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  • Tuesday reading: CC radio show; Denver hires assistant; NCHC honorees

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

    Roos celebrationThe monthly Scott Owens radio show will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tony’s Bar downtown. The radio broadcast is available at 105.5 FM and 1240 AM KRDO.

    Former Denver student David Carle was hired as a full-time assistant.

    Carle joins the staff on Jan. 1 to replace departing associate coach Steve Miller, who is leaving to lead the expansion Madison franchise in the USHL as the head coach/general manager.

    He has served as an assistant with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers.  He was originally recruited to Denver as a player, but was forced to retire from hockey in July of 2008 after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – which is best known as a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes and is a primary disease of the myocardium muscle of the heart.

    His brother Matt became Denver’s first Hobey Baker Award winner in 2006.

    Two North Dakota defensemen received weekly NCHC honors on Monday.

  • Tuesday reading: Radio show, polls, NCHC

    Tue, November 5, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC vs Denver 2 actionThe second installment of the Coach Scott Owens Radio Show is 6 tonight at Tony’s Downtown Bar on Tejon. It should be a fun time with the Gold Pan rivalry series resuming between CC and Denver.

    Tickets are going fast for this Friday’s DU at CC game. There were less than 400 left by late Saturday night.

    Minnesota remains an unanimous No.1 in both polls: the USCHO.com rankings and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. St. Cloud State, after an eye-opening road sweep of North Dakota, moved up to No. 3 behind Michigan and the Gophers in USCHO and No. 4 in the other rankings.

    Here is a look back at the weekend in the NCHC, which also announced its players of the week.

  • Tuesday reading: Strong start for NCHC; league honors; Miami-UND; WMU, Denver

    Tue, October 15, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Oklahoman

    The Oklahoman

    Here is the USCHO blog on the NCHC, which went 8-3-3 in its nonconference opening weekend. Here are five things to watch in the league.

    The Scott Owens Radio Show is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tony’s Bar on Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.

    The league announced its first players of the week honors (CC not eligible because of exhibition game): Miami sophomore forward Riley Barber for Offensive Player of the Week, St. Cloud State senior defenseman Kevin Gravel for Defenseman of the Week, Miami freshman defenseman Trevor Hamilton for Rookie of the Week and Denver senior Sam Brittain for Goaltender of the Week.

    There are two WCHA games tonight: Ferris State at Mercyhurst, 7:05 pm ET; Ohio State at Bowling Green, 7:07 pm ET.

    The buildup to the showdown between host and No. 1 Miami against No. 6 North Dakota.  ESPN personality John Buccigross and NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton are planning to be in Oxford, Ohio.

    Western Michigan and No. 12 Denver are headed to to the Brice Gold Rush tournament in Fairbanks, Alaska, this weekend.

    Former Tiger Richard Bachman was profiled by the Oklahoma City paper.

    Wisconsin is feeling good after sweeping Northern Michigan.

  • Monday reading: Bulldogs lean on top line; radio show; Providence; USHL goalie

    Mon, October 14, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Cameranesi8163Colorado College’s opponent this weekend –Minnesota-Duluth — leans heavily on sophomores Tony Cameranesi, Austin Farley and Joe Basaraba, who spent a lot of time together on the Bulldogs’ first line last season and will be expected to pick up where they left off this season.

    “We’ve had those guys together so far,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. “They had some chemistry last year, so I think it’s a good way to start. I like having that chemistry early, and those guys did some good things together. So we’ll see if they can start the year doing the same thing.”

    Here is the rest of the article.

    The first Scott Owens Radio Show is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tony’s Bar on Tejon in downtown Colorado Springs. Tony’s is not a big venue so fans may want to show up a little early. It will be broadcast on KRDO 1240 AM and 105.5 FM.

    Future foe and Providence goalie Jon Gillies was named as the Hockey East co-defensive player of the week with Notre Dame goalie Steve Summerhays. The Flames prospect stopped 63 of 64 shots by Minnesota State for the home sweep, which garnered the Friars league team of the week honors.

    Uncommitted goalie Cole Bruns set a USHL record with five shutouts to open the season for the USHL’s Omaha Lancers.

  • Gameday reading: Shootout, autographs tonight; CC radio reminder; exhibition preview; important dates; bloggers poll

    Sat, October 5, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC Aaron Harstad actionIt sure felt good to type “Gameday reading.”

    Tiger fans will want to stick around after the exhibition game tonight and next Saturday.

    Regardless of the result, CC and its two foes will hold three-man shootouts to help the Tigers, officials and fans get used to the rule installed this offseason by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

    There will be postgame autograph sessions after each Saturday home game, including both exhibitions. The three players will be announced during the game.

    Fans should keep in mind that the radio broadcast has switched to KRDO 105.5 FM and 1240 AM and the pregame show starts 37 minutes before the game (6:30 p.m. MT tonight, same next Saturday).

    Here is a preview I put together on what looks to be a challenging New Brunswick squad. Here is the Denver preview by the Post.

