USCHO Game of the Week

USCHO Game of the Week

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

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March 18, 2021 26 min
Wisconsin State Journal writer and USCHO editor emeritus Todd D. Milewski (@ToddMilewski) joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview the semifinal and championship rounds in ECAC Hockey, Atlantic Hockey, and the WCHA and the Hockey East finals between UMass Lowell and No. 6 UMass.

They also consider NCAA implications of the four series, including what "eye test" criteria mi...
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan to preview the No. 20 Huskies' Sunday Hockey East single-elimination playoff game at No. 7 UMass. Madigan also reflects on this anniversary of the day all of college and pro sports were shut down in 2020.

We also take capsule looks at the five men's D-I conferences with playoffs underway by the end of t...
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Jess Myers, who covers the Golden Gophers beat as a reporter for The Rink Live, to preview No. 7 Michigan at No. 3 Minnesota.

We also look at another Big Ten series and its implications – No. 5 Wisconsin at Michigan State – as well as Hockey East single games for No. 2 Boston College, No. 10 Boston University, and No. 6 UMass and a pair of single...
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No. 6 St. Cloud State visits No. 10 Minnesota Duluth in a single, nationally-televised NCHC game on Saturday with conference and NCAA postseason implications. Bulldogs radio voice Bruce Ciskie previews the contest with a look at this year's UMD team and how they match up against they Huskies.

Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) also look ahead at another NCHC tilt, No. 2 North Dakota at No. ...
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In a season filled with delays and pauses for the Terriers, No. 11 Boston University nevertheless finds itself near the top of the Hockey East playoff race at 8-2 overall. BU head coach Albie O'Connell joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview of a weekend series against UConn.

Also on tap: No. 9 Omaha visits No. 2 North Dakota for a weekend series, Colorado College visits No. ...
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No. 7 Wisconsin is arguably the hottest team in college hockey since the semester break. The Badgers travel to a team coming off a three-week pause, No. 8 Michigan, in a key Big Ten series. Todd D. Milewski, Wisconsin State Journal beat writer for Badgers hockey, joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview.

We also look at Denver at No. 2 North Dakota in the NCHC, UMass Lowell vs. No...
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Two USCHO.com men's ice hockey poll top ten teams meet in WCHA weekend play as No. 8 Bowling Green travels to No. 6 Minnesota State. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) catch up with Mavericks head coach Mike Hastings to preview a matchup between two stingy defenses and two potent offenses.

We also look at the "Battle of Commonwealth Avenue" between No. 1 Boston College and No. 15 Bo...
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by No. 9 Omaha head coach Mike Gabinet to preview this weekend's home series vs. No. 2 North Dakota. We discuss this year's Mavericks, their steady improvement, and how they dealt mentally with the extended pause after the semester break.

Also of note this weekend in league play are the Hockey East home-and-home series between No. 10 UMass a...
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Notre Dame swept Michigan at Yost Ice Arena in two one-goal games just after Thanksgiving. The No. 8 Wolverines visit the No 16 Fighting Irish this weekend in Big Ten play. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by the voice of the Irish, Darin Pritchett, for a preview.

We also look ahead to Arizona State at No. 4 Minnesota and No. 12 Wisconsin at Penn State in the Big Ten, No. 10 Quinni...
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by UMass head coach Greg Carvel to preview the Minutemen's scheduled home-and-home series with Boston University.

We also look at No. 14 Northeastern vs. No. 3 Boston College, Notre Dame at No. 1 Minnesota, St. Lawrence vs. No. 13 Clarkson, No. 2 North Dakota at No. 18 Denver, No. 5 Minnesota State at No. 19 Lake Superior, and a non-conference s...
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This season finds ECAC Hockey trimmed down to just four teams. Two of those teams – No. 10 Clarkson and No. 13 Quinnipiac – have a three-game series this weekend. Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold, whose Bobcats host the Golden Knights, joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview.

We also look at No. 6 St. Cloud at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth, No. 1 Minnesota at No. 12 Wisconsin, and Ar...
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Minnesota Duluth beat writer Matt Wellens of the Duluth News Tribune to preview the No. 4 Bulldogs at No. 6 St. Cloud State in NCHC play.

Jim and Ed also look ahead to another NCHC series, No. 16 Denver vs. Colorado College, a Hockey East home-and-home series between No. 13 Northeastern and No. 9 UMass, the start of ECAC Hockey play, and Arizona ...
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan to preview his team's Saturday-Sunday home-and-home series with Providence.

We also look at No. 13 Bowling Green at Quinnipiac for a pair, NCHC pod tilts between No. 3 Minnesota Duluth and No. 4 North Dakota and No. 8 Denver vs. No. 9 St. Cloud. In the Big Ten, we preview Michigan State at No. 18 Ohio State...
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The NCHC Pod in Omaha is producing top 10 matchups almost every day. Our game of the week comes from that bubble as No. 1 North Dakota, fresh off a loss to No. 9 Denver, takes on unbeaten No. 3 Minnesota Duluth on Thursday. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald, beat writer covering the Fighting Hawks.

We also look at other NCHC games, includ...
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In a season in which games are happening any night, it's hard to settle on a single game of the week. In this episode, hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by hockey analyst Dave Starman, who is broadcasting more than half of the NCHC Pod games in Omaha for Midco Sports Network and NCHC.tv alongside play-by-play man Ben Holden. Dave takes us through what's happening in the bub...
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Minnesota play-by-play voice Wally Shaver to look ahead at Thursday and Friday's two-game series seeing No. 10 Penn State visit the No. 11 Gophers.

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

Hockey East gets underway with home-...
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Our first Game of the Week this season between two Atlantic Hockey teams features a first-round match up sending Canisius to Bentley for a best-of-three series. Falcons head coach Ryan Soderquist joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview.

We also look at every other playoff matchup in D-I men's hockey, especially taking note of Wisconsin at No. 11 Ohio State in the Big Ten and ...
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The ECAC Hockey schedule couldn't have worked out better, with No. 7 Clarkson at No. 1 Cornell Saturday on the last night of the regular season with the regular-season Cleary Cup potentially on the line. Clarkson coach Casey Jones joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview USCHO's Game of the Week.

Also previewed:

Two Big Ten teams have a chance to clinch at least a share of the...
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With both Massachusetts state schools having successful seasons at the same time, the battles between No. 8 UMass and No. 14 UMass Lowell are becoming quite a rivalry. Minutemen head coach Greg Carvel joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a preview of that weekend home-and-home series.

Also in this episode:

Hockey East also features a Thursday-Friday home-and-home between No. 6 Boston Col...
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No. 6 Denver visits No. 1 North Dakota in a weekend NCHC series. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Midco Sports TV play-by-play broadcaster Alex Heinert for a preview.

A number of other key matchups are on the schedule this weekend. In the Big Ten, Michigan and Michigan State have a Friday game in East Lansing and a Monday tilt at Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit. Minnesota i...
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