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  • Weekend reading: Miami rink, UNO exhibition, Chase Perry

    Fri, July 11, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Miami locker roomMiami completed $2 million in renovations to its ice hockey venue recently.

    Nebraska-Omaha hockey added an exhibition game against the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to its 2014-15 schedule. The two teams will meet on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:07 p.m. CT at the CenturyLink Center.

    The game will be the second meeting between the two schools.  The Mavericks won the first game, 6-1, at the beginning of last season.  The Mavericks have begun nearly every season against a Canadian university and are 16-2-0 all-time in those games.

    The NAHL wrote an article about incoming Tigers goalie Chase Perry.

  • Weekend reading: Owens job search; Duluth exhibitions; NCAA rules

    Fri, June 6, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Scott Owens Photo #3Multiple media outlets are reporting that former Colorado College hockey coach Scott Owens was interviewed recently for the vacant Princeton head coaching position. College Hockey News reports Owens was brought on campus for an in-person meeting.

    Owens has not made any public statements about his early April resignation from his alma mater, where he served for 15 years, since the initial announcement.

    Former CC assistant Joe Bonnett is also reportedly in the running for the job, which opened after three-year coach Bob Prier (25-58-12) resigned in May.

    For the first time since 1964, Minnesota-Duluth will play two exhibition games in Canada. The Bulldogs added three exhibition games with Lakehead University with the first of those coming on Oct. 3 at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth. The two clubs will then meet twice (Jan. 2-3) at the historic Fort Williams Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here is the Bulldogs’ 2014-15 schedule.

    UMD hasn’t paid a visit to Canada since Dec. 26, 1964 when they battled the Port Arthur North Stars to a 6-6 tie in Port Arthur, Ontario (now known as Thunder Bay).  The Bulldogs are 11-0-0 lifetime against Lakehead and upended the Thunderwolves 7-0 this past season (Oct. 7) in Duluth.

    USCHO put together an article about how the NCAA rules committee maintained the status quo on OT, face shields and live game video review for discipline.

    And just to make you hunger for October a little more, here is the 2014-15 ECHL schedule, where a number of former Tigers will be playing this coming fall and winter.

  • Friday reading: North Dakota exhibitions; NCHC schedule, picks, monthly honors

    Fri, January 3, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UND Luke JohnsonNorth Dakota and Princeton are traveling to British Columbia to take on UBC and Simon Fraser in exhibition games in the 2014 Great Northwest Showcase this weekend. It promises to be a good showcase for NCAA hockey, including a Q&A session for parents and player on playing college.

    In other NCHC games, No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha plays a two-game nonconference series at New Hampshire while Minnesota-Duluth hosts the USA U-18 team on Friday and No. 4 St. Cloud State does the same on Saturday.

    No. 16 Denver hosts Brown, CC’s Saturday foe,  on Friday. DU freshman Trevor Moore continues the trend of strong southern California products in the Pioneers program.

    USCHO predicts this weekend’s games. Here is a blog post focusing on the WCHA this weekend.

    North Dakota’s Luke Johnson and Western Michigan’s Justin Kovacs are the league December players of the month.

  • 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.

  • Postgame report: Tigers freshmen shine in 8-4 exhibition win

    Sat, October 12, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC_Puck_2012For the second exhibition game in a row, the Colorado College freshmen looked ready to become big-time contributors for the Tigers.

    CC took advantage of gaps in the USA U-18 defense to pull away for an 8-4 exhibition win before a crowd of 4,692 at World Arena.

    The Tigers took control on goals by Charlie Taft and then Scott Wamsganz to make it 4-1 in the second period. Wamsganz’s score came off a nice centering pass from freshman Matt Hansen, who put together a solid game.

    “That line with Wamsganz, (Jordan) DiGiando and Hansen had good chemistry tonight,” Tigers coach Scott Owens. “All the freshmen had their moments. Roos has a good stick, Rothstein is real smart with the puck and Hansen played well in the wing with his speed. That’s the reason we played them in both games.

    “Christian Heil was our extra forward and used his big body well. And the two freshmen defenseman (Gustav Olofsson and Jaccob Slavin) played like veterans.”

    After USA rallied to make it 4-2 with 10:55 left, CC responded with a goal by Aaron Harstad and two from Bradley for a 7-2 command.

