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  • CC announces schedule; lower season ticket prices

    Tue, May 6, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    SlavinThe upcoming Colorado College schedule is out and it will be cheaper for some to see the 18 home games next season.

    The price reduction for season tickets was made since CC had a difficult time scheduling home games because of previous agreements and other schools’ availability.

    “We were light on home games and we wanted to be fair to our fans,” CC athletic director Ken Ralph said.

    The National Collegiate Hockey Conference member lowered its season ticket prices from 10 to 18 percent depending on the seat’s location if purchased before June 27, CC associate athletic director Scott Lowenberg said. Season ticket renewal forms will be mailed out May 19-23.

    The light schedule prompted CC to book the USA U-18 national team for Dec. 27-28 with the second contest counting as one of the allowed 34 regular-season games under NCAA rules. None of the three home exhibitions this season count in the team’s record or in the Pairwise rankings.

    A scheduling conflict with The Broadmoor World Arena affected the Gold Pan rivalry series. Instead of playing a home-and-home series against Denver in November, the foes will play a single game on Nov. 14 at Denver with three games in 14 days (Feb. 7, 20 and 21). The CC hosts DU for its only game that weekend on Feb. 7 and again on Feb. 20.

    Skalbeck celebrationThe Trans-Siberian Orchestra is scheduled for CC’s home venue that November weekend. Both schools had Feb. 6-7 open and preferred a single game, Ralph said.

    CC travels to Air Force on Nov. 22 to determine ownership of the annual Pikes Peak Trophy after hosting Big Ten Wisconsin the night before.

    The USA U-18 exhibitions are followed by the second of two tough road trips to the East Coast. CC plays two games at Providence Jan. 3-4 and a single game on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at new Hockey East member UConn. The first trip is Oct. 24-25 against Boston College on Friday and New Hampshire on Saturday.

    The Tigers open play with an exhibition against Canada’s McGill University on Sunday, Oct. 5 followed by the season and home opener against Alabama Huntsville Oct. 10-11.  CC opens NCHC play at home against North Dakota Oct. 17-18.

    Individual ticket prices remain the same except for rows A-D in the upper bowl. Those went up to $18 from $16.50. Season tickets for the lower bowl center and sides between the goal lines are sold out as are the upper bowl rows A-D seats.

    The upcoming season features games against six NCAA Tournament teams. The Tigers will face foes from five of the six leagues, including four games against Hockey East schools.

    CC 2014-15 schedule

    Subject to change, all times MT

    Home games bolded

    Oct. 5, McGill University (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

    Oct. 10-11, Alabama-Huntsville (Homecoming), 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Oct. 17-18, North Dakota, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Oct. 24, at Boston College, 5 p.m.

    Oct. 25, at New Hampshire, 5 p.m.

    Oct. 31-Nov. 1, OPEN


    Nov. 7-8, at Miami, both 5:07 p.m.

    Nov. 14, at Denver, 7:37 p.m.

    Nov. 21, Wisconsin, 7:37 p.m.

    Nov. 22, at Air Force, 7:05 p.m.

    Nov. 28-29, OPEN


    Dec. 5-6, at Minnesota-Duluth, both 6:07 p.m.

    Dec. 12-13, at Western Michigan, both 5:07 p.m.


    Dec. 27, USA U-18 (exhibition), 7:07 p.m.

    Dec. 28, USA U-18 (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.


    Jan. 3-4, at Providence, 5 p.m.

    Jan. 6, at UConn, 5:05 p.m.

    Jan. 16-17, Nebraska-Omaha, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Jan. 23-24, at North Dakota, 6:37, 6:07 p.m.

    Jan. 30-31, St. Cloud State, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.


    Feb. 7, Denver, 7:07 p.m.

    Feb. 13-14, Miami, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.

    Feb. 20, Denver, 7:37 p.m.

    Feb. 21, at Denver, 7:07 p.m.

    Feb. 27-28, Western Michigan, 7:37, 7:07 p.m.


    March 6-7, at Nebraska-Omaha, 6:37, 6:07 p.m.

    March 13-15, NCHC quarterfinals TBA

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


  • More weekend reading: Jaden Schwartz; No cuts for Air Force hockey; ECHL playoffs

    Fri, April 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Schwartz celebrationFormer Tiger Jaden Schwartz scored the tying goal in regulation in a 3OT thriller against Chicago.

    Air Force announced its athletic department cuts, which did not affect revenue sports, including hockey.

    The ECHL playoffs are underway with former Tiger William Rapuzzi ( No. 4 seed Idaho) hosting the No. 5 Colorado Eagles (Arthur Bidwill). No. 6 Bakersfield (Joe Marciano) plays at No. 3 Utah. Here is a league preview.

    Here are the incoming freshmen for Minnesota State in Mankato. Here is a look at how North Dakota has fared in the national rankings this past decade.

    Not surprisingly, Union’s Rick Bennett was the USCHO Coach of the Year.

  • Friday reading: Blais contract extension; Walsky injury; Frozen Four; Hobey Baker

    Fri, April 11, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UNO coach Dean Blais has plenty of reasons to smile today.

