Depends on the regional. Usually the Northeast and East tend to be OK because the schools are clustered in that region so its easier for fans to travel to. Midwest and West sometimes are a problem though. Often times they will switch teams in the same band to try and boost attendance. For the Northeast it's pretty easy, because you can count on a Boston-area team or 3 to make the tourney, so you can usually get 2 of them in the Northeast. But no matter where you place the West, someone is going to have to travel a good distance (Denver, North Dakota, Minnesota, etc.), which means less fans will make the trek, and attendance will suffer.
Grazen’s quiet return revives Griffs - Amy Moritz - Buffalo News Sports Reporter - BuffaloNews.com - Friday, March 29.
There was just 1:58 left in regulation and Air Force had a 3-2 lead. The Falcons looked ready to even the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinal series and force a deciding third game. But Matthew Grazen changed all that. His goal continued a third-period rally by the Golden Griffins, who went on to win in overtime. It was a key goal at a key time and one of many instances that can be used to illustrate the reasons behind a successful run by the Canisius hockey team - a goal produced by hard work, trust in teammates and a quiet confidence that the outcome would take care of itself.
Canisius-Quinnipiac scouting report: Griffs have to beat Bobcat defense - BuffaloNews.com - Friday, March 29.
What happens when you put the hottest team in college hockey up against the overall No. 1 seed? We get to find out Saturday night when Canisius College faces off against national No. 1 Quinnipiac at 5:30 pm ET. in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Providence, R.I. While the teams did not play each other this year, there is familiarity between the programs. The Bobcats were a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and then Atlantic Hockey, along with Canisius, from 1999 to 2005, when they left to join the ECAC. In fact, Canisius got the better of Quinnipiac in two of the three times they met in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs. While the history is interesting, the present is much more compelling. The Golden Griffins are on an eight-game winning streak, the longest streak in the nation.
NU Continues to Prep for NCAA West Regional Semifinal - Niagara University Athletics - PurpleEagles.com - Friday, March 29.
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - It’s game day Purple Eagle fans and the Niagara hockey team has been preparing for its tilt against North Dakota in the NCAA Tournament West Regional Semifinal since the early hours of the morning. The team went about their game day routine as they have all season. The group was up and having breakfast by 9:15 am ET this morning. After breakfast, the team’s second order of business was to hit the ice for pregame skate.
Scoring and Victory Elude Niagara - NU’s Chubak gives way in one-minute blitz -
Miguel Rodriguez - Buffalo News Sports Reporter - BuffaloNews.com - Friday, March 29.
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - For most of the night, Niagara’s Hobey Baker Award finalist Carsen Chubak outplayed the other two players on the ice who are also being considered for college hockey’s player of the year honor. Chubak stood and delivered for all but a 57-second stretch that denied the Purple Eagles a fairy-tale ending to start the biggest weekend in the history of Western New York college hockey. That’s when the ending Buffalo area sports teams have come to dread resurfaced.
Danny Kristo’s goal with 17:07 left in the third period completed North Dakota’s two-goal blitz that left Niagara reeling for much of the rest of the frame during a 2-1 victory Friday evening in an NCAA Tournament West Regional semifinal at Van Andel Arena. Andrew MacWilliam’s goal from the point through a screen that handcuffed Chubak tied the game with 18:04 left. Then Kristo beat his fellow Hobey Baker Award finalist on a wraparound after his initial shot in tight was stopped by Chubak.
Chubak finished with 41 saves as North Dakota outshot the Purple Eagles 43-29, including a stunning 20-7 during the final 20 minutes. “Carsen’s had a terrific year,” NU coach Dave Burkholder said. “We knew he’d have to be one of the game’s stars. He should be the first star. To keep us in it, we pull our goalie [at the end], have a couple chances, couple whacks at it, it wasn’t enough.
While North Dakota’s defense entered the game ranked second in the nation in total points with 97, Niagara blue-liner Jason Beattie found the score sheet first to break a scoreless tie 6:27 into the second period. Beattie, a senior defenseman and co-captain who entered the game with six goals and 24 points in 105 career games, zipped a wrist shot from the right circle off a rush past Gothberg.
Niagara's Season Ends With a 2-1 Loss to North Dakota - Niagara University Athletics - PurpleEagles.com - Friday, March 29.
