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.

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.

WCHA roundup: BSU gets first 2013 win; UNO moves into second

UNO celebration 2No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha 3, Alaska-Anchorage 0

ANCHORAGE — Brent Gwidt and Matt White scored 74 seconds apart midway through the third period as No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha pulled away for a 3-0 win over last-place Alaska-Anchorage Friday night.

UNO moved into a tie for second with idle North Dakota and No. 2 Minnesota. Hobey Baker hopeful Ryan Walters scored his team-high 18th goal, which is tied for second in Division I with North Dakota senior Danny Kristo.

No. 9 Minnesota State 4, Michigan Tech 2

MANKATO — Junior forward Johnny McInnis posted a goal and an assist as Minnesota State earned a 4-2 win against Michigan Tech on Friday night at Verizon Wireless Center.

The Mavericks out shot Michigan Tech 36-22 on the night. The Mavericks were one-for-seven on the power play, while Michigan Tech was two-for-six with the man advantage.

Minnesota State (19-9-3, 13-9-1 WCHA) has won 16 of its last 21 games and sits in fifth place in the WCHA.

Bemidji State 4, Minnesota-Duluth 2

BEMIDJI — Senior forward Brance Orban scored two power-play goals in the third period to lift Bemidji State to a 4-2 win against Minnesota Duluth on Friday night at Sanford Center.

The Beavers snapped a 12-game winless skid and won for the first time in 2013 and its first Friday game this season.

No. 2 Minnesota 3, No. 18 Wisconsin 2

MADISON — Sophomore defenseman Ben Marshall handed out a pair of assists and freshman goaltender Adam Wilcox stopped 28 shots to help Minnesota skate to a 3-2 win against Wisconsin on Friday night at Kohl Center.

No. 18 Wisconsin (12-10-7, 9-7-7 WCHA) had a season-high 13,611 fans at the Kohl Center on the edge of their seats while pressing for a comeback bid. The Badgers pulled their goaltender with just under three minutes left in regulation, got to within one goal, but fell short in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of No. 2 Minnesota (20-5-4, 12-5-4 WCHA).

The game sets up an anticipated rematch on Sunday, when the teams meet at Soldier Field in Chicago in the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic.

Friday reading: MSU, Gophers, UND, UMD, previews, predictions

DSCF0396I am leading off with three WCHA series that more directly affect idle CC in its efforts to garner home playoff ice. The latest standings are at the end of the post.

Tenth-place Michigan Tech at sixth place (3-way tie) Minnesota State: Minnesota State is College Hockey News’ team of the week. Freshman Teddy Blueger is a big reason why the Mavs are enjoying a solid season.

MSU’s Matt Leitner is featured by the Mankato Free Press, which produces a capsule preview too.

Idle Denver’s one-point weekend against CC allowed MSU to move into CBS’ Top 10 Power Rankings.

Ninth-place Minnesota-Duluth at 11th-place Bemidji State: Minnesota-Duluth is struggling right now. Here is an injury update and more from the News-Tribune beat writer.  UMD is  one point back of the Tigers and winless since a victory at CC on Jan. 18. This may be 11th place BSU’s best chance to break through for its first win of 2013.

Third-place Minnesota (tie) at sixth-place Wisconsin (3-way tie): Here is a look at Minnesota’s league title prospects. The Gophers play Wisconsin indoors Friday and need to focus on that game to make a move up the standings against idle North Dakota and WCHA-leading St. Cloud State, which is also off this weekend.

UND’s troubles getting back to Grand Forks from Omaha this past weekend are detailed by the GF Herald folks in this video.

Third-place Nebraska Omaha is eager to pull off a road sweep of Alaska-Anchorage to try to keep up in the MacNaughton Cup race.  Despite a poor record, last-place UAA has only been swept once at home this season and Jordan Kwas is a big reason why.

Here are USCHO’s predictions for this weekend.

In other leagues, Air Force hosts Canisius in an important Atlantic series for the Falcons, who are battling to finish in the top four and earn a first-round bye. ECAC Colgate is relatively close to getting an on-campus hockey arena.

