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from David Albright of ESPN,
Boston University sealed its No. 1 overall status in college hockey with a 1-0 win over UMass-Lowell at the TD Banknorth Garden on Saturday night to capture the Hockey East championship. The Terriers’ win kept the River Hawks from making the NCAA tournament field and it also allowed Ohio State to make the field of 16 as the last at-large team. So it’s somehow fitting that the Buckeyes and BU will face each other in the first round of the national tournament.
When the pairings for the 2009 NCAA men’s hockey tournament were announced on ESPN2 Sunday morning, the No. 1 seeds went to—in order—Boston University (Northeast), Notre Dame (Midwest), Denver (West) and Michigan (East).
DETROIT, Mich.—The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team advanced to the CCHA finals for the eighth time in nine years with its 3-1 victory over the Alaska Nanooks. On Saturday (March 21) at Joe Louis Arena, Michigan will face Notre Dame for the second time in three years in the CCHA Championship Game at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Detroit. Alaska will play Northern Michigan in the semifinal game at 3:35 p.m.
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My name is Jeremy Pellek and am a Senior at Bowling Green State University. In light of the current tough economic times, and lack of state funding, BGSU will experience a $6-10 million budget shortfall for this coming fiscal year. As it stands now, many part-time employees will be let go after the school year ends, but further cuts need to be made to negate this substantial loss of money. Recently, it has surfaced that one possible cut may come in the form of the varsity hockey program.
from Kevin Ryan of the Ann Arbor News via Mlive,
The University of Wisconsin is banking on Camp Randall Stadium to draw a world-record crowd next year, but not for football.
The university has tendered a formal contract to the University of Michigan for an outdoor hockey game to be played at the 80,321-seat stadium Feb. 6, and the Wolverines are expected to accept the offer, Michigan associate head coach Mel Pearson said Thursday afternoon.
from Art Aisner of the Ann Arbor News,
University of Michigan police will review the on-ice conduct of two Michigan State University hockey players involved in an incident that sent a Wolverines player to the hospital over the weekend, officials said.
Police spokeswoman Diane Brown said Tuesday that the actions of Spartans Andrew Conboy and Corey Tropp during Saturday’s game at Yost Ice Arena may not be criminal but will be examined to determine if further investigation is needed.
Their violent takedown of Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer is also part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged assault involving Kampfer’s father and at least one of the players inside the visiting team’s locker room in the game’s waning moments.
from Kevin Ryan of the Ann Arbor News via Mlive,
An on-ice incident during the University of Michigan hockey team’s game against Michigan State at Yost Ice Arena on Saturday night landed Wolverines defenseman Steve Kampfer in the hospital, Spartans players Corey Tropp and Andrew Conboy facing discipline and a man being accused of physically confronting a player in Michigan State’s locker room.
Kampfer, a junior from Jackson, was clothes-lined and sucker-punched from behind by Conboy along the boards and whacked in the neck area by Tropp’s stick during the final minute of play in the Wolverines’ 5-3 victory on Saturday. Moments earlier, Kampfer had knocked Tropp off his feet with what appeared to be a clean open-ice hit.
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from Joe O’Connor of the National Post,
Kurt Jory could feel his life slipping away, and he told his friend, Isaac Smeltzer, who was there beside him, holding his hand, that if he died on the ice at the Windsor Arena to tell his family that he loved them. He was worried about his mom and dad, his older brother, and younger sister. Jory did not know what they would do if he was just gone, without even having a chance to say goodbye.
The tall and gangly starting goaltender for the Brock University Badgers hockey team was sitting rink side at the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre watching his teammates practice earlier this week. Jory appeared to be perfectly healthy save for his right arm, which was cradled by a blue sling.
from the CP via MetroNews,
A university goaltender is in fair condition in a Windsor, Ont., hospital after having his throat accidentally slashed during a game.
Kury Jory, of Brandon, Man., was hurt Saturday while in net for the Brock University Badgers from St. Catharines, Ont., against the Windsor Lancers.
The 21-year-old netminder suffered a severed vein in his neck when he was clipped by a skate during a goalmouth scramble in the third period.
The Badgers say Jory is in full recovery after undergoing surgery and will return to St. Catharines in a few days.
The Canadian Hockey League requires players to wear neck guards, but Canadian Interuniversity Sport does not have a similar requirement.
from Nathan Sandals of Slap Shot at the NYT,
The state of Michigan already had its fair share of lackluster sports teams: the winless Lions, the 3-9 Wolverines football team and the disappointing Tigers to name a few. But now the college hockey season has added a couple more unpleasant surprises to the rolls.
The hockey version of the Wolverines and their counterparts at Michigan State went a combined 0-4 in C.C.H.A. action over the weekend, dropping them into the mediocre middle of the conference. It was the first time the teams were swept on the same weekend since Nov. 28-29, 2003.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Didja Know Dep’t. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have a son who plays college hockey. Wyatt Russell – “Was he named after Dad’s portrayal of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone?” our James Ryan wonders – is goalie for the University of Alabama-Huntsville. It happens to be the only NCAA Division I hockey program in the South. The coach also happens to be ex-NHLer Danton Cole.
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