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Quinnipiac earns top seed as Frozen Four field set

Quinnipiac  University,   regular-season champions  in  the  ECAC,  was  selected  as  the  top  overall  seed  as  the field  of 16 teams was announced for the 2013 NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament on Sunday night. The  Bobcats (27-7-5),  who spent multiple weeks atop the national rankings in the  second half of  the campaign, will open up as the top program in the East Region  at  Providence, RI.  Despite a  sudden exit in  the ECAC semifinals to eventual  playoff  champion Yale, the Connecticut-based school garnered enough notice to gain the lofty honor. Hockey  East regular-season  and  playoff titlist  UMass-Lowell (26-10-2)  was awarded  top …

Titans whip Nailers behind Harper, Cepis

Shane Harper picked up a pair of goals in the game’s first six minutes en route to his first career hat trick, while Jacob Cepis finished with a goal and two assists as the Trenton Titans made short work of the Wheeling Nailers, 5-2, on Friday night. “I’ve played a few strong games while I was here. I wasn’t getting the bounces but today I guess they were going in. Things just went right,” Harper admitted. “I had one job; to play as hard as I could, and put points on the board and get my confidence up. It’s my …

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The Dirty Half Dozen: Six choices for the next Flyers head coach

No matter which way you figure, the sands in the hourglass of Peter Laviolette’s tenure as Philadelphia Flyers head coach are rapidly descending towards the bottom. The power vacuum, whether it is created during this six-day block, at the trade deadline or following the completion of this truncated season, will leave a huge question mark as far as discerning which direction the franchise will head going forward. When it occurs, Laviolette will be the latest in a string of those given the reins, who didn’t manage to make it through four seasons at the helm. That’s where our feats of …

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Titans captain done for season

Andy Bohmbach endured a concussion, multiple American Hockey League call-ups that went nowhere, and near-constant roster upheaval, but always held it down this year as the heart, soul and captain of the Trenton Titans. His season is done. Per Mike Ashmore of the Trentonian, Bohmbach was placed on the 21-day injured reserve list by the club on Wednesday, stripping the struggling team of their best player for the final games of the regular season. The report is he’ll need shoulder surgery. Trenton is in action later tonight in Elmira, in the club’s final matchup this year, then will come home …

Report: Flyers to break bank over Giroux extension

According to John Boruk, host over at Comcast SportsNet Philly, the Flyers are about to go all in on captain Claude Giroux. His tweet from Monday: “You can draw up the contract right now, but Giroux will get 71-72 million over 8 years. It’s just a matter of when it gets done.” Giroux has struggled during this truncated season, his first as team captain following a breakout 93-point performance in a full campaign last year. He’s got nine goals and 26 points in 30 games with four power-play markers and a pair of game-winners, but is a minus-9 — indicative …