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  • Air Force announces hockey schedule

    Tue, July 29, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Burnett actionThe Air Force Falcons have won 20 or more games in five of the last seven seasons. It will not be easy to make that six out of eight, judging from the 2014-15 schedule announced by the Atlantic Hockey Association program.

    Much of Air Force’s schedule was known since other schools announced their slates in the preceding weeks. What became known when the Air Forcer schedule was announced on Tuesday was that the Falcons will start their second half of the season at the Catamount Cup Dec. 28-29. They take on host Vermont and then UMass-Amherst the following day.

    The team may stay in the Northeast the next few days since it begins a stretch of nine-straight weekends against league opponents with Jan. 2-3, 2015 games at Holy Cross. The nine-week stretch culminates with the first round of the AHA playoffs March 6-8.

    Air Force begins play with an exhibition game on Monday, Oct. 6 against McGill University (Montreal) and then opens the season against league foe Mercyhurst Oct. 10-11; the first of 28 AHA contests. The Falcons will play 18 home games, including the exhibition.

    Air Force, 21-14-7 last season, will then travel to the Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament, Oct. 17-18, to take on host Alaska-Fairbanks and Alaska-Anchorage.

    AFAlogo2012Other nonconference highlights include traveling to North Dakota for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game on Nov. 1. That will be a homecoming for Grafton’s Chad Demers (41 points, 26 assists), a member of Air Force’s top returning line with leading scorer Cole Gunner (44, 29 assists) and Scott Holm (29, 18 assists).

    The annual in-state rivalry games with Denver and Colorado College are Nov. 21-22. The Falcons travel to Denver Friday and host Colorado College on Saturday.

    2014-15 Air Force hockey schedule

    Home games in CAPS

    All times MT

    Oct. 6, McGILL UNIVERSITY (exhibition), 6:05 p.m.

    Oct. 10-11 MERCYHURST, 7:05 p.m.

    Oct. 17, at Alaska-Fairbanks (Brice Gold Rush), 8:07 p.m.

    Oct. 18, vs. Alaska-Anchorage (Brice Gold Rush), 4:07 p.m.

    Oct. 24-25 RIT, 7:05 p.m.

    Nov. 1, at North Dakota (Hall of Fame Game), 8:37 p.m.

    Nov. 7-8, ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE, 7:05 p.m.

    Nov. 14-15 at Robert Morris, 5:05 p.m.

    Nov. 21 at Denver, 7:35 p.m.

    Nov. 22 COLORADO COLLEGE, 7:05 p.m.

    Nov. 28-29 at Canisius, 12:35 p.m. Friday, 5:35 Saturday

    Dec. 5-6 at Bentley, 5:05 p.m.

    Dec. 28 at Vermont, 5:05 p.m. (Catamount Cup, Burlington)

    Dec. 29 vs. UMass-Amherst, TBA

    Jan. 2-3 at Holy Cross, 5:05 p.m.

    Jan. 9-10 NIAGARA, 7:05 p.m.

    Jan. 16-17, 2014 ARMY, 7:05 p.m.

    Jan. 23-24, at American International, 5:05 p.m.

    Jan. 30-31 ROBERT MORRIS, 7:05 p.m.

    Feb. 6-7 at Sacred Heart, 5:05 p.m.

    Feb. 13-14, AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL, 7:05 p.m.

    Feb. 20-21 at Niagara, 5:05 p.m.

    Feb. 27-28 CANISIUS, 7:05 p.m.

    March 6-8 AHA first round playoffs

    March 13-15 AHA quarterfinals

    March 20-21 AHA Final Four, Rochester, N.Y.

    March 27-29 NCAA regionals (Fargo, Manchester, Providence, South Bend).

  • Midweek reading: Holka leaves, Rud feature, WCHA commissioner

    Tue, July 29, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Rud-web1St. Cloud State’s Joey Holka has left the school for the CHL’s Quad City Mallards.

    Here is a feature on the two new WCHA women’s coaches, including former CC assistant Eric Rud.

    The new WCHA commissioner wants to stabilize the league but also raises the possibility of expansion.

  • Midweek reading: North Dakota coach; Miami’s hopes; Omaha-Pens pipeline; Robert Morris contract

    Tue, July 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UNDMay obitThe first North Dakota coach to win a national championship (1958)  passed away over the weekend. My condolences to his family and friends.

