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  • Marciano in Australia; Jaden Schwartz changes jersey number

    Mon, July 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Marciano bakersfield jerseyTwo teams of Americans and Canadians – including former Tigers defenseman Joe Marciano and 11 other NCAA alumni – are playing a five-game exhibition series in Australia.

    Former Tigers captain Mike Testwuide played for the U.S. on last year’s tour.

    Former Notre Dame star Ian Cole captains the U.S. team while former St. Cloud State star Andrew Gordon leads the Canadians.

    The Canadians won the first game of the series, 9-6, Friday in Perth, Australia, in front of a huge crowd. Gordon had a hat trick to lead his team.

    Cole is one of three Notre Dame alums on the U.S. team, including goaltender Steven Summerhays, who skated for the Fighting Irish this past season. All of the players have pro experience including a handful – like Cole and Gordon – who have played in the NHL.

    Last month the first Australian-born player was taken in the NHL Draft: Nathan Walker by the Washington Capitals. Walker will join the American team on this tour once Capitals development camp concludes.


    Friday — Canada 9, USA 6

    Upcoming games
    Brisbane – Saturday July 19th, 2014, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
    Melbourne – Friday July 25th, 2014, Rod Laver Arena
    Sydney – Saturday July 26th, 2014, Allphones Arena

    Also, former Tiger Jaden Schwartzannounced via Twitter that he will be wear a No. 17 jersey next season in honor of his late sister Mandi, who wore No. 17 at Yale.

  • Weekend reading: NCHC, UND, Ohio State, Hockey East captains, Bemidji State

    Thu, May 29, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    bigger-NCHC-logo-300x300The NCHC is recapping its Top 10 moments from its inaugural season.

    North Dakota commit Ryan Mantha is waffling a little about his commitment to UND. To be fair, he also may just be the type who wonders out loud and forgot he was around media.

    Ohio State lost one of its better forwards to the pros.

    Providence, a January 2015 opponent for the Tigers, named its captains as did October road foes Boston College and New Hampshire.

    Bemidji State brought back a former player as a new assistant coach.


  • McMillin wins second CHL championship

    Sun, May 11, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    McMillinAllen426Former Colorado College forward Brian McMillin hoisted the President’s Cup for the second year in a row as the Allen (Texas) Americans defeated the Denver Cutthroats 5-2 on Saturday night.

    The victory clinched the best-of-seven Central Hockey League championship series four games to one.

    McMillin, who started the season in Great Britain’s Elite Ice Hockey League, returned to Texas after the holidays and recorded 31 points (18 assists) in 39 games, including the first assist on the empty-netter that clinched the title.

    The Americans are the first CHL team to win back to back titles since the early 2000s, and only the third in league history. 

  • AHL Iowa signs Howe for tonight’s home finale

    Wed, April 16, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Howe road saveIowa Wild General Manager Jim Mill announced on Wednesday that the American Hockey League  club signed goaltender Joe Howe to a Professional Tryout Agreement and released goaltender Cody Reichard from a PTO.

    Expect the former Tiger netminder to get the start for Iowa against the Chicago Wolves at 6:05 MT Wednesday night in the Wild’s regular season home finale. Iowa did not qualify for the playoffs. The season ends Friday at Oklahoma City where Howe could face former Tigers goalie Richard Bachman.

    Howe, 23,  spent the bulk of his rookie season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. In 18 games, Howe went 10-3-4 with a 2.78 GAA and a .907  save percentage. The Plymouth, Minn. native also played in seven games for the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League (CHL). He was 3-2-1 with the Mavericks, posting a  2.52 GAA and a .915  saves percentage. In 119 CC appearances, Howe was 65-48-8 with a 2.91 goals and .900 saves percentage.

  • Monday reading: Playoffs, Pairwise, polls

    Mon, February 24, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Gothberg UNDNorth Dakota has clinched home ice in the league quarterfinals for the 12th season in a row, according to Grand Forks Herald.

    Colorado College, once resigned to seventh place, has a chance, at least mathematically,  to overtake  Minnesota-Duluth (8-10-2-2 NCHC), 0-4 since the Bulldogs took five of six home points against the Tigers (6-9-5-1 NCHC), or Denver for sixth place by season’s end. CC has 24 points to 28 for Duluth. Fifth-place Denver has 29.

    Minnesota-Duluth and Western Michigan are both on the outside looking in for an at-large NCAA Tournament berth according to the latest Pairwise rankings.

