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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: 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.

  • 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.

  • Midweek reading: UNO roster shuffle; LSSU completes staff; UND freshmen

    Tue, June 24, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Jaden picFormer Tiger Jaden Schwartz is a keeper and the Blues are looking to build around him and Vladimir Tarasenko.

    Nebraska-Omaha signed forward Grant Gallo for this fall, replacing freshman defenseman Shane Poulsen, who chose to not attend UNO.

    Gallo, a San Diego native,  played two seasons for the Northern Cyclones of the junior Eastern Hockey League where he was twice an all-league selection and member of the all-star Team.  In 2013-14, the 6-4, 215-pound blue liner led all EHL defensemen and finished second in team scoring with 15 goals and 27 assists for 42 points in 44 games. He was the EHL Defenseman of the Year and recorded122 penalty minutes. Gallo served as team captain, leading the Cyclones to the league championship.

    Lake Superior State coach Damon Whitten completed the staff of his Western Collegiate Hockey Association team by hiring Peter Aubry as an assistant coach. Aubry, who spent the past three seasons as a Mercyhurst assistant is a former goalie who will lead the Laker defence.  The hire follows the recent return of Rich Metro as a Laker assistant.

    For the first time in 11 years, North Dakota has no Canadians in its incoming freshman class.  Here is a look at the RIT incoming freshman class, which makes up for that.

  • Monday reading: Coach hires; North Dakota freshmen; RIT arena

    Mon, June 23, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UND MacMillanFormer Denver associate coach Steve Miller is a new assistant at Providence, the Hockey East school announced on Monday.

    In October 2013, Miller became the first general manager and coach of the U.S.  Hockey League’s expansion franchise in Madison, Wis., but resigned in May 2014 to be closer to his family in Denver.

    Former interim UConn coach David Berard will be announced as the new Holy Cross coach later today. The former Providence assistant (1994-96, 1998-2011) also spent two seasons  at Lake Superior State.

    North Dakota announced its six incoming freshmen (four forward, one defenseman and one goalie) for the upcoming season.

    Here is an article and photos on the new RIT arena.

  • Air Force hockey schedule taking shape

    Fri, June 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    AFAlogo2012The Air Force hockey schedule continues to leak out as more schools announce their 2014-15 slates.

    The Atlantic Hockey Association member typically announces its schedule during the summer.

    Here are the confirmed Falcon games as of June 13 (Home games in CAPS):

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

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

    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. 16-17, 2014 ARMY

    Jan. 30-31 ROBERT MORRIS

  • Weekend reading: NCHC, UND, Ohio State, Hockey East captains, Bemidji State

    Thu, May 29, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    bigger-NCHC-logo-300x300The NCHC is recapping its Top 10 moments from its inaugural season.

    North Dakota commit Ryan Mantha is waffling a little about his commitment to UND. To be fair, he also may just be the type who wonders out loud and forgot he was around media.

    Ohio State lost one of its better forwards to the pros.

    Providence, a January 2015 opponent for the Tigers, named its captains as did October road foes Boston College and New Hampshire.

    Bemidji State brought back a former player as a new assistant coach.

     

  • Midweek reading: Princeton opening, North Dakota captains, USHL commissioner

    Tue, May 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    bigger NCHC logoHere is a roundup of other college and junior hockey news.

    There is a new college hockey head job opening after Princeton’s  coach resigned.

    North Dakota announced its 2014-15 player leadership with Stephane Pattyn as captain. Connor Gaarder, Mark MacMillan and Michael Parks will serve as assistant/alternate captains.

    Bob Fallen is the new president/commissioner of the USHL, replacing Skip Prince. Fallen begins his new job on June 1.

  • Weekend reading: Grimaldi reaction, Denver assistant, humanitarian recognition

    Thu, May 8, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    DU BRittain road saveDenver landed a very experienced assistant coach to replace the departed David Lassonde.

    The North Dakota beat writer analyzes what the early departure of leading scorer Rocco Grimaldi will mean for the UND offense next season.

    NBC ran a feature on college hockey’s humantarian award winner. Video of the report is included via the link.

    There was much discussion over the “gentleman’s agreement” concerning college commitments but no official change.  Hockey East now has a 12-team playoff format.