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  • CC assistant search down to six finalists

    Tue, June 3, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Colorado College hockeyThe search for the new Colorado College hockey assistants is almost over with six finalists contending for the two openings.

    New Tigers coach Mike Haviland said he hopes to make the decision soon.

    “I would like to get this completed by the end of this week if we can,” he said. “We’re close to getting it done.”

    Haviland would not release any names but said some of the dozens of applicants have extensive college backgrounds while others may have coached in the college and professional ranks.

    “Some of the guys have a lot of college experience because I need someone like that,” the longtime pro coach said. “Most importantly, I need someone who fits CC and me so we can do our bets to help our student-athletes succeed. Some of the guys I know personally and others really had strong interviews and resumes. I think the road I’m going down is a good one.”

    One name making the rounds of the rumor mill is former Denver associate coach Steve Miller.

    Former CC assistant Eric Rud recently took the head women’s job at St. Cloud State while Joe Bonnett, whose name was removed from outside his former office, has not spoken publicly on his future.

    The offseason changes came after longtime coach Scott Owens resigned in early April following a 7-24-6 season. Haviland’s hire was announced on May 9.

    Haviland credited athletic trainer Jason Bushie and equipment manager Spud Hamilton for working with athletic director Ken Ralph to schedule the team’s travel for next season while he conducts the assistant search.

    After the assistants are in place, Haviland will focus on hiring someone for the new director of hockey operations position, which handles team travel and video work. Haviland said the team’s captains will be named after the assistants are in place.

  • Thursday reading: Notes, Air Force, Hillen

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

    CCUND picHere are preview notes for Colorado College and Nebraska-Omaha.

    For those of you driving to Nebraska-Omaha, this feature on Alabama-Huntsville’s travel travails should make you feel better.

    And if you  are sleepy after that long drive, here is away to stay awake all weekend.

     Former Tiger Jack Hillen takes time out to help some D.C. area kids.

    Air Force junior Cole Gunner has 98 career points entering the final AHA regular-season weekend. Here is a video interview with senior Tony Thomas on this weekend’s road series at Niagara.

    CURRENT NCHC STANDINGS

    Conference Overall
    Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
    North Dakota 39 20 13 7 0 0 0.650 67 56 30 18 9 3 0.650 95 79
    St. Cloud State 39 20 12 5 3 0 0.675 71 53 30 18 7 5 0.683 109 80
    Nebraska Omaha 33 20 10 8 2 1 0.550 68 59 30 13 15 2 0.467 98 100
    Western Michigan 31 20 9 9 2 2 0.500 59 61 32 15 12 5 0.547 86 84
    Denver 29 20 8 9 3 2 0.475 49 49 32 14 12 6 0.531 81 72
    Minnesota Duluth 28 20 8 10 2 2 0.450 54 60 30 13 13 4 0.500 84 87
    Colorado College 24 20 6 9 5 1 0.425 46 56 30 6 18 6 0.300 60 92
    Miami 17 20 5 14 1 1 0.275 48 68 30 11 16 3 0.417 88 92
  • Friday reading: CC, AFA, previews, picks

    Fri, January 31, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    fredrik Olofsson MUGCC commit Fredrik Olofsson was traded to the USHL’s  Chicago Steel by the Green Bay Gamblers recently. 

    The Broomfield forward has played in 28 games this season for Green Bay and has scored two goals and added four assists.  He suited up for the Gamblers in eight games last season after the Colorado Thunderbirds club season ended.

    Olofsson is a 1996 birth year and was a fifth round pick of the Gamblers in the 2012 United States Hockey League Futures Draft.  He played for Sweden in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

    SCSU road celebrationFourth-place Air Force cannot afford to be outworked again in the Falcons’ home series against third-place UConn. Friday’s game is at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday starts at 5:05 p.m. to allow UConn to catch a late-night flight from Denver to Boston.

    There are only two NCHC series this weekend with CC, Denver, Miami and North Dakota enjoying their final bye weekend.

    No. 5 St. Cloud State at Nebraska-Omaha:

    Here is a feature on UNO freshman forward Austin Ortega who has been a steady contributor this season.  SCSU defenseman Ethan Prow has found his footing as part of the Huskies’ top defensive pairing in his sophomore season. Forward Joey Benik will play Friday at Omaha. Benik had missed the last five  games with an upper-body injury.

