Christopoulos garners first Atlantic Hockey weekly goalie award

AFA_v_Lethbridge_Billy-Save-042s_pkAir Force junior Billy Christopoulos was named the Atlantic Hockey Conference goalie of the week after stopping 55 of 56 shots in a road sweep of league rival The Rochester Institute of Technology this past weekend.

He was also selected as one of NCAA Hockey’s Three Stars of the Week.

In his last four games, Christopoulos stopped 101 of the 104 shots for a .971 saves percentage. His 11 wins lead all Atlantic Hockey goalies.

The weekly award is the first of his career and the fifth by a Falcon this season. Christopoulos was also named the AHC Goalie of the Month for October.

Air Force (11-10-3, 6-8-2 AHC) hosts Sacred Heart Friday-Saturday at Cadet Ice Arena.


FINAL: No. 15 Minnesota Duluth blows past Tigers for NCHC series sweep

UMD Roth action

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Minnesota-Duluth dominated the final two periods by repeatedly punching holes in the Colorado  College defense during a 5-1 road victory that clinched a National Collegiate Hockey Conference series sweep.

The Tigers were out shot by a 45-19 margin after leading 10-9 after the first period with the game tied at 1-1.

The game at The Broadmoor World Arena turned against the hosts after CC’s players opted for individual rushes toward the Duluth net instead of dumping the puck deep to set up in the Bulldogs zone. UMD usually disrupted those forays and led to a number of UMD scoring chances in transition.

That tilted the ice in the Bulldogs’ favor with the visitors outshooting the hosts 36-9 over the final 40 minutes.

“We tried to make too many one-on-one moves and it doesn’t work against that team,” Tigers coach Mike Haviland said. “We turned it over instead of putting the pucks behind them and playing to our identity. We played OK in the first. In the second we did not play a smart hockey game and it cost us late in the period there when they get a huge goal late. We cannot do that. We cannot give up that goal that late with juniors on the ice. It’s unacceptable.”

UMD out shot the Tigers by a 15-4 margin in the second to go ahead for good on a tally by Kobe Roth with 1:32 left in the frame. It was Roth’s second goal this weekend and his second as a Bulldog. It came after a CC timeout that allowed Haviland to rest his players and put his better juniors — Mason Bergh, Trey Bradley, Andrew Farny, Nick Halloran and Ben Israel —  out on the ice.

“It was a crucial part of the period there and it kind of backfired,” Haviland said. “We put our top guys on the ice and we turn it over and they score. Big part of the game.”

The barrage continued in the third against CC sophomore goalie Alex Leclerc (18 saves), who stepped in for freshman Alec Calvaruso (22 saves), who suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period but stayed in until intermission with CC trailing 2-1.

In the third period, Duluth pumped in two goals in 40 seconds against Leclerc. Duluth went ahead 3-1 after a shot by Parker Mackay was inadvertently deflected in by a CC defenseman with 15:07 left. UMD pressed forward and Billy Exell scored off a scramble in front with 14:27 left for a 4-1 edge. The BUlldogs enjoyed a 38-15 edge in shots with that score.

Roth scored his third NCAA goal and third this weekend late in the third for the final margin in a rare blowout between the schools. The previous six games were one-goal games or ties.

“I was not happy with our last 40 (minutes),” Haviland said. “We did not play to our identity. That is not who we need to be to win a hockey game. We need to play a smart, simple game.”

In the first period, CC jumped out to the early lead when Westin Michaud scored on a one-timer off a pass by mason Bergh to convert the Tigers’ first power-play opportunity 7:27 into the game,

Duluth tied the game up when defenseman Nick Wolff fired a shot from the point past Calvaruso, who was screened by 6-foot-6 UMD forward Riley Tufte. The tally came with about three seconds left on the Bulldogs’ first power play and with only 5:37 left in the frame.

Gameday reading from around NCHC

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Hello all:

After about four years hiatus, the Paisley Hockey blog will make a temporary (TBD) return this weekend with No. 15 Minnesota-Duluth traveling to Colorado College.

I am now a part-time freelance writer for various sites and publications, notably USCHO, Colorado College athletics and communications along with a little USA Hockey Magazine thrown in.

My day job is with a local library branch but I am able to find some time to follow the sport I enjoy so much. I hope that shows in this blog.

USCHO predictions blog post.

No. 15 Minnesota-Duluth at CC: The Bulldogs are almost at full strength entering this weekend. Here is the weekend preview and capsule from Duluth as well. Here is the Gazette’s preview.

No. 7 North Dakota vs Bemidji State: The Hawks must keep an eye and a body on Beavers defenseman Zach Whitecloud. Here is a nonconference series Tale of the Tape.

No. 12 Western Michigan at No. 2 St. Cloud State: Here is a video preview interview from the SCSU beat writer. USCHO focuses on this series in its weekly NCHC column. Also, here is the Broncos notes package.

No. 20 Miami at No. 17 Omaha: The Mavericks are deeper in net entering the second half. Here is a recent column on the RedHawks.

No. 5 Denver, bye.

Enjoy the games.

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:

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

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


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