Thanks and a request

press hatHello everyone:

As some of you already know, I was recently rehired for my former college hockey reporter position at The Gazette. As a result, I have to end my personal college hockey blog because of time constraints and also to avoid competing for page views with the Gazette’s College Hockey Blog: http://blogs.gazette.com/collegehockey/

The new/old blog will be much the same as Paisley Hockey and Eye of the Tigers before it with more Air Force and CC coverage since I am covering the teams full-time and even getting paid to do it now. That is good news for me and hopefully for college hockey fans looking for more news and links.

The @Paisleyhockey Twitter account will continue with score updates and story links from around the WCHA and AHA and soon, the NCHC. I will also maintain my Paisley Hockey Facebook page as a convenient news feed to find blog updates, etc.  I would also encourage CC fans to join the Colorado College Hockey group on Facebook where my blog updates appear regularly.

Thank you all for following Paisley Hockey. Maintaining this blog kept me up to speed on college hockey even while I juggled freelance assignments. No doubt, that preparedness played a large part in me being rehired by The Gazette.

For that and you all, I am grateful.

Joe Paisley

Joe.paisley@gazette.com

This week’s WCHA schedule

rp_primary_2012-13_Rapuzzi_MN1Games for Thursday, February 21: USA Under-18 Team at Nebraska Omaha (EX), 7:37 pm CT.

Games for Friday, February 22: Minnesota Duluth at Minnesota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; St. Cloud State at Colorado College (WCHA), 7:37 pm MT; North Dakota at Denver (WCHA), 8:07 pm MT.

Games for Saturday, February 23: Minnesota Duluth at Minnesota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; North Dakota at Denver (WCHA), 7:07 pm MT; St. Cloud State at Colorado College (WCHA), 7:07 pm MT.
Games for Sunday, February 24: Penn State at Wisconsin (NC), 7:07 pm CT.
Games for Monday, February 25: Penn State at Wisconsin (NC), 7:37 pm CT.

CCHA report: Notre Dame clinches first-round bye

CCHA final logoCCHA ESSENTIAL – “Need to know” items from this week in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association

February 18, 2013

Alaska- The Nanooks were swept by Lake Superior in Sault St. Marie, Mich., for the second time in as many visits and have now dropped four straight road games after being swept in Oxford, Ohio by Miami on Feb. 8-9.

Bowling Green-  Junior forward Junior Cam Wojtala’s game-tying tally in Friday’s 2-1 win at Ferris State marked his first goal since the Falcons’ 3-0 win against Niagara on Dec. 29, and snapped a 12-game goal drought.

Ferris State- Saturday’s ‘Senior Night’ honored the Bulldogs’ class of forwards Kyle Bonis, Matthew Kirzinger, Eric Alexander and Travis Ouellette and goaltender Rob Granett prior to their final home game of the regular season.

Lake Superior- The Lakers will promote autism awareness during their final home series against Miami this weekend and will pay tribute to the squad’s four seniors following Saturday’s game.

Miami-  With Friday’s 3-1 win over Notre Dame, the RedHawks clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming CCHA playoffs for an eighth straight year and also secured home ice for the second round.

Michigan-  Former Wolverines’ star Brendan Morrison, a two-time CCHA Player of the Year, three-time All-American and the 1997 Hobey Baker Award winner was inducted into the Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor on Saturday in Ann Arbor.

Michigan State- After going 27 games without a short-handed goal to start the season, the Spartans have three in their last five games. Senior forward Chris Forfar and junior forwards Greg Wolfe and Lee Reimer have scored them.

Northern Michigan-  Senior forward Brian Nugent scored his first goal of the season in Saturday’s 4-2 loss at Michigan State. Three of Nugent’s eight career goals have come against the Spartans.

Notre Dame- Notre Dame’s 2-1 win in the outdoor game at Chicago’s Soldier Field snapped a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) for the Irish against Miami.  The win was the first for the Irish against the RedHawks since Dec. 3, 2010.

Ohio State- The Buckeyes’ line of junior Alex Szczechura (3-1-4) and sophomores Tanner Fritz (1-3-4) and Max McCormick (1-2-3) combined for 11 points in the Ohio State’s 6-3 win against Western Michigan on Saturday.

Western Michigan- Ohio State  junior forward Alex Szczechura, brother of former Broncos’ forward Paul Szczechura, netted the first hat trick against Western Michigan since Miami’s Reilly Smith on Jan. 20, 2012.

Celebrate the Legacy - On Feb. 17, 1990, In Bowling Green’s last league game of the season, senior forward Nelson Emerson registered his 220th CCHA point – the first goal in a 2-1 win over Illinois-Chicago – to become the league’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Western Michigan’s Dan Dorion by a single point.

