College Hockey Notebook
College Hockey Inc. will be regularly updating this notebook.

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Cole Caufield has 38 goals in 60 career games at Wisconsin.

With NCAA Division I men’s hockey games regularly played throughout the week this season, College Hockey Inc. will be regularly updating this notebook rather than posting notes on a weekly basis.

Daily Scoreboard | Weekly Schedule | TV Schedule | Stat Leaders


February 26, 2021

Powerful Badgers – Wisconsin (10-3-1 in 2021) is one of the nation’s hottest teams and a potent power play is a big reason why. The Badgers are converting on 30.6% of their power-play opportunities, fueled by three of the nation’s top five scorers. National goal and points leader Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis./U.S. NTDP/MTL) leads the way, one of six Badgers with seven or more goals – a group that includes his brother, Brock (Mosinee, Wis./Green Bay-USHL).

Best Power Plays, Last 10 Years
32.0% – Michigan, 2015-16
31.6% – Ohio State, 2016-17
31.2% – Harvard, 2019-20
30.6% – Wisconsin, 2020-21
29.5% – St. Cloud State, 2015-16

Most Goals, Two Brothers, 2020-21
26 – Cole and Brock Caufield (Wisconsin)
15 – Easton (St. Cloud State) and Bryce (Minnesota) Brodzinski
14 – Alex and Matt Steeves (Notre Dame)
13 – Owen and Lukas Sillinger (Bemidji State)
13 – Jackson and Noah Cates (Minnesota Duluth)


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Wisconsin State Journal: How Pelton-Byce developed into a constant threat for Badgers
The Rink Live: McLaughlin is the Gophers' smiling sniper
BC Interruption: A man of many talents: Marshall Warren
Seacoast Online: Krog: UNH years were best of hockey journey

Tonight’s schedule includes 15 games across all six conferences, including the first meeting of the year between Buffalo rivals Canisius and Niagara … Minnesota State is the first school to claim four straight WCHA regular-season titles … The Hockey Humanitarian Award has named its three finalists for the 2021 honor … USA Hockey will host the BioSteel All-American Game the night before the Frozen Four in Plymouth, Mich.


February 25, 2021

CC, Cruikshank seek gold – Colorado College and Denver resume their battle for the Gold Pan trophy tonight and Saturday in one of the sport’s longest-running rivalries. Leading the Tigers is co-captain Grant Cruikshank (Delafield, Wis./Penticton-BCHL), whose brings a family connection to the pursuit of gold. Cruikshank is the son of Olympic speedskaters Bonnie Blair and David Cruikshank, who he credits as the biggest influences on his athletic career. Cruikshank has been a key to CC’s success, leading the team with eight goals in 14 games. He missed six games in January due to appendicitis – all Tiger losses.


Must Read/See/Hear Material

The Athletic: NHLers show it’s never too late to pursue college degree
Tribune-Review: RMU goalie’s work with veterans groups earns nomination
Hockey Sense with Chris Peters: What should the NHL do about the 2021 Draft?
The Rink Live Podcast: NCAA committee chair Mike Kemp
Crimson Conversations: Henry Thrun & John Farinacci

Find all of the conference tournament formats here … No. 3 Minnesota State puts its six-game winning streak up against No. 19 Bemidji State tonight … Bowling Green’s 5-0 win against Alabama Huntsville last night was its second shutout in three games … NCAA alumni have made their NHL debuts each of the last three nights (Trevor Zegras, Jacob Bryson, Ross Colton), with Colton also scoring his first career goal … The Pittsburgh Penguins claimed Mark Friedman (Bowling Green) off waivers, giving them 15 NCAA schools represented in their lineup this season … With Vermont alum Dominique Ducharme taking over as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, there are now nine NCAA alumni leading NHL benches.


February 23, 2021

LSSU on a roll – Lake Superior State has won five in a row entering today’s afternoon Upper Peninsula battle at Michigan Tech. Junior Pete Veillette (Drummondville, Que./Ottawa-CCHL) leads the team in scoring in the win streak, but it’s been a balanced attack that has fueled the success – 11 Lakers have a goal in the run. With a win today the 18th-ranked Lakers would match Minnesota State for the nation’s longest active winning streak.

Longest Active Unbeaten Streak
9 – Army West Point (8-0-1)
6 – Minnesota State (6-0-0)
5 – American International (5-0-0)
5 – Lake Superior State (5-0-0)
5 – Quinnipiac (4-0-1)


Must Read/See/Hear Material

NHL.com: Collegiate diversity initiative already paying dividends
The UConn Blog: In Auriemma, hockey has a big fan and advocate
College Hockey Inc.: State-by-State MVPs

Nine teams posted sweeps over the weekend, while four more won their lone games … Quinnipiac’s Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minn./Sioux City-USHL) had four assists Monday night to pull within two points of the national scoring lead … Wisconsin players occupy three of the top five spots among national scoring leaders; the Badger offense is tied for fourth nationally with 3.83 goals per game.


February 19, 2021

UND’s super sophomore – North Dakota enters a weekend series with Omaha with a chance to claim the NCHC regular-season title. Leading the way is sophomore Shane Pinto (Franklin Square, N.Y./Tri-City-USHL/OTT), who has scored a goal in six straight games and stands second nationally in goals (14; fourth in points with 26). Pinto is a standout among a remarkable sophomore class across college hockey, one that features 17 first- and second-round NHL draft picks. Pinto, who was the NCHC Rookie of the Year last season, is closing in on his goal and point totals from that campaign (16-12—26).

1st- and 2nd-Round Picks in Sophomore Class
Johnny Beecher, Michigan (1st, BOS)
Matt Boldy, Boston College (1st, MIN)
Bobby Brink, Denver (2nd, PHI)
Cole Caufield, Wisconsin (1st, MTL)
Vladislav Firstov, Connecticut (2nd, MIN)
Drew Helleson, Boston College (2nd, COL)
Dylan Holloway, Wisconsin (1st, EDM)
Ryan Johnson, Minnesota (1st, BUF)
Spencer Knight, Boston College (1st, FLA)
Yan Kuznetsov, Connecticut (2nd, CGY)
Jackson LaCombe, Minnesota (2nd, ANA)
Robert Mastrosimone, Boston University (2nd, DET)
Alex Newhook, Boston College (1st, COL)
Shane Pinto, North Dakota (2nd, OTT)
Jayden Struble, Northeastern (2nd, MTL)
Alex Vlasic, Boston University (2nd, CHI)
Cam York, Michigan (1st, PHI)


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Boston Globe: Northeastern reunion for Fontaine siblings
The Rink Live: McManus is the Gophers’ 4-wheeled wonder
The Rink Live: Things have come full circle for Chyzyk, Gaber
The Rink Live: Q&A: Nick Swaney
NHL Network: CCHA Commissioner Don Lucia
Spartans All-Access: Drew DeRidder
College Hockey Today: Individual awards favorites

There are 13 games on today’s schedule, including action in five of six conferences … Two Northern Michigan players – André Ghantous (Glendale, Calif./Penticton-BCHL) and Joseph Nardi (Edmonton, Alta./Whitecourt-AJHL) – rank 1-2 in the nation in points in February (13 and 11).


February 16, 2021

Martan, Canisius rolling – Canisius has played an NCAA-low eight games, but it’s .750 win percentage ranks seventh nationally. Junior Mitchell Martan (Whitby, Ont./Wellington-OJHL) has points in seven straight games after being held off the board in the Golden Griffins’ opener. He has landed 3.5 shots on goal per game – third among all Atlantic Hockey players – entering tonight’s home game against Mercyhurst. A win tonight would give Canisius, which finished ninth in the league last year, the conference’s second-best winning percentage in 2020-21.


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Wisconsin State Journal: The remarkable story of how brain surgery saved Tony Granato’s life
The Gazette: Expectations great for CC newcomer Gleason
On the Pond Podcast: ASU’s Johnny Walker
ESPN.com: The NHL’s best and worst this week

Holy Cross will host Boston College, Northeastern and Quinnipiac for the 2021 Ice Breaker TournamentToday’s schedule features two Atlantic Hockey games and two WCHA games … Northeastern’s Aidan McDonough (Milton, Mass./Cedar Rapids-USHL/VAN) scored five goals this weekend on seven shots … Minnesota’s Jack LaFontaine (Mississauga, Ont./Penticton-BCHL/CAR) posted his fourth and fifth shutouts of the year, improving his season save percentage to .943.

