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Each Sunday evening during college hockey season, USCHO Weekend Review gives you a quick summary of the games of the weekend and the news of the previous week. We’ll look at the big games, the playoff races, and top performers of the weekend.

Episode Date
Looking back at the Frozen Four, at coaching openings, the coaches' convention, Illinois says no: Season 4 Episode 26
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at the Frozen Four and at current news around college hockey as they wrap Season 4.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include ...

• Eating crow on our Frozen Four championship predictions and looking at what made Denver successful

• Coaching positions: filled at Michigan State and still open at Boston College and Boston University

• When will we see an announcement on an extension for Mel Pearson at Michigan?

• What came out of the coaches' convention as far as overtime and rule changes?

• Illinois no longer pursuing Big Ten hockey
May 03, 2022
Reviewing a great weekend of regionals with just a bit of controversy, plus a look at attendance, Frozen Four field: Season 4 Episode 25
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the weekend's games and news.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include ...

A review of each regional:

• Allentown and a crazy third period between Michigan and Quinnipiac

• Great games in Albany, but some more replay drama

• Minnesota's comeback vs. UMass and a win over Western Michigan in Worcester

• Denver's one-goal wins over two tough defensive teams in Loveland

Were there attendance woes in the regionals, or is it not a worry?

An all-western Frozen Four in Boston
Mar 28, 2022
Recapping the championship weekend, reacting to the NCAA brackets: Season 4 Episode 24
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• Minnesota State/Bemidji State overtime fiasco

• Is Minnesota Duluth ready for another run?

• Are the Michigan Wolverines now playing their best hockey?

• How far can Harvard go?

• UMass fights for a second title, but how about UConn?

• AIC gets its third straight Jack Riley trophy

• Bracket reaction: seeds, locations, start times

• Best first-round match ups?

• Most likely No. 4 over No. 1 upsets
Mar 21, 2022
Who's in the NCAAs, who can get in, who needs help; let's talk Hobey: Season 4 Episode 23
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• Good quarterfinal/semifinal weekend for the top teams

• Some teams had their seasons come to an abrupt end

• NCAA picture is getting clearer

• A few teams are rooting for Minnesota State and Quinnipiac

• Let’s talk Hobey

• NCAA brackets and attendance issues
Mar 14, 2022
A wild finish in Hockey East, NCHC and drama in the first round of conference playoffs: Season 4 Episode 22
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• The wildest finish ever in Hockey East

• NCHC finish was a close second for drama

• First-round of playoffs provided a lot of excitement, but few upsets

• PairWise: What are Ohio State’s hopes? What are the chances of more than three eastern teams?

• And revisiting the old "Colorado College" rule: Do criteria need to change so that a team winning 25 games isn't left out?
Mar 07, 2022
Minnesota, Quinnipiac win conferences, North Dakota is close; Bubble teams? Season 4 Episode 21
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• What did we learn about Minnesota, the Big Ten champ?

• North Dakota’s sweep puts them on the edge of clinching the NCHC

• ECAC champ Quinnipiac continues to fall in PairWise, but barely allows goals

• With Notre Dame’s sweep of Michigan, how good are the Fighting Irish?

• What's the outlook for teams on the PairWise bubble: Ohio State, Northeastern, UMass Lowell, Boston University, Clarkson, Providence?

• And it's the first weekend of playoffs in four conferences
Feb 28, 2022
Sweeps hard to come by, four conferences up for grabs: Season 4 Episode 20
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• Sweeps were hard to come by this past weekend for top-20 teams

• Quinnipiac’s loss to Harvard probably keeps them from top four in PairWise

• AIC, Minnesota State clinch their respective regular-season titles, but no other conference is close to a clinch

• What team feels best poised for a late-season run?

• Can special teams be the magic formula?
Feb 21, 2022
Is Big Ten the best this season? Plus winners, losers, Beanpot, Olympics, standings outlook: Season 4 Episode 19
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• Is the Big Ten the best conference in college hockey this season?

• Which teams slipped up this past week

• Which teams are heading the other direction

• Looking at the Beanpot, and the performances of Duplessis, Semptimphelter

• Can this U.S. Olympic team win the gold?

• And a survey of standings across the six conferences
Feb 14, 2022
PairWise probabilities and a mostly stable Top 20: Season 4 Episode 18
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• It was a very stable week for the USCHO top 20

• Quinnipiac sweeps the Capital District in the ECAC including an NCAA record-setting 13th shutout

• Cornell during Mike Schafer's absence

• An extended look at the PairWise: Which teams are NCAA locks or nearly so?

• Will there be an historic Beanpot final?
Feb 07, 2022
Minnesota State sweeps; Quinnipiac wins Connecticut Ice; Can BU be an at-large?: Season 4 Episode 17
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• Minnesota State ended the hopes of Arizona State for an NCAA bid – but what did they prove?

• Quinnipiac wins the Connecticut Ice tournament

• We know Minnesota State and Quinnipiac are No. 1 and No. 2 in the DCU/USCHO.com poll, but who are our next three?

• Can Boston University rally to the NCAA field without winning the Hockey East tournament?

• Rick Bennett's departure from Union

• Michigan investigation

• Plus ... reader questions
Jan 31, 2022
Cornell downs Quinnipiac in OT; Michigan, Minnesota split; Denver, St. Cloud are rolling: Season 4 Episode 16
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• No. 8 Cornell downs No. 1 Quinnipiac in overtime

• Split between No. 3 Michigan and No. 11 Minnesota lives up to expectations

• Merrimack jumps into the top 14 of the PairWise after winning five straight, four against top 20 teams, and going 7-1-1 in last nine games

• Denver and St. Cloud are really rolling right now

• Minnesota State downed St. Thomas outdoors in Mankato – how do we feel about outdoor games?

• AIC has won 10 straight and are at 18th in the PairWise; would an AIC playoff loss open the door to two Atlantic Hockey teams in the NCAA?
Jan 24, 2022
Another new No. 1, the NCHC COVID Scramble, plus buy or sell: Season 4 Episode 15
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• There's a new No. 1 as Minnesota State falls while both Quinnipiac and Michigan each pick up two wins

• COVID has forced the NCHC into a scramble mode

• Denver sweeps Omaha in the rescheduled series, which boosts the Pioneers to third in the PairWise

• Arizona State – the team that won’t die

• Buy or sell: will the teams we discuss make the NCAA tournament?

• Will teams add games to help their PairWise after being bumped from their conference tournaments and before Selection Sunday?
Jan 17, 2022
LaFontaine leaves; Michigan, Cornell sweep; Olympics?: Season 4 Episode 14
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news. This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• Minnesota goaltender Jack LaFontaine signs with Carolina as Hurricanes were desperate for some goaltending depth

• Michigan's back in form with a two-game sweep of UMass.

