Friday reading: CC on TV, Duluth, AFA, CC and Denver previews

From CC sports information …

Altitude Sports & Entertainment, which announced last month that it would televise Colorado College’s game against the University of Denver live from the World Arena on Friday, Nov. 16, has further expanded its coverage of Tiger Hockey this season.

The Denver-based network announced this week that it will air live telecasts of CC’s games at the University of Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 2, as well as at the University of North Dakota on Friday, Jan. 11, on Altitude 2, the network’s secondary channel.

The telecasts start at 6 and 6:30 p.m. MT, respectively, and will be available on Comcast Entertainment Television (CET/channel 105 throughout the state of Colorado), DirecTV (channel 682) and Dish Network (channel TBD).

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No. 13 Minnesota-Duluth 3, No. 9 Notre Dame 1

SOUTH BEND — After Notre Dame gave up a power-play goal late in the opening period and two goals in the middle period, junior forward Bryan Rust scored the Irish’s lone goal on the power play in the second period in a 3-1 loss to Minnesota Duluth.  Junior defenseman Stephen Johns and junior forward T.J. Tynan earned assists on the goal.  Notre Dame junior goaltender Steven Summerhays made 17 saves in the loss.

Freshman forward Cal Decowski had a goal and an assist and freshman netminder Matt McNeely stopped 29 shots to lead Minnesota Duluth

Here is the Denver Post’s take on the “Colorado state championship” and the Gazette’s preview.

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.

Air Force No. 19, CC 20 in USCHO preseason poll

USCHO announced its preseason poll with Atlantic Hockey Association favorite Air Force ranked at No. 19, well ahead of No. 20 Colorado College in the points that determine the rankings.

This is the first time AFA is ranked ahead of CC in a preseason poll since the Falcons were 19th and CC received votes in the 2009-10 preseason poll.

Boston College garnered 35 first-place votes followed by WCHA favorite Minnesota (12), CCHA preseason pick Michigan (3), North Dakota and ECAC media and coaches’ pick Union.

USCHO then points out that being a preseason No. 1 is not always a good thing for a team’s NCAA championship hopes.

Friday reading: Clarkson, predictions, lockout, Serratore, Nanooks

Here is the Know Your Enemy post on Clarkson by the RPI fan blog, who covers the ECAC quite well. Plenty of good information in this season preview as well.

The North Dakota beat writer picks CC to finish 10th in the WCHA. His season preview supplement is also available. Information how to get it without a Herald subscription is here. It costs $4 and it is definitely worth it. Brad Schlossman puts a lot of work into this every year.

The new Bemidji State beat writer (welcome Jack Hittinger) makes his picks as does Duluth vet Kevin Pates here. College Hockey Weekly also weighs in.

The College Hockey News announced its preseason Top 10 with Minnesota No. 1.

This freshman could fill Minnesota’s hole at goalie if former CC backup Michael Shibrowski cannot.

Former Tiger Mark Stuart is optimistic the NHL lockout may end soon.

New Minnesota State Mankato coach Mike Hastings runs intense practices.

Air Force coach Frank Serratore hands out some sound advice to parents about whether their child should leave high school early for junior hockey.

Per Matthew Semisch via Twitter: Just confirmed that, despite Omaha radio reshuffle, Dave Ahlers and Terry Leahy will still be doing the UNO hockey broadcasts this season.

Minnesota is also picked to win the WCHA women’s title by its coaches.

There is a three-way battle for the starting goaltender job at Alaska-Fairbanks after years of stability. Here is the 2011-12 introduction video which was a departure from the previous years where CCHA opponents were blown up seemingly at random.

Here is the 2010-11 intro which includes the destruction of the CCHA opponents and the Earth as well. Please comment below which you prefer. Keep in mind both intros are played at ear-splitting volume levels.

Air Force picked to win AHA championship

2012-13 Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll

Air Force (8) – 112
Niagara (3) – 101
Mercyhurst – 89
Bentley – 87
RIT – 87
Holy Cross – 74
Connecticut – 65
Robert Morris (1) – 61
Canisius – 38

“I wish winning the league was as easy as winning the coaches’ poll,” AFA coach Frank Serratore said. “The bottom teams have gotten so much better. There are no ‘gimmes.’”

CBS Sports Network will broadcast two AHA games including Sat., Jan. 12, Army at Air Force.

Air Force and Army are no stranger to the national scene as they have faced each other for the past six seasons on CBS Sports Network. The game will mark the 14th time in the last seven years that Air Force hockey has appeared on national television.

“Our players are thrilled about being able to play on national television,” said Serratore.  “I am excited for the opportunity to showcase one of the greatest rivalries in college hockey, those fans who have never seen an Air Force-Army hockey game are in for a special treat”

“Once again we are looking forward to playing Air Force on national TV,” states Army coach Brian Riley. “It’s a game that is played with a passion and intensity that is hard to match in college hockey. This rivalry is one of the best in all of college sports. I expect that it will be a great game not only for the people who will be in the stands to watch but it will also be great for people around the country to view on national TV.”

Here are more details including this quote from AFA coach Frank Serratore:

Get tickets now for annual face off luncheon on Oct. 4

From Colorado Springs Sports Corp. …

Head coaches Scott Owens of Colorado College and Frank Serratore of Air Force will highlight the annual Colorado Springs Sports Corp’s College Hockey Face Off Luncheon on Thursday, October 4, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort at Noon.

Both squads open at home right after the lunch with exhibition games against the University of British Columbia. The Tigers face UBC at the Colorado Springs World Arena on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 6:07 p.m. and the Falcons host the Thunderbirds on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Cadet Ice Arena.

The two local foes get to know each other early this year, with Air Force hosting the Tigers on Friday night, October 19 at the Cadet Ice Arena. The teams play only once this season.

Both coaches have a lot to talk about related to tough schedules and their top returning players, mixed in with a few outstanding freshmen who will play.

The Tigers finished 18-16-2 last season (5th in the WCHA), while the Falcons went 21-11-7, won their conference title, then lost to eventual NCAA Champion Boston College, 2-0, in the regional.

It’s the final season for the Tigers in the WCHA, with CC entering the new National College Hockey Conference (NCHC) in the 2013-2014 season with Nebraska-Omaha, Denver, Miami (O), North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan.

TICKETS: $25.00 for Sports Corp Members and AFA or CC Booster Club Members with ID. $35.00 for all others.

TABLES (10 Seats): $250.00 for Sports Corp Members or AFA/CC Boosters; $350.00 for all others.

RESERVATIONS: Contact Lincoln Floyd at the Sports Corp (719) 634-7333, ext. 1000, or by e-mail: lincoln@thesportscorp.org