Best Save Percentage
.959 – Dryden McKay, Minnesota State
.945 – Cameron Rowe, Wisconsin
.944 – Blake Pietila, Michigan Tech
.943 – Jack LaFontaine, Minnesota (CAR)
.942 – Jacob Barczewski, Canisius


February 12, 2021

Goaltending royalty leading Irish – Notre Dame has won three straight and is coming off its most impressive weekend of the season as No. 5 Minnesota comes to town. Senior Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich./U.S. NTDP) has staked his claim to the Fighting Irish goal, making seven straight starts with a .930 save percentage in that time. St. Cyr comes from goaltending royalty; his mother, Manon Rheaume, won Olympic gold with Canada in 1998 and was the first woman to appear in an NHL preseason game in 1992. Notre Dame sits one game over .500, making these critical contests entering the last four weekends of the regular season. | Tonight’s game is on NBCSN


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Star Tribune: College hockey takes step toward more diversity, equity and inclusion
Boston Globe: College hockey creates new initiative to foster conversation
Bemidji Pioneer: Kampa working to make hockey more inclusive
NESN College Hockey Podcast: BC’s Marshall Warren
N.E. Hockey Journal: First win is sweet for BU’s Duplessis
The State Press: Koumontzis fights COVID-19, injuries in height of career
Portsmouth Herald: Crookshank’s four-goal game no surprise to coach
Union Leader: NCAA selection committee may make a comeback

The 16 games currently scheduled for tonight mark the busiest day of the Division I men’s season thus far … Hockey East announced its tournament and seeding plans for 2021 on Wednesday … The three longest active unbeaten streaks in Division I are all on the line tonight … Vermont hosts Boston University in the Catamounts’ first game since Jan. 9.

Longest Current Unbeaten Streak
6 – Minnesota Duluth (6-0-0)
6 – Army West Point (5-0-1)
6 – Bemidji State (5-0-1)
5 – American International (5-0-0)


February 11, 2021

Making a name – A goalie named after Ken Dryden continues his record-setting efforts for Minnesota State tonight at Alabama Huntsville. Junior Dryden McKay (Downers Grove, Ill./Madison-USHL) – who has recorded shutouts in seven of 12 starts this season – is authoring the best statistical season in NCAA history and has the Mavericks ranked third nationally in the polls this week. McKay’s goaltending roots run deeper than just his first name; his father, Ross, was a standout goaltender himself who reached the NHL with the Hartford Whalers.

NCAA Record, Career Shutouts
26 – Ryan Miller, Michigan State (1999-02)
21 – Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (2017-present)
21 – Michael Bitzer, Bemidji State (2015-18)
20 – Joe Fallon, Vermont (2005-08)
19 – Matthew Galajda, Cornell (2017-present)
19 – Michael Garteig, Quinnipiac (2013-16)
19 – Ben Scrivens, Cornell (2007-10)

NCAA Record, Single-Season Save Percentage
.959 – Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (2020-21)
.956 – Jimmy Howard, Maine (2003-04)
.952 – Connor Hellebuyck, UMass Lowell (2012-13)
.950 – Ryan Miller, Michigan State (2000-01)

NCAA Record, Single-Season Goals-Against Average
0.84 – Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (2020-21)
1.19 – Jimmy Howard, Maine (2003-04)
1.20 – David LeNeveu, Cornell (2002-03)
1.24 – David McKee, Cornell (2004-05)
1.31 – Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (2019-20)


Must Read/See/Hear Material

The Gazette: After appendicitis, Cruickshank taking advantage of COVID-19 pause
Providence Journal: After junior gold, Leaman aiming for another NCAA berth
N.E. Hockey Journal: Orpik chats Cup memories, refining your game and constant learning

Wednesday night, College Hockey for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion was introduced in a virtual news conference … Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis./U.S. NTDP/MTL) has 17 goals in his first 20 games, the eighth year in a row a Division I men’s player has accomplished that feat … Massachusetts and Minnesota State are the only teams in the top 10 in both power play and penalty kill.


February 9, 2021

Ranked Huskies – UConn will play the program’s first game as a nationally ranked team Tuesday night at UMass Lowell, one of four games on the schedule today. The Huskies are 7-2-1 since Christmas, including wins in each of their last three games. Junior Jonny Evans (North Delta, B.C./Powell River-BCHL) has been an offensive force for UConn, ranking tied for second nationally with 12 goals – 10 of them since Christmas. Evans’s four-goal game on Jan. 30 was his third career hat trick and the first four-goal game in UConn’s Division I history (since 1998). | Tuesday’s game is on NESN

Best Record Since Christmas
.889 – Minnesota State (8-1-0)
.833 – Michigan (5-1-0)
.800 – Wisconsin (8-2-0)
.778 – Bemidji State (6-1-2)
.778 – Michigan Tech (7-2-0)
.750 – UConn (7-2-1)
.750 – Robert Morris (9-3-0)
.750 – Boston University (6-2-0)
.750 – North Dakota (6-2-0)


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Times Herald-Record: Army’s Bilek among nation’s top scorers
Seamore Sports: Brian Riley living his dream at West Point
The Rink Live: Picking the field of 16
The Athletic: 2021 NHL Draft top 31 prospects

The NCHC announced its postseason tournament plans, with a single-elimination tournament set for Grand Forks, N.D. … Army West Point extended its unbeaten streak to five games last night (4-0-1); only Minnesota Duluth (6-0-0) and Bemidji State (5-0-1) have longer active streaks … The nation’s top 10 scorers include seven Americans, two Canadians and a Swede … A Wednesday news conference will introduce a new initiative, College Hockey for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


February 8, 2021

Bilek emerges for Army – Army West Point opens a home-and-home at Sacred Heart tonight boasting a 5-1-1 record in its last seven games. The Black Knights have found a potent offensive weapon in junior Colin Bilek (Brighton, Mich./Northeast-NAHL), whose 10 goals rank tied for ninth nationally and have all come in the last nine games. An assistant captain, Bilek had seven goals in each of his first two seasons at West Point.


Must Read/See/Hear Material

The Hockey News: Can the Frozen Four become March Madness?
Daily Collegian: How PSU’s Wall has exploded as a sophomore
Boston Herald: Donato makes way through season without hockey
NHL.com: Power making his case to be top pick in 2021
The Hockey Think Tank: Todd Woodcroft
Glass & Out Podcast: Nate Leaman

Former Denver coach and six-time Stanley Cup champion Ralph Backstrom passed away Sunday … The top two teams in the national polls (Boston College and Minnesota) went a combined 1-3-0 over the weekend; No. 3 North Dakota was idle … NCAA save percentage leader Dryden McKay (Downers Grove, Ill./Madison-USHL) of Minnesota State improved his season number to .959 over the weekend; he has seven shutouts in 12 starts.


February 5, 2021

Summit meetings – This season unlike any other has lined up a tremendous weekend of matchups to open February. Among them are these three:

In Mankato, Minn., the top two teams in the WCHA face off as No. 6 Minnesota State hosts No. 8 Bowling Green. Two of only four teams in the nation to compile more than 100 wins in the last five seasons, the Mavericks and Falcons make for a clash in styles. Minnesota State has the nation’s best defense and a goaltender – Dryden McKay (Downers Grove, Ill./Madison-USHL) – who has shutouts in six of his 10 starts this season. Bowling Green counters with an offense averaging four goals per game and featuring three of the nation’s top six active career scorers.

Most Wins, Last Five Seasons
123 – Minnesota State
114 – Minnesota Duluth
107 – Denver
106 – Bowling Green
99 – Clarkson

The top two teams in the Big Ten meet in Minneapolis, coinciding with the nation’s No. 1 women’s team, Wisconsin, visiting No. 2 Minnesota. On the men’s side, two of the top three goal scorers in the nation will take the ice in this Border Battle, with No. 11 Wisconsin boasting the leader in Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis./U.S. NTDP/MTL). No. 2 Minnesota’s Sampo Ranta (Naantali, Finland/Sioux City-USHL/COL) is just two goals behind Caufield, and has goals in his last three games. | Both games are on FOX Sports North+ and RDS; Friday’s is also on TSN3

Most Goals
14 – Cole Caufield, Wisconsin (MTL)
12 – Matthew Kopperud, Arizona State
12 – Sampo Ranta, Minnesota (COL)
11 – Jonny Evans, Connecticut
11 – Shane Pinto, North Dakota (OTT)
11 – Ty Smilanic, Quinnipiac (FLA)

The Battle of Comm. Ave. in Boston features two of the top four teams nationally in winning percentage, and both enter with unbeaten streaks of at least five games. It’s just the seventh game of the season for No. 15 Boston University, which has faced pauses due to the pandemic; the Terriers are now more than halfway to the 13 games they would need to be NCAA Tournament-eligible. Friday marks game No. 14 for No. 1 Boston College, which hasn’t lost with sophomore goaltender Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn./U.S. NTDP/FLA) in net (9-0-1). | Friday’s game is on NESN+

Best Winning Percentage
.833 – Boston University
.833 – Minnesota
.812 – American International
.808 – Boston College
.800 – Bowling Green


Must Read/See/Hear Material

The Blade: Can BG win the national championship? Sure, why not?
Wisconsin State Journal: Goals still Caufield’s specialty, but game has become more complete
The Rink Live: Badgers are more than a 1-man team
NHL.com: McDonagh completing degree during breaks in schedule
Omaha World-Herald: Tychonick proves to be solid addition to UNO defense
Huskies Hockey Insider Podcast: Zach Okabe
College Hockey Today: The Year’s Best Weekend Ahead

The Hockey Commissioners’ Association named its honorees for January, led by BU’s David Farrance (Victor, N.Y./U.S. NTDP/NSH) … The top three scoring defensemen in the NHL this season all played NCAA hockey (Quinn Hughes, Jeff Petry, Cale Makar) … Minnesota has won a game on each day of the week this season … Tonight features fourth- vs. fifth-place games in Atlantic Hockey (Mercyhurst at RIT), Hockey East (Connecticut at Northeastern) and the NCHC (Omaha at Denver) … Seven of the top 10 scorers in the nation are seniors.


