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  • Incoming Tiger garners USHL award

    Tue, March 25, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Cecere MUGThe United States Hockey League announced its weekly award winners and they include future Tiger defenseman Garrett Cecere of the Sioux Falls Stampede. Cecere is scheduled to join the team this fall.

    The other honorees were C.J. Franklin (Minnesota State commit) of the Sioux Falls Stampede and Brian Pinho (Providence) of the Indiana Ice, recognized as co-recipients of CCM Forward of the Week;  and Cornell commit Hayden Stewart of the Indiana Ice, named Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

    Here is the USHL’s write-up:

    Garrett Cecere, D, Sioux Falls Stampede:  The 19-year-old defenseman dished out six assists to help the Stampede capture a pair of weekend victories.  He recorded three assists in Friday’s 7-1 win against the Sioux City Musketeers, setting a USHL career high for points in one game.  The West Des Moines, Iowa native then matched that effort with three more assists in Sunday’s 5-0 win against the Lincoln Stars. 

    He was also part of a defensive unit that allowed just one goal over the weekend and successfully killed off all eight power play chances by the opposition.  The Colorado College commit has recorded 20 points (2g, 18a) and a plus-16 rating in 20 games since being acquired by the Stampede in January.  His 35 total points (3g, 32a) are the fifth most among USHL defensemen.

  • McDermott earns NCHC defenseman honor

    Mon, February 24, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    McDermott2013-14Colorado College senior Eamonn McDermott was named as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defenseman of the week with offensive honors to Nebraska-Omaha junior Josh Archibald. North Dakota freshman forward Luke Johnson was named as the rookie honoree while UND sophomore Zane Gothberg was named as the top goaltender.

    Here’s the league write-up:


    Eamonn McDermott, Colorado College

    Senior Defenseman,  Shaker Heights, Ohio

    McDermott led Colorado College to its first sweep of the season with a pair of wins over rival Denver to claim the Gold Pan trophy. The team captain dished out a pair of assists in the series, while posting a +3 rating and blocking eight shots. He also helped limit the Pioneers to three goals all weekend while anchoring a penalty kill unit that went 7-for-8. On Friday at Denver, McDermott set up the first goal of the game in the first period to put the Tigers in front, while he was +2 and blocked four shots in a 3-2 victory. A night later in front of his home crowd, the senior blocked four more shots and tallied the primary assist on the game-winning goal late in the third period that broke a 1-1 tie. McDermott posted a +1 rating in the 3-1 win that clinched the Gold Pan and helped CC go 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

    Other CC nominees:

    Offense, Alexander Krushelnyski, Sr., F, CC – Recorded two points and put 13 shots on goal in a sweep of rival Denver, assisting on the game-winning goal in the third period Friday, while scoring an empty-netter Saturday to seal the win, which was his 100th career point, as he also had a  +2 rating

    Rookie, Alex Roos, Fr., F, CC – Tallied two points in a sweep of rival Denver, assisting on the game-winning goal in the third period Friday, while scoring his first career game-winning goal late in the third period Saturday to clinch the Gold Pan when he had a +1 rating

    Goalie, Josh Thorimbert, Sr., G, CC – Collected a pair of wins to lead CC to a sweep of rival Denver, posting a 1.50 GAA and a .944 save percentage in the series, as he stopped 26 shots in a 3-2 road win Friday, while adding 25 saves in a 3-1 win Saturday, helping the Tigers go 7-for-8 on the penalty kill on the weekend.

  • Two Falcons garner weekly AHA awards

    Tue, February 11, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Truehl thumbnailAir Force’s Cole Gunner and Chris Truehl each earned Atlantic Hockey Association weekly awards after leading the Falcons to a sweep of first-place Mercyhurst this past weekend.

    Gunner was named as the league player of the week after the junior right wing led the Falcons (17-9-4, 12-6-3 AHA, tied for third) with six points (four assists) in the series. Along with linemates Scott Holm and center Chad Demers, the Falcons’ top line scored six of the team’s seven goals against Lakers.