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan. – The No. 14 ranked Niagara hockey team fell to seventh-ranked North Dakota with a 2-1 decision in its NCAA West Regional semifinal game Friday at the Van Andel Arena. After Jason Beattie pushed the Purple Eagles ahead by a goal heading into the final period of play, North Dakota scored a pair of quick goals in the third frame and buckled down defensively to cut Niagara’s fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament short.
“It was a great run for our team and for our program,” head coach David Burkholder said. “I am really proud of how we played tonight. After 40 minutes it was a great college hockey game and then the penalty parade took us out of our game and we’re going home” “These guys are incredible. What a ride this season has been from the streak we had midseason and winning the regular season. These guys get and deserve a banner, and the NCAA banner that will be hung at Dwyer.”
The first goal horn of the evening sounded at 6:27 as Beattie tallied his third of the season, and second of the postseason to make it a 1-0 game. Matt Williams connected with Beattie on the rush and the senior captain saw his wrister from the right circle beat Gothberg five-hole.
The third period saw a pair of quick goals from North Dakota to put it ahead 2-1 with 17:07 remaining in the final frame. Andrew MacWilliam started the scoring for UND just under two minutes played. Chubak got a piece of MacWilliam’s shot from the left circle, but the puck hit the crossbar and dropped behind the goal line to tie the game. Fifty-seven seconds later Danny Kristo gave North Dakota its first lead of the game as the right winger picked up his own rebound and netted a wraparound for the eventual game-winning score.
Niagara ends the 2012-13 season with an overall 23-10-5 record, and an Atlantic Hockey regular season title. The Purple Eagles will graduate six seniors in Jason Beattie, Dan Weiss, Giancarlo Iuorio, Jeff Hannan, C.J. Chartrain and Marc Zanette.
LaxSabre: Congrats Niagara on a great season! It was fun attending/watching these games the last few months!
Good luck to the seniors - hope you do well with whatever you plan to do with the rest of your life!
NCAA Tournament - West Regional Semifinal Results - Friday, March 29.
Semifinal #1 - Yale 3 - Minnesota 2 - OT - Yale advances.
Semifinal #2 - North Dakota 2 - Niagara 1 - North Dakota advances.
West Regional Final - Saturday, March 30 - Yale vs North Dakota - 4:00 pm ET - TV - ESPNU - Online - WatchESPN.com
Final momentum shift goes to North Dakota in victory over Niagara - Katie Carito - MCHA Columnist -USCHO.com - Friday, March 29.
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - It was a game of momentum shifts. One period belonged to North Dakota followed by one for Niagara. Then the tides turned back to North Dakota. UND took a 2-1 win over Niagara Friday evening to advance to the NCAA West Regional championship game, where it will play Yale for a trip to the Frozen Four.
Trailing 1-0 entering the third period, North Dakota scored twice in the first three minutes to put things in its favor. In between the second and third period, North Dakota’s locker room rose to the occasion with a passionate message between the teammates. “The message between periods was to just leave everything out there. Everyone went out there and left everything on the ice,” UND senior Danny Kristo said. “I think when our team does that, we have success.” The message resonated with the players as the third period was all North Dakota. It started with an even-strength goal from Andrew MacWilliam. He had a wide-open net and took the shot.
‘Incredible run’ comes to an end for Chubak, Niagara - Paula C. Weston - CCHA Columnist - USCHO.com - Friday, March 29.
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - Carsen Chubak is no stranger to hard work between the pipes. The Niagara junior goaltender and Hobey Baker Award finalist gets a workout in many games, as the Purple Eagles routinely give up more than 30 shots per game. Chubak has faced more than 40 shots in five games this season, and in two of those - Oct. 26 against Clarkson and Nov. 17 against Robert Morris - Chubak earned shutout wins. The three other 40-plus shot games were losses, including Friday night’s 2-1 decision against North Dakota in the NCAA tournament West Regional semifinals.
“He’s a heck of a goaltender, that’s for sure,” said North Dakota senior defenseman Andrew MacWilliam, who scored the first North Dakota goal. “It’s no surprise that he’s up for the Hobey. He played well. He stood on his head for the first little bit and then all through the game. We got a little frustrated maybe, but we stuck with it. Kudos to him. He’s kind of dragged them a long way this season and played well again tonight.”