February 4, 2021

Albertans spark Colgate – Colgate has won two out of three entering a home-and-home with Clarkson and the Raiders have received a big lift from two freshmen out of Alberta. Alex Young (Calgary, Alta./Canmore-AJHL/SJS) leads the team in scoring with 12 points, including 5 in the last 3 games. He has also produced 5 points in 4 previous meetings with Clarkson. Classmate Carter Gylander (Beaumont, Alta./Sherwood Park-AJHL/DET) has earned all four Colgate victories in net and started six of the last seven games. Gylander’s .906 save percentage ranks seventh among rookie netminders nationwide.

2020-21 Division I Players by Canadian Province (top six)
163 – Ontario
84 – Alberta
81 – British Columbia
32 – Quebec
20 – Saskatchewan
19 – Manitoba


Must Read/See/Hear Material

The Rink Live: LaCombe’s game and confidence are growing for Gophers
The Rink Live: Loss provided new look at UND’s Sanderson
The Rink Live: McKay has walked a winding path to become a top goalie
The Rink Live: SCSU’s flashy Finns getting results
Connecticut Post: The growth of UConn program continues, and it is real
Seamore Sports: UAH Hockey: cautiously optimistic
Seamore Sports: AIC is grooving

College Hockey Inc. is accepting applications for the College Hockey Inc. Scholarship, presented by JLG Architects and in honor of Lonnie Laffen … Tonight’s schedule includes three games and an exhibition … The exhibition, USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program at Arizona State, opens the Sun Devils’ only home series of the season … Robert Morris hosts Long Island for a two-game series and needs one win to match last season’s win total (13) … Tuesday 35 goaltenders were named to the Richter Award watch list … Four players are tied for the national lead in scoring by a defenseman, with two teammates one point behind.

Most Points, Defensemen
17 – Will Cullen, Bowling Green
17 – Matt Kiersted, North Dakota
17 – Zach Metsa, Quinnipiac
17 – Nick Perbix, St. Cloud State (TBL)
16 – Zac Jones, Massachusetts (NYR)
16 – Matthew Kessel, Massachusetts (STL)
15 – Nick Jenny, Robert Morris


February 2, 2021

BC’s “C” – While the first Monday of February 2021 was missing the Beanpot, the first Tuesday features a terrific Boston matchup among three games on the schedule. Junior captain Marc McLaughlin (N. Billerica, Mass./Cedar Rapids-USHL) leads No. 1 Boston College into its visit with No. 14 Northeastern. McLaughlin’s 12 points through 12 games match his career high, set last season in 34 contests. He has a team-leading seven goals, including three game-winners in the month of January alone (4-3—7 in 6 January GP). McLaughlin, who previously wore the “C” for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and at Cushing Academy, leads all NCAA players in shorthanded goals (3) and shares the lead in game-winning goals (4). | Today’s game is on NESN+


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Post-Gazette: Undersized and unheralded, O’Connor bet on himself
The Athletic: What will players and coaches do with no Beanpot?
The Rink Live: Challenges, opportunities abound for St. Thomas
Pucks in Deep: UMD’s Nick Swaney
The Hockey Masterclass: Tony and Cammi Granato

Alumni combined for 12 goals in the five NHL games last night … Air Force beat Bentley Monday, giving all 51 Division I teams at least one win this season … Two of the nation’s top three goal scorers – Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis./U.S. NTDP/MTL) and Sampo Ranta (Naantali, Finland/Sioux City-USHL/COL) – will face off when Wisconsin visits Minnesota this weekend.


January 29, 2021

Like father, like son for UNO – In one of three games tonight between two top-20 teams, No. 2 North Dakota returns to the scene of the NCHC “pod” to face No. 9 Omaha, perhaps the biggest surprise in the conference. The Mavericks, picked sixth in the NCHC preseason poll, are led offensively by a pair of NHL legacies in their junior class. Chayse Primeau (Margate City, N.J./Dubuque-USHL), son of Keith, leads the team with 13 points, while Taylor Ward (Kelowna, B.C./Penticton-BCHL), son of Dixon, leads the team with 7 goals. Taylor faces his father’s alma mater in this weekend’s matchup with the Fighting Hawks. | Tonight’s game is on CBSSN


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Omaha World-Herald: UNO is thriving behind Gabinet, a coach with ice in his veins
RIT SportsZone: Logan Drackett
The Rink Live: Gauer a rare midseason addition for BSU
Brown Bears Podcast: Garnet Hathaway
College Hockey Today: How to pick a tourney field
Boston Globe: Two coaching legends share a moment in Storrs, Conn.

RIT’s Will Calverley (Scarborough, Ont./Chilliwack-BCHL) recorded his second hat trick of the season in last night’s win, the first player in the nation with multiple hat tricks … Penn State senior Alex Limoges (Winchester, Va./Waterloo-USHL) scored his second overtime goal in 14 days last night, his 50th career tally … Three games tonight are on national/regional sports networks; NESN and TSN2 also have the Merrimack at Northeastern women’s game this afternoon (3:30 p.m. ET) … Boston University alum Jake Oettinger – who took online classes to complete his degree in 2020 – posted his first NHL win in his first career start last night … So far this NHL season, 224 NCAA alumni have appeared in at least one game.


January 28, 2021

Familiar affair at Notre Dame – Notre Dame boasts a dangerous first line that features two familiar names to Fighting Irish and college hockey fans: Graham (South Bend, Ind./Cedar Rapids-USHL) and Landon Slaggert (South Bend, Ind./U.S. NTDP/CHI). The Slaggert brothers have been skating with the team’s top scorer, Alex Steeves (Bedford, N.H./Dubuque-USHL), and grew up around the program thanks to their father, associate head coach Andy Slaggert. A 1989 Notre Dame graduate, Andy is in his 28th season as an Irish coach, having served as an assistant to Ric Schafer, Dave Poulin, and now Jeff Jackson. The Irish begin a two-game series at Penn State tonight.


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Flo Hockey: Minnesota State’s Dryden McKay & his namesake Ken Dryden
The Mercury News: Three ex-college teammates share special night
Huntington News: Married to the game
The Gateway: A family affair this weekend for Ward
Anchorage Daily News: Seawolf hockey gets a boost from Seattle Kraken
DartmouthSports.com: Coaching during Covid

The Big Ten announced that Notre Dame will host all three rounds of its conference tournament, March 18-20 … The BCHL released a fascinating interactive NCAA map featuring BCHL commitments and alumni at each NCAA school … Mercyhurst visits RIT this evening, RIT’s first game since Jan. 3.


January 26, 2021

SHU C’s the ice – Sacred Heart, coming off a breakthrough season in 2019-20, plays its first game in 20 days this evening at American International. The Pioneers are led by senior captain Marc Johnstone (Cranford, N.J./Chicago-USHL), who is no stranger to wearing the “C” on his chest. In his second year as Sacred Heart’s captain, Johnstone also captained the Chicago Steel in the USHL, where he led the team to the 2017 Clark Cup. He tops all current Pioneers in career goals, assists, points and games played (113 GP, 28-53—81).


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Lansing State Journal: Combs took unlikely path to become MSU’s top scorer
On the Pond: North Dakota’s Jordan Kawaguchi

Bentley hosts Holy Cross today in the Falcons’ first game since Dec. 19 … Tomorrow marks just the fifth day in January without a Division I men’s game … Yesterday the Arizona Coyotes named Dartmouth alum Lee Stempniak the team’s new Hockey Data Strategist … Last night’s lone NHL game featured goals from two Michigan alums – Quinn Hughes and Tyler Motte.


January 25, 2021

Husky D – Michigan Tech returned 83% of its goals from last year – third-most in the nation – but that’s not what has powered the Huskies’ 7-3-1 start. Instead it has been defense and goaltending, as seen in Saturday’s 2-0 shutout of Northern Michigan; the two teams conclude a home-and-home set this evening in Marquette. MTU goaltenders Blake Pietila (Howell, Mich./Cedar Rapids-USHL) and Mark Sinclair (Dundas, Ont./Chilliwack-BCHL) each boast two shutouts, and the defensemen have contributed offensively as well – two of the team’s top three scorers and three of the top seven are blueliners, led by junior Eric Gotz (Hermantown, Minn./Minnesota Wilderness-NAHL), who had the opening goal Saturday night.

