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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).

  • Petersen considering retirement

    Tue, June 10, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Petersen imageAn injury-shortened season has given former Tiger forward Toby Petersen a lot of time to consider retirement.

    He hasn’t made his decision yet but is leaning toward ending his 14-year professional career after his Texas Stars battle the St. John’s Ice Caps for the Calder Cup championship in the American Hockey League.

    Injuries limited him to 33 regular-season games (11 points, six assists) and a broken foot sustained while blocking a power-play shot ended his playoff run at seven games (one assist).

    Now, he is watching the Stars, which are tied 1-1 with St. John’s headed into Game 3 on Wednesday in Newfoundland.

    “My friends are asking me when I plan to hang it up,” he said. “With the NHL in the rearview mirror it is something you have to consider.”

    He last played a single game with the Dallas Stars during the 2012-13 season and 39 the season before. His best NHL season was 18 points (10 assists) in 2001-02 in 79 games with Pittsburgh. His NHL career totals are 81 points (48 assists) on 398 games. He played three seasons in a row (2008-11) with Dallas.

    This marks the final year of his contract with the Stars organization, which used him as a mentor in Austin for the team’s prospects. It’s a role he was happy to embrace.

    ‘This is the world’s best developmental league so it is important to help the younger guys adjust and get them ready for the NHL,” Petersen said.

    Former Tiger defenseman Kris Fredheim and Cody Lampl are on the St. John’s roster but neither has played in the Calder Cup Finals. Fredheim suffered a shoulder separation and broken sternum in January that limited him to nine playoff game (one assist) since. His contract is up after this season as well and he is unsure where he may end up next season. He made his NHL debut during the 2011-12 season with the Wild, playing three games (no points).

  • Weekend reading: Owens job search; Duluth exhibitions; NCAA rules

    Fri, June 6, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Scott Owens Photo #3Multiple media outlets are reporting that former Colorado College hockey coach Scott Owens was interviewed recently for the vacant Princeton head coaching position. College Hockey News reports Owens was brought on campus for an in-person meeting.

    Owens has not made any public statements about his early April resignation from his alma mater, where he served for 15 years, since the initial announcement.

    Former CC assistant Joe Bonnett is also reportedly in the running for the job, which opened after three-year coach Bob Prier (25-58-12) resigned in May.

    For the first time since 1964, Minnesota-Duluth will play two exhibition games in Canada. The Bulldogs added three exhibition games with Lakehead University with the first of those coming on Oct. 3 at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth. The two clubs will then meet twice (Jan. 2-3) at the historic Fort Williams Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here is the Bulldogs’ 2014-15 schedule.

    UMD hasn’t paid a visit to Canada since Dec. 26, 1964 when they battled the Port Arthur North Stars to a 6-6 tie in Port Arthur, Ontario (now known as Thunder Bay).  The Bulldogs are 11-0-0 lifetime against Lakehead and upended the Thunderwolves 7-0 this past season (Oct. 7) in Duluth.

    USCHO put together an article about how the NCAA rules committee maintained the status quo on OT, face shields and live game video review for discipline.

    And just to make you hunger for October a little more, here is the 2014-15 ECHL schedule, where a number of former Tigers will be playing this coming fall and winter.

  • Three former Tigers will battle for AHL’s Calder Cup

    Wed, June 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Petersen imageWhile the Stanley Cup Finals are rightfully grabbing all the headlines, three former Tigers are playing for the championship in arguably the world’s second-best league, the American Hockey League.

    Defensemen Kris Fredheim and Cody Lampl play for the St. John’s Icecaps, the Eastern Conference champion, against the Texas Stars, which includes veteran center Toby Petersen. Fredheim has one assist and a plus-3 rating in nine playoff games (out of 16 played by his team) while Lampl has not played.

    Fredheim had five points (four assists) in 48 regular-season games while Lampl had no points in 38 contests.

    Petersen, playing his 14th professional season, has one assist in seven postseason contests. He recorded 11 points (six assists) in 33 games this past regular season.

    Calder Cup Game 1 is at 6:30 p.m. MDT Sunday night and can be watched live at theahl.com.

  • CC announces schedule; lower season ticket prices

    Tue, May 6, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    SlavinThe upcoming Colorado College schedule is out and it will be cheaper for some to see the 18 home games next season.

    The price reduction for season tickets was made since CC had a difficult time scheduling home games because of previous agreements and other schools’ availability.

    “We were light on home games and we wanted to be fair to our fans,” CC athletic director Ken Ralph said.

    The National Collegiate Hockey Conference member lowered its season ticket prices from 10 to 18 percent depending on the seat’s location if purchased before June 27, CC associate athletic director Scott Lowenberg said. Season ticket renewal forms will be mailed out May 19-23.

