• 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)

  • Updated: CC 2014-15 schedule takes shape

    Tue, April 8, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Thorimbert2While the search for a new coach gets underway, information about the 2014-15 schedule continues to trickle in and it will be a tough one as usual.

    CC fans should expect home and road series against both Miami and Western Michigan this season under the league’s schedule rotation.

    Minnesota-Duluth will not travel to Colorado Springs during the regular season, just like Miami did not last season.

    CC has 24 league games, leaving 10 nonconference dates, in a 34-game regular-season schedule.

    Eight nonleague spots are filled by single road games against Boston College, New Hampshire, UConn, a road series at Providence and home contests against Wisconsin (1) and Alabama-Huntsville (2).

    Air Force may fill one or two of those open spots.

    Here is a very INCOMPLETE, TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (in other words, do not book any flights just yet) based on past interviews and other media.

    CC 2014-15 schedule

    Subject to change

    September

    Sept. 30 annual Faceoff Luncheon

    October

    Oct. 3, McGill University (exhibition)

    Oct. 10-11, Alabama-Huntsville (Homecoming)

    Oct. 17-18 North Dakota

    Oct. 24-25, at Boston College, New Hampshire (block break weekend)

    November

    Nov. 14 at Denver

    Nov. 15   Denver

    Nov. 21  Wisconsin

    Nov. 22 at Air Force

    December

    Dec. 5-6, at Minnesota-Duluth

    January

    Jan. 3-4, at Providence

    Jan. 6, at UConn

    February

    Feb. 20 Denver

    Feb. 21 at Denver

  • Union reaches No. 1 for first time

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

    Union was ranked No. 1 in the weekly USCHO.com poll for the first time in program history after securing its third ECAC championship in a row.

    The Dutchmen received 31-of-50 first-place votes and earned 969 points. Minnesota fell from first to second after losing 4-1 to Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals on Friday. The Gophers picked up 18 first-place votes and 955 points.
    The remaining first-place vote went to No. 5 Massachusetts-Lowell.

    St. Cloud State stayed at No. 8 while North Dakota dropped to No. 13. Denver moved up to No. 17 after receiving some votes last week.

    Western Michigan and Miami received some votes while Minnesota-Duluth picked up a single point.

  • 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

  • CC stuns North Dakota in OT; stats, notes

    Sat, March 15, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC uniforms, Herb Brooks 047GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimbert has kept the Tigers in most every game all season long.

    He will have one more chance to do so again on Sunday.

    The senior made 44 saves Saturday and freshman wing Alex Roos backhanded in a rebound seven minutes into overtime to lift the Tigers to a 3-2 playoff win over No. 10 North Dakota before a stunned crowd of 10,738 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

    “We battled like we have all season long,” Thorimbert said. “There is no quit in this team.”

    Game 3 of the now tied best-of-three National Collegiate Hockey Conference quarterfinal series is 6:08 p.m. Sunday. A win then would send the No. 7 seed Tigers on to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinals where they would not even be the low seed.

    Saturday continued a weekend of upsets. Last-place Miami knocked off regular-season champion St. Cloud State 4-3 to sweep its series while No. 5 seed Western Michigan eliminated host Minnesota-Duluth by the same margin. Sixth-seeded Denver beat host Nebraska-Omaha 2-0 in Game 3 to send three of the bottom four seeds on.

    CCUND pic“Josh competed and battled and sent a message with those two early (glove) saves that he was on tonight.” Owens said. “We have a good defensive corps and they held up pretty well against their dangerous forwards. We played like a team that wanted to keep this season going despite our record. I am proud of them.”

    The Tigers did a better job clearing the puck out of their zone and keeping it away from the middle where UND’s forwards wreaked havoc in Game 1.

    They still weathered a storm of shots when UND out shot CC 20-9 in the second period, including 12-4 over the final 10 minutes. Thorimbert made save after save.

