Leaves Michigan State
Peder Skinner, a sophomore forward at Michigan
State, has left the school to join the Kingston Frontenacs
of the Ontario Hockey League.
Skinner had played three of the Spartans'
first five games in 2005-06, without recording a point.
He had four assists in 20 games as a freshman.
Skinner's departure further depletes a Michigan
State lineup that has been decimated by injuries and could
be without as many as five forwards Friday night against
State Declines to Add Hockey
Kennesaw State will not be joining the ranks
of Division I hockey programs and – most importantly
for existing programs – will not become College Hockey
America's sixth school, the university has announced.
"The biggest reason is the lack of money.
We would have had to charge the students admission fees,"
Kennesaw State athletic director Dave Waples told the KSU
Sentinel. "Hockey is very expensive to operate."
The decision leaves the CHA, which has offered
any prospective sixth member a lucrative bonus package,
one team shy of the six needed to maintain its NCAA Tournament
Green-Ferris State Game Postponed
Bowling Green and Ferris State skated to a
0-0 tie through one period Thursday night at BGSU Ice Arena
before a line was hit while drilling a hole for a net between
periods. As coolant continued to come up through the ice
the game was called for safety reasons.
The Falcons and Bulldogs each had nine shots
in th first period. When a time and date are determined
the game will resume, starting in the second period, with
Ferris State having 1:47 left on its power play.
As scheduled, BGSU and Ferris will play in
Big Rapids, Michigan on Saturday, starting at 7:05 p.m.
Hires White as Assistant Coach
Bentley has named Mark White as an assistant
coach effective immediately, head coach Ryan Soderquist
announced. White was a four-year member of the hockey program
at New Hampshire before playing professionally for three
“I’m excited to add Mark to our
coaching staff,” said Soderqusit. “He brings
a large amount of hockey experience after playing at UNH
and as a professional. He has been successful wherever he
has been and I feel that he will also be a success as a
coach. I had the pleasure of playing with Mark at Arlington
Catholic and look forward to working with him again.”
Redlihs on Olympic "Long List"
Boston University senior Jekabs Redlihs is
one of 20 defensemen named to Latvia's "long list"
roster of candidates to participate in the 2006 Olympic
Games in February.
Countries submitted "long lists"
that included all potential candidates for their Olympic
teams this week. Latvia's list, which was made up primarily
of players playing in Europe this season, included two NHL
Redlihs has played two games for the Terriers
this season and 105 games in his career, posting seven goals
and 16 assists (23 points).
Hirsch to Miss Season
Minnesota forward Tyler Hirsch has decided
to apply for a medical hardship waiver for personal reasons
for the 2005-06 season. By applying for the waiver, Hirsch
hopes to preserve his final season of eligibility. A fourth-year
senior this year, Hirsch looks to return for the 2006-07
"This was not an easy decision, but one
that I feel was the best decision for both myself and the
team," Hirsch said. "I will use this year to concentrate
on other aspects of my life, but I plan on returning to
the team next season."
Hirsch missed three games toward the end of
last season for personal reasons following a bizarre on-ice
situation that followed the Gophers' WCHA Final Five loss
to Colorado College (see second items from
that night and the
following night). After missing the WCHA third-place
game and the Gophers' first two NCAA Tournament games, Hirsch
returned to the ice for the NCAA Frozen Four.
"We're certainly going to miss having
Tyler in the lineup this season, but we fully support his
decision to take the year off and apply for a medical hardship
waiver," head coach Don Lucia said. "We look forward
to his return next season."
Hirsch had two assists in two games this season.
The forward from Bloomington, Minn., led the team in scoring
in 2004-05 with 11 goals and 33 assists for 44 points.
Sophomore forward Matt Auffrey has left Wisconsin
to sign with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, the Rangers
Auffrey had 3-5-8 in 25 games for the Badgers
as a freshman; he had played one of the team's two games
thus far in 2005-06. An Evans Mills, N.Y., native, Auffrey
played for the U.S. National Team Development Program and
was a sixth-round choice of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in
Force's Serratore Gets Extension
Air Force head coach Frank Serratore has signed
a new five-year contract which will extend him through the
2009-10 season, the school announced today.
Serratore came to Air Force from the Manitoba
Moose of the International Hockey League in 1997. He is
currently in his ninth season with the Falcons. He has a
120-154-18 record at Air Force and an overall record of
169-246-27 in 13 seasons as a college head coach. In service
academy competition, Serratore is 13-4-1 vs. Army overall
and 12-4-1 vs. the Black Knights while at Air Force. Since
Navy does not have a varsity team, the only competition
is against Army. Serratore was the head coach at Denver
from 1990-1994 posting a 49-91-9 record.
In his ninth season at the Academy, Serratore
holds the school record for Division I wins. Prior to Serratore
coming to the Academy in 1997, the Falcons had won 86 Division
I games in 29 seasons. Serratore currently has 88 Division
I wins in eight seasons. Chuck Delich won 49 Division I
games in 11 years, John Matchefts won 17 in 11 years while
Vic Heyliger won 20 in six years.
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