    His first came after he collected a rebound in front. His next came from between the circles off a centering pass from Alexander Krushelnyski for a 7-2 command with 3:18 left.

    “I hadn’t played since the North Dakota (Final Five) game and it was good to be back,” Bradley said. “I thought I was shaky at times but then I had some good moments.”

    The USA U-18 squad showed off its considerable skill all game long, creating opportunities with excellent stick-handling and smooth skating, which was especially evident on the power play when Brandon Fortunato, a Harvard commit, found Shane Gerisch, a North Dakota commit, for an easy tap-in with 12:38 left in the opening period to make it 1-1.

    Those defensive breakdowns show that the Tigers have plenty of work ahead.

    “We made some mistakes but that will happen in October,” Owens said. “We need to get better because next weekend it’s the real deal with (Minnesota-)Duluth coming to town.”

    Notes

    USA defenseman Ryan Collins, a Minnesota commit, is the nephew of former Tiger James Warner (1974-78). … Saturday’s contest was No. 350 all-time at World Arena, where CC is 233-99-18, including 19-2-1 in exhibition games.

     

    Colorado College 8, USA U-18 4

    USA U-18             1              1              2              — 4

    Colorado College              2              5              1              –8

    First period – 1. CC, Fejes (Skalbeck, Roos) 3:58; 2. USA, Gersich (Fortunato, Milano) 7:22 (PP); 3. CC, Young (Slavin, Rothstein) 12:50. Penalties – CC, Hanson, elbowing, 5:50; USA Bjork, tripping, 13:30.

    Second period – 4. CC, Taft (Bradley, Krushelnyski) 1:40; 5. CC, Wamsganz (Hansen) 7:09; 6. USA, Tuch (unassisted) 9:05; 7. CC, Harstad (DiGiando) 10:22; 8. CC, Bradley (Slavin, Taft) 12:40; 9. CC, Bradley (Kruhelnyski, Olofsson) 16:42. Penalties – CC, Young, cross-checking, 2:07; USA, Belpedio, boarding, 4:20.

    Third period – 10, USA, Wagner (Tuch, Fiegl) 8:53; 11, USA, Larkin (Hitchcock, Bliss) 13:12, 12, CC, Roos (Olofsson) 16:47. Penalties – CC, Maric, roughing, 17:52; CC, Hanson, slashing, 17:52; USA, Dougherty, roughing, 17:52; USA, Larkin, unsportsmanlike conduct, embellishment, 17:52.

    Power play – USA U-18 1-2; CC 0-3. Shots on goal – USA U-18 10-7-11 – 28; CC 13-11-7 – 31. Saves-minutes – USA U-18, Minney 11-6-6 – 60:00; CC, Marble 9-2-25:30; Lockwood 4-14:30; Thorimbert 9-20:00. Referees – Lacina, Mousseaux. Linesmen – Shaw, Stankevich. Shootout – USA 2 (Milano, Hitchcock), CC 0. Attendance – 4,692 (7,380 capacity).

  • Saturday’s lines: USA U-18 at Colorado College

    Sat, October 12, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    RylanUSA U-18

    LW-C-RW

    Milano-Eichel-Gersich

    Hitchcock-Larkin-Bjork

    Fiegl-Wagner-Tuch

    Wegwerth-Stevens-Pavelek

    LD-RD

    Belpedio-Glover

    Billitier-Collins

    Dougherty-Fortunato

    Bliss-MacLeod

    Goalies – Minney, Beydoun

    Colorado College

    LW-C-RW

    Fejes-Skalbeck-Roos

    Krushelnyski-Bradley-Taft

    Maric-Rothstein-Hanson

    Wamsganz-DiGiando-Hansen

    Extra forward – Heil

    LD-RD

    Stoykewych-Olofsson

    Harstad-McDermott

    Slavin-Young

    Extra defenseman – Finch

    Goalies – Marble, Thorimbert, Lockwood

    Scratches – Aman, Morin, Gerdes, King, Collett

  • Friday reading: Air Force previews, AHA capsules; NCHC, Denver, Penn State

    Fri, October 11, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    afa vs uaaHere is my season preview for Air Force which will look for players to step up on offense and capsules on the other 11 Atlantic Hockey Association teams. SB Nation’s college hockey blog, formerly called the Western College Hockey Blog, picks the Falcons to place seventh in the AHA.