While it may be unfair to characterize Chubak as having dragged the Purple Eagles through the season to the NCAA tournament, there’s no question that he was instrumental in Niagara’s success. Coach Dave Burkholder was counting on Chubak to help the Purple Eagles start strong against North Dakota, and Burkholder said that Chubak didn’t disappoint. “Carsen’s had a terrific year,” Burkholder said. “We knew he’d have to be one of the game stars - he should be the first star - to keep us in it.”
NCAA Tournament Schedule - Regional Semifinals/Finals - Saturday, March 30.
West Regional Final - Grand Rapids, MI - 4:00 pm ET - Yale vs North Dakota. (TV - ESPNU - Online - WatchESPN.com)
Northeast Regional Final - Manchester, NH - 6:30 pm ET - New Hampshire vs Mass-Lowell. (TV - ESPNU - Online - WatchESPN.com)
Midwest Regional Semifinal #1 - Toledo, OH - 1:30 pm ET - St. Cloud State vs Notre Dame.
(Online - ESPN3.com - TV - WHME (Channel 46, South Bend, Ind.), Fox Sports North, Time Warner Cable Sports 32 (Wisconsin),
Time Warner Cable Sports Ohio, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (Rochester-Channel 98).
Midwest Regional Semifinal #2 - Toledo, OH - 5:00 pm ET - Minnesota State vs Miami, Ohio.
(Online - ESPN3.com - TV - WHME (Channel 46, South Bend, Ind.), Fox Sports North, Time Warner Cable Sports 32 (Wisconsin),
Time Warner Cable Sports Ohio.
East Regional Semifinal #1 - Providence, RI - 5:30 pm ET - Canisius vs Quinnipiac.
(Online - ESPN3.com - TV - NESN, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (Buffalo, Rochester-Channel 98, Albany and Manhattan)
East Regional Semifinal #2 - Providence, RI - 9:00 pm ET - Union vs Boston College. (TV - ESPNU - Online - WatchESPN.com)
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)
Third-period rally lands UND in regional final - Jayson Hajdu - UND Athletics Media Relations - UNDSports.com - Friday, March 29.
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - Trailing Niagara 1-0 with just 20 minutes remaining to extend its season, North Dakota needed a source of offense - any source - to crack goalie Carsen Chubak, the Purple Eagles’ Hobey Baker Award finalist. Enter senior captain Andrew MacWilliam (Calgary, Alberta), he of the three career goals. The bruising defenseman sent a point shot through traffic that beat Chubak high, tying the game just 1:56 into the first period and providing UND for the momentum it had been seeking for much of the first 40 minutes.
Just 57 seconds later, a more familiar goal-scorer, senior Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) converted a wraparound for his WCHA-leading 26th goal of the season to put UND ahead to stay. The win vaulted UND (22-12-7) into Saturday’s NCAA West Region championship game, where it will face Yale.
While his goal ultimately proved to be the game-winner, Kristo said it was MacWilliam’s goal that kick-started UND’s third period rally. “Everyone went out there and did their job and left everything on the ice,” said Kristo. “It was nice to get that (MacWilliam) goal early, and after that we had some momentum.”
MacWilliam said his goal, only his second of the season, was part of a simple UND gameplan. “Their guy slid by me and I just put it on net. They’ve got a good goaltender and that was part of our plan, just getting pucks (on net),” said MacWilliam. “I kind of showed a little patience, which is kind of rare for me sometimes. I’m glad I could chip in.”
Two-goal spurt in third lifts North Dakota to comeback victory against Niagara - The Associated Press - NCAA.com - Friday, March 29.
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Andrew Macilliam and Danny Kristo scored in a 57-second span early in the third period in North Dakota’s 2-1 comeback victory against Niagara on Friday in the NCAA West Regional semifinals. Second-seeded North Dakota (22-12-7) will play Yale on Saturday in the regional finals for a spot in the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. Fourth-seeded Yale beat top-seeded Minnesota 3-2 in overtime in the opener.
MacWilliam tied it with an unassisted goal, his second goal of the season, at 1:56 of the third, and Kristo put North Dakota in front at 2:53 with his 26th goal. Third-seeded Niagara finished the season 23-10-5. Jason Beattie scored for the Purple Eagles in the second period. Zane Gothberg made 28 saves for North Dakota, and Carsen Chubak stopped 41 shots for Niagara.
A fall challenge put Capobianco on winning path for Canisius -
Amy Moritz - News Sports Reporter - BuffaloNews.com - Saturday, March 30.