    The Huskies are focusing on tightening up their defense along with other NCHC notes

    WMU celebration 2Minnesota-Duluth at No. 20 Western Michigan:

    Western Michigan’s Mike Cichy has elevated his game so far this second half. Here is a video interview with Duluth senior Max Tardy.

    Things are wide open in the WCHA due to a poor nonconference mark overall. Here is more on the WCHA.

    Five teams are in the hunt for first place in the NCHC. Here are this weekend’s predictions for the AHA and NCHC.

    Injuries and suspensions means No. 1 Minnesota is thin on defense while senior forward Tom Serratore is out with an injury.

  • No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha downs CC in shootout

    Sat, December 7, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

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    More lessons continue to be learned by the Colorado College Tigers during a challenging start to the hockey season.

    Nebraska-Omaha junior Josh Archibald potted the winning shot in a sudden-death shootout to edge Colorado College after the teams skated to a 3-3 tie Saturday night.

    UNO won the shootout 2-1 after scores by Archibald and Ryan Walters and CC’s Alexander Krushelnyski, giving the visitors the two points in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings.

    The overtime tie came about after CC jumped out to a 2-0 and 3-2 leads only to see those evaporate under steady pressure from No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha’s deep and talented group of forwards. The second-place Mavericks (8-7-1, 5-2-1-1 NCHC) peppered the CC defense and senior goalie Josh Thorimbert (41 saves), who was making his 15th consecutive start, all game long.

    “You gain experience and you learn from playing games like this when you’re battling to survive,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “I’m hopeful this kind of stretch and the experience from it will get us where we want to be playing as a team by late January. There are small positives to be found.”

    Of note is that CC picked up four league points thanks to the Friday win (three) and shootout loss. That one point from Saturday kept CC in fifth place in the eight-team league.

    Both teams looked tired after a physical Friday night contest when CC prevailed 4-2, thanks to a big-time goal in the third period.

    One of the positives is the Tigers (2-10-3, 2-5-2-1 NCHC) scored for the second night in a row in the third period. Getting seven goals on the weekend is big when you consider the team had managed 17 in its first 13 games.

    They just couldn’t make the lead stand on Saturday.

    “(Scoring in the third) was really big for our team confidence,” said freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who tallied two assists early for his first multi-point college game. “It is tough when you give it right back, but we played hard.”

    About 90 seconds after Tigers freshman Alex Roos scored his team-high 4th goal with 8:41 remaining in regulation, Archibald scored his 11th this season to knot the game at 3-3 with 7:15 left.

    Colorado College saw its 2-0 lead evaporate over the final two periods when UNO tied the game with 12:05 left. Johnnie Searfoss scored about three minutes after the CC power play failed to convert during almost seven minutes with the man advantage.

    “It’s a good (league) point yet it is disappointing because we had that five-minute power play and could not take advantage,” Owens said. “Our fatigue really showed on the power play when we couldn’t get to the loose pucks first.”

    Those seven minutes, including a later tripping penalty, came about after most of the 6,005 fans at World Arena were silenced late in the second period when UNO senior center Brock Montpetit collided with Thorimbert, drawing a five-minute major for charging. Thorimbert stayed down for a while but came back and played well.

    In the first period, CC jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to some strong offensive work by Slavin for the Tigers  Tigers freshman Matt Hansen scored his first goal and point as a Tiger, taking a pass from Slavin, who recorded his first multi-point college hockey game, as the blue-liner skated between the faceoff circles.  The score made it 2-0 with 2:06 left in the first period.

    Earlier, CC senior Michael Morin backhanded in a rebound for a 1-0 lead with 10:32 left. Slavin’s rising shot was stopped by Massa, but the puck bounced to his right where Morin, who now has three points (two goals) in 28 career games, stood in front of a wide-open net.

    After those two goals, Massa (six saves) did not start the second. Backup freshman netminder Kirk Thompson made 17 saves.

