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USCHO Weekend Review
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Taking a look back at the 2021 NCAA men's D-I regionals – Season 3 Episode 20
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at the 2021 NCAA men's D-I hockey regionals. They look game-by-game at the tournament and discuss what advanced UMass, Minnesota State, Minnesota Duluth, and St. Cloud State to the Frozen Four.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
NCAA selection analysis, conversation with committee chair Mike Kemp – Season 3 Episode 19
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) break down the field of 16 for the NCAA men's D-I ice hockey tournament and will be joined by NCAA committee chair Mike Kemp.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Big Ten, NCHC tournament wrap up and more NCAA prognostication – Season 3 Episode 18
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) wrap up the exciting semifinal and championship rounds of the Big Ten and NCHC in this special midweek edition of Weekend Review.They also look at a projected NCAA field with 12 or 13 teams pretty close to in the tournament and consider which teams on the bubble might get in depending on this weekend's four playoffs. Plus, who will be the top four seeds and where might they go?
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Looking at conference playoffs and NCAA implications as 'Selection Sunday' approaches – Season 3 Episode 17
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) review the weekend's men's D-I hockey conference playoffs in the Big Ten, Hockey East, NCHC, Atlantic Hockey and WCHA, and ask some questions about the results. How did the weekend affect the fortunes of teams that lost – in particular Notre Dame, Bowling Green, and Boston University? What about Omaha and Denver? Did Penn State and Providence get boosts? Can Atlantic Hockey get two bids?Jim and Ed also discuss what might go into the decisions to pick the last three or four teams in the NCAA field.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Wisconsin goes worst to first; who are locks for the NCAAs (and who could spoil) – Season 3 Episode 16
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at the weekend's games and the week's news, including:Wisconsin swept Michigan State to clinch the Big Ten title and goes from worst to first;Boston College downs Northeastern to take Hockey East's top seed, while Boston University clinched second;St. Cloud will face Colorado College in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff after defeating Minnesota Duluth (who gets Western Michigan);Holy Cross and Merrimack see their seasons end due to COVID-19 protocols;Atlantic Hockey starts its playoffs;For some, women's seedings cause concern for men's tournament;Plus, who are the locks and near locks for the NCAA tournament – and who could spoil?
36 minutes | 2 months ago
North Dakota retakes No. 1; UMass, Minnesota Duluth pick up big wins; NCAA prognostication – Season 3 Episode 15
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at the weekend's results and the week's news, plus round two of NCAA bracketology.In this episode:• Then No. 1 Boston College goes down to an impressive UMass• North Dakota keeps rolling• Minnesota Duluth gets back to winning ways against St. Cloud State• Minnesota State loses its first WCHA game this season during weekend split with Bemidji State• Bowling Green sweeps Alabama-Huntsville, finishes with a 19-8-1 mark overall• Big Ten will come down to the final weekend• Atlantic Hockey field is set• And our scenarios for the NCAA tournament.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
North Dakota clinches NCHC, other conferences coming into focus, NCAA bracketology – Season 3 Episode 14
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the past weekend's games and news of the week.North Dakota clinched the Penrose Cup as the NCHC regular season champion.Boston College's sweep and BU's OT win seem to make it a three-horse race in Hockey East with UMass, but the HEPI formula leaves that murky to outsiders.Minnesota is close to sewing up the Big Ten title, but Wisconsin also has a path.Minnesota State needs three points in its last four games to win the WCHA, while Bowling Green got off the schneid.AIC has won the eastern pod regular season title, while big weekends for Air Force and RIT have left the western pod still up for grabs.Plus, we do a little early bracketology and prognosticate how many teams each conference can expect in the NCAA field of 16.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Great weekend for most of the top 10, some teams to watch, embellishment and game management – Season 3 Episode 13
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at the weekend and news of the week.It was a great weekend for No. 1 Boston College, which swept UMass Lowell, No. 2 North Dakota with a sweep of Denver, No. 3 Minnesota State with just one goal allowed – and an eighth shutout for Dryden McKay, and a bounce back for then-No. 5 Minnesota with two 3-0 wins over Notre Dame.Then-No. 7 Wisconsin and then-No. 8 Michigan split while then-No. 4 Minnesota Duluth had a lost weekend at the hands of Western Michigan.Teams that are on a hot streak are Boston University, Michigan Tech, and Army West Point.Intensity of play has stepped up if suspensions and supplemental discipline are an indicator.And Jim and Ed weigh in on embellishment, game management by officials, and setting expectations.
