New UNO arena gets go-ahead from regents

An initial artist’s rendering of what UNO’s new arena would look like when viewed from Aksarben Village.

OMAHA, Neb. – The University of Nebraska Board of Regents today authorized President J.B. Milliken to enter into a letter of intent with developers for the construction of an arena at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

“UNO is very excited about the Regents’ support,” Chancellor John Christensen said.  “It has been our goal to have a campus home for athletic events that also serves the entire university and the community.  This decision moves us closer to that dream.”

“We are very pleased that the Board of Regents has approved this first step in the process of building a new home for Maverick athletics,” said Trev Alberts, Director of Athletics.  “An on-campus arena will be transformative for our department.  By having an on-campus home for our hockey team as well as providing it with dedicated practice space, we will have the opportunity to further strengthen our marquee program as well as provide enhanced competition space for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball.

“There are still many steps to making this arena a reality,” Alberts added, “but today’s news is a welcome beginning to a process that we believe will put our department on firm financial footing for years to come.”

The current proposal for a new arena provides for a privately constructed and financed facility which would eventually be acquired by UNO through a lease-purchase agreement.  The cost of the proposed arena is estimated to be $76.3 million with the building seating approximately 7,500 for hockey games.

The proposed site of the building is at 68th and Center Streets, just south of Aksarben Village and east of Papio Creek.

Friday reading: WCHA features and previews, military appreciation

No. 19 Colorado College takes on a strong No. 7 Cornell team in its first road trip of the season (No, Air Force does not count).

Minnesota State readies for its final campaign in the old WCHA. They travel to St. Cloud State.

Here is a look at the Wisconsin at No. 14 Minnesota Duluth series from a Bulldogs perspective. Wisconsin senior Derek Lee, UW’s power play quarterback, is out this weekend after a scooter-car collision.

Nebraska Omaha goalie John Faulkner is playing well so far. UNO hosts Bemidji State.

Hockey brought in big money to the Denver economy last weekend. Look for goalie Sam Brittain to start Friday against visiting Michigan Tech with Juho Olkinuora. Here is a preview focusing on Michigan Tech.

Here is all you need to know about Alaska Anchorage at No. 4 North Dakota.

Minnesota plays the USA U-18 team tonight and Canisius, which tied Air Force 1-1 on Thursday,  on Sunday. The Gophers will rest a few dinged up players.

In pro hockey, the ECHL Colorado Eagles are asking fans to nominate their family members or friends who they feel qualify as “Hometown Heroes” as part of Military Appreciation Night.

If you know of someone who deserves to be honored and recognized for their incredible efforts of military service, please fill out the attached form and return it for consideration to the Colorado Eagles by the end of business on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Three nominees will be chosen from the forms received, and honored (one per period) during our annual Military Appreciation Night on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Budweiser Events Center.  The honorees will receive free tickets to that night’s game, along with admittance for select family/friends.

AFA skates to 1-1 tie at Canisius

BUFFALO, N.Y.  –   Air Force and Canisius skated to a 1-1 overtime tie in an Atlantic Hockey Association game at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. The game was the first league contest for both games.

Kyle De Laurell’s first goal of the season gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead at 11:01 of the first period. Cole Gunner made a pass from behind the net to De Laurell in the slot. Canisius tied the game at 1-1 at 15:58 of the second period. Braeden Rigney took a shot from the right circle that was saved, but Taylor Law cleaned up the rebound to tie the game.

Neither team scored in third period or in overtime and the game ended in a 1-1 overtime tie. Canisius had two shots on goal in overtime that were both turned away by Falcon goalie Jason Torf.

Canisius outshot Air Force in every period and had a 31-18 advantage in the game. Canisius had two shots on goal in overtime while Air Force did not have one. Jason Torf made 30 saves for the Falcons, marking his third straight game with 30 or more saves. Canisius goalie Tony Capobianco made 17 saves. AFA was 0-for-3 on the power play while Canisius was 0-for-2.

Air Force plays Robert Morris on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Island Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Thursday reading: WCHA column, Air Force, preview notes, Duluth

North Dakota’s loss at Alaska in Fairbanks could help down the road along with other notes from around the WCHA.

Air Force must regroup as it hits the road for league play.

Here are the preview notes for No. 19 Colorado College at No. 7 Cornell.

Other league series include: Bemidji State at Nebraska Omaha; Minnesota State at St. Cloud State; No. 2 Minnesota hosts USA U-18 and Canisius, including news on injuries and the goalie rotation; Wisconsin at No. 14 Minnesota Duluth; Michigan Tech at No. 5 Denver; and Alaska Anchorage at No. 4 North Dakota.

The 1993 MacNaughton Cup championship team, coached by Mike Sertich, will be honored by Minnesota Duluth this Saturday.

