Tigers back in USCHO poll at No. 19

A road sweep at Wisconsin, which included a Saturday shutout by senior goalie Joe Howe, pictured,  moved Colorado College back into the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll at No. 19, matching its preseason ranking.

The Tigers (5-3, 2-0 WCHA) host Bemidji State this weekend.

With 36 teams receiving votes, the parity in college hockey has never been greater in the poll voters’ estimation.

From USCHO …     

The top three teams remain the same as last week, including top-ranked Boston College as the Eagles received 48 of 50 first-place votes and further solidified its hold on No. 1 with two wins while many other top teams split their weekend series..

Minnesota is still No. 2 and Denver stays No. 3. The Pioneers received a first-place vote this week as well.  Cornell jumps two spots to No. 4 and Miami drops one to sit fifth.

North Dakota is also down one place to No. 6, while Notre Dame remains seventh, Union moves from 10th to eighth and tallied the other first-place vote, New Hampshire is again ninth and Western Michigan moves from No. 11 to No. 10.

Boston University climbs one to go to No. 11, Michigan falls four spots to No. 12, St. Lawrence jumps three places to No. 13, Harvard drops one spot to sit 14th and St. Cloud State gets into the top 15 with a three-spot jump from No. 18 last week.

At No. 16, Northern Michigan rises four, Massachusetts-Lowell falls three places to No. 17, Ferris State climbs one to No. 18, Colorado College gets back into the rankings at No. 19 and idle Minnesota-Duluth drops three places to No. 20 this week.

Additionally, 16 other teams received votes.  The USCHO.com Poll consists of 50 voters, including 28 coaches from the Division I conferences and 22 beat writers and sports professionals from across the country. The poll, published weekly by the Associated Press, is a production of USCHO.com, which provides in-depth coverage of college hockey.

CC garners votes in USA Hockey preseason poll

USA Hockey Magazine/USA Today released its preseason poll on Monday with Colorado College coming in at what would be tied for 19th if the rankings went that far. Air Force garnered a few votes as well. All the WCHA teams listed in the poll are bolded.

National Collegiate Hockey Conference fans will note that Miami (No. 9) and Western Michigan (11) also got some love.

 

Men’s Poll – Week 1: Sept. 24, 2012 

  Team

Points
(First Place Votes)

2011-12
Record

1 Boston College

476 (20)

33-10-1

2 Minnesota

476 (12)

28-14-1

3 Michigan

408 (2)

24-13-4

4 North Dakota

407

26-13-3

5 Union College

295

26-8-7

6 Cornell

233

19-9-7

7 UMass-Lowell

221

24-13-1

8 Denver

220

25-14-4

9 Miami

203

24-15-2

10 Notre Dame

186

19-18-3

11 Western Michigan

182

21-14-6

12 Minnesota Duluth

176

25-10-6

13 Boston University

158

23-15-1

14 Ferris State

123

26-12-5

15 Wisconsin

99

17-18-2

Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 58; University of Maine, 24; Quinnipiac University, 24; Michigan State University, 19; Colorado College, 19; University of New Hampshire, 17; Ohio State University, 17; St. Cloud (Minn.) State University, 15; Merrimack College, 7; Providence College, 6; Yale University, 6; United States Air Force Academy, 3; Northern Michigan University, 1; Michigan Tech University, 1.

 

Friday reading: Frozen 4, Lowery, Mankato job, CLASS and Hobey Baker awards

Minnesota captain Taylor Mattson reacts to the Gophers' loss to Boston College (photo: Jim Rosvold)

Check out this breakdown of Minnesota’s struggles in its Frozen Four semifinal loss to Boston College on Thursday night and the Gophers’ sloppy play on the big stage. Here is a link to the video interviews done by USCHO.

Union lost its semifinal and its leading scorer in a span of eight hours. Tough night for the Dutchmen fans. Here are the Union beat writer’s articles.

Former Tiger Ryan Lowery was sent down to ECHL Stockton on Thursday to play for the Thunder during the playoffs. CC fans can see him in action against Aaron Slattengren starting at 7:05 p.m. tonight at the Budweiser Events Center.

UND assistant Cary Eades confirmed his interest in the MSU Mankato job. He would be the odds-on favorite, most prognosticators say.

Minnesota Duluth’s Jack Connolly won the the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. First-team All-Americans were Connolly, Ferris State defenseman Chad Billins, Merrimack forward Ryan Flanigan, Cornell defenseman Keir Ross and Air Force forward Paul Weisgarber.

The second team is Ohio State defenseman Sean Duddy, Alaska goaltender Scott Greenham, Notre Dame defenseman Sean Lorenz, Brown forward Jack Maclellan and Miami goaltender Cody Reichard.

WCHA bloggers are confident that Connolly will win the school’s  fifth Hobey Baker Award later today. He is certainly deserving.

UPDATED NCAA first round: Michigan, Denver fall; UMass-Lowell survives

All of Friday’s four games are over. Here are the recaps.

Midwest  Region

No. 2 Ferris State 2, No. 3 Denver 1

GREEN BAY — Simon Denis scored his first goal this season and it proved to be the game-winner for No. 2 seed Ferris State over third-seeded Denver.

Drew Shore scored less than three minutes after to trim the CCHA regular-season champion Bulldogs’ lead to 2-1. But senior goalie Taylor Nelson (19-6-3) made seven saves in the third period to hold on for the win.