    Here are some dates to put on your calendar:

    $5 Kids Nights are Dec. 6-7 (Nebraska-Omaha) and Jan. 4 (Brown)

    Skate with the Tigers, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  Nov. 10, Sertich Ice Center; 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, Honnen Ice Arena.

    Here are the results of the first annual NCHC Blog/Web Media Preseason Poll. UNO continues to be under-estimated while CC got a little more respect.

    The poll had 16 participants, including me, representing six of the eight schools that make up the conference. Click here for a list of the voters and links to their blogs (in some cases, a parental advisory is warranted for a few).

    Here are the results:


    Team (1st Place Votes)



    Miami (11)



    North Dakota (2)



    St. Cloud State (3)









    Colorado College



    Western Michigan





    All-Conference Team

    F -

    Austin Czarnik, Miami

    F -

    Ryan Walters, Nebraska-Omaha

    F -

    Rocco Grimaldi, North Dakota

    D -

    Joey LaLeggia, Denver

    D -

    Dillon Simpson, North Dakota

    G -

    Ryan McKay, Miami



    Preseason Player of the Year
    Austin Czarnik, Miami (8)

    Others receiving multiple votes:
    Ryan Walters, Nebraska-Omaha (4)
    Riley Barber, Miami (2)

    Rookie of the Year
    Dominic Toninato, Minnesota-Duluth (6)

    Others receiving multiple votes:
    Adam Tambellini, North Dakota (4)
    Will Butcher, Denver (2)
    Anthony Louis, Miami (2)

    Defenseman of the Year
    Joey LaLeggia, Denver (10)

    Others receiving multiple votes:
    Dillon Simpson, North Dakota (3)

    Breakout Player of the Year
    Joey Benik, St. Cloud State (5), 11 others received a single vote.

  • KRDO will broadcast CC games on multiple platforms next season

    Mon, August 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC Cody Bradley_AFA1Chances are, Colorado College hockey fans will see and hear a bit more about their Tigers than in years past on both radio, TV and on their smartphone.

    For the first time, games will be broadcast on both the AM and FM radio dials, online and via smart phone applications after the school signed a contract with KRDO 105.5 FM and 1240AM for the upcoming season.

    The partnership includes cross-promotional radio and TV spots, live interviews,  and a weekly segment on KRDO TV’s new Sports Edition show at 10:30 p.m. Sundays this fall. The game broadcasts will feature award-winning play-by-play announcer Ken Landau.

    “If you don’t have a multi-platform approach in this day and age you are not maximizing your exposure,” CC athletic director Ken Ralph said. “KRDO really knows sports and are really committed to this region.”

    “The more people hear about us, the better,” senior wing Alexander Krushelnyski said.

    The pregame shows will increase to 37 minutes from 22 for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program.

     “That’s what is exciting for me personally and for the program,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “They have a strong sports presence locally and they understand the history of CC hockey.”

    KRXP 103.9 FM had broadcast games since the start of the 2006-07 season. KRDO had the broadcasts before.

    “KRDO NewsRadio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM is thrilled to have Colorado College hockey back,” KRDO program director Mike Lewis said. “They have such a great brand and presence in the community and we wanted to be part of that.”

    KRDO radio will broadcast the monthly coach’s show from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays with an extra show in February for Denver week.  The dates are: Oct. 15; Nov. 5; Dec. 3; Jan. 14; Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and March 11. The site is to be determined.

  • Weekend reading: Kivihalme interview, Miami renovations, WCHA outlook

    Thu, July 4, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Teemu-300x225Hope you all have a good 4th of July weekend.

    Here is a link to an audio interview with CC commit Teemu Kivihalme after he was drafted by the Nashville Predators.

    Here are some leftovers I stumbled across that are still worth noting:

    The Miami University arena is undergoing considerable renovations this offseason.

    WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod is feeling good about his new/old conference’s situation entering what is likely his final year.

    Michigan Tech unveiled its new video scoreboard.

  • Wednesday reading: 2013-14 nonconference schedule; U.S. NTDP tryouts; NCHC success, UND guilty pleas

    Wed, March 13, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    owens and teamDuring Tuesday night’s radio show, Colorado College coach Scott Owens gave out a few hints  about next season’s nonconference schedule, notably that Hockey East’s New Hampshire will be in town this coming Thanksgiving weekend while HE up-and-comer Providence will be in World Arena in Jan. 2014.

    It is all part of Owens’ approach to schedule the best visiting teams possible for the home fans, which is why CC has the second-strongest strength of schedule in Division I hockey this season.

    Starting with the 2014-15 season, both Boston College and Wisconsin will come to Colorado Springs for at least one game a year, likely a split weekend with Denver.

    Expect that arrangement to continue with both CC and DU having an additional four nonconference games to fill (24 NCHC games vs. 28 WCHA) and an opportunity to attract Hockey East teams out West. Owens mentioned HE champ UMass-Lowell and a two-game series with Air Force as likely too.