    The Anchorage Daily News talks about the Kendall Classic and previews the host Seawolves while the Fairbanks News-Miner breaks down the tournament field.

    Michigan Tech of the WCHA and the NCHC’s Minnesota-Duluth will play their 224th and 225th games against each other this weekend. Duluth travels to CC next weekend. Here is the Daily Mining Gazette’s WCHA season predictions.

    Need more on the WCHA? Check out Puckato, the Minnesota State beat writer’s blog and his weekly linkorama, Friday morning skate. That blog is always worth a click.

    Here is a look at North Dakota by Bismarck writer Scooter Pursley and on Western Michigan by the Kalamazoo beat writer.

    Denver’s Will Butcher, an Avs draft pick, is featured by the Denver Post headed into the season-opening home series against Merrimack. Here are multiple links and predictions on the NCHC this weekend. Here are USCHO’s NCHC picks which may surprise you a little.

    Penn State opens the Pegula Ice Arena tonight against Army. Here is a look at the Hockey East schedule this weekend, which includes No. 11 Minnesota State at No. 14 Providence. Keep an eye on that series.

    Thursday night results

    No. 11 Michigan 3, No. 4 Boston College 1

    At Ann Arbor: Luke Moffatt scored two power-play goals to power the host Wolverines to a minor upset of the Eagles.

    Also: Colgate 4, RIT 1

  • Sunday reading: More CC notes; NCHC roundup, Clarkson, Ferris St. win openers

    Sun, October 6, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rp_primary_2013-14_Krushelnyski_UNB1In CC’s exhibition win, sophomores Cody Bradley and Peter Maric and  junior Jordan DiGiando were healthy scratches. Freshman Zach Aman and sophomore Michael King were out with injuries.

    Sophomore Hunter Fejes picked up where he left off after a strong finish to his rookie season by creating two shorthanded chances. His chance during the first period was contested and failed while he made a nice crossing pass to freshman Jared Hanson, whose shot clanged off the post during the second period.

    The goalies looked good and made the big saves when needed.

    CC senior Josh Thorimbert came up with a big left leg pad stop with 1:26 left in the first. He finished the period with nine saves, including two in rapid succession about 90 seconds in. 

    Freshman Tyler Marble performed well in the second period, especially during a power play in the final 1:15. He made three short-range saves, including one from three feet away. He finished with 12 saves. Junior Courtney Lockwood made nine saves, including a big one early in the third with the game still 1-0.

    That is big for the offense, senior Alexander Krushelnyski said. The forwards will be more willign to be aggressive up ice knowing they have a defense that can make a big stop as needed.

    “We picked up right where we left off last year with good goaltending, good defense and good offense,” he said. “All the freshmen were impressive.”

    The team defense did look pretty good although there were times when the Tigers struggled to clear the zone with a couple dangerous passes cross ice that led to turnovers in the CC zone last season.

    “They’re a good team,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said of the Reds, who claimed the Canadian national championship last season. “We may have worn them down on the big sheet.  I’m most happy with giving up zero goals,”

    Here are some results and links from Saturday’s games.

    NCHC exhibition roundup

    No. 18 Western Michigan 5, Western Ontario 2

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Junior forward Will Kessel scored two goals to lead the No. 18 Western Michigan Broncos to a 5-2 victory over Western Ontario Saturday night in season-opening exhibition action at Lawson Arena. WMU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first frame on goals by freshman forward Kyle Novak and Kessel.

    Western Michigan junior goaltender Frank Slubowski made nine saves in two periods of work before sophomore netminder Lukas Hafner replaced him in the final frame and made 11.

    The Broncos open the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against No. 7/8 Notre Dame playing at UND Friday and at home Saturday.

    No. 2 Miami 8, Windsor 2

    Miami celebration home whitesOXFORD, Ohio – Sophomore forward Riley Barber totaled three points, including two goals, and freshman forward Justin Greenberg added two tallies of his own to pace the No. 2 Miami RedHawks to an 8-2 thumping of Windsor (Canada) Saturday night in a season-opening exhibition at Steve Cady Arena. Miami scored the first five goals of the game before the Lancers struck twice in the third period, only to have the RedHawks answer with three more goals.

    The RedHawks’ sophomore goaltending tandem of Jay Williams and Ryan McKay combined to make 18 saves as Williams stopped 10 shots over the first 30 minutes before giving way to McKay, who compiled eight saves over the final 30 minutes of play. 