Updated WCHA standings …

WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
St. Cloud State
22
15
6
1
31
74
47
18
11
1
99
72
North Dakota
22
11
5
6
28
72
56
16
8
6
96
74
Minnesota
20
11
5
4
26
68
48
19
5
4
105
54
Nebraska Omaha
22
12
8
2
26
74
65
16
12
2
103
83
Denver
22
10
7
5
25
70
64
15
9
5
98
77
Minnesota State
22
12
9
1
25
67
54
18
9
3
94
68
Wisconsin
22
9
6
7
25
49
48
12
9
7
63
57
Colorado College
22
8
10
4
20
72
77
11
14
5
100
105
Minnesota Duluth
22
8
11
3
19
56
67
10
15
3
70
84
Michigan Tech
22
6
12
4
16
59
72
10
14
4
86
84
Bemidji State
22
4
13
5
13
45
69
5
17
6
57
86
Alaska Anchorage
24
2
16
6
10
45
84
4
17
7
56
95

Bye week comes at good time for CC

CC vs DenverA week off after having only five defensemen available in last Saturday’s 6-5 home win over No. 11 Denver was just what the Tigers needed.

“It isn’t too often that after a five-game unbeaten streak (2-0-3), you are happy to have a week off,” said Tigers coach Scott Owens, said adding that the wear and tear on the five active defensemen showed when Denver reeled off three goals in 3:18 to force overtime. “This week is good for us to recoup, refresh and regroup.”

The week should help some of last Saturday’s inactive players heal and potentially be available for Friday and Saturday’s home series against WCHA leader St. Cloud State.

Thursday reading: Penn State, predictions, WCHA scholar-athletes

Penn State alumnus Terry Pegula donated $90 million towards an on-campus arena that will bear his name - Rick Stewart

Penn State alumnus Terry Pegula donated $90 million towards an on-campus arena that will bear his name – Rick Stewart

Penn State will open its new rink against Army on Oct. 11, 2013.

Here are some predictions for this weekend and the weekly USCHO column.

