Friday, March 27, 2015

NCAA Regionals Underway; Divison III Final Set

The first four games of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championship are in the books. 
The Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H. began today with top-seeded Boston University edging Yale, 3-2, on overtime, to set up a Saturday final with No. 2 seed Minnesota-Duluth, which topped Minnesota, 4-1. 
The West Regional in Fargo, N.D. got underway Friday with St. Cloud State outlasting second-seeded Michigan Tech, 3-2, in overtime before No. 1 seed North Dakota upended Quinnipiac, 4-1.
The East Regional in Providence begins on Saturday, with Providence-Miami and Boston College-Denver, while the Midwest Regional in South Bend, Ind. opens tomorrow with Minnesota State-RIT and Harvard-Omaha. Those regional finals are scheduled for Sunday.
At the NCAA Division III men’s semifinals in Minneapolis, Wisconsin Stevens-Point routed Amherst, 6-2, while Trinity overcame Adrian, 5-3. The national final is set for Saturday night at Ridder Arena.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Minnesota, Plattsburgh State Win Women's NCAA Hockey Titles

Hannah Brandt scored the game-winning goal, Rachael Bona had a goal and an assist, and Amanda Leveille made 19 saves and added an assist as the University of Minnesota won its third NCAA Division I women's hockey national title in four years with a 4-1 victory over Harvard on Sunday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

The No. 2 Golden Gophers, who dispatched RIT and Wisconsin earlier in the NCAA Tournament, now have five national titles to their credit, including back-to-back crowns in 2004 and 2005. No. 4 Harvard was seeking to become the second Eastern school to win an NCAA Division I women's hockey national championship after Clarkson edged the Gophers last year in Hamden, Conn.

Top-ranked Plattsburgh State won its second straight NCAA Division III women's hockey national championship with a 3-2 victory over No. 2 Elmira on Saturday at Stafford Ice Arena in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The top-ranked Cardinals, who also won in 2007 and 2008, got a goal and an assist from Giovanna Senese, plus the game-winner from Kayla Meneghin and 22 saves from Camille Leonard.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championship Finalized

The seedings are in, and the field has been set for the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championship. The regionals will be held this weekend, with the four regional winners advancing to the Frozen Four in Boston on April 9-11.

The top four seeds overall are Minnesota State, North Dakota, Boston University, and Miami.

March 27-28

Northeast Regional (Manchester, N.H.)
Yale vs. Boston University (2 p.m.)
Minnesota-Duluth vs. Minnesota (5:30 p.m.)

(Regional final - Saturday, 5:30 p.m.)

West Regional (Fargo, N.D.)
St. Cloud State vs. Michigan Tech (4:30 p.m.)
Quinnipiac vs. North Dakota (8 p.m.)

(Regional final – Saturday , 9 p.m.)

March 28-29

East Regional (Providence, R.I.)
Miami vs. Providence (6:30 p.m.)
Denver vs. Boston College (3 p.m.)

(Regional final - Sunday, 5 p.m.)

Midwest Regional (South Bend, IN)
Rochester Institute of Technology vs. Minnesota State (4 p.m.)
(Nebraska) Omaha vs. Harvard (7:30 p.m.)

(Regional final - Sunday, 7:30 p.m.)

Regional games will be televised  on ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and Watch ESPN.

Conference champions this spring who earned automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament include Boston University (Hockey East), Harvard (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference), Miami (National Collegiate Hockey Conference) Minnesota (Big Ten), Minnesota State (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) and Rochester Institute of Technology (Atlantic Hockey).

The rest earned at-large bids through the Pairwise Rankings, which mimics the NCAA selection process.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

BC's Carpenter Wins Kazmaier Award

Junior forward Alex Carpenter of Boston College is the 2014-15 recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.

Carpenter, a native of North Reading, Mass., and the daughter of retired NHL player and Stanley Cup champion Bob Carpenter, led the nation in scoring with 37 goals and 44 assists for 81 points in 37 games. She was presented with the award, named for the later Princeton University blueliner, on Saturday in Minneapolis, one day after BC was eliminated by Harvard, 2-1, in a national semifinal game.

