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NCAA Update

Union College tops Boston College to make title game

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 7:47 PM / NCAA Update

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Shayne Gostisbehere hopes to eventually play his games here at Wells Fargo Center. He did a nice job impressing his future home fans Thursday at the Frozen Four opener.

Gostisbehere, a 2012 third-round pick (No. 78) of the Philadelphia Flyers, had two assists to help Union College advance to the NCAA championship game with a 5-4 victory against Boston College.

Daniel Ciampini had a hat trick for Union, which will play for its first NCAA title Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) against the winner of the second semifinal Thursday, between North Dakota and Minnesota (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Boston College, Minnesota advance to Frozen Four

Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 10:39 PM / NCAA Update

Ian McCoshen scored with 8:44 left and top-seeded Boston College beat UMass-Lowell 4-3 on Sunday in the NCAA Northeast Regional final to reach the Frozen Four for the 11th time in 17 years.

Boston College (28-7-4), seeking its fourth NCAA championship in seven seasons, faces East Regional champion Union in the national semifinals April 10 in Philadelphia.

Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau, a Calgary Flames prospect and the nation's leading scorer, set up goals by Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes. Ryan Fitzgerald also scored for the Eagles.

Thatcher Demko stopped 29 shots for Boston College.

Union, North Dakota advance to Frozen Four

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 11:26 PM / NCAA Update

Top-ranked Union College advanced to the Frozen Four for the second time in three years by beating Providence 3-1 on Saturday in the NCAA East Regional Final at Bridgeport, Conn.

Max Novak, Mat Bodie and Matt Hatch scored for Union (30-6-4) of the ECAC, which is 14-0-1 in its past 15 games. The Dutchmen, who lost to Ferris State in the 2012 national semifinals, are ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in school history.

Minnesota headlines first Big Ten hockey tournament

Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 1:23 AM / NCAA Update

Dan Myers - Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Other than the Minnesota Wild, who call the facility home, few teams at any level have played more games at Xcel Energy Center than the University of Minnesota.

The Gophers, the nation's top-ranked team, are 2-0 this season at the arena, which is located seven miles from campus this season and where they've played 33 times. Minnesota will headline the inaugural Big Ten Tournament beginning with first-round play Thursday afternoon in downtown St. Paul.

"It's been cool all season, playing in new rinks and against new teams," Gophers captain Nate Condon said. "It's setting the groundwork for what are going to be some really good rivalries and hopefully one of the best leagues in the country."

Penn State's Glen dishes out life-saving assist

Friday, 02.14.2014 / 3:00 AM / NCAA Update

Pete Jensen - Staff Writer

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for Penn State forward David Glen, on and off the ice.

The sophomore scored a goal in the Nittany Lions' 4-0 upset of 10th-ranked Michigan on Feb. 8, marking their first conference victory of the inaugural Big Ten hockey season. But what made the weekend series against the Wolverines even more memorable was Glen's return to action after a selfless act that forced him to miss a few games.

After being identified as a match by a national marrow donation program, Glen underwent a peripheral blood stem cell procedure to help a woman battling cancer. Other than the woman's age, Glen didn't know the identity of the patient needing the transplant. However, he did know the procedure would keep him off the ice for at least a few games.

The choice was clear.

Kevin Roy brings Beanpot hope to Northeastern

Monday, 02.03.2014 / 10:43 AM / NCAA Update

Bob Snow - Correspondent

BOSTON -- It's been a long drought since the Northeastern University Huskies won the Beanpot Tournament, played annually the first two Mondays in February in Boston since 1952.

Twenty-six years to be exact.

If a 5-foot-10, 170-pound kid from Lac-Beauport, Quebec -- and his NU teammates -- can replicate last season's Beanpot effort in the first round, the second Monday this February could be a historic date in the school's long and storied hockey history.

Last February Kevin Roy, then a freshman, pumped home three goals in the first-round game against Boston University, punching Northeastern's ticket to a Boston bragging-rights shot against Boston College in the championship game.

Versatility has taken Golden Gophers' Fasching far

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / NCAA Update

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

University of Minnesota freshman forward Hudson Fasching is no stranger to any tempo or style on the ice.

He can play fast or a physically demanding role as a top-line playmaker or third-line grinder. That's precisely why the versatile Fasching was an attractive option as an energy-type forward for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Golden Gophers coach Don Lucia, who also coached the U.S. at the WJC, likes the pace and aggressiveness with which Fasching competes.

"He's a point-a-game guy [with Minnesota] and they're all 5-on-5, so he's had his success 5-on-5," Lucia said.

At 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds, the 2013 fourth-round pick (No. 118) of the Los Angeles Kings has the size to get to the front of the net along with the skill to score from anywhere. Both traits were on display during an exhibition game against Minnesota State University in Mankato just 10 days before the start of the WJC in Malmo, Sweden.

Fasching scored a sensational overtime goal after taking a pass in stride through the neutral zone, breaking to the net and bulling his way in at 3:14 to give the U.S. a 3-2 victory.

St. Cloud's Dowd stretching his roots

Monday, 01.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / NCAA Update

Bob Snow - Correspondent

Across the state of Minnesota, pond hockey is big.

Real big.

At St. Cloud State University, senior captain Nic Dowd, who hails from the southern-most NCAA setting of Huntsville, Ala., has hockey roots defined in relation to the biggest "pond."

"Both my parents were born in England," Dowd said. "My dad's from London, my mom's from Birmingham. I was born in Huntsville."

Why did the Dowd family cross the big "pond" that provided the rare opportunity for a southern kid with English roots to ascend to the pinnacle of NCAA hockey in the hotbed of Minnesota, and maybe beyond?

Harvard's Donato hopes for return to NCAA tourney

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 3:00 AM / NCAA Update

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

Harvard University coach Ted Donato already had a storybook career by the time he retired as a player in 2004. A Massachusetts native, he won a national championship at Harvard before playing 13 seasons in the NHL, the first seven with his hometown Boston Bruins.

After spending most of his final season back with the Bruins, Donato was offered a unique opportunity to come back where it all began. Now in his 10th season as the coach at Harvard, the 1992 Olympian has seen some highs and lows in molding the Crimson into a hardworking, competitive squad.

Donato couldn't imagine being anywhere else, even if coming back to campus wasn't initially part of the plan.

"It certainly wasn't a designed plan," said Donato, who took over the Crimson in 2004 after Mark Mazzoleni stepped down to take a job coaching the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League. "But I'm glad it worked out that way."

Jets prospect Copp proving mature beyond years

Monday, 12.30.2013 / 12:15 PM / NCAA Update

Davis Harper - Staff Writer

Speaking with Andrew Copp, you would be forgiven for assuming he's a grizzled NHL veteran or at the very least a longtime coach. He speaks with a confidence and assuredness well beyond his 19 years, tossing out hard-won aphorisms -- "Consistency will come if your effort where it needs to be" -- as if they were afterthoughts.

With this maturity in mind, it's easy to see why University of Michigan coach Red Berenson named Copp, a sophomore, an alternate captain over the summer. Berenson described his sophomore center as a "gamer," a "team player" and, appropriately, someone with a "coach-type mentality."

Copp (6-foot-1, 201 pounds) has spent the fall earning his 'A' with nine goals and five assists on a Wolverines team that is 10-4-2 and ranked third in the nation. Copp also has two overtime winners, and his leadership has helped Michigan prevail in seven of nine one-goal games despite playing eight freshmen on a regular basis.

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