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Islanders NCAA Prospects Get Regular Season Started This Weekend

The NCAA hockey schedule gets under way this weekend with the Islanders NCAA prospects participating in some big games and early season tournaments.

Anders Lee-Notre Dame-Lee had 1G and five shots on goal in a 4-0 exhibition win on Saturday night in South Bend against Western Ontario.  The Irish open up their regular season this weekend with two very tough road games at defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth.

Brock Nelson-University of North Dakota-Nelson netted two goals and was named the first star in an 8-1 exhibition win against Regina on Saturday night in Grand Forks, ND.  UND opens up their regular season by hosting the Ice Breaker Tournament.  UND opens up with Air Force on Friday night and then either plays Boston College or Michigan State on Saturday night.  You can read my preseason interview with Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald here.

Corey Trivino-Boston University-The Terriers lost a tough exhibition game on Friday night to St. Francis Xavier 6-4.  Trivino had one shot on goal and finished +1 for BU.  BU opens up their regular season on Saturday night against New Hampshire in Agganis Arena.

Jason Clark-University of Wisconsin-The Badgers didn’t get the luxury of playing an exhibition game before the regular season gets under way.  The Badgers open up with two games this weekend against Northern Michigan at home in the Kohl Center.  You can read my preseason interview with Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal here.

Scott Mayfield-University of Denver-Denver played McGill University in an exhibition on Friday night in a game that ended in a 2-2 tie.  Mayfield recorded one shot on goal.  The Pioneers play the U.S. Under-18 team on Saturday night before playing two tough games against Boston College and Boston University next weekend.

Cody Rosen-Clarkson University-Clarkson defeated the University of Ottawa 4-2 in an exhibition tilt on Sunday night.  Clarkson opens the regular season this weekend when it travels cross country to face Alaska Anchorage in the opening round of the Kendall Classic in Anchorage, Alaska.

Read my preseason write-up on each prospect here.

TII will be providing a weekly update on the Islanders NCAA prospects throughout the regular season.


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Bossy_Rules's avatar

I know its off-topic but St Francis-Xavier beat Northeastern and BU?  I thought Canadian college hockey wasn’t nearly as good as NCAA.

Posted by Bossy_Rules on 10/03/11 at 03:33 PM ET

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BR-Canadian college hockey isn’t close to NCAA hockey, but there are some good programs.  NCAA exhibition games can be very misleading.  For example, Michigan lost this past weekend to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.  Michigan is ranked #6 in USCHO.com’s preseason poll.  NCAA teams use these games as experimental games as well-shuffling up the lines, etc.  You do make a great point.  I don’t think quality US college teams like BU and Northeastern should be losing exhibition games so close to the regular season to Canadian college teams.

Posted by William Morrison on 10/03/11 at 03:48 PM ET

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I remember someone telling me that Canadian college hockey doesn’t prohibit former major junior A players from playing and that they get a bunch of non-drafted former jr A players.

Posted by Bossy_Rules on 10/03/11 at 04:20 PM ET

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That is my understanding as well.  Also, a player can play Canadian college hockey for five years instead of four.  Any player who plays a game at the Major Junior level loses their eligibility to play NCAA hockey.  However, that player can still play Canadian college hockey.  I think also that there are programs in place where if a player doesn’t turn pro after Major Junior, they are given a scholarship to play Canadian college hockey based upon the number of seasons played in Major Junior.

Posted by William Morrison on 10/03/11 at 04:42 PM ET

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