Matt Niskanen and the Pittsburgh Penguins have a 3-1 lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference semifinals after a 7-3 win at Ottawa on Wednesday night. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a game story here.
J.T. Brown and the Syracuse (N.Y.) Crunch face Wilkes-Barre-Scranton in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup semifinals starting Saturday. The Syracuse Post-Standard has a preview here.
Approximately 5,000 runners weren’t allowed to finish the 2013 Boston Marathon on April 15 because of bombings in the finish line area. The Boston Athletic Association has invited those runners to participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon. A news release is here.
Chris Dilks of SB Nation finishes his list of the Top 20 stories in the college game for 2012013, with the top five picks here.
The search for a coach at Alaska Anchorage continues, with all sides of the equation being heard from in a story by Doyle Woody of the Anchorage Daily News here. A coach to replace Dave Shyiak is expected to be named by June 15.
Grandma’s Marathon course recordholder Dick Beardsley talks with ihealthtube about proper marathon training and the benefits of participation here.
Competitor Magazine talked with Kara Goucher about the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings here.
Runner’s World charts the most popular U.S. marathons (by the number of race finishers) since 1972 in a story here.
Duluth East senior defenseman Meirs Moore said Tuesday on Twitter that he’s made a commitment to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., likely starting in 2014-15.
Moore was named 2013 News Tribune high school boys player of the year. He scored 19 goals and added 30 assists in 2012-13 in leading the Greyhounds to a fifth consecutive Minnesota Class AA tournament. Ten goals came on East’s power play. He was on East’s varsity for three years.
He finished the hockey season playing nine games for Sioux City (Iowa) in the U.S. Hockey League and is expected to be with the Musketeers in 2013-14.
“Meirs is one of the best defensemen that I’ve ever coached,” longtime East coach Mike Randolph told the News Tribune in April.
Randolph lauded Moore’s hockey instincts, a quick first stride and excellent passing and shooting skills.
“He has a lot of ability to get you out of your zone and, once you get into the (opponents’) zone, he creates a lot of offense,” said Randolph. “There’s no question in my mind that he can play at the Division I level.”
Moore’s dad, Skeeter, was a Minnesota Duluth winger from 1983-87, recording 165 points in 149 games, including 60 goals.
RPI finished second in the 12-team Eastern College Athletic Conference in 2012-13 and was 18-14-5 overall. Seth Appert, who spent nine seasons as a University of Denver assistant, has been RPI’s head coach the past seven years. There were three Minnesotans on the RPI roster in 2012-13.
Is former U.S. Olympic wrestler Jim Scherr, commissioner of the NCHC, leaning toward a position with the inaugural European Games? Updates from College Hockey News and U.S. College Hockey Online
If Bruce Ciskie had Scherr’s job for a day he says he would address these items
The Omaha World-Herald has a story on Nebraska-Omaha assistant Steve Johnson leaving the Mavericks
Former Alaska Anchorage coach Dave Shyiak has responded to allegations of hitting a player with a stick in a story from College Hockey News and Anchorage athletic director Steve Cobb says he didn’t think the incident deserved discipline at the time in a story in Anchorage Daily News here.
The NHL Scouting Combine convenes May 27-June 1 in Toronto. A list of invitees from NHL.com is
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
The United States claimed the bronze medal at the World Championships on Sunday in a 3-2 shootout victory over Finland before 6,836 fans at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
A recap from USA Hockey and Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey is video highlights and video post-game interviews
Sweden defeated Switzerland 5-1 in the title game.
The top-ranked Brooks Bandits rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to defeat the Minnesota Wilderness of Cloquet 5-4 in overtime Saturday in Canada’s Royal Bank Cup in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
Brooks beat host Summerside 3-1 in Sunday’s title game.
A Brooks-Minnesota game recap from the tournament web site is here.
A feature story on Minnesota coach Rod Aldoff is here and Royal Bank Cup individual award winners were named in a news release here.
On Friday, Dubuque finished a championship sweep of Fargo in the U.S. Hockey League’s Clark Cup — 3-2 in overtime in Fargo, N.D. The Fargo Forum has a recap here.
This news release Thursday from the North American Hockey League. The Minnesota Wilderness of Cloquet joins the league in 2013-14:
Corey Millen is the new head coach of the NAHL’s Minnesota Wilderness.
The Minnesota Wilderness, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have announced that Corey Millen has been named the team’s new head coach. Millen is a Cloquet, Minnesota native and has had previous head coaching experience in the North American Hockey League with the Wasilla Spirit and Alaska Avalanche organization, mostly recently during the 2011-12 season.
