Monday, March 21, 2011

While I was out ...

Some happenings in the PucKato's hockey world over the weekend ...

Minnesota State senior defenseman Channing Boe turned pro late last week, signing with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. Boe has played in two games so far. MSU announced Boe's signing in a press release on Saturday, along with the signing of Rylan Galiardi with the AHL's San Antonio Rampage. I was able to talk with Galiardi before he left Mankato but not Boe. By the way, the Rampage made Galiardi's signing official on Friday.

The Gustavus Adolphus women's team lost to Middlebury in the NCAA Division III Frozen Four third-place game 5-0 on Saturday. Norwich, the team that defeated the Gusties in the semifinals on Friday, won the national title, beating RIT 5-2.

North Dakota defeated Denver 3-2 in double-overtime in an amazing WCHA Final Five championship game Saturday night in St. Paul. Matt Frattin scored the game-winning goal and was the tournament's most outstanding player, which should only help his Hobey Baker candidacy.

The Sioux and the Pioneers may be playing a rematch soon than they would like as they both were sent to the same regional for this week's beginning of the NCAA tournament. Playing in Green Bay, Wis., North Dakota, the top seed, will take on RPI on Saturday, while Denver will play Western Michigan afterward.

Three other WCHA teams are in the NCAA tournament, as Colorado College and Nebraska-Omaha are in the St. Louis regional. CC plays top-seeded Boston College on Friday, with UNO playing its old CCHA rival Michigan afterward. Minnesota Duluth was sent east to the Bridgeport, Ct., regional. The Bulldogs will play Union in the second game, following top-seeded Yale vs. Air Force. In the Manchester, N.H., regional, top-seeded Miami plays New Hampshire, followed by Merrimack vs. Notre Dame.

Wisconsin captured its fourth NCAA women's championship and got the Patty Kazmaier Award winner in Meghan Duggan. Pretty amazing season.

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