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  • 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: CC bye, AHA, NCHC, polls

    Mon, January 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UMD locker roomWith a bye week, Colorado College will have a light practice schedule with three sessions while the coaches spend most of the week hitting the phones/road/email inboxes to wage the never-ending recruiting battle. 

    Some of the eight injured Tigers should be able to return to action by next weekend’s road series at Minnesota-Duluth, which got some polls respect after placing second at the North Star College Cup this past weekend, falling to No. 1 Minnesota in a shootout. The Bulldogs are playing solid hockey and promise to be a serious road test for the Tigers.

    USCHO looks back the weekend in the AHA and NCHC.

    Here is this week’s USCHO poll:

    1 Minnesota (44) 18- 2-4 994 1
    2 Boston College ( 6) 18- 4-3 955 2
    3 Quinnipiac   18- 4-5 877 4
    4 Union   16- 5-3 847 3
    5 St. Cloud State   13- 5-4 767 5
    6 Ferris State   18- 6-3 737 6
    7 Providence   15- 6-5 706 7
    8 Massachusetts-Lowell   16- 7-2 660 8
    9 Wisconsin   14- 7-1 536 9
    10 Northeastern   15- 8-3 505 11
    11 Cornell   10- 4-5 495 12
    12 Michigan   12- 6-2 459 14
    13 Yale   10- 5-4 426 10
    14 Notre Dame   15- 9-1 361 15
    15 Clarkson   15- 9-2 275 13
    16 Denver   13- 8-5 224 16
    17 North Dakota   13- 8-3 178 18
    18 Colgate   13- 9-3 147 NR
    19 Vermont   13- 9-3 138 17
    20 Western Michigan   12- 8-4 104 19
    Others receiving votes: Maine 43, Minnesota-Duluth 38, Bentley 7, New Hampshire 7, Bowling Green 6, Air Force 3, Mercyhurst 2, Minnesota State 1, Nebraska-Omaha 1, Ohio State 1.

     USA Hockey poll:

    Rank, team (1st-place votes) Prev.

    1. Minnesota, 508 (32) 1
    2. Boston College, 475 (2) 2
    3. Quinnipiac, 433 4
    4. Union, 390 3
    5. St. Cloud State, 364 5
    6. Ferris State, 346 6
    7. Providence, 303 7
    8. UMass Lowell, 296 8
    9. Wisconsin, 216 9
    10. Northeastern, 190 11
    11. Cornell, 171 12
    12. Michigan, 135 14
    13. Yale, 125 10
    14. Notre Dame, 75 15
    15. Clarkson, 26 13

    Others receiving votes: Colgate, 17; Denver, 13; North Dakota, 12; Minnesota Duluth, 9; Bentley, 1; Vermont, 1; Western Michigan, 1.

  • Pregame report: Travel roster; Tigers feeling good headed into tonight’s TV game

    Fri, January 10, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    HansonFive Tigers were left behind in Colorado Springs as Colorado College readies for tonight’s 6:37 p.m. MT game against North Dakota in Grand Forks.

    The game is part of a national TV doubleheader by CBS Sports Network starting with Air Force at Army at 4:05 p.m.

    Freshman Matt Hansen (upper body) and Peter Maric were left behind due to injury while rookies Christian Heil and Derek Shatzer remained in Colorado along with sophomore defenseman Russell Finch and senior forward Michael Morin.

    Freshman forward Luc Gerdes and sophomore blue-liner Michael King are tonight’s healthy scratches.

    The Tigers remain upbeat and practicing hard throughout the week. The team went through a short lull in intensity on Wednesday but responded when the coaches alerted them. The team had a very good practice with local TV stations filming on Tuesday.

    The team’s equipment was driven in the CC bus from Colorado Springs, giving the team a bus to step into at the Fargo airport and take them directly to Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks (one hour away) on Thursday, where the equipment, sitting in the bus’s luggage level, could dry out and warm up before a hour-long practice that night.

    The Friday morning skate was a good one as well with the Tigers looking confident headed into the NCHC series. The chatter in the locker room certainly does not sound like a 2-13-3 team.

    “They are keeping positive and coming to the rink ready to work and be coached,” CC assistant Joe Bonnett said.

  • Energized Tigers back from holiday break

    Mon, December 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

     09_30_09_CC_hockeyWA_logo[1]The Colorado College Tigers returned to Colorado Springs on Sunday with full participation in Monday afternoon’s  practice at World Arena.

    “The guys are all back with good attitudes,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “The break gave them a chance to relax and refocus.”

    Freshman 5-foot-9, 152-pound goalie Derek Shatzer of Highlands Ranch showed some good quickness, helping make up for his smaller stature between the pipes. 

    Shatzer was brought in as a midseason replacement for injured rookie goalie Tyler Marble (shoulder surgery).