No. 4 Cornell 3, No. 1 Michigan 2 OT

GREEN BAY — Cornell’s Rodger Craig scored 2:25 into overtime off a rebound to lift the Big Red to the first upset of the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan’s Kevin Lynch scored with 4:01 remaining to force overtime. Cornell’s Joakim Ryan put the Big Red ahead 2-1 with a shorthanded goal 40 seconds into the second period.

Saturday

Region final — Ferris State vs. Cornell, 7 p.m. Mountain ESPNU

East Region

No. 1 Union 3, No. 4 Michigan State 1

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Jeremy Welsh scored only 3:20 into the second period for the game-winner and goalie Troy Grosenick made 20 saves to pace the top-seeded Dutchmen past the Spartans.

No. 3 UMass-Lowell 4, No. 2 Miami 3 OT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. —  Riley Wetmore scored 2:13 into overtime as the RiverHawks battled back after squandering a 3-0 lead. Wetmore put UMass-Lowell, coached by former CC assistants Norm Bazin and Jason Lammers, up 3-0 only 2:21 into the second period before Miami rallied.

The RedHawks tied the game at 3-3 on a goal by Alden Hirschfeld with 10:04 left in the third. Miami got back into the game with scores 14 seconds apart by Trent Vogelhunter and Austin Czarnick with 16:54 and 16:40 left in the second.

Saturday

Regional final — UMass-Lowell vs. Union, 4:30 p.m. Mountain, ESPNU

CC takes 2-0 lead into third period

A good check along the far boards led to Colorado College’s first goal and a 2-0 lead headed into the second intermission against No. 10 Union.

Freshman defender Peter Stoykewych checked a Union wing along the boards, forcing a turnover hauld in by Dakota Eveland. He passed across ice to Mike Boivin who moments later,sent a long pass forward to David Civitarese just before he crossed the Union blue line.

He split the two Dutchmen defenders charging forward to the Union net, beating goalie Troy Grosenick with 14:35 left in the second for the 1-0 lead.

A Dutchmen turnover led to a goal for senior captain Nick Dineen, who scored from the slot with 1:01 left in the second to make it 2-0 Tigers.

Saturday’s lines: No. 10 Union at No. 5 Colorado College

Union

LW-C-RW

Hatch/Zajac/Simpson

Carr/Welsh/Sullivan

Yanovitch/Bodie/Novak

Ikkala/Bennett/Coatta

LD-RD

Bodie/Stuart

Julseth-White/Vasaturo

Gostisbehere/Coburn

Goalies –– Grosenick/Stevens

 

Colorado College

LW-C-RW

Skalbeck/R. Schwartz/Rapuzzi

Krushelnyski/Dineen/Winkler

Eveland/Civitarese/Collett

Wamsganz/Hall/Taft

LD-RD

Guentzel/McDermott

Harstad/Marciano

Stoykewych/Boivin

Goalies — Thorimbert/Howe/Lockwood

WCHA roundup: Denver downs Union

Compiled from WCHA.com …

No. 15 Denver 3, No. 10 Union 1

DENVER – No. 15 Denver returned from the holiday break with a solid 3-1 win over No. 10 Union before a sellout crowd of 6,053 Friday night at Magness Arena.

Denver (9-7-3) started fast with first-period goals from Drew Shore, Joey LaLeggia and Shawn Ostrow and Juho Olkinuora made a career-high 42 saves in the win.

Jeremy Welsh scored for Union (9-4-5) and Colin Stevens took the loss after yielding two power-play goals in the first eight minutes of the game.

No. 2 Minnesota 5, Niagara 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Playing for the first time in 20 days, the Minnesota men’s hockey team started the second half of its season strong, defeating Niagara 5-1 at Mariucci Arena on Friday night. The victory put the second-ranked Golden Gophers in the Mariucci Classic championship game against Northeastern of Hockey East on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Without the aid of two of its top scorers, U.S. World Junior Championship team members Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau, UM never let go of a lead it took just 1:58 into the opening frame.

Senior forward Nick Larson buried a Jake Parenteau rebound just before the two-minute mark of the first period to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead.

The assist was Parenteau’s first collegiate point. It came in the 26th game of his career and the 18th game of his sophomore season.

The Gophers built on their lead just over a minute after Larson’s tally when another senior, Jake Hansen, converted on a Sam Warning rebound to make it a two-goal game.

Nebraska-Omaha 2, Quinnipiac 2

OMAHA — Sophomore forward Ryan Walters scored at 11:42 of the third period to lift the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks into a 2-2 tie against the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Friday night at the CenturyLink Center.

North Dakota 4, Harvard 4

GRAND FORKS — Freshman defenseman Nick Mattson scored two goals and freshman forward Brendan O’Donnell had a goal and an assist as North Dakota skated to a 4-4 tie against Harvard at Engelstad Arena on Friday.

Bemidji State 4, Bowling Green 1

BEMIDJI — Junior forward Aaron McLeod, senior forward Drew Fisher and junior forward Ben Kinne each scored in the second period as Bemidji State defeated Bowling Green, 4-1, on Friday at Sanford Center.

USA U-18 3, MSU-Mankato 3 (exhibition)

MANKATO — Junior forward Eriah Hayes scored a shorthanded goal at 19:09 of the third period to lift Minnesota State to a 3-3 tie against the US Under-18 Team on Friday night at Verizon Wireless Center.