    Brian Coleman’s return from injury and a defense-first mentality sparked Miami’s postseason run the league title game and (almost) the NCAAs. The RedHawks are hopeful they can carry that momentum over into next season.

    Nebraska-Omaha and the Penguins organization have a number of connections.

    Former Air Force assistant Derek Schooley received a long-term contract extension at Robert Morris.

  • Former captain Rapuzzi signs with Swiss team

    Mon, July 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    visp_logo_1314_210x160RapuzziSwiss B League member EHC Visp announced it signed former Tigers captain William Rapuzzi , 24, for the upcoming season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    The forward from Anchorage, Alaska, spent the past season with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads after four years at Colorado College.

    In 71 games with the Steelheads, Rapuzzi recorded 63 points (18 goals, 45 assists) and was named ECHL’s Rookie of the Year for the 2013-14 season.

    The Lions placed fifth out of 10 teams in the second-tier Swiss league. Visp is located in southcentral Switzerland.

  • Toby Petersen named as new AHL Springfield Falcons assistant coach

    Mon, July 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    petersen_white250Former Colorado College hockey player Toby Petersen was hired as an assistant coach by the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, the top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Petersen, 35, retired last month as a player after a 14-year career that culminated with the AHL championship with the Texas Stars, where new Vancouver assistant Doug Lidster worked as an assistant.

    Petersen played 550 games in the AHL with Texas, the Iowa Stars, the Edmonton Road Runners and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, totaling 374 points (226 assists) He competed in two all-star games (2001, 2008) and made the league’s all-rookie team in 2001.

    In addition, Petersen skated in 398 games in the National Hockey League with Dallas, Edmonton and Pittsburgh for 81 points (48 assists).

    The Minneapolis native represented the United States at the 2007 IIHF World Championships, tallying 2-1-3 in seven tournament appearances. He was also a member of Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championships in both 1997 (silver) and 1998.

    Selected by Pittsburgh out of Colorado College in the ninth round, 244th overall, at the 1998 NHL Draft, Petersen registered 128 points (69 assists) in 138 NCAA games from 1996-2000. He was named to the WCHA’s All-Rookie Team and helped the Tigers reach the Frozen Four as a freshman in 1997.

  • Marciano in Australia; Jaden Schwartz changes jersey number

    Mon, July 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Marciano bakersfield jerseyTwo teams of Americans and Canadians – including former Tigers defenseman Joe Marciano and 11 other NCAA alumni – are playing a five-game exhibition series in Australia.

    Former Tigers captain Mike Testwuide played for the U.S. on last year’s tour.

    Former Notre Dame star Ian Cole captains the U.S. team while former St. Cloud State star Andrew Gordon leads the Canadians.

    The Canadians won the first game of the series, 9-6, Friday in Perth, Australia, in front of a huge crowd. Gordon had a hat trick to lead his team.

    Cole is one of three Notre Dame alums on the U.S. team, including goaltender Steven Summerhays, who skated for the Fighting Irish this past season. All of the players have pro experience including a handful – like Cole and Gordon – who have played in the NHL.

    Last month the first Australian-born player was taken in the NHL Draft: Nathan Walker by the Washington Capitals. Walker will join the American team on this tour once Capitals development camp concludes.

    Results

    Friday — Canada 9, USA 6

    Upcoming games
    Brisbane – Saturday July 19th, 2014, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
    Melbourne – Friday July 25th, 2014, Rod Laver Arena
    Sydney – Saturday July 26th, 2014, Allphones Arena

    Also, former Tiger Jaden Schwartzannounced via Twitter that he will be wear a No. 17 jersey next season in honor of his late sister Mandi, who wore No. 17 at Yale.

  • Colorado College alum Kawano is program’s first director of hockey operations

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

    Kawano actionIt is another homecoming for the Colorado College staff with former goalie Chris Kawano named as the program’s first director of hockey operations and video coordinator.

    New coach Mike Haviland said Kawano’s experience as a student and player at CC along with his relationship with the private school’s faculty and fellow alumni all played a role in making him the best hire. He was one of three finalists, all former CC players.

    “All three finalists fit that bill,” Haviland said after the school announced the hire on Friday. “But the more people I talked to around campus about him the more obvious it became that he was such a well-regarded young man in his time here. He is a great choice. He has a tremendous attention to detail.”

    During his junior season, Kawano was named to the all-Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s all-academic team and received the program’s annual Dave Peterson team award as most improved player. 

