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The USCHO Game of the Week podcast will feature conversations with one or more coaches or players in advance of the USCHO.com featured Game of the Week. And we’ll have a rundown of upcoming games among Top 20 teams and other key match ups.

Episode Date
Previewing the NCHC Frozen Faceoff with CBSSN's Alex Heinert, plus a look every playoff: Season 4 Episode 20
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Alex Heinert of Midco Sports and voice of the NCHC on CBS Sports Network to preview the NCHC Frozen Faceoff.

We preview all six conference tournaments and look closely at the five games in this week's USCHO Bettor's Edge column:

• Bemidji State at No. 1 Minnesota State (CCHA final)

• No. 4 Michigan at No. 2 Minnesota (Big Ten final)

• No. 13 UMass Lowell vs. No. 11 Massachusetts (Hockey East semifinal)

• No. 8 Minnesota Duluth vs. No. 3 Denver (NCHC semifinal)

• No. 7 Western Michigan vs. No. 5 North Dakota (NCHC semifinal)

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org
Mar 17, 2022
Previewing BC at Northeastern, BU at UConn with voice of Hockey East on NESN Tyler Murray: Season 4 Episode 19
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by the voice of Hockey East on NESN Tyler Murray to preview Boston College at No. 11 Northeastern and No. 16 Boston University at UConn in single-elimination quarterfinal contests.

Also previewed are three other matchups to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week:

• No. 10 Minnesota Duluth at No. 9 St. Cloud State

• Penn State at No. 2 Minnesota

• No. 8 Notre Dame at No. 4 Michigan

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org
Mar 11, 2022
Previewing No. 4 North Dakota at No. 20 Omaha with Fighting Hawks' head coach Brad Berry: Season 4 Episode 18
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by North Dakota head coach Brad Berry to preview the No. 4 Fighting Hawks at No. 20 Omaha.

Also previewed are four other matchups to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week:


• No. 10 St. Cloud State at No. 11 Minnesota Duluth

• No. 9 UMass at Boston College

• No. 16 UMass Lowell at New Hampshire

• Penn State at No. 12 Ohio State

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org
Mar 03, 2022
Previewing No. 2 Michigan at No. 9 Notre Dame with voice of the Irish Darin Pritchett: Season 4 Episode 17
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by radio voice of the Irish Darin Pritchett to preview No. 2 Michigan at No. 9 Notre Dame.

Also previewed are four other matchups to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week:

• No. 1 Minnesota State at No. 14 Michigan Tech

• No. 6 Western Michigan at No. 7 North Dakota

• No. 18 Cornell at No. 5 Quinnipiac

• No. 19 Connecticut at No. 15 Northeastern

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org
Feb 24, 2022
Previewing No. 9 North Dakota at No. 7 Minnesota Duluth with CBSSN's Dave Starman: Season 4 Episode 16
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by CBS Sports Network hockey analyst Dave Starman to preview No. 9 North Dakota at No. 7 Minnesota Duluth.

Also previewed are four other matchups to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week:

• No. 11 Ohio State at No. 2 Michigan

• No. 19 Providence at No. 16 UMass Lowell

• No. 3 Denver at No. 6 Western Michigan

• Bemidji at No. 1 Minnesota State

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org
Feb 17, 2022
Previewing Beanpot final with NESN's Billy Jaffe: Season 4 Episode 15
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by NESN hockey analyst Billy Jaffe to preview No. 20 Boston University vs. No. 15 Northeastern in Monday's Beanpot final.

Also previewed are four other matchups to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week:

• No. 7 Minnesota at No. 8 Ohio State

• No. 20 Boston University at No. 7 Providence

• No. 15 Northeastern at No. 13 UMass Lowell

• No. 6 Minnesota Duluth at No. 3 Denver

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org
Feb 10, 2022
Previewing No. 7 St. Cloud State at No. 4 Denver with Pioneers' head coach David Carle: Season 4 Episode 14
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Denver head coach David Carle to preview No. 7 St. Cloud State at No. 4 Denver.

Also previewed are four other matchups to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week:

• Penn State at No. 13 Notre Dame

• No. 18 Omaha at No. 12 North Dakota

69th Beanpot (Monday at TD Garden in Boston)

• No. 19 Boston University vs. Harvard

• Boston College vs. No. 16 Northeastern

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org
Feb 03, 2022
Previewing No. 10 Minnesota at No. 11 Notre Dame with Fighting Irish head coach Jeff Jackson: Season 4 Episode 13
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson to preview No. 10 Minnesota at the No. 11 Fighting Irish.

Also previewed are four other matchups to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week:

• No. 14 UMass Lowell at No. 15 Northeastern

• No. 17 Providence at No. 9 Massachusetts

• No. 3 Western Michigan at No. 7 Minnesota Duluth

• No. 6 St. Cloud State at No. 13 North Dakota

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org
Jan 27, 2022
Previewing No. 3 Michigan at No. 11 Minnesota with reporter Jess Myers: Season 4 Episode 12
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by The Rink Live reporter Jess Myers (@JessRMyers) to preview No. 3 Michigan at No. 11 Minnesota. We also hear Michigan head coach Mel Pearson's comments from a Monday news conference.

Also previewed are four other matchups to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week:

• No. 17 Michigan Tech at No. 18 Northern Michigan

• No. 12 Northeastern @ No. 14 UMass

• No. 9 North Dakota @ No. 4 Western Michigan

• No. 1 Quinnipiac @ No. 8 Cornell

Plus ... why massaging the PairWise over the years resembles carving out congressional districts.

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org
Jan 20, 2022
Previewing No. 18 Harvard at No. 2 Quinnipiac with Bobcats' Rand Pecknold: Season 4 Episode 11
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by No. 2 Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold to preview the Bobcats hosting No. 18 Harvard.

Also previewed are three other matchups in this COVID-adjusted week to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week:

• No. 13 Notre Dame at No. 16 Ohio State

• No. 15 Omaha at No. 6 Denver

• Alaska at No. 8 Minnesota

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org
Jan 13, 2022
Update on COVID rescheduling with Hockey East's Steve Metcalf, plus some top games: Season 4 Episode 10
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After this week's game of the week was postponed, hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) caught up with Hockey East commissioner Steve Metcalf to discuss the recent uptick in adjustments to schedules because of COVID protocols.

Also previewed are the four matchups to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week:

No. 14 Cornell at No. 5 North Dakota

No. 13 Notre Dame at Penn State

Ferris State at No. 1 Minnesota State

No. 10 Massachusetts at No. 6 Michigan

This podcast is sponsored by DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union – at dcu.org
Jan 06, 2022
Previewing Boston College at Boston University with Terriers' Albie O'Connell: Season 4 Episode 9
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Boston University head coach Albie O'Connell to preview Boston College at BU.

Also previewed are four other matchups to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week:

No. 3 Michigan at No. 17 Ohio State

No. 1 Minnesota State at Bemidji State

No. 11 Denver at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth

No. 14 Omaha at No. 4 Western Michigan
Dec 09, 2021
Previewing No. 13 Providence vs. No. 16 Northeastern with writer Mark Divver: Season 4 Episode 8
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by hockey writer Mark Divver to preview No. 13 Providence's home-and-home series with No. 16 Northeastern.

