Wednesday reading: North Dakota, BSU, SCSU, Mankato

Two North Dakota players will be punished for minor in possession arrests. Former UND captain Mario Lamoureux signed with ECHL Ontario (Calif.).

The UND athletic department student employees produce a very good video about the past season for its fans that also serves as a teaser for the upcoming season.

Hockey East will expand its playoffs format starting in 2013-14.

Bemidji State held its Select A Seat promotion Tuesday night.

St. Cloud State rookie Joey Benik is expected to be an impact player for the Huskies.

MSU-Mankato continues to struggle to get state funding for much needed arena improvements.

Here’s my previous post with the NBC Sports Network’s college hockey broadcast scheduled, including a Jan. 4 date at Nebraska Omaha for Colorado College. Here is hoping CBS SN announces its schedule soon.

NBC Sports Network schedule includes CC at Omaha Jan. 4

From Nebraska-Omaha sports information …

The NBC Sports Network announced today a schedule of 24 college hockey games including as many as six Nebraska-Omaha games, including a Jan. 4, 2013 contest against Colorado College.

It will mark the largest number of games the Mavericks have ever had on national television.

“We are very excited to begin our second season of college hockey by offering more coverage than last year,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “NBC Sports Network will start the season two months earlier this year, providing sports fans with even more national primetime coverage of the nation’s best college hockey.”

The full schedule is below.

NBC Sports Network’s College Hockey Schedule (all times ET, subject to change):

DATE GAME TIME
Oct. 12, 2012 Notre Dame vs. Maine (Icebreaker) 7 p.m.
Army vs. Omaha (Icebreaker) 10 p.m.
Oct. 13, 2012 Icebreaker Championship Game 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 16, 2012 Harvard at Cornell 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30, 2012 Boston College at Boston University 7:30 p.m.
Wisconsin at Denver 10 p.m.
Dec. 1, 2012 Boston University at Boston College 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7, 2012 Michigan State at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 4, 2013 Colorado College at Omaha 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11, 2013 Union at Princeton 7:30 p.m.
Omaha at Denver 10 p.m.
Jan. 18, 2013 Harvard at Yale 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25, 2013 Yale at Cornell 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1, 2013 Dartmouth at Union 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8, 2013 North Dakota at Omaha 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15, 2013 Boston University at Maine 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22, 2013 Yale at Quinnipiac 7:30 p.m.
North Dakota at Denver 10 p.m.
March 1, 2013 Wisconsin at Omaha 7:30 p.m.
March 8, 2013 Maine at New Hampshire 7:30 p.m.
Hockey East Tournament
March 15, 2013 Quarterfinals 7 p.m.
March 22, 2013 Semifinals 4/7 p.m.
March 23, 2013 Final 7 p.m.

Weekend reading: Mandi Schwartz, Yale, Bachman, McElhinney, UNO

Here is a story and video from Good Morning America on the Mandi Schwartz Drive.

Check out this look at upcoming CC opponent Yale, courtesy of RPI fan blog Without A Peer.

As you can tell from this video, former Tiger goalies Richard Bachman and Curtis McElhinney chose not to don Denver practice jerseys for this week’s pro camp at Magness Arena.

Omaha has a deep-pocketed donor who is doling out a lot of cash to the local colleges’ athletic departments.

Air Force junior defenseman Adam McKenzie has a chance to shine this season with a larger role expected.

Former MSU-Mankato goalie Austin Lee signed with the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks.

Boston University added a Finnish defenseman.

More weekend reading: Lasch, UND, Duluth, BU, Wayne State

Former St. Cloud State standout wing Ryan Lasch, fresh off the Finnish Elite League scoring title (62 points including 24 goals), has signed a two-way deal with Anaheim.

He is the first Orange County native to sign with the Ducks. Lasch (pictured playing for the Lahti Pelicans) is interviewed in this Q&A.

The North Dakota Alumni Association explains why it wants the Sioux nickname retired.

In happier news, incoming freshman Jordan Schmaltz has said he is 100 percent committed to playing at UND.

Nebraska-Omaha reportedly will hire St. Cloud State assistant Steve Johnson as its new assistant coach. replacing MSU Mankato head coach Mike Hastings. An announcement is expected soon. It is expected to take another week to 12 days before North Dakota announces its assistant hire: Brad Berry.

