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  • 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

  • At last, the league playoffs are here

    Fri, March 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC uniforms, Herb Brooks 047This is a great time of year for college hockey fans. Here are various links to previews and features from around the West-oriented college hockey conferences.

    Tigers senior goalie Josh Thorimbert, pictured, does not get enough credit for the workload he has shouldered this season. Hopefully this feature rectifies that somewhat. Here are Three Things to Watch.

    North Dakota needs to win the playoff series or the perennial power may miss out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002.

    The return of Blake Coleman from injury has made No. 8 seed Miami a more dangerous first-round NCHC opponent for top seed St. Cloud State. Here is more from the more confident RedHawks.

    An 11-year-old battling cancer is inspired by the Huskies, who were reminded how good they have it when they met last weekend.

    ““It’s tough after you lose any time, but his coming into the locker room … it just shows you how precious and how good we really have it,” Jimmy Murray said. “It touched everyone.“After talking with the family, he’s a pretty amazing kid. He was smiling and laughing. We really enjoyed it. Anyone on our team would have done that. I’d like to think that.”

    Here is the rest of the article.

    CCUND picFreshman Kyle Osterberg is on a roll for No. 4 seed Minnesota-Duluth, which hosts Western Michigan.

    Here are some UND-oriented NCHC predictions and picks by USCHO and the Grand Forks Herald (UND in three).

    USCHO previews the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals, WCHA quarters and the final regular-season weekend for the Big 10. Here is a WCHA linkorama and the Gazette’s Air Force preview.

    RPI’s best forward bolted for the N.Y. Rangers. Here are the latest Pairwise rankings.

  • Thursday reading: CC travel; DU’s NCAA hopes

    Thu, March 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    HansonWith the prospect of a three-game playoff series this weekend, Colorado College brought 23 players to Grand Forks. The only players left behind in Colorado Springs were: Jordan DiGiando, Jared Hanson, Tyler Marble, Peter Maric, and Derek Shatzer. Only Shatzer is uninjured.

    Here are 3 Things to Watch for the CC at North Dakota playoff series.

    Like Colorado College, Denver’s only chance at making the NCAA Tournament is by winning the NCHC playoffs‘ automatic berth.

    Here is College Hockey News’ quarterfinals preview. The Denver at Nebraska-Omaha series starts tonight.

    ALL quarterfinal games this weekend will be streamed FREE of charge at the league website. Very smart move by the league

    The outgoing WCHA commissioner is happy with how his final season played out.

    The big thing, from a league finance standpoint, is that Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska-Fairbanks play in the first round based on standings, not on the now-defunct Alaska plan. That was scrapped after the league faced criticism. This match-up keeps the league from paying for a team to go to Alaska on short notice and means they only have to worry about one Alaska team advancing to Grand Rapids. Mich. next week. It could not have worked out any better for the WCHA and commissioner Bruce McLeod, one of the good guys  in college hockey.

  • 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.

  • NCHC roundup: Wins set up UND-SCSU showdown

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

    SCSU road celebrationWith four games remaining in the regular season, No. 4 St. Cloud State and No. 11 North Dakota both won on Saturday to move six points ahead of third-place Nebraska-Omaha.

    The Penrose Cup could be decided next weekend when UND and the Huskies play in St. Cloud, Minn. Here are the latest Pairwise rankings.

    No. 4 St. Cloud State 3, Miami 0

    OXFORD, Ohio – Junior goaltender Ryan Faragher recorded his first shutout of the season while St. Cloud State struck twice in the first period en route to a 3-0 road win over last-place Miami Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena.

    With the victory, SCSU (18-7-5, 12-5-3-0 NCHC) earned a weekend and regular-season series split with the RedHawks (11-16-3, 5-14-1-1 NCHC), who won Friday 4-3, while the Huskies remain in a first-place tie with North Dakota.

    Sophomore Jimmy Murray and senior Nic Dowd each had a goal and an assist in the win, while sophomore Jonny Brodzinski added a pair of helpers. Miami hosts Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.

    Here is an article on the game by the St. Cloud Times.

