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  • CC announces schedule; lower season ticket prices

    Tue, May 6, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    SlavinThe upcoming Colorado College schedule is out and it will be cheaper for some to see the 18 home games next season.

    The price reduction for season tickets was made since CC had a difficult time scheduling home games because of previous agreements and other schools’ availability.

    “We were light on home games and we wanted to be fair to our fans,” CC athletic director Ken Ralph said.

    The National Collegiate Hockey Conference member lowered its season ticket prices from 10 to 18 percent depending on the seat’s location if purchased before June 27, CC associate athletic director Scott Lowenberg said. Season ticket renewal forms will be mailed out May 19-23.

    The light schedule prompted CC to book the USA U-18 national team for Dec. 27-28 with the second contest counting as one of the allowed 34 regular-season games under NCAA rules. None of the three home exhibitions this season count in the team’s record or in the Pairwise rankings.

    A scheduling conflict with The Broadmoor World Arena affected the Gold Pan rivalry series. Instead of playing a home-and-home series against Denver in November, the foes will play a single game on Nov. 14 at Denver with three games in 14 days (Feb. 7, 20 and 21). The CC hosts DU for its only game that weekend on Feb. 7 and again on Feb. 20.

    Skalbeck celebrationThe Trans-Siberian Orchestra is scheduled for CC’s home venue that November weekend. Both schools had Feb. 6-7 open and preferred a single game, Ralph said.

    CC travels to Air Force on Nov. 22 to determine ownership of the annual Pikes Peak Trophy after hosting Big Ten Wisconsin the night before.

    The USA U-18 exhibitions are followed by the second of two tough road trips to the East Coast. CC plays two games at Providence Jan. 3-4 and a single game on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at new Hockey East member UConn. The first trip is Oct. 24-25 against Boston College on Friday and New Hampshire on Saturday.

    The Tigers open play with an exhibition against Canada’s McGill University on Sunday, Oct. 5 followed by the season and home opener against Alabama Huntsville Oct. 10-11.  CC opens NCHC play at home against North Dakota Oct. 17-18.

    Individual ticket prices remain the same except for rows A-D in the upper bowl. Those went up to $18 from $16.50. Season tickets for the lower bowl center and sides between the goal lines are sold out as are the upper bowl rows A-D seats.

    The upcoming season features games against six NCAA Tournament teams. The Tigers will face foes from five of the six leagues, including four games against Hockey East schools.

    CC 2014-15 schedule

    Subject to change, all times MT

    Home games bolded

    Oct. 5, McGill University (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

    Oct. 10-11, Alabama-Huntsville (Homecoming), 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Oct. 17-18, North Dakota, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Oct. 24, at Boston College, 5 p.m.

    Oct. 25, at New Hampshire, 5 p.m.

    Oct. 31-Nov. 1, OPEN

    November

    Nov. 7-8, at Miami, both 5:07 p.m.

    Nov. 14, at Denver, 7:37 p.m.

    Nov. 21, Wisconsin, 7:37 p.m.

    Nov. 22, at Air Force, 7:05 p.m.

    Nov. 28-29, OPEN

    December

    Dec. 5-6, at Minnesota-Duluth, both 6:07 p.m.

    Dec. 12-13, at Western Michigan, both 5:07 p.m.

    WINTER BREAK

    Dec. 27, USA U-18 (exhibition), 7:07 p.m.

    Dec. 28, USA U-18 (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

    January

    Jan. 3-4, at Providence, 5 p.m.

    Jan. 6, at UConn, 5:05 p.m.

    Jan. 16-17, Nebraska-Omaha, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Jan. 23-24, at North Dakota, 6:37, 6:07 p.m.

    Jan. 30-31, St. Cloud State, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    February

    Feb. 7, Denver, 7:07 p.m.

    Feb. 13-14, Miami, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Feb. 20, Denver, 7:37 p.m.

    Feb. 21, at Denver, 7:07 p.m.

    Feb. 27-28, Western Michigan, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    March

    March 6-7, at Nebraska-Omaha, 6:37, 6:07 p.m.

    March 13-15, NCHC quarterfinals TBA

    March 20-21, NCHC Frozen Faceoff (Target Center, Minneapolis) TBA

     

  • Monday reading: NCHC meetings, LSSU hire, SCSU anniversary

    Mon, April 28, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Former Alaska-Anchorage and Michigan Tech assistant Damon Whitten was hired as the new Lake Superior State coach, leaving CC as the only head coach opening right now.

    St. Cloud State secured its Division I membership by joining the WCHA 25 years ago this week.

    The NCHC league meetings are underway today. Here are six topics, including a possible playoff format change, that are likely to be discussed.