• Cornell with a big sweep of North Dakota

• AIC sweeps Holy Cross to jump into the top spot in Atlantic Hockey

• Levi and McKay remain hot in net

• Lot of love for college hockey in SportsCenter top ten

• College hockey's skill level continues to get better

• Rumored Olympians being considered for Team USA/Team Canada?
Jan 11, 2022
Holiday tournaments, significant sweeps, COVID cancellations: Season 4 Episode 13
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news. This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• Will holiday tournament wins propel Wisconsin and Boston College in the second half of the season?

• The holiday tournament that wasn't – the GLI – and updates on Michigan's decision not to play Western Michigan

• Minnesota State's sweep of Minnesota Duluth – and McKay's crazy numbers as of late

• St. Cloud State, fresh off a sweep of Bemidji State, prepares to meet UMD

• Does Arizona State's sweep of Cornell put the Sun Devils back on the NCAA screen?

• COVID's impact continues to affect schedules – will this impact league standings and scrap the PairWise?

• The World Juniors cancellation (or postponement?)

• Will the NHL's withdrawal from the Olympics impact college hockey?
Jan 03, 2022
Best teams at the mid-season, Hobey, Richter, COVID, plus the return of Robert Morris: Season 4 Episode 12
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news. This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org

Topics include:

• The best teams at the semester break

• Players to watch for the Hobey Baker Award

• Goalies to watch for the Mike Richter Award

• Our biggest takeaways from the first half

• COVID concerns for the second half

• A conversation with Derek about the return of RMU men's and women's hockey

• Remembering R. H. "Bob" Peters

Coach Bob Peters – Common Ground video mentioned in this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOAscw2CcXM
Dec 21, 2021
Minnesota State avoids the No. 1 curse, but elsewhere it's splitsville: Season 4 Episode 11
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news. Topics include:

• Minnesota State avoids the curse on No. 1; now has 11-point lead in CCHA over Bemidji State

• Splitsville in the B1G

• Minnesota Duluth and Denver split

• UMass Lowell sweeps Vermont and is in first place in Hockey East at the break

• Arizona State gets a much-needed sweep

• Can we now talk PairWise and feel okay about it?

• What current PWR positions might surprise us?

• Which teams are poised for a big second-half run?
Dec 13, 2021
Northern Michigan sweeps, a bunch of splits, who's hot, and 'buy or sell': Season 4 Episode 10
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news. Topics include:

• Northern Michigan sweeps No. 1 Minnesota Duluth

• Splits of big series: Minnesota and Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State, North Dakota and St. Cloud State

• Quinnipiac remains red hot

• Some other hot teams heading into break: Northeastern, Bentley

And ... 'buy or sell' takes involving: North Dakota, Cornell, Boston University, Minnesota State, Western Michigan, Quinnipiac, Arizona State
Dec 06, 2021
North Dakota and Minnesota renew their rivalry; some non-conference notables, PairWise thoughts, coaching milestones: Season 4 Episode 9
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news. Topics include:

• Some great women's college hockey in Nashville;

• North Dakota and Minnesota split a heavyweight series;

• Some series wins for top teams against opponents they were heavily favored against;

• Minnesota State’s 1-0 loss to Lake Superior State with just 15 shots on goal allowed over the weekend;

• Conferences that made moves in non-conference play;

• Should we use the PairWise word yet?

• Coaching milestones for Wayne Wilson at RIT and Brian Riley at Army
Nov 29, 2021
Michigan, St. Cloud State swept; getting a feel for ECAC; Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota don't disappoint: Season 4 Episode 8
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news. Topics include:

• With No. 1 Michigan losing twice in OT and No. 2 St. Cloud State getting swept, it was a difficult poll ballot;

• Western Michigan did what it needed to do, and emphatically so;

• Getting a feel for the ECAC;

• Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota gave us exactly what we expected

• Boston College postponed a trip to Notre Dame and a home game vs. Harvard for COVID-19 precautions;

• What we're thankful for in college hockey this Thanksgiving.
Nov 22, 2021
Michigan is back to No. 1, BU, Denver, St. Cloud-Omaha, and the mailbag: Season 4 Episode 7
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news. Topics include:

• Michigan is back!

• Boston University salvaged its weekend on Saturday vs. UMass;

• Harvard’s quick downturn;

• St. Cloud State-Omaha weekend;

• Denver rebounds from four losses with sweep of Western Michigan;

• Quinnipiac stays hot with sweep of ASU;

• The mailbag: Is UMass Lowell for real? Who did best with the transfer portal? Will there be changes in the men's D-I tournament?
Nov 15, 2021
Fifteen losses among top 20 teams, some key sweeps, and 'buy or sell?': Season 4 Episode 6
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news. Topics include:

• We're seeing more parity as the season rolls along with 15 losses combined among the top 20 this weekend;

• Others with big weekends including UMass, Ohio State, North Dakota and Michigan;

• Harvard is 4-0-0, averaging six goals per game;

• Buy or sell? We look at Boston College, Minnesota, Penn State, Lake Superior State, Quinnipiac, UConn, AIC, North Dakota, Boston University;

• Derek catches us up on Sunday's RMU Celebrity Hockey Faceoff;

• And we discuss the movement to expand the women's NCAA tournament that overtook social media last week.
Nov 08, 2021
Highlighting overlooked teams, plus North Dakota-Penn State, Michigan, WMU, Ivies: Season 4 Episode 5
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news. Topics include:

• Teams nobody seems to be talking about include Omaha, Penn State, and UMass Lowell;

• North Dakota vs. Penn State in Nashville: Could any other fan base pull this off?

• Michigan has lost twice in two weeks: anything in common between the two?

• Western Michigan's historic comeback at Colgate and 2-1 OT win the next night;

• Harvard and Cornell both 2-0 as Ivies start play;

• A shutout record for Dryden McKay
Nov 01, 2021
Another week, another No. 1 goes down: Season 4 Episode 4
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news. Topics include:

• The curse of No. 1 as Michigan becomes the third team to lose a game after being picked No. 1 in the USCHO men's Division I ice hockey poll;

• What do we make of Western Michigan?

• Was anyone surprised that Minnesota Duluth got the sweep against Minnesota?

• The Quinnipiac/North Dakota series lived up to the hype;

• Providence makes a comeback to beat Denver and then downs New Hampshire;

• Boston College recovers from a loss to Colorado College to beat the Pioneers;

• Bill Riga (Holy Cross) and Kris Mayotte (CC) get their first wins as head coaches;

• St. Thomas gets its first D-I win;

• And ... who are the biggest surprises thus far this season?
Oct 25, 2021
IceBreaker shows Michigan is the best among several very good teams, plus other games of note: Season 4 Episode 3
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley), and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at this past weekend's games and news. Topics include:

• Last weekend's IceBreaker: How good is Michigan and how good is Minnesota State?