    No. 11 North Dakota 6, No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth 2

    DULUTH, Minn. – Five players recorded multiple points, led by two goals from freshman defenseman Paul LaDue tallied two goals  and North Dakota scored five unanswered goals over the final 40 minutes at AMSOIL Arena, completing a weekend sweep.

    UND (18-9-3, 13-7-0-0 NCHC), which blanked UMD (13-13-4, 8-10-2-2 NCHC) 3-0 Friday, has now won four straight games, is 14-2-1 in its last 17 games..

    North Dakota struck first when senior forward Mitch MacMillan tallied his first goal of the year 3:38 into the game.

    Here is the Duluth News-Tribune article and an article by the Grand Forks Herald and column on the UND power play’s resurgence.

    UNO celebrationWestern Michigan 5, Nebraska-Omaha 3

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. –Western Michigan scored four unanswered goals in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and claim the win Saturday night at Lawson Ice Arena. With the win, WMU (15-12-5, 9-9-2-2 NCHC) earned a weekend split with the Mavericks (13-15-2, 10-8-2-1 NCHC), and moved into fourth place in the standings.

    The top four teams receive home ice for the league quarterfinals. Omaha is two points ahead of WMU in third place. The Mavericks host seventh-place CC this Friday and Saturday. Western Michigan hosts Denver, which was swept for the first time since No. 1-2,  next weekend.

    STANDINGS

    Conference Overall
    Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
    North Dakota 39 20 13 7 0 0 0.650 67 56 30 18 9 3 0.650 95 79
    St. Cloud State 39 20 12 5 3 0 0.675 71 53 30 18 7 5 0.683 109 80
    Nebraska Omaha 33 20 10 8 2 1 0.550 68 59 30 13 15 2 0.467 98 100
    Western Michigan 31 20 9 9 2 2 0.500 59 61 32 15 12 5 0.547 86 84
    Denver 29 20 8 9 3 2 0.475 49 49 32 14 12 6 0.531 81 72
    Minnesota Duluth 28 20 8 10 2 2 0.450 54 60 30 13 13 4 0.500 84 87
    Colorado College 24 20 6 9 5 1 0.425 46 56 30 6 18 6 0.300 60 92
    Miami 17 20 5 14 1 1 0.275 48 68 30 11 16 3 0.417 88 92
  • 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.

  • Midweek reading: NCHC’s Pairwise troubles; Hobey fan ballot; W. Michigan, SCSU injuries

    Tue, January 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Roos celebrationDenver, North Dakota, Western Michigan, Minnesota-Duluth and Miami all find themselves out of the NCAA Tournament if the season ended today according to the latest Pairwise rankings

    North Dakota is sitting at 19th, but the other three have a lot of work to do. Fortunately, there are also a lot of games left. CC is No. 52 and Air Force No. 32. Obviously, both area teams will need to win their league’s automatic berth to qualify for the NCAAs.

    Here is a strong article about the recent travel troubles for the western college teams.

    The Hobey Baker fan balloting is underway and only one player from a Front Range team is on the ballot: Denver goalie Sam Brittain. No Air Force or CC players made the initial cut for the first time in recent memory

    WHL Portland snapped up a Minnesota-Duluth defenseman commit. Peter Stoykewych’s younger brother Paul signed with Western Michigan for next season He was one of seven signees.

    Here are three players Wisconsin is targeting in the recruiting battles and an injury update for St. Cloud State.

    The 2014 and 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Games will be held at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sept. 25, 2014 and sometime in September 2015.

  • Monday reading: SCSU boosters, North Dakota games in Canada; Pairwise tweaks

    Mon, July 22, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    SCSU coach Bob MotzkoThe Center Ice Club, the booster club for SCSU hockey, is disbanding and merging with the university’s athletic booster club after 27 years.

    North Dakota will play two exhibition games against the University of British Columbia in January 2014. It is a smart move for both UND recruiting in the area and to show off the NCHC.

    Here is an update on all things North Dakota hockey.

    The RIT coach wants fairer ratings for smaller schools and the non-traditional hockey powers when the NCAA reviews the Pairwise rankings, etc