Boston College’s York, Air Force’s Serratore scheduled for Jan. 31 USCHO Live!

Our scheduled guests for the Jan. 31 edition of USCHO Live! are Boston College coach Jerry York, whose No. 8 Eagles sit atop the Hockey East standings, and Air Force coach Frank Serratore, whose Falcons are tied with Canisius for the league lead in Atlantic Hockey. Join us for the conversation and information, Tues., Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. EST using the player below or listen using the Spreaker Radio app for iOSAndroid or Windows phone.

Guest hosting with Ed Trefzger will be USCHO.com Atlantic Hockey columnist Dan Rubin.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at USCHO.com and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with USCHO.com as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He is the color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network, and is a studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He has been a part of the radio broadcasts of Rochester Institute of Technology hockey since their inception — serving as a producer, studio host, color commentator and as RIT’s play-by-play voice for 10 seasons. Ed is vice president and general manager of CBS Sports Radio affiliate 105.5 The Team in Rochester, N.Y., and COO of its parent company, Genesee Media Corporation.

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    • You are most welcome, Justin!

      What I said was that if the same Colorado College team showed, then Michigan had no chance. No team would have had a chance.

      The same CC team that beat BC 8-4 did not make an appearance in the West Regional title game. Like the RedHawks, they had been clicking, and clicking, and clicking…and then — within the span of 24 hours — they were not.

      Always glad to oblige Michigan fans. *grin*

      • regardless the fact remains you picked cc to beat michigan and they didn’t. if you watched the game between cc and michigan, you would have seen that michigan’s line with matt rust almost completely shut down the schwartz line. defense wins and michigan’s defense proved that. the bottom line is michigan outplayed cc and you cannot deny that by saying that cc didn’t play how they did against bc. bc played almost absolutely NO defense whereas michigan did. end of story.

        • Dominic, I said this after the regional semi. I have been a BC fan 43 yrs now. The fact CC beat BC in the opener, was NOT so much about CC being that good, but mostly about BC just NOT showing up!! I watched BC all yr like I always do. We just played AWFUL !! end of discussion. CC was never that good.

      • Paula, you are dead wrong!!! I have been a BC fan 43 yrs now and I know my college hockey. It was NOT that the same CC team that beat BC did not show up for the regional final. It was that the BC team that played all year didn’t show up vs CC. I had a bad feeling back in late Jan when we clobbered BU in a 2 game series. As I said I KNOW my Eagles! and my concern (even though I was glad to pummel BU) was that unlike most Jerry York coached BC teams, THIS one was peaking too early. Turns out I was correct. Watching BC struggle past Northeastern in the HE semi finals I knew we were not clicking on all cylinders as we usually are in March. CC lost EIGHTEEN games this year. “you are what you are” CC ain’t that good.

    • You are most welcome, Justin!

      What I said was that if the same Colorado College team showed, then Michigan had no chance. No team would have had a chance.

      The same CC team that beat BC 8-4 did not make an appearance in the West Regional title game. Like the RedHawks, they had been clicking, and clicking, and clicking…and then — within the span of 24 hours — they were not.

      Always glad to oblige Michigan fans. *grin*

      • regardless the fact remains you picked cc to beat michigan and they didn’t. if you watched the game between cc and michigan, you would have seen that michigan’s line with matt rust almost completely shut down the schwartz line. defense wins and michigan’s defense proved that. the bottom line is michigan outplayed cc and you cannot deny that by saying that cc didn’t play how they did against bc. bc played almost absolutely NO defense whereas michigan did. end of story.

        • Dominic, I said this after the regional semi. I have been a BC fan 43 yrs now. The fact CC beat BC in the opener, was NOT so much about CC being that good, but mostly about BC just NOT showing up!! I watched BC all yr like I always do. We just played AWFUL !! end of discussion. CC was never that good.