    Omaha took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play to slash the Tigers lead to 2-1. UNO junior center Dominic Zombo redirected the puck in between senior goalie Josh Thorimbert’s legs with 16:16 left in the second period.

    BOX SCORE

    No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha 3, Colorado College 3 (UNO wins shootout 2-1)

    Nebraska-Omaha         0          1          2          0          –3

    Colorado College         2          0          1          0          –3

    First period – 1. CC, Morin (Slavin) 9:28; 2, CC, Hansen (Slavin) 17:54. Penalties – CC, Skalbeck, interference, 1:05; UNO, Montpetit, tripping, 19:50; CC, Krushelnyski, tripping, 19:53.

    Second period – 3, UNO, Zombo (Walters, Archibald) 3:44 (PP). Penalties – UNO, Raubenheimer, goalie interference, :59; CC, Taft, slashing, 2:46; CC, Krushelnyski, tripping, 3:24; UNO, Young, cross-checking, 8:52; UNO, Montpetit, charging goaltender, 19:11.

    Third period – 4. UNO, Searfoss (Lane), 7:55; 5. CC, Roos (Bradley, Krushelnyski) 11:19; 6. UNO, Archibald (Zombo, Brady) 12:45. Penalties – UNO, Zombo, tripping, 5:14; UNO, Searfoss, boarding, 15:41; CC, Hanson, roughing, 17:47.

    Overtime – No scoring.  Penalties – none.

    Shootout – UNO, Walters, Archibald; CC, Krushelnyski.

    Power play – UNO 1-4, CC 0-6. Shots on goal – UNO 15-11-18-0 – 44; CC 8-9-8-1 – 26. Saves-minutes – UNO, Massa 6-20:00, Thompson 9-7-1 – 45:00; CC, Thorimbert 15-10-16-0 – 65:00. Referees – Beaurline, Sullivan. Linesmen – Stankevich, Staudte. Attendance – 6,005 (7,380 capacity).

  • Turkey day reading: Omaha turnaround; Gustav Olofsson video; Wisconsin news

    Thu, November 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Hockey Thanksgiving Holiday Turkey Cartoon Vector IllustrationHappy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    No. 15 Nebraska-Omaha is College Hockey News’ Team of the Week. One big reason for the Mavs turnaround after a dismal October? Goalie Ryan Massa, who will start next Friday at Colorado College.

    CC freshman Gustav Olofsson had one of the top five goals in the NCAA and NCHC against Air Force. Here is the NCHC video and the NCAA compilation.

    Wisconsin signed six well-regarded recruits.

    The Badgers travel to No. 1 Minnesota to open Big Ten play this weekend. Here is a transcript of coach Mike Eaves weekly press conference.

  • Wednesday reading: Luc Gerdes video; New Hampshire loses; Cornell goalie scores

    Wed, November 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Gerdes2013-14CC freshman Luc Gerdes is profiled by CC’s communications department in this video. He has yet to play this season, though he may this weekend.

    Harvard 6, No. 20 New Hampshire 3

    DURHAM, N.H. — Kyle Crisculo recorded two goals and an assist, including the game-winning score midway through the third period to snap a 3-3 tie for the Crimson (4-5-1).

    Also Tuesday, Cornell freshman goalie Mitch Gilliam scored an empty-net goal in a 4-2 home win over Niagara Tuesday night. It was also his NCAA debut. Here is the video.

    The Kings’ Jonathan Quick was credited for one during his years at UMass-Amherst (2005-2007).

    Here are the NCHC players of the week honorees. None of the Tigers made the honor roll.

    Miami heads to Bemidji State this weekend. Here are the preview notes.

  • 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.

  • Sunday reading: More CC notes; NCHC roundup, Clarkson, Ferris St. win openers

    Sun, October 6, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rp_primary_2013-14_Krushelnyski_UNB1In CC’s exhibition win, sophomores Cody Bradley and Peter Maric and  junior Jordan DiGiando were healthy scratches. Freshman Zach Aman and sophomore Michael King were out with injuries.

    Sophomore Hunter Fejes picked up where he left off after a strong finish to his rookie season by creating two shorthanded chances. His chance during the first period was contested and failed while he made a nice crossing pass to freshman Jared Hanson, whose shot clanged off the post during the second period.

