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USCHO Game of the Week
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Previewing ECAC Hockey, Atlantic Hockey, WCHA, Hockey East championships – Season 3 Episode 16
Wisconsin State Journal writer and USCHO editor emeritus Todd D. Milewski (@ToddMilewski) joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview the semifinal and championship rounds in ECAC Hockey, Atlantic Hockey, and the WCHA and the Hockey East finals between UMass Lowell and No. 6 UMass.They also consider NCAA implications of the four series, including what "eye test" criteria might be used by the committee.
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Northeastern at UMass preview with Jim Madigan, plus a look at the weekend's playoffs – Season 3 Episode 15
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan to preview the No. 20 Huskies' Sunday Hockey East single-elimination playoff game at No. 7 UMass. Madigan also reflects on this anniversary of the day all of college and pro sports were shut down in 2020.We also take capsule looks at the five men's D-I conferences with playoffs underway by the end of the weekend.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
Michigan at Minnesota preview with reporter Jess Myers – Season 3 Episode 14
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Jess Myers, who covers the Golden Gophers beat as a reporter for The Rink Live, to preview No. 7 Michigan at No. 3 Minnesota.We also look at another Big Ten series and its implications – No. 5 Wisconsin at Michigan State – as well as Hockey East single games for No. 2 Boston College, No. 10 Boston University, and No. 6 UMass and a pair of single NCHC contests with No. 12 Omaha visiting No. 1 North Dakota and No. 9 Minnesota Duluth traveling to No. 8 St. Cloud. Plus, the WCHA wraps its season with some important games and Atlantic Hockey plays its first round with three single-elimination matchups.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
St. Cloud State at Minnesota Duluth preview with Bulldogs radio voice Bruce Ciskie – Season 3 Episode 13
No. 6 St. Cloud State visits No. 10 Minnesota Duluth in a single, nationally-televised NCHC game on Saturday with conference and NCAA postseason implications. Bulldogs radio voice Bruce Ciskie previews the contest with a look at this year's UMD team and how they match up against they Huskies.Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also look ahead at another NCHC tilt, No. 2 North Dakota at No. 11 Omaha, as well as No. 3 Minnesota State's home-and-home series against No. 19 Bemidji State in the WCHA, No. 9 UMass at No. 1 Boston College for a game, and Ohio State at No. 5 Wisconsin. Plus with almost the entire week's schedule wiped out, playoff positions in Atlantic Hockey's western pod all comes down to Canisius and Niagara's home-and-home pair this weekend.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Boston University vs. UConn preview with Terriers head coach Albie O'Connell – Season 3 Episode 12
In a season filled with delays and pauses for the Terriers, No. 11 Boston University nevertheless finds itself near the top of the Hockey East playoff race at 8-2 overall. BU head coach Albie O'Connell joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview of a weekend series against UConn.Also on tap: No. 9 Omaha visits No. 2 North Dakota for a weekend series, Colorado College visits No. 8 Minnesota Duluth and No. 6 St. Cloud for single games, the Big 10 has three weekend series, No. 19 Robert Morris visits RIT for a pair, and on Tuesday, No. 20 Lake Superior visits No. 18 Michigan Tech.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
No. 7 Wisconsin at No. 8 Michigan preview with Badgers beat writer Todd D. Milewski – Season 3 Episode 11
No. 7 Wisconsin is arguably the hottest team in college hockey since the semester break. The Badgers travel to a team coming off a three-week pause, No. 8 Michigan, in a key Big Ten series. Todd D. Milewski, Wisconsin State Journal beat writer for Badgers hockey, joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview.We also look at Denver at No. 2 North Dakota in the NCHC, UMass Lowell vs. No. 1 Boston College and No. 20 UConn vs. No. 16 Providence in Hockey East, and No. 11 Quinnipiac at Colgate in the ECAC.And a WCHA matchup is highlighted by the stellar goaltending numbers of Dryden McKay, as he and his fellow No. 3 Minnesota State Mavericks visit Alabama Huntsville.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Bowling Green at Minnesota State preview with Mavericks coach Mike Hastings – Season 3 Episode 10
Two USCHO.com men's ice hockey poll top ten teams meet in WCHA weekend play as No. 8 Bowling Green travels to No. 6 Minnesota State. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) catch up with Mavericks head coach Mike Hastings to preview a matchup between two stingy defenses and two potent offenses.We also look at the "Battle of Commonwealth Avenue" between No. 1 Boston College and No. 15 Boston University and a pair of road tilts for UConn among Hockey East games, No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 2 Minnesota in the Big Ten, No. 9 Omaha at Denver in NCHC play, and a pair of ECAC series sending St. Lawrence to No. 12 Quinnipiac and No. 13 Clarkson to Colgate.