  • NCHC schedule release; CC slate nearly full

    Thu, April 17, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    cc celebration gold

    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

    September

    Sept. 30 annual Faceoff Luncheon

    October

    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

    November

    Nov. 7-8, at Miami

    Nov. 14, at Denver

    Nov. 15,  Denver

    Nov. 21, Wisconsin

    Nov. 22, at Air Force

    Nov. 28-29, OPEN

    December

    Dec. 5-6, at Minnesota-Duluth

    Dec. 12-13, at Western Michigan

    WINTER BREAK

    January

    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

    February

    Feb. 6-7, OPEN

    Feb. 13-14, Miami

    Feb. 20, Denver

    Feb. 21, at Denver

    Feb. 27-28, Western Michigan

    March

    March 6-7, at Nebraska-Omaha

    March 13-15, NCHC quarterfinals

    March 20-21, NCHC Frozen Faceoff (Target Center, Minneapolis)

  • Championship Saturday: UND’s NCAA hopes

    Sat, March 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    miamiNorth Dakota’s run of 12-straight NCAA Tournament berths is in trouble but it can be done if this scenario happens. Here are details of Miami’s 3-0 NCHC semifinal win.

    Ohio State’s 3-1 upset of Minnesota in one Big Ten semifinal last night further complicates things.  They take on No. 2 seed Wisconsin.

    Championships for OSU, Denver or Miami and the Atlantic Hockey winner eat up the bottom three seeds, meaning the first at-large berth goes to the No. 13 team. UND is tied for 14th with idle Michigan.

    No. 8 seed Miami continues to play well of late and takes on No. 6 seed Denver in the NCHC postseason championship.

    Minnesota-Duluth’s Caleb Herbert is leaving UMD early for the Capitals organization.

    Ferris State plays Minnesota State for the WCHA championship.

    Both Atlantic Hockey semifinals were decided in overtime:  No. 7 seed Canisius 5, No. 1 Mercyhurst 4 2OT; No. 5 Robert Morris 5, No. 6 Niagara 4 OT.

    Updated tournament brackets

    All times MT

    NCHC Tournament

    Target Center, Minneapolis

    TV: CBS Sports Network

    Friday’s results

    No. 6 Denver 4, No. 5 Western Michigan 3

    No. 8 Miami 3,  No. 2 North Dakota 0

    Saturday

    2:38 p.m., third-place game, UND vs. WMU  (NCHC video stream only)

    6:38 p.m., championship, Miami vs. Denver

    Atlantic Hockey

    Rochester, N.Y.

    TV:  None

    Friday’s results

    No. 7 Canisius 5, No. 1 Mercyhurst 4 2OT

    No. 5 Robert Morris 5, No. 6 Niagara 4 OT

    Championship

    5:05 p.m., Robert Morris vs. Canisius

    Big Ten Tournament

    Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

    Thursday’s results

    No. 6 Penn State 2,  No. 3 Michigan 1 2OT

    No. 4 Ohio State 2, No. 5 Michigan State 1 OT

    Friday’s results

    No. 2 Wisconsin 2, Penn State 1

    Ohio State 3, No. 1 Minnesota 1

    Saturday

    6 p.m., championship, Ohio State vs. Wisconsin

    WCHA Final Five

    Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.

    TV: FS North

    Friday’s results

    No. 2 Minnesota State 4, No. 3 Bowling Green State 0

    No. 1 Ferris State 5, No. 4 Alaska-Anchorage 4 OT

    Saturday

    5:07 p.m.,  Minnesota State vs. Ferris State

  • Updated league tournament brackets

    Fri, March 21, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    du undHere are the updated “western” tourney brackets with TV coverage included:

    All times MT

    NCHC Tournament

    Target Center, Minneapolis

    TV: CBS Sports Network

    Friday

    3:08 p.m., No. 6 Denver vs. No. 5 Western Michigan

    6:38 p.m., No. 8 Miami vs. No. 2 North Dakota

    Saturday

    2:38 p.m., third-place game (NCHC video stream only)

    6:38 p.m., championship

    Atlantic Hockey

    Rochester, N.Y.

    TV:  None

    Friday semifinals

    2:05 p.m., No. 7 Canisius vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst

    1 hour later, No. 6 Niagara vs. No. 5 Robert Morris

    Championship

    5:50 p.m., semifinal winners

    Big Ten Tournament

    Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

    Thursday’s results

    No. 6 Penn State 2,  No. 3 Michigan 1 2OT

    No. 4 Ohio State 2, No. 5 Michigan State 1 OT

    Friday

    1 p.m.,  Penn State vs. No. 2 Wisconsin

    6 p.m.,  Ohio State vs. No. 1 Minnesota

    Saturday (no third-place game)

    6 p.m., semifinal winners

    WCHA Final Five

    Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.

