CBS’s expected NCHC college hockey schedule
Jan. 9 — Notre Dame at Western Michigan
Jan. 10 — Minnesota Duluth at North Dakota
Jan. 23 — Colorado College at North Dakota
Jan. 30 — North Dakota at Nebraska Omaha
Feb. 6 — Denver at Colorado College
Feb. 13 — St. Cloud State at Minnesota Duluth
Feb. 20 — North Dakota at Western Michigan
Feb. 20 — Denver at Colorado College
Feb. 27 — St. Cloud State at North Dakota
March 6 — North Dakota at Miami
March 6 — Denver at St. Cloud State
Playoff schedule NCHC semifinal game
NCHC semifinal game
NCHC championships game
Someone posted this in another thread. From RedHawkey. RH: So how was your first year as commissioner of the new league? FENTON: It was quite enjoyable. It was a lot of work, but to be able to do something for the first time and establish a new history, a new tradition, a new level of excitement…made for a lot of fun. So we really enjoyed our first year. RH: Do you encounter anything unexpected or was anything more difficult than envisioned in the league’s first season? FENTON: What’s interesting is I’m not sure I had a whole lot of expectations for the things we were going to encounter during the course of the season, because number one, I’d never been through it personally or professionally, and number two, you go something for the first time as an organization, you’re always learning something new about yourself as an organization and maybe you professionally working in the organization. I think everything we did, we tried to plan as best we could for things that were upcoming and I think that helped us taking care of the unexpected things that may have come along the way.
Here's Along the Boards season preview for 2014-15, with North Dakota pegged to be the kings of the conference:
Fate did not bother trying to fix what is not broken in Grand Forks over the summer. All UND needs to redeem its 2014 national and conference semifinal falters (3-0 loss to Miami) is an emboldened offense deep enough to click when it counts the most.
The summer is over, and the 2014-15 college hockey season is almost upon us. On October 5, 2014, the University of North Dakota hockey team kicks off the 2014-15 season, at home, with an exhibition game against the University of Manitoba Bisons.
• The NCHC continues to boast the best non-conference record among the six conferences by a wide margin with a 48-24-4 (.658) mark (Hockey East is second at .573). The NCHC has a winning record against all conferences except Hockey East, going 7-7-1 against Hockey East teams this season. The NCHC is 3-2-0 against Atlantic Hockey teams this year and No. 2/3 North Dakota can build on that when they host Niagara this weekend in the only non-conference games in the NCHC.
• NCHC teams are 18-14-2 against ranked non-conference foes this year. The NCHC’s success shows in the national polls as the NCHC leads all conferences with four teams in the top 10 of both national polls, while the four ranked NCHC teams tie for the most by any conference in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. The NCHC also has four teams ranked in the top seven of the latest PairWise Ratings.
• Eight NCHC players have tallied a hat trick so far this season, which is more than any other conference. A total of eight NCHC players recorded a hat trick all of last season. The latest to record a hat trick was UND senior forward Brendan O’Donnell last Saturday. Denver, UND and WMU have each had two players tally a hat trick already this season.
• Omaha sophomore forward Austin Ortega leads the NCAA with eight game-winning goals this season and has five in his last nine games, including last Saturday. Miami junior forward Sean Kuraly is second in the country with his seven game-winners while no other player in the NCAA has more than five game-winners so far this season.
• Miami senior forward Austin Czarnik is tied for the NCAA lead with 21 assists this season. Minnesota Duluth sophomore forward Dominic Toninato and Ortega, meanwhile, are tied for eighth nationally with 13 goals on the year, which is tops in the NCHC.
• The NCHC is home to three of the top 10 power play units in the country, led by Denver at fourth nationally at 24.4 percent. WMU ranks seventh on the power play at 22.9 percent while SCSU ranks 10th with a 22.2 percent success rate on the power play.
• Denver freshman forward Danton Heinen leads all NCHC rookies with 23 points this year (8g, 15a), which ranks second nationally among freshmen and ties for second in the NCHC in overall scoring. UMD freshman netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo, who has made 17 consecutive starts in goal, leads all NCAA rookie goaltenders with 12 wins on the season.
• Miami junior goaltender Jay Williams is tied for the NCAA lead with four shutouts on the season and ranks fourth nationally in GAA (1.64) and win percentage (.812). Omaha senior goalie Ryan Massa, who returns from injury this weekend, is seventh nationally with a .934 save percentage.
• The NCHC’s Frozen Faceoff Championship Trophy Tour continues this weekend at Magness Arena for No. 13 Denver’s series against St. Cloud State. The Pioneers are the current owners of the trophy after claiming the inaugural NCHC Frozen Faceoff last season.