From the WCHA …

MADISON, Wis. – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, through Commissioner Bruce M. McLeod, Associate Commissioner Sara R. Martin, Michigan Technological University Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret (Chair, men’s league) and University of Minnesota Duluth Faculty Representative Al Mensinger (Chair, women’s league) has announced a record total of 114 men’s and women’s student-athletes that make up the eighth annual group of WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipients for 2012-13. The previous record for honorees in one season was 110 in 2011-12.
“The announcement of our annual WCHA Scholar-Athletes is always a very special time of the year,” said McLeod, Martin, Sanregret and Mensinger in a joint statement. “It is an opportunity for both the Association and our member teams to publically acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of these young men and women and pay tribute to the amount of time, hard work and dedication each of them put into their already demanding schedules as student-athletes. Achieving this high honor is a remarkable tribute to every one of them and on behalf of the entire WCHA family, we wish them all the success in the world.”
The WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award was developed through Association member team Faculty Representatives and approved by the conference membership beginning with the 2005-06 season. To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his/her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.
Over the first eight years of the award, there have now been 639 WCHA Scholar-Athlete honorees representing all 12 men’s-member and all eight women’s-member institutions. Fifty-four (54) of this season’s 114 men’s and women’s WCHA Scholar-Athletes are repeat honorees, including two four-time recipients and 21 three-time honorees.
Earning the distinguished WCHA Scholar-Athlete honor for the fourth time are St. Cloud State’s Anna Donlan (2009-10, ’10-11, ’11-12, ’12-13) and Drew LeBlanc (2009-10, ’10-11, ’11-12, ’12-13), who become only the sixth and seventh student-athletes to ever do so. The other four-time honorees have been Colorado College’s Scott McCulloch (2005-06, ’06-07, ’07-08, ’08-09), North Dakota’s Chay Genoway (2007-08, ’08-09, ’09-10, ’10-11), Minnesota Duluth’s Kenny Reiter (2008-09, ’09-10, ’10-11, ’11-12), and Minnesota State’s Jenna Hewitt (2006-07, ’07-08, ’08-09, ’09-10) and Austin Lee (2008-09, ’09-10, ’10-11, ’11-12).
Twenty-one (21) of this season’s men’s and women’s honorees have now earned the WCHA Scholar-Athlete award for the third time in their careers. They are, by member team, Alaska Anchorage’s Chris Crowell, Bemidji State’s Jake AreshenkoMolly ArolaSadie LundquistBrance Orban and Abby Williams, Denver’s Shawn Ostrow and Paul Phillips, Michigan Tech’s Kevin Genoe, Minnesota Duluth’s Aaron CrandallAudrey Belanger-Cournoyer and Vanessa Thibault, Minnesota State’s Tyler ElbrechtErika Magnusson and Lauren Smith, North Dakota’s Jocelyne LamoureuxMonique LamoureuxMary LokenAllison Parizek and Jordan Slavin, and St. Cloud State’s Callie Dahl.
The complete list of 54 repeat honorees for 2012-13, listed by member institution, are as follows (****indicates four-time recipient, ***three-time recipient, **two-time recipient):
University of Alaska Anchorage: Matt Bailey* (Jr., F), Chris Crowell*** (Sr., F), Scott Warner* (Sr., D).
Bemidji State University: Jake Areshenko*** (Sr., D), Molly Arola*** (Sr., F), Allie Duellman* (Jr., D), Sadie Lundquist*** (Sr., F), Aaron McLeod** (Sr., F), Brance Orban*** (Sr., F), Erika Wheelhouse* (Sr., D), Abby Williams*** (Sr., F), Danielle Williams* (Jr., D/F).
University of Denver: Shawn Ostrow*** (Sr., F), Paul Phillips*** (Sr., D).
Michigan Technological University: Kevin Genoe*** (Sr., G), Brad Stebner* (Jr., D).
University of Minnesota: Bethany Brausen* (Jr., F), Zach Budish* (Jr., F), Nate Condon* (Jr., F).
University of Minnesota Duluth: Audrey Cournoyer*** (Sr., F), Aaron Crandall*** (Jr., G), Luke McManus* (So., D), Vanessa Thibault*** (Sr., F).
Minnesota State University, Mankato: Emilia Andersson* (Sr., D), Tyler Elbrecht*** (Sr., D), Evan Karambelas* (Jr., G), Melissa Klippenstein* (Jr., F), Erika Magnusson*** (Sr., D), Kathleen Rogan* (Jr., F), Lauren Smith*** (Sr., F).
University of Nebraska Omaha: Bryce Aneloski* (Sr., D), Zahn Raubenheimer* (Jr., F), Johnnie Searfoss* (Jr., F), Alex Simonson* (Jr., F).
University of North Dakota: Jocelyne Lamoureux*** (Sr., F), Monique Lamoureux*** (Sr., F/D), Mary Loken*** (Sr., F), Allison Parizek*** (Sr., F), Michelle Bonapace-Potvin* (So., G), Dillon Simpson* (Jr., D), Jordan Slavin*** (Sr., D).
Ohio State University: Madison Marcotte* (Jr., D), Minttu Tuominen* (Sr., F).
St. Cloud State University: Sydney Burghardt* (Jr., F), Callie Dahl*** (Sr., F), Anna Donlan**** (Sr., G), Nic Dowd* (Jr., F), Julia Gilbert* (Jr., F), Kevin Gravel* (Jr., D), Nick Jensen* (Jr., D), Drew LeBlanc**** (Sr., F), Amanda Monkman* (Jr., D), Amy Olson* (So., F).
University of Wisconsin: Natalie Berg* (Jr., D).
In 2005-06, the inaugural season of the WCHA Scholar-Athlete award, there were 47 men’s and women’s honorees. In 2006-07, there were 49 honorees, in 2007-08 there were 79, in 2008-09 there were 71, in 2009-10 there were 80, in 2010-11 there were 90 and last year (2011-12) there were 110.
This season’s WCHA Scholar-Athlete recipients will be publicly honored on-ice at an upcoming home game by their institutions and presented a commemorative plaque.
 
2012-13 WCHA Scholar-Athletes • by Member Team
 
****four-time recipient; ***three-time recipient;  **two time recipient
 
University of Alaska Anchorage
Matt Bailey* (Jr., F, Oakbank, MB); Chris Crowell*** (Sr., F, Williams Lake, BC); Daniel Naslund (Sr., F, Nykoping, Sweden); Kory Roy (So., F, Anchorage, AK); Quinn Sproule (Jr., D, Hussar, AB); Scott Warner * (Sr., D, Anchorage, AK).
 