Fewest Goals Against per Game
1.00 – Minnesota State
1.62 – Minnesota
1.64 – Michigan Tech
1.83 – Bowling Green
1.94 – North Dakota

Longest Active Unbeaten Streaks
9 – Minnesota State (8-0-1)
6 – Michigan Tech (6-0-0)
5 – Boston University (5-0-0)
5 – Boston College (4-0-1)
4 – Mercyhurst (4-0-0)
4 – Michigan (4-0-0)
4 – Clarkson (2-0-2)


Must Read/See/Hear Material

College Hockey Inc.: Central Scouting Rates 106 | Sortable list
NUHuskies.com: Devon Levi press conference

The AHCA announced its 2021 award winners … All five teams from the state of Minnesota posted sweeps this weekend (combined 10-0-0) … Boston College head coach Jerry York became the first NCAA coach to reach 1,100 career wins Saturday night … St. Cloud State junior Nolan Walker (Anchorage, Alaska/Sioux Falls-USHL) posted the season’s first four-goal game Saturday vs. Miami … Omaha’s win Sunday snapped a 19-game winless streak against Denver … Jack Roslovic, who wore No. 96 at Miami, will wear the same as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.


January 22, 2021

Freshman showdown – As Clarkson and Quinnipiac drop the puck on their second three-game series in three weeks, two of the nation’s most dynamic freshmen will be on display. Clarkson’s Alex Campbell (Chateauguay, Que./Omaha-USHL/NSH) ranks fifth among rookies nationally with 15 points, while Quinnipiac’s Ty Smilanic (Denver, Colo./U.S. NTDP/FLA) is second with 10 goals. Their presence injects even more talent into a matchup of arguably ECAC Hockey’s top teams. Campbell and/or Smilanic had points in each game of the earlier three-game series, which produced three one-goal affairs (two that went to overtime). | Tonight’s game is on ESPN+

Most Points, Freshmen
18 – Kent Johnson, Michigan
18 – Matthew Kopperud, Arizona State
16 – Thomas Bordeleau, Michigan (SJS)
16 – Randy Hernandez, Robert Morris
15 – Alex Campbell, Clarkson (NSH)
14 – Veeti Miettinen, St. Cloud State (TOR)
13 – Matty Beniers, Michigan
13 – Carter Savoie, Denver (EDM)
13 – Ty Smilanic, Quinnipiac (FLA)
13 – Travis Treloar, Ohio State

Most Goals, Freshmen
12 – Matthew Kopperud, Arizona State
10 – Ty Smilanic, Quinnipiac (FLA)
8 – Riese Gaber, North Dakota
8 – Carter Savoie, Denver (EDM)
7 – Veeti Miettinen, St. Cloud State (TOR)


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Wisconsin State Journal: Now a regular, Peltonen shows his growth
N.E. Hockey Journal: Resilient Terriers on swift ascent
The Recorder: Leonard proving the process works
6 Degrees with Mike McKenna: Ray Shero
College Hockey Today: Covid Q & (Some) A

The last team to start its season, Boston University, has won three in a row entering this afternoon’s game vs. Maine (3:30 p.m. ET, NESN/TSN2) … Three alumni – Kyle Connor (Michigan), Kevin Hayes (Boston College) and Jeff Petry (Michigan State) – are among the seven players tied for the NHL scoring lead with seven points … Today’s schedule includes an exhibition featuring Division I’s newest program, Long Island, and Liberty University’s AHCA team … Minnesota’s Brannon McManus (Newport Beach, Calif./Chicago-USHL) and Sammy Walker (Edina, Minn./Edina HS/TBL) each had a hat trick last night, the 11th and 12th hat tricks of the season and the first pair in one game. They are the first Gopher teammates to record hat tricks in the same game since three did so on Nov. 1, 2002.


January 21, 2021

Limoges leads PSU – Penn State is 7-2-0 after an 0-5-0 start, a resurgence fueled by leading goal and point scorer Alex Limoges (Winchester, Va./Waterloo-USHL). The senior captain, who produced a 50-point season in 2018-19, has goals in six of the last nine games for the Nittany Lions entering tonight’s meeting with Wisconsin. Like other captains this season, his role has been even more challenging in the face of the pandemic – and Limoges has risen to the task. “What he does off the ice as a leader is even far greater than what he does on the ice,” said head coach Guy Gadowsky, high praise for one of the nation’s leading active scorers. | Onward State: Limoges’ leadership key in unusual season

Most Career Points, Active Players
148 – Odeen Tufto, Quinnipiac
127 – Brandon Kruse, Bowling Green (VGK)
117 – Alex Limoges, Penn State
111 – Max Johnson, Bowling Green
106 – Jordan Kawaguchi, North Dakota


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Today’s six games include conference matchups in Atlantic Hockey, the Big Ten and ECAC Hockey … The New York Rangers have employed a defense comprised of six NCAA alumni in each of their last two games; the last NHL team with an all-NCAA defense was Carolina in 2016-17 … 61 players are averaging at least a point per game, although some have played as few as three games.


January 19, 2021

Miami magic for RMU – Robert Morris carries the nation’s longest active winning streak (six games) into tonight’s game at Mercyhurst, with the No. 17 Colonials enjoying the best start and highest ranking in program history. Freshman Randy Hernandez (Miami, Fla./Brooks-AJHL) has fueled RMU in its current run, with 10 points in the six wins – only Quinnipiac’s Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minn./Sioux City-USHL) has more nationally in that time (12). Hernandez’s 16 points on the season put him more than halfway to the Colonials’ freshman record of 27, set in 2006 by Chris Margott.


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Boston College is No. 1 in the polls for the first time in five years. The Eagles are the third team to hold the No. 1 ranking this season (Minnesota, North Dakota) … Junior Mark Senden (Medina, Minn./Fargo-USHL) assisted on four of North Dakota’s five goals yesterday; he had five points in his first 13 games of the season … On this date in 1898, Brown beat Harvard, 6-0, in the first game between active rivals in U.S. college hockey.


January 18, 2021

Senior moment for DU – While freshmen have starred early in the season for Denver, it was the senior class that combined for seven points in last night’s 4-1 win vs. No. 2 North Dakota – the Pioneers’ second win in three games against the Fighting Hawks this season. The two teams meet again tonight in Denver. Senior Ryan Barrow (Banff, Alta./Langley-BCHL) started the scoring last night and added an assist, and his six points through 13 games put him on pace for a career high in offensive numbers. Barrow is one of seven Pioneer seniors with more than 100 games played in his career, a sign that they have experience along with the talent infusion provided by their freshman class. | Tonight’s game is on CBSSN


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Each of today’s three games involves a top-10 team … Boston University, which snapped Massachusetts’ seven-game winning streak yesterday, hosts the Minutemen this afternoon … Returning Hobey Baker finalist David Farrance (Victor, N.Y./U.S. NTDP/NSH) leads the nation with 2.00 points per game through three games for the Terriers … Five teams have 10 or more wins; Massachusetts and North Dakota both have a chance to join that group today.


January 15, 2021

Mitens fits – Lake Superior State has raced to a 6-1-3 start this season and ventures into conference play beginning tonight with a home series against WCHA favorite Minnesota State. The Lakers have had fantastic goaltending from senior Mareks Mitens (Ventspils, Latvia/Aston-NAHL), whose .941 save percentage ranks eighth nationally. While he shared the net in his first two college seasons, Mitens took over as LSSU’s No. 1 goaltender last year, and as he prepares for his 80th career game tonight he is among the nation’s most experienced netminders.

Most Career Games, Active Goaltenders
98 – Dávid Hrenák, St. Cloud State
94 – Logan Drackett, RIT
84 – Brian Wilson, Niagara
83 – Zach Driscoll, Bemidji State
82 – Matt Murray, Massachusetts
81 – Anton Martinsson, Providence
79 – Mareks Mitens, Lake Superior State
78 – Keith Petruzzelli, Quinnipiac


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The Hockey Masterclass: Northeastern’s Devon Levi
WCAX: From Castleton to Edmonton
The Rink Live: Hirose already looks like a seasoned veteran
The Rink Live: Glover responds to benching for WMU
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The NHL dropped the puck on its 2020-21 season Wednesday with nearly 300 NCAA alumni on opening night rosters. See all NCAA alumni in any NHL game with CHI’s NHL Matchup Tool … Four World Junior Championship participants are expected to be in action as Northeastern visits Boston College (7 p.m. ET, NESN/TSN2); unfortunately Husky goalie Devon Levi (Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Que./Carleton Place-CCHL/FLA) is injured, preventing a gold-medal rematch against Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn./U.S. NTDP/FLA) … Three teams are averaging more than four goals per game, all in Hockey East (UMass Lowell, Boston University, Boston College).