    “I felt good,” he said. “When I have my glove going, I feel like I am clicking.”

    UND’s barrage eventually broke through. North Dakota (21-12-3) tied the game when sophomore defenseman Jordan Schmaltz scored on a 3-on-2 rush with 3:56 remaining to force overtime.

    A shot by CC junior defenseman Peter Stoykewych bounced twice before getting past UND sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg (26 saves) to stake the Tigers to a 1-0 lead with 3:17 left in the opening period. CC junior Scott Wamsganz had a huge night, scoring early in the second period for a 2-0 Tigers lead and passing to Sam Rothstein for the initial shot in overtime that Roos knocked in to end it.

    “Not too many people expected us to give them much of a fight but in our (locker) room we were confident we could beat them,” Roos said. “We’ll see if we can make it to Minneapolis.”

    STATS

    Colorado College 3, No. 10 North Dakota 2 OT

    Colorado College         1          1          0          1          –3

    North Dakota               0          1          1          0          –2

    First period – 1. CC, Stoykewych (unassisted) 16:43. Penalties –  CC, Olofsson, checking from behind, 18:48.

    Second period – 2. CC, Wamsganz (Stoykewych) 1:17; 3. UND, Caggiula (Mattson) 3:45. Penalties – UND, Rodwell, four-minute roughing, 9:52; CC, Fejes, roughing, 9:52; CC, Heil, roughing, 9:52.

    Third period – 4. UND, Schmaltz (Caggiula, Ma. MacMillan) 16:04. Penalties – none.

    Overtime – 5. CC, Roos (Rothstein, Wamsganz) 7:00. Penalties – none.

    Power play – CC 0-0, UND 0-1. Shots on goal – CC 5-9-10-5 –29; UND 5-20-13-8 –46. Saves-minutes – CC, Thorimbert 5-19-12-8 –67:00; UND, Gothberg 4-8-10-4 — 67:00. Referees – Sterns, Walsh. Linesmen – Eslinger, Schmitt. Attendance – 10,738 (11,634 capacity).

    CC picks up two forward commits

    Two forwards committed to play at Colorado College earlier this week with one likely to join the team this fall.

    Meridian, Idaho, native Jordan Berger, 17, is scheduled to bring his considerable speed and quickness to Colorado Springs in 2014. The 5-foot-10 forward has four goals in nine games with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League after 116 games in that program. He recorded 42 points (38 games) for the Triple-A midget squad this season.

    Previous CC players from that program include Kris Fredheim, Curtis McElhinney and the Schwartz brothers (Jaden and Rylan). The left-shooting center would be the second Idaho player to join the Tigers. The first was defenseman Cody Lampl of Ketchum.

    The other commit is Mason Bergh, 19, who has enjoyed a strong second half of his debut season for the junior U.S. Hockey League’s Chicago Steel (21, 12 assists, 48 games).

    The Eden Prairie, Minn., native is scheduled to join the Tigers in 2015, allowing him another year to fill out his 6-foot, 165-pound frame.

    “When I arrived on campus, I had the immediate feeling that this was the right place for me,” he said. “To get a good education is very important and CC will provide that for me.”

    Coaches cannot comment on players until they sign their NCAA letters of intent. The next signing period is April 16-Aug. 1.

    Ice chips

    Entering Saturday’s game, the CC rookie have accounted for 41 percent (27) of the team’s 68 goals and almost 40 percent of the Tigers’ 183 points.  Freshman Jaccob Slavin, who is a league finalist for Offensive Defenseman of the Year, moved into a tie for the team points lead (23) with senior wing Alexander Krushelnyski. … Seven of UND sophomore Drake Caggiula’s 19 career goals have come in nine games against CC. … The NCHC’s postseason championship trophy does not have a name yet. The trophy may be named at a later date.

  • Tigers cannot sustain start; stats, notes

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

    Thorimbert vs UND road unisGRAND FORKS, N.D. – The start was a good one but the second period proved all too familiar for Colorado College. And now, the Tigers face playoff elimination.

