• More weekend reading: Jaden Schwartz; No cuts for Air Force hockey; ECHL playoffs

    Fri, April 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Schwartz celebrationFormer Tiger Jaden Schwartz scored the tying goal in regulation in a 3OT thriller against Chicago.

    Air Force announced its athletic department cuts, which did not affect revenue sports, including hockey.

    The ECHL playoffs are underway with former Tiger William Rapuzzi ( No. 4 seed Idaho) hosting the No. 5 Colorado Eagles (Arthur Bidwill). No. 6 Bakersfield (Joe Marciano) plays at No. 3 Utah. Here is a league preview.

    Here are the incoming freshmen for Minnesota State in Mankato. Here is a look at how North Dakota has fared in the national rankings this past decade.

    Not surprisingly, Union’s Rick Bennett was the USCHO Coach of the Year.

  • Sunday reading: North Dakota advances to 20th Frozen 4; SCSU faces Minnesota today

    Sun, March 30, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Thorimbert vs UND road unisNorth Dakota’s Connor Gaarder scored 1:28 into the second overtime to push UND, the last at-large team to make the NCAA field,  to a 2-1 win over WCHA regular-season champion Ferris State and earn the NCHC program’s 20th trip to the Frozen Four.

    Last season, the last team to make the field was eventual champion Yale, which also won the Midwest regional.

    NCHC regular-season champion St. Cloud State’s Nic Dowd scored in overtime to knock off Notre Dame and set up a rematch with No. 1 overall seed Minnesota on Sunday.

    Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau scored three goals and added three assists in a 6-2 win over NCHC postseason champion Denver to end the Pioneers season.

    UMass-Lowell defeated WCHA playoff champ Minnesota State 2-1 to set up an all-Hockey East regional final against the Eagles.

    ECAC champion Union downed Providence 3-1 to advance out of the East regional to Philadelphia.

    NCAA Tournament

    All times MT

    East Regional

    Bridgeport, Conn.

    Friday

    No. 3 Union 5, Vermont 2

    Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0

    Saturday

    Union 3, Providence 1

    Midwest Regional

    Cincinnati

    Friday

    Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

    North Dakota 5, No. 4 Wisconsin 2

    Saturday

    North Dakota 2, Ferris State 1 2OT

    West Regional

    St. Paul, Minn.

    Saturday

    No. 1 overall seed Minnesota 7,  Robert Morris 3

    St. Cloud State 4, Notre Dame 3 OT

    Sunday

    Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU

    Northeast Regional

    Worcester, Mass.

    Saturday

    No. 2 Boston College 6, Denver 2

    UMass-Lowell 2, Minnesota State 1

    Sunday

    Regional final, 3 p.m. ESPNU

    Frozen Four

    Philadelphia

    Semifinals, April 10

    Both ESPN2, Times TBA

    BC/Lowell winner vs. Union

    North Dakota vs. Minn./SCSU

    National championship. April 12

    Semifinal winners, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.

     

  • Saturday reading: Updated NCAA schedule

    Sat, March 29, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    und vs ccSophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi recorded his first career hat trick and junior forward Mark MacMillan scored the game-winner with less than two minutes to play to lead No. 13 North Dakota to a 5-2 win over No. 4 Wisconsin Friday night in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals at U.S. Bank Arena.

    With the victory, fourth-seeded UND (24-13-3) advanced to Saturday’s regional championship against Ferris State, 1-0 winners over Colgate earlier, with a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four on the line. The season for Wisconsin (24-11-2), the top seed in the region, is over.

    Grimaldi’s final two goals both came with an empty net to seal the win for his first multi-goal game at North Dakota. MacMillan also finished with a three-point night, adding two assists to go along with his game-winning goal, while junior forward Michael Parks had a two-point outing with a goal and an assist on the game-winner.

    NCAA Tournament schedule

    All times MT

    East Regional

    Bridgeport, Conn.

    Friday

    No. 3 Union 5, Vermont 2

    Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0

    Saturday

    Regional final, 1 p.m. ESPN2

    Midwest Regional

    Cincinnati

    Friday

    Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

    North Dakota 5, No. 4 Wisconsin 2

    Saturday

    Regional final, 4:30 p.m. ESPNU

    West Regional

    St. Paul, Minn.

    Saturday

    No. 1 overall seed Minnesota vs. Robert Morris, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

    St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m., ESPN2

    Sunday

    Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU

    Northeast Regional

    Worcester, Mass.

    Saturday

    No. 2 Boston College vs. Denver, 2 p.m. ESPNU

    UMass-Lowell vs. Minnesota State, 5:30 p.m., ESPN3 (online only)

    Sunday

    Regional final, 3 p.m. ESPNU

    Frozen Four

    Philadelphia

    Semifinals, April 10

    Both ESPN2, Times TBA

    Northeast winner vs. East winner

    Midwest winner vs. West winner

    National championship. April 12

    Semifinal winners, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.