    Here are this week’s USCHO rankings with St. Cloud State No. 5, North Dakota 10th and Denver at No. 20. The USA Hockey poll below mimics its counterpart:

    Last Week’s Ranking
    Weeks in
    Top 15
    1 Boston College, 509 (33)
    2 University of Minnesota, 477 (1)
    3 Union College, 435
    4 Ferris State University, 405
    5 St. Cloud State University, 364
    6 University of Wisconsin, 325
    7 Quinnipiac University, 287
    8 UMass Lowell, 280
    9 Northeastern University, 232
    10 University of North Dakota, 230
    11 Cornell University, 163
    12 Providence College, 103
    13 University of Michigan, 94
    14 Yale University, 51
    15 Colgate University, 46

    Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 42; Vermont 27;  Maine 4; Minnesota State 4.

  • Saturday reading: Brian McMillin, NCHC second half column

    Sat, January 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    McMillin MUGFormer Tiger Brian McMillin, pictured, is back playing for the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League after a short stint in England.  He has three points (two assists) in two games so far in Texas.

    Allen next plays at the Denver Cutthroats at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 and at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16.

    Here is a USCHO column telling what each NCHC team needs to do to have a successful second half of the season.

  • Midweek reading: Jaden, Mandi Schwartz; Joe Howe; Denver; national polls; NCHC honors

    Tue, December 17, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Mandi SchwartzHere is a good feature on Jaden Schwartz from last week.

    His older sister Mandi Schwartz continues to motivate hockey players: A “Heroic Inspirations” card featuring the Wilcox product – who died April 3, 2011 at age 23 after battling acute myeloid leukemia for more than two years – is scheduled to appear in the 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Series One.

    Former Tiger goalie Joe Howe, who had a 3-2-1 record and 2.52 goals-against average as a backup, has left the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks to join the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones.

    No. 17 Denver plays at UMass at 5 MT tonight.

    Minnesota is the clear No. 1 in both national polls: USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey. WCHA leader Ferris State is No. 2 ahead of Michigan and No. 4 St. Cloud State.

    The NCHC announced its players of the week. Junior defenseman Aaron Harstad was CC’s nominee after recording 12 blocked shots on the weekend (seven Saturday) at Wisconsin.

  • Sunday reading: Teemu Kivihalme, Joe Howe, Richard Bachman, Saturday results

    Sun, November 3, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Howe road saveCC commit Teemu Kivihalme picked up an assist on the go-ahead goal in Team USA’s 4-3 come-from-behind win over Canada West in World Junior A Challenge pre-tournament action Saturday night.

    “I was really pleased with how we competed tonight, especially in how we battled back in the third period,” said Derek Lalonde, head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team. “We stayed composed on the penalty kill and scored a key goal while shorthanded. We showed good depth throughout the game and we’re excited to start the tournament on Tuesday.”

    Western Michigan commit Paul Stoykewych, younger brother of CC’s Peter, picked up a cross-checking penalty for Canada West.

    Former Tiger goalie Joe Howe picked up a 6-2 win for the Missouri Mavericks at the Denver Cutthroats Saturday night in CHL action.

    Richard Bachman suffered a groin injury while lunging for the puck in Edmonton’s 5-0 loss to Detroit

    Saturday night roundup

    Mercyurst 8, Air Force 2

    ERIE, Pa. — Mercyhurst’s Daniel O’Donoghue and Ryan Misiak each scored two goals to lead the Lakers to an 8-2 win over Air Force in an Atlantic Hockey Association game at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pa. The loss snaps Air Force’s five-game winning streak as the Falcons fall to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the AHA. Mercyhurst improved to 2-5-1 overall and 1-0-0 in the league.

    Mercyhurst scored two goals in the second period and built a 5-2 lead. Matt Zay scored a power-play goal at the 7:37 mark and then O’Donoghue scored a 4-on-4 goal at 14:29 for a three-goal advantage. After O’Donoghue’s goal, Jason Torf was replaced in the Falcon net by junior Paul Moberg.

    “Mercyhurst is a very good team,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “We expended a ton of energy last night at RIT and tonight we were reacting. Our guys battled right to the end and we had some chances, but didn’t get any bounces. We haven’t had many games over the years that have gone like this. It was just a frustrating, disappointing night.”

    Air Force is off until Nov. 16 when the Falcons host Robert Morris at the Air Force Academy.


    Nebraska-Omaha 3, Denver 2 OT 

    DENVER – UNO junior forward Josh Archibald scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the second straight night to again lift Nebraska Omaha past Denver, 3-2. The Mavericks (4-4, 2-0 NCHC), who entered the weekend having never won at Denver, completed a weekend sweep of the Pioneers (3-5, 0-2) in the first NCHC series for both teams.

    Senior forward Brock Montpetit scored two goals for UNO, which rallied from a two-goal deficit. After a scoreless first period, DU junior forward Daniel Doremus broke the deadlock with 5:10 left in the second stanza on the power play.

