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Roller-coaster season rages on for Notre Dame as Fighting Irish experience ‘a funny year’

Roller-coaster season rages on for Notre Dame as Fighting Irish experience ‘a funny year’

“It’s been a funny year.” That may seem like an unusual statement from a coach whose team is struggling, but Jeff Jackson isn’t really laughing here. Nor is he crying (photo: Jim Rosvold).
Massachusetts rounding into form, still looking for more offense from Minutemen forwards

Massachusetts rounding into form, still looking for more offense from Minutemen forwards

The doubters have been proven wrong. Massachusetts was not a one-year wonder that last year rode Cale Makar's coattails to the national championship game only to predictably settle back this year into their accustomed position in the lower half of the Hockey East standings. The clock hasn't struck midnight, turning them back into pumpkins. UMass is for real (photo: Rich Gagnon).
Bracketology: Taking an early look at how the 2020 NCAA tournament could potentially shake out

Bracketology: Taking an early look at how the 2020 NCAA tournament could potentially shake out

It’s time once again to do what we like to call Bracketology, college hockey style. It's our weekly look at how we believe the NCAA tournament might look like come selection time, using what we know now (photo: Jim Rosvold).
With attention to defensive game, American International embracing ‘all five guys defending hard on every inch of the ice

With added attention to defensive game, American International embracing ‘all five guys defending hard on every inch of the ice’

Last season was always going to be magic at American International. The Yellow Jackets, armed with their black and yellow-colored glass slipper, captured college hockey’s hearts by winning the Atlantic Hockey regular-season and postseason tournament (photo: Omar Phillips).
‘Not too excitable’ McKay leading national powerhouse Minnesota State from between the pipes

‘Not too excitable’ McKay leading national powerhouse Minnesota State from between the pipes with video game-like numbers

A goaltender named after one of the all-time greats was always going to have a lot of pressure piled upon him, but maybe that’s why Dryden McKay is, as his Minnesota State coach Mike Hastings described him, “not too excitable" (photo: Minnesota State Athletics).
Yale gaining momentum, fin

Yale gaining momentum, finding consistency with Connecticut Ice Festival coming up this weekend

The field for the inaugural Connecticut Ice Festival has suddenly gotten a little more competitive (photo: Nina Lindberg/Yale Athletics).
American International’s Eric Lang on his team, recruiting, impact of 2019 NCAA tournament: USCHO Spotlight Season 2 Episode 16

American International’s Eric Lang on his team, recruiting, impact of 2019 NCAA tournament: USCHO Spotlight Season 2 Episode 16

American International accomplished in 2019 what few would have expected just a couple seasons earlier. Yellow Jackets head coach Eric Lang joins hosts Jim Connelly  and Ed Trefzger to highlight this year's team, the impact AIC's trip to the NCAA regional finals has had on the program, international recruiting, Atlantic Hockey's progress and future growth, and some thoughts on 3-on-3 overtime and the shootout.

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Roller-coaster season rages on for Notre Dame as Fighting Irish experience ‘a funny year’

Roller-coaster season rages on for Notre Dame as Fighting Irish experience ‘a funny year’

“It’s been a funny year.” That may seem like an unusual statement from a coach whose team is struggling, but Jeff Jackson isn’t really laughing here. Nor is he crying (photo: Jim Rosvold).
Massachusetts rounding into form, still looking for more offense from Minutemen forwards

Massachusetts rounding into form, still looking for more offense from Minutemen forwards

The doubters have been proven wrong. Massachusetts was not a one-year wonder that last year rode Cale Makar's coattails to the national championship game only to predictably settle back this year into their accustomed position in the lower half of the Hockey East standings. The clock hasn't struck midnight, turning them back into pumpkins. UMass is for real (photo: Rich Gagnon).
With attention to defensive game, American International embracing ‘all five guys defending hard on every inch of the ice

With added attention to defensive game, American International embracing ‘all five guys defending hard on every inch of the ice’

Last season was always going to be magic at American International. The Yellow Jackets, armed with their black and yellow-colored glass slipper, captured college hockey’s hearts by winning the Atlantic Hockey regular-season and postseason tournament (photo: Omar Phillips).
‘Not too excitable’ McKay leading national powerhouse Minnesota State from between the pipes

‘Not too excitable’ McKay leading national powerhouse Minnesota State from between the pipes with video game-like numbers

A goaltender named after one of the all-time greats was always going to have a lot of pressure piled upon him, but maybe that’s why Dryden McKay is, as his Minnesota State coach Mike Hastings described him, “not too excitable" (photo: Minnesota State Athletics).
Yale gaining momentum, fin

Yale gaining momentum, finding consistency with Connecticut Ice Festival coming up this weekend

The field for the inaugural Connecticut Ice Festival has suddenly gotten a little more competitive (photo: Nina Lindberg/Yale Athletics).
Rankings roundup: How the top 20 teams fared, Jan. 17-18

Rankings roundup: How the top 20 teams fared, Jan. 17-18

Here is a rundown of how the top 20 teams in the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll of Jan. 13 fared in games over the Jan. 17-18 weekend (photo: Minnesota State Athletics).
After sweeping Notre Dame, Michigan’s schedule doesn’t get easier with Penn State on tap this weekend

After sweeping Notre Dame, Michigan’s schedule doesn’t get easier with Penn State on tap this weekend

How does Michigan get to follow up its first road sweep of the season, an upset of No. 14 Notre Dame? “We’re at Penn State,” said Wolverines coach Mel Pearson. “So it just gets easier.” Pearson then laughed (photo: Michigan Athletics).
Thompson forging own name in college hockey realm, lighting up Providence scoresheet often

Thompson forging own name in college hockey realm, lighting up Providence scoresheet often

Certainly, you don’t have to be a Hockey East superfan to know the name Tyce Thompson. But if you we asked who he was, say, on Oct. 1, what would you know about him? (photo: Rich Gagnon).
Miami looking for positives, RedHawks need to be ‘ready for that battle at the drop of the puck

In looking for positives, Miami needs ‘to be ready for that battle at the drop of the puck’

A logjam in the middle of the NCHC standings promises to make for stressful situations as the season progresses, but it also gives several teams big opportunities. Miami is getting its fair share of those chances, but not everything is going the RedHawks’ way. They’re only two points out of a home-ice playoff spot, but they missed a chance last weekend to put added pressure on fourth-place Western Michigan (photo: Bradley K. Olson).
Diminutive Loughran acting as catalyst for Northern Michigan’s offense in expanded role with Wildcats

Diminutive Loughran acting as catalyst for Northern Michigan’s offense in expanded role with Wildcats

Depending on who you ask, Northern Michigan winger Griffin Loughran stands either 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7. The sophomore has been told at every level that he is too small and all he has done is find a way to be effective (photo: Northern Michigan Athletics).
Weekend Atlantic Hockey shootout between Air Force, Army West Point sees cadets ‘go absolutely crazy’

Weekend Atlantic Hockey shootout between Air Force, Army West Point sees cadets ‘go absolutely crazy’

This past weekend, the Atlantic Hockey shootout format enjoyed arguably its best moment during a raucous series between Army West Point and Air Force (photo: Army West Point Athletics).
Grad student Marotte performing admirably for Clarkson, a team that ‘certainly lucked out’ in getting veteran goalie

Grad student Marotte performing admirably for Clarkson, a team that ‘certainly lucked out’ getting veteran goalie

A graduate student who played three seasons at Robert Morris, Marotte is one of the main reasons Clarkson is in first place in the ECAC, a point ahead of Cornell, and No. 7 in the national polls heading into games at Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend (photo: Clarkson Athletics).

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