Rowdy Fans Vs. Noise Famine At NCAA Hockey Regional SitesThe NCAA wants to take home-ice advantage away from its regional hockey tournaments. Yet, the effort to secure neutral sites reveals an imbalance between an electrifying atmosphere and hundreds of empty seats. The West Regional in Fargo was a mini-home game for the University of North Dakota on Friday.
North Dakota To Face St. Cloud State For Shot At Frozen FourDrake Caggiula and Luke Johnson scored short-handed goals and North Dakota enjoyed a home-state crowd in a 4-1 victory over Quinnipiac on Friday night in the West Regional semifinals of the NCAA hockey tournament. North Dakota (28-9-3) advances to play St. Cloud State for a berth in the Frozen Four, one week after the Huskies beat UND in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament. UND also lost the third-place game in the league tourney.
Can Attendance Issues At College Hockey Tournaments Be Fixed?College hockey held its men's conference tournaments this weekend, and if you watched any of the games with Minnesota teams in them, you noticed a common theme -- empty seats.
WCHA, NCHC Tournaments On Tap For Twin CitiesCollege hockey conference tournaments are converging on the Twin Cities this weekend. Regular season champion Minnesota State will take the ice at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul in pursuit of its second straight Broadmoor Trophy for the WCHA playoff title.
MSU-Mankato Ranked No. 1 In 2 Hockey PollsMinnesota State's hockey team is ranked No. 1 in two national polls after a weekend sweep of Lake Superior State.
MSU Mankato Cancels Hockey Game Due To FluAn early start to the flu season has claimed its latest victim: collegiate hockey. Minnesota State University-Mankato cancelled its Saturday home game against Princeton because several players are out with the flu. The game will be recorded as "no contest" and not a forfeit because it was cancelled due to illness.
North Dakota St Edges Minnesota-Crookston 64-63Kory Brown sank the winning free throw with 2 seconds remaining to lift North Dakota State to a 64-63 win over Minnesota-Crookston on Tuesday night. Leading by double digits, North Dakota State (3-2) saw its advantage vanish in the final minutes of the game as Minnesota-Crookston closed the gap on a 10-0 run to tie it at 63-all on a 3-pointer by John Huges with 24 second left.
St. Cloud State Beats North Dakota 3-1Jonny Brodzinski scored twice in the third period to lead St. Cloud State to a 3-1 National Collegiate Hockey Conference win over North Dakota on Friday. Brodzinski broke a 1-1 tie at 1:38 of the third period and added an insurance goal on the power play at 9:43, as the Huskies (5-5-1, 2-2-1 NCHC) handed UND its first road loss of the season. The Huskies outshot UND 34-27.
Avery Peterson Settles Into Wild Developmental CampThe Minnesota Wild continue their developmental camp, and one name to watch down the road hails from Grand Rapids, Minn. Avery Peterson came back for his senior season at Grand Rapid High School, and won Mr. Hockey in the state.
UND Goalie Gothberg To Return For Junior SeasonThe goalie who helped lead the University of North Dakota to the NCAA Frozen Four is sticking around. WDAY-TV reports that Zane Gothberg announced Wednesday night that he will return for his junior season.
Union-Minnesota For Frozen 4 TitleIt was just three seasons ago when Union beat Minnesota — in overtime, in Minneapolis — for a win that pretty much put its program on the map. Back then, Union had yet to even appear in an NCAA tournament. Now, it's one victory away from the national championship.
North Dakota-Minnesota Rivalry Renewed At Frozen 4The North Dakota-Minnesota hockey series was a significant casualty of the football-driven conference realignment that interrupted so many classic rivalries across the country. As if prearranged to mollify fans frustrated by the first regular season in 67 years without this border-state matchup, the rivalry will be revived at the Frozen Four in Philadelphia. Those close to the clash felt like it was supposed to happen.