    Junior defenseman Joey LaLeggia then added a power play goal of his own less than two minutes later to double Denver’s lead. Doremus and LaLeggia each assisted on each other’s goals for two-point nights while sophomore forward Quentin Shore assisted on both tallies. Montpetit notched his first goal of the night in the closing minutes of the second period also on a man advantage to make it a 2-1 game after 40 minutes.

    Montpetit then knotted the game 4:32 into the third period with his second goal of the contest, while the game finished regulation tied 2-2 for a second straight night. In overtime, Archibald repeated his Friday heroics, scoring the game-winner 2:51 into the extra session Saturday to give UNO the 3-2 win.

    No. 8 St. Cloud State 3, No. 5 North Dakota 1

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senior forward Nic Dowd and sophomore forward Jonny Brodzinski each tallied two points to help St. Cloud State score the final three goals of the game and earn a 3-1 victory over North Dakota Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. SCSU (5-0-1, 2-0-0-0 NCHC) completed a weekend sweep of UND (2-3-1, 1-3-0-0 NCHC), also winning Friday, 3-2, while the Huskies remained one of just two unbeaten teams in NCAA hockey (Minnesota).

    No. 6 Miami 5, Canisius 2

    OXFORD, Ohio Junior forwards Austin Czarnik and Blake Coleman tallied three points each to lead Miami to a 5-2 victory over Canisius Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena. The RedHawks (5-2-1, 1-1 NCHC) earned a sweep of the non-conference series with the win after blanking the Golden Griffins (1-4, 0-2 AHA) 3-0 Friday.

    Ohio State 4, No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth 2

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 20 Minnesota Duluth fell behind 3-0 and couldn’t complete a late rally as the Bulldogs suffered a 4-2 loss to Ohio State Saturday night at Value City Arena. UMD (4-3-1, 1-1-0-0 NCHC) had to settle for a weekend split with the Buckeyes (4-4-0, 0-0-0 B1G) as the Bulldogs won, 3-1, on Friday. Senior goaltender Aaron Crandall made 25 saves in defeat, despite Minnesota Duluth outshooting Ohio State, 41-29.

  • NCHC, WCHA referee lists released

    Wed, August 7, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    bigger NCHC logoThe list of 14 National Collegiate Hockey Conference referees was confirmed by the Grand Forks Herald, who included the WCHA list in this blog post.

    NCHC director of hockey operations Joe Novak said recently that he and officials supervisor Don Adam spent the past season vetting each official, attending a number of games and reviewing videotape.  More than 100 applicants were whittled down to 14 with a mid-September training session planned.

    The league has five designated to review the officials following each game with video work the following morning.

    Of note, the WCHA reinstated referee Peter Friesema, who was suspended after using the word “bomb” at the Anchorage airport, causing it to shut down for a few hours. 

    Brad Shepherd and Derek Shepherd, sons of the WCHA head of officials Greg Shepherd, are on the NCHC list as well as listed as part-timers with the WCHA.

    The list (previous league) follows:

    NCHC officials

    Andy Thiessen (AHL/ECHL)
    Joe Sullivan (AHL/ECHL)
    Nick Krebsbach (AHL/ECHL)
    Steve Patafie (AHL)
    Dan Dreger (CHL)
    Brian Aaron (CCHA)
    C.J. Beaurline (WCHA)
    Scott Bokal (WCHA)
    Tom Sterns (WCHA)
    Todd Anderson (WCHA)
    Derek Shepherd (WCHA)
    Brad Shepherd (WCHA)
    Tim Walsh (WCHA)
    Brian Thul (WCHA)

  • In the pros: Bidwill back for another year with Colorado Eagles

    Wed, July 17, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    colorado-college-arthur-bidwillFormer Colorado College defensemen Arthur Bidwill signed on for another season with the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles, the team announced Wednesday.

    The 5-foot-10, 185-pound defenseman recorded 25 points (20 assists) in 69 games, finishing at a plus-10 for the Eagles last season as his ice time steadily increased. He added three assists in six playoff games.

    “I had an incredible opportunity to play for a terrific staff, a great group of guys and in front of unbelievable fans,” Bidwill said. “It really made it a very easy decision to return.”

    The Fontana, Wisc.native registered 37 penalty minutes and three assists in 51 games in four years at CC.  After graduation, he played in four playoff games with the Central Hockey League’s Allen Americans in 2012.

    “Arthur Bidwill was arguably our most improved player of last season,” coach and general manager Chris Stewart said.  “He was steady, reliable and I felt that he was always up to the task, no matter the situation on the ice. This should be a big year in his development.”