    UNO coach Dean Blais has plenty of reasons to smile today.

    Nebraska-Omaha athletics director Trev Alberts announced that hockey coach Dean Blais signed a contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

    “Dean has done an exceptional job leading our team through a period of great transition during the last four years,” Alberts said.  “In that time, he led the team into two new leagues, the WCHA and the NCHC, and his experience and knowledge of the leagues and the Division I hockey landscape was critical to our success.   Next year, he will guide us through additional transition as we move into the new arena. This extension will allow us to ensure the continuity of our coaching staff and the recent positive momentum we’ve had recruiting quality student-athletes to our program.”

    “When I came to Omaha, Trev and I had a goal of building an on-campus arena, and I’m excited that this extension will allow me to see UNO athletics reach that goal,” Blais said.  “We’ve got a very good core of returning players and what is perceived to be a great recruiting class coming in.  As a coach, you want to work with great players with strong community support behind your team, and we have that here.”

    Blais is 91-86-18 in five years as the Mavericks’ coach, including two 20-win seasons and an NCAA tournament berth in 2011, the second in school history.   The 1973 graduate of Minnesota has posted a 15-year career record of 353-201-51 including   10 years at North Dakota.  He is a two-time Spencer Penrose Memorial Award winner as the Division I coach of the year and a four-time winner of the WCHA’s Coach of the Year Award.  He led North Dakota to national championships in 1997 and 2000.

    Locally, this may affect the CC coach search somewhat with Blais putting off retirement for a couple more years. This makes the Tigers’ job all the more attractive since Omaha would have been  favorite for some next offseason when Blais’ old deal ended.

    Swiss head coach Sean Simpson will have to do without HC Lugano’s Eric Walsky, a former CC standout, at the IIHF world championships in Minsk May 9-25.  The forward is suffering from an upper-leg injury and is out for the next five to six weeks.

    Here are game articles on the Minnesota-North Dakota instant classic (I don’t say this lightly) form last night’s national semifinal. Here is the Pioneer Press’ take and the Grand Forks Herald’s postmortem. College Hockey News focused on the heartache for UND. It was the fifth Frozen Four trip in a row that UND has lost in the  semifinals.

    The Hobey Baker winner will be announced tonight.

  • 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.


    No. 3 Union 5, Vermont 2

    Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0


    Regional final, 1 p.m. ESPN2

    Midwest Regional



    Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

    North Dakota 5, No. 4 Wisconsin 2


    Regional final, 4:30 p.m. ESPNU

    West Regional

    St. Paul, Minn.


    No. 1 overall seed Minnesota vs. Robert Morris, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

    St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m., ESPN2


    Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU

    Northeast Regional

    Worcester, Mass.


    No. 2 Boston College vs. Denver, 2 p.m. ESPNU

    UMass-Lowell vs. Minnesota State, 5:30 p.m., ESPN3 (online only)


    Regional final, 3 p.m. ESPNU

    Frozen Four


    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.


    No. 3 Union vs. Vermont, noon ESPNU

    Providence vs. Quinnipiac, 3:30 p.m. ESPNU


    Regional final, 1 p.m. ESPN2

    NCAA Midwest Regional



    No. 4 Wisconsin vs. North Dakota, 6 p.m. ESPNU

    Ferris State vs. Colgate, 2:30 p.m. ESPN3 (online only).


    Regional final, 4:30 p.m. ESPNU

    NCAA West Regional

    St. Paul, Minn.


    No. 1 overall seed Minnesota vs. Robert Morris, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

    St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m., ESPN2


    Regional final, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU

    NCAA Northeast Regional

    Worcester, Mass.


    No. 2 Boston College vs. Denver, 2 p.m. ESPNU

    UMass-Lowell vs. Minnesota State, 5:30 p.m., ESPN3 (online only)


    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.

  • 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.

  • Friday reading: Penrose Cup race; regular-season finales; WCHA race; women’s hockey

    Fri, March 7, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    SCSU road celebrationCC fans can point to this stat to buoy their hopes this weekend: No. 4 St. Cloud State started the season at 11-1-2 but is  8-7-3 since Dec. 7.

    The Huskies remain confident coming into this weekend because they faced a similar scenario last year when they shared the WCHA title with Minnesota. Friday’s game starts at 7:08 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

    Here is The Gazette’s feature on CC captain Eamonn McDermott and the learning experience this season has been.

    Three teams can lay claim to the inaugural Penrose Cup as NCHC regular-season champion. No. 9 North Dakota and No. 4 St. Cloud State are tied atop the standings, three points ahead of Nebraska-Omaha. A sweep by either UND vs. Western Michigan or SCSU at Colorado College guarantees them at least a share of the Penrose Cup, if not the outright title.

    For seeding purposes, UND currently holds the tiebreaker with more conference wins but that could change this weekend. Omaha would need both teams to falter in order to have a shot at the title.

    The top four teams receive home ice for next weekend’s NCHC best-of-three quarterfinal series. North Dakota and St. Cloud State have already clinched home ice, while UNO needs just one point at Duluth or UND to earn one point vs. Western Michigan to secure home ice.