  • Gameday reading: CC dedicates facilities, exhibition preview; UMass-Lowell stunner; Fairbanks blasts Air Force; NCHC roundup

    Sat, October 12, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    cc dedication 003Colorado College dedicated the Frank Flood Memorial Track and the Bill “Red” Hay Athletic Performance Suite at the El Pomar Sports Center during an outdoor ceremony Friday.
    Flood, a Salida native, was an assistant coach in track, football and boxing for 30 years at CC and known as a father figure around campus.
    Hay, a two-time All-American who led the 1957 NCAA championship team, went on to play for the Chicago Blackhawks where the Canadian earned the 1959-60 Calder Memorial Cup for Rookie of the Year playing with teammates Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull.

    CC has its second exhibition game tonight and they worked extra hard on Friday to prepare for the season.

    Here are the season preview capsules for the NCHC that were held Thursday night because of space.

    Sacred Heart, which won two games last season and was picked to finish last in the AHA, upset No. 1 UMass-Lowell on the road Friday night.

    Friday roundup

    Alaska-Fairbanks 6, Air Force 1

    ANCHORAGE – Alaska-Fairbanks scored three goals in the first 14 minutes of the game and held on for a 6-1 win over Air Force in the first game of the Kendall Hockey Classic, Friday, Oct. 11, at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska. The game was the season opener for both teams as Alaska improved to 1-0 while Air Force fell to 0-1.

    Air Force got on the board midway through the second period when George Michalke scored from Ben Persian and Dan Weissenhofer to make it 4-1 Air Force out shot Alaska, 21-17, in the game. Falcons goalie Jason Torf, who took the loss, allowed two goals on five shots in 14 minutes.

    NCHC

    The National Collegiate Hockey Conference went 5-2 in its first night of game action.

    Minnesota-Duluth 2, Michigan Tech 1

    DULUTH, Minn. – Junior forward Justin Crandall scored with 2:46 remaining in the third period to break a tie and lift Minnesota Duluth (1-0-0) to a 2-1 win over Michigan Tech Friday night at AMSOIL Arena.

    After a scoreless first period, sophomore Tony Cameranesi broke the deadlock with a goal less than five minutes into the second stanza. Sophomore goaltender Matt McNeely stopped 15 shots to pick up the win, as UMD outshot Michigan Tech, 41-16 for the game.

    They play again Saturday at 7:07 p.m. CT.

    No. 17 Denver 1, Merrimack 0

    DENVER – Junior forward Daniel Doremus scored on the power play in the first period and senior goaltender Sam Brittan stopped every shot that came his way to power No. 17 Denver  to a 1-0 shutout over Merrimack Friday at Magness Arena.

    Doremus scored just 4:30 into the contest after cleaning up a shot from sophomore defenseman Nolan Zajac. Brittan made 25 saves to complete the whitewash. The Pioneers outshot Merimack, 30-25, on the night.

    The series concludes at 7:07 p.m. MT Saturday.

    Miami celebration home whitesNo. 2 Miami 6, Ohio State 2

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Miami scored four unanswered goals to take down in-state rival Ohio State Friday night at Value City Arena. Six different RedHawks scored in the win, while sophomores Sean Kuraly (3) and Riley Barber (2) combined for five assists on the night. Junior forward Jimmy Mullin also added a pair of helpers.

    The RedHawks return home Saturday to host the Buckeyes at 7:05 p.m. ET.

    No. 7 North Dakota 5, Vermont 3

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Trailing 3-1 midway through the second period, No. 7/7 North Dakota  (1-0-0) rallied with four unanswered goals to topple Vermont, 5-3, Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Four different players scored for UND, including sophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi, who totaled four points as he also dished out three assists.

    Sophomore goaltender Zane Gothberg picked up the win, making 17 saves in 34 shutout minutes of relief after replacing senior Clarke Saunders in net. UND and Vermont square off again Saturday at 7:07 p.m. CT.  

    No. 8 Notre Dame, 4, No. 18 Western Michigan 0

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Junior goaltender Frank Slubowski made 28 saves for WMU while Steven Summerhays stopped all 22 Bronco shots to pitch the shutout Friday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

    Western Michigan returns to Kalamazoo Saturday to host the Fighting Irish at 7:05 p.m. ET at Lawson Arena. 

    SCSU Ryan FaragherNo. 9 St. Cloud State 3, Bemidji State 2

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Knotted at 2-2, senior forward Nic Dowd scored late in the second period and No. 9/9 St. Cloud State (1-0-0) made the lead stand up as they knocked off in-state rival Bemidji State, 3-2, Friday night at the newly renovated Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

    Sophomore forward Joey Benik scored the first two goals of the night. Classmate Jonny Brodzinski had the primary assist on each score, while Dowd also assisted on the first tally of the night. Bemidji State scored twice in the middle of the second stanza to knot the game, but Dowd scored soon after and junior netminder Ryan Faragher finished with 14 saves to secure the win.

