third period, a Kevin Sullivan score at 18:31 that put Union up 6-4 with less than two minutes remaining. Gostisbehere began the play in his own zone by sliding as if into second base to corral an errant Minnesota shot. He forced the puck ahead to Bodie, who found Sullivan streaking into Minnesota territory. Sullivan streaked a shot past Wilcox’s glove side, and the Dutchman led 6-4.
Union is a liberal arts college in upstate N.Y. with an enrollment of 2,200 students. The school moved up from D3 hockey toi Division 1 only 23 years ago. The longtime beat writer ponders this in this blog post.
Here is more from the Union hockey blog with video of each postgame press conference and audio clips..
Here is a preview of tonight’s national championship game between Minnesota and Union.
Five National Collegiate Hockey Conference players were named by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) as Men’s Division I All-Americans.
Earning First-Team West All-American was Omaha junior forward Josh Archibald, Denver senior goaltender Sam Brittain and St. Cloud State senior forward Nic Dowd. Garnering Second-Team West All-American was Miami junior forward Austin Czarnik and Denver junior defenseman Joey LaLeggia.
A total of 14 different schools were represented between the East and West All-American Teams, including four NCHC schools, with Denver the lone NCHC school to have multiple representatives. Six All-Americans each hailed from the Big Ten, the ECAC and Hockey East, with five came from the NCHC and two from the WCHA. Among the West All-American First Team, three played in the NCHC while the other half played in the Big Ten. All five NCHC student-athletes named All-Americans were also tabbed First-Team All-Conference.
About Joe Paisley
Joe Paisley rejoined The Gazette staff to cover college hockey in February 2013. He worked at The Gazette for 5.5 years, including 2.5 seasons as the college hockey beat writer until Dec. 2011.
Paisley graduated from the University of Montana journalism school and began his career in Butte, Mont in 1994. He worked as an education reporter before becoming a sports writer. His first beat was covering the Junior A hockey franchise, the Butte Irish. After nearly eight years at the Montana Standard, he transferred to the Twin Falls (ID) Times-News where he was the sports editor and met his wife Tiffany.
He moved on to the Gazette in March 2006 to become the high school sports editor; a position he held for three years.
Paisley and his wife live in Old Colorado City with their cat, Dewey, and dog, Lucky.
You can follow him on Twitter @Paisleyhockey or reach him at email@example.com.
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