    The final home ice spot(s) will go to WMU, Minnesota-Duluth or Denver. Colorado College is locked in as the No. 7 seed and will face the No. 2 seed, which could be UND, SCSU or UNO. Miami is last and will travel to face the No. 1.

    The NCHC race leads off a national roundup. Western Michigan hopes to grab a couple road points at No. 9 North Dakota and secure home playoff ice. Here is more on UND and the beat writer’s predictions.

    Family ties will be tested when Nebraska-Omaha plays at  Minnesota-Duluth with home playoff ice on the line.  Here are UNO’s preview notes.

    Here are some predictions for this week’s regular-season finales. 

    Penrose cupHere is this week’s USCHO column which talks about commissioner Josh Fenton’s uncertain travel itinerary this weekend; CC’s offensive woes and Nebraska-Omaha’s emotional week.

    Here is a look at some of the great hockey games played at the Target Center, the site for the NCHC’s Frozen Faceoff.

    Minnesota State has a chance to win its first MacNaughton Cup this weekend and other WCHA links.

    In women’s hockey, sophomore forward Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn./Minnesota), senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ontario/Clarkson) and junior forward Jillian Saulnier (Halifax, Nova Scotia/Cornell) have been named top-three finalists for the 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. The honor will be presented on March 22, as part of the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four weekend hosted by Quinnipiac. The award, which is in its 17th year, is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.

  • CC home games on tape-delay this weekend

    Wed, January 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    TV logoComcast Entertainment Television (CET) announced it will televised four Colorado College hockey home games on a taped-delay basis from the World Arena, starting with this weekend’s series against Miami.

    CET is available to Comcast XFINITY subscribers on Channel 105 across Colorado.

    CET, which will produce the telecasts with its own crew, will air this Friday’s series opener with the RedHawks at 8 p.m. MT Saturday, Jan. 25, as well as at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

    Saturday’s weekend finale will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, then again at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. 

    CET also will televise both games of Colorado College’s home series with No. 19 Western Michigan from Feb. 14-15, with the broadcast dates and times yet to be determined.

  • Friday night NCHC roundup: No. 2 SCSU sets program road wins record at Denver

    Sat, January 11, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UND Luke JohnsonHere is a North Dakota-centric article on Friday’s 5-3 win over North Dakota. Tonight’s game is live on KRDO at 6 p.m. USCHO also covered the game. Here is more from the Herald.

    No. 2 St. Cloud State won its ninth-straight road game, a Division I-era program record, by scoring three goals in the third period at No. 17 Denver Friday night.  Here is the Denver Post’s coverage.

    Two shorthanded goals in the third period, including one with eight seconds left, helped Western Michigan knock off No. 13 Miami, which dropped the preseason favorite into last place behind Colorado College.

    Minnesota-Duluth elevated its defensive efforts to record a 3-2 road win over Nebraska-Omaha.

    Current standings:

    Conference Overall
    Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
    St. Cloud State 22 9 7 1 1 0 0.833 31 16 17 12 2 3 0.794 62 35
    North Dakota 18 11 6 5 0 0 0.545 32 35 19 10 7 2 0.579 55 55
    Nebraska Omaha 17 9 5 3 1 1 0.611 28 23 19 8 10 1 0.447 58 64
    University of Denver 14 9 4 4 1 1 0.500 21 22 21 10 7 4 0.571 53 45
    Minnesota Duluth 12 9 4 5 0 0 0.444 27 30 17 8 8 1 0.500 48 49
    Western Michigan 12 9 4 5 0 0 0.444 28 26 21 10 8 3 0.548 55 49
    Colorado College 10 11 2 6 3 1 0.318 23 35 19 2 14 3 0.184 33 62
    Miami University 9 9 3 6 0 0 0.333 24 27 19 9 8 2 0.526 64 51
  • Thursday reading: Air Force/CC TV doubleheader; NCHC match-ups

    Thu, January 9, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CBS-Sports-Network-LogoFriday’s CC at North Dakota game will be telecast live nationally by CBS Sports Network, which is also available on DirecTV (channel 221) and DISH Network (channel 152). Ben Holden (play-by-play), Dave Starman (color analyst) and Shireen Saski (rinkside reporter) will call the game.

    It is the second half of a national doubleheader starting with Air Force at Army at 4 p.m. MT followed by the Tigers at about 6:30.

    TV logoSaturday’s game will be telecast live by Midco Sports Network with KRDO in Colorado Springs picking up the feed for a local broadcast. Dan Hammer handles the play-by-play and is joined by Scott Koberinski (color analyst) and Katie Hale (intermission reporter).

    More preview notes:

    Western Michigan renews its old CCHA rivalry with No. 13 Miami looking to keep up its momentum from the Great Lakes Invitational and spark its power play.

    No. 17 Denver hosts No. 2 and first-place  St. Cloud State in what promises to be a good series. Friday’s game will be on ROOT Sports for those of you with an itchy remote control finger.

    Minnesota-Duluth travels to Nebraska-Omaha, which is looking to regain its November mojo.

    On Wednesday, 3-11-2 Dartmouth knocked off 7-10-2 Boston University.