January 11, 2021

Kleven provides spark – Seventeen World Junior Championship gold medalists returned to action for their NCAA teams over the weekend, with North Dakota’s Tyler Kleven (Fargo, N.D./U.S. NTDP/OTT) scoring the first goal in the Fighting Hawks’ 3-0 win at Colorado College Sunday night. It marked a fifth straight win for UND, which closes out the series with CC tonight in a rare Monday night game. Kleven was one of six U.S. teammates to score in their return to NCAA hockey, showing the kind of spark these players often provide as they come back from international competition.

U.S. World Junior Players with Goals this Weekend
Matty Beniers, Michigan
Brett Berard, Providence
Cole Caufield, Wisconsin
Tyler Kleven, North Dakota
Patrick Moynihan, Providence
Landon Slaggert, Notre Dame

Longest Active Winning Streak
7 – Massachusetts
6 – Robert Morris
5 – Michigan Tech
5 – North Dakota


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All 51 teams that expect to play this season now have games under their belt, with Boston University completing the field this weekend … Wisconsin handed No. 1 Minnesota its first loss of the season on Saturday … Arizona State freshman Matthew Kopperud (Denver, Colo./Dubuque-USHL), who has two goals in each of four games against Notre Dame, leads the nation with 12 goals on the season … Thursday through Sunday, 14 of 40 games went to overtime (35%); 23 were decided by one goal (58%).


January 8, 2021

SCSU’s flying Finn – In what may be the season’s most compelling slate of games, Friday’s action features top-20 matchups and rivalries – and in the case of No. 6 St. Cloud State visiting No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, both. St. Cloud State stands first in the NCHC thanks in part to big contributions from freshman Veeti Miettinen (Espoo, Finland/Kiekko-Espoo U20/TOR). The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Miettinen has goals in five straight games, including two goals and an assist in last Sunday’s 3-1 win vs. UMD. He has been skating alongside sophomore countryman Jami Krannila (Nokia, Finland/Sioux Falls-USHL), the latest in a long line of Finns who have had success at SCSU. | Tonight’s game is on CBSSN

Most Points Per Game, Freshmen
1.40 – Alex Campbell, Clarkson (NSH)
1.25 – Alex Jefferies, Merrimack (NYI)
1.25 – Thomas Bordeleau, Michigan (SJS)
1.18 – Veeti Miettinen, St. Cloud State (TOR)
1.17 – Nikita Nesterenko, Boston College (MIN)


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Saturday’s slate features 16 games, the busiest day of the season thus far … Massachusetts defenseman Matthew Kessel (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Sioux Falls-USHL/STL) moved into a tie for the national lead with his seventh and eighth goals Wednesday night; he has seven goals in UMass’s seven-game winning streak … St. Lawrence got its second win in just its third game of the year Thursday night, and is already halfway to last season’s win total of four … On this date in 2010, a crowd of 38,472 packed Fenway Park to see Boston University defeat Boston College, 3-2.


January 7, 2021

Buhl, SLU start strong – St. Lawrence, which won four games all of last year, started this season 1-0-1 against a ranked Quinnipiac team and returns to the ice tonight at Colgate for the first of three games in four days vs. the Raiders. Sophomore Cameron Buhl (South St. Paul, Minn./Minnesota Magicians-NAHL) had points in each game against the Bobcats and is already more than halfway toward last year’s season total of five points. The Minnesotan is in his second year in New York’s North Country, after starring for four years at South St. Paul High School and three more with the NAHL’s Minnesota Magicians. | Tonight’s game is on ESPN+


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UMass goaltender Matt Murray (St. Albert, Alta./Fargo-USHL) tied the national lead with his ninth win of the season Wednesday, a 4-0 shutout of New Hampshire … It was the seventh straight win for the Minutemen … Sophomore Braeden Tuck (Calgary, Alta./Trail-BCHL) scored his third goal of the year to give Sacred Heart an OT win vs. Air Force Wednesday in a game played at Niagara; Tuck had 28 points but only five goals as a freshman … Bowling Green puts its eight-game winning streak up against Bemidji State in the WCHA opener for the Beavers tonight.


January 6, 2021

Master at Canisius – Canisius came back from a COVID-related pause to sweep Mercyhurst last weekend and stands 3-1-0 entering three games the next four days vs. RIT. Sophomore Keaton Mastrodonato (Powell River, B.C./Alberni Valley-BCHL) leads the way with three goals and five points, including 1-1—2 in each game against Mercyhurst. Mastrodonato shared the national lead in shorthanded goals a year ago, when three of his 10 tallies came while the Golden Griffins were down a man. He and the team are enjoying their fast start after struggling out of the gate last year – after a 2-12-0 first half, the Golden Griffins went 8-8-6 the rest of the way.


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USCHO Spotlight: RMU’s Derek Schooley

22 NCAA players captured World Junior gold with the U.S. Tuesday night … Four games are on today’s schedule: three Atlantic Hockey contests and one in Hockey East.


January 5, 2021

Going for gold – College hockey takes a fitting day off Tuesday as attention turns to Edmonton and the gold medal game between Canada and the U.S. at the IIHF World Junior Championship (9:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network/TSN). Twenty-five NCAA players are on the two rosters in what promises to be a historic night regardless of the outcome. Consider:

  • Tonight will likely mark the most NCAA players ever to appear in a gold medal game (previous high was 20 in 2017).
  • The 22 NCAA players on the U.S. would be the most ever to win gold (previous high was 20 NCAA players on the 2017 U.S. team).
  • The three NCAA players on Canada would match the most to win gold for the Canadians since four were on the 2006 team (also three in 2018 and ’07).
  • Northeastern freshman Devon Levi (Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Que./Carleton Place-CCHL/FLA) would be the first NCAA goaltender ever to lead Canada to a gold medal (Norm Foster in 1985 and Colton Point in 2018 won gold in backup roles).


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The gold medal game includes matchups of NCAA teammates: Alex Newhook vs. Matt Boldy/Drew Helleson/Spencer Knight (Boston College), Devon Levi vs. Sam Colangelo (Northeastern) and Dylan Holloway vs. Cole Caufield/Alex Turcotte (Wisconsin) … It’s the first time any of those three schools have had players on both sides of a gold medal game … Providence head coach Nate Leaman, who leads an all-NCAA staff for Team USA, could become the third coach to win both NCAA and World Junior titles (Mike Eaves and Dean Blais) … More than 400 NCAA alumni are on NHL training camp rosters, including 48 who played college hockey last season … The “Michigan” goal by Arizona State’s Johnny Walker (Phoenix, Ariz./Chicago-USHL) was his first goal of the season and 61st of his career, 14 more than the next closest active player … UMass Lowell junior Chase Blackmun (Hudson, Wis./Cedar Rapids-USHL) recorded the season’s sixth hat trick – and first by a defenseman – in Monday’s 9-5 win vs. Maine.


January 4, 2021

Perfect 10? – Today’s four-game college hockey slate includes Minnesota’s bid to start 10-0-0 for the first time since 1939-40 and just the third time in the program’s 100-year history. The Golden Gophers improved to 9-0-0 Sunday with a 4-1 win against Arizona State, despite trailing for the first time all season and surrendering their first power-play goal of the year. Junior Sampo Ranta (Naantali, Finland/Sioux City-USHL/COL) had a pair of goals in the win and now shares the team lead with six tallies this season. Ranta is just the second Finn to suit up for Minnesota, following in the footsteps of NHLer Erik Haula. | Tonight’s game is on FOX Sports North/Arizona

10-0-0 Starts, Last 10 Seasons
Cornell, 2019-20
Quinnipiac, 2015-16
Michigan Tech, 2014-15


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27 NCAA players are competing in the semifinals at the World Junior Championship today in Edmonton (22 for the U.S., three for Canada and two for Russia). At least two and as many as 25 will be in tomorrow’s gold medal game … The top active winning streaks behind Minnesota’s: Bowling Green (8), Massachusetts (6), Michigan Tech (5) … Sunday’s 14 games marked the busiest day of the 2020-21 season thus far … There are no games tomorrow, the only day in the first 10 of January without a game; it ends a stretch of 10 straight days with a game.


December 31, 2020

Hebert guides RMU – College hockey closes out 2020 with a pair of afternoon games, including an Atlantic Hockey contest with Robert Morris visiting Niagara. RMU is 5-3-0, with two off the losses coming in close games vs. No. 7 Bowling Green. A trio of juniors lead the Colonials offensively, with Grant Hebert (St. Andrews West, Ont./Fargo-USHL) atop the list with 10 points through eight games. Hebert – whose brother, Cameron, is a sophomore on the team – has points in five straight games entering this afternoon’s contest.


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The final game of 2020 is the first of the year for St. Lawrence, hosting Quinnipiac at 4 p.m. ET. The Saints will be the 50th Division I men’s team to take the ice this year, and leave Boston University as the only team yet to play a game that is planning to this season … With a win, Quinnipiac would tie North Dakota (19) for the most wins in calendar year 2020. Cornell (13-1-4, .833) will finish with the best winning percentage … Quinnipiac’s Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minn./Sioux City-USHL) enters today’s game with the most points of any player in 2020 (36) … Preliminary round play concludes today in the World Junior Championship, with the U.S. team and its 22 NCAA players facing Sweden (9:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network/TSN) … New Year’s Day will feature five NCAA games, including a tripleheader on NESN and the first game of the year on CBSSN.

