Green's Kantola suspended by CCHA for checking-from-behind
The CCHA announced Saturday that Bowling Green
forward Kai Kantola has been suspended three games for a
checking-from-behind major he was assessed in the Falcons'
4-2 loss to visiting Notre Dame earlier in the week.
The three-game suspension coupled with the
game disqualification he received with the checking-from-behind
infraction means Kantola will miss Bowling Green's next
two series — home-and-home dates with Western Michigan
this weekend and two games at Ferris State Nov. 9-10. The
sophomore from Raleigh, N.C., is eligible to return to the
lineup for the Falcons' series with Northern Michigan Nov.
The incident occurred late in the first period
of Tuesday's game at BGSU Ice Arena when Kantola leveled
Fighting Irish defenseman Luke Lucyk, sending him into the
boards head first. Lucyk returned to the game in the second
Nebraska-Omaha coach Mike Kemp said Thursday
that defenseman Adam Bartholomay has left the team.
Bartholomay, a junior from Agoura Hills, Calif.,
had not played in any of the Mavericks' exhibition or regular-season
games this season. In 63 career games, he scored 19 goals
and added 18 assists.
BC defensemen serving indefinite suspensions
Boston College defensemen Brett Motherwell
and Brian O'Hanley are serving an indefinite suspension
for violating team rules. Both players participated in last
Friday's opening game of the IceBreaker Tournament at St.
Paul, Minn. — a 4-3 overtime loss for the Eagles against
Neither player was in the lineup for Saturday's
4-1 win at the Icebreaker against Rensselaer, and this week's
Boston College game notes from the BC Media Relations office
states, "Junior defenseman Brett Motherwell and senior
defenseman Brian O'Hanley will be out of the lineup indefinitely
for a violation of team rules."
Boston College hosts North Dakota on Friday
at 8 p.m. in a non-conference game between top-10 teams,
and then begins its Hockey East season on Sunday at Vermont
at 4 p.m.
Motherwell, a junior, is an INCH Preseason
Second-Team All-American and has 51 points in 82 career
games at Boston College. He led all Hockey East defensemen
in points and assists last season as a sophomore.
O'Hanley, a senior, has played 112 career
games for the Eagles and recorded an assist in the Eagles'
opening game against Michigan on Friday. O'Hanley has appereared
in all 10 of the NCAA Tournament games that Boston College
has played in during his career, including four in the Frozen
October 4, 2007
joins CCHA staff as associate commissioner
Tom Jacobs, former director of the NCAA Division
I men's hockey championships, has been named CCHA associate
commissioner for business affairs.
The statement announcing the hiring doesn't
allude to Jacobs' specific duties with the CCHA. However,
quotes attributed to him and league commissioner Tom Anastos
specifically mention his role in developing the conference's
playoff championship and spearheading the 2009 NCAA Midwest
Regional in Grand Rapids and the 2010 Frozen Four at Ford
Field in Detroit. The CCHA will serve as hosts for both
Jacobs is credited for developing a number
of ancillary events in conjunction with the Frozen Four,
including the "Frozen Fest" interactive fan experience
and the Friday skills challenge.
picked to repeat as CHA champs
Niagara, winner of the last two College Hockey
America regular-season championships, was picked by the
circuit's coaches to top the league standings in 2007-08.
The Purple Eagles, led by CHA preseason player
of the year Ted Cook, garnered two first-place votes and
14 points in the poll. Robert Morris, which also received
two first-place mentions, was voted second with 13 points.
Bemidji State got the remaining first-place vote; the Beavers
earned 12 points and were tabbed to finish third. Wayne
State (six points) and Alabama-Huntsville (five points)
rounded out the poll.
The league's preseason all-conference team,
selected by the coaches, Niagara forwards Cook and Les Reaney,
Robert Morris forward Ryan Cruthers and defenseman Chris
Kaufman, Bemidji State forward Travis Winter and goalie
Matt Climie, and Alabama-Huntsville defenseman Scott Kalinchuk.
|1. Niagara (2)
| 2. Robert Morris (2)
|3. Bemidji State (1)
|4. Wayne State
near-unanimous choice in Atlantic Hockey coaches poll
RIT, which captured the Atlantic Hockey regular-season
title last year in its first season in the league, is the
overwhelming choice of the conference's coaches to duplicate
the feat again in 2007-08.
The Tigers earned eight of 10 first-place
votes in the Atlantic Hockey preseason poll. Air Force,
the league's playoff champion a year ago, received one first-place
vote and 67 points. Mercyhurst, selected to finish fourth
in the conference, also got one first-place mention.
Hockey Preseason Poll
|1. RIT (8)
| 2. Air Force (1)
|4. Mercyhurst (1)
|5. Sacred Heart
|6. Holy Cross
|10. American International
Dakota tops Grand Forks Herald preseason poll
WCHA coaches selected 2007 Frozen Four participant
North Dakota as the favorite to win the conference's regular-season
championship, according to the results of the 37th annual
Grand Forks Herald WCHA preseason coaches poll.
The Fighting Sioux captured seven of 10 first-place
mentions and 79 total points. Minnesota, last season's WCHA
regular-season and playoff titleist, received the remaining
three first-place votes and finished second with 74 points.
Colorado College, Denver, and Wisconsin round out the top
North Dakota junior forward Ryan Duncan was
the coaches' choice as WCHA preseason player of the year.
The 2007 Hobey Baker Award winner garnered five votes, edging
teammate T.J. Oshie for the honor. Wisconsin freshman forward
Kyle Turris earned nine of 10 votes in preseason freshman
of the year balloting.
WCHA Preseason Poll
|1. North Dakota (7)
| 2. Minnesota (3)
|3. Colorado College
|6. St. Cloud State
|7. Michigan Tech
|8. Minnesota Duluth
|9. Minnesota State
|10. Alaska Anchorage
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