  • Thursday reading: NCHC-NCAA previews

    Thu, March 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    LaLeggia actionHere are a plethora of links concerning the St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame game.

    With all its young players, North Dakota is excited about reaching the NCAAs while Wisconsin, which has only two rookies, is focused on learning the lesson from last year’s 6-1 loss to UMass-Lowell.

    Denver is peaking as it heads into its match-up against Boston College, which has Hobey hopeful Johnny Gaudreau.

  • 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.

  • NCHC sends three on to NCAAs

    Sun, March 23, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    DU No. 4Denver reached its eighth-straight NCAA Tournament while North Dakota’s streak reached a Division I-best 12 years, giving the NCHC three berths in the tournament, including regular-season champion St. Cloud State.

    Congratulations to all three squads for good seasons.

    Here is a link to the bracket.

    NCAA East Regional

    Bridgeport, Conn.

    Friday

    No. 3 Union vs. Vermont, noon ESPNU

    Providence vs. Quinnipiac, 3:30 p.m. ESPNU

    Saturday

    Regional final, 1 p.m. ESPN2

    NCAA Midwest Regional

    Cincinnati

    Friday

    No. 4 Wisconsin vs. North Dakota, 6 p.m. ESPNU

    Ferris State vs. Colgate, 2:30 p.m. ESPN3 (online only).

    Saturday

    Regional final, 4:30 p.m. ESPNU

    NCAA West Regional

    St. Paul, Minn.

    Saturday

    No. 1 overall seed Minnesota vs. Robert Morris, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

    St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m., ESPN2

    Sunday

    Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU

    NCAA Northeast Regional

    Worcester, Mass.

    Saturday

    No. 2 Boston College vs. Denver, 2 p.m. ESPNU

    UMass-Lowell vs. Minnesota State, 5:30 p.m., ESPN3 (online only)

    Sunday

    Regional final, 3 p.m. ESPNU

    Frozen Four

    Philadelphia, Pa.

    Semifinals, April 10

    Both ESPN2, Times TBA

    Northeast winner vs. East winner

    Midwest winner vs. West winner

    National championship

    Semifinal winners, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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:

    Rank
    School
    Last Week’s Ranking
    2013-14
    Record
    Weeks in
    Top 15
    1 Boston College, 509 (33)
    1
    25-4-4
    20
    2 University of Minnesota, 477 (1)
    2
    21-4-5
    20
    3 Union College, 435
    3
    22-6-4
    14
    4 Ferris State University, 405
    5
    23-7-3
    14
    5 St. Cloud State University, 364
    4
    18-7-5
    20
    6 University of Wisconsin, 325
    8
    19-9-2
    19
    7 Quinnipiac University, 287
    6
    21-8-5
    20
    8 UMass Lowell, 280
    7
    20-8-4
    19
    9 Northeastern University, 232
    9
    18-10-4
    7
    10 University of North Dakota, 230
    11
    18-9-3
    10
    11 Cornell University, 163
    13
    14-7-5
    14
    12 Providence College, 103
    12
    17-9-6
    20
    13 University of Michigan, 94
    10
    15-10-3
    20
    14 Yale University, 51
    14
    14-8-5
    20
    15 Colgate University, 46
    RV
    16-11-5
    1

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

  • Tuesday reading: CC gets some love; radio show; polls

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

    USCHO talks about CC’s improvement of late and Miami’s nosedive. Here are the latest Pairwise rankings.

    Western Michigan coach Andy Murray talks about the NCHC race and touched on why his team lost to CC on Saturday.

    The CC coaches show is on 1240 AM and 105.5 FM

    Here are the USA Hockey rankings and is this week’s USCHO poll:

    1 Boston College (49) 24- 4-3 999 1
    2 Minnesota ( 1) 21- 4-5 948 2
    3 Union   20- 6-4 884 3
    4 St. Cloud State   17- 6-5 832 6
    5 Quinnipiac   21- 6-5 778 4
    6 Ferris State   21- 7-3 755 4
    7 Massachusetts-Lowell   20- 7-3 740 7
    8 Wisconsin   17- 9-2 655 8
    9 Northeastern   17-10-3 563 12
    10 Michigan   14- 9-3 487 10
    11 North Dakota   16- 9-3 435 17
    12 Providence   15- 9-6 428 9
    13 Cornell   12- 7-5 411 11
    14 Yale   13- 8-4 336 13
    15 Notre Dame   17-12-2 255 20
    16 Vermont   15-11-3 205 15
    17 Maine   15-10-3 175 NR
    18 Denver   14-10-6 157 18
    19 Colgate   14-11-5 138 19
    20 Minnesota-Duluth   13-11-4 112 16
    Others receiving votes: Clarkson 95, Minnesota State 65, Ohio State 29, New Hampshire 6, Air Force 5, Western Michigan 4, Nebraska-Omaha 2, Mercyhurst 1.