22 minutes | 4 months ago
North Dakota at Omaha preview with Mavericks coach Mike Gabinet – Season 3 Episode 9
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by No. 9 Omaha head coach Mike Gabinet to preview this weekend's home series vs. No. 2 North Dakota. We discuss this year's Mavericks, their steady improvement, and how they dealt mentally with the extended pause after the semester break.Also of note this weekend in league play are the Hockey East home-and-home series between No. 10 UMass and No. 16 UMass Lowell, No. 18 Michigan Tech at No. 8 Bowling Green in the WCHA, and a trio of Big Ten matchups.Non-conference games include No. 3 Minnesota State at Bemidji State – which is fresh off a sweep of Bowling Green last weekend – and No. 11 Quinnipiac hosting LIU.And after weekend meetings juggling the schedule for the rest of the season, Atlantic Hockey prepares for a nearly full slate of games.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
Michigan at Notre Dame preview with Fighting Irish broadcaster Darin Pritchett – Season 3 Episode 8
Notre Dame swept Michigan at Yost Ice Arena in two one-goal games just after Thanksgiving. The No. 8 Wolverines visit the No 16 Fighting Irish this weekend in Big Ten play. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by the voice of the Irish, Darin Pritchett, for a preview.We also look ahead to Arizona State at No. 4 Minnesota and No. 12 Wisconsin at Penn State in the Big Ten, No. 10 Quinnipiac at No. 14 Clarkson for three ECAC contests, No. 18 Providence home-and-home with No. 8 UMass in Hockey East, and a slate of NCHC matchups highlighted by No. 19 Denver at No. 11 Omaha.
22 minutes | 4 months ago
Previewing UMass vs. Boston University with Minutemen coach Greg Carvel – Season 3 Episode 7
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by UMass head coach Greg Carvel to preview the Minutemen's scheduled home-and-home series with Boston University.We also look at No. 14 Northeastern vs. No. 3 Boston College, Notre Dame at No. 1 Minnesota, St. Lawrence vs. No. 13 Clarkson, No. 2 North Dakota at No. 18 Denver, No. 5 Minnesota State at No. 19 Lake Superior, and a non-conference series between LIU and Army West Point, which has Brett and uncle Brian Riley facing off as head coaches for the first time.
27 minutes | 4 months ago
Clarkson at Quinnipiac preview with Bobcats coach Rand Pecknold – Season 3 Episode 6
This season finds ECAC Hockey trimmed down to just four teams. Two of those teams – No. 10 Clarkson and No. 13 Quinnipiac – have a three-game series this weekend. Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold, whose Bobcats host the Golden Knights, joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview.We also look at No. 6 St. Cloud at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, No. 1 Minnesota at No. 12 Wisconsin, and Arizona State at No. 18 Notre Dame.Also of note: all 11 teams in Hockey East will finally have gotten their seasons underway in a slate of games capped off by No. 8 UMass at No. 15 UMass Lowell on Tuesday.And the two ranked teams in Atlantic Hockey – No. 19 American International and No. 20 Robert Morris – have series this weekend, with AIC home-and-home with Army and RMU at Niagara and back home against the Purple Eagles for two.
28 minutes | 5 months ago
Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud State preview with writer Matt Wellens – Season 3 Episode 5
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Minnesota Duluth beat writer Matt Wellens of the Duluth News Tribune to preview the No. 4 Bulldogs at No. 6 St. Cloud State in NCHC play.Jim and Ed also look ahead to another NCHC series, No. 16 Denver vs. Colorado College, a Hockey East home-and-home series between No. 13 Northeastern and No. 9 UMass, the start of ECAC Hockey play, and Arizona State's games at No. 1 Minnesota.The hosts and guest also opine on the proposal by NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton to use historical data to allocate at-large bids in this season's NCAA tournament.