    Miami opens the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against Ohio State, playing in Columbus on Friday and in Oxford on Saturday.

    WCHA roundup

    Ferris State 7, Colgate 4

    HAMILTON, N.Y. – Ferris State University opened the 2013-14 men’s ice hockey campaign off in victorious fashion as the Bulldogs recorded a 7-4 road win over Colgate on Saturday (Oct. 5) evening in the series opener at Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y.

    Ferris State (1-0) fought back from a 2-0 deficit and scored the final three goals of the night en route to the win. The seven goals were the Bulldogs’ most since an early 7-3 home win over Mercyhurst in week two last October. The series concludes Sunday.

    ECAC roundup

    Clarkson 2, No. 20 Niagara 1

    NIAGARA, NY–The  Golden Knights knocked off the 20th-ranked  Niagara, 2-1 at Dwyer Arena on Saturday night.

    Clarkson, which won its season-opener for the first time since 2008, will face off against Niagara (0-1) on Sunday afternoon to complete the non-league weekend series. CC travels to Clarkson for games  Oct. 25-26.

    The Knights out shot Niagara 41-20 while snapping the Purple Eagles’ 22-game home unbeaten streak (20-0-2) . The Green and Gold tallied the final two goals. Last season, Clarkson won just three of 17 one-goal games.

    In all, the NCAA teams went 15-1-1 against Canadian teams on Saturday. CC’s season-opening foe, Minnesota-Duluth, had its first practice on Saturday (with video).

  • Gameday reading: Shootout, autographs tonight; CC radio reminder; exhibition preview; important dates; bloggers poll

    Sat, October 5, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC Aaron Harstad actionIt sure felt good to type “Gameday reading.”

    Tiger fans will want to stick around after the exhibition game tonight and next Saturday.

    Regardless of the result, CC and its two foes will hold three-man shootouts to help the Tigers, officials and fans get used to the rule installed this offseason by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

    There will be postgame autograph sessions after each Saturday home game, including both exhibitions. The three players will be announced during the game.

    Fans should keep in mind that the radio broadcast has switched to KRDO 105.5 FM and 1240 AM and the pregame show starts 37 minutes before the game (6:30 p.m. MT tonight, same next Saturday).

    Here is a preview I put together on what looks to be a challenging New Brunswick squad. Here is the Denver preview by the Post.

    Here are some dates to put on your calendar:

    $5 Kids Nights are Dec. 6-7 (Nebraska-Omaha) and Jan. 4 (Brown)

    Skate with the Tigers, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  Nov. 10, Sertich Ice Center; 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, Honnen Ice Arena.

    Here are the results of the first annual NCHC Blog/Web Media Preseason Poll. UNO continues to be under-estimated while CC got a little more respect.

    The poll had 16 participants, including me, representing six of the eight schools that make up the conference. Click here for a list of the voters and links to their blogs (in some cases, a parental advisory is warranted for a few).

    Here are the results:

     

    Team (1st Place Votes)

    Points

    1.

    Miami (11)

    123

    2.

    North Dakota (2)

    103

    3.

    St. Cloud State (3)

    100

    4.

    Denver

    71

    5.

    Minnesota-Duluth

    57

    6.

    Colorado College

    45

    6.

    Western Michigan

    45

    8.

    Nebraska-Omaha

    32

    All-Conference Team

    F -

    Austin Czarnik, Miami

    F -

    Ryan Walters, Nebraska-Omaha

    F -

    Rocco Grimaldi, North Dakota

    D -

    Joey LaLeggia, Denver

    D -

    Dillon Simpson, North Dakota

    G -

    Ryan McKay, Miami

     

     

    Preseason Player of the Year
    Austin Czarnik, Miami (8)

    Others receiving multiple votes:
    Ryan Walters, Nebraska-Omaha (4)
    Riley Barber, Miami (2)

    Rookie of the Year
    Dominic Toninato, Minnesota-Duluth (6)

    Others receiving multiple votes:
    Adam Tambellini, North Dakota (4)
    Will Butcher, Denver (2)
    Anthony Louis, Miami (2)

    Defenseman of the Year
    Joey LaLeggia, Denver (10)

    Others receiving multiple votes:
    Dillon Simpson, North Dakota (3)

    Breakout Player of the Year
    Joey Benik, St. Cloud State (5), 11 others received a single vote.