Carpenter, who won a silver medal with the U.S. National Team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, is the first Eagle ever to earn the Kazmaier Award. In three seasons at the Heights, she has tallied 91 goals and 100 assists for 191 points in 109 outings while helping BC to three consecutive Frozen Fours.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hobey Baker Award Top 10 Announced

The 10 preliminary finalists for the 2014-15 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top player in NCAA Division I men's college hockey were released today. Per, here they are in alphabetical order:

• Union senior forward Daniel Ciampini
• Boston University freshman forward Jack Eichel
• RIT senior forward Matt Garbowsky
• Michigan senior forward Zach Hyman
• Michigan Tech senior forward Tanner Kero
• Denver senior defenseman Joey LaLeggia
• North Dakota junior goaltender Zane McIntyre
• Minnesota junior defenseman Mike Reilly
• Harvard junior forward Jimmy Vesey
• Robert Morris senior forward Cody Wydo

The Hobey Hat Trick concerning the three finalists will be announced on April 2, with the winner to ultimately be crowned in Boston on April 10, one day before the national championship game at TD Garden.

Eichel, the nation's leading scorer for most of the 2014-15 campaign and a projected top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, is considered the favorite. Last year's winner, Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College, collected both the Hobey Baker Award and the national scoring title before moving on to the Calgary Flames.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Vermont Eliminates BC in Three Games

Nearly 25 years later, the Maroon and Gold was again done in by a green and gold opponent near St. Patrick's Day. 

The ninth-ranked Boston College men's hockey team will have to wait a week to discover its NCAA Tournament fate after falling, 1-0, to visiting No. 17 Vermont on Sunday in Game 3 of their best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series at Kelley Rink.

BC won, 4-2, on Friday before UVM (22-14-4 overall) evened up the series on Saturday with a 3-1 victory. BC fell to 21-13-3 on the season.

Alexx Pivitera scored the game's only goal less than three minutes into the third period of Game 3 to offset a 22-save performance by BC sophomore netminder Thatcher Demko.

Vermont junior goaltender Brody Hoffman made 36 saves for the Catamounts on Sunday, one day after stopping 39 shots by the Eagles. He played clean-up on Friday night, stopping all 12 shots he faced in his first action in nearly a month, and for the weekend recorded 87 saves on 88 shots to boost UVM to the Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden in Boston.

The Catamounts will now face UMass Lowell on Friday at 5 p.m. The winner of that contest will meet the victor of the Boston University-New Hampshire tilt on Saturday evening for the Hockey East crown and the conference’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

On March 15-16, 1991, BC dropped a two-game set to visiting Alaska Anchorage in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. (Like UVM, UAA’s colors are green and gold.) BC would not return to the national picture for seven years after that series, while the 3-2 and 3-1 wins remain the only NCAA Tournament triumphs by the Seawolves in their 35-year history.

The 2015 NCAA Tournament Selection Show will be televised at noon on Sunday on ESPNU. BC, which dropped to 11th place in the latest national polls, is ranked ninth in the current Pairwise Rankings, which mimics the NCAA Tournament selection process. That almost assures that the Eagles will receive one of the 16 NCAA Tournament bids for the 13th consecutive season, the longest current streak in Hockey East. 

UVM sits 19th in the current Pairwise, and the Catamounts will likely to have to win the Hockey East championship this weekend to advance to the national tournament.

Friday, March 13, 2015

2015 NCAA Women's Tournament Starts Saturday

The eight-school 2015 NCAA Women's Division I Tournament gets underway on Saturday with four quarter final match-ups:

Quinnipiac @ (3) Harvard
Clarkson @ (2) Boston College
Boston University @ (4) Wisconsin
RIT @ (1) Minnesota

(Top seeds in parentheses)

The winners advance to the Frozen Four on March 20-22 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Clarkson is the defending national champion.