    The goalies looked good and made the big saves when needed.

    CC senior Josh Thorimbert came up with a big left leg pad stop with 1:26 left in the first. He finished the period with nine saves, including two in rapid succession about 90 seconds in. 

    Freshman Tyler Marble performed well in the second period, especially during a power play in the final 1:15. He made three short-range saves, including one from three feet away. He finished with 12 saves. Junior Courtney Lockwood made nine saves, including a big one early in the third with the game still 1-0.

    That is big for the offense, senior Alexander Krushelnyski said. The forwards will be more willign to be aggressive up ice knowing they have a defense that can make a big stop as needed.

    “We picked up right where we left off last year with good goaltending, good defense and good offense,” he said. “All the freshmen were impressive.”

    The team defense did look pretty good although there were times when the Tigers struggled to clear the zone with a couple dangerous passes cross ice that led to turnovers in the CC zone last season.

    “They’re a good team,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said of the Reds, who claimed the Canadian national championship last season. “We may have worn them down on the big sheet.  I’m most happy with giving up zero goals,”

    Here are some results and links from Saturday’s games.

    NCHC exhibition roundup

    No. 18 Western Michigan 5, Western Ontario 2

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Junior forward Will Kessel scored two goals to lead the No. 18 Western Michigan Broncos to a 5-2 victory over Western Ontario Saturday night in season-opening exhibition action at Lawson Arena. WMU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first frame on goals by freshman forward Kyle Novak and Kessel.

    Western Michigan junior goaltender Frank Slubowski made nine saves in two periods of work before sophomore netminder Lukas Hafner replaced him in the final frame and made 11.

    The Broncos open the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against No. 7/8 Notre Dame playing at UND Friday and at home Saturday.

    No. 2 Miami 8, Windsor 2

    Miami celebration home whitesOXFORD, Ohio – Sophomore forward Riley Barber totaled three points, including two goals, and freshman forward Justin Greenberg added two tallies of his own to pace the No. 2 Miami RedHawks to an 8-2 thumping of Windsor (Canada) Saturday night in a season-opening exhibition at Steve Cady Arena. Miami scored the first five goals of the game before the Lancers struck twice in the third period, only to have the RedHawks answer with three more goals.

    The RedHawks’ sophomore goaltending tandem of Jay Williams and Ryan McKay combined to make 18 saves as Williams stopped 10 shots over the first 30 minutes before giving way to McKay, who compiled eight saves over the final 30 minutes of play. 

    Miami opens the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against Ohio State, playing in Columbus on Friday and in Oxford on Saturday.

    WCHA roundup

    Ferris State 7, Colgate 4

    HAMILTON, N.Y. – Ferris State University opened the 2013-14 men’s ice hockey campaign off in victorious fashion as the Bulldogs recorded a 7-4 road win over Colgate on Saturday (Oct. 5) evening in the series opener at Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y.

    Ferris State (1-0) fought back from a 2-0 deficit and scored the final three goals of the night en route to the win. The seven goals were the Bulldogs’ most since an early 7-3 home win over Mercyhurst in week two last October. The series concludes Sunday.

    ECAC roundup

    Clarkson 2, No. 20 Niagara 1

    NIAGARA, NY–The  Golden Knights knocked off the 20th-ranked  Niagara, 2-1 at Dwyer Arena on Saturday night.

    Clarkson, which won its season-opener for the first time since 2008, will face off against Niagara (0-1) on Sunday afternoon to complete the non-league weekend series. CC travels to Clarkson for games  Oct. 25-26.

    The Knights out shot Niagara 41-20 while snapping the Purple Eagles’ 22-game home unbeaten streak (20-0-2) . The Green and Gold tallied the final two goals. Last season, Clarkson won just three of 17 one-goal games.

    In all, the NCAA teams went 15-1-1 against Canadian teams on Saturday. CC’s season-opening foe, Minnesota-Duluth, had its first practice on Saturday (with video).

  • Monday reading: Coaches show, Providence coach; Penrose Cup, Nebraska-Omaha arena video

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

    Penrose cupThe monthly coaches shows will be held Tuesdays at Tony’s Bar downtown.

