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College Hockey Roundup: Bulldogs earn first NCAA title; Shero bests Holmgren for Hartzell

The Yale Bulldogs grew from harmless pups to a pugnacious power in a matter of weeks, leaving their teeth marks in the NCAA record books in the process. For a team that couldn’t buy a goal during the March 22-23 weekend of the 2013 ECAC Tournament, to a scoring machine in the NCAA Tournament, one must wonder what kind of juiced-up puppy chow the Bulldogs ate in April. Oddly enough, the two Connecticut colleges that faced off in the national championship were shut out in the ECAC semifinals. The top-seeded Bobcats suffered a 4-0 defeat to seventh-seed Brown. Third-seeded Yale …

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NCAA Frozen Four: Who will sit upon the Nation’s Throne?

For only the second time since 1993, the throne of college hockey will seat a new king. Yale, UMass-Lowell, St. Cloud State and Quinnipiac form the Frozen Four and each eye college hockey’s “iron chair.” None of these squads has ever won a national championship and besides Yale this marks their first Frozen Four appearances. Yale’s only berth in the final foursome came back in 1952 where they finished in third-place. Back in 1952 the NCAA ice hockey championships were relatively new with its origin dating back to 1948. From the tournament’s inception through the 1957 championship the event was …

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Upsets headline early action in NCAA conference tournament play

As the nation begins to thaw out and Winter blossoms into Spring, the coolest game on Earth takes control and freezes the ice yet again. Teams began prepping last summer for the days that lie ahead. Months of training, determination, and resilience resonate in players’ as the true test for ice gladiators still remains. Yet, the journey to the Frozen Four has only just begun, and we already have some memorable moments from the early conference tournament action. AHA The most forgotten and underrated hockey in the country comes from the Atlantic Hockey Association. For a conference built on sound …

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Four intriguing NCAA free agents who fit the Flyers’ mold

The Flyers have had recent success fishing the NCAA talent pool for late-bloomers and overlooked players. Matt Read and Harry Zolnierczyk are two of the current Flyers that took the academic route, playing four seasons each of NCAA hockey. Read is a small forward from Bemidji State University who came out of school at 24 years old. The Calgary native was named the CHA Rookie of the Year in 2007-08 and the CHA Player of the Year in 2009-10. As a senior captain in 2010-11, Read was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team. Read led all NHL rookies last season …

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College Hockey Roundup: UMass-Lowell owns Hockey East; Penn State Holds NCAA Attendance Mark

Two weeks ago, the Hockey East conference appeared to be taking shape with the surprise Merrimack Warriors leading the pack. No. 6 Boston College, No. 4 New Hampshire and No. 18 Providence have battled to stay among the conference’s elite throughout the season, but one team written off by many by December 1st has charged to the front of the line. No. 7 UMass-Lowell entered the 2012-2013 campaign with a new, confident swagger after first-year head coach Norm Bazin orchestrated the greatest NCAA Division I turnaround by a rookie skipper. Bazin returned to his alma mater in 2011 in an …

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