“The great players are special people,” he
added. ”I’ve enjoyed that over the years. It’s a great privilege.”
The Ryan Poehling File
with the Bleu Blanc Rouge may be a preview of things to come next season. According to the Globe and Mail,
Poehling, became the fifth Canadiens player in franchise history to score at
least two goals in his NHL debut.
The Lakeville, MN
native was drafted 25th overall by the Canadiens in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
In three season with the Huskies, Poehling scored (29g-46a—75pts), he
was also a plus-eight.
This weekend, the NCAA kicks off the Division I men’s hockey playoffs. Even though the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team isn’t in the NCAA playoffs this season, I will be headed to Fargo, ND, to cover the West Regional Championship.
week at the Frozen Faceoff, I told a friend, I feel a void (yes, UND has missed
the NCAA tourney two years in a row). While our favorite team may not be there,
let’s stop and enjoy the moment. It is what it is.
Moving forward, I do predict that next season, UND will again
make the NCAA tourney. Moreover, I predict that Canisius College will be on the
wrong side of two lopsided losses next October. Just two years ago, UND bounced SCSU in the first round of the
NCHC playoffs. Look at them today.
is what we know. There can be at best, two National Collegiate Hockey Conference
teams in the Frozen Four. I will save you the conspiracy theory. There’s no
black helicopter landing in Fargo.
are some of the themes and stats surrounding this regional. In the West
Regional, we have St. Cloud State 30-5-3, Ohio State 20-10-5, Denver 22-11-5
and American International 22-16-1. The biggest question, can SCSU finally
advance to the Frozen Four. Last season, the Huskies were unceremoniously
bounced by the Air Force Academy Falcons.
With that in mind, this season, I am picking Ohio State University to advance from the West Regional. I look forward to hearing how wrong I am at the end of the weekend.
afternoon, I took look at the statistics and on paper, the Huskies should run
American International right out of the building. Yes, see last season’s, Air
Force team that shocked SCSU 4-1 in the first round of the West Regional.
the games aren’t played on paper, but this could end up being a really onesided
affair. However, with that said, no one will complain if I am able to pen the
title “Yellow Jackets Sting Huskies”. If the Huskies have a weakness, it’s
game between the Buckeyes and the Pioneers could end up being a goaltending
battle. Both teams feature outstanding goalies. For DU, it doesn’t matter which
one plays. Both are very capable.
weekend, Pioneers head coach David Carle said something that was very profound.
great part about going to the national tournament, we don’t have to play anyone
from the NCHC in the first round,” Carle said. “We all play each other all year
long, beat each other up. We played at a different pace in this league, and
that’s why we all do so well in the first round. So we’re looking forward to
playing someone out of our conference.”
Points Per Game
8 Patrick Newell St. Cloud State SR F 38 21-26-47 1.24
13 Blake Christensen American Int’l JR F 39 16-30-46 1.18
6 Blake Lizotte St. Cloud State SO F 36 14-27-41 1.14
19 Robby Jackson St. Cloud State SR F 36 19-21-40 1.11
30 Mason Jobst Ohio State SR F 35 17-19-36 1.03
57 Liam Finlay Denver JR F 38 15-20-35 0.92
63 Jimmy Schuldt St. Cloud State SR D 38 10-24-34 0.89
Jack Ahcan St. Cloud State JR D 38 6-28-34 0.89
66 Ryan Poehling (MTL) St. Cloud State JR F 35 8-23-31 0.89
4 Devin Cooley Denver SO 1169:27 36 1.85
12 Filip Larsson (DET) Denver FR 1097:10 38 2.08
16 Dávid Hrenák (LOS) St. Cloud State SO 1756:26 64 2.19
39 Sean Romeo Ohio State SR 975:49 42 2.58
43 Zackarias Skog American Int’l JR 1941:05 89 2.75
Goalie Save Percentage
3 Devin Cooley Denver SO 512 36 .934
4 Tommy Nappier Ohio State SO 495 35 .934
9 Filip Larsson (DET) Denver FR 498 38 .929
45 Dávid Hrenák (LOS) St. Cloud State SO 628 64 .908
55 Sean Romeo Ohio State SR 388 42 .902
65 Zackarias Skog American Int’l JR 765 89 .896
Scoring Offense: Games Goals
2 St. Cloud State 38 155 4.08
9 American Int’l 39 127 3.26
17 Ohio State 35 108 3.09
29 Denver 38 107 2.82
Scoring Defense: Games Goals
9 Denver 38 79 2.08 6
11 St. Cloud State 38 83 2.18 6
14 Ohio State 35 81 2.31 7
37 American Int’l 39 115 2.95 5
Power Play: Totals SHA PCT
7 St. Cloud State 35/146 2 24.0
17 Ohio State 33/154 6 21.4
25 American Int’l 34/175 7 19.4
46 Denver 24/154 2 15.6
Penalty Kill: Totals SHF PCT
6 St. Cloud State 109/126 2 86.5
25 Denver 115/140 1 82.1
30 Ohio State 105/129 4 81.4
35 American Int’l 117/145 1 80.7
West Regional preview: St. Cloud State, Denver, Ohio State,
American International (USCHO.COM) Apparently, the writers at USCHO are
also addressing the elephant in the room.
Why they will not advance to Buffalo: St. Cloud
has bowed out in the first round of the NCAA tournament each of the last two
years. Last time, it was as the No. 1 overall seed against the Atlantic Hockey
For as good as St. Cloud State has been all
season in putting together 30 wins, four of the Huskies’ five losses have
happened since New Year’s.
Now would be a bad time to pick up No. 6, and
SCSU isn’t taking any chances.
AIC hockey attempting to add to historic season in NCAA
Tournament vs. No. 1 St. Cloud State (Mass Live)
“It’s a fine line. We can embrace being the
underdog to a certain degree but we also want our guys to be confident in our
ability. There’s a reason why we are here. We’re earned out way in and played
out way in. We’re battle tested,” Lang said. “We deserve to be right where we are.
It’ll be nice to hunt vs. being the hunted. … The longer this thing goes and
the score stays tight, the pressure then shifts. We’ll have to weather some
storms. We know that.”