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.
The Minnesota State men’s hockey team has returned to the top spot in the national polls.
Minnesota is the preseason pick by WCHA women’s coaches to win the conference this season. The WCHA announced the preseason poll Tuesday. The Gophers, who were beaten by Clarkson in the NCAA championship game last season, are the reigning WCHA regular season and playoff champions.
While so many are focused on their basketball brackets, it’s college hockey fans filling both downtown areas Saturday. St. Paul is hosting the Big Ten Conference tournament at the Xcel Energy Center, while Minneapolis has the National Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament at Target Center. Forget March Madness, for these fans it’s all about the ice.
In a matter of hours, forward Drew LeBlanc of St. Cloud State won the Hobey Baker Award – given to the nation’s top college hockey player – and signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Wisconsin left the WCHA with quite a souvenir. Now the Badgers need four more wins to get a bigger prize that seemed so improbable last month.
The Minnesota schools playing NCAA Division I men’s hockey will be split among three conferences next season. They’ll still try to make intra-state games an annual January event.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five tournament is underway in St. Paul and thousands of fans at the Xcel Energy Center came to see some teams that will be leaving the conference next year.
When they started the season 1-7-2, hopes for competing in postseason tournaments seemed faint for the Wisconsin Badgers.
Drew LeBlanc had a goal and two assists and Ben Hanowski added a goal and an assist as St. Cloud State beat Alaska-Anchorage 5-1 Saturday to sweep their Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.
Ben Marshall’s goal late in the third period gave Minnesota a 4-1 win over Bemidji State on Saturday and a berth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five.
Wisconsin clinched a berth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five with a 4-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday.
Dominic Zombo scored the game-winning goal early in the third period as Nebraska-Omaha stayed alive in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs Saturday with a 2-1 win over Minnesota State, Mankato.
Joey Benik and David Morley had a goal and two assists each to lead St. Cloud State to a 6-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff win over Alaska-Anchorage on Friday.
Chase Grant’s goal early in overtime lifted Minnesota State, Mankato to a 4-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha in a first-round playoff game in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association on Friday night.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Mark Zengerle had a goal and two assists as Wisconsin beat Minnesota-Duluth 3-1 Friday in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. Game two of the best-of-three series […]
Brett Knowles scored in overtime as Minnesota State, Mankato beat North Dakota 2-1 Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Adam Wilcox made 23 save and Erik Haula had a goal and two assists Saturday as Minnesota beat Bemidji State 4-3 to earn a share of the MacNaughton Cup.
Joe Basaraba had two goals as Minnesota Duluth beat Nebraska-Omaha 6-0 Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Michael Mersch’s second goal was the game-winner Saturday as Wisconsin beat St. Cloud State to spoil the Huskies’ hopes of winning the MacNaughton Cup title outright.
Nick Bjugstad’s second goal at 14:54 of the third period lifted second-ranked Minnesota over Bemidji State 4-2 on Friday, keeping the Gophers’ hopes alive for the McNaughton Cup.
Stephane Pattyn and Rocco Grimalsi scored in the third period as North Dakota beat Minn. St., Mankato 4-3 on Friday to keep alive its hopes for a share of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association title.
Austin Farley had a goal and three assists as Minnesota-Duluth beat Nebraska-Omaha 5-4 on Friday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Jonny Brodzinski scored two goals to lead St. Cloud State past Wisconsin 4-2 on Friday and earn at least a share of the McNaughton Cup.