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03-24-2013, 02:52 PM
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Canisius draws Quinnipiac. Using the PairWise, Quinnipiac is locked into 1st overall, Canisius into 16th. It will be in Providence, since that's the closest regional to Quinnipiac. Regardless what happens today in the CCHA Championship Game, that matchup is set in stone.
Not neccessarily. Seeds could get switched around the bracket like for like if there's two teams scheduled to play within their own conference in the first round or if there's serious attendence concerns for one or two of the regionals.

That said, the USCHO.com bracketologist does have Canisius playing Quinnipac no matter who wins the CCHA title game. The funny thing is he's got Niagara playing North Dakota as the #10 overall seed no matter who wins the CCHA as well, but in one North Dakota is the #6 overall seed, and the other it's the #8 seed overall seed. (Regardless, it will be a #3 vs #2 matchup either in the West regional or the Midwest regional).

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Canisius draws Quinnipiac. Using the PairWise, Quinnipiac is locked into 1st overall, Canisius into 16th. It will be in Providence, since that's the closest regional to Quinnipiac. Regardless what happens today in the CCHA Championship Game, that matchup is set in stone.
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Not neccessarily. Seeds could get switched around the bracket like for like if there's two teams scheduled to play within their own conference in the first round or if there's serious attendence concerns for one or two of the regionals.

That said, the USCHO.com bracketologist does have Canisius playing Quinnipac no matter who wins the CCHA title game. The funny thing is he's got Niagara playing North Dakota as the #10 overall seed no matter who wins the CCHA as well, but in one North Dakota is the #6 overall seed, and the other it's the #8 seed overall seed. (Regardless, it will be a #3 vs #2 matchup either in the West regional or the Midwest regional).
Yeah, thanks for the clarification, I thought there was some possible scenario where Canisius could play someone else but it was unlikely.

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Bracketology Blog - With Notre Dame’s win, here’s our final prediction for the 2013 NCAA tournament -
Jayson Moy - Senior Writer - USCHO.com - Sunday, March 24.

Notre Dame’s win over Michigan in the CCHA championship game gives Yale an at-large bid and keeps the Wolverines
out of the tournament for the first time in 23 years.

My predicted NCAA tournament bracket is as follows:
West Regional (Grand Rapids, Michigan): #15-Yale vs. #2-Minnesota. #10-Niagara vs. #8-North Dakota.
Midwest Regional (Toledo, Ohio): #13-St. Cloud State vs. #4-Notre Dame. #11-Minnesota State vs. #5-Miami.
East Regional (Providence, Rhode Island): #16-Canisius vs. #1-Quinnipiac. #12-Union vs. #6-Boston College.
Northeast Regional (Manchester, New Hampshire): #14-Wisconsin vs. #3-Massachusetts-Lowell. #9-Denver vs. #7-New Hampshire.

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/20...aa-tournament/

LaxSabre: Congrats to Notre Dame on winning the final CCHA Conference Tournament - 3-1 win over Michigan.

If Jayson is correct (and he has been for the last six years) - Canisius will play next Saturday at 5:30 pm ET or 9:00 pm ET. If its the first semifinal of the East Regional - it will be LIVE on ESPN3.com as well as being syndicated - which means that TWCSC Buffalo/TWCSC Rochester or any other channel in the area could show the game LIVE or Tape Delayed. If its second semifinal of the East Regional - the game will be LIVE on ESPNU. Niagara will get things going on Friday with them playing their semifinal game in the Western Regional either at 2:00 pm ET or 5:30 pm ET - both games will be LIVE on ESPNU. The East Regional Final is scheduled for Sunday at 6:30 pm ET while the West Regional Final is scheduled for Saturday at 4:00 pm ET - both finals will be televised LIVE on ESPNU.


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Not neccessarily. Seeds could get switched around the bracket like for like if there's two teams scheduled to play within their own conference in the first round or if there's serious attendence concerns for one or two of the regionals.

That said, the USCHO.com bracketologist does have Canisius playing Quinnipac no matter who wins the CCHA title game. The funny thing is he's got Niagara playing North Dakota as the #10 overall seed no matter who wins the CCHA as well, but in one North Dakota is the #6 overall seed, and the other it's the #8 seed overall seed. (Regardless, it will be a #3 vs #2 matchup either in the West regional or the Midwest regional).
They can change it up, but barring the 1 and 16 being in the same conference they almost always protect the 1 seed by giving them the weakest opponent. No reason to think that would change.

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USCHO nailed it —*Niagara plays North Dakota at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Grand Rapids, and Canisius plays Quinnipiac at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Big for Atlantic Hockey and big for WNY.

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Saturday, 5:30 and 9 p.m. (ET), Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

1. Quinnipiac vs. 16. Canisius
6. Boston College vs. 12. Union

Grand Rapids
Van Andel Arena
Friday, 2 and 5:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday, 4 p.m.

