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
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