Exhibition roundup: UBC 4, Air Force 2; UNO 4, Lethbridge 1

The University of British Columbia scored two goals early in the second period and then added two empty-netters for a 4-2 win over Air Force in a college hockey exhibition game, Monday, Oct. 8, at the Academy’s Cadet Ice Arena.

After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for three goals in the second period. British Columbia scored first when Joe Antilla scored on a rebound from Scott Wasden at 3:56. Scott MacDonald also assisted on the play. The Thunderbirds took a 2-0 lead when the Falcons turned the puck over in their own end and Dustin Kimber scored at 14:15. Air Force got on the board with a power-play goal at 15:51. Cole Gunner and Chad Demers moved the puck through the slot and found Scott Holm on the weak side. Holm scored to cut the BC lead to 2-1.

With 1:18 remaining in the game and trailing 2-1, Air Force pulled goaltender David Bosner from the net in favor of the extra attacker. However, with 51 seconds left, Max Grassi shot the puck from behind his own goal line, up and over everyone and into the empty net for a 3-1 lead. The Falcons made the game interesting with 22 seconds remaining, still with the empty net in their own end.  Demers centered the puck from the back wall to Gunner who scored to make the score 3-2. Kyle De Laurell also assisted on the play. With seven seconds left, Scott MacDonald gave the Thunderbirds a 4-2 lead with an empty-netter.

Air Force out-shot BC, 31-26, in the game. AFA was 1-for-6 on the power play while BC was 0-for-4. Bosner made 22 saves for the Falcons. Thunderbird starting goalie Jordan White made 20 saves in 30 minutes while not allowing a goal. Kray Barnstable came on to play the final 30 minutes and gave up two goals while making nine saves.

Air Force opens the regular season at the Kendall Classic in Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 12-13. The Falcons face Alaska on Friday, Oct. 12, at 5:07 p.m. AT. Air Force then faces Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:07 p.m. AT.

Nebraska Omaha 4, Lethbridge 1

OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha hockey team got goals from four different players to beat Lethbridge, 4-1, in an exhibition game on Monday at the CenturyLink Center.

The game was the opener for the Mavericks who begin regular season play on Friday.

It didn’t take long for the Mavericks to open the scoring.  Just 59 seconds into the game, Dominic Zombo tapped in a feed from Brock Montpetit.  Zahn Raubenheimer also picked up an assist.

The Mavs doubled their lead at 12:31 when Ryan Walters scored.  His first shot was stopped, but he gathered up the rebound, weaved through traffic and fired in a shot off Lethbridge goalie Dylan Tait.

 

Monday reading: Kerdiles, Schwartz, Air Force, BGSU, Mankato

Here is the possible cause for Wisconsin freshman Nic Kerdiles problems with the NCAA. Here is another blogger with more details.

This Gophers blog made its WCHA preseason picks, straying from previous polls by picking CC 6th and Mankato 7th. Rylan Schwartz was named as a second team forward.

Unlike the other hockey conferences, Atlantic Hockey is enjoying some stability, for now, with Air Force favored as usual. Here is a season preview on the Falcons.

The Bowling Green coach received a two-year contract extension today.

Here is more info on Mankato’s 7-1 exhibition win ahgainst Lethbridge Sunday night. UL travels to Nebraska Omaha for the final exhibition game tonight.

CC penalty kill performs well in exhibition victory

Colorado College certainly got some needed extra work on its penalty kill during its 3-1 exhibition win over visiting British Columbia on Sunday night.

With only penalty-kill regular Alexander Krushelnyski back this season, the Tigers performed well, killing 5-of-6 penalties. Some of the ”new faces” on the units included junior Michael Morin, freshman Jared Hanson, and seniors Rylan Schwartz and William Rapuzzi, all forwards.

“Hats off to the penalty kill guys,” said junior wing Archie Skalbeck, who scored the eventual game-winner during the second period. “It looked good. They only gave up one goal and that was a 5-on-3.”

“It was good for us to kill penalties but not that good,” said coach Scott Owens. “We should have put the game away early in the third. Instead we let them hang around. We took some ill-advised penalties and were on our heels a bit.”

“It was a mixed bag. It is pretty unusual for us to draw more penalties than what we draw.”

Skalbeck banged in his own rebound with 8:41 left in the second period for an important even-strength insurance goal minutes after the Thunderbirds nearly tied the game.

Courtney Lockwood made a nice glove save with 12:52 left in the second on a hard shot by Cole Wilson to preserve the 1-0 lead. Later, Tigers defenseman Joe Marciano swatted a rebound out of the air in front of the CC net moments after a Thunderbird shot caromed off the post.

That bang-bang sequence drew a slashing penalty on Mike Boivin, but CC killed the subsequent power play, even generating a shorthanded chance that went off the post.

About two minutes later, Skalbeck’s eventual game-winning goal came after a rush into the UBC zone by Charlie Taft, whose crossing pass to the junior wing set up his initial shot. Goalie Steven Stanford could not handle the shot and it came out for Skalbeck’s second chance.

Scott Winkler ripped a hard shot high glove side past UBC backup Jordan White with 1:48 left in the second to make it 3-0. That prompted some hard feelings which led to retaliation penalties that put CC down 5-on-3 for 28 seconds. UBC’s Scott MacDonald took advantage of a rebound to make it 3-1 headed into the final period.

CC recorded an even-strength score, a shorthanded goal and a power-play marker which bodes well. Joe Howe recorded 10 saves in a scoreless third, Lockwood made four stops in the second and Josh Thorimbert six in the first.

“It was a good game for us,” Owens said. “No one looked poor. We played 24 guys and all three goalies, who played well. We saw some things we need to work on.”

