• NCHC schedule release; CC slate nearly full

    Thu, April 17, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    cc celebration gold

    Colorado College will play on the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Opening Night for the second season in a row.

    The Tigers begin conference play hosting national semifinalist North Dakota on Oct. 17-18. The Friday game comes after the 2014-15 league opener between Nebraska-Omaha at Western Michigan earlier that night.

    Last season, the first two league games – which included Minnesota –Duluth at CC in Game 2 — were part of a national TV doubleheader on CBS Sports Network. The NCHC’s broadcast schedule will be announced later.

    The NCHC released its league composite schedule on Thursday, also confirming that Colorado College and NCAA Tournament participant Denver will play their four-game home-and-home series the weekends of Nov. 14-15 and Feb. 20-21, 2015 to determine ownership of the Gold Pan Trophy. CC downed Denver in the series (2-1-1) last season to take back the rivalry hardware.

    CC will host Miami of Ohio and Western Michigan in February. The Tigers will travel to Oxford, Ohio to take on the RedHawks for the first time there on Nov. 7-8. Previous meetings were at World Arena and at a neutral tournament site.

    CC associate athletic director Scott Lowenberg said he hopes the new league rivalries will take root after World Arena fans see these new opponents more often.

    “We will work hard to educate the fans about those program’s long hockey histories,” he has said.

    The complete Tigers schedule, which will include 10 as of yet unconfirmed nonconference including area rival Air Force and one or two more exhibition game dates, will be released later this month. Other TV broadcasts will be announced later this offseason.

    Like last year, all eight NCHC teams will play five league foes, including their protected rival (CC and Denver, for example), in both home and away series, while facing the other two teams for just one series (one home and one away) for a total of 24 league games.

    In CC’s case, that means the Tigers only travel to Duluth Dec. 5-6 and host defending NCHC regular-season champion St. Cloud State on Jan. 30-31 this upcoming season, which begins Saturday, Oct. 4.

    First-round series winners advance to the Target Center in Minneapolis for the second annual NCHC Frozen Faceoff with the semifinals Friday, March 20 and the third-place game and championship on Saturday, March 21. The Frozen Faceoff champion receives an automatic NCAA berth.

    In this blog post, I also added some of the nonconference and exhibition games I have heard about through other media or during interviews. They remain unconfirmed.

    CC 2014-15 schedule

    Subject to change

    September

    Sept. 30 annual Faceoff Luncheon

    October

    Oct. 5, McGill University (exhibition)

    Oct. 10-11, Alabama-Huntsville (Homecoming)

    Oct. 17-18 North Dakota

    Oct. 23-26, at Boston College, at New Hampshire (block break weekend)

    Oct. 31-Nov. 1 OPEN

    November

    Nov. 7-8, at Miami

    Nov. 14, at Denver

    Nov. 15,  Denver

    Nov. 21, Wisconsin

    Nov. 22, at Air Force

    Nov. 28-29, OPEN

    December

    Dec. 5-6, at Minnesota-Duluth

    Dec. 12-13, at Western Michigan

    WINTER BREAK

    January

    Jan. 3-4, at Providence

    Jan. 6, at UConn

    Jan. 16-17, Nebraska-Omaha

    Jan. 23-24, at North Dakota

    Jan. 30-31, St. Cloud State

    February

    Feb. 6-7, OPEN

    Feb. 13-14, Miami

    Feb. 20, Denver

    Feb. 21, at Denver

    Feb. 27-28, Western Michigan

    March

    March 6-7, at Nebraska-Omaha

    March 13-15, NCHC quarterfinals

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Friday

    No. 3 Union 5, Vermont 2

    Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0

    Saturday

    Union 3, Providence 1

    Midwest Regional

    Cincinnati

    Friday

    Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

    North Dakota 5, No. 4 Wisconsin 2

    Saturday

    North Dakota 2, Ferris State 1 2OT

    West Regional

    St. Paul, Minn.

    Saturday

    No. 1 overall seed Minnesota 7,  Robert Morris 3

    St. Cloud State 4, Notre Dame 3 OT

    Sunday

    Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU

    Northeast Regional

    Worcester, Mass.

    Saturday

    No. 2 Boston College 6, Denver 2

    UMass-Lowell 2, Minnesota State 1

    Sunday

    Regional final, 3 p.m. ESPNU

    Frozen Four

    Philadelphia

    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.

     

  • Saturday reading: Updated NCAA schedule

    Sat, March 29, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    und vs ccSophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi recorded his first career hat trick and junior forward Mark MacMillan scored the game-winner with less than two minutes to play to lead No. 13 North Dakota to a 5-2 win over No. 4 Wisconsin Friday night in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals at U.S. Bank Arena.

    With the victory, fourth-seeded UND (24-13-3) advanced to Saturday’s regional championship against Ferris State, 1-0 winners over Colgate earlier, with a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four on the line. The season for Wisconsin (24-11-2), the top seed in the region, is over.