2. Minnesota vs. 15. Yale
8. North Dakota vs. 10. Niagara

Manchester
Verizon Wireless Center
Friday, 4:30 and 8 p.m. (ET), Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

3. Mass.-Lowell vs. 14. Wisconsin
7. New Hampshire vs. 9. Denver

Toledo
Huntington Center
Saturday, 1:30 and 5 p.m. (ET), Sunday, 4 p.m.

4. Notre Dame vs. 13. St. Cloud State
5. Miami vs. 11. Minnesota State

With the Frozen Four set for Pittsburgh on April 10 and 12, the entire tournament will be played inside the Eastern time zone.
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Quinnipiac gains top overall seed in NCAA tournament - USCHO Staff Report - USCHO.com - March 24, 2013.

Quinnipiac, Minnesota, Massachusetts-Lowell and Notre Dame are the No. 1 seeds as regional play in the NCAA tournament starts up this weekend at four sites across the country.

Quinnipiac is the No. 1 overall seed and will open the East Regional in Providence, R.I., against Canisius. Union and defending national champion Boston College also play in Providence. In the Midwest Regional in Toledo, Ohio, Miami plays Minnesota State and St. Cloud State draws Notre Dame to open that regional.

New Hampshire gets to play in its backyard in the Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H., against Denver. Wisconsin takes on Massachusetts-Lowell in Manchester as well. At the West Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich., Minnesota opens up against Yale and North Dakota plays Niagara.

http://www.uscho.com/2013/03/24/quin...aa-tournament/


Bracketology Blog - The Bracket And Analysis - Jayson Moy - Senior Writer - USCHO.com - Sunday, March 24.

It was really quite simple, actually. Once you establish that you will move teams based on championship atmosphere, you have to continue that trend. So it was most likely decided that Boston College would play Union, a matchup that could happen, and that it was most likely decided that the best place for that matchup would be in Providence. Once that happened, everything else fell into line.

I couldn’t see the committee leaving the East Regional with a matchup of North Dakota-Niagara. Nor could I see a matchup of Boston College-Minnesota State in the West Regional. So I think that the committee had to realize that BC and Union would boost atmosphere and attendance in the East Regional, while North Dakota and Minnesota State would do that for the West and Midwest Regionals.

http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/20...-and-analysis/


2013 NCAA Tournament Schedule - Regional Semifinals - Friday, March 29.

West Regional - Semifinals - Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, Michigan.
2:00 pm ET - Yale vs Minnesota - TV: LIVE-ESPNU/WatchESPN.com
5:30 pm ET - Niagara vs North Dakota - TV: LIVE-ESPNU/WatchESPN.com

Northeast Regional - Semifinals - Verizon Wireless Arena - Manchester, New Hampshire.
4:30 pm ET - Wisconsin vs Massachuesetts-Lowell - TV: LIVE-ESPN3.com/Regional. (LIVE on TWCSC Buffalo/Rochester/MSG/MSG Plus?)
8:00 pm ET - Denver vs New Hampshire - TV: LIVE-ESPNU/WatchESPN.com

2013 NCAA Tournament Schedule - Regional Semifinals/Regional Finals - Saturday, March 30.

East Regional - Semifinals - Dunkin Dounts Arena - Providence, Rhode Island.
5:30 pm ET - Canisius vs Quinnipiac - TV: LIVE-ESPN3.com/Regional. (LIVE on TWCSC Buffalo/Rochester/MSG/MSG Plus?)
9:00 pm ET - Union vs Boston College - TV: LIVE-ESPNU/WatchESPN.com

Midwest Regional - Semifinals - Huntington Center - Toledo, Ohio.
1:30 pm ET - St. Cloud State vs Notre Dame - TV: LIVE-ESPN3.com/Regional. (LIVE on TWCSC Buffalo/ Rochester/MSG/MSG Plus?)
5:00 pm ET - Minnesota State vs Miami, Ohio - TV: LIVE-ESPN3.com/Regional. (Taped Delayed on TWCSC Buffalo/Rochester/MSG/MSG Plus?)

West Regional - Championship Final - Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, Michigan.
4:00 pm ET - Niagara/North Dakota vs Yale/Minnesota - TV: LIVE-ESPNU/WatchESPN.com

Northeast Regional - Championship Final - Verizon Wireless Arena - Manchester, New Hampshire.
6:00 pm ET - Denver/New Hampshire vs Wisconsin/Massachusetts-Lowell - TV: LIVE-ESPNU/WatchESPN.com

2013 NCAA Tournament Schedule - Championship Finals - Sunday, March 31.

Midwest Regional - Championship Final - Huntington Center - Toledo, Ohio.
4:00 pm ET - Minnesota State/Miami, Ohio vs St. Cloud State/Notre Dame - TV: LIVE-ESPNU/WatchESPN.com