Also previewed are four other matchups to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week:

No. 14 Massachusetts home-and-home with No. 15 UMass Lowell

No. 9 Cornell at No. 18 Clarkson

No. 11 Minnesota at No. 3 Michigan

No. 7 North Dakota at No. 5 St. Cloud State
Dec 02, 2021
Previewing Clarkson at No. 5 Quinnipiac with Golden Knights' Casey Jones: Season 4 Episode 7
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Clarkson head coach Casey Jones to preview his Golden Knights in ECAC Hockey play Friday at No. 5 Quinnipiac.

Jim and Ed also look at the other matchups to be featured in this week's USCHO Bettor's Edge column: No. 14 Notre Dame at No. 1 Michigan, Michigan Tech at No. 20 Bemidji, No. 4 Minnesota Duluth at No. 6 North Dakota, and No. 2 St. Cloud State at No. 12 Western Michigan.
Nov 18, 2021
Previewing No. 11 Omaha at No. 1 St. Cloud State with Huskies' Brett Larson: Season 4 Episode 6
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by St. Cloud State head coach Brett Larson to preview No. 11 Omaha at the No. 1 Huskies.

Jim and Ed also look at the other matchups to be featured in this week's USCHO Bettor's Edge column: No. 2 Michigan at No. 19 Penn State, No. 18 Ohio State at No. 6 Minnesota, No. 8 Western Michigan at No. 14 Denver, and No. 17 Northeastern at No. 20 UMass Lowell.
Nov 11, 2021
Previewing No. 4 Minnesota Duluth at No. 10 Western Michigan with Broncos' Pat Fershweiler: Season 4 Episode 5
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) preview a heavyweight NCHC bout with first-year Western Michigan head coach Pat Fershweiler as No. 4 Minnesota Duluth visits the No. 10 Broncos.

Jim and Ed also look at the other games to be featured in this week's USCHO Bettor's Edge column: No. 15 Cornell at No. 13 Harvard, No. 7 Providence home-and-home with No. 12 UMass, No. 11 Denver at No. 8 North Dakota, and two Atlantic Hockey teams receiving votes, Rochester Institute of Technology at American International.
Nov 04, 2021
Previewing No. 15 Harvard at Dartmouth with Crimson coach Ted Donato: Season 4 Episode 4
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It has been about 600 days since Harvard last played hockey after the Ivies decided to cancel their 2020-21 season. Head coach Ted Donato joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to discuss what the lost season was like, preparing for this season, this year's Harvard team, and Friday night's game at Dartmouth.

We also preview UMass Lowell at No. 19 Boston University, No. 13 Western Michigan at Colgate, No. 14 Notre Dame at No. 7 Minnesota, and Bowling Green at No. 17 Bemidji State.
Oct 28, 2021
Previewing No. 6 North Dakota at No. 7 Quinnipiac with writer Brad Schlossman: Season 4 Episode 3
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Grand Forks Herald college hockey writer Brad Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) to preview a great east-west series as No. 6 North Dakota visits No. 7 Quinnipiac. We also preview No. 8 Denver at No. 12 Providence and No. 10 Boston College, No. 17 Western Michigan at No. 1 Michigan, and No. 5 Minnesota Duluth at No. 4 Minnesota.
Oct 21, 2021
Previewing Michigan at Minnesota Duluth with Bulldogs' Scott Sandelin: Season 4 Episode 2
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Minnesota Duluth Scott Sandelin joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview his No. 5 Bulldogs' game against No. 3 Michigan in this weekend's Ice Breaker tournament.

We also preview No. 1 Minnesota State vs. No. 10 Providence in the other Ice Breaker first round, No. 18 Northeastern at No. 6 Boston College, No. 7 North Dakota home and home with No. 20 Bemidji State, No. 4 Minnesota home and home with No. 2 St. Cloud State, and No. 17 Notre Dame at No. 16 Michigan Tech.
Oct 14, 2021
Previewing No. 2 St. Cloud at No. 1 Minnesota State with Mavericks' Mike Hastings: Season 4 Episode 1
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings to preview the No. 1 Mavericks' home series against No. 2 St. Cloud, the team that ousted them from the NCAA playoffs in the national semifinal last season.

We also preview No. 6 Boston College vs. No. 9 Quinnipiac and No. 18 Northeastern vs. Holy Cross in this weekend's Ice Breaker tournament in Worcester. Also in this episode: No. 5 Minnesota Duluth at No. 15 Bemidji State, Arizona State at No. 12 Denver, and an early conference contest in Atlantic Hockey, Rochester Institute of Technology at Army West Point.
Oct 07, 2021
Previewing ECAC Hockey, Atlantic Hockey, WCHA, Hockey East championships – Season 3 Episode 16
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Wisconsin State Journal writer and USCHO editor emeritus Todd D. Milewski (@ToddMilewski) joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview the semifinal and championship rounds in ECAC Hockey, Atlantic Hockey, and the WCHA and the Hockey East finals between UMass Lowell and No. 6 UMass.

They also consider NCAA implications of the four series, including what "eye test" criteria might be used by the committee.
Mar 18, 2021
Northeastern at UMass preview with Jim Madigan, plus a look at the weekend's playoffs – Season 3 Episode 15
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan to preview the No. 20 Huskies' Sunday Hockey East single-elimination playoff game at No. 7 UMass. Madigan also reflects on this anniversary of the day all of college and pro sports were shut down in 2020.

We also take capsule looks at the five men's D-I conferences with playoffs underway by the end of the weekend.
Mar 12, 2021
Michigan at Minnesota preview with reporter Jess Myers – Season 3 Episode 14
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Jess Myers, who covers the Golden Gophers beat as a reporter for The Rink Live, to preview No. 7 Michigan at No. 3 Minnesota.

We also look at another Big Ten series and its implications – No. 5 Wisconsin at Michigan State – as well as Hockey East single games for No. 2 Boston College, No. 10 Boston University, and No. 6 UMass and a pair of single NCHC contests with No. 12 Omaha visiting No. 1 North Dakota and No. 9 Minnesota Duluth traveling to No. 8 St. Cloud. Plus, the WCHA wraps its season with some important games and Atlantic Hockey plays its first round with three single-elimination matchups.
Mar 04, 2021
St. Cloud State at Minnesota Duluth preview with Bulldogs radio voice Bruce Ciskie – Season 3 Episode 13
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No. 6 St. Cloud State visits No. 10 Minnesota Duluth in a single, nationally-televised NCHC game on Saturday with conference and NCAA postseason implications. Bulldogs radio voice Bruce Ciskie previews the contest with a look at this year's UMD team and how they match up against they Huskies.

Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also look ahead at another NCHC tilt, No. 2 North Dakota at No. 11 Omaha, as well as No. 3 Minnesota State's home-and-home series against No. 19 Bemidji State in the WCHA, No. 9 UMass at No. 1 Boston College for a game, and Ohio State at No. 5 Wisconsin. Plus with almost the entire week's schedule wiped out, playoff positions in Atlantic Hockey's western pod all comes down to Canisius and Niagara's home-and-home pair this weekend.
Feb 25, 2021
Boston University vs. UConn preview with Terriers head coach Albie O'Connell – Season 3 Episode 12
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In a season filled with delays and pauses for the Terriers, No. 11 Boston University nevertheless finds itself near the top of the Hockey East playoff race at 8-2 overall. BU head coach Albie O'Connell joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview of a weekend series against UConn.

