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  • Weekend reading: Tom Serratore; LaLeggia; coach salaries; AFA, North Dakota schedules

    Thu, April 17, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The first piece of steel for the new Nebraska-Omaha arena for hockey, hoops and volleyball was pout in place Thursday morning.

    The first piece of steel for the new Nebraska-Omaha arena for hockey, hoops and volleyball was put in place Thursday morning.

    Colorado Springs native Tom Serratore  picked up his first pro goal, fight and penalty in a 5-4 win at Syracuse on Wednesday for the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms.

    All but Rocco Grimaldi have announced they will be back for North Dakota next season. Denver defenseman Joey LaLeggia is returning for his senior year.

    The final NCHC players of the month of the season were named with North Dakota goalie Zane Gothberg and Nebraska-Omaha’s Jake Guentzel honored.

    Under the terms of the three-year contract extension reached between Nebraska-Omaha and coach Dean Blais, he will make a total of just less than $1.3 million over the next four seasons, putting him among the five highest-compensated coaches in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

    According to the Omaha World Herald, Blais’ base salary for 2014-15 is the same as it was for this past season, $250,000. It climbs to $260,000 the following season, followed by raises to $265,000 in 2016-17 and $270,000 in 2017-18. A $250,000 longevity bonus from his original contract (originally due as a lump sum next summer) will be paid out concurrently, at $62,500 annually — so Blais will be paid $312,500 in 2014-15 and will top out at $332,500 in the final year of the contract.

    This should give CC fans a good idea of what the new Tigers coach may be paid if he is a candidate with head coaching experience.

    The Air Force Falcons travel to play Western Collegiate Hockey Association members Alaska-Anchorage and host Alaska-Fairbanks in the Brice Gold Rush tournament Oct. 17-18.  North Dakota will host Air Force Nov.  1 in the annual college hockey Hall of Fame Game at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The single contest will serve as a homecoming for Air Force’s Chad Demers, who is from nearby Grafton, N.D.

    The complete Air Force schedule will be announced later this summer.  Here is the North Dakota schedule.

  • AFA’s Truehl garners rookie award

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

    AFAlogo2012Air Force freshman goalie Chris Truehl of Stoughton, Wis. was named as the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for February. He went 3-1 during the month including recording his third career shutout.

    Truehl is a three-time AHA Rookie of the Week and earned the first monthly honor of his career.

    Air Force (20-12-4) is the No. 3 seed in the AHA Tournament and will host a quarterfinal series against an opponent to be determined on Friday-Saturday, March 14-15, and Sunday, March 16, if necessary, at Cadet Ice Arena.

    Here are the league notes: Led Air Force to three wins in four starts during the month of February … All three of his wins came over teams that finished in top four in the league … Made 21 saves in the win over UConn on Feb. 1 … Led the Falcons to a sweep of first-place Mercyhurst … Named the AHA Rookie of the Week on Feb. 10 following the sweep … Made 34 saves, the second most of his career, in the 5-3 win over the Lakers on Feb. 7 … In Game 2 of the Mercyhurst series, stopped all 24 shots he saved as he blanked the top scoring offense in the conference … The shutout was the third of his career.

    The other honorees are included in the press release.

  • Thursday reading: NCHC, AHA, HEA notes

    Thu, February 6, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    bigger NCHC logoHere are some notes on this weekend provided by the league:

    All eight NCHC teams have 10 league games remaining over the final five weeks of the regular season. Five teams – league-leader St. Cloud State; Denver, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota are all tied for second; Minnesota Duluth in fifth — are within three points (one win) of first place in the NCHC standings.

    • Coming off a sweep at then No. 20 Western Michigan, Minnesota Duluth, which returned to the USCHO.com Poll this week at No. 17, was named the College Hockey News Team of the Week. The Bulldogs are the fourth NCHC team to earn the honor this year, joining Miami, St. Cloud State and Nebraska-Omaha. The Bulldogs are 6-1-2 in their last nine overall with the lone loss coming in overtime.

    • Four NCHC programs will be represented in men’s hockey at the Winter Olympics with a combined six alumni to Sochi, Russia. North Dakota will have three representatives as Zach Parise (2002-04) and T.J. Oshie (2005-08) will play for Team USA, with Parise serving as captain. Jonathan Toews (2005-07) will play for Canada.  Former Denver star Paul Stastny (2004-06) and UMD alum Justin Faulk (2010-11) will both also play for the U.S., while St. Cloud State alum Andreas Nodl (2006-08) will suit up for his native Austria.

    • The NCHC announced its January monthly honors Wednesday with SCSU sophomore forward Jonny Brodzinski earning player of the month and UMD freshman forward Alex Iafallo claiming rookie honors.

    • Friday’s Miami/Western Michigan game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

    Here are some other links, including an injury update for North Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha.

    Atlantic Hockey Association leader Mewrcyhurst, which travels to Air Force this weekend, is benefiting from its goalie depth. Hockey East’s nonconference record has its teams in good position in the Pairwise rankings.

  • Former Tiger Howe earns ECHL award

    Tue, February 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Howe CyclonesFormer Colorado College goaltender Joe Howe was named the ECHL Rookie of the Month for January.

    Howe, a 23-year-old Plymouth, Mich. native posted a 6-1-0 record with a 1.70 goals-against average and a .944 saves percentage in seven appearances in January for the Cincinnati Cyclones, an affiliate of the Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators.

    He opened the month on a four-game winning streak, and made at least 26 saves in six of his eight starts while allowing two goals or less in all but one appearance.

    Overall, the rookie is 9-2-1 with a 2.43 GAA after joining the team over the holiday break. Last Friday in Toledo, he posted a career-high 40 saves in a 3-1 win over the Toledo Walleye to help the Cycl;ones go 8-3 in January.

    It’s the first time this season that a Cyclone has garnered this league award.

  • Tuesday reading: Air Force honoree; North Dakota angst; Minnesota-Duluth commits

    Tue, January 7, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Truehl thumbnailAir Force freshman goalie Chris Truehl made 18 saves in his first career start to record his first shutout in a 2-0 win over American International College. He made seven saves in the third period until an empty-netter sealed the victory.

    Prior to the game, the Stoughton, Wisc. native had played in two games in relief.

    A 1-1 exhibition weekend against Canadian college teams has North Dakota fans concerned.

    Minnesota-Duluth got commits for Minnesota’s top-two scoring high school forwards, who are also Warrroad HS teammates and other news at that link.