East Regional - Championship Final - Dunkin Donuts Arena - Providence, Rhode Island.
6:30 pm ET - Union/Boston College vs Canisius/Quinnipiac - TV: LIVE-ESPNU/WatchESPN.com

NCAA Frozen Four - Semifinals - Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Thursday, April 11.
4:00 pm ET/8:00 pm ET - Semifinal #1/#2 - East Regional Winner vs Midwest Regional Winner.
4:00 pm ET/8:00 pm ET - Semifinal #1/#2 - Northeast Regional Winner vs West Regional Winner.
TV: LIVE-ESPN2/ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.com

NCAA Frozen Four - Championship Final - Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Saturday, April 13.
7:00 pm ET - Semifinal Winners - East Regional/Midwest Regional Winner vs Northeast Regional/West Regional Winner.
TV: LIVE-ESPN/ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.com


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Griffs Hockey Draws Quinnipiac in NCAA Tournament - Canisius College Athletics - GoGriffs.com - Sunday, March 24.

The 2012-13 Atlantic Hockey Champions, the Canisius College hockey team will play top-seeded Quinnipiac in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinal. The Griffs and Bobcats are set to meet on Saturday at 5:30 pm ET in Providence, R.I. Canisius is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning the program’s first conference title on Saturday night. The Griffs, who own the nation’s longest active winning streak at eight games, defeated Mercyhurst, 7-2, to win Atlantic Hockey’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Quinnipiac enters the tournament with a 27-7-5 overall record. The Bobcats earned an at-large selection after winning the ECAC regular-season title and finishing third in the league’s postseason tournament.

The contest between Canisius and Quinnipiac will be shown live on ESPN3.com (LS: The game could also be shown LIVE on TWCSC Buffalo/Rochester) The broadcast is then set to be re-aired the same night on ESPNU at 11:30 pm ET. The winner will advance to face either Boston College or Union on Sunday. The East Regional Final is set for 6:30 pm ET and will be shown LIVE on ESPNU.

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Niagara Hockey Earns At-Large Bid to NCAA's - Niagara University Athletics - PurpleEagles.com - Sunday, March 24.

LEWISTON, NY – The Niagara hockey team was awarded an at-large berth to the NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Tournament on Sunday when the selection committee released the field of 16 teams. The No. 3 seed Purple Eagles will face No. 2 North Dakota in the West Regional on Friday, March 29 at the Val Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. The puck is scheduled to drop at 5:30 pm ET and will be aired LIVE on ESPNU.

"To be recognized by college hockey for a great season, and invite us to the NCAA Tournament is very special," head coach David Burkholder said. "The players have worked so hard for this opportunity and that is what makes it so rewarding."

This is the program’s second-ever at-large bid into the national tournament, and it is the program’s fourth trip to the postseason. NU earned automatic spots in 2004 and 2008 as a part of College Hockey America after winning the conference tournament, while the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament came in 2000 as an at-large bid. Niagara becomes the first Atlantic Hockey team to earn an at-large bid since the conference’s inception in 2003.

"To be playing a program like North Dakota that has so much history is going to be a huge challenge that I know our players, and our entire university community will embrace," added Burkholder.

http://www.purpleeagles.com/news/201...324131039.aspx

2013 NCAA Tournament Page - NCAA.com - http://www.ncaa.com/championships/ic...onship_br_home

2013 NCAA Tournament Page - USCHO.com - http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-divis...aa-tournament/

2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket - https://www.nmnathletics.com//pdf9/1...B_OEM_ID=20500
or http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-brac...ey-men/d1/2011
or http://www.uscho.com/wp-content/pdf/...013bracket.pdf

Go Canisius College Golden Griffins! Go Niagara Purple Eagles!


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i'm rooting for Niagara, though they have a tough match up against North Dakota so if they get knocked out I will root for canisus

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Conference Tournament Schedule - Championship Final Results - Sunday, March 24.
CCHA Conference Tournament - Championship Final - Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, Michigan.
#3-Notre Dame 3 - #4-Michigan 1 - 2013 CCHA Conference Tournament Champions - Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU Announcers - NCAA Tournament - Regional Semifinal/Finals - "Frozen Four" - Semifinals/Championship Final.
West Regional - Joe Davis (Play By Play) Sean Ritchin (Analyst)
Northeast Regional - Clay Matvick (Play By Play) Jim Paradise (Analyst)
Midwest Regional - Ben Holden (Play By Play) Darren Eliot (Analyst)
East Regional - John Buccigross (Play By Play) Barry Melrose (Analyst)
"Frozen Four" - Semifinals/Championship Final - John Buccigross (Play By Play) Barry Melrose (Analyst) Clay Matvick (Reporter)


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Griffs Hockey Earns National and AHA Recognition - Canisius College Athletics - GoGriffs.com - Monday, March 25.

