Boston College In Unusual Position

Boston College has put itself in a peculiar situation heading into this weekend’s final pair of games in the Hockey East regular season. The Eagles are in first place in the league, by two points over Boston University, but only No. 18 in the Pairwise. Which means, if things ended right now, they wouldn’t make the NCAA tournament — something that’s never happened to a first-place team in Hockey …
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The Lacher Story: Behind the Music

This is the behind the scenes true story of tracking down Blaine Lacher, and all that couldn’t be told in last Friday’s Q&A. OK, that’s a bit melodramatic. But it’s true that Mr. Lacher was not easy to find, not even by his old teammates and coaches, many of whom haven’t seen him since 1994, when Lacher, as a junior, set the record for consecutive shutout minutes and helped lead Lake Superior State …
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Catching Up With … Blaine Lacher

For 23 years, former Lake Superior State goaltender Blaine Lacher has held the streak for most consecutive minutes played without allowing a goal, 375 minutes, 1 second, set in 1994. That team was on the way to its third national championship. Lacher left after that season and embarked on a brief NHL career where he wowed teams for half a season before it faded. And then he was gone, rarely heard from …
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One Drought, Over

The past 13 years at Harvard under coach Ted Donato have been bumpy, to say the least. He came in at a time when Harvard was making NCAA tournaments again, but couldn’t get over the hump, either in the NCAAs or withing its own city. Donato’s task was to get the team back to the performances of the late-’80s and early-’90s, when it was a local and national force. In his time, the former star on the …
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Roundup: St. Cloud, Denver, UNO Earn Big NCHC Wins

St. Cloud State swept Miami this weekend, capping it with a 3-1 win Saturday. The wins were big for a number of reasons. First off, it moved the Huskies into fourth place in the contentious NCHC standings, which is the last home-ice spot for the playoffs. Also, it moved St. Cloud State’s overall record one game over .500, which makes it eligible for the NCAAs, for which the Huskies now stand 12th …
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Team of the Week: Northern Michigan

Things have not been easy for Northern Michigan this season. Injuries mounted, its captain was ineligible for the first half of the season, and the goaltending — so reliable last season — got off to a shaky start. Then things changed. In the last six games, Northern Michigan has allowed a combined three goals, and is 5-0-2 in the last seven games. Despite a dreadful start, that’s the Wildcats’ …
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Roundup: Emotional Sweep for Wisconsin

Finishing off an emotional weekend with the passing of legendary former head coach Jeff Sauer, defenseman Jake Linhart ended the game 1:34 into overtime as Wisconsin knocked off Michigan State, 4-3, on Saturday night at Munn Arena. Wisconsin swept the weekend series and maintained a first-place tie with Minnesota. “(Michigan State) came out and wanted to get their season going by beating us tonight,” …
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Jurusik Helps Key Wisconsin Resurgence

After the game had ended — a delayed finish as Cameron Hughes’ game-winning goal was reviewed — Matt Jurusik skated to the side of the boards where his teammates celebrated. When the rest of the Badgers had peeled off one-by-one, creating a red line that snaked across the ice and into the locker room, starter Matt Jurusik and his goaltending partner, freshman Jack Berry, remained. The two embraced …
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Lafferty Emerges As Bright Spot for Brown

Sometimes talented players struggle when first coming to college hockey, for various reasons. But that doesn’t mean the talent is gone, it may just take longer to evolve. A great example of this is Brown junior Sam Lafferty, who has been one of the few bright spots for the Bears this season. Despite the struggles of his team, he has excelled and shown clear progression with his game. “He has tremendous …
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Minnesota-Duluth Bests Minnesota Again to Reach North Star Cup Final

A few weeks ago, Minnesota-Duluth’s 6-foot-5 freshman Riley Tufte, a first-round NHL Draft pick of Dallas, hadn’t scored his first NCAA goal and didn’t even have a point. Now, seven games later, he has five goals and three assists, and his first-period goal Saturday at Xcel Energy Center ignited the Bulldogs rally past Minnesota, 3-2, in the semifinal of the North Star College Cup. Tufte’s goal tied …
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