Future nonconference schedules taking shape

DC 3As heard during Ken Ralph radio interview last night: CC’s 2013-14 nonconference schedule includes games against Air Force, Clarkson, New Hampshire, Providence and Wisconsin.

The Clarkson games are on the road in return for the Golden Knights’ trip to Colorado Springs earlier this season. No further specifics were mentioned.

Future dates including Boston College and Boston University and “a couple Big 10 teams” are also in the works.

Future dates could include a couple East Coast trips when CC would play one Hockey East or ECAC team one night and another the next, Ralph said.

The Tigers have four more nonleague dates to schedule since the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which begins play in October, uses a 24-game format.

CC will continue to coordinate with Denver as well as it has in the past. An example would be the New Hampshire and Yale games this past Thanksgiving weekend when Yale played at DU on Friday and visited CC on Saturday.

Ralph also said CC is working to schedule nonconference games with Alaska-Anchorage including road contests. As play-by-play man Ken Landau pointed out, it is easier to fly to Anchorage than Houghton, Mich., which usually involves a flight to Duluth followed by a lengthy bus ride.

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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.

 

Wednesday reading: West, Lowell, SCSU, Providence, Michigan

Former Minnesota women’s standout Emily West, a Pine Creek High School graduate in Colorado Springs, was named to the U.S. Over 18 camp roster for the 2012 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival Aug. 5-13 in Blaine, Minn.

The graduated Gophers captain scored the game-winners in the WCHA postseason and NCAA Tournament championships games to conclude her college career.

The festival ends with the selection of teams to represent the United States in a  a U22 series vs. Canada in Calgary. Three games between the two nations will be played from Aug. 16-19.

Here are the nine incoming freshmen, including fifth-round NHL draft pick Connor Hellebuyck, for future CC foe UMass-Lowell, which is coached by former Tiger assistants Norm Bazin and Jason Lammers.

Former SCSU standout  David Eddy was featured by the Calgary Flames web site.

Providence picked up a Flames’ NHL Draft pick a year earlier than expected.

Michigan retains a big-time 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?

Saturday reading: J. Schwartz, Guentzel, Hall, playoff recaps, previews

Here’s a preview of tonight’s St. Louis at Tampa Bay game when former Tiger Jaden Schwartz will make his NHL debut. (TV: 5 p.m. Mountain FS Midwest, SUN Network).

Expect Gabe Guentzel, pictured at left, to make his pro debut Saturday night for AHL Syracuse against Adirondack and former CC teammate Mike Testwuide. Guentzel will wear No. 10 judging from the roster.

Tim Hall made his pro debut for ECHL Alaska in a 3-1 loss at Colorado. It reads like he played his defensive role well, drawing two penalties.

Here’s a lot of good information on CC and its available personnel next season by the Gazette’s Brian Gomez: CC wing Dakota Eveland will not play next season after offseason neck surgery this Tuesday. Look for one or two more 2012 commits or one of the 2013 players to be brought in a year early.

North Dakota could be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, judging from the latest Pairwise rankings, if it wins its third Broadmoor Trophy in a row against Denver tonight in the WCHA Final Five championship game. ( TV: 6 p.m. Mountain ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain). Here’s plenty of recap and preview notes.

Western Michigan cruised past Miami in the CCHA semifinals on Friday. Top remaining seed Michigan defeated last-place Bowling Green State 3-2 in double overtime to end the Falcons’s memorable run at an NCAA berth.

In Hockey East, Maine downed Boston U in one semifinal while Boston College ended No. 7 seed Providence’s Cinderella run. Maine plays BC at 6 p.m. Mountain (TV: NBC Sports Network).

In the ECAC, Harvard kept its NCAA hopes alive by advancing to tonight’s championship against top seed Union. Harvard is rated at No. 19 in the Pairwise and must win the automatic berth to move on.

In the Atlantic, Air Force will take on No. 3 seed and host RIT tonight (Radio: 1300 AM, 5 p.m. Mountain)

Monday reading: AFA, Denver advance; BGSU shocks Ferris State

I took a break from college hockey Sunday night so here are that night’s Game 3 results.

AHA No. 1 seed Air Force 4, No. 8 UConn 3

The Falcons came back from two one-goal deficits to advance to the AHA Final Four in Rochester, N.Y. this weekend.