After winning the program’s first conference championship, the Canisius College hockey team earned a number of honors on Monday. First, the team made its way into the national rankings for the first time in the program’s history. In addition, juniors Kyle Gibbons and Tony Capobianco and freshman Ralph Cuddemi swept the weekly Atlantic Hockey honors.

The Griffs have won a program-record eight-straight games en route to the conference championship, which is also the longest active winning streak in Division I. With its recent success, Canisius is now ranked 20th in the USCHO.com national poll, marking the first time in the school’s history that the Griffs are ranked.

Gibbons collected Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week honors after leading the Canisius offense to the league’s title. The junior collected Tournament MVP honors after posting six points, two goals and four assists during the weekend.

Capobianco anchored the Canisius defense to the title run by recording 75 saves during the two wins in Rochester and was named the Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week on Monday. Overall, the junior netminder finished with a tournament-record 235 saves in six games, posting a 1.99 goals against average and .951 save percentage.

Cuddemi played an instrumental role in the Griffs’ 7-2 win against Mercyhurst in the championship game and earned Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week honors on Monday. The freshman recorded the first multi-goal game of his career with two tallies in the winning effort.

http://www.gogriffs.com/ViewArticle....B_OEM_ID=20500


NU Up to No. 14 in Latest USCHO.com Poll - Niagara University Athletics - PurpleEagles.com - Monday, March 25.

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – The Niagara hockey team heads into the NCAA Tournament holding the No. 14 spot in the latest USCHO.com poll and remains at No. 14 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, announced on Monday afternoon. The team has been ranked a program-best 18 successive weeks on the USCHO.com poll, pocketing the 14th position for the second time this season—the program’s highest ranking on the top-20 poll.

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Canisius defeats Mercyhurst 7-2 to capture the 2013 Atlantic Hockey Championship -
Atlantic Hockey Press Release - AtlanticHockeyOnline.com - Sunday, March 25.

Griffs Win 2013 Atlantic Hockey Championship! - Courtesy of Canisius Athletic Communications - GoGriffs.com

Rochester, N.Y. – The Canisius College hockey team won its first Atlantic Hockey Championship on Saturday night, taking the title with a 7-2 win over Mercyhurst at the Blue Cross Arena. The Griffs earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and are set to make their first-ever appearance in the national bracket. Canisius improves to 19-18-5 with the win, extending the nation’s longest active winning streak to eight games. Junior Kyle Gibbons led the Canisius offense – which scored a season-high seven goals – to the win. The junior recorded a career-best four points on the night, scoring two goals and adding two assists to earn Tournament MVP honors.

http://www.atlantichockeyonline.com/...ampionship2013

Atlantic Hockey Championship Final Boxscore - AtlanticHockeyOnline.com - http://www.atlantichockeyonline.com/...30323_52lg.xml


Atlantic Hockey gets two teams in National Tournament for the first time ever - Atlantic Hockey Press Release - AtlanticHockeyOnline.com
http://www.atlantichockeyonline.com/...ews/ncaa032413


Atlantic Hockey Weekly Award Winners for Games Through March 24 - Atlantic Hockey Press Release - AtlanticHockeyOnline.com

Travel Team USA Player Of The Week - Kyle Gibbons - Canisius College.
Travel Team USA Goaltender Of The Week - Tony Capobianco - Canisius College.
Travel Team USA Rookie Player Of The Week - Ralph Cuddemi - Canisius College.

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Sabres Prospects - 2013 NCAA Tournament -
Jake McCabe - 2012 Second Round Pick - Defenseman - Wisconsin Badgers.
Brad Navin - 2011 Seventh Round - Forward - Wisconsin Badgers.
Christian Isackson - 2010 Seventh Round - Forward - Minnesota Golden Gophers.
(All three are currently sophmores at their respective schools.)

Buffalo Sabres Players Rooting Interest - 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Thomas Vanek - Minnesota Golden Gophers - 2002-2004.
Jordan Leopold - Minnesota Golden Gophers - 1998-2002.
Nathan Gerbe - Boston College Eagles - 2005-2008.
Drew Stafford - North Dakota "Fighting Sioux" - 2003-2006.

Patrick Kaleta and Marcus Foligno - Canisius College Golden Griffins? Niagara Purple Eagles? Yes, they didn't go to either college but they might be rooting for one or the other or both since they grew up here in the Buffalo area.

Close Call - Kevin Porter - Michigan Wolverines - 2004-2008.

Other Sabres - College Experience - Ryan Miller - Michigan State Spartans - 1999-2002. Brian Flynn - Maine Black Bears - 2008-2012.