Most Wins, Calendar Year 2020
19 – North Dakota
18 – American International
18 – Boston College
18 – Bowling Green
18 – Minnesota State
18 – Quinnipiac (plays St. Lawrence today)


December 28, 2020

Providence marches on – Providence head coach Nate Leaman and two key players are at the World Junior Championship with Team USA, but the Friars have been busy in their absence. Today’s visit to UConn marks Providence’s fourth game since that group departed for camp, with two more vs. Vermont this weekend, and the team is 2-0-1 thus far. The Friars may be uniquely prepared for this situation, particularly behind the bench – associate head coach Ron Rolston has a wealth of experience, including as an NHL head coach. In addition, associate athletic director Rico Blasi is a former Spencer Penrose Award winner as the national coach of the year at Miami.

NCAA Coaches with NHL Head Coaching Experience
Tony Granato, Wisconsin head coach
Andy Murray, Western Michigan head coach
Ron Rolston, Providence associate head coach


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Quinnipiac’s Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minn./Sioux City-USHL) had a six-point weekend to take over the national scoring lead (15 points) and the lead among all scorers in calendar year 2020 (36 points) … American International plays Long Island today, the Yellow Jackets’ third game in as many days.

Most Points, Calendar Year 2020
36 – Odeen Tufto, Quinnipiac
34 – Jordan Kawaguchi, North Dakota
31 – Matt Boldy, Boston College (MIN)
30 – Alex Newhook, Boston College (COL)
29 – Nick Abruzzese, Harvard (TOR)
29 – Jack Drury, Harvard (CAR)
29 – Logan Hutsko, Boston College (FLA)
28 – Cole Caufield, Wisconsin (MTL)


December 23, 2020

Murray mans the net – On a UMass team with two capable netminders, senior Matt Murray (St. Albert, Alta./Fargo-USHL) has laid early claim to the crease in 2020-21. He enters tonight’s game against UConn with a 4-2-0 record, a .921 save percentage, and having made four straight starts. Murray – who shares the name of the NHL goaltender now with the Ottawa Senators – has played at least 20 games in each of his seasons in Amherst and ranks fourth among active goaltenders in career wins. | Today’s game is on NESN

Most Career Wins, Active Goaltenders
60 – Matthew Galajda, Cornell*
57 – Dryden McKay, Minnesota State
53 – Dávid Hrenák, St. Cloud State
46 – Matt Murray, Massachusetts
40 – Logan Drackett, RIT * Not playing in 2020-21


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Thursday there are no Division I men’s hockey games for the first time since Monday, Nov. 30, ending a stretch of 23 straight days.


December 22, 2020

Call on Calverley – RIT enters today’s meeting with Niagara having scored five or more goals in each of its three wins this season, including the Tigers’ last visit to face the Purple Eagles, on Dec. 6. Leading the goal parade has been junior Will Calverley (Scarborough, Ont./Chilliwack-BCHL), who started the season with a hat trick in RIT’s 8-5 win over Clarkson. That led to Calverley’s first of two Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week honors already this season. He heads into tonight’s game one goal off the national lead, which is currently shared by three freshmen.

National Goal Leaders
7 – Riese Gaber, North Dakota
7 – Matthew Kopperud, Arizona State
7 – Carter Savoie, Denver (EDM)
6 – Will Calverley, RIT
6 – Six others


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Omaha, which was picked sixth in the NCHC preseason poll, exits the league’s Pod in second place in the conference, one point off North Dakota’s lead … Holy Cross and Quinnipiac begin a home-and-home series tonight in Hamden, Conn. … Exhibition play begins today at the World Junior Championship; the U.S. team, which features 22 NCAA players, faces Finland at 9:30 p.m. ET (NHL Network/TSN).


December 21, 2020

Hats off to Evans – Uconn, which upset Boston College in its most recent outing, returns to the ice today for a home game against UMass Lowell. Junior Jonny Evans (North Delta, B.C./Powell River-BCHL) had two points against B.C. and leads the Huskies in scoring with four points through four games. Evans have shown flashes of brilliance in his first two years in Storrs, particularly last season when he was one of three players nationally to record two hat tricks. He has points in three of four games so far this year.


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The NCHC Pod closes up shop today after 38 games at Omaha’s Baxter Arena in a 21-day span … 17 players are within three points of the national scoring lead … Six of 15 games on Saturday and Sunday went to overtime.


December 19, 2020

Northeastern scored 14 goals in its first two games, an offensive output bolstered by contributions from defensemen. Junior Jordan Harris (Haverhill, Mass./Kimball Union/MTL) and sophomore Jayden Struble (Cumberland, R.I./St. Sebastian’s), who combined for seven points, are a pair of Montreal Canadiens draft picks on the Husky blueline who hope to be teammates well into the future. Harris led the team with five points and was named Hockey East Player of the Week entering this weekend’s home-and-home with Providence. | Montreal Canadiens: Harris starts off strong | Both games this weekend are on NESN


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Vermont is scheduled to open its season Saturday at UMass, which will leave Boston University and St. Lawrence as the only teams yet to play a game among those planning to compete in 2020-21 … Minnesota Duluth faces North Dakota Saturday and will become the first team to wrap up its time in the NCHC Pod … The Big Ten released the rest of its schedule on Friday … Five games are televised and available nationally Saturday.


December 18, 2020

A rare treat – Among the casualties of the pandemic have been most of college hockey’s marquee non-conference games, with multiple conferences opting to keep all competition between league members. Tonight and tomorrow offer a rare treat, however, as ranked foes Bowling Green and Quinnipiac meet in Hamden, Conn. Both ended last season among the hottest teams in the nation and have picked up where they left off – dating back to last year, Bowling Green is 14-1-2 in its last 17, while Quinnipiac is 17-4-1 in its last 22. Experienced offensive talents fuel both teams’ success, including goal-scoring leaders Max Johnson (Lakeville, Minn./Sioux Falls-USHL) of BGSU and Wyatt Bongiovanni (Birmingham, Mich./Muskegon-USHL) of QU. | Both games are on ESPN+

Best Winning Pct., Calendar Year 2020
.842 – American International
.833 – Minnesota State
.833 – Cornell
.763 – Quinnipiac
.760 – Boston College
.740 – Minnesota
.729 – Minnesota Duluth
.727 – Bemidji State
.712 – North Dakota
.676 – Rensselaer


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North Dakota’s Jordan Kawaguchi (Abbotsford, B.C./Chilliwack-BCHL) leads all scorers in calendar year 2020 with 32 points, including two overtime goals already this season … Upper Peninsula rivals Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech open a home-and-home tonight in Houghton … Miami freshman Ludvig Persson (Hindas, Sweden/Lone Star-NAHL) has posted back-to-back shutouts for the Red Hawks; he’s the only freshman in the nation with a shutout this year … Saturday will feature five TV games available nationally, with start times ranging from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.


December 17, 2020

Preston for the win – Ohio State welcomes Arizona State for a pair to close out the 2020 portion of its schedule, coming off an inspiring come-from-behind victory against Notre Dame. Junior Quinn Preston (Trenton, Mich./Dubuque-USHL) scored two third-period power-play goals to lift the Buckeyes in that game. Preston was tied for fourth among Big Ten players with 15 goals last season, trailing only Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis./U.S. NTDP/MTL) among returning players. Preston, who took an OSU service trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2019, has goals in all three Ohio State victories this season.


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Three of four games yesterday went to overtime, and all four were decided by one goal … “Only” two games on today’s schedule, with the Miami-Denver nightcap airing on Altitude … Arizona State’s 36-day road trip hasn’t held the team back in the classroom … The Sun Devils revealed renderings of their new arena yesterday.


December 16, 2020

Northern Michigan makes its season debut tonight, hosting Ferris State, led by the nation’s top returning goal scorer. Junior Griffin Loughran (West Seneca, N.Y./Fargo-USHL) tallied 23 times in 2019-20, which trailed only San Jose Sharks signee John Leonard of Massachusetts (27). Loughran, listed at 5-foot-7 and 145 pounds, plays with plenty of grit as well – he was also second nationally in penalty minutes last season with 93.

Top Returning Goal Scorers from 2019-20
23 – Griffin Loughran, Northern Michigan
20 – Johnny Walker, Arizona State
20 – Cameron Wright, Bowling Green
19 – Cole Caufield, Wisconsin (MTL)
19 – Logan Hutsko, Boston College (FLA)
19 – Alex Newhook, Boston College (COL)
19 – Tyce Thompson, Providence (NJD)

From College Hockey Inc.: National Pronunciation Guide (.pdf)


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American International’s Eric Otto(Burnsville, Minn./Chicago-USHL) made his NCAA debut last night against Army West Point after missing all of last season with Hodgkin’s lymphoma; he had an assist and was +2 … Hockey East announced changes to the 2021 Hockey East Tournament yesterday due to the pandemic.