    The No. 7 seed Tigers could not sustain a strong start, eventually falling 4-2 to the hosts in Game 1 of their National Collegiate Hockey Conference quarterfinal series. CC pulled senior goalie Josh Thorimbert (18 saves) with 1:46 left but could not mount a rally.

    “We got away from what we were doing and started making turnovers and failing to get the puck out of the zone,” freshman Sam Rothstein (one goal, one assist) said. “We had our chances on the power play and on odd-man rushes.”

    “We had a chance to put the game away in the first period and we didn’t,” junior Peter Stoykewych said referring to the five Grade A scoring chances generated by the Tigers.

    Game 2 of the best-of-three series is at 6:08 p.m. MT Saturday.

    North Dakota dominated the second period and scored twice to take a 3-2 lead before 10, 217 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

    “They worked their way back into the game,” CC coach Scott Owens said. “I am disappointed we could not build off the positive start we had with a third goal.”

    North Dakota tied the game at 2-2 on when junior Mark MacMillan made a crossing pass to a wide-open Michael Parks, who skated in and shot the puck in under the crossbar.

    The goal continued a strong second period for the hosts, capped by an a poor pass by CC’s Jaccob Slavin that led to an unassisted goal for UND center Bryn Chyzyk with 1:23 left for a 3-2 North Dakota lead.

    The eventual game-winning goal was the sophomore’s first score since Jan. 10 against the Tigers.

    “It was a gift and I’ll take it,” he said.

    The defensemen jump-started the Tigers offense when Stoykewych fired a shot that Rothstein redirected between UND sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg’s leg pads for a 1-0 lead. The goal came only 72 seconds into the contest. About five minutes later, Aaron Harstad fired a shot that made its way past Gothberg with 12:55 remaining.

    North Dakota got back in the game when Drake Caggiula scored to make it 2-1 with 7:49 remaining and blunt the start by the Tigers (6-23-6).

    “We were down 2-0 and shocked a little bit,” Chyzyk said. “That was a huge goal. That is a much better team than their record this season. They will be hungry tomorrow.”

    North Dakota was the only higher seed to win Friday after No. 8 Miami upended St. Cloud State 5-4 in overtime, No. 5 Western Michigan edged Minnesota Duluth 3-2 and Denver tied its best-of-three series at a game apiece with a 5-1 road win over No. 3 seed Nebraska-Omaha.

     STATS

    No. 10 North Dakota 4, Colorado College 2

    Colorado College         2          0          0          –2

    North Dakota               1          2          1          –4

    First period – 1. CC, Rothstein (Stoykewych, Olofsson) 1:12; 2. CC, Harstad (Slavin, Rothstein) 7:05; 3, UND, Caggiula (Ma. MacMillan, LaDue) 12:11. Penalties – UND, Rodwell, interference, 9:39.

    Second period – 4. UNDS, Parks (Ma. MacMillan, Caggiula) 7:14 (PP); 5. UND, Chyzyk (unassisted) 18:07. Penalties – CC, Krushelnyski, hooking, 2:10; CC,McDermott, interference, 6:51; UND, Pattyn, roughing, 7:22.

    Third period – 6, UND, O’Donnell (Schmaltz, Rodwell) 8:08. Penalties – UND, Ma. MacMillan, cross-checking, 10:47.

    Power play – CC 0-3, UND 1-2. Shots on goal – CC 11-5-6 –22; UND 7-10-5 –22. Saves-minutes – CC, Thorimbert 6-8-4 –58:14; UND, Gothberg 9-5-6 –59:34.  Referees – Sterens, Walsh. Linesmen – Eslinger, Schmitt. Attendance – 10, 217 (11,634 capacity).

    NOTES

    Krushelnyski completing strong Tigers career

    Colorado College senior Alexander Krushelnyski has been a strong all-around forward throughout his four years in a Tigers uniform.