• The North Dakota/Bemidji State series;

• What teams aren't getting the attention they should?

• Bentley's upset of then-No. 6 Boston College;

• The controversial ending to Saturday's OT Minnesota-St. Cloud State game;

• The postponement of the LIU-UMass Lowell series and what it portends for COVID;

• Analysis of this week's USCHO.com men's Division I ice hockey poll.
Oct 18, 2021
Heavyweight battle between Nos. 1 and 2 is a split, Ice Breakers, Michigan Tech, stats debacle: Season 4, Episode 2
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly), Derek Schooley (@derekschooley) , and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at last weekend's action, including the split between No. 1 Minnesota State and No. 2 St. Cloud State, Boston College's Ice Breaker win, Michigan Tech's sweep at Wisconsin, and Atlantic Hockey's three Friday wins vs. Big Ten teams.

Also in the mix:

• A successful offside challenge kept a potential Ohio State tying goal off the board at Bentley – do we like those challenges? And what about video replay in general.

• The demise of College Hockey Stats continues to be felt as getting accurate statistics and boxes is an ongoing debacle that needs to be addressed immediately.

• What are coaches looking for in early season games? Derek gives us his insights.
Oct 11, 2021
Minnesota State sweeps, Tommies D-I debut, UML and ASU split, and that Michigan power play: Season 4 Episode 1
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This season, hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Robert Morris head coach Derek Schooley (@derekschooley) while his program is on hiatus.

In this episode, we look at:

• The aftermath of the demise of collegehockeystats.net and how much it's missed already;
• Then-No. 5 and new No. 1 Minnesota State's sweep of defending national champion and preseason No. 1 UMass;
• No. 2 St. Cloud State's sweep of St. Thomas in their D-I debut;
• The weekend split in the final year at Oceanside between Arizona State and visiting UMass-Lowell;
• An immensely talented Michigan power play unit;
• Huge crowds on opening weekend;
• And D-I teams playing exhibitions: Will this be permanent?
Oct 04, 2021
Taking a look back at the 2021 NCAA men's D-I regionals – Season 3 Episode 20
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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.
Mar 29, 2021
NCAA selection analysis, conversation with committee chair Mike Kemp – Season 3 Episode 19
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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.
Mar 21, 2021
Big Ten, NCHC tournament wrap up and more NCAA prognostication – Season 3 Episode 18
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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?
Mar 17, 2021
Looking at conference playoffs and NCAA implications as 'Selection Sunday' approaches – Season 3 Episode 17
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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.
Mar 15, 2021
Wisconsin goes worst to first; who are locks for the NCAAs (and who could spoil) – Season 3 Episode 16
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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?
Mar 08, 2021
North Dakota retakes No. 1; UMass, Minnesota Duluth pick up big wins; NCAA prognostication – Season 3 Episode 15
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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.
Mar 01, 2021
North Dakota clinches NCHC, other conferences coming into focus, NCAA bracketology – Season 3 Episode 14
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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.
Feb 22, 2021
Great weekend for most of the top 10, some teams to watch, embellishment and game management – Season 3 Episode 13
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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.
Feb 15, 2021
Wisconsin, Minnesota State have big sweeps, UMass pauses – Season 3 Episode 12
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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.
Feb 08, 2021
Changes near the top of the poll, milestones for Sandelin, Soderquist – Season 3 Episode 11
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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.
Feb 01, 2021
Another milestone for York, sweeps for a bunch of top-20 teams, and how about BU? – Season 3 Episode 10
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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?
Jan 25, 2021
No. 1 Minnesota swept by Notre Dame; Western Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan, BC sweep – Season 3 Episode 9
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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?
Jan 18, 2021
Nobody left undefeated, St. Cloud is on a roll, ECAC is a tight race – Season 3 Episode 8
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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.
Jan 11, 2021
Minnesota stays perfect, NCHC splits, BGSU, Minnesota State, UMass all impress – Season 3 Episode 7
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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.
Jan 04, 2021
What we learned from the NCHC pod – Season 3 Episode 6
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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.
Dec 21, 2020
Minnesota climbs to the top, NCHC parity in the pod – Season 3 Episode 5
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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.
Dec 14, 2020
North Dakota, Boston College, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota start unblemished – Season 3 Episode 4
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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.
Dec 07, 2020
Arizona State, Boston College, Notre Dame sweeps; NCHC pod starting – Season 3 Episode 3
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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.
Nov 30, 2020
Michigan continues to roll, NCHC pod, postponements now the norm? Season 3 Episode 2
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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.
Nov 23, 2020
Wisconsin, Michigan off to strong starts; Eight teams cancel seasons – Season 3, Episode 1
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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.
Nov 16, 2020
Four conferences finish playoff first round; NCHC, Hockey East wrap seasons – Season 2 Episode 22
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at the weekend of March 5-8, which saw four conferences begin playoffs and two others wrap up their regular seasons.

In ECAC Hockey, Princeton's two overtime wins advanced the Tigers past Dartmouth, while it took two overtimes for Yale to advance past Union in the league's only game three.

The big surprise in Atlantic Hockey was that there were no surprises; all three higher seeds advanced, though only Robert Morris needed three to move past Holy Cross, including a game two overtime win.

In the Big Ten, the higher seeds all won as well. Notre Dame will miss the NCAA tournament after a disappointing second semester, while Wisconsin will await decisions by three first-round draft picks who might turn pro.

The WCHA saw two lower seeds advance. Bowling Green swept Alaska and Michigan Tech downed rival Northern Michigan in a three-overtime thriller.

Hockey East settled its playoff lineup and home ice as did the NCHC, which decided everything on Friday except whether North Dakota would be alone in first place. The Fighting Hawks' win over Omaha gave them sole possession of the Penrose Cup.

Arizona State continues to watch the PairWise, which Bemidji State showed over the weekend still has some volatility.

Plus we weigh in on the impact of the coronavirus as Rensselaer announced its series against Harvard will be played at an empty Houston Field House.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Mar 09, 2020
Hockey East, NCHC still have things to decide; other conference playoffs set – Season 2 Episode 21
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Playoff fields are set in four conferences after last weekend, while two conferences still have a final week left in their regular season. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the results of February 27-29, 2020.

In Hockey East, Boston College has clinched the regular season and UMass has locked up home ice, but four teams are still battling for the last three playoff spots.

In the NCHC, North Dakota has won a share of the regular-season Penrose Cup, but Minnesota Duluth could share that title, while St. Cloud still has a shot at home ice.