Wednesday reading: Robert Morris cancer fight, Atlantic Hockey, CCHA, Hockey East, Canisius, Air Force video, WCHA schedule

The Robert Morris hockey community is rallying around a former Colonial battling cancer. Please consider sending some support whether it be words or money.

Atlantic Hockey had a tough nonconference weekend while the CCHA did well, usually at the AHA’s expense. Hockey East has also struggled out the gate, no more so than Maine.

Canisius made a hire.

Here is a video interview with Air Force coach Frank Serratore.

This week’s schedule in the WCHA:

Games for Friday, October 26: Colorado College at Cornell (NC), 7:00 pm ET; USA Under-18 Team at Minnesota (EX),7:07 pm CT; Wisconsin at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Alaska Anchorage at North Dakota (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Bemidji State at Nebraska Omaha (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Minnesota State at St. Cloud State (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Michigan Tech at Denver (WCHA), 7:37 pm MT.

Games for Saturday, October 27: Colorado College at Cornell (NC),7:00 pm ET; Alaska Anchorage at North Dakota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Bemidji State at Nebraska Omaha (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota State at St. Cloud State (WCHA),7:07 pm CT; Wisconsin at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Michigan Tech at Denver (WCHA), 7:07 pm MT.

Games for Sunday, October 28: Canisius at Minnesota (NC), 1:07 pm CT.

Hamburg garners WCHA weekly offensive award

From the WCHA …

Colorado College senior forward Andrew Hamburg, whose four-goal game in a road victory at Air Force last Friday included both a natural hat trick and the game-winning goal, is the Red Baron® WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 23. He is the first CC player in six seasons to record a four-goal game.

A 6-3, 203-pound right winger from Phoenix, Ariz., Hamburg scored four goals in the final two periods to propel the visiting Tigers to the 6-2 win over the host Falcons before a sellout crowd of 3,207 at the Cadet Ice Arena in Colorado Springs on Oct. 19. With his team trailing 1-0 early in the second period, Hamburg tied the game at 1-1 with his first goal of the game at 1:42, gave CC a 2-1 lead with his second marker on a power-play at 3:46, then completed the natural hat trick (three consecutive goals) with the eventual game-winner at 13:34. He then scored his fourth goal of the game at 7:08 of the third period. In addition to his four goals, Hamburg also led the way with six shots on goal in the game (he had eight on the weekend) and a +3 plus/minus rating.

Through the first four games of the 2012-13 season, Hamburg shares the team scoring lead for Colorado College with five points on a team-high four goals along with one assist. The Tigers stand 3-1 heading into their Oct. 26-27 series at Cornell.

Also nominated: Nick Shore, F, DU; Chad Pietila, F, MTU; Seth Ambroz, F, UM, Johnny McInnis, F, MSU; Matt White, F, UNO; Drew LeBlanc, F, SCSU.

Red Baron WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Andrew Walsh • Sophomore, Goaltender, Bemidji State University

MADISON, Wis. – Goaltender Andrew Walsh, who allowed just a single power-play goal while stopping 63 of 64 shots on goal over six periods in nets as Bemidji State University split a two-game, season-opening series with visiting Lake Superior last weekend, is the Red Baron® WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 23.

A sophomore from Dawson Creek, B.C., Walsh posted five shutout periods, a 0.51 goals-against average and a .984 saves percentage as Bemidji State fell 2-0 to the Lakers in the series opener last Friday (Oct. 19) at Sanford Center before capturing a 5-0 triumph last Saturday (Oct. 20). He turned aside a career-high 38 shots on goal in game one, yielding only an unassisted power-play goal at the 16:51 mark of the third period. Walsh then came back in the series finale by stopping all 25 shots on goal and blanking LSSU on both power-play opportunities to gain his first shutout of the season and third of his collegiate career.

Through 13 collegiate games, 752:38 of action and 11 starts for the Beavers between the pipes, Walsh owns a 7-5-1 record with a 2.07 goals-against average and .928 saves percentage.

Also nominated: Aaron Harstad, D, CC; Sam Brittain, G, DU; Brad Stebner, D, MTU; Bryce Aneloski, D, UNO; Clarke Saunders, G, UND; Ethan Prow, D, SCSU.

Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week
Pheonix Copley • Freshman, Goaltender, Michigan Tech University

MADISON, Wis. – Michigan Technological University goaltender Pheonix Copley, who helped the Huskies to a two-game split against top-ranked and visiting Minnesota last weekend while starting both games, has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Rookie of the Week for Oct. 23.

A 6-3, 175-pound freshman from North Pole, Alaska, stopped 28 of 31 shots on goal last Friday (Oct. 19) while giving up just two even-strength goals against the No. 1 Golden Gophers to earn his first collegiate win. He then posted 31 more saves in a 3-2, one-goal setback last Saturday and held Minnesota scoreless on all five power-play chances as the two teams were tied at 2-2 until the 16:25 mark of the final period.

