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  • Local defenseman on 2015 NHL Draft watch list

    Wed, July 9, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Carlo mugColorado Springs native Brandon Carlo is listed as one of the North American draft prospects to watch by NHL Central Scouting Service for 2015.

    The 6-foot-4, 184-pound defenseman is headed to Lake Placid later this summer to compete in the Team USA junior (U20) world championships training camp.

    He will begin his second full season with the Tri-City Americans of the major junior Western Hockey League this fall. He recorded 14 points (11 assists) in 76 games, including the playoffs, last season.


  • CS native named to USA world junior championship evaluation camp roster

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

    Carlo mugBrandon Carlo, a standout for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, was named to the Team USA junior evaluation camp roster.

    The camp is Aug. 2-9 in Lake Placid, New York. The players will audition for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015, in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

    Here is a feature I wrote on him last season. Carlo is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. He also played for the USA U18 national team recently.

  • Midweek reading: NCHC’s Pairwise troubles; Hobey fan ballot; W. Michigan, SCSU injuries

    Tue, January 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Roos celebrationDenver, North Dakota, Western Michigan, Minnesota-Duluth and Miami all find themselves out of the NCAA Tournament if the season ended today according to the latest Pairwise rankings

    North Dakota is sitting at 19th, but the other three have a lot of work to do. Fortunately, there are also a lot of games left. CC is No. 52 and Air Force No. 32. Obviously, both area teams will need to win their league’s automatic berth to qualify for the NCAAs.

    Here is a strong article about the recent travel troubles for the western college teams.

    The Hobey Baker fan balloting is underway and only one player from a Front Range team is on the ballot: Denver goalie Sam Brittain. No Air Force or CC players made the initial cut for the first time in recent memory

    WHL Portland snapped up a Minnesota-Duluth defenseman commit. Peter Stoykewych’s younger brother Paul signed with Western Michigan for next season He was one of seven signees.

    Here are three players Wisconsin is targeting in the recruiting battles and an injury update for St. Cloud State.

    The 2014 and 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Games will be held at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sept. 25, 2014 and sometime in September 2015.

  • Weekend reading: World juniors, Miami, Western Michigan, tourney schedules

    Fri, December 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    olofsson sweden

    Team USA, whcih includes CC rookie Jaccob Slavin,  takes on Slovakia at 5:30 a.m. MT on the NHL Network followed by Canada vs. the Czech Republic at 8:30 a.m.  The Team USA defense will be tested by Slovakia, which whipped Germany in its Pool A opener.

    Slavin’s college teammate Gustav Olofsson, pictured, plays Finland at about 9 a.m. in Pool B early Saturday. I cannot find any live streams/TV available for this game.

    And now, back to the lower 48 and tonight’s college hockey games.

    No. 12 Miami, which is tied for sixth in the eight-team NCHC for the moment, is not satisfied with their showing so far.

    Western Michigan hopes a little home cooking will help them succeed at the outdoor Great Lakes Invitational. The USCHO pickers are not so sure it will matter against No. 3 Michigan.  Michigan State plays Michigan Tech in the earlier semifinal.

    The Three Rivers Classic pairs No. 7 Boston College against Bowling Green and host Robert Morris against Penn State. No. 14 Wisconsin hosts Alabama-Huntsville this weekend. Yale plays the Russian Red Stars in an exhibition game.

    Here is the tournament schedule courtesy this USCHO preview:

    Saturday-Sunday: Florida College Hockey Classic (Princeton, Maine, New Hampshire, No. 15 Cornell), Catamount Cup (Canisius, No. 10 Massachusetts-Lowell, No. 9 Clarkson, Vermont).

    Sunday-Monday: UConn Hockey Classic (Massachusetts, No. 8 Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, Connecticut), Ledyard National Bank Classic (No. 16 Northeastern, Air Force, No. 5 Providence, Dartmouth).

    Jan. 3-4: Mariucci Classic (No. 2 Ferris State, Rensselaer, Colgate, No. 1 Minnesota).


  • Wednesday reading: Air Force notes; CS Hall of Fame; North Dakota loses commit to WHL; Big 10, NCHC, WCHA schedules

    Wed, October 16, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    afa vs uaaTuesday night roundup

    Bowling Green 4, Ohio State 3

    BOWLING GREEN — Four unanswered goals propelled Bowling Green past Ohio State Tuesday before 2,752 Falcon faithful at the BGSU Ice Arena.