Cornell's highly-anticipated Saturday contest with Clarkson was a bit anticlimactic after the Golden Knights' tie with Colgate on Friday clinched the Cleary Cup for the Big Red, but the surprise team in ECAC Hockey is Rensselaer, which earned a first-round playoff bye.

With its season completed last week, Penn State had to await the results of the weekend to see whether it would hold onto first place in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions won their first Big Ten regular-season title after Minnesota and Ohio State managed just one point each on the weekend.

In the WCHA, Minnesota State clinched sole possession of first place with a weekend split with Bemidji State, while Alaska's sweep of Alaska Anchorage gave the Nanooks home ice in the first round of the playoffs.

Atlantic Hockey's repeat regular season champion American International had already clinched the league, but three teams competed over the weekend for the first-round bye, which Niagara won with a sweep of Robert Morris.

And Arizona State's PairWise position was shored up by the weekend's results, with the Sun Devils at No. 12.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Mar 02, 2020
Hockey East stays tight, Atlantic Hockey only regular season clinched, PairWise bubble – Season 2 Episode 20
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With only one or two weekends left in conference play, all but Atlantic Hockey – clinched by American International – remain up for grabs for regular season titles. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at a wild weekend of college hockey.

In Hockey East, No. 8 UMass and No. 14 UMass Lowell split their home-and-home weekend, while No. 6 Boston College won both halves against No. 10 Northeastern, including a thumping at home. Merrimack ended its season with a home-and-home upset of No. 15 Providence, while No. 17 Maine picked up three home points against Vermont.

In the NCHC, No. 1 North Dakota managed just a tie at St. Cloud State, while No. 4 Minnesota Duluth split with host No. 19 Western Michigan, and No. 7 Denver won in big fashion over Miami at home.

No. 11 Penn State ended its Big Ten season with 5-of-6 points at home against No. 18 Minnesota, but the conference race remains wide open, with No. 12 Ohio State controlling its own destiny.

In ECAC Hockey, No. 20 Harvard upset No. 5 Clarkson, giving No. 2 Cornell a two-point lead in the standings, but the Crimson stumbled Saturday at St. Lawrence. Meanwhile the race for a first-round bye and first-round home ice is tight heading into the league's last weekend.

No. 3 Minnesota State kept up its winning ways with big wins over Alabama Huntsville, but it was Bowling Green's two home wins that were most significant in the WCHA as the Falcons look to gain home ice for the first round of the playoffs.

In Atlantic Hockey, AIC's 11-game winning streak and 20 league wins have sewn up first place, while Sacred Heart has at least a share of second place and the second playoff seed sown up. Rochester Institute of Technology and Army West Point each will finish either third or fourth, but a battle remains for the fifth-place first-round bye and home ice in the first round this coming weekend.

Plus, Wisconsin's sweep of No. 9 Arizona State kept the Sun Devils from clinching an NCAA berth and put ASU near the PairWise bubble.

And Jim and Ed share some Miracle on Ice 40th anniversary remembrances and thoughts.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Feb 24, 2020
Hockey East selects Metcalf, D-I college hockey conference races stay hot – Season 2 Episode 19
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Hockey East announced today that New Hampshire deputy athletic director Steve Metcalf will become the fifth commissioner of the conference this spring. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) discuss his hiring.

Also in this episode, a look around the conferences and results from the weekend of February 14-16:

In the NCHC, a weekend sweep by No. 1 North Dakota over No. 6 Denver has cemented the Fighting Hawks atop the conference and guaranteed an NCAA berth.

The Big Ten remains tight, with Minnesota's five-of-six point weekend at Notre Dame giving the Golden Gophers a share of first place with Penn State.

Cornell and Clarkson have opened up some space atop ECAC Hockey.

Hockey East remains jumbled, with three teams gaining weekend sweeps, leaving five points separating first through ninth place, and just two points among the top five.

Bemidji State's weekend sweep gains ground on Minnesota State, but the idle Mavericks need just two points to clinch.

Sweeps by Army and RIT have given them the edge in the race for home ice and a first-round bye in Atlantic Hockey, while American International and Sacred Heart have clinched it.

And Arizona State's weekend sweep has the Sun Devils nearly a lock for the NCAA tournament pending a road trip to Wisconsin next weekend.

Plus, Jim gives his odds for teams to make the NCAA tournament at this point in time.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Feb 17, 2020
Penn State alone in first in Big Ten, Maine continues to surprise Hockey East, PairWise Update – Season 2 Episode 18
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at the D-I college hockey weekend of February 7-9, 2020.

No. 9 Penn State moves into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten by picking up four of six points against No. 13 Ohio State, while Michigan stayed hot with a sweep of Wisconsin.

No. 6 Minnesota Duluth moved to within two points of No. 1 North Dakota in the NCHC race with a sweep of Omaha, and jumped to No. 4 in the PairWise.

In the WCHA, No. 3 Minnesota State kept its winning ways going with a sweep of No. 15 Northern Michigan.

Hockey East continues to be tight with the weekend highlighted by Maine's home win over No. 12 Northeastern, moving the Black Bears to No. 13 in the PairWise, along with No. 8 UMass's home-and-home sweep of No. 10 Providence, and wins for No. 14 UMass Lowell over No. 4 Boston College and Merrimack.

Clarkson and Cornell are tied atop the ECAC Hockey standings with the Golden Knights' win over rival St. Lawrence and the Big Red's home-and-home sweep of Colgate.

Atlantic Hockey's standings remain tight with Bentley's win over Army, RIT's four points at Robert Morris, and Canisius holding Air Force to one point on the road.

Arizona State swept its weekend, but dropped two spots in the PairWise.

We also look at where things stand now in the PairWise Rankings, and pay tribute to Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon, who announced he's stepping down at the end of the season.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Feb 10, 2020
Minnesota Duluth sweeps Denver, Notre Dame gets five points, Hockey East race tightens – Season 2 Episode 17
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the games of January 31 and February 1 in college hockey.

In the NCHC, Minnesota Duluth swept Denver to keep pace with North Dakota. Notre Dame picked up a big five points on the road against Penn State as only one point separates the top five in the Big Ten. Bemidji State stays on a roll sweeping Bowling Green.

In Hockey East, Maine's sweep of Merrimack puts the Black Bears in the hunt for the league's regular season title, with only three points separating first from eighth in the standings. Quinnipiac made a statement by downing then-No. 1 Cornell 5-0 in ECAC Hockey. And in Atlantic Hockey, Sacred Heart and AIC opened up more room while several teams vie for home ice in the playoffs.

Arizona State solidified its position in the PairWise with a weekend sweep.