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Canisius' Gibbons enjoys surreal life after early season wake-up call -
Jerry Sullivan - News Senior Sports Columnist - Buffalo Newspaper - BuffaloNews.com

Kyle Gibbons recalls it as the first real awakening of his college hockey career. Two years ago, when he was a freshman at Canisius, Gibbons looked on in youthful amazement as coach Dave Smith sat Cory Conacher for a game. Yes, this is the same Cory Conacher who is now playing for the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning and in the discussion for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. “As a freshman, I was like, 'Really, that's our best player. What's going on?” Gibbons said Monday afternoon at the Koessler Center. “I thought, 'Wow, if he's going to scratch Cory, then I'd better pick my game up'.”

Smith got the team's attention that year. Gibbons later realized that his coach was sending a message not only to Conacher, but to his team. If the younger guys see that the best player is being held to a high standard, it would be a good idea to take it to heart. So Gibbons wasn't entirely surprised this past November when the message was sent again. The junior winger from Westlake, Ohio, just west of Cleveland, hadn't scored a point in the first seven games of the season.

The Griffs had just one win on the young season. They weren't scoring, and Smith wanted his best player to know he needed to be a more hard-working, accountable leader if the team was going to come around. “I was a little surprised when I didn't see my name in the lineup,” Gibbons said. “But at the same time, I was kind of expecting it. I was frustrated, because I saw myself as a producer, a goal-scorer, and we weren't winning or scoring a lot of goals. It kind of boiled over.”

http://www.buffalonews.com/20130325/...e_up_call.html

Ticket Info - Canisius Regional - Providence, Rhode Island - http://www.gogriffs.com/ViewArticle....B_OEM_ID=20500


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Boston University Names Quinn Head Men's Ice Hockey Coach - Former BU captain and associate head coach returns to take over helm of Terrier program - Boston University Athletics - GoTerriers.com - Tuesday, March 26.

BOSTON - Former Boston University associate head coach and current Colorado Avalanche assistant David Quinn has been named the 11th head coach in the storied history of the Boston University men's ice hockey program, as announced on Tuesday by Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch and President Dr. Robert A. Brown.

Quinn, who played at BU from 1984-1988, replaces his former head coach and mentor, Jack Parker, who announced his retirement earlier this month after 40 seasons at the helm of the Terrier program. At the conclusion of Colorado's season, Quinn will officially take over the BU post.

An All-Hockey East and All-New England defenseman at BU and a co-captain during his senior year of 1987-88, Quinn came back to campus in 2004 to become the team's associate head coach, a role he served in for five seasons. Quinn's recruiting efforts were instrumental in helping build BU's 2009 national championship team. During his time as associate head coach, he worked primarily with the team's defensemen, turning the unit into arguably the best in the nation. All six of the defensemen from the 2009 title squad have reached the National Hockey League.

After helping the Terriers reach the pinnacle of college hockey, Quinn left to join the Avalanche organization as the head coach of its American Hockey League affiliate in Cleveland, the Lake Erie Monsters. He compiled a 115-94-7-20 record in three seasons with Lake Erie and guided the Monsters to their first-ever playoff berth in 2010-11. He was named an assistant coach on former BU teammate Joe Sacco's staff at Colorado prior to this season.

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Eagles need Chubak to be equalizer - Bucky Gleason - News Sports Columnist -
Buffalo News Newspaper - BuffaloNews.com - Wednesday, March 27.

Two days after the loss, with emotions still running high, Niagara hockey coach Dave Burkholder stood before his team and gave his players the cold, hard truth. He made his way around the quiet dressing room and addressed each player before stopping at star goaltender Carsen Chubak.

Chubak had been the least of Burkholder’s problems. In fact, he was the biggest reason Niagara soared to the top of the Atlantic Hockey Association and ascended to No. 14 in the national rankings. He was named the top player in the conference and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in the country.

The cold, hard truth was that he wasn’t good enough in the conference tournament, which was a major reason Niagara was sent packing after the semifinals. Making matters worse was that the 5-3 defeat came against archrival Canisius. Burkholder also knew the loss, while difficult to stomach, wouldn’t end their season.

Niagara finished with a 23-9-5 record, good enough for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament when the seeds were announced later Sunday. The loss in the conference tourney was a hiccup on Purple Eagles’ way to a greater opportunity, one that comes Friday when they play North Dakota in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Sabres notebook: Griffs’ run lifts Conacher’s spirits - Mike Harrington - News Sports Reporter -
Buffalo News Newspaper - BuffaloNews.com - Wednesday, March 27.

TAMPA, Fla. — There are a lot of issues troubling Cory Conacher and the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning these days in the wake of Sunday’s firing of coach Guy Boucher. But the former Canisius College star had fun for a few minutes Tuesday morning when he was asked about his alma mater’s first-ever trip to the NCAA hockey tournament.

Canisius won the Atlantic Hockey championship last weekend in Rochester and will play top-seeded Quinnipiac on Saturday at 5:30 in Providence, R.I. Conacher tweeted his congratulations to the Ice Griffs over the weekend for an accomplishment that he didn’t achieve in his four years on Main Street.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch them again,” Conacher said. “I’ve watched Quinnipiac too this year ... and they have a chance at beating them as long as they stick to the game and the goalie is hot. The goalie [Tony Capobianco] has been hot all year. Hopefully he can continue to be hot and they can put a little run together like RIT.”