    TV: FS North

    Friday

    12:07 p.m., No. 3 Bowling Green State vs. No. 2 Minnesota State

    5:07 p.m., No. 4 Alaska-Anchorage vs. No. 1 Ferris State

    Saturday

    5:07 p.m., semifinal winners

  • Thursday reading: NCHC, WCHA, Big 10

    Thu, March 20, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    miamiCan Miami make it to the NCAAs? This columnist asks, Why not? The RedHawks’ Riley Barber has upped his game of late.

    Better goaltending has lifted Western Michigan on the to the NCHC semifinals.

    NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton talks about the so-called rivalry between the NCHC and Big 10. Here is a look at the Frozen Faceoff.

    The WCHA Final Five’s name now makes little sense but that is the least of college hockey’s worries this weekend, according to the Minnesota State beat writer.

    Wisconsin’s top three scorers will give the Badgers a chance to unseat Minnesota i the Big 10 this weekend.

    The search for the new Lake Superior State coach is underway. Here is the Air Force season wrap-up.

  • Midweek reading: UND, tourney brackets

    Tue, March 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    und vs cc

    This UND fan blogger talks about how North Dakota travels and yes, that series win was huge for the financial viability of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

    North Dakota may need to win the Frozen Faceoff in order to advance to the NCAAs for the 12th straight season.

    The Big 10 tournament is this weekend and I will be curious to see how much attention the NCHC gets outside the four school’s beat writers/local TV stations with Minnesota in the other tourney.

    This is a good weekend for Colorado-based college hockey fans with good cable TV packages with Thursday Big 10 games and a lot to watch on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy it. Here are the western leagues’ brackets:

    NCHC Tournament

    Target Center, Minneapolis

    All time MT

    TV: CBS Sports Network

    Friday

    3:08 p.m., No. 6 Denver vs. No. 5 Western Michigan

    6:38 p.m., No. 8 Miami vs. No. 2 North Dakota

    Saturday

    2:38 p.m., third-place game (NCHC video stream only)

    6:38 p.m., championship

    Big Ten Tournament

    Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

    All times MT

    Thursday

    1 p.m., No. 6 Penn State vs. No. 3 Michigan

    6 p.m., No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Ohio State

    Friday

    1 p.m., Michigan/PSU winner vs. No. 2 Wisconsin

    6 p.m., OSU/MSU winner vs. No. 1 Minnesota

    Saturday (no third-place game)

    6 p.m., semifinal winners

    WCHA Final Five

    Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.

    All times MT

    TV: FS North

    Friday

    12:07 p.m., No. 3 Bowling Green State vs. No. 2 Minnesota State

    5:07 p.m., No. 4 Alaska-Anchorage vs. No. 1 Ferris State

    Saturday

    5:07 p.m., semifinal winners

  • At last, the league playoffs are here

    Fri, March 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC uniforms, Herb Brooks 047This is a great time of year for college hockey fans. Here are various links to previews and features from around the West-oriented college hockey conferences.

    Tigers senior goalie Josh Thorimbert, pictured, does not get enough credit for the workload he has shouldered this season. Hopefully this feature rectifies that somewhat. Here are Three Things to Watch.

    North Dakota needs to win the playoff series or the perennial power may miss out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002.

    The return of Blake Coleman from injury has made No. 8 seed Miami a more dangerous first-round NCHC opponent for top seed St. Cloud State. Here is more from the more confident RedHawks.

    An 11-year-old battling cancer is inspired by the Huskies, who were reminded how good they have it when they met last weekend.

    ““It’s tough after you lose any time, but his coming into the locker room … it just shows you how precious and how good we really have it,” Jimmy Murray said. “It touched everyone.“After talking with the family, he’s a pretty amazing kid. He was smiling and laughing. We really enjoyed it. Anyone on our team would have done that. I’d like to think that.”

    Here is the rest of the article.

    CCUND picFreshman Kyle Osterberg is on a roll for No. 4 seed Minnesota-Duluth, which hosts Western Michigan.

    Here are some UND-oriented NCHC predictions and picks by USCHO and the Grand Forks Herald (UND in three).

    USCHO previews the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals, WCHA quarters and the final regular-season weekend for the Big 10. Here is a WCHA linkorama and the Gazette’s Air Force preview.

    RPI’s best forward bolted for the N.Y. Rangers. Here are the latest Pairwise rankings.

  • Huskies prevail in wide-open game, 7-4

    Fri, March 7, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    SCSU BrodzinskiColorado College showed plenty of fight and some offense of its own. But the Tigers could not contain the offensive firepower of No. 4 St. Cloud State.

    The Huskies prevailed in a wild National Collegiate Hockey Conference game, 7-4, to keep pace with No. 9 North Dakota, 2-0 winners over Western Michigan earlier Friday, for the regular-season title with one game remaining.

    “We battled back and we battled back,” CC coach Scott Owens said. “It was a tough night for us all around. We weren’t tight enough defensively against that good of an offensive team.”