    After graduating in 2007 with a sociology degree, Kawano, now 29, spent two years as a graduate assistant with the Bemidji State women’s hockey team, which was coached by former Tiger Steve Sertich. Kawano worked with the goaltenders and handled video analysis.

    His main duty will be video analysis while he will also serve as a faculty liason and keep track of the players’ academic progress.

    Haviland hope the alum can also help bring former players back to support the program.

    The Aurora, Colo. native played for the Tigers from 2003-07, recording a 2-2 record in eight appearances, including six games as a junior (.902 saves percentage). As a sophomore, he served as a backup on the team that reached the 2005 NCAA Frozen Four national semifinals.

    Kawano wants to relive that experience and improve on it now as part of the coaching staff.

    “CC should be a top-10 team every year and I believe a national championship is not too far away,” Kawano said in a press release.

    Kawano spent the past three years with Planet Hockey, which holds youth camps across the nation. His final camp was at Sertich Ice Center this week.

    “Working at Colorado College is the perfect job for me at this point in my life,” Kawano said. “It really combines the interests that I have as well as the goals I want to achieve. Coach Haviland is a guy you want to work for and learn from.”

    Haviland, who is spending the next three weeks recruiting along with recently hired assistants RJ Enga and Gene Reilly, will begin a search for a volunteer goalie coach once he and his family settle in Colorado Springs this August.

  • 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.

  • Air Force schedule continues to trickle in

    Wed, July 9, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    AFAlogo2012Canisius and Niagara announced their 2014-15  schedules recently, allowing me to further piece together the Air Force schedule.  The Atlantic Hockey Association program will announce its schedule later this month.

    Here are the 27 confirmed Falcon games, not including the exhibition, out of a possible 36 (two extra with the Alaska nonconference exemption) as of July 9.

    (Home games in CAPS):

    Oct. 6, McGILL UNIVERSITY (exhibition)

    Oct. 17, at Alaska-Fairbanks (Brice Gold Rush)

    Oct. 18, vs. Alaska-Anchorage (Brice Gold Rush)

    Oct. 24-25 RIT

    Nov. 1, at North Dakota (Hall of Fame Game)

    Nov. 7-8, ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE

    Nov. 14-15 at Robert Morris

    Nov. 21 at Denver

    Nov. 22 COLORADO COLLEGE

    Nov. 28-29 at Canisius

    Dec. 5-6 at Bentley

    Jan. 2-3 at Holy Cross

    Jan. 9-10 NIAGARA

    Jan. 16-17, 2014 ARMY

    Jan. 30-31 ROBERT MORRIS

    Feb. 20-21 at Niagara

    Feb. 27-28 CANISIUS

    March 6-8 AHA first round playoffs

    March 13-15 AHA quarterfinals

    March 20-21 AHA Final Four, Rochester, N.Y.

  • Weekend reading: AFA schedule, Hlinka commits, WMU hire, NHL draft picks

    Thu, July 3, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Burnett actionHoly Cross and RIT announced its schedule as did exhibition foe McGill University of Montreal, allowing me to piece together the Air Force hockey schedule some more.

    The program will announce its schedule later this month.

    Here are the confirmed Falcon games as of July 2 (Home games in CAPS):

    Oct. 6, McGILL UNIVERSITY (exhibition)

    Oct. 17, at Alaska-Fairbanks (Brice Gold Rush)

    Oct. 18, vs. Alaska-Anchorage (Brice Gold Rush)

    Oct. 24-25 RIT

    Nov. 1, at North Dakota (Hall of Fame Game)

    Nov. 7-8, ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE

    Nov. 14-15 at Robert Morris

    Nov. 21 at Denver

    Nov. 22 COLORADO COLLEGE

    Dec. 5-6 at Bentley

    Jan. 2-3 at Holy Cross

    Jan. 16-17, 2014 ARMY

    Jan. 30-31 ROBERT MORRIS

    Thirteen of the 22 players selected for the u18 Ivan Hlinka tournament are college commits. Three remain uncommitted.

    Denver commit commit Troy Terry of Highlands Ranch is one of the players headed to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

    Western Michigan filled its associate head coach vacancy with a Providence assistant. That leaves one opening after former Denver assistant Steve Miller was hired last week.

    Here is a list of all the college and college commits selected in the recent NHL Draft.