Hockey East commissioner Bertagna, Wisconsin coach Granato join us Feb. 27 for special Monday USCHO Live!

On the Feb. 27 edition of USCHO Live! our scheduled guests are Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna with a look at that league’s wild regular season finish and Wisconsin coach Tony Granato, whose No. 16 Badgers are just three points behind first-place Minnesota in the Big Ten after a weekend split with the Gophers. Join us for the conversation and information, Mon., Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. EST using the player below or listen using the Spreaker Radio app for iOSAndroid or Windows phone.

Be part of the conversation! Send your tweets to @USCHO or your emails to [email protected]. Each episode of USCHO Live! features a look at news around NCAA hockey, a look ahead at upcoming games and events, and conversation with people who coach, administer and play college hockey, and journalists who cover the sport.

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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  1. I gotta say I’m not sad at all that the CCHA will be done after next season. Any conference who implements the shootout deserves to be put out of its existence.

    • You like ties?  I find ties about as boring and stupid as it gets.  There is nothing worse than seeing a hockey team with a record of 15-10-8.  Give me a break.  Ties are for children’s leagues where the parents don’t want anyone to lose!  Hockey is in the dark ages still and needs to get rid of ties. 

  2. I gotta say I’m not sad at all that the CCHA will be done after next season. Any conference who implements the shootout deserves to be put out of its existence.

    • You like ties?  I find ties about as boring and stupid as it gets.  There is nothing worse than seeing a hockey team with a record of 15-10-8.  Give me a break.  Ties are for children’s leagues where the parents don’t want anyone to lose!  Hockey is in the dark ages still and needs to get rid of ties. 

  3. I’m sorry if you already blogged about this and I missed it but what happens to you  2013.   Will you be the NCHC blogger? 

  4. I’m sorry if you already blogged about this and I missed it but what happens to you  2013.   Will you be the NCHC blogger? 

  5. How does this idea sound?”The Land of 10,000 Lakes Pond Hockey Classic” between the Gophers and say…UMD on a pond with portable bleaches surrounding it?  Nostagia at it’s best, and certainly better than those lame outdoor stadium games in which fans can’t see squat!!This thing could have some legs and gain National Publicity big time.  What do you think you movers and shakers out there?  Let’s make this happen!  NBC sports would eat this up big time with the built in marketing (10K lakes/pond hockey), and the nostalgia of playing hockey on pond when we were kids.  I’d buy a ticket for sure.  Hope someone can make it happen.

  6. How does this idea sound?”The Land of 10,000 Lakes Pond Hockey Classic” between the Gophers and say…UMD on a pond with portable bleaches surrounding it?  Nostagia at it’s best, and certainly better than those lame outdoor stadium games in which fans can’t see squat!!This thing could have some legs and gain National Publicity big time.  What do you think you movers and shakers out there?  Let’s make this happen!  NBC sports would eat this up big time with the built in marketing (10K lakes/pond hockey), and the nostalgia of playing hockey on pond when we were kids.  I’d buy a ticket for sure.  Hope someone can make it happen.

  7. I’m predicting um over the U-18, 7-2.
    And MSU over the U-18 High School team, 3-2 OT shoot-out. Could be the last MSU win, exhibition or otherwise, for the rest of the season.

    • It looks to be a long year for your boys this year. What happened from last year to this year? Hildebrand doesn’t seem to be able to steal a game like he used to.

      • From viewing the Spartans last weekend it seemed to be a combination of things. There were some colossal defensive breakdowns, sometimes Hildebrand bailed the team out sometimes not. Then there were other goals that he allowed that simply would not have happened last year Bischoff goal Friday, Reilly goal Saturday). Much like Wilcox last year, repeating the superman impersonation in goal is not so easy to do.

        • It is a combination of things. Defense is lacking. MSU started the season with just 5 D. They auditioned guys off the Club team. So the D is worn right out. Which places enormous pressure on the GT. And so, he is worn out from carrying this team for three and a half years. Offense is where it was four years ago, lost. No PP.
          And players seem to regress instead of PROgress under tCHHCoMSU. To many things to fix all at once. That to, seems to be a habit with this coaching staff. They cannot get a handle on a problem before it affects every other aspect of the team.

  8. I am looking forward to the Wisconsin series and I think it will be a good test for the Gophers. They have worked hard after a slow start to climb back above .500 for the first time this year. Generally speaking records don’t mean much in this series. It will be interesting to see if the Gophers can keep the momentum up. They have played well on the road beating 4 ranked teams, but have struggled recently against Wisconsin and in Madison. On paper one would think that the Gophers would win, but we don’t that on paper doesn’t mean much. If the Gophers can play like they did the last few weekends, I like their chances and I think it will go a long way to building the confidence of the team down the stretch, not to mention improving NCAA chances if they can prevail this weekend.

    • I personally don’t think Penn State is as good as their record reflects. The only ranked team they played this year was St. Lawrence and they tied and lost against them. After watching them play the gophers I wasn’t impressed by their play. They throw a lot of pucks to the net and that may work against the weak opponents they racked up all their wins against but it it’s not going to work against good teams. Just my opinion.

      • They split with Notre Dame(who is ranked) and Split with your Gophers. For a team that has been D1 for 4 years to be beating and splitting with teams with that history and caliber, I’m ecstatic with their record.

        • Notre Dame wasn’t ranked when they split. Having the 39th toughest schedule out of 60 teams isn’t that impressive. Penn State doesn’t play well away from Pegula.

    • We have gone through this the last three years with Penn State. They play a bunch of unranked teams at home and blow them our, compile some gaudy stats and everyone says that they are the second coming. Make no mistake I think Gadowski’s has done a great job and built an exciting team in a short time, but until they can win March and beat ranked teams away from Pegula, it will be hard to consider them legitimate.

  9. No chance western was beating the top team in ncaa especially after they came off a loss. I enjoy reading your articles drew. But mind bringing up who wmu missed this game too? As well as who the hell is den blacker? The b10 blog is the one, and should be the only that’s ripped on for misspellings.

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