NCHC snapshot: Western Michigan

Andy Murray retired after the 2020-21 season, ending a 40-year coaching career that included 16 NHL seasons and a 10-year run at Western Michigan and leaving the program's future in question. But under first-year coach Pat Ferschweiler, the Broncos not only advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years, they won … Continue reading NCHC snapshot: Western Michigan


NCHC snapshot: St. Cloud State

After five years, the inevitable happened and David Hranek turned pro after winning 82 games and logging over 8,300 minutes over five seasons. So did five of St. Cloud State's 20-point producers from 2021-22, including their top two who combined for 67 points. St. Cloud State was the envy of Division I in special teams … Continue reading NCHC snapshot: St. Cloud State

NCHC Snapshot: Omaha

Omaha started last season 12-3 and appeared primed for an NCAA title run, but the Mavericks dropped four of their final five, including both NCHC Tournament games and didn't even qualify for the Division I championship. Miami sure didn't help UNO's cause, winning three of four meetings with the Mavericks including a sweep at Cady … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: Omaha

NCHC Snapshot: North Dakota

North Dakota appeared poised for another NCAA title run last season after tying for first place in the NCHC with 53 points thanks to a late seven-game winning streak. UND swept Colorado College in the first round of the conference tournament, but the Fighting Hawks fell to Western Michigan in the Frozen Faceoff semifinal and … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: North Dakota

NCHC snapshot: Minn.-Duluth

Amazingly, Minn.-Duluth had advanced to the Frozen Four four straight seasons, but the Bulldogs saw that streak snapped this spring in the NCAA quarterfinal round, when Denver knocked them out on a goal with six minutes left. UMD has simply been the best team in Division I the past eight years, winning 15 NCAA Tournament … Continue reading NCHC snapshot: Minn.-Duluth

NCHC Snapshot: Denver

In his fourth season at the helm, David Carle's Pioneers routed Minnesota State in the NCAA title game to earn their ninth Division I championship. Denver pounded Miami in a best-of-3 on home ice to open the NCHC Tournament, lost in the Frozen Faceoff semifinal and won the first three NCAA Tournament games by one … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: Denver

NCHC Snapshot: Colorado College

It seems like we say this every year, but Colorado College should be much more competitive in 2022-23. The good: Everyone that recorded 13 or more points for the Tigers last season is returning. The bad: Only seven skaters on last year's team even met that threshold. CC, which finished 50th in the NCAA in … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: Colorado College

NCHC Snapshot: Western Michigan

Last month Andy Murray, who had coached Western Michigan for the past 10 seasons, stepped down, and assistant Pat Ferschweiler was promoted to fill the vacated spot. The Broncos were 14 games over .500 in Murray's last five seasons, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament once in 2017. Ferschweiler was an assistant for the Detroit Red … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: Western Michigan

NCHC Snapshot: Minn.-Duluth

What a four-year run it has been for Minnesota-Duluth. In 2018, national title. In 2019, national title. In 2020, the Bulldogs had 22 wins heading into the NCHC Tournament, but COVID canceled the entire postseason. Then came 2021. After Michigan was forced to forfeit its first-round NCAA matchup, UMD's five-overtime win over North Dakota was … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: Minn.-Duluth

NCHC Snapshot: Denver

By its standards, Denver's 2020-21 season was a disaster. The Pioneers snapped a 22-year string of winning seasons and failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. But there's still plenty of cause for optimism in the DU camp, as fourth-season coach David Carle's first two teams finished with winning … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: Denver

NCHC Snapshot: Colorado College

Colorado College opens Ed Robson Arena this fall, a beautiful 3,000-plus seat on-campus facility, and that will certainly benefit recruitment. Because CC can use the help. The Tigers have not reached .500 since 2011-12, and their .217 winning percentage last season was their worst in five years. To be fair, Colorado College's schedule consisted exclusively … Continue reading NCHC Snapshot: Colorado College