December 15, 2020

Action resumes in Omaha’s NCHC Pod today, and the nightcap features two teams coming off their first wins of the season: Colorado College vs. Miami. Both got impressive goaltending performances by freshmen to secure their first victories. Colorado College rookie Dominic Basse (Alexandria, Va./Youngstown-USHL/CHI) stopped 30 shots in an upset of Minnesota Duluth Sunday, a day after Miami’s Ludvig Persson (Hindas, Sweden/Lone Star-NAHL) shut out Omaha, 1-0, with a 30-save effort of his own. Both freshmen have shared their nets thus far, but might get a chance at consecutive starts given their recent success. | Tonight’s game is on AT&T SportsNet


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Of the 18 shutouts thus far this season, Persson is the only freshman to record one … 13 Bobcats had at least a point in Quinnipiac’s 9-2 win against Sacred Heart last night; the two teams meet again tonight … Two Atlantic Hockey contenders play their third game of the season tonight as Army West Point visits American International.


December 14, 2020

Tough to stop – Quinnipiac is poised to open its season today in the only game on the schedule, facing in-state rival Sacred Heart in the first of a two-game series. The Bobcats boast the nation’s leading active career scorer in senior captain Odeen Tufto (Chaska, Minn./Sioux City-USHL), who has led the team in scoring each of the last three years. He enters this campaign with a chance to become the first player in Quinnipiac history to lead the team in scoring four times.

Most Career Points, Active Players
121 – Odeen Tufto, Quinnipiac
116 – Brandon Kruse, Bowling Green (VGK)
112 – Alex Limoges, Penn State
106 – Max Johnson, Bowling Green
103 – Jack Billings, Niagara
99 – Logan Hutsko, Boston College (FLA)
99 – Jordan Kawaguchi, North Dakota
96 – Johnny Walker, Arizona State


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Four of Sunday’s nine games featured come-from-behind victories … Seven teams have played eight or more games on the year: the seven Big Ten teams and Arizona State.


December 12, 2020

Denver has won its last two games in the NCHC Pod entering today’s showdown with Minnesota Duluth, thanks in large part to dazzling performances from freshmen Carter Savoie (St. Albert, Alta./Sherwood Park-AJHL/EDM) and Mike Benning (St. Albert, Alta./Sherwood Park-AJHL/FLA). The duo is new to college hockey, but they’ve been teammates for years, dating to youth hockey in St. Albert, Alta. Savoie, a left wing, has goals in all five games thus far – no other freshman in the last nine years has scored in more than his first three NCAA games. Benning, meanwhile, leads the nation’s defensemen with seven points through five games, with three multiple-point games. | The Rink Live: Savoie and Benning | Today’s game is on Altitude


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With 11 games and one exhibition scheduled, this is the busiest day of the season to this point … Four games today (and three tomorrow) are on national or regional sports networks … Five of six games yesterday were decided by one goal.


December 11, 2020

Familiar name leads UNH – Maine and New Hampshire open their seasons tonight in Durham, N.H., in one of college hockey’s top rivalries. While there won’t be a white-out crowd to welcome their teams, there will be a familiar sight for the hosts: a Kelleher leading the offense. Senior captain Charlie Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass./Sioux City-USHL) has followed in the footsteps of older brother Tyler, who was an All-American at UNH in 2017. Charlie is among a formidable group of returning forwards for the Wildcats – they return 84% of their goals from last season, second nationally behind only Minnesota (93%). | Tonight and tomorrow’s games are on NESN+


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After two postponements earlier this week, Ferris State hopes to open its season tonight at Bowling Green … Five players share the national lead with six goals, and two are in action tonight: Arizona State’s Matthew Kopperud (Denver, Colo./Dubuque-USHL) and Robert Morris’s Jordan Timmons (Bridgeville, Pa./Cedar Rapids-USHL) … Denver freshman Carter Savoie (St. Albert, Alta./Sherwood Park-AJHL/EDM) has scored a goal in all five games he has played, the longest goal streak of the young season; only Minnesota senior Scott Reedy (Prior Lake, Minn./U.S. NTDP/SJS), who has scored in six of his eight games, has scored in more games overall … 12 games and one exhibition are slated for Saturday, the busiest day of the season to date.


December 9, 2020

Balanced attack – Holy Cross sophomore forward Alex Peterson (Lansdale, Pa./Amarillo-NAHL) has points in all four games he’s played this year, including his first two goals in the Crusaders’ 6-3 win against Sacred Heart on Sunday. He is one of 10 Crusaders with a goal, leading a balanced attack entering their home game against Bentley tonight. Picked eighth in the Atlantic Hockey, Holy Cross already has wins against Bentley and Sacred Heart – both pegged for the top three in the league. | Tonight’s game is on FloHockey


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Minnesota, which closes out the first half tonight at Michigan (6:30 p.m. ET, BTN), is 7-0-0 for the first time since an 8-0-0 start in 1987-88 … The Gophers have not trailed at any point this season … The five teams with perfect records are from the states of Minnesota (Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State) or Massachusetts (Boston College, American International) … Legendary Michigan player and head coach Red Berenson celebrated his 81st birthday yesterday.


December 8, 2020

“C”-ing double – No. 1 North Dakota is off to a fast 3-0-0 start entering today’s game with No. x Denver, including an OT win in Friday’s meeting between these same teams. Senior captain Jordan Kawaguchi (Abbotsford, B.C./Chilliwack-BCHL) scored the winner in that game, one of four points through three games for the top returning scorer from 2019-20. Kawaguchi put up 45 points last season to lead UND and become a Hobey Hat Trick finalist – the first of those to return to college hockey since Jimmy Vesey in 2015-16. Kawaguchi sees a familiar face wearing the other “C” against Denver – he and Kohen Olischefski (Abbotsford, B.C./Chilliwack-BCHL) were teammates both in junior hockey and all the way back to youth hockey in Abbotsford, B.C. | Today’s game is on Altitude


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Today’s schedule features four games, three coming from the NCHC pod in Omaha … Colorado College is set to make its season debuts today … Yesterday Minnesota State’s Dryden McKay (Downers Grove, Ill./Madison-USHL) posted his second shutout of the season (in three starts) to tie Boston College’s Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn./U.S. NTDP/FLA) for the national lead … TSN added three games to its December schedule.


December 7, 2020

Pietila powers MTU – Michigan Tech handed preseason WCHA favorite Minnesota State a 3-1 defeat Sunday behind 43 saves from sophomore goaltender Blake Pietila (Howell, Mich./Cedar Rapids-USHL) in his first career win. Blake, whose twin brother Logan (Howell, Mich./Dubuque-USHL) is also a Huskies sophomore, made two starts last season while yesterday marked his first appearance of 2020-21. Michigan Tech returns 83% of its goals from last season (third in the nation) and figures to be one of Minnesota State’s challengers in the WCHA. The two teams meet again today at 5 p.m. ET in Houghton.


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Robert Morris junior Jordan Timmons (Bridgeville, Pa./Cedar Rapids-USHL), who had no goals in his first 36 collegiate games, shares the national lead with six goals this season, including a hat trick in the first 9:21 of Saturday’s win vs. Air Force … North Dakota’s Tyler Kleven (Fargo, N.D./U.S. NTDP/OTT) and Ferris State’s Logan Stein (Suwanee, Ga./Waterloo-USHL) have been added to the U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster … 25 NCAA players are among those who have reported to U.S. training camp at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.


December 5, 2020

Local leads Lakers – Lake Superior State has jumped out to a 3-0-1 start entering this weekend’s series with Alabama Huntsville, fueled by three goals and five points from junior Ashton Calder (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich./Lincoln-USHL). Those totals include a highlight reel tally, but not the deciding shootout winner in the lone “tie” on the Lakers’ record. The local product from Sault Ste. Marie spent three years away from home in junior hockey – in Cloquet, Minn.; Surrey, B.C.; and Lincoln, Neb. – before returning and has been a productive offensive player for the Lakers from day one. He leads all current Lakers with 20 career goals and 55 career points.


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Today’s nine games mark the busiest day of the season thus far; Sunday also has nine games on the slate … Three teams are scheduled to make their season debuts: Mercyhurst, Merrimack and Niagara … Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis./U.S. NTDP/MTL) claimed the national scoring lead with three points last night; three freshmen are within three points of his lead … North Dakota’s Jake Sanderson (Whitefish, Mont./U.S. NTDP/OTT), the highest drafted player in college hockey at No. 5 overall, scored his first career goal last night.


December 4, 2020

SHU starts up – Among the eight games on today’s slate is the first of the season for Sacred Heart, which saw a special campaign cut short last March. The Pioneers won a program-best 21 games and earned the school’s first top-20 ranking. Leading the returnees is sophomore Braeden Tuck (Calgary, Alta./Trail-BCHL), Atlantic Hockey’s Rookie of the Year in 2020. Tuck finished sixth nationally among freshmen in points (28) and fourth in assists (23), marking the third straight year that a SHU rookie posted 25-plus points.