    The SCSU fireworks were sparked by sophomore Jonny Brodzinski, who scored twice in 1:40 to jump start the Huskies in the second period. He recorded his first college hat trick in the third to help the Penrose Cup contenders pull away.

    “”I love playing in this rink, even though the elevation sucks,” Brodzinski said. “They’re a transition team and that’s what me, (linemates Kalle) Kossila (four assists) and (Ryan) Papa base our game off of.”

    Brodzinski now has 13 points (eight goals) in seven games against the Tigers (6-21-6, 6-12-5-1 NCHC).

    “He has killed us the last two years,” Owens said. “You have to be on you’re ‘A’ game against a team like St. Cloud.”

    A back-and-forth second period saw CC rally to tie the game 4-4 after falling behind 4-1 early.  

    The Tigers, averaging 1.91 goals, recorded three goals in less than eight minutes on scores by junior Scott Wamsganz, sophomore Cody Bradley and freshman Jaccob Slavin. That outburst would negate a three-goal SCSU splurge in the first 6:03 of the second.

    Unfortunately for the Tigers, the wide-open affair favored SCSU’s deep and talented forwards. The Huskies (20-8-5, 14-6-3) got the eventual game-winner with 10.4 seconds left on a power-play score by Ethan Prow for a 5-4 lead and added two more in the third at World Arena.

    “There was a lot of room to make plays in both zones,” Wamsganz said. “We were not good enough defensively tonight.”

     “They are the No. 4 team in the country for a reason,” Bradley said.

    Wamsganz sparked the CC rally when he redirected a pass between junior goalie Ryan Faragher’s leg pads to make it 4-2 with 12:23 left. Bradley’s found the net four minutes later.

    A five-minute call on Huskies wing Daniel Tedesco led to a power-play tally by Slavin 56 seconds into the man advantage to tie it at 4-4.

    CC played sound defensively in the first period and scored the opening goal when Wamsganz led a 2-on-1 breakaway for Bradley’s first goal with 17:07 left. But only 39 seconds later, Joey Benik, who finished with five points (two goals), tied the game at 1-1 with 16:28 remaining. It proved to be a hint of the second period to come.

    No. 4 St. Cloud State 7, Colorado College 4

    St. Cloud State 1          4          2          –7

    Colorado College         1          3          0          –4

    First period – 1. CC, Bradley (Wamsganz, Young) 2:53; 2. SCSU, Benik (Dowd, Murray) 3:32. Penalties – CC, Stoykewych, roughing, 19:58.

    Second period – 3, SCSU, Brodzinski (Kossila, Benik) 1:19 (PP);4, SCSU, Brodzinski (Papa, Kossila) 2:59; 4. SCSU, Gravel (Murray) 6:03; 6. CC, Wamsganz (Slavin, Skalbeck) 7:37; 8. CC, Bradley (Taft, Gerdes) 11:45; 9. CC, Slavin (Rothstein, Skalbeck) 15:06; 9. SCSU, Prow (Kossila) 19:49 (PP). Penalties – CC, McDermott, illegal equipment (using broken stick), 12:30; SCSU, Tedesco, 5-minute contact to the head, 10-minute game misconduct, 14:09; CC, Wamsganz, tripping, 19:16.

    Third period – 10, SCSU, Murray (Benik) 2:48; 11, SCSU, Brodzinski (Kossila, Benik) 4:39 (PP). Penalties – CC, Olofsson, interference, 3:21.

    Power play – SCSU 3-4, CC 1-2. Shots on goal – SCSU 6-11-11 – 28; CC 11-7-16 –34. Saves-minutes – SCSU, Faragher 10-4-16 – 60:00; CC, Thorimbert 5-7-9 –60:00. Referees – Patafie, Sterns. Linesmen – Keltie, Shaw. Attendance – 6,365 (7,380 capacity).

  • Friday’s lines: No. 4 St. Cloud State at CC

    Fri, March 7, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Thoirmbert road 2SCSU forward David Morley did not travel out to Colorado Springs.

    No. 4 St. Cloud State

    LW-C-RW

    Benik-Dowd-Murray

    Papa-Kossila-Brodzinski

    Oliver-Thorson-Bertsch

    Tedesco-Rehkamp-Holka

    LD-RD

    Gravel-Daly

    Nevalainen-Prow

    Storm-Rabey

    Goalies – Faragher, Lindgren.

    Colorado College

    LW-C-RW

    Krushelnyski-Rothstein-Roos

    Skalbeck-Collett-Hanson

    Gerdes-Bradley-Taft

    Aman-Heil-Wamsganz

    LD-RD

    Stoykewych-Olofsson

    Harstad-Slavin

    Young-McDermott

    Goalies – Thorimbert, Lockwood, Shatzer