• 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.

  • 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.

  • Midweek reading: UND, tourney brackets

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

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    This UND fan blogger talks about how North Dakota travels and yes, that series win was huge for the financial viability of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

    North Dakota may need to win the Frozen Faceoff in order to advance to the NCAAs for the 12th straight season.

    The Big 10 tournament is this weekend and I will be curious to see how much attention the NCHC gets outside the four school’s beat writers/local TV stations with Minnesota in the other tourney.

    This is a good weekend for Colorado-based college hockey fans with good cable TV packages with Thursday Big 10 games and a lot to watch on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy it. Here are the western leagues’ brackets:

    NCHC Tournament

    Target Center, Minneapolis

    All time MT

    TV: CBS Sports Network

    Friday

    3:08 p.m., No. 6 Denver vs. No. 5 Western Michigan

    6:38 p.m., No. 8 Miami vs. No. 2 North Dakota

    Saturday

    2:38 p.m., third-place game (NCHC video stream only)

    6:38 p.m., championship

    Big Ten Tournament

    Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

    All times MT

    Thursday

    1 p.m., No. 6 Penn State vs. No. 3 Michigan

    6 p.m., No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Ohio State

    Friday

    1 p.m., Michigan/PSU winner vs. No. 2 Wisconsin

    6 p.m., OSU/MSU winner vs. No. 1 Minnesota

    Saturday (no third-place game)

    6 p.m., semifinal winners

    WCHA Final Five

    Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.

    All times MT

    TV: FS North

    Friday

    12:07 p.m., No. 3 Bowling Green State vs. No. 2 Minnesota State

    5:07 p.m., No. 4 Alaska-Anchorage vs. No. 1 Ferris State

    Saturday

    5:07 p.m., semifinal winners

  • Monday reading: Clarkson starts 2-0; roundup; AHA video streaming; Big 10

    Mon, October 7, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

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    Clarkson, predicted to take last in the 12-team ECAC, swept preseason Atlantic Hockey Association favorite and No. 20 Niagara this weekend, winning 2-1 Saturday night and 2-0 Sunday afternoon.

    Colorado College travels to Potsdam for nonconference games Oct. 25-26.

    The Golden Knights, 9-20-7 last season, was paced by a goal an assist by Joe Zarbo, all in the decisive second period on Sunday. Freshman goalie Steve Perry picked up his first college shutout.

    Colgate goalie Steve Mihalik made 28 saves in a 1-0 win Sunday afternoon over visiting Ferris State to garner a nonconference split. Ferris State won 7-4 on Saturday night.

    NCHC exhibition roundup

    North Dakota 3, Manitoba 0

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. –North Dakota scored two goals in the opening period and senior goaltender Clarke Saunders (seven saves) and sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg (10) combined for a shutout as UND downed Manitoba 3-0, in exhibition Sunday night play at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

    New Brunswick 2, Denver 1

    DENVER – The Denver rally fell short, losing 2-1 to New Brunswick Sunday evening in exhibition play at Magness Arena.

    Defenseman Ben Shutron scored a pair of first-period goals. Denver junior forward Daniel Doremus cut UNB’s lead in half midway through the second period with a breakaway short-handed goal after stepping out of the penalty box.

    The Pioneers out shot New Brunswick 19-4 in the final frame and 38-21 on the night. Senior goaltender Sam Brittain started and made 15 saves in two periods while freshman Evan Cowley stopped four. Here is the Denver Post’s article.

    Two more NCHC teams play exhibition games on Monday when Minnesota-Duluth hosts Lakehead and Nebraska-Omaha takes on Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Both games are at 7:07 p.m. CT.

    College Hockey Inc. put together two articles outlining the season’s likely storylines in Part 1 and Part 2.

    St. Cloud State’s Joey Benik could have a breakout season.

    All 162 regular-season Atlantic Hockey Association games will be shown live and on-demand via the America ONE Sports network.

    Subscribers can access every Atlantic Hockey game by going to AmericaOneSports.com through traditional web browsers on either PC or MAC, as well as over their iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android devices. 

    Subscribers will be charged the same price for mobile viewing as viewing the games on traditional broadband devices.  Day passes are available for $8 for traditional broadband or mobile devices ($9 for both); monthly passes for $30 (an extra $1 per day for both broadband and mobile delivery) and a season pass for $125 (an extra $1 per day for both broadband and mobile delivery).  Subscribers are able to watch all games on a given night with the purchase of any of the above passes.

    The WCHA package is slightly more.

    The Herb Brooks Foundation announced that the Mike Richter Award will be presented this year to the top Division I goaltender.

    Here is a prediction concerning the Big 10 league.

    Ryan Galt, who has three goals in two USHL games this season, tweeted this: “I am honored to announce my commitment to the University of Nebraska Omaha! Thanks to everyone who has supported me #fireupmavs #nchc”

    A broken clavicle sustained last Tuesday is likely to keep Denver forward Zac Larazza sidelined for 4-6 weeks, not 6-8 as feared, coach Jim Montgomery said.