Also on tap: No. 9 Omaha visits No. 2 North Dakota for a weekend series, Colorado College visits No. 8 Minnesota Duluth and No. 6 St. Cloud for single games, the Big 10 has three weekend series, No. 19 Robert Morris visits RIT for a pair, and on Tuesday, No. 20 Lake Superior visits No. 18 Michigan Tech.
Feb 18, 2021
No. 7 Wisconsin at No. 8 Michigan preview with Badgers beat writer Todd D. Milewski – Season 3 Episode 11
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No. 7 Wisconsin is arguably the hottest team in college hockey since the semester break. The Badgers travel to a team coming off a three-week pause, No. 8 Michigan, in a key Big Ten series. Todd D. Milewski, Wisconsin State Journal beat writer for Badgers hockey, joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview.

We also look at Denver at No. 2 North Dakota in the NCHC, UMass Lowell vs. No. 1 Boston College and No. 20 UConn vs. No. 16 Providence in Hockey East, and No. 11 Quinnipiac at Colgate in the ECAC.

And a WCHA matchup is highlighted by the stellar goaltending numbers of Dryden McKay, as he and his fellow No. 3 Minnesota State Mavericks visit Alabama Huntsville.
Feb 11, 2021
Bowling Green at Minnesota State preview with Mavericks coach Mike Hastings – Season 3 Episode 10
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Two USCHO.com men's ice hockey poll top ten teams meet in WCHA weekend play as No. 8 Bowling Green travels to No. 6 Minnesota State. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) catch up with Mavericks head coach Mike Hastings to preview a matchup between two stingy defenses and two potent offenses.

We also look at the "Battle of Commonwealth Avenue" between No. 1 Boston College and No. 15 Boston University and a pair of road tilts for UConn among Hockey East games, No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 2 Minnesota in the Big Ten, No. 9 Omaha at Denver in NCHC play, and a pair of ECAC series sending St. Lawrence to No. 12 Quinnipiac and No. 13 Clarkson to Colgate.
Feb 04, 2021
North Dakota at Omaha preview with Mavericks coach Mike Gabinet – Season 3 Episode 9
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by No. 9 Omaha head coach Mike Gabinet to preview this weekend's home series vs. No. 2 North Dakota. We discuss this year's Mavericks, their steady improvement, and how they dealt mentally with the extended pause after the semester break.

Also of note this weekend in league play are the Hockey East home-and-home series between No. 10 UMass and No. 16 UMass Lowell, No. 18 Michigan Tech at No. 8 Bowling Green in the WCHA, and a trio of Big Ten matchups.

Non-conference games include No. 3 Minnesota State at Bemidji State – which is fresh off a sweep of Bowling Green last weekend – and No. 11 Quinnipiac hosting LIU.

And after weekend meetings juggling the schedule for the rest of the season, Atlantic Hockey prepares for a nearly full slate of games.
Jan 28, 2021
Michigan at Notre Dame preview with Fighting Irish broadcaster Darin Pritchett – Season 3 Episode 8
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Notre Dame swept Michigan at Yost Ice Arena in two one-goal games just after Thanksgiving. The No. 8 Wolverines visit the No 16 Fighting Irish this weekend in Big Ten play. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by the voice of the Irish, Darin Pritchett, for a preview.

We also look ahead to Arizona State at No. 4 Minnesota and No. 12 Wisconsin at Penn State in the Big Ten, No. 10 Quinnipiac at No. 14 Clarkson for three ECAC contests, No. 18 Providence home-and-home with No. 8 UMass in Hockey East, and a slate of NCHC matchups highlighted by No. 19 Denver at No. 11 Omaha.
Jan 21, 2021
Previewing UMass vs. Boston University with Minutemen coach Greg Carvel – Season 3 Episode 7
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by UMass head coach Greg Carvel to preview the Minutemen's scheduled home-and-home series with Boston University.

We also look at No. 14 Northeastern vs. No. 3 Boston College, Notre Dame at No. 1 Minnesota, St. Lawrence vs. No. 13 Clarkson, No. 2 North Dakota at No. 18 Denver, No. 5 Minnesota State at No. 19 Lake Superior, and a non-conference series between LIU and Army West Point, which has Brett and uncle Brian Riley facing off as head coaches for the first time.
Jan 14, 2021
Clarkson at Quinnipiac preview with Bobcats coach Rand Pecknold – Season 3 Episode 6
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This season finds ECAC Hockey trimmed down to just four teams. Two of those teams – No. 10 Clarkson and No. 13 Quinnipiac – have a three-game series this weekend. Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold, whose Bobcats host the Golden Knights, joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview.

We also look at No. 6 St. Cloud at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, No. 1 Minnesota at No. 12 Wisconsin, and Arizona State at No. 18 Notre Dame.

Also of note: all 11 teams in Hockey East will finally have gotten their seasons underway in a slate of games capped off by No. 8 UMass at No. 15 UMass Lowell on Tuesday.

And the two ranked teams in Atlantic Hockey – No. 19 American International and No. 20 Robert Morris – have series this weekend, with AIC home-and-home with Army and RMU at Niagara and back home against the Purple Eagles for two.
Jan 07, 2021
Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud State preview with writer Matt Wellens – Season 3 Episode 5
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Minnesota Duluth beat writer Matt Wellens of the Duluth News Tribune to preview the No. 4 Bulldogs at No. 6 St. Cloud State in NCHC play.

Jim and Ed also look ahead to another NCHC series, No. 16 Denver vs. Colorado College, a Hockey East home-and-home series between No. 13 Northeastern and No. 9 UMass, the start of ECAC Hockey play, and Arizona State's games at No. 1 Minnesota.

The hosts and guest also opine on the proposal by NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton to use historical data to allocate at-large bids in this season's NCAA tournament.
Dec 31, 2020
Northeastern coach Jim Madigan previews home-and-home with Providence – Season 3 Episode 4
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan to preview his team's Saturday-Sunday home-and-home series with Providence.

We also look at No. 13 Bowling Green at Quinnipiac for a pair, NCHC pod tilts between No. 3 Minnesota Duluth and No. 4 North Dakota and No. 8 Denver vs. No. 9 St. Cloud. In the Big Ten, we preview Michigan State at No. 18 Ohio State. Also of note, non-conference games between WCHA rivals Bemidji State and host No. 5 Minnesota State, Arizona State at No. 16 Notre Dame, and Canisius back in action after a pause against a restocked RIT.
Dec 17, 2020
North Dakota vs. Minnesota Duluth preview with writer Brad Schlossman – Season 3 Episode 3
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The NCHC Pod in Omaha is producing top 10 matchups almost every day. Our game of the week comes from that bubble as No. 1 North Dakota, fresh off a loss to No. 9 Denver, takes on unbeaten No. 3 Minnesota Duluth on Thursday. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald, beat writer covering the Fighting Hawks.

We also look at other NCHC games, including Denver vs. Minnesota Duluth. In the Big Ten, only one weekend conference series is scheduled, with No. 14 Ohio State visiting No. 15 Notre Dame.

In Hockey East, it's a home-and-home between No. 2 Boston College and UConn, while No. 8 UMass Lowell finally gets its season underway against No. 19 Providence.

