Umile, Gotkin talk playoffs on March 7 USCHO Live!

On the March 7 edition of USCHO Live! our scheduled guests are New Hampshire coach Dick Umile, whose Wildcats moved forward to the Hockey East quarterfinals after a three-game series win over Merrimack, and Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin, whose Lakers travel to Army for the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals after a sweep of American International. Join us for the conversation and information, Tuesday, March 7, at 8 p.m. EST using the player below or listen using the Spreaker Radio app for iOSAndroid or Windows phone.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with 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.


  1. To lose a lead and win in OT against a High School (a talented one) team says a lot about the depths to which this MSU program has sunk. Gave up 36 shots to the High Schooler’s. Lost another 2 goal lead. Yeah, lets all feel good about that performance. Hopefully, this really does have Mr. Hollis’s attention.

  2. Gophers could get closer to securing a spot in the big dance with a couple of wins this weekend. Hope they get by Bemidji and play SCSU for the tourney. Keep moving up the PWR.

    • Actually, this weekend is critical for the BI6.
      They need to win the few non-conf games left in the season, in order for conf wins to carry much weight in the PWR.
      I’m actually surprised MN is even in the top 16 in the PWR b/c I would not have guessed their SoS was very high.
      In any case, if the conf racks up a few more non-conf lossess, they’ll end up like the AHC, where lots of conf wins don’t get you much.

    • A couple wins would go a long way for the Gophers, but there are a lot of land mines between this weekend and the tourney. Most notably, with the current state of the Big Ten, any losses to Wisconsin, Mich St., or Ohio St. could be very detrimental to their RPI. After all, simply playing them lowers their SOS. The Gophers dug themselves a big enough hole in the non-conf schedule that they can’t afford many losses down the stretch if they want an at-large bid. Their play has improved for sure and they have a great opportunity to demonstrate that this weekend.

      • I agree, but as well as they are playing I don’t think that they are going run the table by any shot. It will be critical that they win against Bemidji State and would be great to win against either Minnesota State or SCSU. I think that it is to the Gophers advantage that they get Michigan and Penn State at home, being the other two ranked teams in the B1G. My fear is that they may stumble against Ohio St. as they play them on the road and they are playing well right now and given we needed OT on both nights to beat them at Mariucci.

    • Michigan looks like a sure thing right now. Wouldn’t take much for another team to win the Shakopee tournament and there’s your two teams in.

  3. I think ppl are going a little overboard with how bad MN is this year. First of all, there is nothing l appreciate more than seeing the Gooph’s near the bottom. However, Minny still has talent and is capable of beating anyone on any given night. There is too much parity in CH, largely anyway, for a program like MN to be “that bad”. It is hard to know just how much they have improved because their recent wins are the result of playing in the much-depleted B10. I watched one period of the Wiscy game, the only thing that was evident was that Eaves has lost what little coaching ability he may have once had. Wisconsin has good players, I cannot believe they lose so many games. MN has young, quick, and bright forwards. Their defensemen are average at best. I have not seen enough of their GT’ing to comment.
    I was pulling for Wisconsin because, well, nobody likes the Gophers. MN will be a team to deal with next year. Wisconsin will be back after a HC’ing change….whenever this happens..??


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