We also look at Jim's report from last week on Hockey East considering affiliation with an all-sport conference.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Feb 03, 2020
Only one top-20 team sweeps, conference standings tighten – Season 2 Episode 16
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at the weekend of January 24-26, 2020, which saw only one top-20 team, Denver, gain a weekend sweep.

USCHO.com's Game of the Week was the Friday contest between No. 11 Minnesota Duluth and No. 2 North Dakota, which saw the Bulldogs take the first game of a weekend split in NCHC league play.

The Big Ten race remains tight after Minnesota's sweep of No. 6 Ohio State and splits in the rest of the conference.

Bemidji's split with No. 3 Minnesota State didn't gain the Beavers ground in the WCHA, while No. 15 Northern Michigan gained ground with five of six points at Alaska.

In light ECAC Hockey action, no team gained a weekend sweep, while Rensselaer picked up its first Mayor's Cup since 2016 over Union, and No. 7 Clarkson split overtime games with No. 13 Arizona State.

Hockey East remains tight with a weekend sweep in two overtime contests by Maine over No. 4 Boston College and New Hampshire taking three of four points from UMass.

In Atlantic Hockey, all five weekend series were swept, allowing AIC to gain ground and Army West Point failing to move up, while Rochester Institute of Technology scored four late goals on a night celebrating its 2010 Frozen Four berth.

And ... the Connecticut Ice Festival saw Sacred Heart prevail over its Nutmeg State rivals to win the inaugural tournament.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Jan 27, 2020
Some split points but no losses for top five teams – Season 2 Episode 15
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the games of January 17 and 18, 2020.

In the NCHC, host Omaha picked up two league points in two ties with No. 4 Denver, No. 1 North Dakota captured five of six points at Miami despite leading for only 2:38 of the weekend, and St. Cloud swept visiting No. 8 Minnesota Duluth.

Big Ten action saw Michigan taking five of six points at No. 6 Penn State, while No. 18 Notre Dame's difficulties continued at No. 9 Ohio State and No. 20 Michigan State split with Wisconsin.

Plus: No. 3 Minnesota State swept No. 15 Bowling Green, but needed OT on Saturday to do so, No. 5 Boston College had wins over No. 13 UMass Lowell and Boston University, Dartmouth reaches the 10-win mark with a weekend sweep, No. 1 Cornell gets a win and a tie hosting No. 17 Northern Michigan, and Canisius continues to climb the Atlantic Hockey standings by picking up five points at Sacred Heart.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Jan 20, 2020
BGSU gets 5 of 6 points, Omaha gains split with North Dakota, UMass, BC win on the road – Season 2 Episode 14
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the weekend's top results, including the Game of the Week series that saw Bowling Green take five of six points at Michigan Tech. Also on this episode: Omaha ended a couple of North Dakota streaks with a split, Boston College and UMass won at each other's arena, Michigan swept Notre Dame, Ohio State splits at Wisconsin, Army West Point gets five points on the weekend hosting Air Force, and more.

We also take a gander at the PairWise Rankings as they stand now in mid-January.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Jan 12, 2020
Fortress Invitational, UMass-DU, WMU-Notre Dame, PairWise update – Season 2 Episode 13
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A terrific Fortress Invitational in Las Vegas saw Providence gain the title after a shootout win which followed a 2-2 tie with Cornell, while Ohio State needed overtime to beat Army West Point in the consolation. Host Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) and guest host Dan Rubin (@DanRubin12) look at that tournament as well as Notre Dame and Western Michigan's home-and-home series, Denver's sweep of UMass in two comeback wins, Arizona State and Michigan Tech's split, Quinnipiac's explosive weekend, and more. Plus, we have our weekly look at the PairWise.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/.
Jan 06, 2020
Hosts prevail in holiday tournaments, plus a look at conference standings, PairWise – Season 2 Episode 12
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The host teams prevailed in three holiday tournaments: Minnesota in the Mariucci Classic, Dartmouth in the Ledyard Bank Classic, and Vermont in the Catamount Cup. Host Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) and guest host Dan Rubin (@DanRubin12) look at the results of those three tournaments, as well as Harvard's win over and tie with Arizona State in the SoCal Clash and Army West Point's entry into the top 20 with a win over New Hampshire.

We also review the race for the regular season in each of the six conferences, and take an early look at the PairWise Rankings: Who's likely in and who's in trouble?

This episode of USCHO Spotlight is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for tickets.
Dec 31, 2019
Penn State, Notre Dame split; Minnesota State's streak snapped – Season 2, Episode 11
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As college hockey heads into the semester break, hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the big games of December 13-15, 2019, starting with the Game of the Week, a 3-0 shutout of Penn State by Notre Dame, earning the Fighting Irish a weekend split and a win after six straight losses.

Also in this episode: Northern Michigan snaps Minnesota State's 10-game winning streak, opening the door for North Dakota as a projected new No. 1; Denver sweeps Colorado College for the first half of the Battle for the Gold Pan; Army gets 5-of-6 points for first place in Atlantic Hockey; Northeastern survives Dartmouth; Clarkson takes 3-of-4 from Michigan Tech; Arizona State and Michigan State split; and we note the passing of legendary former Minnesota coach Doug Woog.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA Frozen Four, April 9-11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour
Dec 16, 2019
Boston College, North Dakota sweep; Cornell sees its first loss; Providence/UMass Lowell split – Season 2, Episode 10
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the weekend of December 6-8, starting with the USCHO Game of the Week, which saw No. 15 Providence take the second half of a weekend split with No. 16 UMass Lowell, with both teams winning on the road.

Also in this episode: Boston University showed some offense in wins over No. 8 Northeastern and last Tuesday over No. 12 Harvard; No. 10 Boston College won both halves of a home-and-home with No. 9 Notre Dame, Dartmouth upset No. 2 Cornell for the Big Red's first loss; No. 3 North Dakota extended its unbeaten streak to 13 with a weekend road sweep of No. 17 Western Michigan; No. 19 Wisconsin was swept at Michigan State; and No. 4 Denver lost 4-1 on Friday and scored late for a 2-2 tie on Saturday with No. 20 Arizona State.

We also take note of a high-scoring Sacred Heart team that has won eight of its last nine, and congratulate Air Force's Frank Serratore for his 400th win behind the Falcons bench.
Dec 09, 2019
Cornell stays 'Red Hot', Minnesota State, North Dakota, BGSU, BC all on a roll – Season 2 Episode 9
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the weekend of November 28-December 1, starting with No. 2 Cornell's 2-0 win over Boston University at Red Hot Hockey at MSG.

We also review No. 1 Minnesota State's sweep of Minnesota Duluth on the road, No. 14 Boston College's win over Harvard to up the Eagles' win streak to seven, sweeps by No. 3 North Dakota and No. 16 Bowling Green, the Friendship Four and Turkey Leg tournaments, surges by Army, AIC, and Niagara in Atlantic Hockey, and Arizona State's move up the PairWise Rankings.