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After scoring two goals in its first four games combined, Arizona State has scored 17 goals in its last three games (all wins) … Omaha became the first team this year to score 10 goals in a game last night, thanks to a six-goal third period … Penn State, meanwhile, put nine on the board in its 9-5 win … Wisconsin’s Linus Weissbach (Goteborg, Sweden/Tri-City-USHL/BUF) headlined the Hockey Commissioners’ Association honorees for November … Five games tonight are available nationally on TV; fans can watch college hockey from 5:30 p.m. to approx. 10:45 p.m. ET … Canadian fans can catch Minnesota-Michigan State on TSN2 (8 p.m. ET).


December 3, 2020

ASU’s road show – College hockey’s only team in the Southwest, Arizona State, won’t get to enjoy that warm climate much this season as it embarks on an all-road schedule. An independent, the Sun Devils entered into a scheduling agreement with the Big Ten that sends them to the seven Big Ten schools for 24 games. After an 0-4 start, they found their footing last weekend with a sweep of Wisconsin. Rookie Matthew Kopperud (Denver, Colo./Dubuque-USHL) scored in both games and leads the team with five points entering tonight’s game at Notre Dame. | Tonight’s game is on NHL Network


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The five Division I programs from the state of Minnesota are a combined 8-1-0 … Ten games in the next three days are available nationally on TV.


December 2, 2020

First class – ESPNU’s first college hockey game of the season fittingly features a Michigan team whose freshman class has everyone’s attention (at Penn State, 6 p.m. ET). Outlets like ESPN, Sportsnet and The Athletic have all pegged a trio of Wolverine rookies in the top eight of the 2021 NHL Draft class, with each list led by defenseman Owen Power (Mississauga, Ont./Chicago-USHL) at No. 1 overall. Forwards Matty Beniers (Hingham, Mass./U.S. NTDP) and Kent Johnson (Port Moody, B.C./Trail-BCHL) also project as top-10 picks, which could make this the first NCAA team ever with three current players selected in the first round of one draft. Meanwhile, the class features a 2020 first-round pick in Brendan Brisson (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Chicago-USHL/VGK) and three other NHL draft picks. | ESPN.com: The best recruiting class ever? | Tonight’s game is on ESPNU

Most Current Players Taken in First Round, One NCAA Team
2 – Ohio State, 2001 (Dave Steckel, R.J. Umberger)
2 – Boston College, 2000 (Krys Kolanos, Brooks Orpik)
2 – Michigan State, 1990 (Bryan Smolinski, Michael Stewart)

Most First-Round Picks, One Recruiting Class
4 – Boston University, 2016-17 (Kieffer Bellows, Dante Fabbro, Clayton Keller, Jake Oettinger)
4 – Minnesota, 2006-07 (David Fischer, Erik Johnson, Jim O’Brien, Kyle Okposo)
4 – North Dakota, 2005-06 (Joe Finley, Brian Lee, T.J. Oshie, Jonathan Toews)

Most NHLers, One Recruiting Class
6 – Michigan State, 1988-89 (Rod Brind’Amour, Jim Cummins, Joby Messier, Dwayne Norris, Peter White, Jason Woolley)
6 – Michigan State, 1983-84 (Bob Essensa, Norm Foster, Don McSween, Mitch Messier, Jeff Parker, Craig Simpson)
6 – North Dakota, 1981-82 (Jim Archibald, Dave Donnelly, James Patrick, Gord Sherven, Dave Tippett, Rick Zombo)
6 – Denver, 1970-71 (Rick Bragnalo, Mike Busniuk, Peter McNab, Rob Palmer, Richard Preston, Vic Venasky)
6 – North Dakota, 2005-06 (Taylor Chorney, Joe Finley, Brian Lee, T.J. Oshie, Jonathan Toews, Matt Watkins)


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There are three games on today’s schedule … Minnesota Duluth’s second game in as many nights features the NCAA champions from 2017 (Denver) and ’18 and ’19 (UMD) … Andrew Dumaresque (Hammond Plains, Nova Scotia/Langley-BCHL) scored Atlantic Hockey’s first overtime goal of the 3-on-3 era in Holy Cross’s win at Bentley last night.


December 1, 2020

Veteran Falcons – Today’s four-game slate includes a non-conference meeting between Bowling Green and Robert Morris, the first Division I action of the season for the visiting Falcons. They were one of the hottest teams down the stretch last year, going 8-0-2 in the last 10 games before the season was canceled, and return 96 goals from last year’s roster, the most in the nation. Bowling Green’s 10-member senior class includes dynamic forwards Connor Ford (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sioux City-USHL), Max Johnson (Lakeville, Minn./Sioux Falls-USHL), Brandon Kruse (Saline, Mich./Brookings-NAHL) and Cameron Wright (Newmarket, Ont./St. Michael’s-OJHL). Today’s game starts a busy non-conference December for Bowling Green, which will play seven games in the next 19 days and wraps up the month hosting Robert Morris on Dec. 29.

Nation’s largest senior classes
10 – Bowling Green, Vermont
9 – Arizona State, Denver, Penn State

Released today: The 2020-21 CHI Media Kit (.pdf) includes all sorts of facts and figures for the 2020-21 season.


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Five teams – Bentley, Minnesota Duluth, Omaha, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan – open their seasons today … The Bentley-Holy Cross game is the Atlantic Hockey opener for both teams … Five teams that have played a game have won every game: Minnesota, American International, Boston College, Bowling Green and Minnesota State.


November 30, 2020

Champs open NCHC “Pod” – Minnesota Duluth, winners of the last two NCAA championships, will help open what is likely college hockey’s most unique setting for 2020-21 on Tuesday – the NCHC “Pod” in Omaha. Familiar faces Scott Perunovich and Hunter Shepard, among others, are gone for the Bulldogs, but the cupboard is hardly bare. UMD is the only team in the country to return two All-Americans in forwards Noah Cates (Stillwater, Minn./Omaha-USHL/PHI) and Cole Koepke (Hermantown, Minn./Sioux City-USHL/TBL), who combined for 66 points in 34 games last season.

Returning AHCA All-Americans
Noah Cates, Minnesota Duluth (West – second team, 2019-20)
David Farrance, Boston University (East – first team, 2019-20)
Jordan Kawaguchi, North Dakota (West – first team, 2019-20)
Cole Koepke, Minnesota Duluth (West – second team, 2019-20)
Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (West – first team, 2019-20)


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The next day without a scheduled NCAA Division I men’s hockey game is Christmas Eve … 34 teams (of 52 participating this season) received votes in this week’s USCHO.com Poll … Michigan and Wisconsin account for seven of the nation’s top eight scorers (Nick Prkusic of Robert Morris is the outlier).


November 27, 2020

Logan leads BC – The busiest day yet of the 2020-21 college hockey season is highlighted by a top-10 matchup, as Boston College and Massachusetts begin a home-and-home in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles are led by senior Logan Hutsko (Tampa, Fla./U.S. NTDP/FLA), whose 90 career points rank tied for sixth among active players. He has put up those impressive numbers and played in 94% of BC’s games after missing nearly a full year before he enrolled due to a neck injury. | Tonight’s game is on NESN, tomorrow’s is on NESN+

Most Career Points, Active Players
Odeen Tufto, Quinnipiac – 121
Brandon Kruse, Bowling Green – 112
Alex Limoges, Penn State – 106
Max Johnson, Bowling Green – 102
Johnny Walker, Arizona State – 96
Logan Hutsko, Boston College – 90
Jordan Kawaguchi, North Dakota – 90
Connor Ford, Bowling Green – 90


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Eight teams are set to open their 2020-21 schedule today … The first three conference games of the Atlantic Hockey season are scheduled for today … Michigan, which hosts Notre Dame tonight, features five of the top six scoring freshmen in the nation.


November 24, 2020

Gopher goals – Minnesota, which finished last season on an 11-5-3 run, seeks a 4-0-0 start tonight for the first time in six years. The Golden Gophers are an experienced group, with 93% of last year’s goals returning on the roster, the most in the country. Senior Scott Reedy (Prior Lake, Minn./U.S. NTDP/SJS) and junior Sammy Walker (Edina, Minn./Edina HS/TBL) have each tallied twice through three games to lead the team. They are two of the four double-digit goal scorers from last season who are all back for the preseason Big Ten favorites. | Tonight’s game is on BTN

Highest Percentage of Returning Goals
Minnesota – 93%
New Hampshire – 84%
Michigan Tech – 83%
Providence – 82%
Mercyhurst – 81%
Bowling Green – 81%


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Five leagues have released preseason polls, with defending champions favored in four of them … 15 freshmen have scored their first collegiate goals thus far this season, while 111 have made their collegiate debut … This marked the first offseason in more than 20 years that neither Michigan nor Minnesota lost a player early to an NHL contract.