• Wednesday reading: Final polls; pre-preseason Top 10; World Arena

    Wed, April 16, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    sakic presserHere is the final top 20 from USCHO.com and the final top 15 from USA Hockey.

    College Hockey News tweeted its early Top 10 for the 2014-15 season: 1. Minnesota; 2. North Dakota, 3. Michigan, 4. BC; 5. Miami; 6. Providence; 7. Union;  8. Minnesota State; 9. Colgate and 10. Maine.

    World Arena was ranked No. 5 out of the 57 college hockey arenas rated by this web site. There was other big news for the facility.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Brunch with a heapin’ helping of crow

    Sun, March 9, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    scsu celebrationI am posting my NCHC preseason media poll ballot to own up to what I thought during the preseason to what transpired. Mock me if you wish, but no one saw the Miami last-place finish coming, as evident by the preseason poll.

    My apologies to Western Michigan and Minnesota-Duluth for underestimating your squads.

    My ballot
    1. St. Cloud State
    2. Miami
    3. North Dakota
    4. Colorado College
    5. Nebraska-Omaha
    6. Denver
    7. Western Michigan
    8. Minnesota-Duluth
    NCHC preseason poll
    1. Miami (7)   115
    2. North Dakota (5)  109
    3. SCSU (4)  99
    4. Denver  66
    5. Western Michigan 61
    6. Minnesota-Duluth  43
    7. CC  42
    8. Nebraska-Omaha 41
    FINAL STANDINGS
    Conference Overall
    Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
    St. Cloud State 48 24 15 6 3 0 0.688 87 64 34 21 8 5 0.691 125 91
    North Dakota 45 24 15 9 0 0 0.625 76 63 34 20 11 3 0.632 104 86
    Nebraska Omaha 42 24 13 9 2 1 0.583 82 69 34 16 16 2 0.500 112 110
    Minnesota Duluth 37 24 11 11 2 2 0.500 69 70 34 16 14 4 0.529 99 97
    Western Michigan 37 24 11 11 2 2 0.500 66 69 36 17 14 5 0.542 93 92
    Denver 35 24 10 11 3 2 0.479 60 58 36 16 14 6 0.528 92 81
    Colorado College 24 24 6 13 5 1 0.354 52 75 34 6 22 6 0.265 66 111
    Miami 20 24 6 17 1 1 0.271 56 80 34 12 19 3 0.397 96 104
  • 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.

  • Tuesday reading: CC gets some love; radio show; polls

    Tue, February 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    USCHO talks about CC’s improvement of late and Miami’s nosedive. Here are the latest Pairwise rankings.

    Western Michigan coach Andy Murray talks about the NCHC race and touched on why his team lost to CC on Saturday.

    The CC coaches show is on 1240 AM and 105.5 FM

    Here are the USA Hockey rankings and is this week’s USCHO poll:

    1 Boston College (49) 24- 4-3 999 1
    2 Minnesota ( 1) 21- 4-5 948 2
    3 Union   20- 6-4 884 3
    4 St. Cloud State   17- 6-5 832 6
    5 Quinnipiac   21- 6-5 778 4
    6 Ferris State   21- 7-3 755 4
    7 Massachusetts-Lowell   20- 7-3 740 7
    8 Wisconsin   17- 9-2 655 8
    9 Northeastern   17-10-3 563 12
    10 Michigan   14- 9-3 487 10
    11 North Dakota   16- 9-3 435 17
    12 Providence   15- 9-6 428 9
    13 Cornell   12- 7-5 411 11
    14 Yale   13- 8-4 336 13
    15 Notre Dame   17-12-2 255 20
    16 Vermont   15-11-3 205 15
    17 Maine   15-10-3 175 NR
    18 Denver   14-10-6 157 18
    19 Colgate   14-11-5 138 19
    20 Minnesota-Duluth   13-11-4 112 16
    Others receiving votes: Clarkson 95, Minnesota State 65, Ohio State 29, New Hampshire 6, Air Force 5, Western Michigan 4, Nebraska-Omaha 2, Mercyhurst 1.
  • Midweek reading: Jaden, Mandi Schwartz; Joe Howe; Denver; national polls; NCHC honors

    Tue, December 17, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Mandi SchwartzHere is a good feature on Jaden Schwartz from last week.