26 minutes | 3 months ago
Wisconsin, Minnesota State have big sweeps, UMass pauses – Season 3 Episode 12
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the past weekend's games and news of the week.No. 1 Boston College split with No. 15 Boston University but maintain the top spot in this week's poll.Then-No. 2 Minnesota gets blown out by No. 11 Wisconsin: Are the Badgers the hottest team in college hockey?No. 6 Minnesota State had big wins over No. 8 Bowling Green, and Mavericks goalie Dryden McKay picked up his seventh shutout in 12 games.Elsewhere: Minnesota Duluth swept Miami to move within a point of first-place (and idle) North Dakota in the NCHC; Quinnipiac swept St. Lawrence to move ahead in the ECAC; Michigan Tech won three on the week; Robert Morris improved to 14-5-0.And in the news, UMass is on a minimum two-week pause and the NCHC announced its single-elimination playoff format for this year to be held at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Changes near the top of the poll, milestones for Sandelin, Soderquist – Season 3 Episode 11
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the games and news of the past week.Two coaching milestones were reached: 400 career wins for Minnesota Duluth's Scott Sandelin and 250 for Bentley's Ryan Soderquist.Idle Boston College stays at No. 1, while Minnesota was rewarded for its sweep of Ohio State and North Dakota dropped a spot after a split with Omaha.Bemidji State is back on peoples' radar after going 5-2-2 in their last nine.Bowling Green returns to the win column with a sweep of Michigan Tech.UMass sweeps rival UMass Lowell with goalie Filip Lindberg allowing just two goals in his last four games.Wisconsin's Cole Caufield had a big weekend and has 14 goals and 14 assists in 18 games.AIC, at 13-3, picked up three wins on the week.And UConn and Providence had Hockey East weekend sweeps.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Another milestone for York, sweeps for a bunch of top-20 teams, and how about BU? – Season 3 Episode 10
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at a busy weekend – and week – in college hockey.Boston College coach Jerry York hit another milestone, 1,100 wins. Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota Duluth, and Bemidji State were among the teams with sweeps.Minnesota State's Dryden McKay notched his sixth shutout, putting him not only in the Richter conversation, but also for the Hobey.Quinnipiac and Clarkson are neck-and-neck in the ECAC.Mercyhurst took five of six points from Robert Morris.And how about Boston University at 5-1?
27 minutes | 4 months ago
No. 1 Minnesota swept by Notre Dame; Western Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan, BC sweep – Season 3 Episode 9
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) take a look at the weekend and the news of the week.Highlights include Notre Dame's sweep of No. 1 Minnesota displaces the Golden Gophers from the top of the USCHO.com men's D-I poll while Boston College ascends to the top with weekend wins over a tough Merrimack. Minnesota State and Bowling Green – with its 1,000th team win – keep up their winning ways in the WCHA. Western Michigan surprised some with a pair of home wins over No. 4 St. Cloud State. The Big Ten's Michigan and Wisconsin got weekend sweeps. Quinnipiac seems a cut above in the four-team ECAC, while UConn popped up on people's radar with a sweep of New Hampshire.Also, LIU split the weekend at Army as coach Brett Riley faced uncle Brian Riley at West Point.And why the seeming differences in approaching COVID-19 protocols between leagues and teams?
22 minutes | 4 months ago
Nobody left undefeated, St. Cloud is on a roll, ECAC is a tight race – Season 3 Episode 8
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the games of the past weekend and at top news of the week.No. 1 Minnesota fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in a split at No. 12 Wisconsin. That's good news for the Badgers and not necessarily bad for the Gophers.No. 6 St. Cloud State got a weekend sweep – including a come-from-behind win and by scoring the only goal in OT – at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth.No. 2 Boston College split with New Hampshire, with the road teams winning each end of the weekend in overtime.The ECAC is tight right out of the gate, and close results and OT games proved it.Then No. 20 Robert Morris has 11 wins and shouldn't be overlooked.Also ... The Riley family notched its 1,000th win behind the Army West Point bench for father Jack and sons Rob and Brian. Three-on-three overtime is getting more comfortable for teams, with 12-of-14 overtime games being decided before a shootout. And is scoring up? It feels like it.