Among non-conference games, we look at a couple added to the schedule as other games were canceled: No. 7 Clarkson at Mercyhurst and No. 6 Minnesota State playing host to D-III Milwaukee School of Engineering. No. 20 Arizona State has a pair at Penn State and LIU visits RIT for two.
Dec 10, 2020
Inside the NCHC Pod with Dave Starman, plus some Big 10 and non-conference matchups – Season 3 Episode 2
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In a season in which games are happening any night, it's hard to settle on a single game of the week. In this episode, hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by hockey analyst Dave Starman, who is broadcasting more than half of the NCHC Pod games in Omaha for Midco Sports Network and NCHC.tv alongside play-by-play man Ben Holden. Dave takes us through what's happening in the bubble and what teams are impressing him so far.

Jim and Ed also look at games coming up in the Big 10 and Atlantic Hockey, and some non-conference matchups within Hockey East.

They also add some more context to their thoughts about getting as many games in during this semester break and give a shout out to the streaming services allowing fans to see the games when they can't be there in person.
Dec 04, 2020
Penn State at Minnesota preview with Gophers voice Wally Shaver – Season 3, Episode 1
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Minnesota play-by-play voice Wally Shaver to look ahead at Thursday and Friday's two-game series seeing No. 10 Penn State visit the No. 11 Gophers.

Jim and Ed also preview No. 6 Michigan at No. 14 Wisconsin as well as Monday-Tuesday series featuring No. 9 Ohio State at Minnesota and Penn State at Wisconsin.

Hockey East gets underway with home-and-home series featuring No. 2 Boston College and New Hampshire and No. 7 UMass at Maine.

In non-conference play, No. 5 Minnesota State has a pair at WCHA rival No. 16 Bemidji State and No. 8 Clarkson has a single tilt at ECAC Hockey foe Colgate.
Nov 19, 2020
D-I playoff preview, including Canisius at Bentley with Falcons' Ryan Soderquist – Season 2 Episode 22
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Our first Game of the Week this season between two Atlantic Hockey teams features a first-round match up sending Canisius to Bentley for a best-of-three series. Falcons head coach Ryan Soderquist joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview.

We also look at every other playoff matchup in D-I men's hockey, especially taking note of Wisconsin at No. 11 Ohio State in the Big Ten and which series may lead to an upset in ECAC Hockey. Plus No. 3 Minnesota State and No. 10 Bemidji State and their home series in the WCHA, as well as Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan and Bowling Green at Alaska.

Meanwhile, it's still the regular season in two conferences. St. Cloud State, No. 6 Denver, and No. 17 Western Michigan all look to sew up home ice in the NCHC, though it's a tall order for the Huskies at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth. And in Hockey East, Boston University, Providence, Northeastern, and New Hampshire are four teams trying to find one of three chairs when the music stops playing.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Mar 05, 2020
No. 7 Clarkson at No. 1 Cornell preview with Golden Knights coach Casey Jones – Season 2 Episode 21
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The ECAC Hockey schedule couldn't have worked out better, with No. 7 Clarkson at No. 1 Cornell Saturday on the last night of the regular season with the regular-season Cleary Cup potentially on the line. Clarkson coach Casey Jones joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview USCHO's Game of the Week.

Also previewed:

Two Big Ten teams have a chance to clinch at least a share of the regular season title. No. 10 Ohio State hosts Wisconsin and No. 18 Minnesota hosts Michigan, while No. 9 Penn State – four points ahead of the Gophers and Buckeyes – has completed its schedule and watches for the results.

Nothing has been decided in Hockey East. Key series include No. 8 UMass home-and-home with red hot UConn and New Hampshire home-and-home with No. 12 UMass Lowell. Plus, No. 15 Maine travels to No. 19 Providence in a single game that is huge for both. Nine teams are still jockeying for eight playoff berths.

In the NCHC, No. 16 Western Michigan is at No. 3 North Dakota for two, while St. Cloud State, fresh off a five-point weekend against the Fighting Hawks, hosts No. 6 Denver in a weekend series.

The top matchup in the WCHA has No. 2 Minnesota State traveling for the weekend to No. 11 Bemidji State, while Alaska and Bowling Green each have key series as they look for home ice in the WCHA quarterfinals.

Atlantic Hockey settles everything this weekend. While No. 20 American International and Sacred Heart have clinched the top two spots, Army West Point and Rochester Institute of Technology will have games that determine who finishes third. AIC is at Army for one game Saturday, while RIT hosts Air Force in a series. The Falcons, along with Robert Morris and Niagara – who play a series this weekend – are vying for fifth place and a first-round bye.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Feb 27, 2020
No. 8 UMass home-and-home vs. No. 14 UMass Lowell preview with Minutemen head coach Greg Carvel – Season 2 Episode 20
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With both Massachusetts state schools having successful seasons at the same time, the battles between No. 8 UMass and No. 14 UMass Lowell are becoming quite a rivalry. Minutemen head coach Greg Carvel joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview of that weekend home-and-home series.

Also in this episode:

Hockey East also features a Thursday-Friday home-and-home between No. 6 Boston College and No. 10 Northeastern with conference and PairWise positioning on the line.

In the Big Ten, all three weekend series are critical for league standings, including No. 18 Minnesota at No. 11 Penn State. The two teams are tied for first with this weekend the last of the regular season for the Nittany Lions.

In ECAC Hockey, No. 20 Harvard is at No. 5 Clarkson on Friday in the only matchup between ranked teams in that conference.

The NCHC's premier series has No. 4 Minnesota Duluth at No. 19 Western Michigan, while No. 1 North Dakota can't look past their weekend hosts, St. Cloud State.

Bowling Green is battling for home ice in the WCHA at home this weekend against Ferris State, while No. 3 Minnesota State hosts Alabama Huntsville and No. 13 Bemidji State visits Alaska Anchorage.

Three teams in Atlantic Hockey have clinched first round byes – American International, Sacred Heart, and Army – but AIC can claim a regular season title in a Thursday-Saturday home-and-home series with Holy Cross. Meanwhile Rochester Institute of Technology and Robert Morris look to nail down a first-round bye – and the Tigers home ice – this weekend.

And in the lone non-conference series, No. 9 Arizona State visits Wisconsin to end the regular season for the Sun Devils. A weekend sweep would virtually guarantee an NCAA berth for ASU.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Feb 20, 2020
No. 6 Denver at No. 1 North Dakota preview with Fighting Hawks TV voice Alex Heinert – Season 2 Episode 19
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No. 6 Denver visits No. 1 North Dakota in a weekend NCHC series. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Midco Sports TV play-by-play broadcaster Alex Heinert for a preview.

A number of other key matchups are on the schedule this weekend. In the Big Ten, Michigan and Michigan State have a Friday game in East Lansing and a Monday tilt at Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit. Minnesota is at Notre Dame for a weekend series in which each needs to maintain momentum, while No. 9 Penn State could extend its lead in the standings at Wisconsin.

In the WCHA, No. 16 Bemidji State is at No. 19 Northern Michigan in a battle for position in the top half of the standings, while Alaska looks to defend fourth place against visiting Bowling Green.

Hockey East features a home-and-home matchup between No. 11 UMass Lowell and No. 12 Northeastern, while No. 17 Maine looks to stay unbeaten at home with a weekend series against UConn.

ECAC Hockey's prime contest is on Friday as No. 5 Clarkson visits No. 15 Quinnipiac, while in Atlantic Hockey, the battle for home ice includes Bentley at Rochester Institute of Technology for a pair.