    This season he added another duty; mentor, said CC assistant Eric Rud.

    “He’s a senior who has filled whatever role given him,” Rud said, adding that his work with freshmen Alex Roos and Sam Rothstein showed his willingness to help the rookies.

    It was a different role than before and one that Krushelnyski took on as a learning experience after a career year (43 points, 28 assists) his junior season.

    “Every team is different and every season is a learning experience,” he said. “Life is a learning experience.”

    The senior from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., cracked the program’s Century Club with his 100th career point (41 goals) on an empty-netter that clinched the Gold Pan series win over Denver.

    His ability to freelance draws a lot of attention whenever he touches the puck; you can hear the CC fans go abuzz when he does. That creativity generates chances for himself and his linemates.

    “Communication has been important,” Roos said. “He was always willing to listen to whatever ideas we had. He didn’t dismiss it because we are new. With his ability to create, you have to make sure to get open and be ready.”

    Krushenyski’s efforts on the defensive end were recognized by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference coaches when he was named as one of three finalists for Defensive Forward of the Year. He is on the league’s scholar-athlete team and one of eight finalists for that individual award.

    “He’s a student of the game and plays important minutes,” CC assistant Joe Bonnett said. “He’s an efficient penalty-killer who makes smart decisions with the puck. He has played well on both ends his entire career. He has earned respect around the league.”

    Thorimbert climbs up career saves list

    With 17:28 left in the second period, CC senior goalie Josh Thorimbert made career save No. 2,070, which moved him past NHL netminder Curtis McElhinney (2,069, 2001-5) into ninth place all-time at CC. Jeff Sanger (2,161, 1998-2002) is in eighth. The record is 3,630 by Marty Wakelyn (1982-86).

  • Thursday reading: CC travel; DU’s NCAA hopes

    Thu, March 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    HansonWith the prospect of a three-game playoff series this weekend, Colorado College brought 23 players to Grand Forks. The only players left behind in Colorado Springs were: Jordan DiGiando, Jared Hanson, Tyler Marble, Peter Maric, and Derek Shatzer. Only Shatzer is uninjured.

    Here are 3 Things to Watch for the CC at North Dakota playoff series.

    Like Colorado College, Denver’s only chance at making the NCAA Tournament is by winning the NCHC playoffs‘ automatic berth.

    Here is College Hockey News’ quarterfinals preview. The Denver at Nebraska-Omaha series starts tonight.

    ALL quarterfinal games this weekend will be streamed FREE of charge at the league website. Very smart move by the league

    The outgoing WCHA commissioner is happy with how his final season played out.

    The big thing, from a league finance standpoint, is that Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska-Fairbanks play in the first round based on standings, not on the now-defunct Alaska plan. That was scrapped after the league faced criticism. This match-up keeps the league from paying for a team to go to Alaska on short notice and means they only have to worry about one Alaska team advancing to Grand Rapids. Mich. next week. It could not have worked out any better for the WCHA and commissioner Bruce McLeod, one of the good guys  in college hockey.

  • Slavin reaps double honors from NCHC

    Wed, March 12, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Slavin2013-14Colorado College freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who heads into this week’s best-of-three playoff series at North Dakota as the Tigers’ second leading scorer by a single point, is the only freshman to earn All-NCHC recognition  as both a rookie and as a defenseman.

    “It is a huge honor,” Slavin said. “It is satisfying to see your hard work pay off. But I could not have accomplished it without God. All glory goes to him.”

    He was named to the league’s all-rookie and to the second team for his play this season, which included three league weekly honors including defenseman honors twice.

    He is joined on the all-rookie team by forwards Jake Guentzel of Nebraska-Omaha; Alex Iafallo of Minnesota-Duluth; and Trevor Moore of Denver, along with North Dakota defenseman Paul LaDue and St. Cloud State goaltender Charlie Lindgren.