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - It was early in the season and while Canisius College was playing some pretty good hockey, it didn’t have a whole lot to show for it in the win column. That’s when Golden Griffins coach Dave Smith sat down to have a talk with junior goaltender Tony Capobianco. And that’s when the Griffs’ season started to slowly, and quietly, turn the corner.
At the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on the eve of the first NCAA Tournament appearance for the Griffs against top-seeded Quinnipiac, Capobianco recalled that November meeting. At that time, Canisius had just two wins and three ties. He went into Smith’s office and was surprised to find a cadre of assistant coaches who talked to him about taking his game from good to great.
“It was definitely a positive meeting,” Capobianco said. “Coach Smith gave me a healthy challenge and I liked the challenge. He challenged me to be a better goalie. After that, we took seven of eight points over the next four games and the confidence just grew from there, from the confidence he showed in me.”
Top-Ranked Quinnipiac Rallies Past Griffs Hockey - Canisius College Athletics - GoGriffs.com - Saturday, March 30.
Providence, Rhode Island – Top-ranked Quinnipiac scored three goals in the final 12 minutes of regulation to rally for a 4-3 win against the Canisius College hockey team in the NCAA East Regional Semifinal on Saturday night. The Griffs, ranked 20th in the latest national poll, end their season with a 19-19-5 record
Juniors Kyle Gibbons and Patrick Sullivan and sophomore Stephen Farrell all scored for the Griffs. Junior Tony Capobianco recorded 36 saves on the night, finishing the campaign with a school-record 1,256 stops in 41 games.
The Bobcats now advance to face the winner of Boston College and Union in Sunday’s East Regional Final. (LaxSabre: Union will be their opponent - they upset Boston College 5-1. Game will be on ESPNU/WatchESPN.com at 6:30 pm ET. Go Union!)
LaxSabre - Congrats to Canisius on a great season! These past few weeks, watching you guys play has been a blast. Congrats to all the seniors - good luck in whatever you decide to do after college! Definiately plan on attending more Canisius games next season. Go Griffs!
No. 1 Bobcats Advance To NCAA East Regional Final With 4-3 Win Against Canisius -
Quinnipiac Athletics - QuinnipiacBobcats.com - Saturday, March 30 -
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The No. 1 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team scored three unanswered goals in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and defeat Canisius, 4-3, to advance to the NCAA Tournament East Regional Finals. The Bobcats improve to 28-7-5 for the year, breaking the program record for wins in a season. The win is also the first NCAA Tournament victory for a Quinnipiac team at the Division I level.
Quinnipiac senior Kevin Bui (Edmonton, Alberta) scored the game-winner, with six minutes to play in regulation, to cap the Bobcats' wild, come-from-behind win. Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) had a goal and an assist for the Bobcats while Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) and Jordan Samuels-Thomas (East Hartford, Conn.) also scored. (LaxSabre: In case your wondering, Matthew Peca is not related to Michael Peca who played for the Buffalo Sabres and is currently the head coach of the Buffalo Junior Sabres.)
Griffs lose two-goal lead, fall to Quinnipiac - Amy Moritz - Buffalo News Sports Reporter - BuffaloNews.com - Saturday, March 30.
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – They weathered the first period jitters. They played solidly in the second. And with 12 minutes to play, the Canisius Golden Griffins had a two-goal lead on the No. 1 team in the nation. But Quinnipiac is the No. 1 team in the nation for a reason. The Bobcats’ top line upped its game, scoring three goals in a span of 6:26 capped by Kevin Bui’s game-winner with 5:32 left, to earn a 4-3 win over Canisius in the East Regional first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night.
The game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center ended the dramatic, exciting and validating run for the Griffins. They entered the game on an eight-game winning streak, earning the Atlantic Hockey tournament title and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. And the way they lost the game, by seeing a two-goal, third-period lead evaporate in a 6½-minute span, stings.
“They scored more goals than us, so they earned it,” senior forward Preston Shupe said. “But I think the reason it hurts so much is that we think we’re just as good as them and we think we should have won the game. It’s tough. We had a special thing going. It makes it a tougher pill to swallow because we obviously are right there with the No. 1 team in the nation.”
I don’t feel like we let it slip,” Canisius coach Dave Smith said. “I feel like Quinnipiac earned that victory. Quinnipiac played well. I thought they upped their game. You know what, people say the two-goal lead is the worst lead in hockey. I’ll take a two-goal lead and try to play with it, but they get a power-play goal. They get a real nice goal from Peca. All of a sudden it’s a ballgame and just a tough puck for Tony on the fourth one. It was just a slow burn.”