And in non-conference play, Alaska Anchorage visits No. 10 Arizona State for two.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Feb 13, 2020
No. 9 Penn State at No. 11 Ohio State preview with Nittany Lions voice Brian Tripp – Season 2 Episode 18
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There's a log jam atop the Big Ten standings, with the two teams tied for first facing off this weekend. Penn State Sports Network radio play-by-play broadcaster Brian Tripp joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview No. 9 Penn State at No. 11 Ohio State.

We also look at two other Big Ten series, No. 19 Michigan State at Minnesota and Wisconsin at Michigan.

In the NCHC, No. 6 Minnesota Duluth can close the gap with success over visiting Omaha.

WCHA action includes No. 15 Northern Michigan at No. 3 Minnesota State, with PairWise implications for NMU.

In Hockey East, No. 14 UMass Lowell is at No. 4 Boston College and Maine hosts No. 12 Northeastern in single Friday games, while No. 10 Providence and No. 8 UMass have a home-and-home series.

ECAC Hockey has a rivalry matchup as No. 5 Clarkson heads to St. Lawrence and a renovated Appleton Arena.

Atlantic Hockey's top tilt is Tuesday when No. 20 Sacred Heart visits American International, while other games over the weekend have playoff implications.

In non-conference play, No. 11 Arizona State travels to Holy Cross and Bentley in nearly must-win games for the Sun Devils.

And Monday is the Beanpot, with No. 17 Harvard taking on Boston College in the consolation while Northeastern hopes to three-peat for the championship against Boston University.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Feb 06, 2020
2020 Beanpot preview with Boston sports writer John Powers – Season 2 Episode 17
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The first Monday in February means it's time for the semifinal round of the Beanpot Tournament. Retired Boston Globe writer John Powers joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview the two games, Northeastern vs. Harvard and Boston College vs. Boston University. The games will be televised in the U.S. on the NHL Network and on TSN in Canada.

We also look at other key games around the country, including No. 9 Providence at No. 13 Northeastern and No. 5 Boston College at No. 7 UMass on Friday in Hockey East, No. 1 Cornell at No. 18 Quinnipiac in the ECAC on Friday, a trio of series in Atlantic Hockey including No. 20 Sacred Heart at Air Force, an NCHC weekend featuring No. 10 Minnesota Duluth at No. 4 Denver, an important weekend in Big Ten hockey in all three series, and a premier WCHA pair with Bowling Green visiting No. 19 Bemidji.

No. 12 Arizona State looks to keep its PairWise perch well above the bubble with a pair of non-conference games against visiting Robert Morris.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Jan 30, 2020
No. 2 North Dakota at No. 11 Minnesota Duluth preview with CBS Sports Network's Dave Starman – Season 2 Episode 16
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CBS Sports Network analyst Dave Starman joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview No. 2 North Dakota at No. 11 Minnesota Duluth. Friday's nationally-televised NCHC conference game is the USCHO Game of the Week.

We also preview other key games. In the NCHC, we look at No. 5 Denver at Miami. Two Big Ten matchups are No. 9 Penn State at No. 19 Michigan State and Wisconsin at Notre Dame. The premier WCHA series finds Bemidji at No. 3 Minnesota State.

Back east in the ECAC, No. 1 Cornell hosts No. 20 Dartmouth on Friday and No. 16 Harvard on Saturday. In Hockey East, we preview home-and-home series between No. 7 UMass and New Hampshire and No. 12 UMass Lowell and Boston University, as well as a two-game series with Maine at No. 4 Boston College. And in Atlantic Hockey, American International and Army West Point look to gain ground atop the standings on the road against Robert Morris and Niagara respectively.

Non-conference play has No. 13 Arizona State at No. 8 Clarkson for the weekend, Union and Rensselaer on Saturday in the Mayor's Cup, and the first-ever Connecticut Ice tournament with No. 17 Quinnipiac, UConn, Yale, and Sacred Heart.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Jan 23, 2020
No. 4 Denver at Omaha preview with Mavericks coach Mike Gabinet – Season 2 Episode 15
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Omaha head coach Mike Gabinet to preview the Mavericks' two home games this weekend against No. 4 Denver in NCHC play.

We also look at other key matchups, including No. 8 Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud in the NCHC, plus three weekend series in the Big Ten: No. 18 Notre Dame at No. 9 Ohio State, Michigan at No. 6 Penn State, and No. 20 Michigan State at Wisconsin.

In Hockey East, No. 5 Boston College is at No. 13 UMass Lowell on Friday and hosts rival Boston University on Saturday.

The WCHA's top series has No. 3 Minnesota State at No. 15 Bowling Green, and a Saturday ECAC tilt finds No. 7 Clarkson at No. 16 Harvard.

In non-conference play, No. 17 Northern Michigan is at No. 1 (tie) Cornell and No. 14 Arizona State hosts Rochester Institute of Technology for weekend series.

And an old traditional rivalry has Army West Point visiting its Canadian counterpart Royal Military Academy on Saturday.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour/
Jan 17, 2020
Bowling Green at Michigan Tech preview with Falcons coach Ty Eigner – Season 2 Episode 14
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The WCHA has a competitive battle underway for the top spots in the standings. This weekend, two ranked teams face off in league play as No. 16 Bowling Green visits No. 17 Michigan Tech. Bowling Green first-year head coach Ty Eigner joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview the weekend.

We also look ahead at No. 10 UMass and No. 4 Boston College and their home-and-home Hockey East series, as well as No. 7 Clarkson at Quinnipiac, Harvard and Yale at MSG, Air Force at Army West Point, and No. 1 North Dakota's 13-game home winning streak on the line vs. Omaha.

This episode is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for tickets.
Jan 09, 2020
Four ranked teams in Fortress Invitational, plus a national semifinal rematch – Season 2 Episode 13
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Four ranked teams face off this weekend in the Fortress Invitational in Las Vegas: No. 2 Cornell, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 14 Providence, and No. 20 Army West Point. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) – who's on-site for USCHO in Vegas – and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) preview the tournament.

We also look ahead at a rematch of last April's national semifinal game with No. 9 UMass at No. 7 Denver, No. 19 Western Michigan's home-and-home series with No. 15 Notre Dame, Michigan Tech – fresh off its GLI championship – at No. 17 Arizona State, No. 16 Harvard and Dartmouth's games with Quinnipiac, and some key weekend series in the WCHA.

This podcast is sponsored by the 2020 NCAA Frozen Four, April 9 and 11 in Detroit. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for tickets.
Jan 03, 2020
No. 16 Arizona State vs. No. 17 Harvard preview with Sun Devils coach Greg Powers – Season 2 Episode 12
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No. 17 Harvard hosts No. 16 Arizona State for a pair of games in Irvine, California on December 28 and 29, 2019 in the SoCal Clash. Sun Devils head coach Greg Powers joins us for a preview. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also preview the in-season tournaments scheduled for the weekend, including the Ledyard Bank Classic, the Catamount Cup, the Great Lakes Invitational and the Mariucci Classic.
Dec 28, 2019
No. 7 Penn State at No. 15 Notre Dame preview with Nittany Lions coach Guy Gadowsky – Season 2 Episode 11
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No. 7 Penn State travels to No. 15 Notre Dame for this week's USCHO Game of the Week. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Nittany Lions head coach Guy Gadowsky for a preview of the Big Ten series.