    His older sister Mandi Schwartz continues to motivate hockey players: A “Heroic Inspirations” card featuring the Wilcox product – who died April 3, 2011 at age 23 after battling acute myeloid leukemia for more than two years – is scheduled to appear in the 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Series One.

    Former Tiger goalie Joe Howe, who had a 3-2-1 record and 2.52 goals-against average as a backup, has left the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks to join the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones.

    No. 17 Denver plays at UMass at 5 MT tonight.

    Minnesota is the clear No. 1 in both national polls: USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey. WCHA leader Ferris State is No. 2 ahead of Michigan and No. 4 St. Cloud State.

    The NCHC announced its players of the week. Junior defenseman Aaron Harstad was CC’s nominee after recording 12 blocked shots on the weekend (seven Saturday) at Wisconsin.

  • Monday reading: Polls, NCHC honors

    Mon, November 18, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

     

    UNO vs. SCSUColorado College’s weekend opponent, St. Cloud State, moved up to No. 2 in both national polls on Monday while Minnesota remained at No. 1.

    Next week’s foe, New Hampshire, moved up to No. 20 in the USCHO rankings. Here is the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll.

    Air Force received votes in both polls.

     

    The National Collegiate Hockey Conference players for the week are St. Cloud State senior forward Cory Thorson on offense, North Dakota senior Dillon Simpson for defenseman, Minnesota-Duluth forward Alex Iafallo for top rookie and Denver senior Sam Brittain for goaltender.

    Here is the NCHC write-up on Thorson, who the Tigers face in a road series this weekend: Thorson had a monster weekend, totaling five points on three goals and two assists to lead St. Cloud State to a sweep at Alabama-Huntsville. In Friday’s 10-0 win, he notched a career-high four points on two goals and two assists, including one each on the man advantage. Three of his four points Friday came in the second period, having a hand in the first two goals of the frame. The next night, the senior tallied the first goal of the night in the first period before being injured later in the game. Thorson posted a +2 rating in Friday’s contest and finished +2 on the weekend.

     

     

     

     

  • Prognosticators taking it on the chin so far

    Mon, November 11, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UNO vs. SCSURemember when the ECAC preseason poll had Clarkson picked to place last out of the league’s 12 teams? The Golden Knights, which at 9-2-1 have matched last season’s win total, are ranked No. 11 in the latest USCHO rankings, where Minnesota remains No. 1 followed by Michigan, St. Cloud State, Notre Dame and Providence.

    Air Force picked up a few votes as well, just behind Nebraska-Omaha which is tied with SCSU for the NCHC lead. Remember where the Mavericks were picked in the NCHC? Last you say? You are correct.

    Alaska-Anchorage, now 5-3 after two home losses to Bowling Green, has surpassed last season’s win total (4-25-7).

    The ECAC has six teams in the USCHO Top 20. The much-ballyhooed NCHC has four — No. 3 SCSU, No. 8 Miami, No. 13 North Dakota and No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth.

    Note to self: Waste less of your time on preseason poll ballots next September.

    Another note: There are a lot of games left.

    Here is the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll:

    Rank
    School
    Last Week’s Ranking
    2013-14
    Record
    Weeks in
    Top 15
    1 University of Minnesota, 502 (26)
    1
    6-1-1
    7
    2 University of Michigan, 447 (5)
    2
    6-1-1
    7
    3 University of Notre Dame, 397 (1)
    3
    7-3-0
    7
    4 St. Cloud State University, 390
    4
    6-1-1
    7
    5 Quinnipiac University, 383 (1)
    6
    9-1-1
    7
    6 Providence College, 378 (1)
    5
    7-1-1
    7
    7 Boston College, 313
    8
    6-2-1
    7
    8 Miami University, 302
    7
    6-3-1
    7
    9 Yale University, 220
    9
    3-1-2
    7
    10 Rensselaer, 187
    13
    6-2-2
    4
    11 Clarkson University, 134
    15
    9-2-1
    2
    12 University of Wisconsin, 98
    12
    3-2-1
    7
    13 UMass-Lowell, 90
    11
    5-4-0
    6
    14 University of North Dakota, 72
    10
    3-4-1
    7
    15 Ferris State University, 70
    RV
    7-2-0
    1

    Others receiving votes: Lake Superior State University, 37; St. Lawrence University, 22; Northeastern University, 11; Boston University, 10; Cornell University, 6; Bowling Green State University, 4; University of New Hampshire, 3; Union College, 3; University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1.