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  • Weekend reading: World juniors, Miami, Western Michigan, tourney schedules

    Fri, December 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

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    Team USA, whcih includes CC rookie Jaccob Slavin,  takes on Slovakia at 5:30 a.m. MT on the NHL Network followed by Canada vs. the Czech Republic at 8:30 a.m.  The Team USA defense will be tested by Slovakia, which whipped Germany in its Pool A opener.

    Slavin’s college teammate Gustav Olofsson, pictured, plays Finland at about 9 a.m. in Pool B early Saturday. I cannot find any live streams/TV available for this game.

    And now, back to the lower 48 and tonight’s college hockey games.

    No. 12 Miami, which is tied for sixth in the eight-team NCHC for the moment, is not satisfied with their showing so far.

    Western Michigan hopes a little home cooking will help them succeed at the outdoor Great Lakes Invitational. The USCHO pickers are not so sure it will matter against No. 3 Michigan.  Michigan State plays Michigan Tech in the earlier semifinal.

    The Three Rivers Classic pairs No. 7 Boston College against Bowling Green and host Robert Morris against Penn State. No. 14 Wisconsin hosts Alabama-Huntsville this weekend. Yale plays the Russian Red Stars in an exhibition game.

    Here is the tournament schedule courtesy this USCHO preview:

    Saturday-Sunday: Florida College Hockey Classic (Princeton, Maine, New Hampshire, No. 15 Cornell), Catamount Cup (Canisius, No. 10 Massachusetts-Lowell, No. 9 Clarkson, Vermont).

    Sunday-Monday: UConn Hockey Classic (Massachusetts, No. 8 Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, Connecticut), Ledyard National Bank Classic (No. 16 Northeastern, Air Force, No. 5 Providence, Dartmouth).

    Jan. 3-4: Mariucci Classic (No. 2 Ferris State, Rensselaer, Colgate, No. 1 Minnesota).


  • Weekend reading: Prospects Game jerseys; big-time Air Force commit; Taylor Gross; GLI

    Fri, September 13, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The jerseys for the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. debuted earlier this week. The game is slated for Sept. 26 in Pittsburgh, Pa., at the CONSOL Energy Center.

    The jerseys for the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. debuted earlier this week. The game is slated for Sept. 26 in Pittsburgh, Pa., at the CONSOL Energy Center.

    Seamus Donohue (St. Thomas Academy HS, Minn.) committed to the U.S. Air Force Academy for 2014-2015m according to College Hockey Inc. He confirmed last night via Twitter. According to the Western College Hockey Blog, which covers the Upper Midwest Elite League, Donohue was one of the few sophomores to play in the high school league, where he will play this fall.

    The Penn State women’s captain, Pine Creek High School graduate Taylor Gross, is the subject of this short profile.

    The fields are set for the next four Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournaments. Michigan Tech serves as the host of the annual four-team event with Michigan and Michigan State as mainstays.

    Western Michigan will join the Huskies, Wolverines and Spartans at this December’s outdoor tournament at Comerica Park.

    Ferris State will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GLI when it returns to Joe Louis Arena in 2014. Tech’s arch rival, Northern Michigan, will play in 2015. Western Michigan returns in 2016.

    The 2013 GLI will be outdoors at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.  Michigan Tech faces Michigan State in the first semifinal on Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. Michigan will play Western Michigan in the other semifinal at 7 p.m. The third-place game and championship game are slated for 3:30 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 28.

    Tickets for the GLI  are available at Ticketmaster.com.

  • Minnesota hosts outdoor twin bill Jan. 17

    Tue, September 3, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Minnesota will host the 2014 Hockey City Classic Jan. 17 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Intersport announced today.

    The outdoor college hockey doubleheader will kick off with the Gopher women’s hockey program taking on MSY-Mankato at 3:30 p.m. MT followed by the Gopher men against Ohio State at 7 p.m.

    “The Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium will be a special event for the entire state of Minnesota,” Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague said. “Outdoor hockey is a prominent fixture of Minnesota culture and we know that partnering with Intersport for this event will guarantee an unbelievable experience for everyone involved.”   

    Tickets start at $15 for both games and will go on sale to the public Oct. 22 at www.mygophersports.com or by calling 612-624-8080.
    The Hockey City Classic will be part of a Winter Festival, which will consist of a variety of events, including  youth, high school and adult hockey events, private ice rentals, a public skate and much more.