CC back in USCHO poll at No. 19

Colorado College, which debuted at No. 20 in the preseason poll and fell out after its exhibition game, is back in the weekly USCHO poll at No. 19 following a home sweep (5-4, 5-4) of ECAC Member Clarkson.

Air Force, CC’s Friday road foe, received votes.  UMass-Lowell, which plays at No. 7 Denver Friday before coming to Colorado Springs World Arena on Saturday, fell from No. 6 to No. 10 after tying Vermont in its only game last weekend.

Not surprisingly, new No. 1 Minnesota received 46 out of the possible 50 first-place votes.

From USCHO …

Four teams received first-place votes in this week’s Division I Men’s Poll, but with 46 of 50 No. 1 votes, Minnesota is the new top team in the weekly poll.

Minnesota jumps from No. 2 to the top spot, while last week’s No. 1 team, Boston College, falls to No. 3, but did receive two first-place votes.

North Dakota, up two places to No. 2, had a first-place vote, while No. 8 Union garnered the other first-place vote on the voter’s ballots.

Michigan drops to No. 5 this week, followed by Cornell at No. 6, Denver staying in seventh, Union, Notre Dame up five to No. 9 and Massachusetts-Lowell falling four to sit tenth this week.

At No. 11, Boston University rises one notch, Western Michigan falls three spots to No. 12, Minnesota-Duluth remains 13th, Northeastern enters the poll at No. 14, as does New Hampshire in the 15th slot.

Ferris State drops five to No. 16, while Harvard and Northern Michigan sit tied for 17th. NMU enters the rankings after being unranked last week.

Quinnipiac falls from No. 18 to No. 20 this week.

The Division I Men’s Poll consists of 50 voters, including 28 coaches from the Division I conferences and 22 beat writers and sports professionals from across the country.

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 


(First Place Votes)


1 Boston College

476 (20)


2 Minnesota

476 (12)


3 Michigan

408 (2)


4 North Dakota



5 Union College



6 Cornell



7 UMass-Lowell



8 Denver



9 Miami



10 Notre Dame



11 Western Michigan



12 Minnesota Duluth



13 Boston University



14 Ferris State



15 Wisconsin



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.


Tuesday reading: Dell leaves UND, Quinnipiac, OHL sanctions

Courtesy UND Athletics

North Dakota starting goalie Aaron Dell, pictured, dropped his final year of eligibility to play for the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles., which includes CC’s Arthur Bidwill. The link includes a list of the early departures from the WCHA. Here are more details including an interview with Dell.

Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold signed a contract extension that will keep him behind the Bobcat bench through the 2016-17 season.

The college hockey community is wisely staying quiet on the Windsor Spitfires’ recruiting violations punishment. Later in that column, the lawyer representing the student Michigan Daily newspaper against Kitchener is suggesting he may put the whole OHL under the microscope if he must.

This Canadian columnist says the Windsor situation is just the tip of the iceberg.

Report: Quinnipiac coach offered UMass job

Massachusetts has offered current Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold a job as its new head coach, and Pecknold is ready to accept, sources tell College Hockey News.

That CHN article has been contradicted by, which cites an unnamed source “close to the situation.”

A 1990 graduate of Connecticut College, Pecknold has been the only coach in Quinnipiac’s Division I history, dating back to 1994-95. In July 2010, Pecknold signed a contract extension with Quinnipiac through 2014-15.

He may replace Don Cahoon, who recently resigned after 12 years with the Minutemen.

For the rest of the article by College Hockey News, click here.

Around the WCHA: Mavs down Bobcats


Nebraska-Omaha 4, Quinnipiac 1

OMAHA, Neb. – The UNO Mavericks got a three-point night from Jayson Megna and two-point nights from three other players on their way to a 4-1 win over Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon at the CenturyLink Center.

The Mavericks improve to 10-8-4 overall while the Bobcats had their six-game unbeaten streak snapped.  They’re now 11-7-4.  The Mavs are now off until Jan. 13 when they begin a two-game home series with Minnesota Duluth.

WCHA roundup: Denver downs Union

Compiled from …

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.

Friday reading: Previews and recaps

North Dakota faces an unfamiliar foe, Harvard, with plenty of familiar players from Minnesota. As beat writer Brad Schlossman points out, this is an important series for UND, which needs to pick up some Pairwise ranking points.

That said, CC, No. 15 in the latest rankings, needs them too. Playing a tough, physical opponent like Air Force followed by No. 10 Union is business as usual for Nos. 5/6 Colorado College.

“It’s just like a weekend in the WCHA,” senior defenseman Gabe Guentzel said earlier this week. “You empty the tank on Friday and come back for more on Saturday.”

Last year  a 6-4 win over Air Force was followed by a rout at the hands of No. 1 Yale, which according to Pairwise analysts secured a top seed based on that 5-1 win. Fortunately for CC fans, Union plays Denver the night before.

Here’s the Gazette’s previews focusing on CC and Air Force, which hosts Denver on Saturday.

The NCHC commissioner search looks to be lasting until January.

Former CC goalie Michael Shibrowski is still waiting for his chance to play. Kent Patterson will start against Niagara tonight at the Mariucci Classic with a game against either Princeton or Northeastern on Saturday for No. 2 Minnesota. Here’s notes from the Minnesota beat writer, including a setback for UND nickname supporters.

Nebraska-Omaha has a chance to boost its nonconference record (2-4) with a weekend series against Quinnipiac.

A hot Bemidji State (5-1-1 of late) team takes on future WCHA foe Bowling Green, winless in its last eight, for the first time.

MSU-Mankato takes on the USA U-18 squad in an exhibition tonight.

Thursday’s recaps from …

St. Cloud State 4, No. 8 Western Michigan 2

ST. CLOUD —  The St. Cloud State University men’s hockey team (8-9-4, 5-6-3 WCHA) rallied to win a big 4-2 decision over #8 Western Michigan University (9-5-5, 7-4-3 CCHA) on Thursday, Dec. 29 at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.

The series concludes tonight in St. Cloud.

The Huskies relied on a pair of goals by senior forward Jared Festler to capture the victory, which included Festler’s game winner at 16:55 of the third period with power play assists from freshman defender Andrew Prochno and sophomore defender Nick Jensen.

No. 14 Michigan State 3, Michigan Tech 1

DETROIT – Michigan Tech held a 46-26 advantage in shots on goal but fell 3-1 to Michigan State in the first semifinal of the 47th annual Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Tournament at Joe Louis Arena. Down 2-0 after two periods, the Huskies (9-10-1) pulled within one with 12 minutes to play before the Spartans (11-6-2) added an empty net goal.

“I’m proud of our team,” said Tech’s head coach Mel Pearson. “We played a pretty good game today and just didn’t get the bounces. I’m disappointed for the guys because I feel like we deserved a better result.”

The Huskies play No. 3 Boston College which lost 4-2 to No. 20 Michigan later Thursday for third at 2 p.m. Friday.

Notes: Junior forward Chad Pietila played his first game in a Tech uniform after sitting out a year because of NCAA Division I transfer rules …Junior defenseman Tommy Brown saw his first action since the opening weekend against American International. He had sat out with a medical condition.