24 minutes | 5 months ago
Northeastern coach Jim Madigan previews home-and-home with Providence – Season 3 Episode 4
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan to preview his team's Saturday-Sunday home-and-home series with Providence.We also look at No. 13 Bowling Green at Quinnipiac for a pair, NCHC pod tilts between No. 3 Minnesota Duluth and No. 4 North Dakota and No. 8 Denver vs. No. 9 St. Cloud. In the Big Ten, we preview Michigan State at No. 18 Ohio State. Also of note, non-conference games between WCHA rivals Bemidji State and host No. 5 Minnesota State, Arizona State at No. 16 Notre Dame, and Canisius back in action after a pause against a restocked RIT.
28 minutes | 5 months ago
North Dakota vs. Minnesota Duluth preview with writer Brad Schlossman – Season 3 Episode 3
The NCHC Pod in Omaha is producing top 10 matchups almost every day. Our game of the week comes from that bubble as No. 1 North Dakota, fresh off a loss to No. 9 Denver, takes on unbeaten No. 3 Minnesota Duluth on Thursday. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald, beat writer covering the Fighting Hawks.We also look at other NCHC games, including Denver vs. Minnesota Duluth. In the Big Ten, only one weekend conference series is scheduled, with No. 14 Ohio State visiting No. 15 Notre Dame.In Hockey East, it's a home-and-home between No. 2 Boston College and UConn, while No. 8 UMass Lowell finally gets its season underway against No. 19 Providence.Among non-conference games, we look at a couple added to the schedule as other games were canceled: No. 7 Clarkson at Mercyhurst and No. 6 Minnesota State playing host to D-III Milwaukee School of Engineering. No. 20 Arizona State has a pair at Penn State and LIU visits RIT for two.
32 minutes | 5 months ago
Inside the NCHC Pod with Dave Starman, plus some Big 10 and non-conference matchups – Season 3 Episode 2
In a season in which games are happening any night, it's hard to settle on a single game of the week. In this episode, hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by hockey analyst Dave Starman, who is broadcasting more than half of the NCHC Pod games in Omaha for Midco Sports Network and NCHC.tv alongside play-by-play man Ben Holden. Dave takes us through what's happening in the bubble and what teams are impressing him so far.Jim and Ed also look at games coming up in the Big 10 and Atlantic Hockey, and some non-conference matchups within Hockey East.They also add some more context to their thoughts about getting as many games in during this semester break and give a shout out to the streaming services allowing fans to see the games when they can't be there in person.
21 minutes | 6 months ago
Penn State at Minnesota preview with Gophers voice Wally Shaver – Season 3, Episode 1
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Minnesota play-by-play voice Wally Shaver to look ahead at Thursday and Friday's two-game series seeing No. 10 Penn State visit the No. 11 Gophers.Jim and Ed also preview No. 6 Michigan at No. 14 Wisconsin as well as Monday-Tuesday series featuring No. 9 Ohio State at Minnesota and Penn State at Wisconsin.Hockey East gets underway with home-and-home series featuring No. 2 Boston College and New Hampshire and No. 7 UMass at Maine.In non-conference play, No. 5 Minnesota State has a pair at WCHA rival No. 16 Bemidji State and No. 8 Clarkson has a single tilt at ECAC Hockey foe Colgate.
31 minutes | a year ago
D-I playoff preview, including Canisius at Bentley with Falcons' Ryan Soderquist – Season 2 Episode 22
Our first Game of the Week this season between two Atlantic Hockey teams features a first-round match up sending Canisius to Bentley for a best-of-three series. Falcons head coach Ryan Soderquist joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview.We also look at every other playoff matchup in D-I men's hockey, especially taking note of Wisconsin at No. 11 Ohio State in the Big Ten and which series may lead to an upset in ECAC Hockey. Plus No. 3 Minnesota State and No. 10 Bemidji State and their home series in the WCHA, as well as Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan and Bowling Green at Alaska.Meanwhile, it's still the regular season in two conferences. St. Cloud State, No. 6 Denver, and No. 17 Western Michigan all look to sew up home ice in the NCHC, though it's a tall order for the Huskies at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth. And in Hockey East, Boston University, Providence, Northeastern, and New Hampshire are four teams trying to find one of three chairs when the music stops playing.This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
35 minutes | a year ago
No. 7 Clarkson at No. 1 Cornell preview with Golden Knights coach Casey Jones – Season 2 Episode 21