      • Paula, you are dead wrong!!! I have been a BC fan 43 yrs now and I know my college hockey. It was NOT that the same CC team that beat BC did not show up for the regional final. It was that the BC team that played all year didn’t show up vs CC. I had a bad feeling back in late Jan when we clobbered BU in a 2 game series. As I said I KNOW my Eagles! and my concern (even though I was glad to pummel BU) was that unlike most Jerry York coached BC teams, THIS one was peaking too early. Turns out I was correct. Watching BC struggle past Northeastern in the HE semi finals I knew we were not clicking on all cylinders as we usually are in March. CC lost EIGHTEEN games this year. “you are what you are” CC ain’t that good.

  1. Hockey is one of the craziest games in the world. Any one of the top 16 teams can beat anyone on any given night. Can’t say BC didn’t come out ready to play with a goal 30 seconds into it. Its just that everything that CC did was right and the were very hot. When you see a team like CC come out and route a team like BC, you know its just one of those nights. Lets just say it made me as a Michigan fan feel really good because I knew that it wouldn’t happen two nights in a row. Michigan saw what CC did to expose BC’s defense, and all they had to do was shut down the neutral zone. Not really hard for a team that has 9 National Championships to figure that one out.

  2. Hockey is one of the craziest games in the world. Any one of the top 16 teams can beat anyone on any given night. Can’t say BC didn’t come out ready to play with a goal 30 seconds into it. Its just that everything that CC did was right and the were very hot. When you see a team like CC come out and route a team like BC, you know its just one of those nights. Lets just say it made me as a Michigan fan feel really good because I knew that it wouldn’t happen two nights in a row. Michigan saw what CC did to expose BC’s defense, and all they had to do was shut down the neutral zone. Not really hard for a team that has 9 National Championships to figure that one out.

  3. Not only do the Mavericks not match up well against the Denver Pioneers (winless in their last 8 games with them, and outscored 31-12), they aren’t very good in their own building. 16-16-2, all time, in Baxter Arena.

    Over that same time span they are 17-14-4 on the road.

    I don’t know how a team can be so average at home playing in a new state-of-the-art facility which is among the largest in all of college hockey, seating just shy of 8,000 people, that is always 2/3 full or even better than that.

    Stranger still, their first season at Baxter Arena was coming off their Frozen Four appearance and they won the first 8 games they ever played there on the way to getting to that 16-16-2 record. 8-16-2 at home since.

    Gets me to wondering how many teams in D-1 college hockey do not have a winning record in their own barn, all time?

    Makes Dean Blais’ “Not in our building” quote pretty funny.

    Is Candace sure he wasn’t talking about his team’s chances in their own arena?

    • Traditionally, other than the year they made the frozen four, Omaha has been a terrible team down the stretch. I can’t even remember when they made it to their conference tournament, even with home ice in the first round. They’re gonna be in for a real wake up call when Denver arrives with the Penrose Cup in their sights.

      • I worry about the WMU-UMD score being known prior to late face-off of DU game. Two periods will have been played and if WMU has two goal lead, or bigger, Pioneers could have major letdown. I think DU has a wide enough margin to remain #1 in PWR, if both UMD and they lose. With three “staggered start” important games it will make for a great night of watching CH.

        • Another issue is Denver just needs to win one game this weekend and hopefully they don’t let that slow them down in either contest.

        • You really think the kids will know the score of the game before they take the ice? That would be a coaching issue if they did. No way they are allowing the guys on their phones in the last hour or two so maybe they see it on the board during the game but even that, they can’t pay that much attention. I wouldn’t worry about much of anything if I were a DU fan at this point. You are going to win the Penrose, sweep CC next weekend, then if you are lucky lose the semi so you can just coast in the third place game and work on not getting anyone hurt and still more than likely end up with the #1 overall or at worst one of the other 1 seeds which is all you really care about at this point.

          • I think the word could likely spread, definitely not by the coaches, on how the UMD-WMU game stands. Most rinks have the updated scores posted and it would be hard to ignore. I am not looking past this weekend, and I think if we play CC it will be closer than many fans anticipate. Because of the way the games start times are, I will be able to catch a lot of the 3 big games. With a half hour difference, I can watch almost all the UND-Miami game.

          • Yeah, just don’t think guys at this stage in their careers care at all what another team is doing. Maybe if it were closer and they had to win them both but honestly the DU players should be pretty relaxed just because of how well they have been playing for the last 2-3 months.