Quinnipiac (28-7-5) will play Union (22-12-5), which beat defending national champion Boston College (22-12-4) in the late game, 5-1. That East Regional final will be at 6:30 pm ET tonight on ESPNU.
Canisius Notebook: Griffs salute previous teams - Amy Moritz - Buffalo News Sports Reporter - BuffaloNews.com - Saturday, March 30.
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - There is something special about being the first team to make it to the NCAA Tournament. The Canisius Golden Griffins have balanced the pressure of the moment with the exuberance of the experience. And through it all, they’ve remembered that they’ve arrived in their inaugural NCAA tournament thanks to the groundwork laid by their predecessors.
“There will never be another Canisius College hockey team that gets the first NCAA bid and that’s special,” coach Dave Smith said. “We have worked hard at connecting the alums and what we saw at the Atlantic Hockey tournament in Rochester, guys coming from Long Island, guys coming from Toronto. All of a sudden this experience seems to have brought us all together. And if we accomplish one thing from this and that’s it? Successful. That’s great.”
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Canisius coach Dave Smith wasn’t in the best mood after watching his team build a two-goal lead before losing to the top-ranked team in the country, but at least he maintained his sense of humor. He hunched toward the microphone, smiled and jokingly filed a minor complaint. “The 10-minute cooling off period isn’t enough,” Smith said. “I don’t know who makes that suggestion to the NCAA. I don’t know if a 10-day cooling off period would be enough.”
Smith will need a few days to make sense of the season after pushing Quinnipiac, the No. 1 team in the nation, to the brink of an upset before it all fell apart in the final 12 minutes Saturday in the NCAA tournament. Canisius had a 3-1 lead early in the third period before losing, 4-3, in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Allow me to make this clear: It wasn’t a Buffalo thing, where one of the local teams chokes or loses by some fluke goal or bad call. Canisius gave it everything it had but couldn’t keep up with a faster, better team in the end. Quinnipiac had more talent and depth, and it systematically took over in the third period. There was no shame in Canisius losing the game and no shame in how the Griffs lost the game. They lost after executing a game plan to near perfection, riding goaltender Tony Capobianco for as long as they could, allowing themselves to believe they could beat the best and delivering a blow that would have buried most teams. Canisius did all that and lost. And that was a shame given how far the Griffs had come in so little time.
Niagara happy with season despite abrupt ending -
Miguel Rodriguez - Buffalo News Sports Reporter - BuffaloNews.com - Saturday, March 30.
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - When a hockey season comes to an end as suddenly as Niagara University’s did Friday night, it’s difficult to turn that competitive engine off and begin thinking about next year.
The Purple Eagles would prefer to have been playing for a spot in the Frozen Four Saturday against Yale instead of thinking about what could have been following their 2-1 loss to North Dakota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
But there are no mulligans in competitive sports. While Niagara’s memorable season ended sooner than it would have preferred, it’s important to remember this edition of the Purple Eagles fashioned one of the best seasons Monteagle Ridge has ever seen from the program in its 17 years.
Bui goal caps rally as Quinnipiac edges Canisius - Nate Owen - ECAC Hockey Columnist - Saturday, March 30
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - It might have been easy to miss Quinnipiac forward Kevin Bui entering this year. That’s not the case anymore. Bui scored his second clutch goal in the last two weeks, as his third-period strike capped off a late comeback and lifted Quinnipiac to a 4-3 win over Canisius in the opening game of the NCAA East Regional at the Dunkin Donuts Center Saturday night.
The fifth-year senior played in only 37 games his first four seasons, including a year he sat out when the Bobcats were forced to trim their roster to meet Title IX rules. “I’ve just been trying to work hard in practice and I guess it’s paying off right now,” said Bui, whose double-overtime goal sent Quinnipiac past Cornell in Game 3 of the ECAC semifinals on March 18. “Guys are competing in practice; we almost had a fight yesterday because we were competing with each other, and that’s what makes us better.”
Photo Gallery - Matt Eisenberg and Melissa Wade - Photographers - USCHO.com - Saturday, March 30.
Here are photos from Saturday’s East Regional semifinals in Providence, Rhode Island where Quinnipiac beat Canisius and Union beat Boston College: http://www.uscho.com/photos/2013/03/...east-regional/