    Grimaldi’s final two goals both came with an empty net to seal the win for his first multi-goal game at North Dakota. MacMillan also finished with a three-point night, adding two assists to go along with his game-winning goal, while junior forward Michael Parks had a two-point outing with a goal and an assist on the game-winner.

    NCAA Tournament schedule

    All times MT

    East Regional

    Bridgeport, Conn.

    Friday

    No. 3 Union 5, Vermont 2

    Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0

    Saturday

    Regional final, 1 p.m. ESPN2

    Midwest Regional

    Cincinnati

    Friday

    Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

    North Dakota 5, No. 4 Wisconsin 2

    Saturday

    Regional final, 4:30 p.m. ESPNU

    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

    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

    Semifinals, April 10

    Both ESPN2, Times TBA

    Northeast winner vs. East winner

    Midwest winner vs. West winner

    National championship. April 12

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

  • Thursday reading: NCHC-NCAA previews

    Thu, March 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    LaLeggia actionHere are a plethora of links concerning the St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame game.

    With all its young players, North Dakota is excited about reaching the NCAAs while Wisconsin, which has only two rookies, is focused on learning the lesson from last year’s 6-1 loss to UMass-Lowell.

    Denver is peaking as it heads into its match-up against Boston College, which has Hobey hopeful Johnny Gaudreau.

  • 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.

  • McDermott, Slavin receive NCHC awards

    Thu, March 20, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Slavin2013-14McDermott2013-14Two Tigers were among the National Collegiate Hockey Conference inaugural annual award winners.

    Colorado College freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin took home the Rookie of the Year award while senior defenseman Eamonn McDermott received the sportsmanship honor.

    Slavin, a Carolina Hurricanes draft pick, tied for the lead by a defenseman with 19 points in conference play, while ranking third among rookies. His 14 assists were the most of any blue-liner and second among freshmen in the conference, while tallying five goals in conference play. The two-time rookie of the week and one-time defenseman honoree  made 46 shot blocks to lead all freshmen in NCHC action.

    Slavin, who led the Tigers in scoring with 25 points (20 assists), earlier was voted to both the All-NCHC Second Team and NCHC All-Rookie Team. He finished second nationally among freshman defensemen with .78 points per game.

    McDermott was second on the Tigers with 60 blocked shots, while committing just 13 penalties. The economics major and captain served on the CC student-athlete advisory council for three years. He was active in several community service activities and earned academic all-conference honors this season.

    Here are the other honorees: Herb Brooks Coach of the Year, Bob Motzko, St. Cloud State; Player of the Year and Forward of the Year, Josh Archibald, Nebraska-Omaha; Goaltender of the Year, Sam Brittain, Denver; Defenseman of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year, Joey LaLeggia, Denver; Defensive Forward of the Year and  Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State.

  • Three NCHC finalists for national awards

    Thu, March 20, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Hobey clippingsThree NCHC players are finalists for two major national awards. Josh Archibald of Nebraska-Omaha and Nic Dowd of St. Cloud State are among the top 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker award, which is all but assured of going to Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau.

    Denver senior Sam Brittain is up for the inaugural Mike Richter Award, which goes to Division’s I’s top goaltender.

    Here are more details:

    The Hobey Baker Memorial Award  Top 10 finalists for 2014 are: Josh Archibald, Nebraska-Omaha, Greg Carey, St. Lawrence, Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State, Ryan Dzingel, Ohio State, Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College, Shayne Gostisbehere, Union, Kevin Hayes, Boston College, CJ Motte, Ferris State, Joel Rumpel, Wisconsin and Adam Wilcox, Minnesota.

    The 10 finalists were selected by voting from all 59 Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting. The 27-member selection committee and an additional round of fan balloting at hobeybakeraward.com from March 20-30 will determine the winner.

    The Hobey Hat Trick (three finalists) will be announced on April 2 and the Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 11 during the NCAA Frozen Four. The award announcement will be televised live on NHL Network or live on the Hobey Baker website at 4 p.m. MT.

    Also, the top goaltender honor, the inaugural Mike Richter Award, announced its finalists:

    Sam Brittain, Sr., Denver; Connor Hellebuyck , Soph., UMass-Lowell; Joel Rumpel, Jr., Wisconsin; Adam Wilcox, Soph., Minnesota; and Caly Witt, Jr., Northeastern.

  • CC stuns North Dakota in OT; stats, notes

    Sat, March 15, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC uniforms, Herb Brooks 047GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimbert has kept the Tigers in most every game all season long.

    He will have one more chance to do so again on Sunday.

    The senior made 44 saves Saturday and freshman wing Alex Roos backhanded in a rebound seven minutes into overtime to lift the Tigers to a 3-2 playoff win over No. 10 North Dakota before a stunned crowd of 10,738 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

    “We battled like we have all season long,” Thorimbert said. “There is no quit in this team.”

