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NCHC First-half Thoughts

We’ve reached the Christmas break for all NCHC teams and it appears that three teams have put themselves in good position to chase the Penrose Cup — North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Nebraska Omaha. Minnesota Duluth and Denver are lurking not too far behind with a lot of season left to be played, but…
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UND Wins Several NCHC Awards

UND won several NCHC awards, presented at the Muse Events Center on Thursday afternoon. Dave Hakstol won the league’s coach of the year honor; Zane McIntyre is the league’s goalie of the year; Mark MacMillan is the defensive forward of the year; and Nick Mattson is the scholar-athlete of the year. Here’s a list of…
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Should The NCHC Name Its Second Trophy?

One of the best, somewhat subtle moves that the NCHC made early in its existence was naming the trophy that’s awarded to the league champion. After just two years, the Penrose Cup already has a ring to it among fans. You’ll hear them talk about chasing the Penrose Cup and trying to win it. It’s…
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McIntyre Leads Major Award Finalists

UND junior Zane McIntyre is a finalists for two major awards in the NCHC: player of the year and goalie of the year. McIntyre leads UND’s finalists. The finalists for the coach of the year are all former Sioux (players/coaches): Dave Hakstol, Dean Blais and Scott Sandelin. Mark MacMillan is a finalists for defensive forward…
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What Would Have Happened If…

Two topics of discussion with NCHC and the way it calculates its standings are: 1. the shootout, and, 2. whether it should give teams a point for getting to overtime. For starters, I went back and calculated the standings using the old WCHA format — 2 points for a win, 1 for a tie, 0…
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