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  • Midweek reading: WMU opening; NCHC; Bidwill, Lampl, McDermott, Rapuzzi

    Wed, June 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Bonnett MUGWestern Michigan associate head coach Rob Facca left for a scouting job with the Chicago Blackhawks.  Former CC assistant Joe Bonnett, a WMU alum, would be a great fit there.

    The NCHC announced some board leadership changes.

    The Idaho Steelheads named Eamonn McDermott to the ECHL franchise’s season-ending roster, suggesting the Boise-based franchise wants to sign him for next season.

    The Colorado Eagles did the same for Arthur Bidwill as did the Toledo Walleye for both Cody Lampl and William Rapuzzi.

    CC_Rapuzzi_CU1The Toledo Walleye acquired the rights to Rapuzzi from Idaho to complete the trade made on Feb. 24.  Rapuzzi was recently named ECHL Rookie of the Year, following the 2013-14 season where he collected 16 goals, 42 assists in 60 games with Idaho. His 42 helpers led all first year players while his 58 points was good for second. The power play specialist posted 21 points (6G, 15A) while his team was on the man advantage. The 24-year-old played his college hockey at Colorado College, where he had 87 points (39G, 48A) in 151 games over four years.

    Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2013-14 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

    The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

  • Midweek reading: SCSU logo, Perry profile, WMU schedule, Mankato arena

    Wed, June 11, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    scsu logosSt. Cloud State releases its new secondary logo and sent out a press release showing its past logos since 1960 (pictured above).

    Here is a capsule profile of incoming Tiger goalie Chase Perry and his NHL Draft chances.

    Western Michigan announced its 2014-15 hockey schedule. The Broncos host Colorado College in their final games before the holiday break.

    Minnesota State in Mankato hopes its arena improvements will aid its hockey programs.

  • Midweek reading: Western Michigan adds size; No Minnesota early departures

    Tue, May 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Goff action WMUWestern Michigan is going big in its recruiting with the addition of 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenseman Neal Goff to its incoming seven-player freshmen class. The smallest rookie is 5-11, 175-pound forward John Carpino so the Broncos are looking to take advantage of the NHL sheet.

    This is no accident under coach Andy Murray. Junior forward J.T. Osborn is the shortest skater at 5-8, 180 pounds while sophomore forward Sheldon Dries is 5-9, 179. Here is the WMU roster. Among the incoming Broncos freshmen is Paul Stoykewych, younger brother of CC’s Peter Stoykewych.

    Surprisingly, no Gophers have left early for the pro ranks at this point, which is a bit unusual. Any departures are expected to happen this week or next.  There is also a post-NHL Draft period when some players reconsider their commitments.

    USCHO keeps a list of all the early departures in D1 hockey.

  • Seventh NCHC player leaves early for pros

    Wed, May 7, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UND Grimaldi actionNorth Dakota redshirt sophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi, 21, signed a three-year deal with the Florida Panthers, giving up his final two years of college eligibility.

    The NCAA Midwest Regional MVP led UND with 17 goals and 22 assists this past season.

    “We are very pleased to have reached a contract agreement with Rocco,” Florida general manager Dale Tallon said in a press release. “He is a hard working forward who possesses speed along with great vision on the ice. We look forward to his continued growth and development within our organization.”

    He is the seventh to leave an NCHC school early, joining Nebraska-Omaha junior forward Josh Archibald (43 points, 29 goals), AHL Penguins, SCSU junior goalie Ryan Faragher (20-9-4, 2.79 gaa, .905 saves), Anaheim; Duluth junior Caleb Herbert (31, 19 points), Capitals; ) UNO junior defenseman Jaycob Megna (10, 10 assists), Ducks; Western Michigan junior defenseman Jordan Oesterle (17, 15 assists), Oilers;  and CC freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson (eight, four goals), Minnesota.

    In all, 26 college players have left early this offseason.

  • 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


  • Updated: CC 2014-15 schedule takes shape

    Tue, April 8, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Thorimbert2While the search for a new coach gets underway, information about the 2014-15 schedule continues to trickle in and it will be a tough one as usual.

    CC fans should expect home and road series against both Miami and Western Michigan this season under the league’s schedule rotation.

    Minnesota-Duluth will not travel to Colorado Springs during the regular season, just like Miami did not last season.

    CC has 24 league games, leaving 10 nonconference dates, in a 34-game regular-season schedule.

    Eight nonleague spots are filled by single road games against Boston College, New Hampshire, UConn, a road series at Providence and home contests against Wisconsin (1) and Alabama-Huntsville (2).

    Air Force may fill one or two of those open spots.

    Here is a very INCOMPLETE, TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (in other words, do not book any flights just yet) based on past interviews and other media.

    CC 2014-15 schedule

    Subject to change


    Sept. 30 annual Faceoff Luncheon


    Oct. 3, McGill University (exhibition)

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

    Oct. 17-18 North Dakota

    Oct. 24-25, at Boston College, New Hampshire (block break weekend)


    Nov. 14 at Denver

    Nov. 15   Denver

    Nov. 21  Wisconsin

    Nov. 22 at Air Force


    Dec. 5-6, at Minnesota-Duluth


    Jan. 3-4, at Providence

    Jan. 6, at UConn


    Feb. 20 Denver

    Feb. 21 at Denver

  • 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.