WCHA No. 3 seed Denver 3, No. 10 Wisconsin 2 OT

DENVER — For the second consecutive game, senior forward Luke Salazar scored the game-winning goal – this time 1:40 into overtime – as Denver skated to a 3-2 victory against Wisconsin in the final game of a WCHA best-of-three playoff series on Sunday night at Magness Arena.

WCHA Final Five at Xcel Energy Center

Thursday, March 15
Quarterfinal: No. 6 Michigan Tech vs No. 3 Denver, 2:07 pm CT
Quarterfinal: No. 5 St. Cloud State vs No. 4 North Dakota, 7:07 pm CT

Friday, March 16
Semifinal: Michigan Tech/Denver vs No. 2 Minnesota Duluth, 2:07 pm CT
Semifinal: St. Cloud State/North Dakota vs. No. 1 Minnesota, 7:07 pm CT

Saturday, March 17 Broadmoor Trophy championship game, 7:07 pm CT

CCHA No. 11 seed Bowling Green 4, No. 1 Ferris State 3 OT

Bowling Green came back from a three-goal deficit to top Ferris State in overtime and move on to the CCHA semifinals at Joe Louis Arena. The last-place Falcons are the lowest seed in CCHA history to make it to the CCHA Championship Tournament.

Bowling Green freshman forward Dan DeSalvo scored three straight goals, including the game-winner 2:38 into overtime, to top Ferris State, 4-3. Bowling Green junior goaltender Andrew Hammond made 28 saves in the win. At the other end of the ice, Ferris State senior goaltender Taylor Nelson stopped 33 shots.

Bowling Green will face Michigan in the semifinals next weekend and Miami will battle Western Michigan in the other semifinal matchup.

The top four seeds advanced in the ECAC while No, 7 Providence downed No. 2 UMass-Lowell 1-0 Sunday night to advance to the Hockey East semifinals.

Saturday reading: Game stories, injury updates, Pairwise and other series to watch

Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson makes a save against UAA's Eric Scheid Friday, March 9, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Gophers won 2-1. JIM GEHRZ / THE STAR TRIBUNE VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

Here are game stories from Friday night’s action.

No. 12 seed Alaska-Anchorage got the goaltending it needed to pull off the upset at top seed Minnesota , just not enough offense, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

No. 2 seed Minnesota Duluth needed two goals off deflections and a 160-footer that started as a clearing attempt to hold off No. 11 MSU Mankato. Brady Lamb came up huge for the Bulldogs.

Both the Gophers and Bulldogs are locks for the NCAA Tournament even if their first-round foes eliminate them on Sunday. CC, Denver and North Dakota need to win their playoff series to get in, judging from the latest Pairwise rankings.

Wisconsin’s Sean Little picked a good time, 5:50 left in the third period, to score his second goal of the season at third-seeded Denver, which drew only 4,400 fans.

No. 4 seed North Dakota won its ninth playoff game in a row. Here are some notes.

No. 5 Colorado College played a sloppy game against a more determined eighth-seeded Michigan Tech Huskies squad, which played well defensively. Tigers sophomore wing Jeff Collett suffered an upper-body injury Friday and is out for the rest of the series. Defenseman Aaron Harstad looks to have recovered from the flu and will likely be in the lineup on Saturday.

No. 6 St. Cloud State scored three goals, usually a good sign for the Huskies, which downed No. 7 Nebraska Omaha 4-0, which ended a six-game losing streak to UNO.

Here’s the Hockey East links and for the CCHA. Judging from the Pairwise, which has CC at No. 19, Tiger fans should root for Miami to sweep No. 14 Michigan State, Maine to eliminate No. 17 Merrimack, Michigan to down No. 18 Notre Dame and Wisconsin to sweep No. 13 Denver (that ought to come naturally for you).

Here are the Friday game recaps from ECAChockey.com. Tiger fans want Union to run the table to get the automatic qualifier, saving one of the precious at-large bids for the NCAA.

And now, a great example of how close things are in playoff college hockey. Providence had two shots go off the post and another reversed by replay during overtime at UMass-Lowell, which later scored to tie the best-of-three series and force Game 3 tonight.

St. Lawrence head coach Joe Marsh has retired, citing continuing health concerns.