Bemidji State University
Jake Areshenko*** (Sr., D, Port Coquitlam, BC); Molly Arola*** (Sr., F, Walker, MN); Phil Brewer (Fr., F, Cambridge, ON); Allie Duellman* (Jr., D, Maplewood, MN); Matt Hartmann (Sr., F, Hugo, MN); Sadie Lundquist*** (Sr., F, Cloquet, MN); Aaron McLeod** (Sr., F, Ottawa, ON); Brance Orban*** (Sr., F, Lethbridge, AB); Matt Prapavessis (So., D, Oakville, ON); Tyler Tosunian (So., F, Whittier, CA); Andrew Walsh (So., G, Dawson Creek, BC); Erika Wheelhouse* (Sr., D, Crookston, MN); Abby Williams*** (Sr., F, Alexandria, MN); Danielle Williams* (Jr., D/F, Waconia, MN); Sam Windle (So., D, Maple Grove, MN); Whitney Wivoda (So., F, Fairbanks, AK).
 
Colorado College
Alexander Krushelnyski (Jr., F, Bloomfield Hills, MI); Eamonn McDermott (Jr., D, Shaker Heights, OH).
 
University of Denver
Larkin Jacobson (So., F, Sioux City, IA); Scott Mayfield (So., D, St. Louis, MO); Shawn Ostrow*** (Sr., F, Calgary, AB); Paul Phillips*** (Sr., D, Darien, IL).
 
Michigan Technological University
Kevin Genoe*** (Sr., G, Qualicum Beach, BC); Tanner Kero (So., F, Hancock, MI); Daniel Sova (Jr., D, Cottage Grove, MN); Brad Stebner* (Jr., D, Fort McMurray, AB).
 
University of Minnesota
Bethany Brausen* (Jr., F, Little Canada, MN); Zach Budish* (Jr., F, Edina, MN); Nate Condon* (Jr., F, Wausau, WI); Noora Räty (Sr., G, Espoo, Finland); Kyle Rau (So., F, Eden Prairie, MN); Michael Shibrowski (Jr., G, Andover, MN); Kelly Terry (Jr., F, Whitby, ON).
 
University of Minnesota Duluth
Audrey Cournoyer*** (Sr., F, Montreal, QC); Aaron Crandall*** (Jr., G, Lakeville, MN); Justin Crandall (So., F, Lakeville, MN); Adam Krause (So., F, Hermantown, MN); Luke McManus* (So., D, Apple Valley, MN); Tim Smith (Jr., D, Superior, WI); Vanessa Thibault*** (Sr., F, Lachine, QC).
 
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Emilia Andersson* (Sr., D, Stockholm, Sweden); Lauren Barnes (Jr., F, Burnsville, MN); Tyler Elbrecht*** (Sr., D, Edwardsville, IL); Chase Grant (So., F, Oklahoma City, OK); Evan Karambelas* (Jr., G, Fort St. John, BC); Melissa Klippenstein* (Jr., F, Neubergthal, MB); Mat Knoll (So., D, Edmonton, AB); Erin Krichiver (So., G, Chicago, IL); Erika Magnusson*** (Sr., D, Fergus Falls, MN); Shelby Moteyunas (So., D, Cicero, NY); Kathleen Rogan* (Jr., F, Vancouver, BC); Kelsie Scott (Jr., F, Souris, MB); Lauren Smith*** (Sr., F, Burnsville, MN); Charlie Thauwald (So., F, Rochester, MN).
 
University of Nebraska Omaha
Bryce Aneloski* (Sr., D, Pekin, IL); John Faulkner (Sr., G, Sarnia, ON); Ryan Massa (So., G, Littleton, CO); Jaycob Megna (So., D, Northbrook, IL); Brock Montpetit (Jr., F, Somerset, WI); Brian O’Rourke (So., D, St. Louis, MO); Zahn Raubenheimer* (Jr., F, Smoky Lake, AB); Andrew Schmit (So., F, Grafton, WI); Johnnie Searfoss* (Jr., F, Colleyville, TX); Alex Simonson* (Jr., F, Grand Forks, ND); Andrej Sustr (Jr., D, Plzen, Czech Republic); Ryan Walters (Jr., F, Rosemount, MN).
 