  • Championship Saturday: UND’s NCAA hopes

    Sat, March 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    miamiNorth Dakota’s run of 12-straight NCAA Tournament berths is in trouble but it can be done if this scenario happens. Here are details of Miami’s 3-0 NCHC semifinal win.

    Ohio State’s 3-1 upset of Minnesota in one Big Ten semifinal last night further complicates things.  They take on No. 2 seed Wisconsin.

    Championships for OSU, Denver or Miami and the Atlantic Hockey winner eat up the bottom three seeds, meaning the first at-large berth goes to the No. 13 team. UND is tied for 14th with idle Michigan.

    No. 8 seed Miami continues to play well of late and takes on No. 6 seed Denver in the NCHC postseason championship.

    Minnesota-Duluth’s Caleb Herbert is leaving UMD early for the Capitals organization.

    Ferris State plays Minnesota State for the WCHA championship.

    Both Atlantic Hockey semifinals were decided in overtime:  No. 7 seed Canisius 5, No. 1 Mercyhurst 4 2OT; No. 5 Robert Morris 5, No. 6 Niagara 4 OT.

    Updated tournament brackets

    All times MT

    NCHC Tournament

    Target Center, Minneapolis

    TV: CBS Sports Network

    Friday’s results

    No. 6 Denver 4, No. 5 Western Michigan 3

    No. 8 Miami 3,  No. 2 North Dakota 0


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

    6:38 p.m., championship, Miami vs. Denver

    Atlantic Hockey

    Rochester, N.Y.

    TV:  None

    Friday’s results

    No. 7 Canisius 5, No. 1 Mercyhurst 4 2OT

    No. 5 Robert Morris 5, No. 6 Niagara 4 OT


    5:05 p.m., Robert Morris vs. Canisius

    Big Ten Tournament

    Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

    Thursday’s results

    No. 6 Penn State 2,  No. 3 Michigan 1 2OT

    No. 4 Ohio State 2, No. 5 Michigan State 1 OT

    Friday’s results

    No. 2 Wisconsin 2, Penn State 1

    Ohio State 3, No. 1 Minnesota 1


    6 p.m., championship, Ohio State vs. Wisconsin

    WCHA Final Five

    Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.

    TV: FS North

    Friday’s results

    No. 2 Minnesota State 4, No. 3 Bowling Green State 0

    No. 1 Ferris State 5, No. 4 Alaska-Anchorage 4 OT


    5:07 p.m.,  Minnesota State vs. Ferris State

  • Updated league tournament brackets

    Fri, March 21, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    du undHere are the updated “western” tourney brackets with TV coverage included:

    All times MT

    NCHC Tournament

    Target Center, Minneapolis

    TV: CBS Sports Network


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

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


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

    6:38 p.m., championship

    Atlantic Hockey

    Rochester, N.Y.

    TV:  None

    Friday semifinals

    2:05 p.m., No. 7 Canisius vs. No. 1 Mercyhurst

    1 hour later, No. 6 Niagara vs. No. 5 Robert Morris


    5:50 p.m., semifinal winners

    Big Ten Tournament

    Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

    Thursday’s results

    No. 6 Penn State 2,  No. 3 Michigan 1 2OT

    No. 4 Ohio State 2, No. 5 Michigan State 1 OT


    1 p.m.,  Penn State vs. No. 2 Wisconsin

    6 p.m.,  Ohio State vs. No. 1 Minnesota

    Saturday (no third-place game)

    6 p.m., semifinal winners

    WCHA Final Five

    Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.

    TV: FS North


    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


    5:07 p.m., semifinal winners

  • Friday reading: NCHC, Big 10, WCHA, women

    Fri, March 21, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Miami vs SCSUDenver is focused on the NCHC Frozen Four, knowing they have a very good chance at making the NCAAs. Here is a preview of the Frozen Faceoffand another and another.

    The UND beat writer focuses on the Miami-North Dakota match-up, naturally.

    Wisconsin enters the Big Ten tourney with some confidence. The Big 10 says its inaugural year was a rousing success.

    Penn State knocked off Michigan while Ohio State edged Michigan State. Both games went to overtime though it appears no one saw it live, judging from the dismal crowds.

    Here is some basic info on the WCHA Final Five. Alaska-Anchorage has benefited from the new-look WCHA, which is previewed by Puckato.

    The women’s Frozen Four begins this weekend. Here is a look at that tourney’s scheduling.

    Key Dates:
    Sat., March 22: Conference championship games
    Sun., March 23: NCAA Selection Show (ESPNU, noon ET)
    March 28-30: NCAA Regionals
    April 2: Hobey Hat Trick (3 finalists) announced
    April 10-12: NCAA Frozen Four, Philadelphia

    Michigan Tech goalie Pheonix Copley has left school early to join the AHL Hershey Bears as part of the Washington Capitals organization.  Here is a list of the college hockey players who signed with the pros recently.