    The light schedule prompted CC to book the USA U-18 national team for Dec. 27-28 with the second contest counting as one of the allowed 34 regular-season games under NCAA rules. None of the three home exhibitions this season count in the team’s record or in the Pairwise rankings.

    A scheduling conflict with The Broadmoor World Arena affected the Gold Pan rivalry series. Instead of playing a home-and-home series against Denver in November, the foes will play a single game on Nov. 14 at Denver with three games in 14 days (Feb. 7, 20 and 21). The CC hosts DU for its only game that weekend on Feb. 7 and again on Feb. 20.

    Skalbeck celebrationThe Trans-Siberian Orchestra is scheduled for CC’s home venue that November weekend. Both schools had Feb. 6-7 open and preferred a single game, Ralph said.

    CC travels to Air Force on Nov. 22 to determine ownership of the annual Pikes Peak Trophy after hosting Big Ten Wisconsin the night before.

    The USA U-18 exhibitions are followed by the second of two tough road trips to the East Coast. CC plays two games at Providence Jan. 3-4 and a single game on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at new Hockey East member UConn. The first trip is Oct. 24-25 against Boston College on Friday and New Hampshire on Saturday.

    The Tigers open play with an exhibition against Canada’s McGill University on Sunday, Oct. 5 followed by the season and home opener against Alabama Huntsville Oct. 10-11.  CC opens NCHC play at home against North Dakota Oct. 17-18.

    Individual ticket prices remain the same except for rows A-D in the upper bowl. Those went up to $18 from $16.50. Season tickets for the lower bowl center and sides between the goal lines are sold out as are the upper bowl rows A-D seats.

    The upcoming season features games against six NCAA Tournament teams. The Tigers will face foes from five of the six leagues, including four games against Hockey East schools.

    CC 2014-15 schedule

    Subject to change, all times MT

    Home games bolded

    Oct. 5, McGill University (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

    Oct. 10-11, Alabama-Huntsville (Homecoming), 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Oct. 17-18, North Dakota, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Oct. 24, at Boston College, 5 p.m.

    Oct. 25, at New Hampshire, 5 p.m.

    Oct. 31-Nov. 1, OPEN


    Nov. 7-8, at Miami, both 5:07 p.m.

    Nov. 14, at Denver, 7:37 p.m.

    Nov. 21, Wisconsin, 7:37 p.m.

    Nov. 22, at Air Force, 7:05 p.m.

    Nov. 28-29, OPEN


    Dec. 5-6, at Minnesota-Duluth, both 6:07 p.m.

    Dec. 12-13, at Western Michigan, both 5:07 p.m.


    Dec. 27, USA U-18 (exhibition), 7:07 p.m.

    Dec. 28, USA U-18 (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.


    Jan. 3-4, at Providence, 5 p.m.

    Jan. 6, at UConn, 5:05 p.m.

    Jan. 16-17, Nebraska-Omaha, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Jan. 23-24, at North Dakota, 6:37, 6:07 p.m.

    Jan. 30-31, St. Cloud State, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.


    Feb. 7, Denver, 7:07 p.m.

    Feb. 13-14, Miami, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Feb. 20, Denver, 7:37 p.m.

    Feb. 21, at Denver, 7:07 p.m.

    Feb. 27-28, Western Michigan, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.


    March 6-7, at Nebraska-Omaha, 6:37, 6:07 p.m.

    March 13-15, NCHC quarterfinals TBA

    March 20-21, NCHC Frozen Faceoff (Target Center, Minneapolis) TBA


  • More weekend reading: Jaden Schwartz; No cuts for Air Force hockey; ECHL playoffs

    Fri, April 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Schwartz celebrationFormer Tiger Jaden Schwartz scored the tying goal in regulation in a 3OT thriller against Chicago.

    Air Force announced its athletic department cuts, which did not affect revenue sports, including hockey.

    The ECHL playoffs are underway with former Tiger William Rapuzzi ( No. 4 seed Idaho) hosting the No. 5 Colorado Eagles (Arthur Bidwill). No. 6 Bakersfield (Joe Marciano) plays at No. 3 Utah. Here is a league preview.

    Here are the incoming freshmen for Minnesota State in Mankato. Here is a look at how North Dakota has fared in the national rankings this past decade.

    Not surprisingly, Union’s Rick Bennett was the USCHO Coach of the Year.

  • Sunday reading: Minnesota; AFA commit; Gaudreau; comings and goings; UND video

    Sun, April 6, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Ian Young home whitesMinnesota played arguably its best game this season in dispatching SCSU 4-0 in last week’s regional final.

    Kyle Mackey (Youngstown Phantoms) has committed to Air Force for 2014-2015.