    Truehl was named as the co-rookie of the week with two wins, including his third shutout in 11 games. The freshman goalie from Stoughton, Wis., held the Lakers to three goals in the two games with a .951 saves percentage with 58 saves, including 24 in Saturday’s shutout.

    Truehl ranks second in the AHA among all goalies with a 1.96 goals against mark and fourth with a .923 saves percentage.

    The Falcons travel to seventh-place Canisius this weekend for a league series in Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Slavin picks up second NCHC weekly award

    Mon, January 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    SlavinColorado College freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin garnered his second National Collegiate Hockey Conference honor when he was named as the league rookie of the week award winner. He was the defenseman of the week honoree on Oct. 14.

    He scored three goals and blocked six shots in last weekend’s two losses at North Dakota.  He scored twice in a span of 2:31 to help the Tigers get within one, 4-3, and record his first multi-goal game. He was also the first CC player to score twice in one game this season.

    Slavin scored a go-ahead goal in an eventual 3-2 loss on Saturday and played a large role on a successful penalty kill (seven for eight).

    The other NCHC honorees are: Western Michigan senior forward Chase Balisy, offense; North Dakota senior Dillon Simpson, defenseman; and Minnesota-Duluth senior netminder Aaron Crandall.

  • Torf, Torrel garner league awards

    Tue, December 31, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    AFAlogo2012Air Force’s Mitch Torrel and Jason Torf earn Atlantic Hockey Association honors as the pair helped lead Air Force to the tournament championship in the Ledyard Bank Classic at Dartmouth’s Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. Air Force defeated both No. 16 Northeastern and No. 4 Providence en route to the tournament championship. Torrel was named the tournament MVP while Torf was named to the all-tournament team.

    Torrel, a senior forward from Monticello, Minn., was named the Travel Team USA co-player of the week as he scored three goals in the two games. Torrel entered the tournament with two career goals in 33 games and scored three in two games against two ranked teams. The senior scored two goals in the 5-2 win over Northeastern. He netted the first goal of the game and then scored a big goal in the third period. After Northeastern cut the Air Force lead to 3-2 early in the third, Torrel scored his second of the night for a 4-2 lead. Against Providence in the championship game, his goal in the second period gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead in the 3-2 victory.

    Torf, a senior from Hermosa Beach, Calif., was named the Travel Team USA goalie of the week as allowed just four goals (2.00 goals-against average) and had a .915 saves percentage against the two ranked teams. He made 14 saves against Northeastern in the tournament’s first game. In the championship game, he made 29 saves, including 17 in a hectic third period. With two minutes left in the game against Providence and leading 3-2, Torf suffered a groin injury but was able to finish the game and made five saves in the final two minutes, in an extra-attacker situation, to preserve the victory.

    Air Force, 9-5-4 overall, returns to Atlantic Hockey Association action this coming weekend as the Falcons play a two-game series against American International College, Friday-Saturday, Jan. 3-4, in Springfield, Mass.

  • Midweek reading: Jaden, Mandi Schwartz; Joe Howe; Denver; national polls; NCHC honors

    Tue, December 17, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Mandi SchwartzHere is a good feature on Jaden Schwartz from last week.

    His older sister Mandi Schwartz continues to motivate hockey players: A “Heroic Inspirations” card featuring the Wilcox product – who died April 3, 2011 at age 23 after battling acute myeloid leukemia for more than two years – is scheduled to appear in the 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Series One.

    Former Tiger goalie Joe Howe, who had a 3-2-1 record and 2.52 goals-against average as a backup, has left the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks to join the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones.

    No. 17 Denver plays at UMass at 5 MT tonight.

    Minnesota is the clear No. 1 in both national polls: USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey. WCHA leader Ferris State is No. 2 ahead of Michigan and No. 4 St. Cloud State.