33 minutes | 4 months ago
Minnesota stays perfect, NCHC splits, BGSU, Minnesota State, UMass all impress – Season 3 Episode 7
Host Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) and guest host Dan Rubin (@DanRubin12) look at the past week of college hockey:No. 1 Minnesota at 9-0 continues to roll. Denver's split with Colorado College should have the Pioneers concerned in the NCHC, while the Minnesota Duluth-St. Cloud State split shouldn't surprise anyone. The ECAC is finally underway, and St. Lawrence is off to a great start. In the WCHA, Bowling Green and Minnesota State remain hot.While Boston College was a preseason favorite in Hockey East, UMass is right there. And Canisius and Robert Morris have good Atlantic Hockey weekends.We also look at COVID-19 postponements, how the NCAA tournament might shake out, and reflect on the joy that is the USA WJC team.
24 minutes | 5 months ago
What we learned from the NCHC pod – Season 3 Episode 6
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the games and news of the past week.At the top of this week's episode, we look at what we learned about the NCHC now that the bubble in Omaha – run without a hitch – is over. Nearly every team has good things to take away from the 38-game confab.Other highlights from the weekend include Bowling Green's road sweep at Quinnipiac, a resurgent Providence offense, and a close pair of games as Notre Dame hosted Michigan State.Plus we look at a better-than-most-expected Minnesota and take our hats off to the conferences whose flexibility has made even this much of a season possible.
24 minutes | 5 months ago
Minnesota climbs to the top, NCHC parity in the pod – Season 3 Episode 5
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the games of the past week and a couple of news items.Last week there were four undefeated teams who had seen action, but this week there's one. Minnesota's perfect 8-0 record has the poised and confident Golden Gophers reaching No. 1 in the USCHO.com men's D-I poll.The teams right behind all had one or more losses in the past week, including North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth in the very competitive NCHC pod in Omaha, and Boston College, which lost its first game of the season to UConn.The WCHA is down to eight teams with the announcement of Alaska's suspended season – which the team is working to reverse – and off to a great start is Bowling Green.Plus, we ask whether the IIHF is really doing all it can to protect players as they head to Edmonton.
26 minutes | 5 months ago
North Dakota, Boston College, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota start unblemished – Season 3 Episode 4
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the games of the past weekend and news of the week.The top three teams all season in the USCHO.com Division I men's ice hockey poll remain undefeated: North Dakota, Boston College, and Minnesota Duluth. They're joined by a 6-0 Minnesota.In the NCHC Pod, despite an 0-3 record, Denver is playing well and 2-2 Omaha is off to a strong start.Weekend upsets include Michigan Tech over Minnesota State and two splits: Merrimack with UMass and Mercyhurst with Bowling Green.World Junior camp is underway, leaving a lot of holes for top teams and leaving out three Boston University players because of COVID-19 protocol.Wisconsin on Monday announced it's on a pause.And a bit of a rant from Ed about what people don't get about the aforementioned USCHO.com poll.
31 minutes | 6 months ago
Arizona State, Boston College, Notre Dame sweeps; NCHC pod starting – Season 3 Episode 3
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the games of the past weekend, including Arizona State's sweep of a depleted No. 14 Wisconsin, Notre Dame's road sweep of No. 4 Michigan, No. 2 Boston College's home-and-home wins over No. 7 UMass, and RIT's come-from-behind win on Friday in a weekend split with No. 9 Clarkson.We also discuss the large number of canceled or postponed games and whether playing makes sense (spoiler alert: it does) and how difficult it is to prevent the virus from impacting a team.We take a look at the upcoming NCHC bubble in Omaha and ask whether that could be a preview of this year's NCAA tournament protocol.And we note that the pandemic can hit very, very close to home.
31 minutes | 6 months ago
Michigan continues to roll, NCHC pod, postponements now the norm? Season 3 Episode 2
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the games and news of the week, including Michigan's strong start, the NCHC pod arrangements, and the large number of postponed games thus far.
26 minutes | 6 months ago
Wisconsin, Michigan off to strong starts; Eight teams cancel seasons – Season 3, Episode 1
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at the first weekend of college hockey for the 2020-21 season.Wisconsin picked up six points in the Big Ten with a weekend road sweep at Notre Dame while Michigan won both ends of a home series against Arizona State.Eight teams have cancelled their 2020-21 campaigns, including the Ivy League as a whole, and others have seen delays and postponements.Alabama Huntsville has $17 million contributed to fund operations for the next decade, while Long Island University has defied critics and is ready to get its new program underway this week.And the training camp for the Canadian World Juniors team has three NCAA programs facing a dilemma.
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