          • You are probably right. Since Penrose was first goal, really thought a letdown is a real possibility. Just human nature to relax, but Montgomery probably preaching how bad it would be to “back in” to title.

          • When I spoke with team captain Will Butcher last week, he said one of team’s goals is winning the Frozen Faceoff. Assuming they advance to Minneapolis, I don’t think they will coast in the first semi.

          • never said they would coast in the semi, just that they would be lucky to lose it. Lot less energy and less chance for injury in the meaningless third place game. I am sure they will go after it hard but if I am a DU fan, I would just not really care if they win it. Winning the conf tourney (imho) is a lot less meaningful than winning the conference and not pushing that weekend for two very hard games sets you up better for the NCAA’s.

          • You are perfect in your thinking. Can’t remember when it was 2004 or 2005 when DU did not even make it to Frozen Faceoff, used the time to heal and practice, and won championship.

          • Yeah would just way rather win the league title than the tourney title, to me it says way more about the team to win the league. I get what Candace is saying but is that a question that even has to be asked. I bet every single team in the conf when they put their goals up on the board for the year put the conf tourney as a goal they wanted (it’s the only way to guarantee your spot in the NCAA).

          • You are absolutely correct, as usual. the Frozen Faceoff does need to eliminate the 3rd place game, however. Remember last years consolation “scrimmage” between DU and UND? I know this year it might have some PWR implications, but normally neither team wants to play.

          • You’re right about the potential of PWR implications, but I’d be pissed as a fan to travel to Minneapolis and get a hotel for an extra night to see my team out first night.

          • I hear you, Ray, but leaving might be better than seeing 2 teams play a game that neither wants. Last year I saw DU practice harder than they played the consolation game. I am sure UND had harder practices than the 3rd place game, also. Most of the time coaches in the consolation game wish they could play to a “running” clock.

          • Last year was definitely a mellow practice and no point to playing it, but I have seen that game mean a lot and teams go all out in it twice in the three years of the tourney

        • I didn’t realize things were taken so seriously. The point made was about PWR with three weeks to go. You need to settle down. I’m aware that Denver only needs to win one game to get the Penrose. Great accomplishment but doesn’t mean much unless you win in April.

          • You are correct. It doesn’t mean anything unless you win in April. Any of the 16 teams that qualify are capable of winning a one-and-done game.

          • Yup.

            Ask Holy Cross and Minnesota about that one, although in fairness, that was the biggest home crowd Holy Cross ever played in front of by a mile.

            Funny, their fans all seemed to be dressed in green, though.

        • Here’s what Jim Dahl had to say on the topic in his blog yesterday:

          “#1 Denver, #2 Minnesota-Duluth, and #3 Harvard will probably keep the top 3 spots among themselves after this weekend, with the ordering of the three dependent on their outcomes. Duluth is capable of taking #1 from Denver, even if Denver gets a pair of wins. Idle Harvard isn’t moving much, most likely staying at #3 with a slim chance of climbing to #2 if a team above them stumbles and some other lucky breaks occur.”

      • They haven’t been to a neutral site round of any conference tourney since the end of the ’04 -’05 season when they were in the CCHA.

        They did make it to the 2nd round of the CCHA tourney in ’06 ‘ – ’07 & ’07 -’08, but that was after the CCHA changed the format and that round was played on campus as well, back then.

        Including that ’04 -’05 season and since, they have had home ice in the first round of a conference tourney 6 times. Their Frozen Four team didn’t even make it out of the first round and they had home ice for that.

        Their all time home conference tourney play-off record? A not terrible 16-10-0, but they haven’t even so much as won a single home conference tourney game since Dean Blais’ first season as head coach there, ’09 -’10. In fact, they have won a total of 3 conference tourney games, EVER under Dean Blais. ONE win, period, home or away, since his first season there!

        Other than the Maverick’s ’10 -’11 season (which was probably the best overall team he’s had there so far) and the Frozen Four team in ’15-’16, Blais’ teams there have not really been very good. Certainly, nothing like what he had at North Dakota. Consistently inconsistent they are.

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