    The NCHC announced its players of the week. Junior defenseman Aaron Harstad was CC’s nominee after recording 12 blocked shots on the weekend (seven Saturday) at Wisconsin.

  • CC’s Rothstein is NCHC rookie of the week

    Mon, November 11, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Rothstein2013-14Colorado College freshman forward Sam Rothstein was named as rookie of the week by The National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

    The other honorees are:

    Nebraska-Omaha junior forward Dominic Zombo on offense; Denver junior Joey LaLeggia for defenseman; and both DU senior Sam Brittain and Miami sophomore Ryan McKay are co-goaltenders.

    Here is the release from the NCHC …


    Sam Rothstein, Colorado College

    Freshman Forward

    Minnetonka, Minn.

    Rothstein had the best weekend of his young career against Denver, dishing out a pair of assists while posting a +1 rating. In Friday’s 1-1 overtime tie, he assisted on CC’s only goal which put the Tigers on top in the first period and was +1. On Saturday, he again assisted on Colorado College’s only goal, which came on the power play, giving him an assist in three straight games for the first time in his career. Rothstein put seven shots on goal in the series and also won nine faceoffs in the two games.

  • 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.

  • Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimbert garners weekly NCHC award

    Mon, October 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Thorimbert2013-14Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimbert was named as The National Collegiate Hockey Conference goaltender of the week. The senior from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan stopped 70 of 73 shots faced (.959 saves percentage) in two road losses at ECAC Clarkson this past weekend.

    The other league honorees were Miami junior forward Austin Czarnik as offensive player and St. Cloud State sophomore Ethan Prow as defenseman of the week.

    Here is part of the league’s write-up:


    Josh Thorimbert, Colorado College

    Senior Goaltender, Saskatoon, Sask.

    Despite getting little offensive support, Thorimbert was very strong in net for Colorado College over the weekend at Clarkson. He allowed just three goals in two games while stopping 70 of the 73 shots he faced for an impressive .959 save percentage. On Friday, he compiled 28 saves in a 2-1 loss, allowing just one even-strength goal. The next night he was even better, nearly pitching his fourth career shutout as he saved the first 42 shots he faced before Clarkson snuck one past him with 9.9 seconds left in overtime for a 1-0 win. The senior posted a 1.45 goals-against average in nearly 125 minutes of action while helping kill six of seven Clarkson power plays.

  • Air Force’s Gunner, Torf win weekly awards

    Tue, October 22, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Air Force coach Frank Serratore discusses a play with Cole Gunner.

    Air Force coach Frank Serratore discusses a play with Cole Gunner.

    Air Force senior Jason Torf and junior Cole Gunner both earned Atlantic Hockey Association weekly honors as the Falcons swept Penn State, 5-2 and 3-1, last weekend at the Cadet Ice Arena.

    Torf, from Hermosa Beach, Calif., was named goalie of the week after he stopped 59-of-62 shots with a goals against average mark of 1.50 and .952 saves percentage for the nonconference series.

    Torf made 26 saves, in the 5-2 win, on Friday. He then stopped 33 shots, in the 3-1 win, on Saturday. Torf moved into seventh place on the Air Force career saves list with 2,305 career saves.

    Gunner recorded four points (two goals) to be named player of the week. The Richfield, Minn., native, tied his career high with three points on Friday (1-2-3). He also assisted on the game-winner.

    Gunner then scored the game winner on Saturday. He also blocked three shots in the series and won 54-percent of his draws.

    Air Force hosts defending AHA Tournament champion and NCAA qualifier Canisius on Friday at 7:05 p.m. MT. The Falcons then host regular-season champion, and NCAA qualifier Niagara on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. MT

    Freshman defenseman Mitch Nylen of Sacred Heart was named as rookie of the week after recording his first goal and first assist as a Pioneer in a 3-1 win over Bentley. Sacred Heart’s 2-2 record matches last season’s win total (2-30-4).