Also in this episode: In the NCHC, Colorado College and No. 8 Denver are home-and-home as part of this year's Battle for the Gold Pan and Omaha is at St. Cloud State; In the WCHA, No. 1 Minnesota State is at Northern Michigan and No. 10 Bowling Green travels to Lake Superior; in Atlantic Hockey, Army and Robert Morris each can move back into first place; and in non-conference action, No. 4 Clarkson is at Michigan Tech and No. 16 Arizona State is at No. 18 Michigan State for two-game series, and Dartmouth, fresh off an upset of Cornell, visits No. 12 Northeastern for a single game.
Dec 12, 2019
No. 16 UMass Lowell vs. No. 15 Providence preview with River Hawks coach Norm Bazin – Season 2 Episode 10
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UMass Lowell coach Norm Bazin joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview the No. 16 River Hawks' home-and-home Hockey East series with No. 15 Providence.

Jim and Ed also look at these weekend matchups: No. 2 Cornell is at No. 12 Harvard on Friday in ECAC Hockey action; in the NCHC, No. 3 North Dakota is at No. 17 Western Michigan and No. 14 Minnesota Duluth is at No. 18 Omaha in weekend series; No. 4 Denver travels for a pair at No. 20 Arizona State; and in a home-and-home series separated by an extra day and 800 air miles, No. 9 Notre Dame takes on No. 10 Boston College.
Dec 05, 2019
Boston University vs. Cornell at MSG preview with Terriers coach Albie O'Connell – Season 2 Episode 9
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Boston University coach Albie O'Connell joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) as his Terriers prepare to face Cornell on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in USCHO's Game of the Week. Jim and Ed also preview North Dakota at Minnesota, Michigan State at Ohio State, Minnesota State at Minnesota Duluth, Boston College at Harvard, home-and-home series for Bowling Green/Notre Dame and UMass/Quinnipiac, plus the 2019 Friendship Four.
Nov 27, 2019
Maine at No. 13 Northeastern preview with beat writer Larry Mahoney – Season 2 Episode 8
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Larry Mahoney of the Bangor Daily News to preview Maine – just outside the USCHO.com poll top 20 – at No. 13 Northeastern in Hockey East play. Also previewed: No. 11 Ohio State at No. 6 Penn State, No. 3 Notre Dame at Michigan State, No. 20 Western Michigan at No. 4 Denver, St. Cloud State at No. 5 North Dakota, Quinnipiac at No. 2 Cornell, and Air Force at Robert Morris.
Nov 21, 2019
No. 3 Cornell at No. 7 Clarkson preview with Golden Knights coach Casey Jones – Season 2 Episode 7
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It's a great ECAC Hockey matchup for USCHO's Game of the Week as No. 7 Clarkson hosts No. 3 Cornell. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Clarkson head coach Casey Jones to preview the Friday night tilt.

Also in this episode: No. 4 Notre Dame for a pair at No. 15 Wisconsin in the Big Ten, No. 14 Northeastern home-and-home in Hockey East with No. 10 Providence, No. 9 North Dakota at No. 2 Denver in NCHC play, and a couple of Atlantic Hockey rematches from last season's quarterfinals. Plus a pair of rivalry series: Michigan State and Michigan in a Thursday-Saturday home-and-home, and Maine hosting New Hampshire for two.
Nov 14, 2019
No. 1 Denver at No. 7 Minnesota Duluth with Bulldogs beat writer Matt Wellens – Season 2 Episode 6
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Matt Wellens (@mattwellens) of the Duluth News Tribune for a preview of the weekend series in which No. 1 Denver visits No. 7 Minnesota Duluth in NCHC league play. Also previewed: No. 9 Ohio State at No. 5 Notre Dame in the Big Ten, No. 11 home-and-home with Boston University and Maine at No. 14 UMass Lowell in Hockey East, Princeton and No. 15 Quinnipiac each taking on No. 18 Harvard, RIT home-and-home with Niagara in Atlantic Hockey, and a non-conference pair finding No. 12 Wisconsin visiting No. 20 Omaha.
Nov 07, 2019
No. 5 Notre Dame at Minnesota preview with Fighting Irish coach Jeff Jackson – Season 2 Episode 5
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Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson joins us to preview the weekend series as his No. 5 Fighting Irish head to Minnesota in Big Ten action. Jackson discusses this year's team, senior leadership, and the competitiveness of the conference. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also look at No. 7 Wisconsin at No. 12 Penn State, No. 3 UMass home-and-home with No. 10 Northeastern, No. 15 Boston College at No. 8 Providence, No. 18 Bowling Green at No. 2 Minnesota State, and No. 9 Quinnipiac at Arizona State, as well as a pair of rivalry matchups: St. Lawrence at No. 11 Clarkson for a pair of non-league games, and Dartmouth at UNH.
Oct 31, 2019
No. 11 Northeastern at No. 14 St. Cloud State preview with Northeastern's Jim Madigan – Season 2 Episode 4
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Northeastern coach Jim Madigan joins us for a preview of an all-Huskies matchup, as his team travels to St. Cloud State. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also look at other key games, including No. 8 Minnesota Duluth's home-and-home series with No. 20 Minnesota, No. 13 Clarkson for a pair at No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 7 Providence at No. 10 Boston College, American International at No. 3 UMass, and a trio of rivalry matchups outside the top 20.
Oct 24, 2019
No. 16 North Dakota at No. 2 Minnesota State preview with Fighting Hawks coach Brad Berry – Season 2 Episode 3
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Fresh off a weekend sweep at home in the middle of a rare October blizzard, North Dakota coach Brad Berry is prepping his No. 16 Fighting Hawks for a weekend at No. 2 Minnesota State. He joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview. We also look at Alaska's pair at No. 9 Penn State, No. 3 Minnesota Duluth at No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 6 Boston College at No. 1 Denver among other games.
Oct 17, 2019
No. 16 Wisconsin at No. 10 Boston College preview with Eagles coach Jerry York – Season 2 Episode 2
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Two touted freshman classes and two programs with a great history collide Friday, October 11, as Wisconsin visits Boston College. BC coach Jerry York joins us for a preview. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also look ahead at the Icebreaker Tournament, Arizona State at Minnesota State, UMass-Lowell at Minnesota Duluth, Clarkson at Michigan, and other key matchups.
Oct 10, 2019
Mercyhurst at No. 20 Arizona State preview with Lakers' coach Rick Gotkin – Season 2, Episode 1
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Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin takes his Lakers on the road to No. 20 Arizona State for a pair of games this weekend. Gotkin joins hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger for a preview, as well as what's involved helping 11 rookies adjust to the college game, whether Mercyhurst would look at a new league geographically situated around the Great Lakes, and to remember Mike Folga, former equipment manager who succumbed to cancer over the summer. Jim and Ed also spotlight some other contests around college hockey, including the only league contest, Maine at No. 7 Providence in Hockey East.
Oct 03, 2019
Ep. 24: We preview the 2019 NCAA D-I men's ice hockey regionals
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) preview the four regions in this year's NCAA Men's D-I ice hockey regionals.

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 28, 2019
Ep. 23: We preview the six NCAA D-I men's hockey conference championships
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There's no one game of the week this week. Who could pick just one when there are 15 games this weekend, with six champions to be crowned and six NCAA berths on the line? Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) preview all six conference tournaments and discuss PairWise Ranking implications.