    St. Cloud State junior goalie Ryan Faragher signed with Anaheim as did 6-foot-6 junior defenseman Jaycob Megna of Nebraska-Omaha.

    BC’s Johnny Gaudreau, a likely unanimous Hobey Baker winner later this week, is the CHN Player of the Year.

    Here is the latest North Dakota “Through These Doors” video recapping UND’s NCAA run.

    Not every college star wants to leave college early. This is good news for the sport.

  • Weekend reading: CHN honorees, OSU departure, Frozen 4, Miami returnees

    Fri, April 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    miamiThe College Hockey News recognized Union coach Rick Bennett as its Coach of the Year despite an ugly post-game incident against RPI that led to his suspension. CHN also announced its Rookie of the Year.

    Matt Perry (Bismarck Bobcats) committed to Air Force for 2015-2016.

    Ohio State’s best forward left school a year early.  As previously reported, WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod will retire after next weekend’s Frozen Four.

    Here is a look at what the Frozen Four teams consider the turning point of their seasons that sparked their march to the national semifinals and a feature on ECAC champion Union.

    Miami’s top-three scorers will return next season and the RedHawks are scheduled in to bring some serious size for their blue-line corps. Preseason NCHC predictions will be a crap shoot once again.

    icehockey_m-DIWhile last year’s Frozen Four featured three first-time appearancess, this year’s field is full of familiar faces. North Dakota had a two-year Frozen Four absence, which qualifies as the longest among this group. Boston College, Minnesota and Union were all in the Frozen Four in 2012 in Tampa, Fla.

    Union will be making its second Frozen Four appearance. Each team has players with Frozen Four experience, as 39 players are in their second Frozen Four (Union-14, BC-12, Minnesota-11, North Dakota-2).

    Most Frozen Fours (Last appearance)
    24 – Boston College (2012)
    24 – Michigan (2011)
    21 – Boston University (2009)
    21 – Minnesota (2012)
    20 – North Dakota (2011)

    Three teams in the field were No. 1 seeds in their NCAA regional: Boston College, Minnesota and Union. It’s the fourth time in the 16-team tournament (which began in 2003) that three No. 1 seeds have reached the Frozen Four, and the first since 2010 in Detroit.

    North Dakota made the Frozen Four as a No. 4 seed, the seventh No. 4 seed in the past seven years to get this far. From 2003-07, no No. 4 seeds reached the Frozen Four.

  • Poll, WMU early departure, Denver’s future

    Mon, March 31, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    DU BRittain road save Here is the USA Hockey weekly poll with Minnesota at No. 1 followed by Union, Boston College, UMass-Lowell and No. 5 North Dakota, who moved up from No. 13 before the tourney. USCHO.com did not release one this week.

    Western Michigan junior defenseman Jordan Oesterle left school early to sign with Edmonton.

    The Denver administration was pleased by Pioneers coach Jim Montgomery’s first season.


  • Sunday reading: North Dakota advances to 20th Frozen 4; SCSU faces Minnesota today

    Sun, March 30, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Thorimbert vs UND road unisNorth Dakota’s Connor Gaarder scored 1:28 into the second overtime to push UND, the last at-large team to make the NCAA field,  to a 2-1 win over WCHA regular-season champion Ferris State and earn the NCHC program’s 20th trip to the Frozen Four.

    Last season, the last team to make the field was eventual champion Yale, which also won the Midwest regional.

    NCHC regular-season champion St. Cloud State’s Nic Dowd scored in overtime to knock off Notre Dame and set up a rematch with No. 1 overall seed Minnesota on Sunday.

    Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau scored three goals and added three assists in a 6-2 win over NCHC postseason champion Denver to end the Pioneers season.

    UMass-Lowell defeated WCHA playoff champ Minnesota State 2-1 to set up an all-Hockey East regional final against the Eagles.

    ECAC champion Union downed Providence 3-1 to advance out of the East regional to Philadelphia.

    NCAA Tournament

    All times MT

    East Regional

    Bridgeport, Conn.


    No. 3 Union 5, Vermont 2

    Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0


    Union 3, Providence 1

    Midwest Regional



    Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

    North Dakota 5, No. 4 Wisconsin 2


    North Dakota 2, Ferris State 1 2OT

    West Regional

    St. Paul, Minn.


    No. 1 overall seed Minnesota 7,  Robert Morris 3

    St. Cloud State 4, Notre Dame 3 OT


    Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU

    Northeast Regional

    Worcester, Mass.


    No. 2 Boston College 6, Denver 2

    UMass-Lowell 2, Minnesota State 1


    Regional final, 3 p.m. ESPNU

    Frozen Four


    Semifinals, April 10

    Both ESPN2, Times TBA

    BC/Lowell winner vs. Union

    North Dakota vs. Minn./SCSU

    National championship. April 12

    Semifinal winners, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.