    Slavin averaged nearly a point a game (.95) in conference play, second only to Guentzel’s 1.12.  The Erie, Colo. native led all NCHC defenseman in points per game (.76) with 22 in 29 games. He played for Team USA at the 2014 junior world championships earlier this season.

    NCHC All-Conference First Team – Josh Archibald, Jr. F, Nebraska-Omaha; Nic Dowd, Sr. F, St. Cloud State; Austin Czarnik, Jr. F, Miami University; Dillon Simpson, Sr. D, North Dakota; Joey LaLeggia, Jr. D, Denver; Sam Brittain, Sr. G, Denver.
    NCHC All-Conference Second Team – Chase Balisy, Sr. F, Western Michigan; Riley Barber, So. F, Miami University; Michael Parks, Jr. F, North Dakota; Jaccob Slavin, Fr. D, Colorado College; Jordan Schmaltz, So. D, North Dakota; Ryan Faragher, Jr. G, St. Cloud State.
    NCHC All-Rookie Team – Jake Guentzel, Fr. F, Nebraska-Omaha; Alex Iafallo, Fr. F, Minnesota-Duluth; Trevor Moore, Fr. F, Denver; Jaccob Slavin, Fr. D, Colorado College; Paul LaDue, Fr. D, North Dakota; Charlie Lindgren, Fr. G, St. Cloud State.

  • Midweek reading: NCHC travel; LSSU early departure and coach firing

    Wed, March 12, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    planes trainsThe Tigers are flying out to Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon and have a five-hour bus trip to Grand Forks, N.D. ahead of them on Thursday.  CC is taking advantage of spring break, which begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday, to make the trip without losing class time.

    Through this approach, CC was able to find large enough planes that can carry all their equipment. In years past,  CC sent its equipment on a team bus to allow the team to fly to Fargo on smaller planes. The team is scheduled to fly back early Monday morning but has floated the idea of staying in the Minneapolis area during the week if they are fortunate enough to advance to the Frozen Faceoff at the Target Center the following weekend.

    Eighth-place Miami has a 12-hour bus trip to St. Cloud State while Western Michigan will use a combination of airplane and bus travel to reach Minnesota-Duluth. Grand Forks and Duluth are expensive places to fly to on short notice and finding 30 seats was not possible. There were few seats available from Dayton or Cincinnati to Minneapolis  for the RedHawks to snap up, prompting the long bus trip.

    Denver to Nebraska-Omaha was the easy trip even though it starts a day early (Thursday-Saturday).

    The first early departure for the pros is Lake Superior State junior defenseman Kevin Czuczman, who signed a two-year entry-level deal with the N.Y. Islanders. His 10 goals was second among Division I blue-liners. The 23-year-old Czuczman registered 45 points (14 goals) in 114 games.  He was the ream’s most valuable defenseman in 2012-13 and top freshman in 2011-12.

    Not coincidentally, LSSU let coach Jim Roque go shortly before that announcement: Roque (136-165-46) just completed his ninth season as the Lakers’ head coach but finished eighth in the WCHA, missing out on the eight-team playoffs on a a tiebreaker with Bemidji State.

  • Tuesday reading: NCHC review, polls, contest

    Tue, March 11, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    bigger NCHC logoThe poor nonconference record is the main disappointment so far out of the NCHC’s inaugural season.

    Minnesota maintained its slim lead over Boston College for No. 1 in the weekly USCHO poll. North Dakota, CC’s road foe this playoff weekend, is No. 10 while regular-season champ St. Cloud State remains at No. 4 but picked up a first-place vote. Third-place Nebraska-Omaha picked up a few votes while fourth-place Minnesota-Duluth is No. 20.

    Tigers Jaccob Slavin and Archie Skalbeck were both nominees for the NCHC players of the week.

    No CC goals made the top 16 and the year-end video tournament for the league.

    Here is a column on how the fans are adjusting to the new-look WCHA which may have only Ferris State advance to the NCAAs.