    Game 3 of the now tied best-of-three National Collegiate Hockey Conference quarterfinal series is 6:08 p.m. Sunday. A win then would send the No. 7 seed Tigers on to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinals where they would not even be the low seed.

    Saturday continued a weekend of upsets. Last-place Miami knocked off regular-season champion St. Cloud State 4-3 to sweep its series while No. 5 seed Western Michigan eliminated host Minnesota-Duluth by the same margin. Sixth-seeded Denver beat host Nebraska-Omaha 2-0 in Game 3 to send three of the bottom four seeds on.

    CCUND pic“Josh competed and battled and sent a message with those two early (glove) saves that he was on tonight.” Owens said. “We have a good defensive corps and they held up pretty well against their dangerous forwards. We played like a team that wanted to keep this season going despite our record. I am proud of them.”

    The Tigers did a better job clearing the puck out of their zone and keeping it away from the middle where UND’s forwards wreaked havoc in Game 1.

    They still weathered a storm of shots when UND out shot CC 20-9 in the second period, including 12-4 over the final 10 minutes. Thorimbert made save after save.

    “I felt good,” he said. “When I have my glove going, I feel like I am clicking.”

    UND’s barrage eventually broke through. North Dakota (21-12-3) tied the game when sophomore defenseman Jordan Schmaltz scored on a 3-on-2 rush with 3:56 remaining to force overtime.

    A shot by CC junior defenseman Peter Stoykewych bounced twice before getting past UND sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg (26 saves) to stake the Tigers to a 1-0 lead with 3:17 left in the opening period. CC junior Scott Wamsganz had a huge night, scoring early in the second period for a 2-0 Tigers lead and passing to Sam Rothstein for the initial shot in overtime that Roos knocked in to end it.

    “Not too many people expected us to give them much of a fight but in our (locker) room we were confident we could beat them,” Roos said. “We’ll see if we can make it to Minneapolis.”

    STATS

    Colorado College 3, No. 10 North Dakota 2 OT

    Colorado College         1          1          0          1          –3

    North Dakota               0          1          1          0          –2

    First period – 1. CC, Stoykewych (unassisted) 16:43. Penalties –  CC, Olofsson, checking from behind, 18:48.

    Second period – 2. CC, Wamsganz (Stoykewych) 1:17; 3. UND, Caggiula (Mattson) 3:45. Penalties – UND, Rodwell, four-minute roughing, 9:52; CC, Fejes, roughing, 9:52; CC, Heil, roughing, 9:52.

    Third period – 4. UND, Schmaltz (Caggiula, Ma. MacMillan) 16:04. Penalties – none.

    Overtime – 5. CC, Roos (Rothstein, Wamsganz) 7:00. Penalties – none.

    Power play – CC 0-0, UND 0-1. Shots on goal – CC 5-9-10-5 –29; UND 5-20-13-8 –46. Saves-minutes – CC, Thorimbert 5-19-12-8 –67:00; UND, Gothberg 4-8-10-4 — 67:00. Referees – Sterns, Walsh. Linesmen – Eslinger, Schmitt. Attendance – 10,738 (11,634 capacity).

    CC picks up two forward commits

    Two forwards committed to play at Colorado College earlier this week with one likely to join the team this fall.

    Meridian, Idaho, native Jordan Berger, 17, is scheduled to bring his considerable speed and quickness to Colorado Springs in 2014. The 5-foot-10 forward has four goals in nine games with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League after 116 games in that program. He recorded 42 points (38 games) for the Triple-A midget squad this season.

    Previous CC players from that program include Kris Fredheim, Curtis McElhinney and the Schwartz brothers (Jaden and Rylan). The left-shooting center would be the second Idaho player to join the Tigers. The first was defenseman Cody Lampl of Ketchum.

    The other commit is Mason Bergh, 19, who has enjoyed a strong second half of his debut season for the junior U.S. Hockey League’s Chicago Steel (21, 12 assists, 48 games).

    The Eden Prairie, Minn., native is scheduled to join the Tigers in 2015, allowing him another year to fill out his 6-foot, 165-pound frame.

    “When I arrived on campus, I had the immediate feeling that this was the right place for me,” he said. “To get a good education is very important and CC will provide that for me.”

    Coaches cannot comment on players until they sign their NCAA letters of intent. The next signing period is April 16-Aug. 1.

    Ice chips

    Entering Saturday’s game, the CC rookie have accounted for 41 percent (27) of the team’s 68 goals and almost 40 percent of the Tigers’ 183 points.  Freshman Jaccob Slavin, who is a league finalist for Offensive Defenseman of the Year, moved into a tie for the team points lead (23) with senior wing Alexander Krushelnyski. … Seven of UND sophomore Drake Caggiula’s 19 career goals have come in nine games against CC. … The NCHC’s postseason championship trophy does not have a name yet. The trophy may be named at a later date.