    CC will travel to ECAC Clarkson next season in return for the Golden Knights’ trip to Colorado Springs earlier this season. CC athletic director Ken Ralph has said Boston University is another possibility for a road contest with CC likely to play one game at one HE team and another at an HE or ECAC opponent that weekend.

    Here is another sign Colorado youth hockey is on the rise: Niwot defenseman Logan Fauber of the Colorado Thunderbirds was one of 52 selected to try out for the U.S. National Team Development Program two weeks from now.

    Miami Murphy vs. BGSUHere is a look at how the eight teams forming the National Collegiate Hockey Conference are doing so far this season. Synposis: Pretty darn good.

    This North Dakota blogger rightfully praises Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore.

    From the Associated Press …

    Four University of North Dakota hockey players accused of supplying alcohol to minors at a team party last September have changed their pleas to guilty.

    Danny Kristo, Andrew MacWilliam, Carter Rowney and Joe Gleason reached plea agreements last week and were given deferred sentences.

    Charges were dropped against a fifth player, Corban Knight. Knight is a candidate for the Hobey Baker award, given annually to the top player in college hockey.

    Grand Forks County county prosecutor David Jones tells The Associated Press there was no evidence that Knight was involved in the case.

    MacWilliam, Kristo, Rowney and Knight are captains and were suspended for the first game of the season. UND spokesman Jason Hajdu says no additional discipline is expected.

  • Tuesday reading: Radio show, preliminary WCHA playoff series previews, Pates, Pairwise, web media poll

    Tue, March 12, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC vs Denver 2 action

    Listen to Ken Landau and coach Scott Owens in the final coach’s show of the season at 6:30 p.m. at McCabe’s Tavern.

    Also, Landau won first place from the Colorado Broadcasters Association for “Best Sports Coverage by an Individual or Team” in a major market. Currently in his sixth season as the “Voice of the Tigers” on flagship station FM 103.9 RXP, Landau has won the accolade three times; 2007, 2009 and 2012. He also received a Certificate of Merit (second place) from the CBA in 2008.

    Here are initial preview/reaction stories from around the league to the six playoff series pairings.

    Here is a look at the No. 7 Nebraska-Omaha at No. 6 Minnesota State series: The purple Mavs are catching a red Mavericks team that is struggling.

    In contrast to UNO, No. 4 seed Wisconsin is on a serious roll headed into its home series against No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth, which has a five-game unbeaten streak of its own.

    Student section attendance in Denver may be light with spring starting Friday. Go to denverpioneers.com to snap up some tickets. Here is my CC reaction story from earlier.

    Last-place Alaska-Anchorage limps into the playoffs, but has a 1-1 home mark against top seed St. Cloud State.

    A 2-1 overtime loss at Minnesota State cost North Dakota a share of the MacNaughton Cup. . The Saturday loss was the first in the last 10 games for UND, which will now enter the WCHA playoffs seeking its fourth straight Broadmoor Trophy as the league’s playoff champion. No. 3 seed UND hosts No. 10 Michigan Tech in the first round.

    Minnesota had the MacNaughton Cup hauled to Bemidji where they celebrated their share of the regular-season title after beating 11th-place Bemidji State. The No. 2 seeds host the Beavers in the playoffs this weekend.

    Kevin Pates retirementNews Tribune sports writer Kevin Pates was honored before Saturday night’s Minnesota-Duluth hockey game at Amsoil Arena. It was the final home game of the season for the Bulldogs, and also the final home game Pates will cover after 35 years with the paper, and 23 years spent covering UMD hockey; he’s retiring later this year. UMD presented Pates — at left, with UMD coach Scott Sandelin — with a jersey and a framed collage of headlines and team photos, and Pates performed the ceremonial puck drop. On a personal note, it is gratifying to see Kevin receive this kind of recognition. He is one of the best college hockey beat writers around, loves the sport and is a class act. Very deserving.

    Here is a look at the Pairwise rankings and how some playoff series will whittle down the contenders, including Colorado College.

    Here is the final WCHA blog media poll, which included me as a voter. Thanks to TechHockeyGuide for handling this all year.

    Place Team pts Previous Record High Low
    1. Minnesota (6) 138 1 24-7-5 1 2
    2. St. Cloud State (6) 136 2 21-14-1 1 4
    3. North Dakota 120 3 19-10-7 3 3
    4. Denver 99 6 19-11-5 4 6
    5. Wisconsin 98 5 17-12-7 4 6
    6. Minnesota State 93 4 22-11-3 2 6
    7. Nebraska Omaha 60 7 18-16-2 7 10
    8. Colorado College 59 8 14-17-5 7 10
    9. Minnesota Duluth 57 9 14-17-5 7 9
    10. Michigan Tech 39 10 12-18-4 8 11
    11. Bemidji State 25 11 6-20-8 10 11
    12. Alaska Anchorage 12 12 4-23-7 12 12