    Sophomore Ben Murphy scored twice for the Falcons (1-1-1) while second-year goalie Tommy Burke made 25 saves.

    Ferris State 3, Mercyhurst 2

    ERIE, Pa. — The visiting Bulldogs scored twice in 30 seconds in the second period against Mercyhurst (0-3) to pull away and open the season at 2-1, all on the road.

    Air Force was 0-for-12 on the power play in the tournament … Air Force opens its home schedule with a two-game, non-conference series against Penn State, Oct. 18-19, at 7:05 pm MT each night at Cadet Ice Arena … The series begins a four-game homestand for the Falcons … AFA and Penn State have met twice all-time, both last season at Penn State … The teams split the series last season at Penn State.

    The 14th annual Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 banquet and induction ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Colorado Springs World Arena, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. A crowd of 600 is expected, but seats still remain available.  Reservations for tables or seats can be made by calling Aubrey McCoy at the Sports Corp 719.634.7333, ext. 1006 or via email: aubrey@thesportscorp.org.

    Prices: $2,500 for a VIP table of ten seats, $1,000 for a patron table of ten seats; $250 for a VIP seat, $100 for a patron seat. VIP seating includes priority seating location, complimentary wine, and VIP pre-event reception and early (5:30) start for a sports silent auction.

    North Dakota lost its fourth high-end recruit in two years when Ryan Gropp decided to go play for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. Don;t feel to sorry for UND. The cupboard is not bare.

    Denver defenseman Nolan Zajac will continue to play forward, Pioneers coach Jim Armstrong said during his press conference:  “He’s gonna play up front this weekend for sure.”

    Merrimack junior forward Josh Myers is from Colorado Springs. He led his team with seven shots in the two losses at Denver last weekend.

    This week’s Big Ten schedule (all times MT):

    Friday: Michigan State at UMass, Wisconsin at Boston College, both 5 p.m.; Michigan at New Hampshire, 5:30 p.m.; Minnesota at Bemidji State, 6:07 p.m.; Penn State at Air Force, 7:07  p.m.

    Saturday: Michigan at New Hampshire, Michigan State at UMass, Wisconsin at Boston University, all 5 p.m.; Minnesota at Bemidji State, 6:07 p.m.; Penn State at Air Force, 7:07 p.m.

    bigger-NCHC-logo-300x300This week’s NCHC schedule (all times MT):

    Friday: North Dakota at Miami, 5:05 p.m.; Nebraska-Omaha at Northern Michigan, 5:07 p.m.; Western Michigan vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 7:07 p.m.; Minnesota-Duluth at Colorado College, 7:37 p.m.; Denver at Alaska-Fairbanks, 10:07 p.m.

    Saturday: North Dakota at Miami, 5:05 p.m.; Nebraska-Omaha at Northern Michigan, 5:07 p.m.; Denver vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 6:07 p.m.; Minnesota-Duluth at Colorado College, 7:07 p.m.; Western Michigan at Alaska-Fairbanks, 9:07 p.m.

    This week’s WCHA schedule (all times MT):
     Lake Superior at Union, 5 p.m. Michigan Tech at Notre Dame, 5:05 p.m.; Colgate at Bowling Green, St. Lawrence at Ferris State, Nebraska-Omaha at Northern Michigan, all 5:07 p.m.; Minnesota at Bemidji State, Connecticut at Minnesota State, both 6:37 p.m. Western Michigan vs Alaska Anchorage, 7:07 p.m.; Denver at Alaska-Fairbanks, 10:07 p.m. 

    Saturday: Lake Superior at Union, 5 p.m.; Colgate at Bowling Green, St. Lawrence at Ferris State, Nebraska-Omaha at Northern Michigan, all 5:07 p.m; Minnesota at Bemidji State, Connecticut at Minnesota State, both 6:07 p.m.; Denver vs Alaska Anchorage, 6:07 p.m.; Western Michigan at Alaska-Fairbanks, 9:07 p.m.

    Sunday: Michigan Tech at Notre Dame (NC), 12:05 p.m.