The ECAC Hockey schedule couldn't have worked out better, with No. 7 Clarkson at No. 1 Cornell Saturday on the last night of the regular season with the regular-season Cleary Cup potentially on the line. Clarkson coach Casey Jones joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview USCHO's Game of the Week.Also previewed:Two Big Ten teams have a chance to clinch at least a share of the regular season title. No. 10 Ohio State hosts Wisconsin and No. 18 Minnesota hosts Michigan, while No. 9 Penn State – four points ahead of the Gophers and Buckeyes – has completed its schedule and watches for the results.Nothing has been decided in Hockey East. Key series include No. 8 UMass home-and-home with red hot UConn and New Hampshire home-and-home with No. 12 UMass Lowell. Plus, No. 15 Maine travels to No. 19 Providence in a single game that is huge for both. Nine teams are still jockeying for eight playoff berths.In the NCHC, No. 16 Western Michigan is at No. 3 North Dakota for two, while St. Cloud State, fresh off a five-point weekend against the Fighting Hawks, hosts No. 6 Denver in a weekend series.The top matchup in the WCHA has No. 2 Minnesota State traveling for the weekend to No. 11 Bemidji State, while Alaska and Bowling Green each have key series as they look for home ice in the WCHA quarterfinals.Atlantic Hockey settles everything this weekend. While No. 20 American International and Sacred Heart have clinched the top two spots, Army West Point and Rochester Institute of Technology will have games that determine who finishes third. AIC is at Army for one game Saturday, while RIT hosts Air Force in a series. The Falcons, along with Robert Morris and Niagara – who play a series this weekend – are vying for fifth place and a first-round bye.This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
34 minutes | a year ago
No. 8 UMass home-and-home vs. No. 14 UMass Lowell preview with Minutemen head coach Greg Carvel – Season 2 Episode 20
With both Massachusetts state schools having successful seasons at the same time, the battles between No. 8 UMass and No. 14 UMass Lowell are becoming quite a rivalry. Minutemen head coach Greg Carvel joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview of that weekend home-and-home series.Also in this episode:Hockey East also features a Thursday-Friday home-and-home between No. 6 Boston College and No. 10 Northeastern with conference and PairWise positioning on the line.In the Big Ten, all three weekend series are critical for league standings, including No. 18 Minnesota at No. 11 Penn State. The two teams are tied for first with this weekend the last of the regular season for the Nittany Lions.In ECAC Hockey, No. 20 Harvard is at No. 5 Clarkson on Friday in the only matchup between ranked teams in that conference.The NCHC's premier series has No. 4 Minnesota Duluth at No. 19 Western Michigan, while No. 1 North Dakota can't look past their weekend hosts, St. Cloud State.Bowling Green is battling for home ice in the WCHA at home this weekend against Ferris State, while No. 3 Minnesota State hosts Alabama Huntsville and No. 13 Bemidji State visits Alaska Anchorage.Three teams in Atlantic Hockey have clinched first round byes – American International, Sacred Heart, and Army – but AIC can claim a regular season title in a Thursday-Saturday home-and-home series with Holy Cross. Meanwhile Rochester Institute of Technology and Robert Morris look to nail down a first-round bye – and the Tigers home ice – this weekend.And in the lone non-conference series, No. 9 Arizona State visits Wisconsin to end the regular season for the Sun Devils. A weekend sweep would virtually guarantee an NCAA berth for ASU.This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
32 minutes | a year ago
No. 6 Denver at No. 1 North Dakota preview with Fighting Hawks TV voice Alex Heinert – Season 2 Episode 19
No. 6 Denver visits No. 1 North Dakota in a weekend NCHC series. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Midco Sports TV play-by-play broadcaster Alex Heinert for a preview.A number of other key matchups are on the schedule this weekend. In the Big Ten, Michigan and Michigan State have a Friday game in East Lansing and a Monday tilt at Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit. Minnesota is at Notre Dame for a weekend series in which each needs to maintain momentum, while No. 9 Penn State could extend its lead in the standings at Wisconsin.In the WCHA, No. 16 Bemidji State is at No. 19 Northern Michigan in a battle for position in the top half of the standings, while Alaska looks to defend fourth place against visiting Bowling Green.Hockey East features a home-and-home matchup between No. 11 UMass Lowell and No. 12 Northeastern, while No. 17 Maine looks to stay unbeaten at home with a weekend series against UConn.ECAC Hockey's prime contest is on Friday as No. 5 Clarkson visits No. 15 Quinnipiac, while in Atlantic Hockey, the battle for home ice includes Bentley at Rochester Institute of Technology for a pair.And in non-conference play, Alaska Anchorage visits No. 10 Arizona State for two.This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
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