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Boston University Names Quinn Head Men's Ice Hockey Coach - Former BU captain and associate head coach returns to take over helm of Terrier program - Boston University Athletics - GoTerriers.com - Tuesday, March 26.

BOSTON - Former Boston University associate head coach and current Colorado Avalanche assistant David Quinn has been named the 11th head coach in the storied history of the Boston University men's ice hockey program, as announced on Tuesday by Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch and President Dr. Robert A. Brown.

Quinn, who played at BU from 1984-1988, replaces his former head coach and mentor, Jack Parker, who announced his retirement earlier this month after 40 seasons at the helm of the Terrier program. At the conclusion of Colorado's season, Quinn will officially take over the BU post.

An All-Hockey East and All-New England defenseman at BU and a co-captain during his senior year of 1987-88, Quinn came back to campus in 2004 to become the team's associate head coach, a role he served in for five seasons. Quinn's recruiting efforts were instrumental in helping build BU's 2009 national championship team. During his time as associate head coach, he worked primarily with the team's defensemen, turning the unit into arguably the best in the nation. All six of the defensemen from the 2009 title squad have reached the National Hockey League.

After helping the Terriers reach the pinnacle of college hockey, Quinn left to join the Avalanche organization as the head coach of its American Hockey League affiliate in Cleveland, the Lake Erie Monsters. He compiled a 115-94-7-20 record in three seasons with Lake Erie and guided the Monsters to their first-ever playoff berth in 2010-11. He was named an assistant coach on former BU teammate Joe Sacco's staff at Colorado prior to this season.

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"I am very excited to be a part of the RIT organization next year," says Fostvelt. It has always been my goal to get a Division 1 scholarship and I just couldn't be happier with my decision to be a Tiger. I would like to thank my friends, family and past coaches for all of their support in getting me to the NCAA."

"Dustin is an elite puck moving defenseman that is able to close defensively very quickly due to his great skating ability," says Saints Head Coach and General Manager Jason McKee. "Dustin has played in all key situations for us this season and has had a breakout year. Dustin has worked very hard in achieving his goal of acquiring a post secondary scholarship and the Saints organization is extremely proud that he will be the 5th member of this year's roster that has committed to playing Division 1 hockey this year."

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Griffs Open First NCAA Tournament On Saturday - Canisius College Athletics - GoGriffs.com - March 28.

Canisius (19-18-5) vs. Quinnipiac (27-7-5) - East Regional Semifinal - Date: Saturday, March 30 -
Time: 5:30 pm ET - Location: Providence, Rhode Island - Arena: Dunkin’ Donuts Center -
TV: ESPN3.com - TWCSC Buffalo (Channel 25/52) Rochester (Channel 98) - Syracuse - Albany - Manhattan - NESN.

Canisius/Quinnipiac vs. Boston College/Union - East Regional Final - Date: Sunday, March 31 -
Time: 6:30 pm ET - Location: Providence, Rhode Island - Arena: Dunkin’ Donuts Center - TV: ESPNU - WatchESPN.com

SCOUTING THE GRIFFS - Canisius finished the regular season in seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with a 12-13-2 mark. The Griffs are now 19-18-5 overall after winning a program-record eight-straight games en route to the Atlantic Hockey Championship. Canisius is ranked 20th in the USCHO.com national poll, marking the first time in the school’s history that the team is ranked.

Junior Kyle Gibbons – a third-team All-Atlantic Hockey selection – leads the Griffs with 38 points, 18 goals and 20 assists this season. Junior Tony Capobianco has anchored the nation’s 14th-ranked defense with a 2.35 goals against average and .930 save percentage.

HOW THEY GOT HERE - Canisius earned one of five automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament by claiming the 2013 Atlantic Hockey Championship. The seventh-seeded Griffs swept best 2-of-3 series against No. 10 Bentley and No. 2 Air Force. Canisius then defeated top-seeded Niagara in the semifinals, 5-3, and No. 6 Mercyhurst in the championship, 7-2. At No. 7, Canisius is the lowest-seeded team to win the league title. The Griffs are also just the second team to defeat both of the top two seeds en route to the crown (Air Force-2007).

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Canisius Golden Griffins Game Notes - NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinals/Finals -
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Niagara Matched Up Against North Dakota in NCAA Opener - Niagara University Athletics - PurpleEagles.com - Thursday, March 28.

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. - The Niagara hockey team is heading back to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in their 17-year history, earning its second ever at-large bid into the postseason. The Purple Eagles will face North Dakota in first-round action in the West Regional at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Friday, March 29 at 5:00 pm ET.