    Providence coach Nate Leaman signed a contract extension, the school announced this weekend. The Providence Journal said it is through the 2020-21 season. The former Union coach had four years left on the original six-year deal he signed  in 2011.

    The announcement came while Providence showed off major renovations and improvements to its 30-year-old arena.

    Hockey East’s Friars play at Colorado College Jan. 17-18, 2014.

    Go to Goon’s World for a picture showing you how large the Spencer & Julie Penrose Memorial Cup — which goes to the NCHC’s regular-season champion — really is. Wow.

    Here is a fundraising video with images of the new hockey arenay at Nebraska-Omaha.

  • Postgame report: CC defeats North Dakota 4-3 in OT; box score, videos

    Fri, March 22, 2013 by Joe Paisley with 2 comments

    Rylan celebrationST. PAUL –  Even the doubters have to believe in them a little, if only because these Tigers certainly do.

    They have good reason after downing sixth-ranked North Dakota 4-3 in overtime in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five quarterfinals.

    Colorado College’s third win in a row sends the never-say-die Tigers (17-18-5) into the semifinals against top-ranked Minnesota (26-7-5) and two victories form the program’s first Broadmoor Trophy and a NCAA Tournament berth.

    “It is definitely belief in ourselves,” junior Alexander Krushelnyski said. “We know that when everyone plays their best we can win and we did tonight.”

    The OT game-winner, scored by sophomore defenseman Peter Stoykewych only 4:52 into the extra frame, came after North Dakota’s Drake Caggiula scored his second of the night to tie the game with 7:15 left in regulation.

    CC looked ready to pull out the win in regulation after Hunter Fejes scored on a hard wrist shot that blew past North Dakota goalie Clarke Saunders’ glove early in the third period at the Xcel Energy Center, silencing most of the green-clad 17,038 on hand.  Krushelnyski had tallied his third shorthanded goal in the second to keep the pressure on North Dakota (21-12-7), which will advance to the NCAAs regardless.

    Krushelnyski’s goal started when Rylan Schwartz took the puck away from North Dakota defenseman Joe Gleason and found his linemate for the breakaway. It was just one play in a strong performance by the senior, typifying the performance of the seven fourth-year players during this postseason run.

    “They’re grinding out wins and they did a great job of that tonight,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said.

    It was the second WCHA quarterfinal Thursday to have a goal scored on a team’s first shot. Wisconsin did so in its 7-2 rout of Minnesota State.

    Here is a postgame interview video with Alexander Krushelnyski and Peter Stoykewych. Rylan Schwartz fields a question during the press conference.

    Colorado College 4, North Dakota 3 OT

    Colorado College        1          1          1          1          –4

    North Dakota  2          0          1          0          — 3

    First period – 1. CC, Schwartz (Bradley, Rapuzzi) 3:06 (PP);  2, UND, Caggiula (Grimaldi, Rowney) 14:23; 3. UND, Kristo (O’Donnell) 19:50.

    Penalties – UND, Caggiula, charging, 2:16; CC, Rapuzzi, slashing, 14:23; UND, Mark MacMillan, roughing, 16:06; UND, Rowney, tripping, 17:09.

    Second period – 4. CC, Krushelnyski (Schwartz) 7:54 (SH). Penalties – CC, team, too many men, 7:42; UND, Simpson, slashing, 7:54; CC, Bradley, slashing, 12:21; CC, Harstad, slashing, 17:44.

    Third period –5. CC, Fejes (Hamburg) 3:42; 6. UND, Caggiula (St. Clair, Pattyn) 12:45. Penalties – CC, McDermott, boarding, 1:09; CC, Harstad, holding, 7:05.

    Overtime – 7. CC, Stoykewych (Maric, Collett) 4:52. Penalties – none.

    Power play – CC 1-4, UND 0-6. Shots on goal – CC 4-6-10-3 – 23; UND 11-9-12-0 – 32. Saves-minutes – CC, Howe 9-9-11-0 – 64:52; UND, Saunders 3-5-9-2 64:31. Referees – Adam, Walsh. Linesmen – Bradshaw, Shikowsky. Attendance – 17,038.