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 21, 2019
Ep. 22: North Dakota at Denver NCHA quarterfinal preview with beat writer Brad Schlossman
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A great matchup in the NCHC quarterfinals pits North Dakota at Denver this weekend. Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) catch up with Grand Forks Herald North Dakota beat writer Brad Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) to preview the series and to review the Fighting Hawks' season.

We also take a look at some upset possibilities in playoff series across the six D-I men's conferences.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Mar 13, 2019
Ep. 21: Michigan at Minnesota Big Ten playoff preview with Wolverines' Mel Pearson
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Four of six D-I conferences enter the playoffs this weekend. USCHO's Game of the Week is Michigan at Minnesota on Saturday, the second night of a best-of-three series. Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) preview the game and series with Michigan coach Mel Pearson.

We also look at the race for position in Hockey East and the NCHC as well as playoff first rounds in the rest of the Big Ten, Atlantic Hockey, ECAC Hockey, and the WCHA.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Mar 07, 2019
Ep. 20: Quinnipiac at Yale preview with Bobcats' Rand Pecknold
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This week's USCHO Game of the Week is Saturday's No. 5 Quinnipiac at Yale matchup, the final regular season game for both teams in ECAC Hockey with playoff seeding implications. We get a preview of what – for Quinnipiac at least – has become a big rivalry with Bobcats head coach Rand Pecknold.

Hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also take a tour around college hockey: In the Big Ten, No. 18 Penn State is at No. 17 Notre Dame for a pair with home ice in the playoffs on the line; No. 11 Cornell takes on No. 13 Clarkson for ECAC position; No. 1 St. Cloud is at No. 10 Western Michigan with PairWise in play and No. 20 North Dakota is at Colorado College in the NCHC; No. 12 Arizona State wraps its season with two at Minnesota; the WCHA is playing for playoff seeds; and Atlantic Hockey is a jumble that will come down to Saturday's games.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Feb 28, 2019
Ep. 19: UMass at Providence with Minutemen head coach Greg Carvel
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This week's Game of the Week is No. 2 UMass at No. 10 Providence, with two teams vying for Hockey East position and position in the PairWise. Minutemen head coach Greg Carvel joins hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview.

We also look at No. 3 Minnesota Duluth at North Dakota for a pair of NCHC games, No. 6 Ohio State's opportunity to sew up the Big Ten at Michigan, a pair of ECAC Hockey matchups with ranked teams on Saturday, Lake Superior's trip to face Northern Michigan in the WCHA for a pair, plus the Atlantic Hockey race, in which nine teams can finish anywhere from a bye to on the road for the first round.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Feb 21, 2019
Ep. 18: American International at Arizona State preview with USCHO's Greg Cameron
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Arizona State is on the brink of an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament while visiting American International is one of the surprise stories of the season, sitting atop Atlantic Hockey. USCHO.com Arizona State correspondent Greg Cameron (@gregdcam) joins hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview the weekend series. Saturday's game is the USCHO Game of the Week.

We also preview No. 7 Denver at No. 4 Minnesota Duluth for a weekend NCHC series, ECAC Hockey single games pitting No. 6 Quinnipiac at No. 20 Union and No. 18 Harvard at No. 11 Clarkson, and a Hockey East home-and-home between No. 13 Providence and No. 10 UMass Lowell.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Feb 14, 2019
Ep. 17: Brown at Quinnipiac preview with USCHO's Nate Owen
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A Brown team with a couple of big wins under its belt since midseason travels to No. 4 Quinnipiac for a Saturday game with playoff implications in ECAC Hockey. USCHO ECAC correspondent Nate Owen (@Nate_Owen41) joins hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview.

Jim and Ed also preview other big games around the country this weekend, including No. 9 Clarkson at No. 10 Cornell, No. 2 UMass at No. 15 UMass Lowell, a full slate in the Big Ten, Colorado College at No. 1 St. Cloud, American International at Army, the Governor's Cup at stake between Alaska Anchorage and Alaska, and, of course, the Beanpot.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Feb 07, 2019
Ep. 16: Northeastern vs. Boston University Beanpot preview with Huskies coach Jim Madigan
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Defending champion No. 12 Northeastern takes on Boston University in the semifinal round of the 2019 Beanpot on Monday. Huskies coach Jim Madigan talks about the tournament and where his team is now with hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger).

Jim and Ed also preview other top match ups around the country this weekend, including No. 11 Notre Dame at No. 4 Ohio State, North Dakota at No. 7 Denver, No. 5 Quinnipiac at No. 10 Clarkson, and No. 13 Cornell at No. 18 Union.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Jan 31, 2019
Ep. 15: American International at Mercyhurst, Fighting for Folgs, with Lakers coach Rick Gotkin
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While Saturday's game between Mercyhurst and American International is half of a weekend series with playoff seeds in the forefront, it's more significant because it's part of a day called "Fighting for Folgs."

Longtime hockey equipment manager and athletic trainer Mike Folga, affectionately known as "Folgs," is battling cancer. Folga, who has held roles in the NHL, with Team USA, and other professional hockey jobs, is being recognized during a day of events aimed at raising support for him and his family, as well as for the American Cancer Society.

Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin previews the games and shares heartfelt thoughts about Folga with hosts Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger).

Those wishing to contribute can find out more at: https://www.mercyhurst.edu/alumni/fighting-folgs

Jim and Ed also preview other top match ups around the country this weekend.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Jan 24, 2019
Ep. 14: Colorado College at Denver preview with Pioneers assistant Dallas Ferguson
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This weekend is the first two of four games this season between Denver and Colorado College, a series that determines the winner of the Battle for the Gold Pan. Denver assistant coach Dallas Ferguson joins hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger for a look at this year's Pioneers, a pre-scout of the Tigers, and some thoughts on the rivalry and the NCHC.

Jim and Ed also look ahead to other games, including:

No. 10 Western Michigan at No. 2 St. Cloud;

No. 8 Northeastern home-and-home with No. 1 UMass;

No. 18 Lake Superior at No. 6 Minnesota State;

No. 4 Ohio State at No. 13 Penn State

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Jan 18, 2019
Ep. 13: St. Cloud at Minnesota Duluth preview with Bulldogs radio voice Bruce Ciskie
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No. 1 St. Cloud visits No. 5 Minnesota Duluth in a weekend series, the first two of four regular-season NCHC contests between the two. Bulldogs radio voice Bruce Ciskie of KDAL in Duluth joins hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger for a preview.

Jim and Ed also look ahead to:

No. 20 Miami at No. 14 Western Michigan in a pair of NCHC games;

No. 15 Union at No. 16 Clarkson;

No. 10 Bowling Green at Michigan Tech;

And a trio of Big Ten games, among others.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Jan 11, 2019
Ep. 12: Miami at Providence preview with RedHawks coach Rico Blasi
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The first USCHO.com Game of the Week for 2019 is Miami's Saturday game at Providence, the second of a weekend non-conference series. RedHawks coach Rico Blasi previews the matchup.

Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger also look ahead to some other key contests:

No. 1 St. Cloud faces No. 14 Union, while Brown takes on host Robert Morris in the Three Rivers Classic;

The Ice Vegas Invitational features No. 17 Western Michigan vs. Connecticut and St. Lawrence vs. Air Force;

Boston College looks to snap its long non-conference winless streak in a pair at No. 15 Arizona State;

Plus match ups in ECAC Hockey, the Big Ten, and the WCHA.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Jan 03, 2019
Ep. 11: WJC preview with ESPN's Chris Peters, holiday tournament preview
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The eyes of hockey fans have turned to the World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. We get a preview of that tournament that is raising awareness of NCAA hockey, not just in the U.S., but around the world, from ESPN NHL draft and prospects analyst Chris Peters.

In college hockey, a number of holiday tournaments are on tap. Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger preview those, including the Desert Hockey Classic, with Arizona State coach Greg Powers joining the podcast.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Dec 26, 2018
Ep. 10: Penn State vs. Princeton preview with Nittany Lions coach Guy Gadowsky
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USCHO.com's Game of the Week has No. 9 Penn State taking on Princeton at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, December 15. Nittany Lions head coach Guy Gadowsky previews the matchup.

Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger also look at some other games on the light weekend schedule:

No. 3 Minnesota State at No. 12 Bowling Green for a pair of WCHA games;

Colorado College at No. 15 Arizona State for a weekend series;

And the first of a three-game series with a 20-day gap in between, Niagara at Rochester Institute of Technology.

This episode is sponsored by the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four, April 11 and 13 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Visit ncaa.com/frozenfour for more information.
Dec 13, 2018
Ep. 9: Quinnipiac vs. UMass preview with Bobcats coach Rand Pecknold
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USCHO.com's Game of the Week has No. 1 UMass visiting No. 8 Quinnipiac, with a return match at UMass on Saturday. Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold joins us for a preview.

Ed Trefzger and guest co-host Dan Rubin also preview some other key games, including:

No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 9 Penn State for a weekend series in the Big Ten;

A great rivalry series as No. 16 Clarkson is home and home with St. Lawrence;

A big weekend for Merrimack with No. 10 Providence and No. 13 Northeastern visiting;

A couple of key weekend series in the NCHC with No. 6 Denver at No. 14 North Dakota, and Omaha at No. 2 St. Cloud State;

Plus a non-conference series as No. 19 Arizona State visits Princeton.
Dec 06, 2018
Ep. 8: Michigan/Michigan State series with Wolverines coach Mel Pearson
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This week's USCHO Game of the Week is a rivalry series as Michigan and Michigan State play Friday at Munn and Saturday at Yost. Michigan coach Mel Pearson joins hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger to preview the series and take stock on the Big Ten.

Also previewed in our lightning round:

In the Big Ten, (5) Ohio State is at Minnesota and (6) Penn State is at Wisconsin for weekend series;

ECAC Hockey features a home-and-home between (9) Quinnipiac and (19) Princeton;

The NCHC includes (15) North Dakota at (2) Minnesota Duluth and (1) St. Cloud State at Miami, each for a pair;

And the WCHA is highlighted by (4) Minnesota State at (20) Lake Superior.

Plus, quick looks at BC/BU, Bemidji at Michigan Tech, and Air Force at RIT.
Nov 29, 2018
Ep. 7: Preview of Harvard/Cornell at MSG with Crimson coach Ted Donato
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This week's USCHO Game of the Week pits Harvard against Cornell at Madison Square Garden. Crimson coach Ted Donato looks ahead to the match up.

Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger also preview other key games, including:

No. 6 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State in a weekend Big Ten series;

A pair of non-conference games as No. 9 Providence visits No. 7 Denver;

No. 18 Princeton at No. 4 UMass;

St. Lawrence vs. Clarkson in a non-conference game at Lake Placid;

And the on- and off-ice significance of the Friendship Four in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Nov 22, 2018
Ep. 6: Minnesota Duluth at Denver preview with Bulldogs beat writer Matt Wellens
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No. 1 Minnesota Duluth travels to No. 7 Denver for a pair of NCHC contests. While the Bulldogs are defending national champs, they lost the 2017 title to the Pioneers and lost five games last season to DU. Duluth News Tribune's Matt Wellens joins hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger for a preview of this weekend's games. Jim and Ed also highlight other games of note.
Nov 15, 2018
Ep. 5: Providence coach Nate Leaman previews series with UMass
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Providence coach Nate Leaman joins the podcast to preview a Thursday-Saturday home-and-home Hockey East series as his No. 4 Friars take on No. 9 UMass. Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger also preview other games involving teams in the USCHO.com Men's Division I poll.

In the Big Ten, (6) Notre Dame at (14) Michigan, and (16) Minnesota at (20) Wisconsin;

In ECAC Hockey, (12) Union visits (18) Princeton and (13) Quinnipiac;

NCHC contests including (5) Denver at (2) St. Cloud and (11) North Dakota at (19) Miami;

Jim and Ed also look at some non-conference games of note.
Nov 08, 2018
Ep. 4: Ohio State's Steve Rohlik previews series at Notre Dame
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No. 7 Ohio State travels to No. 3 Notre Dame for a two-game series as USCHO.com's Game of the Week. Buckeyes coach Steve Rohlik joins hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger for a preview of the weekend and a look at where his team stands early in the 2018-19 season.

Also getting quick previews:

(4) Minnesota State in a home-and-home with (10) Minnesota;

(16) Wisconsin at (14) North Dakota for a pair of non-conference games that renew an old WCHA rivalry;

(2) St. Cloud State for two games at unranked, but getting votes, Colorado College;

(13) Northeastern in a Thursday-Saturday home-and-home with a Boston University squad looking for its first win;

D-I's two newest teams: Arizona State at 6-2-0 visiting (6) Penn State for a pair;

And Air Force at Army for the first two of four meetings between these service academy rivals.
Nov 01, 2018
Ep. 3: North Dakota's Brad Berry previews USHHOF game in Las Vegas vs. Minnesota
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North Dakota's Brad Berry talks with hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger about Saturday's USHHOF game in Las Vegas vs. Minnesota, as well as the Fighting Hawks' early season.

Jim and Ed also tackle some of the key games of the weekend, including (3) Minnesota Duluth's weekend series at (1) Notre Dame, (2) St. Cloud's trip to the east coast to take on Boston College and (18) Northeastern, (13) Princeton's season opener at (10) Penn State, and the home-and-home in-state match up between (15) Bowling Green and (4) Ohio State.
Oct 25, 2018
Ep. 2: Northeastern's Jim Madigan previews Huskies' series against Union
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This week's USCHO.com Game of the Week is a series at Northeastern vs. Union. Huskies coach Jim Madigan joins Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger to preview the games. Jim and Ed also take a look at other top match ups, including (15) Wisconsin at Clarkson, UMass at (1) Ohio State, (7) Minnesota State at (16) North Dakota, and a home-and-home series between (11) Michigan and (19) Western Michigan.
Oct 18, 2018
Ep. 1: Mercyhurst's Rick Gotkin previews 2018 Ice Breaker tournament
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Erie, Pa., is the host city for the 2018 Ice Breaker Tournament. Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin joins hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger to talk about preparation for the tournament, which also includes Miami, Notre Dame, and Providence. Jim and Ed also preview several match ups among teams in the USCHO.com men's poll top 20.
Oct 11, 2018
Ep. 0: Game of the Week Preview
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Coming soon: The USCHO Game of the Week podcast will feature conversations with one or more coaches or players in advance of USCHO’s featured Game of the Week. And we’ll have a rundown of upcoming games among Top 20 teams and other key match ups.
Sep 29, 2018