• A look at the incoming Tiger freshmen

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

    Chase Perry

    Chase Perry

    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.

    This box was included with the print article but was not included with the online article about the CC assistants’ continued recruiting efforts this spring while the head coach search continues:

    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.

  • AFA picks up blue-liner for next season

    Fri, April 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    MackeyYoungstown Phantoms defenseman Kyle Mackey committed to play starting next season at Air Force.

    “Air Force has been showing interest this whole year.  I finally got out to visit this past week, and it was great,” said Mackey.  “The campus was great; the Colorado Springs area is just awesome.  They have a lot to offer, and they set you up for the rest of your life.  It’s a great opportunity, and I’m really blessed for it.”

    Mackey has produced 16 points (1g, 15a) and collected 52 penalty minutes in 49 games this season for the Phantoms.  He scored his first USHL goal in a 4-3 shootout win against the Fargo Force on Nov. 8, one month after celebrating his 19th birthday.  It is the second season in the USHL for the Derby, N.Y. native after he recorded six assists and a plus-eight rating over 38 games with the Phantoms last season.

    The defenseman came to the USHL after the Phantoms selected him in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft.  He previously played youth hockey for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres organization.

    “It’s a great accomplishment for Kyle,” said Phantoms coach Anthony Noreen.  “Last year, and I think he’d be the first to admit it, was a big growing process for him as a player, but he stuck to it.  He believed in us, he trusted us, he worked his way through it, came back this year, and he stepped up big time on our back end when we needed it.  He fought his way into our top pair, and has really been an anchor for us on our blue line all year.  I think it’s something that he deserves, something that he’s worked towards, and it’s a huge honor for him.”

    Mackey is joined by two other USHL defensemen that have committed to Air Force – Phil Boje of the Dubuque Fighting Saints and R.J. Majkozak of the Sioux Falls Stampede.

  • Incoming Tiger garners USHL award

    Tue, March 25, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Cecere MUGThe United States Hockey League announced its weekly award winners and they include future Tiger defenseman Garrett Cecere of the Sioux Falls Stampede. Cecere is scheduled to join the team this fall.

    The other honorees were C.J. Franklin (Minnesota State commit) of the Sioux Falls Stampede and Brian Pinho (Providence) of the Indiana Ice, recognized as co-recipients of CCM Forward of the Week;  and Cornell commit Hayden Stewart of the Indiana Ice, named Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

    Here is the USHL’s write-up:

    Garrett Cecere, D, Sioux Falls Stampede:  The 19-year-old defenseman dished out six assists to help the Stampede capture a pair of weekend victories.  He recorded three assists in Friday’s 7-1 win against the Sioux City Musketeers, setting a USHL career high for points in one game.  The West Des Moines, Iowa native then matched that effort with three more assists in Sunday’s 5-0 win against the Lincoln Stars. 

    He was also part of a defensive unit that allowed just one goal over the weekend and successfully killed off all eight power play chances by the opposition.  The Colorado College commit has recorded 20 points (2g, 18a) and a plus-16 rating in 20 games since being acquired by the Stampede in January.  His 35 total points (3g, 32a) are the fifth most among USHL defensemen.

  • In the pros: Jets sign M. Stuart for four years

    Wed, March 5, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    stuart picThe Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with former Cc defenseman Mark Stuart on a new four-year contract worth $10.5 million.

    Stuart, 29, has played in 50 games with the Winnipeg Jets so far this season. In that time, the left-handed blue liner has recorded nine points (seven assists) and 81 penalty minutes. He leads the Jets this campaign with 163 hits and 118 blocked shots. Stuart has played in 195 career games with the Jets for 28 career points (20 assists and 256 career penalty minutes.

    The Rochester, Minn. native has played in 478 career games between Boston, Atlanta and Winnipeg for a NHL career total 68 points (47 assists)  and 540 penalty minutes.  Stuart has also played in 22 career postseason games for two assists and 21 penalty minutes.

    He was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round, 21st overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

  • Emptying the notebook: Thorimbert humble after career performance; 2014-15 schedule

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

    Cc skalbeck home whitesThorimbert humble about career performance

    CC goalie Josh Thorimbert said most of his career-high 50 saves against Minnesota-Duluth were easy to track because they were from long range and not from short range in front..

    That may be true, only six were from the between the face circles, including none in the third period, but the senior  kept the game close by not giving up bad rebounds for the charging Bulldogs to convert.

    Minnesota-Duluth came close to scoring early with shots by freshman Kyle Osterberg stopped by Thorimbert on a one-timer from between the circles and another ringing off the far post as the left wing attacked the near post.

    Tigers’ 2014-15 schedule begins to take shape

    Nothing has been finalized, but preliminary plans indicate Colorado College will host Alabama-Huntsville for homecoming this October with a road series against the Western Collegiate Hockey Association member the following season.

    Other October dates include single road games against Hockey East powers Boston College and New Hampshire, likely during one of the block breaks, and a home series against National Collegiate Hockey Conference foe North Dakota.

    CC lands first Rampage commit

    Colorado College continues to mine the area clubs with a commit from Andrew “AJ” Vanderbeck of the Colorado Rampage U16 team for the 2016-2017 season. The midget minor team is based out of the Colorado Sports Center near Monument.

    “It’s a dream come true to get to play at such a great school and hockey program as Colorado College,” the Lewis-Palmer High School student said. “I couldn’t have done it without the help of my teammates and most importantly the support of my parents.”

    The California native leads the Tier I Elite League with 57 points (38 goals), and a total of 89 points (58 goals) overall this season.

    The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder will play in the junior U.S. Hockey League the next two seasons to develop his game and physically mature. The league’s draft is this spring.

