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GOTW: No. 1 North Dakota rides goaltender Thome to weekend sweep of No. 6 Denver, inches closer to clinching NCHC hockey crown

It was another close-checking game, but for the second straight night, No. 1 North Dakota skated to a 3-1 victory over No. 6 Denver, further advancing the Fighting Hawks towards capturing the NCHC regular-season crown (Photo: Russell Hons/UND Athletics)
Friday’s hockey round-up: No. 5 Clarkson outlasts No. 15 Quinnipiac, 3-2, remains tied atop ECAC with No. 2 Cornell

Friday’s hockey round-up: No. 5 Clarkson outlasts No. 15 Quinnipiac, 3-2, remains tied atop ECAC with No. 2 Cornell

Clarkson's Anthony Callin's scored with less than five minutes left in the second to break a 2-2 tie as the Golden Knights earned a road win at Quinnipiac, 3-2, to keep pace with Cornell atop the ECAC (File photo: Clarkson Athletics/Jim Meagher)
USCHO GAME OF THE WEEK: Grad transfer Michaud leading top-ranked North Dakota for home series against Denver

USCHO GAME OF THE WEEK: Grad transfer Michaud leading top-ranked North Dakota into home series against No. 6 Denver

This week, as much as it ever has, Westin Michaud suiting up in the green, white and black of North Dakota makes a lot of sense (photo: Russell Hons/UND Athletics).
Former Princeton women’s hockey captain Laing facing down adversity, has ‘some exciting things coming up’

Former Princeton women’s hockey captain Laing facing down adversity, has ‘some exciting things coming up’

Back on Dec. 31, 2015, Denna Laing took the ice for the 2016 Outdoor Women’s Classic, the first outdoor professional women's hockey game.Denna, a...
No. 6 Denver at No. 1 North Dakota preview with Fighting Hawks TV voice Alex Heinert: Game of the Week college hockey podcast Season 2 Episode 19

No. 6 Denver at No. 1 North Dakota preview with Fighting Hawks TV voice Alex Heinert: Game of the Week college hockey podcast Season...

No. 6 Denver visits No. 1 North Dakota in a weekend NCHC series. Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger are joined by Midco Sports TV play-by-play broadcaster Alex Heinert. Also in this episode: in the Big Ten, Michigan and Michigan State, in the WCHA, No. 16 Bemidji State is at No. 19 Northern Michigan. Hockey East features a home-and-home matchup between No. 11 UMass Lowell and No. 12 Northeastern, while No. 17 Maine looks to stay unbeaten at home with a weekend series against UConn. ECAC Hockey's prime contest is on Friday as No. 5 Clarkson visits No. 15 Quinnipiac, while in Atlantic Hockey, the battle for home ice includes Bentley at RIT. And in non-conference play, Alaska Anchorage visits No. 10 Arizona State.
This Week in NCHC Hockey: Since getting healthy, Western Michigan has ‘a chance to win against anybody’

This Week in NCHC Hockey: Since getting healthy, Western Michigan has ‘a chance to win against anybody’

Starting in mid-November, Western Michigan went through a difficult stretch where the Broncos won one game in nine outings from the end of the first half through the start of the second half, going 1-6-2-1 (photo: Bradley K. Olson).
This Week in Hockey East: Coming off third straight Beanpot title, Northeastern aiming to rise in standings, get better playoff position

This Week in Hockey East: Coming off third straight Beanpot title, Northeastern aiming to rise in standings, get better playoff position

If the season ended today, and games in hand were ignored, Northeastern would miss the Hockey East playoffs after finishing in ninth place. The Huskies, however, would qualify for the NCAA tournament as an at-large team based on being 12th in the PairWise (photo: Rich Gagnon).