Speaking of PairWise, who's surprising and who's not as the calendar flips to December?
Dec 02, 2019
Northeastern sweeps; Cornell, Harvard stay perfect; Minnesota State, North Dakota keep rolling – Season 2 Episode 8
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the weekend of November 21-23, including Northeastern's sweep of Maine in our Game of the Week, Cornell and Harvard staying unbeaten, and Minnesota State and North Dakota keeping their momentum going.

We also note Michigan State's four-point weekend against Notre Dame and splits between Ohio State and Penn State as well as Denver and Western Michigan. And we take notice of a bunch of penalties in Hockey East, as well as 56 minutes doled out at the end of Saturday's Michigan Tech at Northern Michigan game.

We have some thoughts on Alabama Huntsville's announced withdrawal from the WCHA and St. Thomas' request to jump directly to D-I. Finally, we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the founding of College Hockey Inc.
Nov 25, 2019
Cornell, North Dakota, Penn State with big weekends, and a defense of Jerry York – Season 2 Episode 7
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at the games of November 14-16, 2019, including Cornell's North Country sweep over Clarkson and St. Lawrence, Notre Dame and Wisconsin's split and how good the Badgers are, Harvard's 6-0-0 start, North Dakota's five-point weekend at Denver, Penn State's two romps at Minnesota, a good comeback after a blowout by Mercyhurst, and more.

Jim and Ed also weigh in on "idiotic" comments from Toronto sports media about Jerry York's decision to stay behind the bench for Boston College before heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame induction, and how Canadian media still fails to understand college hockey in the U.S.
Nov 18, 2019
Minnesota Duluth picks up four points, Notre Dame stays unbeaten, UNH gets the upset – Season 2 Episode 6
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the games of November 7-10, 2019, including Minnesota Duluth's four-point weekend hosting Denver, Notre Dame's sweep of Ohio State, and New Hampshire's 3-1 Sunday win over UMass. Also in this episode: Clarkson and Cornell's two wins setting up their showdown this coming weekend, Harvard's wins over Princeton and Quinnipiac, Lowell's three points from Maine, Boston College's two routs of UConn, Michigan State's split with Penn State, and RIT's four-of-six points from Niagara. Plus, Jim and Ed discuss news that Alaska and Alaska Anchorage will compete in the WCHA in 2020-21.
Nov 11, 2019
Four points for Notre Dame, sweeps for UMass, Penn State, Denver, ASU – Season 2 Episode 5
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the games of October 31-November 3. Included are Notre Dame's four points at Minnesota, sweeps by UMass, Penn State, Denver, Arizona State, and Northern Michigan, the split between Bowling Green and Minnesota State, Maine's three of four points agains Boston University, and the first shootout in Atlantic Hockey. Jim and Ed also weigh in on the three-on-three OT and on penalty box weirdness at Penn State on Friday.
Nov 04, 2019
Northeastern and St. Cloud split, sweeps by Minnesota State, Notre Dame, Minnesota Duluth – Season 2 Episode 4
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the weekend of October 24-27, including a split between No. 11 Northeastern and No. 14 St. Cloud State, and sweeps by No. 2 Minnesota State, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 8 Minnesota Duluth, and unranked Northern Michigan and RIT. Plus a quick discussion on whether it's time for the Ivies to play a full 34-game schedule.
Oct 28, 2019
Denver keeps rolling, Wisconsin is hot, Minnesota State stays tough at home – Season 2 Episode 3
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the weekend. Denver moves to 6-0 on the season with a sweep of Boston College, Minnesota State gets a home tie and win against North Dakota, and Wisconsin sweeps defending champs Minnesota Duluth top the podcast. Also of note: Maine's split with Quinnipiac, Providence's north country sweep, Bowling Green's home-and-home wins over Western Michigan, Alaska's split with Penn State, and RIT's near-10,000 crowd in a win over Merrimack.
Oct 21, 2019
An east-west Game of the Week, revenge in the snow, the Ice Breaker, and few upsets: Season 2, Episode 2
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at the weekend of Oct. 11-13, including Wisconsin at Boston College, UMass Lowell at Minnesota Duluth, the Ice Breaker, North Dakota's revenge in a blizzard, Denver's four-game road trip, Minnesota State's sweep of Arizona State, Holy Cross upsetting Providence, Quinnipiac's home-and-home wins over American International, and Clarkson's "three-point" weekend at Michigan.
Oct 14, 2019
Looking at the significant games of 2019-20's 'week zero': Season 2, Episode 1
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back at the first weekend of the 2019-20 season, which had a light schedule of regulation games. Significant were a split by Mercyhurst with then-No. 20 Arizona State, good weekends for Atlantic Hockey and Hockey East out of conference, a tough performance by Alaska despite a sweep by No. 2 Denver, and then-No. 17 Bowling Green's win against former coach Chris Bergeron at Miami.
Oct 07, 2019
Ep. 25: NCAA D-I men's ice hockey regionals wrap up
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look back on the 2019 NCAA regionals, which saw Massachusetts, Denver, Providence, and defending national champion Minnesota Duluth advance to the 2019 Frozen Four in Buffalo.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Apr 01, 2019
Ep. 24: 2019 NCAA Men's D-I Hockey Selection Sunday Live
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In this live broadcast of Weekend Review, Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) and guest host Dan Rubin (@DanRubin12) preview and analyze the brackets for the 2019 NCAA Men's Division I ice hockey tournament. They were joined after the announcement by NCAA committee member and New Hampshire deputy athletic director Steve Metcalf, who explained why it was an easy task for the committee to seed the teams and create the bracket.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Mar 24, 2019
Ep. 23: PairWise analysis and a review of the weekend's six conference playoffs
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Who's in? Who's out? And who still has a chance?

Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the PairWise situation after the six conference playoffs finish their penultimate weekend, plus a look at the results in Atlantic Hockey, Big Ten, ECAC Hockey, Hockey East, NCHA, and WCHA.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Mar 19, 2019
Ep. 22: Higher seeds prevail in all but one playoff series, NCHC and Hockey East wrap regular seasons
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Though it took three games in some, and a few overtimes, the higher seeds prevailed in all but one weekend playoff series. Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) look at the first round in Atlantic Hockey, Big Ten, ECAC Hockey, and WCHA, as well as the final weekend in the NCHC and Hockey East. Also of note: a couple of pro signings, some controversial replay, and some attendance questions.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Mar 11, 2019
Ep. 21: A couple of nasty penalties, some epic series, and some teams getting hot at the right time
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Really rough penalties from Arizona State and Quinnipiac raised eyebrows over the weekend, while word on supplemental discipline was still being awaited. Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also look at the Big Ten field, which was set after key series between No. 18 Penn State and No. 17 Notre Dame, plus Wisconsin's pair of overtime wins over Michigan. The ECAC field was finally set after a late tie jumbled the standings. Colorado College remained hot with a split against North Dakota, while the NCHC standings may create a rivalry playoff. Things are nearly set in Hockey East. And we take a look at the PairWise.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Mar 04, 2019
Ep. 20: Providence prevails over UMass, but around the leagues, a lot is unsettled
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In front of a sellout crowd, Providence downed UMass in USCHO's Game of the Week. Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also take a look at some key results from a weekend that had few sweeps, survey the playoff races in each conference, and analyze the PairWise rankings.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Feb 25, 2019
Ep. 19: In weekend of splits, ASU, Providence, Yale, LSSU, Minnesota make statements
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Weekend sweeps were hard to come by, but those who did sweep made some noise. Arizona State all but assured its NCAA at-large berth with a pair of wins over American International. Providence ended UMass Lowell's 10 games unbeaten with home and home wins. Ohio State's bid for the Big Ten regular season was stopped by Minnesota's road sweep of the Buckeyes. And Lake Superior's two 3-1 wins over Michigan Tech improved their record in the last 16 games to 13-2-1.

Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also take a look at who's in PairWise trouble as we near the end of the regular season.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Feb 18, 2019
Ep. 18: Northeastern wins back-to-back Beanpots, UMass Lowell makes it 10, Ohio State increases lead
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Northeastern won a second consecutive Beanpot for the first time in 35 years, while Harvard improved its PairWise situation with a consolation victory. Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also review other games and news of the week, including:

Jerry York's contract extension at BC;

UMass Lowell's 10-game unbeaten streak and Bentley's 11-games;

American International's continued success;

Ohio State's lead in the Big Ten;

St. Cloud's battle back for 5 of 6 NCHC points on the weekend;

Plus, Brown's upset of Quinnipiac.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Feb 12, 2019
Ep. 17: BC ends the non-conference slump, Northeastern goes for two, who's on the PWR bubble
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A later-in-week edition of USCHO Spotlight allowed us to look back at the first round of the Beanpot, in which Boston College ended its streak of 25 non-conference losses, and Northeastern has given itself a chance for a second straight title.

Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also look at who's on the bubble and who's relatively safe in the PairWise Rankings, a look at Arizona State and the Sun Devils' post-season prospects, Bentley's nation-leading unbeaten streak, and American International's lead in Atlantic Hockey.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Feb 05, 2019
Ep. 16: Why replay isn't always the answer, losses in the top four, tight conference races
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An injury to a player for No. 20 North Dakota that didn't draw a penalty on No. 1 St. Cloud drew the ire of many on Friday, but the vantage point of properly positioned officials and limitations on how replay can be used explain why there wasn't a call. Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) delve into the issue and discuss some ways to improve the process.

Besides the split between the Fighting Hawks and Huskies, No. 2 UMass split with Maine, which may help the Black Bears cement a Hockey East playoff spot, and No. 13 Western Michigan made a statement by sweeping No. 4 Denver.

It was a good weekend for No. 14 Providence in a sweep of No. 8 Northeastern in a home-and-home series.

No. 17 Arizona State's PairWise volatility points to its need to win to make the NCAA tournament.

Plus: a quick look at bunched up standings across the six conferences.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Jan 28, 2019
Ep. 15: Streaks end and extend, weather plays havoc, leaders begin to open up space
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Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger look back at a weekend that had a 15-below zero outdoor game and teams stranded by storms east and west. Also:

Ohio State's sweep of Penn State and Michigan State's first sweep of Minnesota since the 1970s;

The end to streaks by Western Michigan (at the hands of St. Cloud) and Lake Superior (who split with Minnesota State);

Clarkson's eight-game winning streak;

The home-and-home split with UMass and Northeastern;

And American International's four-point lead in Atlantic Hockey.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Jan 21, 2019
Ep. 14: Lots of top 10 losses and logjams in league standings
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Seven of the top 10 teams in the USCHO men's NCAA division I poll saw losses over the weekend. Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger look at some key results from the past week and survey standings among the six conferences.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Jan 14, 2019
Ep. 13: First weekend of 2019 full of upsets, silver medal for USA at World Juniors
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If ever there were an indication of the parity now in NCAA D-I men's hockey, it was this past weekend's slew of upsets, with several top teams losing, including St. Cloud, UMass, and Quinnipiac, as well as a weekend sweep of North Dakota by Canisius, putting the Fighting Hawks' at-large postseason prospects at risk.

Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger also look at USA's silver medal in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Jan 06, 2019
Ep. 12: WJC update, why it's time for NCAA to embrace 3v3 OT, holiday tournament update
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Three first-round games are in the books for USA in the World Junior Championship. Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger look back at those, as well as asking (and answering) whether the team's performance in 3-on-3 overtime against Sweden points to the need for that overtime format in NCAA hockey. We also look at some holiday tournament results, including Clarkson's win of the Desert Hockey Classic, and milestones hit by Quinnipiac's Rand Pecknold and Providence's Nate Leaman.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Dec 31, 2018
Ep. 11: Bowling Green sweeps, Penn State and Princeton tie, plus where things stand at semester break
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No. 12 Bowling Green's home sweep of No. 3 Minnesota State puts the Falcons just two points out of first in the WCHA. Also sweeping was No. 15 Arizona State over Colorado College.

USCHO.com's Game of the Week was Penn State vs. Princeton in Philadelphia, where the Tigers came back from a 4-1 deficit to force a 4-4 tie.

Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger also take a look at the league leaders at the semester break and first-half surprises around D-I men's hockey.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Dec 17, 2018
Ep. 10: UMass/Quinnipiac doesn't disappoint; Boston College leads Hockey East; Penn State explodes in split with Notre Dame
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USCHO.com's Game of the Week was the home-and-home series between Quinnipiac and Massachusetts, with each team taking the home contest. Is the split enough to keep UMass at No. 1 in the USCHO poll?

Ed Trefzger and guest host Dan Rubin also look at Boston College's sweep of UConn, which puts the Eagles in first place in Hockey East, the Big Ten series between Notre Dame and Penn State, Arizona State's sweep, some sleeper teams, some poll predictions, and more.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13: ncaa.com/frozenfour
Dec 09, 2018
Ep. 9: Michigan State gets 5 of 6 points, Quinnipiac sweeps, BC/BU make history, and those AHA suspensions
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Michigan State took 5 of 6 points against long-time and Big Ten rival Michigan, as we look back at the Game of the Week.