    UMD hockey recognizes Winter Olympians

    Minnesota-Duluth recognized its 12 hockey alums who played in the Winter Olympics with a pregame ceremonial puck drop on Friday. Ome notables are forwards Keith “Huffer” Christiansen (USA, 1972) and 1980 Miracle on Ice wing John “Bah” Harrington. and 2014 defenseman Justin Faulk (Carolina).

  • Midweek reading: More ECAC suspensions; AFA

    Wed, January 29, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Union coach Rick Bennett, left, and RPI coach Seth Appert had to be separated after Saturday night’s game. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union)

    Union coach Rick Bennett, left, and RPI coach Seth Appert had to be separated after Saturday night’s game. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union)

    From the ECAC …

    ECAC Hockey announced additional supplemental discipline of Union coach Rick Bennett and Rensselaer coach Seth Appert as a result of a post-game incident last Saturday at the Times Union Center.

    The league assessed an additional two-game suspension to Bennett, and one game to Appert. The additional games prohibit Bennett from being behind the Dutchmen bench for a total of four games. Bennett was assessed a two-game suspension by Union on Sunday.

    The Union administration announced the ban Sunday after consulting and receiving approval from the league staff. Appert was not previously disciplined.

    Here is Bennett’s reaction to the news from the Union/RPI beat writer.

    “ECAC Hockey has continued to review the entire situation that occurred Saturday,” commissioner Steve Hagwell said. “After additional review and consideration, and discussions with league administrators, additional sanctions have been assessed.

    “The league members pride themselves on adhering to the highest level of sportsmanship. Those objectives were not attained Saturday.”

    The additional action prohibits Appert from being behind the bench Friday at St. Lawrence; Bennett is prohibited from coaching the Dutchmen in games versus Brown and Yale Feb. 7-8, in addition to this weekend’s contests at Clarkson and St. Lawrence.

    In happier news, Jordan Himley (NAHL Janesville Jets) committed to Air Force for 2014-2015 season while Matt Burchill (EJHL Bay State Breakers) is scheduled to join the AHA program for 2016-2017.

  • CC commit traded to USHL contender

    Tue, January 21, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    cecere1_largeThe Sioux Falls Stampede acquired Tigers commit and defenseman Garrett Cecere (pronounced SIS-ear) from the Tri-City Storm in exchange for forward Conner Valesano. Additional items to complete the trade, including a swap of draft picks and future players will be announced soon. The Stampeded are in fourth place in the USHL’s Western Conference, well ahead of seventh-place Tri-City.

    Cecere, in his second season with the Storm, registered 15 points (14 assists) in 30 games. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound, left-handed defenseman recorded 16 points (13 assists) in 58 games last season with Tri-City. The West Des Moines native was a 5th round draft choice of the Storm in the 2011 USHL Futures Draft. 

    Cecere was the top defenseman for the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League and was named to the first team All-Rookie Team for 2011-12 after tallying 30 points in 52 games.

  • Midweek reading: NCHC’s Pairwise troubles; Hobey fan ballot; W. Michigan, SCSU injuries

    Tue, January 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Roos celebrationDenver, North Dakota, Western Michigan, Minnesota-Duluth and Miami all find themselves out of the NCAA Tournament if the season ended today according to the latest Pairwise rankings

    North Dakota is sitting at 19th, but the other three have a lot of work to do. Fortunately, there are also a lot of games left. CC is No. 52 and Air Force No. 32. Obviously, both area teams will need to win their league’s automatic berth to qualify for the NCAAs.

    Here is a strong article about the recent travel troubles for the western college teams.

    The Hobey Baker fan balloting is underway and only one player from a Front Range team is on the ballot: Denver goalie Sam Brittain. No Air Force or CC players made the initial cut for the first time in recent memory

    WHL Portland snapped up a Minnesota-Duluth defenseman commit. Peter Stoykewych’s younger brother Paul signed with Western Michigan for next season He was one of seven signees.

    Here are three players Wisconsin is targeting in the recruiting battles and an injury update for St. Cloud State.

    The 2014 and 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Games will be held at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sept. 25, 2014 and sometime in September 2015.

  • Coach’s nephew commits to Air Force

    Thu, December 19, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    serratore_MattThere will be a familiar name on the back of an Air Force hockey jersey soon.

    Matt Serratore, nephew of AFA coach Frank Serratore, committed to play for the Falcons starting with the 2015-16 season, his junior team announced on Thursday.

    “Matt’s work ethic and hockey IQ is his strength,” Penticton (B.C.) coach Fred Harbinson said. “He continues to grow as a player and will be a great addition for Air Force in 2015.”

    Under NCAA rules, coach Serratore cannot comment on a commit until he passes basic training in Jacks Valley the summer before his first year.

    Serratore, 19, is the son of Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore.

    “Having my dad know the business was really helpful for me,” Serratore told the Bemidji Pioneer. “He’s a good counselor and helped me a lot.  I went out there on a visit at the end of the summer and thought it was a great fit.  They’ve been very successful recently and have been playing some good hockey.”

    The Falcons are 7-4-5 this season and are atop the Atlantic Hockey standings. They’ve made five NCAA tournament appearances since 2007.

    “Plus, I liked the campus and it’s got great academics, which is what I was looking for,” Serratore added. “Those things combined really made it an easy decision.”

    The forward has 10 points (four goals) in 35 contests, including two goals and five points in his last eight games in the British Columbia Hockey League. The Bemidji, Minn. native is one of the Vees top defensive forwards and penalty-killers, according to the press release.

    He expressed his excitement via Twitter earlier today: “Dream come true #gofalcons.”

    Serratore played three seasons at Bemidji High School, tallying 91 points (49 goals) in 80 games.

  • 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.