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This Week in NCHC Hockey: Since getting healthy, Western Michigan has ‘a chance to win against anybody’

This Week in NCHC Hockey: Since getting healthy, Western Michigan has ‘a chance to win against anybody’

Starting in mid-November, Western Michigan went through a difficult stretch where the Broncos won one game in nine outings from the end of the first half through the start of the second half, going 1-6-2-1 (photo: Bradley K. Olson).
This Week in Hockey East: Coming off third straight Beanpot title, Northeastern aiming to rise in standings, get better playoff position

This Week in Hockey East: Coming off third straight Beanpot title, Northeastern aiming to rise in standings, get better playoff position

If the season ended today, and games in hand were ignored, Northeastern would miss the Hockey East playoffs after finishing in ninth place. The Huskies, however, would qualify for the NCAA tournament as an at-large team based on being 12th in the PairWise (photo: Rich Gagnon).
This Week in Big Ten Hockey: Playing with confidence since 2020 started, Michigan putting itself into conference contention

This Week in Big Ten Hockey: Playing with confidence since 2020 started, Michigan putting itself into conference contention

Owners of a 6-1-1 record since the calendar flipped to the new decade, Michigan seems to be getting hot at the right time (photo: Michigan Athletics).
This Week in Atlantic Hockey: Bentley finding ‘guys are playing for each other,’ ‘now we’re coming together at the right time’

This Week in Atlantic Hockey: Bentley finding ‘guys are playing for each other,’ ‘now we’re coming together at the right time’

Last Friday night’s game felt like a dream come true for Bentley senior Jonathan Desbiens (photo: Presto Sports/Bentley Athletics).
This Week in ECAC Hockey: After slow start to season, Brown back on track with points in four of last five games

This Week in ECAC Hockey: After sluggish start to season, Brown back on track with points in four of last five games

After 10 losses in a row, Brown’s season was circling the drain. It was mid-January and they desperately needed to string some wins together to rekindle their confidence and stop their freefall in the ECAC standings. And that’s just what they did (photo: Shelley M. Szwast).
This Week in WCHA Hockey: Humitz, Calder helping fuel Lake Superior State’s playoff push

This Week in WCHA Hockey: Humitz, Calder helping fuel Lake Superior State’s playoff push

When the month of October ended, Lake Superior State was 2-6-0, having lost consecutive games to Denver, Michigan and Notre Dame. The Lakers followed that up with a sweep of Ferris State to open November only to drop 11 of their next 14 games and find themselves on the outside looking in as 2019 ended (photo: LSSU Athletics).
This Week in Big Ten Hockey: Michigan State ‘where we wanted to be at the end of the season’

This Week in Big Ten Hockey: Michigan State ‘where we wanted to be at the end of the season’

Respectfully, though, perhaps a story just as big as Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio stepping down is how a hockey team picked to finish last in the Big Ten has a good shot at capturing a regular-season championship (photo: Omar Phillips).
This Week in Hockey East: Analyzing the remaining conference games, trying to project the standings

This Week in Hockey East: Analyzing the remaining conference games, trying to project the standings

Every now and again, the stat nerd inside of me makes an appearance and my love of number attempts to clarify what, this year at least, is a very crowded playoff picture (photo: Rich Gagnon).
This Week in NCHC Hockey: St. Cloud State joins list of conference schools with student-run broadcasts

This Week in NCHC Hockey: St. Cloud State student-run broadcasts ahead of curve in rapidly-changing media world

Seldom do hockey people stop being hockey people. Somehow, the sport finds ways to keep its claws dug in. Noah Grant knows that all too well (photo: Noah Grant).
This Week in WCHA Hockey: Nanooks finding success with creative approach to recruiting

This Week in WCHA Hockey: Nanooks finding success with creative approach to recruiting

Some of that uncertainty for Alaska has actually led to some positives for coach Erik Largen and his Nanooks coaching staff, namely on the recruiting trail. But their new hotspot isn’t one of their “traditional” recruiting areas like western Canada (photo: Alaska Athletics).
This Week in ECAC Hockey: Colgate making strides on the power play after getting ‘too caught up in the structure’

This Week in ECAC Hockey: Colgate making strides on the power play after getting ‘too caught up in the structure’ in recent weeks

Picked to finish 11th in the coaches’ preseason poll, Colgate enters the final month of the regular season in contention for a first-round bye in the ECAC Hockey playoffs (photo: Bob Cornell/Colgate Athletics).
This Week in Atlantic Hockey: Despite languishing through trying season, Mercyhurst still hanging around, not packing it in

This Week in Atlantic Hockey: Despite languishing through trying season, Mercyhurst still hanging around, not packing it in

Rick Gotkin has been behind the Mercyhurst bench for 32 seasons, but he's never had one quite like this (photo: Ric Kruszynski/Mercyhurst Athletics).

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