Ed Trefzger and guest host Dan Rubin also look at:

Quinnipiac's sweep of Princeton;

North Dakota's split with Minnesota-Duluth;

UMass keeps rolling ... will they be No. 1?

Boston College and Boston University played to an historic 0-0 tie;

And about those Atlantic Hockey suspensions: What does that tell us about players, officiating, rules, and video?
Dec 02, 2018
Ep. 8: Union wins the Belpot, Harvard downs Cornell at MSG, and a rant on the USHL and media
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Union wins Belpot at the Friendship Four, allowing two goals in two games, while more than 23,000 fans attended. It's also considered one of the most televised events in Northern Ireland history.

Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger also highlight:

Harvard beats Cornell in rivalry game at MSG;

North Dakota finds a way to sweep;

UMass wins in overtime vs. Princeton;

Bentley pulls off upset against Boston College;

Robert Morris impressive in sweep over Mercyhurst;

Minnesota State loses back end of home-and-home with Bemidji St.;

Omaha sweeps Arizona State.

Plus: About that whole Tri-City/USHL claiming of Oliver Wahlstrom. Jim and Ed go on a bit of a rant about the irresponsibility of the league and the media.
Nov 26, 2018
Ep. 7: Minnesota Duluth mounts comeback for split with Denver; UMass, St. Cloud continue to roll
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The USCHO Game of the Week didn't disappoint, as Minnesota Duluth scored three third-period goals and downed Denver 4-3 in OT. Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger review that game, plus:

St. Cloud State improves to 11-1-0 with a sweep of Bemidji State;

UMass stays hot and improves to 10-1-0 overall and 6-0-0 in Hockey East;

Providence's offense gets hot with 14 goals against Merrimack;

Arizona State splits with Harvard on a comeback win in overtime;

Minnesota State improves to 10-1-0 with a WCHA sweep of Ferris State;

Atlantic Hockey looks to have no runaway leader, and extends Bob DeGregorio's contract;

Plus ... is scoring up? If not, what's the trend in NCAA D-I men's hockey?
Nov 19, 2018
Ep. 6: Big weekends for St. Cloud, UMass, Arizona State; plus a look at non-conference records
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Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger look back at the weekend, including two comebacks by St. Cloud State in a weekend sweep of Denver, UMass taking both ends of a home-and-home with Providence, and Arizona State's sweep of Michigan State. Also: should some conferences be panicking over a sub-.500 record in non-conference play?
Nov 12, 2018
Ep. 5: Arizona State splits with Penn State, Gaudet and Jackson hit milestones
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Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger review the games of the weekend and the news of the week, including:

Arizona State, at 7-3-0 and with 11 goals on the season for Johnny Walker, splits the weekend with an overtime win over No. 6 Penn State Saturday.

Dartmouth’s 5-1 win over Quinnipiac -- and Penn State's loss -- means no perfect records left in D-I men's hockey. That win was the 400th for Bob Gaudet.

Denver swept Western Michigan leaving the Pioneers as the only unbeaten team (5-0-1).

Jeff Jackson earned his 300th win at Notre Dame in his 14th season with 2-1 win over Ohio State on Saturday.

Minnesota State stayed red hot with a sweep of Minnesota.

North Dakota swept Wisconsin, winning four in a row after 0-2-1 start.

Holy Cross believed to have its largest crowd in Hart Center history (2,502) for 3-0 loss vs. Providence

UMass and Providence continue to roll, will meet up Thursday and Saturday.

And UConn announced funding for a new arena, will be only 2,500-3,500 seats, but supposedly have waiver from Hockey East. They'll continue to play some/all men’s games at XL Center in Hartford.
Nov 05, 2018
Ep. 4: Minnesota Duluth sweeps No. 1 Notre Dame, North Dakota wins in front of boisterous support, Penn State and Quinnipiac are 5-0
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Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger look back on the weekend that was, including No. 3 Minnesota Duluth's sweep of No. 1 Notre Dame on the road and a very successful U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game in Las Vegas -- at least for the fans and the atmosphere, but with some facility issues -- as North Dakota downed Minnesota in front of a crowd dominated by Fighting Hawks fans. We discuss the possibility of getting a hometown program in Vegas.

Also in this episode:

Union and Cornell were both swept by unranked opponents;

Arizona State is 6-2-0 on the season after sweeping Omaha at home;

Penn State and Quinnipiac both improve to 5-0-0;

Alabama-Huntsville is now 0-8-0 after giving up a third-period lead on Saturday;

Michael Souza picks up first win as a head coach with New Hampshire’s 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Vermont in home opener;

Army won seven of eight points in two weekend Atlantic Hockey road trips;

And ... Boston College's and Boston University's woes continue, sinking Hockey East's out-of-conference record.
Oct 29, 2018
Ep. 3: UMass splits with No. 1 Ohio State; Union, Notre Dame sweep; BC and BU both 0-3; 5v5 and 3v3 OT discussed
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UMass -- or should we say #NewMass -- split on the weekend with No. 1 Ohio State, while No. 2 Notre Dame swept Omaha and No. 20 Union did the same to No. 12 Northeastern. Boston College and Boston University are both 0-3 for the first time since the end of prohibition. We also look at RIT's annual Brick City Homecoming game, and several weekend splits. Plus a discussion of the merits of 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 overtimes and how the PairWise Rankings can reflect overtime.
Oct 22, 2018
Ep. 2: Ice Breaker, BC and BU swept, Minnesota Duluth in the win column, and why Pairwise is premature
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We review the top results of the weekend: Notre Dame won the Ice Breaker after a dramatic semifinal and shutout of Providence. Wisconsin swept Boston College while Minnesota State did the same to Boston University, Minnesota Duluth gets in the win column with a pair of victories at Michigan Tech. North Dakota scores just twice in a tie and loss at Bemidji State. Ohio State survives first-ever week at No. 1 with a pair of road wins at Arizona State.

Plus: Union's Cole Maier has seven points in three games, and why you shouldn't pay attention to the Pairwise Rankings this early -- but why you should take notice of one of its components.

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Oct 15, 2018
Ep. 1: Vermont, Minnesota with big wins; Lake State and Miami sweep; Army West Point shows compassion
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The start of the 2018-19 season already yielded some important results: Vermont upset Michigan at Yost, and Minnesota got a home win and a tie on the road against Minnesota Duluth. Other big weekends were seen by Lake Superior State, Miami, and Arizona State. Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger review those games, plus a compassionate gesture from Army West Point, and some rules discussion.
Oct 08, 2018
Ep. 0: Weekend Review preview
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Coming soon: USCHO Weekend Review, a quick summary of the games of the weekend and the news of the previous week. We’ll look at the big games, the playoff races, and top performers of the weekend.
Sep 29, 2018