Winkler looked sharp while freshman Cody Bradley, who scored the opening goal on the power play, generated a couple good scoring chances. All three sophomore defensemen – Aaron Harstad, Peter Stoykewych and Young – looked improved and accounted for two assists (Stoykewych, Young).

“Overall, we are happy with how we played,” Rapuzzi said. “The younger guys played well which is good because we will need them to play a good bit. They definitely stepped in and played a big role.”

Still there remains plenty of work ahead as the Tigers tweak lien combinations to see which threesome clicks on the ice.

“We really haven’t had time to develop any chemistry,” Skalbeck said. “We have all been on different lines. None of the lines are cemented.”

MSU Mankato 7, Lethbridge 1

MANKATO — Minnesota State’s Bryce Gervais scored twice and added an assist while Eriah Hayes recorded three assists in the 7-1 exhibition win over Lethbridge.

Bemidji State 3, Manitoba 3 OT

BEMIDJI — Jeff Paradis scored an unassisted goal with about 7 minutes left to force overtime. Manitoba led 2-1 until Bemidji State’s Cory Ward and Danny Mattson scored six minutes apart for a 3-2 lead midway through the third.

Sunday’s exhibition lines

British Columbia

LW-C-RW

Schmidt-Wilson-Hoban

Antilla-Wasden-MacDonald

Hamilton-Fleming-Hilton

Wilgosh-Pruden-Kimber

Extra forward – Wray

LD-RD

Manning-Smith

McGurk-Yee

Saip-Wall

Extra – Cumberbirch

Colorado College

LW-C-RW

Krushelnyski-Schwartz-Rapuzzi

Skalbeck-Winkler-Taft

Wamsganz-Bradley-Hamburg

Morin-DiGiando-Hanson

Extra- Maric

LD-RD

Stoykewych-Boivin

Harstad-McDermott

Young-Marciano

King-Finch

Goalies – Thorimbert, Howe, Lockwood

 

 

Saturday reading: UBC at CC exhibition notes, WCHA news

The University of British Columbia (1-1) plays at Denver at 7 p.m. Saturday, CC at 6:07 p.m. Sunday and at 6:05 p.m. Monday at Air Force. UBC sports information department provided these notes headed into this weekend:

The UBC Thunderbirds finished fifth in the seven-team Canada West conference last season with a record of 12-12-4, despite being picked by the league’s coaches to finish in last place.

Head coach Milan Dragicevic was named the Canada West Coach of the Year, goaltender Jordan White earned a place on the league’s Second All-Star Team.

Max Grassi, who led Canada to the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship title in the summer, finished 10th in Canada West scoring with nine goals and 16 assists in 25 games.

UBC lost its first-round playoff series 2-1 to the host University of Calgary Dinos.  The team lost seven players, Matt Pepe, Ryan Kakoske, Jordan Inglis, Marc Desloges, Adam Maglio, and Carson Loveday to graduation.

For this season, Dragicevic brought in eight recruits, including highly touted defenceman Neil Manning, who starred with the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants, and Joe Antilla, who helped the WHL’s Kootenay Ice to the Memorial Cup tournament in 2011. The other newcomers are: Brad Hoban, Jessi Hilton, Scott MacDonald, Linden Saip, Kevin Smith and Dillon Wagner.

Other key players for UBC this year will be defencemen Ben Schmidt and Jason Yee along with forwards Justin McCrae, the team captain who missed a large chunk of last season, and Scott Wasden.

UBC Thunderbirds hockey dates back to 1915.  Canada’s first national hockey team was established at the school in 1964.  In the 1973, the Thunderbirds became of the first Western teams to tour the People’s Republic of China, winning all seven of its games, including the first two against the Chinese national squad.

UBC’s current home rink is the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on campus.  It opened in 2008 and hosted Olympic women’s hockey during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.  It also served as the main venue for sledge hockey at the 2010 Paralympics.

Here are notes from around the WCHA:

Minnesota talks about the upcoming season.

Michigan Tech readies for its exhibition opening weekend.

For the first time in 30 years, no North Dakota natives are on the UND roster.

Wisconsin adds a 16-year-old defenseman commit.

Alaska Anchorage got a commit from a 20-year-old forward. Sullivan Arena should be up and running by the Seawolves tournament.

Thursday reading: NCAA expansion into Canada, Wisconsin lines, UND center ice

This columnist talks about how NCAA Division I hockey could find some new homes in Canada with the NCAA admitting British Columbia’s Simon Fraser into the organization recently. The team only plays club hockey but it could now consider a move up to varsity hockey.

If anything, its jerseys with “SFU” could prove to be a popular item for smart-aleck fans. The University of British Columbia, CC’s exhibition foe in early October, would be a strong candidate to move into NCAA hockey if it wished but a lot of dominoes must fall first for that to happen.

Bucky’s Fifth Quarter talks about the Wisconsin lines and even looks into who would be on the power-play unit in this blog post.

The new center ice ice logo for Ralph Englestad Arena is being put in place and most North Dakota fans are less than pleased.

Weekend reading: Kitchener settles, Bachman, Eidsness, Grimaldi

The Michigan Daily student newspaper printed a clarification about its story when it quoted an anonymous source that OHL Kitchener offered to pay Wolverines signee Jacob Trouba $200,000, ending the lawsuit. The Rangers do plan to sue the anonymous source once they find out who that is.

Here is a review of former Tiger Richard Bachman, pictured, and predicts his future with the Dallas Stars for the upcoming  2012-13 season.

Former North Dakota goalie Brad Eidsness retired to attend law school this fall. Congratulations to him.

The USA National Team Development Program team that competes in college exhibition games and in the USHL was announced. Only the three goalies and one defenseman are not committed to a college program.

North Dakota’s Rocco Grimaldi was interviewed recently on The Pipeline Show.

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