University of North Dakota
Shelby Amsley-Benzie (Fr., G, Warroad, MN); Andrea Dalen (So., F, Honefoss, Norway); Shannon Kaiser (Fr., F, Crookston, MN); Jocelyne Lamoureux*** (Sr., F, Grand Forks, ND); Monique Lamoureux*** (Sr., F/D, Grand Forks, ND); Mary Loken*** (Sr., F, Roseau, MN); Mark MacMillan (So., F, Penticton, BC); Nick Mattson (So., D, Chanhassen, MN); Allison Parizek*** (Sr., F, Minot, ND); Michelle Bonapace-Potvin* (So., G, Royn-Noranda, QC); Dillon Simpson* (Jr., D, Edmonton, AB); Jordan Slavin*** (Sr., D, Erie, CO); Tori Williams (So., D, The Pas, MB).
 
Ohio State University
Becky Allis (Jr., D, West Olive, MI); Stacy Danczak (So., G, Macedonia, OH); Taylor Kuehl (So., F, Minnetrista, MN); Madison Marcotte* (Jr., D, White Bear Lake, MN); Kari Schmitt (So., D, Canton, MI); Sara Schmitt (So., D, Canton, MI); Paige Semenza (Sr., F, Pittston, PA); Kayla Sullivan (So., F, Flower Mound, TX); Kim Theut (Sr., F, Harrison Township, MI); Minttu Tuominen* (Sr., F, Espoo, Finland).
 
St. Cloud State University
Brooks Bertsch (So., F, Dubuque, IA); Sydney Burghardt* (Jr., F, Medicine Hat, AB); Callie Dahl*** (Sr., F, Stillwater, MN); Anna Donlan**** (Sr., G, Hillsboro, WI); Nic Dowd* (Jr., F, Huntsville, AL); Ryan Faragher (So., G, Fort Frances, ON); Julie Friend (So., G, Minnetonka, MN); Julia Gilbert* (Jr., F, Hermantown, MN); Kevin Gravel* (Jr., D, Kingsford, MI); Joey Holka (So., F, Phoenix, AZ); Nick Jensen* (Jr., D, Rogers, MN); Drew LeBlanc**** (Sr., F, Hermantown, MN); Amanda Monkman* (Jr., D, Roseau, MN); David Morley (Fr., F, Richmond Hills, ON); Nick Oliver (So., F, Roseau, MN); Amy Olson* (So., F, Roseau, MN); Joe Phillippi (So., G, Shoreview, MN).
 
University of Wisconsin
Natalie Berg* (Jr., D, Minnetonka, MN); Katy Josephs (So., F, Calgary, AB).

Wednesday reading: CLASS Award, CC schedule, ‘What If’ calculator

Minnesota  unveiled  its jerseys for the Hockey City Classic  at Soldier Field on Sunday Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. CT vs. Wisconsin (Big Ten Network).

Minnesota unveiled its jerseys for the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field on Sunday Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. CT vs. Wisconsin (Big Ten Network).

Air Force senior Stephen Carew and St. Cloud State’s Ben Hanowski, who will play CC next weekend, are two of the 10 national  Senior CLASS Award finalists.

Carew is the seventh consecutive Falcon to be a finalist for the award, joining Billy Devoney (2007), Frank Schiavone (2008), Mike Phillipich (2009), Matt Fairchild (2010),  Jacques Lamoureux (2011) and Paul Weisgarber (2012). Lamoureux became the first Air Force player in any sport to win the award.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The award is divided up by sport.  Other men’s hockey finalists: Brett Beebe, Western Michigan; Danny Biega, Harvard; Kyle Bonis, Ferris State;  Alex Gerke, Connecticut; Brendan Jamison, Robert Morris; Brandon Nunn, Holy Cross; Cheyne Rocha, Army; and Steven Spinell, Miami.

Fan voting is underway at the award website or its Facebook page through March 25. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner, which will  be announced during the NCAA Frozen Four® April 11-13.

CC has the fifth-toughest remaining schedule in the WCHA this regular season.

Sioux Sports put out its annual ‘What If’ calculator so fans can predict upcoming WCHA games and then see how that may affect the final standings. If anything, it may give CC fans a reason to care about that Anchorage-Omaha series, for example.

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