Quinnipiac remains atop both national polls

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The two national polls are remarkably similar. Here are the USCHO rankings. The top 10 follows:

1. Quinnipac

2. Minnesota

3. Miami

4. Boston College

5. New Hampshire

6. North Dakota

7. St. Cloud State

8. Western Michigan

9. Minnesota State

10. Denver

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday reading: Recaps and reactions, updated WCHA standings

action_ffsemi2_bc_cross_2Here are recaps of Sunday’s notable games. The rankings will change later today.

No. 18 Wisconsin 3, No. 2 Minnesota 2

CHICAGO — Sophomore goaltender Joel Rumpel made 36 saves while sophomore forward Brendan Woods had two assists to lead Wisconsin to a 3-2 victory against Minnesota on Sunday in the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

“Joel was given the game puck by the team,” Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. “His performance in the first period allowed us to get or feet underneath us.”

No. 12 Notre Dame 2, No. 3 Miami 1

CHICAGO — Notre Dame clinched a first-round CCHA playoff bye with a 2-1 win over Miami at the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field, its first win over the RedHawks since Dec. 3, 2010.

Notre Dame freshman forward Mario Lucia opened the scoring midway through the second period. Junior forward Jeff Costello increased the Irish’s lead, finding the back of the net at the 8:33 mark of the third period.

Miami freshman forward Kevin Morris cut Notre Dame’s lead in half, but that was the only goal the RedHawks would score as Notre Dame held on for the win. Junior goaltender Steven Summerhays made 22 saves for Notre Dame, while Miami freshman goaltender Ryan McKay turned aside 26 shots.

Also, it was a tough week to be a top team as the Gophers beat writer points out.

No. 9 Minnesota State, the only top 10 team to sweep an opponent, is in third place in the WCHA entering a bye week.

2012-2013 WCHA STANDINGS
WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
1
St. Cloud State
22
15
6
1
31
74
47
18
11
1
99
72
2
Nebraska Omaha
24
14
8
2
30
83
70
18
12
2
112
88
3
Minnesota State
24
14
9
1
29
77
57
20
9
3
104
71
4
Minnesota
22
12
6
4
28
73
53
20
6
4
110
59
North Dakota
22
11
5
6
28
72
56
16
8
6
96
74
6
Wisconsin
24
10
7
7
27
54
53
13
10
7
68
62
7
Denver
22
10
7
5
25
70
64
15
9
5
98
77
8
Colorado College
22
8
10
4
20
72
77
11
14
5
100
105
Minnesota Duluth
24
8
12
4
20
59
72
10
16
4
73
89
10
Bemidji State
24
5
13
6
16
50
72
6
17
7
62
89
Michigan Tech
24
6
14
4
16
62
82
10
16
4
89
94
12
Alaska Anchorage
26
2
18
6
10
50
93
4
19
7
61
104

WCHA roundup: OT win puts Nebraska-Omaha in second place

UNO celebrationFrom the WCHA …

No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha 6, Alaska-Anchorage 5 OT

ANCHORAGE — Johnnie Searfoss scored with 32 seconds left in overtime to lift Nebraska-Omaha to a 6-5 win at Alaska-Anchorage, which scored four power-play goals.

The win pushes UNO (18-12-2, 14-8-2) into second place in the WCHA.

No. 2 Minnesota could tie UNO with a win over No. 18 Wisconsin in the Windy City Classic outdoor games on Sunday.

No. 9 Minnesota State 6, Michigan Tech 1

MANKATO — Freshman goaltender Stephon Williams tied a career high with 37 saves and five different Mavericks had multiple-point games to lead Minnesota State to Saturday night’s 6-1 win against Michigan Tech at Verizon Wireless Center.

Minnesota-Duluth 1, Bemidji State 1 OT

BEMIDJI – Brady Wacker scored his third goal of the season to break a scoreless deadlock late in the second period, but the Beavers were unable to hold the lead as Cody Danberg scored his first goal since 2010 to help UMD force overtime at Sanford Center.

With one point and the draw, the Beavers earned three points this weekend to garner their first series victory of the season, move to 6-17-7 overall and 5-13-5 in WCHA play to climb into a tie with Michigan Tech for 10th place in the league standings.

Air Force rallies with two goals in third period

Air Force needed a hero to step forward.

Two did, and they were not the usual suspects most of the 2,107 fans on hand expected to spark a stirring 3-2 comeback win over Canisius on Saturday night.

Sophomore Scott Holm scored twice in the third period, including banging home a rebound for the game-winner with 8:22 remaining, as the second-place Falcons swept the Golden Griffins at Cadet Ice Arena.

It was the third-liner’s sixth and seventh goals this season.

Here is the rest of the article.

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