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.

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

In the pros: Bachman gets first win, Schwartz first goal, of season

jaden draft imageDallas Stars backup goalie Richard Bachman eked out a win over Vancouver. The former Tiger may get more starts after an injury to Kari Lehtonen forced his entry into the game.

Jaden Schwartz scored his first of the year and assisted the next goal to stake St. Louis to a 2-0 lead in a 5-2 win at struggling Calgary.

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.

Three Tigers among top western college free agents

CC Rylan Schwartz actionThe Western College Hockey Blog announced its top 15 college free agents from the CCHA and WCHA and that list included three Tigers. Here are the list’s write ups on each with my take on the other seniors at the bottom.

8. Alex Krushelnyski, Junior, Forward, Colorado College

Krushelnyski was a player barely on the radar heading into this season, but has had an incredible year. Krushelnyski has 32 points through 30 games this year, including 28 points at even strength. He’s the nation’s third best scorer at even strength behind Walters and Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau. There’s nothing flashy about his game, but he’s the type of player that wins battles and rarely makes a mistake. He has the type of tools to be an effective bottom line player in the NHL.

11. Rylan Schwartz, Senior, Forward, Colorado College

While never quite as dynamic as younger brother Jaden, Schwartz has always been a dangerous offensive player in his own right. He’s having a very strong final campaign, with 35 points through 30 games this year, and his playmaking abilities could be valuable for some NHL club.

15. Mike Boivin, Senior, Defense, Colorado College

Boivin is an offensive defenseman that has been a rock on the power play for the Tigers this year. Colorado College has a long history of getting offensive defensemen into the NHL including players like Mark Stuart, Jack Hillen, Nate Prosser and Tom Preissing.

The other three senior free agents (Scott Winkler is a Dallas draft pick) are Andrew Hamburg, Joe Marciano and William Rapuzzi. I expect all three to garner some attention as well, especially Rapuzzi (33 points, 19 assists).

Fejes scores with 10.5 seconds left in OT thriller

CC hockey and video 001Colorado College freshman Hunter Fejes scored the “biggest goal of my life” when he scored with 10.5 seconds left to lift the Tigers past rival Denver in a 6-5 overtime thriller Saturday night.

“I looked up and saw 22 seconds and said man we cannot lose this game,” Fejes said. “It’s definitely a career highlight for me there. I saw Jeff (Collett open for a pass) but since it was going down to the wire, I thought I should shoot it and I just got lucky.”

Fejes took two strides to his left, stopped and fired a shot from between the circles that beat Denver goalie Juho Olkinuora inside the near post glove side to make most of the standing-room-only crowd of 7,750 fans at Colorado Springs World Arena jump to their feet in celebration and the Tigers leaping onto the ice in celebration.

“It’s very nice to see the younger kids emerge,” said Tigers coach Scott Owens about Fejes’ two goals and assist. “I am happy for the fans who have stuck with a 10-14 team. They got their money’s worth tonight.”

All in all, this team deserved it tonight. It’s a big two points.”

The win pushes CC up into eighth place, five points behind Denver, No. 11 Minnesota State and No. 19 Wisconsin, who are tied for fifth.

It was fitting that no lead was truly safe in this rivalry series.

The host Tigers took a 5-2 lead with 6:05 left only to see the No. 9 Pioneers score three goals in 3:18 to tie the game at 5-5 after CC junior Alexander Krushelnyski scored on a breakaway with 6:05 left for what looked to be the game-clinching score.

While Krushelnyski’s goal was being announced, DU’s Larkin Jacobson scored an unassisted goal five seconds later to make it 5-3. Denver’s Joey LaLeggia tallied on a slow wrister through traffic 67 ticks later to make it 5-4. Denver (15-9-5, 10-7-5 WCHA) then tied it with 2:42 remaining on a goal by Zac Larraza.

In 198 seconds, a CC rout became a huge Denver comeback and the fourth overtime game (1-0-3) in a row for the Tigers (11-14-5, 8-10-4).

“I am really glad for Joe Howe, because even though he gave up five goals, he ended up with the W,” Owens said.

The DU rally negated a big second period when Colorado College scored four in one period for the first time this season to rally from down 2-0 and take a 4-2 lead into the third.

Three of the four goals came from the point with CC senior captain William Rapuzzi playing a role in the final three.

Rapuzzi assisted the tying and go-ahead goals (Hunter Fejes, Joe Marciano) and then screened Olkinuora on Mike Boivin’s score, his 13th of the season, to stake the Tigers to the two-goal lead.

CC junior wing Archie Skalbeck jumpstarted the Tigers and energized the crowd when he snapped a wrister inside the post as he skated across the point. That made it 2-1 and the added energy led to a Denver penalty 15 seconds later.

The CC power play generated three quality chances but could not convert.

The game settled down for a few minutes until Rapuzzi made a strong crossing pass to freshman Hunter Fejes, who redirected the pass top shelf to beat Olkinuora to tie the game at 2-2 midway through the second period. Rapuzzi pass from the opposite post caught Olkinuora a half-second slow sliding over for Fejes’ shot.

Rapuzzi then set up Marciano’s goal a shot from just inside the blue line that beat Olkinuora glove side to the roar of the crowd. Boivin scored from the same area to make it 4-2.

Denver had seized control early with Nick Shore rifling a shot over CC senior goalie Joe Howe’s left  should less than five minutes into the game.

Colorado College has taken a 1-0 lead only 10 times out of 30 games so far this season.

DU made it 2-0 when Ty Loney redirected a shot by defenseman Joey LaLeggia only moments into a power play with 8:44 left in the opening period.

The Tigers had their chances with three Grade A chances missed, either with a missed redirect or pass through the crease that went through untouched. Olkinuora also made two good saves early in the period to keep the game scoreless for a time.

Colorado College 6, No. 9 Denver 5 OT

Denver                 2              0              3              0              — 5

Colorado College              0              4              1              1              –6

First period – 1. Denver, N. Shore (Zajac, Levin) 4:54; 2, Denver, Loney (LaLeggia, Makowski) 11:16. Penalties – CC, Taft, slashing, 11:04.

Second period – 3. CC, Skalbeck (Boivin), 3:32; 4. CC, Fejes (Rapuzzi, Young) 9:44; 5. CC, Marciano (Rapuzzi, Fejes) 13:43; 6. CC, Boivin (Krushelmyski, Schwartz) 15:38. Penalties –DU, Doremus, hooking, 3:37; DU, Mayfield, holding, 14:31.

Third period – 7. CC, Krushelnyski (Stoykewych) 13:55; 8. DU, Jacobson (unassisted) 14:00; 9. DU, LaLeggia (Makowski, Knowlton) 15:07; 10. DU, Larazza (Didier, Ostrow) 17:18. Penalties – DU, Mayfield, holding, 10:08.

Overtime – CC, Fejes (unassisted) 4:49. Penalties – none.

Power play – Denver 1-1, CC 1-3. Shots on goal – DU 13-7-14-2 – 36; CC 9-16-9-4 –38. Saves-minutes – DU, Olkinuora 9-12-8-3 – 64:49; CC, Howe 11-7-11-2 – 64:49. Referees – Shepherd, Beaurline. Linesmen – Swaider, Pedigo. Attendance – 7,750 (sellout).

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