Cody Danberg, 25, received a medical hardship year from the NCAA and was named as captain by Minnesota-Duluth for 2012-13.

Boston University lost a sophomore to the Blackhawks organization. Rape charges against a former Terriers defenseman were dropped.

Wayne State, which recently eliminated its varsity program, has added a club team. Here’s hoping this is the first step toward another varsity program in Michigan.

An unheralded coaching icon at Providence College is retiring.

Here is some interesting info about the big money Canadian major junior franchises haul in while paying their players only $200 per month, which makes them ineligible for a college hockey scholarship, full or partial. Think the kids in the CHL are getting their real worth?

NCAA update: WCHA bounces back in West

Three of Saturday’s games are in the books. Here are some details.

West Region

No. 2. Minnesota 7,

No. 3 Boston University 3

ST. PAUL — Minnesota completed a WCHA sweep by the top two West Region entries by beating Boston University 7-3 in a contentious semifinal that ended with a pair of empty-net goals.

That puts the Golden Gophers (27-13-1) into Sunday’s final against North Dakota at Xcel Energy Center, in a rematch of their stunning WCHA Final Five reversal in which North Dakota fell behind 3-0 but rallied to beat Minnesota 6-3. This time, the winner gets to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., in two weeks.

Minnesota freshman Kyle Rau recorded a goal and three assists.

No. 1 North Dakota 3, No. 4 Western Michigan 1

ST. PAUL — Sophomore forward Brock Nelson registers a goal and an assist to lead North Dakota to a 3-1 victory against Western Michigan in the first game of the NCAA West Regional on Saturday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center.

Northeast Region

No. 1 Boston College 2, No. 4 Air Force 0

WORCESTER, Mass. — Chris Kreider scored two goals and Parker Milner stopped all 20 shots he faced as Boston College, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, beat Air Force, 2-0, in the NCAA Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Boston College improved to 30-10-1 overall this season and will play in Saturday’s regional final against the winner of the Maine/Minnesota-Duluth game. Air Force’s season comes to an end with a 21-11-7 overall mark.

Midway through the first period, BC opened the scoring on Chris Kreider’s 21st of the season. Kevin Hayes came out from the behind the net and found Kreider on the weak side for a 1-0 lead.

In the final four minutes of the third period, Air Force had two quality chances bu could not score. Kreider scored a late power play goal to clinch it.

“Boston College is a heck of a hockey team, but in my opinion we have a heck of a hockey team too,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “We got the game into the third period and put ourselves in a good position, but we didn’t find a way to score a goal. We couldn’t get a bounce. I am really proud of our guys. They executed the game plan to perfection.”

BC outshot AFA, 34-20, in the game. Torf made 32 saves for the Falcons.

Friday reading: NCAA Tournament schedule, previews

Air Force's Mitch Torrel and his teammates face a Boston College squad still smarting from last year's first round exit. The Eagles, playing in the Northeast region, should come out ready to play hard this time.

The format may be familiar but this blog post has new links to previews including news that all the injured Denver players took part in this morning’s pregame skate, according to Denver Athletics.

ALL TIMES MOUNTAIN

East Regional (Friday, March 23-Saturday, March 24) Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Conn.
No. 1 Union (24-7-7) vs. No. 4 Michigan State (19-15-4), 1 p.m. Friday, ESPNU

No. 2 Miami (24-12-2) vs. No. 3 Massachusetts-Lowell (23-12-1), 4:30 p.m. Friday, ESPNU.

Here’s a preview of the regional and a scouting report on Michigan State and Michigan. The RiverHawks are hoeful they can continue their big turnaround.

• Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU.

Midwest Regional (Friday, March 23-Saturday, March 24)
Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis.

No. 2 Ferris State (23-11-5) vs. No. 3 Denver (25-13-4), 3:30 p.m. Friday, live on Altitude (tape delay ESPNU, 10:30 p.m. Friday). DU’s Dustin Jackson is profiled by his hometown newspaper. There are plenty of questions that the Pios need to answer to be successful today. FSU senior goalie Taylor Nelson could be the difference.

No. 1 Michigan (24-12-4) vs. No. 4 Cornell (18-8-7), 6 p.m. Friday, ESPNU. The Wolverines will look to avoid its past top seed troubles. Don’t be shocked is this is the upset of the first round (I do not count No. 3s over No. 2s as an upset).

• Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU

West Regional (Saturday, March 24-Sunday, March 25)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

No. 1 North Dakota (25-12-3) vs. No. 4 Western Michigan (21-13-6), 11:30 a.m. Saturday, FS North (tape delay ESPNU, 11:30 a.m. Sunday). Note that the UND beat writer contradicts the FS North availablity.  Here’s a preview of both games.

No. 2 Minnesota (26-13-1) vs. No. 3 Boston University (23-14-1), 3 p.m. Saturday, FS North plus, NESN (tape delay ESPNU, 2 p.m. Sunday). Here’s a Q&A with UM sophomore defenseman Nate Schmidt. The BU fan blog previews the game.

• Semifinal winners, 3:30 p.m.Sunday, ESPNU

Northeast Regional (Saturday, March 24-Sunday, March 25)
DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.

No. 1 Boston College (29-10-1) vs. No. 4 Air Force (21-10-7), 2 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU, 1300 AM in Colorado Springs.  There’s plenty of good stuff on BC and Air Force in this preview.

No. 2 Minnesota Duluth (24-9-6) vs. No. 3 Maine (23-13-3), 5:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN3.com, FS North-plus (tape delay ESPNU, 9:30 p.m. Saturday). Here are some preview notes from the UMD radio guy.

• Semifinal winners, 6 p.m. Sunday, ESPNU

Thursday reading: NCAA TV schedule, previews

Here is the TV schedule with available preview links, etc for each game following each match-up.

As always, check your local listings. Schedule copied from Kevin Pates’ Rink and Run blog,  with times adjusted:

ALL TIMES MOUNTAIN

East Regional (Friday, March 23-Saturday, March 24) Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Conn.
No. 1 Union (24-7-7) vs. No. 4 Michigan State (19-15-4), 1 p.m. Friday, ESPNU. ESPN analyst Barry Melrose, who lives in the area, gives hometown Union a lotta love.
No. 2 Miami (24-12-2) vs. No. 3 Massachusetts-Lowell (23-12-1), 4:30 p.m. Friday, ESPNU. Former CC assistant Norm Bazin, the Hockey East Coach of the Year, is also CHN’s national honoree. Here are multiple notes and links courtesy of the RiverHawks sports information staff.
• Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU.

Midwest Regional (Friday, March 23-Saturday, March 24)
Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis.

No. 2 Ferris State (23-11-5) vs. No. 3 Denver (25-13-4), 3:30 p.m. Friday, live on Altitude (tape delay ESPNU, 10:30 p.m. Friday).DU freshman Joey LaLeggia is CHN’s Rookie of the Year. Here is a pdf of DU’s NCAA media guide which includes an injury update.

No. 1 Michigan (24-12-4) vs. No. 4 Cornell (18-8-7), 6 p.m. Friday, ESPNU. Here’s the Wolverine fan blog’s take on the Big Red. The Cornell web site provides preview notes for both teams.

• Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU

West Regional (Saturday, March 24-Sunday, March 25)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

No. 1 North Dakota (25-12-3) vs. No. 4 Western Michigan (21-13-6), 11:30 a.m.  Saturday, FS North (tape delay ESPNU, 11:30 a.m. Sunday). Note that the UND beat writer contradicts the FS North availablity. The Broncos are enjoying another good season, this time under new coach Andy Murray. UND will unveil their new jerseys along with other team notes.

No. 2 Minnesota (26-13-1) vs. No. 3 Boston University (23-14-1), 3 p.m. Saturday, FS North plus, NESN (tape delay ESPNU, 2 p.m. Sunday). Here’s Don Lucia’s take on the Gophers and the NCAA field.
• Semifinal winners, 3:30 p.m.Sunday, ESPNU

Northeast Regional (Saturday, March 24-Sunday, March 25)
DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.

No. 1 Boston College (29-10-1) vs. No. 4 Air Force (21-10-7), 2 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU, 1300 AM in Colorado Springs.  The Falcons will have to contain BC 150-pounder Johnny Gaudreau.
No. 2 Minnesota Duluth (24-9-6) vs. No. 3 Maine (23-13-3), 5:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN3.com, FS North-plus (tape delay ESPNU, 9:30 p.m. Saturday). Here are multiple previews.
• Semifinal winners, 6 p.m. Sunday, ESPNU