    The series concludes Saturday at 7:07 p.m. CT.

    Bentley 6, Nebraska-Omaha 4

    OMAHA, Neb. – Down 5-2 in the third period, Nebraska Omaha rallied to cut the gap to one, but Bentley held off the Mavericks, upsetting UNO, 6-4, Friday night at CenturyLink Center.

    The Falcons scored four special teams goals in the game. Junior goaltender Ryan Massa tallied 19 saves in the loss, despite UNO outshooting the Falcons, 38-25, on the night. Freshman forward Austin Ortega had the only multi-point game for the Mavericks with a goal and an assist. The rematch is 7:07 p.m. CT Saturday.

  • CC freshmen performing well in preseason practice

    Tue, October 1, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    slavin01_crop_exactThe eight healthy Colorado College freshmen have impressed those close to the Tigers program so far.

    “They look ready to go,” said sophomore Peter Maric.  ‘They are also very focused.” 

    “Focus is a good word to describe them,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “It shows at the study table, in class, the weight room, locker room an on the ice. They are very mature and focused. (Jaccob) Slavin played a lot junior hockey games and he really looks like a veteran out there. People will be impressed with him.”

    The defenseman hopes to have a large role, as most expected for the 2012 Carolina draft pick.

    ‘I will help the team however I can,” Slavin said. “I am hoping to play a significant role but I know I will have to earn my ice time and watch and learn from the older guys.”

    Olofsson draft pickMinnesota Wild draft pick (2013) Gustav Olofsson is another defenseman who looks ready to step in right away.

    Goalie Tyler Marble could become the starter while another turning heads is 6-foot-1 forward Christian Heil, who has good size and shown considerable skill in practice.

    Forwards Luc Gerdes, Matt Hansen, Alex Roos and Sam Rothstein have all shown flashes in practices so far. None look out of place on a smooth-skating team.

    Zach Aman will miss the next two weeks while recovering from knee surgery.

    “The talent is good and they are picking things up quickly,” Owens said. “They are happy to be in college; a couple waited two to three years to get here.”

    Chances are Tigers fans will be happy they are in Colorado Springs as well.

    “They bring a lot of speed and quickness and energy,” Maric said. “It’s a very good class.”

  • CC heads back to practice after weekend off

    Sun, September 29, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC jerseys, practice 007The Colorado College hockey team will get in its final full captain’s practice of the preseason this Monday at World Arena after the Tigers took a long weekend off for the school’s block break (Thursday through Sunday).

    The break was needed after a challenging turnaround with the players working to get into game shape before this Saturday’s exhibition game against Canadian national champion New Brunswick.

    The team practiced hard Wednesday afternoon following their block finals, had an 8:30 a.m. weightlifting session Thursday and, understandably, needed a little encouragement from the coaches during the 10-11 a.m. practice.

    To their credit, the tired players responded.

    “It was a quick turnaround,” senior forward Jeff Collett said. “There’s a big difference between summer shape, practice shape and game shape.”

    On the injury front, things continue to improve. Sophomore defenseman Michael King is about a week ahead of schedule on his recovery from offseason hip surgery, making it likely he could be available for the Western Michigan road trip Nov. 1-2.

    Freshman forward Zach Aman (meniscus tear) is also improving, coach Scott Owens added. He will likely be available for the season opening home series against Minnesota-Duluth Oct. 18-19.

    The coaches, who are still limited to 120 minutes a week with the players under NCAA rules, will lead 40 minutes of each 90-minute practice Wednesday through Friday. Their limited time has not been a problem, Owens said.

    “Eamonn (McDermott), Alex (Krushelnyski), Peter (Stoykewych) and Jeff (Collett) have all done a good job keeping everyone on task in the captains practices,” Owens said.

    The UNB exhibition game will be the first official practice of the season. Expect all nine healthy freshmen and all three goalies to get playing time.

  • Tigers anxious to move into World Arena

    Sun, September 22, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Archie Skalbeck PhotoThe Colorado College hockey team will move into their World Arena locker room Sunday night after their final practice at Honnen Ice Arena.

    The boys can’t wait.

    “It’s exciting,” said senior goalie Josh Thorimbert. “It’s always good to be back skating on your home ice.”

    The move is another milepost toward the start of the season.

    “It’s definitely a sign we are getting closer to the start of the season,” said junior forward Scott Wamsganz.

    After a couple weeks of captains practices, the Tigers are competing with more vigor, thanks in part to getting back into shape and situational scrimmages.  The losers usually have to skate from line to line afterwards.

    “It brings out our competitive sides,” Wamsganz said.

    That competitive side also shows in how anxious the Tigers are to play an exhibition opponent; New Brunswick on Oct. 5.

    “Practice is important, but everyone is definitely ready to play a game,” Thorimbert said. “That’s just how hockey players are wired.”