“We are excited to welcome Corey Millen to the Wilderness organization,” said Wilderness Owner and Governor Scott Thielen. “With his vast hockey knowledge and coaching experience, particularly at this level, we are confident he will lead our organization to become one of the best in the league.”
A standout college player at the University of Minnesota from 1983-87, Millen went on to play 14 years of professional hockey in North America and Europe. Millen, a third-round selection of the New York Rangers in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, played for five NHL teams – the Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames – scoring 209 points on 90 goals in 331 career games.
“I am very excited to be back coaching in the NAHL,” said Millen. “My experiences in the league have been a lot of fun and ones that are memorable.” As for going back to his home state of Minnesota and hometown of Cloquet, Millen said that he is looking forward to the familiarity and opportunity. “It is a great opportunity because of the people I know and the knowledge I have of the area. The location of the Wilderness is very exciting because the league continues to grow the footprint into areas that are passionate about hockey and located close to so many NCAA schools. I think it will give us a great chance to be successful on the ice and also moving players onto the next level.”
The United States defeated Russia 8-3 Thursday morning in the World Championships quarterfinals before 5,506 fans at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. It was Russia’s most one-sided loss in tournament history.
Among WCHA-connected players, Paul Stastny of Denver had two goals and two assists; Craig Smith of Wisconsin had five assists; Ryan Carter of Minnesota State-Mankato had a goal and an assist;Tim Stapleton of Minnesota Duluth had an assist while defenseman Justin Faulk logged the most ice time at 22:02; and St. Cloud State’s Drew LeBlanc was not in the lineup.
Recaps from the International Ice Hockey Federation and USA Today’s Kevin Allen and a game summary here.
Video highlights and post-game interviews from the IIHF
The USA plays Switzerland in Saturday’s semifinals.
Bruce Ciskie has a few UMD post-season thoughts right
Former Minnesota Duluth assistants Steve Rohlik and Brett Larson have reunited at Ohio State for the 2013-14 season: Rohlik, 44, as head coach and Larson, 40, as associate head coach, accepting the position Tuesday.
Stories from the News Tribune here, Sioux City (Iowa) Journal here, the Sioux City Musketeers web site here and Ohio State athletic web site here.
UMD plays at Ohio State on Nov. 1-2.
This from the Minnesota Duluth sports information office Tuesday:
Senior Mike Seidel, who paced Minnesota Duluth in a number of offensive statistical categories this past winter, is the recipient of Mike Seiler Award as the Bulldogs’ Most Valuable Player for 2012-13, the team announced Tuesday.
Seidel, a right winger from Darien, Ill., and the reigning Bulldog Fan Favorite Award winner, saved some of his best hockey for last and wound up first among 2012-13 Bulldogs in goals (17), power play tallies (nine), game winners (four) and shots (150) while tying for the team scoring lead with 34 points. All of those totals either eclipsed or equaled his previous career bests.
The Jerry Chumola Rookie of the Year Award went to center Tony Cameranesi, a member of the WCHA All-Rookie Team who finished as UMD’s top point producer along with Seidel and fellow freshman forward Austin Farley. The Maple Grove, Minn., product racked up 14 goals (seven of which came on the power play) to go with 20 assists and was one of just six Bulldogs to skate in all 38 games.
In addition, rookie center Cal Decowski landed the Mike Sertich Award (Most Improved Player) as a reward for a solid stretch run in which he racked up six of his eight overall points (three goals and five assists) in the last nine outings of the year. Senior defenseman Drew Olson received the Goldie Wolfe Award (Most Inspirational Player), senior right winger Keegan Flaherty was honored with the Bulldog Community Service Award and junior defenseman Tim Smith earned himself the Bob Junkert Award for possessing the best plus-minus (+3) of any Bulldog this winter
Slovakia defeated the United States 4-1 Tuesday in the World Championships before 9,262 fans in Helsinki, Finland. Danny Kristo of Eden Prairie, Minn., had America’s goal. The loss cost the U.S. the Group H title, however the Americans (5-2) are in Thursday’s quarterfinals against Russia at 5 a.m. CDT
The International Ice Hockey Federation has a game recap and video (including an interview with Tim Stapleton) and
Former Alaska Anchorage coach Dave Shyiak, fired March 29 after eight seasons, is accused of hitting Anchorage player Nick Haddad with a hockey stick according to a letter by former player Mickey Spencer sent recently to the school’s president, board of regents and chancellor. Doyle Woody of the Anchorage Daily News has the details
Minnesota Duluth has a promotion providing a drawing of one gift a day through June’s 30 days for those renewing season tickets for men’s and women’s hockey, and football, by the end of May. Details of the 30-for-30 deal are available on the school’s athletic web site