Tune In - The games versus North Dakota will be broadcasted live on WJJL 1440 AM and PurpleEagles.com, with Jeremy White and Steve Warzala on the call. The contest can also be seen LIVE on ESPNU (DirecTV Channel 208, Time Warner - Channel 137), and available online on ESPN3.com/WatchESPN.com

Tournament Opponent: North Dakota - enters the NCAA Tournament with a 21-12-7 overall mark. The team wrapped up WCHA play as the No. 4 seed, owning a 14-7-7 record. Leading UND in points and goals is senior Danny Kristo with 51 points on 25 goals. He is second on the team for assists (26), as senior Corban Knight holds the top spot with 33 helpers. In net for North Dakota is junior Clarke Saunders who recorded a 13-8-4 mark on the season after playing in 25 games. He has a goals-against average of 2.26 and a save percentage of 916.

All-Time vs. North Dakota - Niagara is 0-4-0 all-time vs. North Dakota, most recently a 3-1 win on Jan. 2, 2010 at the Notre Dame Shillelagh Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

We Meet Again - The only previous NCAA Tournament meeting between UND and Niagara was UND’s 4-1 win in the 2000 West Region final in Minneapolis.

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NCAA Tournament - Regional Previews - USCHO.com - Thursday, March 28.

West - It’s almost getting predictable. When Minnesota and North Dakota both make the NCAA tournament, they end up in the same regional. It has happened four of the last five times the teams have appeared in the same field of 16, dating to 2006. As the top two seeds, they could be meeting Saturday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., for a spot in the Frozen Four. Niagara and Yale, however, have other ideas.

http://www.uscho.com/2013/03/28/midw...-dakota-final/

East - As winner of three of the last five national championships, Boston College makes any NCAA regional more difficult. Then you add that the Eagles are the only team in the 2013 East Regional that didn’t win a conference championship this season and are the only team entering the group with a loss in its last game and you have the makings of a highly competitive bracket. Top overall seed Quinnipiac won the ECAC Hockey regular season title and the third-place game in the playoff championship. Union took the ECAC playoff title for the second straight year. And Canisius is on an eight-game winning streak after picking up the Atlantic Hockey playoff crown.

http://www.uscho.com/2013/03/28/east...ill-the-field/

Midwest - As the CCHA wraps up business after a 42-year history, its two championship-winning teams this season hold the top two spots in the 2013 Midwest Regional. Notre Dame won the playoff championship to take the final No. 1 seed away from regular season champion Miami, which slipped to the second band. And if NCAA tournament experience means anything, the RedHawks might have an advantage. They’re the only team playing this weekend at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, that was in the NCAA tournament last season. Minnesota State makes its first appearance since 2003, while St. Cloud State is back after missing the last two national tournaments. The Fighting Irish last made the field in 2011.

http://www.uscho.com/2013/03/28/midw...top-two-seeds/

Northeast - The 2013 Northeast Regional field includes two of the hotter teams in the country and two teams that had to sit out last weekend after losing league quarterfinal series. Massachusetts-Lowell and Wisconsin face off in the first game, both on the heels of a conference tournament championship. For the River Hawks, it was the first Lamoriello Trophy in school history; Wisconsin claimed its first Broadmoor Trophy in 15 years. New Hampshire and Denver, meanwhile, had to wait out the conference championship weekend before getting into the field as at-large selections.

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Atlantic Hockey Weekend Preview - March 29-March 31 - AtlanticHockeyOnline.com - Thursday, March 28.

For the first time in the 10-year history of Atlantic Hockey two teams will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament. Canisius gained the automatic bid for winning the AHA Tournament, while Niagara garnered the leagues first at-large berth.

West Regional Semifinals - #3 Niagara vs. #2 North Dakota - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan - Friday, March 29 - 5:30 pm ET - TV: ESPNU. East Regional Semifinals - #4 Canisius vs. #1 Quinnipiac, Dunkin’ Donuts Center - Providence, Rhode Island - Saturday, March 30 - 5:30 pm ET - TV: TWCSC Buffalo (Channel 25/52) Rochester (Channel 98) Syracuse - Albany - Manhattan - NESN.

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UND meets Niagara in West Regional - Jayson Hajdu - UND Athletic Media Relations - UNDsports.com - Tuesday, March 26.

THIS WEEK: No. 2 seed North Dakota (21-12-7) faces No. 3 seed and Atlantic Hockey regular season champion Niagara (23-9-5) in the NCAA West Region semifinal on Friday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Top-seeded Minnesota and No. 4 seed Yale will do battle on Friday afternoon prior to UND’s game in the other semifinal. The winners will meet in the regional championship game on Saturday.

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North Dakota Game Notes - West Regional Semifinal - vs Niagara Purple Eagles -
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No. 1 Bobcats Face Canisius In NCAA Tournament East Regional In Providence, Rhode Island.
Quinnipiac Athletics - QuinnipiacBobcats.com - Thursday, March 28.

NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament East Regional - The nationally-ranked No. 1 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will take on the No. 20 Canisius College Golden Griffs in the first game of the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament East Regional on Saturday, Mar. 30 at 5:30 pm ET at the Dunkin Donut Center in Providence, R.I.

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Quinnipiac Bobcats Game Notes - East Regional Semifinal - vs Canisius -
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2013 NCAA Tournament Schedule - Regional Semifinals - Friday, March 29.

West Regional - Semifinals - Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, Michigan.

2:00 pm ET - Yale vs Minnesota - LIVE - TV - LIVE - ESPNU - Online - WatchESPN.com
5:30 pm ET - Niagara vs North Dakota - TV: LIVE - TV - ESPNU - Online - WatchESPN.com

Northeast Regional - Semifinals - Verizon Wireless Arena - Manchester, New Hampshire.

4:30 pm ET - Wisconsin vs Massachuesetts-Lowell - Online - ESPN3.com - TV: NESN, Time Warner Cable Sports
Channel Buffalo, Rochester-Channel 98, Albany, Ohio, WHME-South Bend, Ind-Channel 46, KQEG-LaCrosse, Wis-Channel 23/51.

8:00 pm ET - Denver vs New Hampshire - LIVE - TV - ESPNU - Online - WatchESPN.com

ESPNU-Regional-ESPN3.com-WatchESPN.com - Announcers - Regional Semifinals -
West Regional - Joe Davis (Play By Play) Sean Ritchin (Analyst)
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Top line sets table for Niagara - Miguel Rodriguez - Buffalo News Sports Reporter - BuffaloNews.com - Friday, March 29.

LEWISTON. NY. — Giancarlo Iuorio and Marc Zanette have been feeding Ryan Murphy all season, and not just on the ice. The three forwards make up Niagara’s top line and live together off campus, along with teammates Patrick Divjak and Kevin Ryan of Eden. When they’re not talking hockey around the house, it’s because Iuorio and Zanette are too busy in the kitchen making sure Murph and the gang are properly fueled up for practices and games.

“They’re good cooks. They both share the duties and I do the dishes,” said Murphy, who leads the Purple Eagles with 36 points and knows his role at home. “I can’t complain about their cooking. They’re great guys to live with, and they’re great guys to play with.”

Murphy may not dabble in food preparation, but it’s not a secret Niagara’s offense has been cooking throughout the season when he, Iuorio and Zanette buzz around the zone, making life difficult for opposing teams. The trio has combined for 98 points, scoring 46 of the Purple Eagles’ 115 goals. Iuorio has earned the title of executive chef since his return from an upper-body injury nine games ago. The line has piled up 29 points in that span, with Iuorio getting 14 (nine goals, five assists) to run his season total to 34 with a team-best 21 goals. Zanette has 10 goals and 28 points.

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Niagara-North Dakota Scouting Report: Chubak could steal upset - Buffalo News Newspaper - BuffaloNews.com - Friday, March 29.

When one team has 14 NHL Draft picks and its opponent has none, it should be relatively easy to figure out which team should have the advantage on game day. Of course, hockey is a unique sport in which the most talented team doesn’t always emerge victorious. That’s why it would be a mistake to say Niagara is in over its head this afternoon when it plays vaunted North Dakota, which features two Hobey Baker Award finalists in Corban Knight and Danny Kristo.

A good-team defensive game, a red-hot goalie and timely scoring are all an underdog needs to pull off an upset over a talented foe in a one-game playoff. That’s a formula for success in this sport that will never go out of style.

The Purple Eagles, who are making their fourth NCAA tourney appearance, do have a Hobey Baker finalist of their own and game changer in junior goalie Carsen Chubak. The Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year leads the nation in shutouts (six), ranks fourth in save percentage (.938) and eighth in goals-against average (1.91). He’s shown the ability to steal games throughout the season and is itching at a chance to redeem himself on the national stage after last week’s Atlantic Hockey semifinal loss in which he gave up a season-high five goals.

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Keeping Up With NU as it Prepares for the NCAA Tournament - Niagara University Athletics - PurpleEagles.com - Thursday, March 28.

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — After landing its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history, the Niagara hockey team started its trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan yesterday afternoon where the Purple Eagles will face off against the University of North Dakota on Friday in the West Regional Semifinals. In the last week, the swarm of media following was a welcomed sight after a bid to the NCAA tournament was finalized during the selection show last Sunday. Every local television station, along with the Niagara Gazette and Buffalo News were a daily fixture at the rink.

http://www.purpleeagles.com/news/201...328134720.aspx

Day One Gallery - Niagara University Athletics - PurpleEagles.com - http://www.purpleeagles.com/photo_ga...spx?gallery=40

Atlantic Hockey Blog - Picks - Chris Lerch - Atlantic Hockey Columnist - USCHO.com -
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