Copley has now started three of Michigan Tech’s four games this season

Also nominated: Corey Ward, F, BSU; Cody Bradley, F, CC; Nolan Zajac, D, DU; Teddy Blueger, F, MSU; Jordan Schmaltz, D, UND; Ethan Prow, D, SCSU.

Tuesday reading: Engelstad, CC seniors, Kerdiles, commits, web poll

As part of its NCAA deal, the Ralph Engelstad Arena removed some Sioux references (though certainly not all). Courtesy GOON’S WORLD.

The seven CC seniors have stepped forward into the leadership roles nicely through the first two weeks of the season.

Badgers freshman Nic Kerdiles will serve his suspension and stay at Wisconsin, easing fears he would bolt for the WHL.

Bemidji State adds a commit while Minnesota added two. Here is the weekly WCHA web media poll:

Team Pts Previous Record High Low
1) Minnesota (9) 141 1 3-1-0 1 2
2) Denver (3) 131 3 2-0-0 1 3
3) North Dakota 123 2 1-1-0 2 4
4) Minnesota Duluth 96 4 2-2-0 4 8
5) Michigan Tech 87 8 2-2-0 3 9
6) Colorado College 80 5 3-1-0 4 10
7) St. Cloud State 72 7 2-2-0 4 9
8) Nebraska Omaha 67 6 2-2-0 4 10
9) Minnesota State 52 10 2-0-2 5 11
10) Wisconsin 46 9 0-2-0 6 12
11) Bemidji State 24 11 1-1-0 9 12
12) Alaska Anchorage 17 12 2-1-1 10 12
Representing Name Publication Twitter
Alaska-Anchorage, Taylor Hall College Hockey News @thall907
Bemidji State, Troy Mills The Beaver Pond
Colorado College, Joe Paisley, Paisley Hockey @Paisleyhockey
Denver, Mike Chambers, Denver Post @MChambersDP
Michigan Tech, Tim Braun, Tech Hockey Guide @TBraunTHG
Minnesota, Dan Myers, Minnesota Hockey Magazine @1DanMyers
Minnesota Duluth, Bruce Ciskie, The Ciskie Blog @BruceCiskie
Minnesota State, Chris Dilks, Western College Hockey @ChrisDilks
Nebraska-Omaha, Matt Semisch, Radio Free Omaha @matthewsemisch
North Dakota, Eric Burton The Hockey Writers Combine and Goon’s World @goon48
St. Cloud State, Jeremy Larson, Husky Hockey Time @jclarson02
Wisconsin, Andy Johnson, Bucky’s 5th Quarter @andyjohnsonB5Q

CC remains No. 19 in USCHO poll

Colorado College’s loss to a solid UMass-Lowell team on Saturday did not cost it in this week’s USCHO poll with the Tigers remaining at No. 19 for the second straight week.

As expected, there was a change atop the rankings with Boston College retaking the No. 1 spot, followed by No. 2 Minnesota, No. 3 Miami and shorthanded North Dakota which fell to fourth from second after losing at Alaska-Fairbanks late Saturday.

Denver’s convincing wins over Air Force and Lowell pushed it from No. 7 up to No. 5. Minnesota Duluth dropped one spot to No. 14.

Michigan Tech’s win over Minnesota and close loss on Saturday garnered it some respect and an appearance in the receiving votes section along with St. Lawrence which pulled off a road sweep at Maine.

Minnesota State, Nebraska Omaha,  St. Cloud State and Wisconsin all picked up some votes while Air Force and Alaska-Anchorage received a couple.


Monday reading: INCH shuts down, PCHS’ Gross scores, 3 Things

Inside College Hockey, one of three national web sites covering college hockey, announced it is ceasing operations.

This is sad news though not surprising. Having three national sites devoted to only college hockey seemed like too much for what remains a niche sport in much of the country.

That said, I will miss it. I enjoyed their humorous approach to the game (I and others often take it far too seriously). Hopefully their writers will stay around the game as they promised and find opportunities to write for USCHO or the College Hockey News when they find the time.

Pine Creek High School graduate Taylor Gross, pictured, scored her first goal of the year for the Penn State women.

Here are Three Things Learned in the WCHA from this weekend.

Alaska upsets No. 2 North Dakota, 2-1

Alaska-Fairbanks 2, No. 2 North Dakota 1

FAIRBANKS — Chad Gehon scored 3:02 into the third period and the host Nanooks killed off two penalties, including one in the final 57 seconds that led to a 6-on-4 North Dakota advantage, to hold on for a 2-1 win over second–ranked UND.

Nanooks goalie Scott Thompson (2-0) finished with 25 save while North Dakota junior Clarke Saunders (1-1) made 30.