Thursday started out with the OHL announcing the winners of the 2010-11 Eastern Conference Coaches Poll.
If you missed it then
Christian Thomas NYR 2010 2nd: Most Dangerous in the Goal Area (1st), Best Shot (1st) and Hardest Shot (2nd)
Casey Cizikas NYI 2009 4th: Smartest Player (1st), Best on Face-Offs (1st) and Best Defensive Forward (1st) How Cizikas was not even on the best penalty killer list is a real headscratcher
Calvin de Haan NYI 2009 1st: Best Skater (3rd) and Best Offensive Defenceman (2nd)
In the WCHA
Matt Donovan of Denver (NYI 2008 2nd) was named to the WCHA 2nd Team
Jason Gregoire of North Dakota (NYI 2007 3rd) is on the WCHA 3rd Team
In the CCHA
Carl Hagelin (NYR 2007 6th) is a finalist for the CCHA's Player of the Year as well as Defensive Forward of the Year.
However we have to wonder how Anders Lee (NYI 2009 6th) of Notre Dame did not make the cut for the CCHA Rookie Of The Year. Lee was the leading goal scorer NATIONALLY among college freshman.
Thursday Night Action
In the opening game of their best of 3 series with Northeastern; Corey Trivino (NYI 2008 2nd) and his Boston University Terriers dropped game 1 4-2. Trivino was held scoreless as the Terriers as it is are on the NCAA tournament bubble before losing game 1.
Game 2 is set for Friday night so we will skip the cliches.
Are You Ready For Some Playoff Hockey?
Depending on the league Friday is either the opening or 2nd round of NCAA conference playoffs. Here is who is facing who.
Blake Kessel (NYI 2007 6th) and 2nd seeded New Hampshire Wildcats host Vermont
Danny Hobbs (NYR 2007 7th) and 8th seeded UMass/Amherst take on top seeded Boston College who will be without Chris Kreider (NYR 2009 1st)
Carl Hagelin (NYR 2007 6th) and his top seeded Michigan Wolverines host 8th seeded Bowling Green
Anders Lee (NYI 2009 6th) and 2nd seeded Notre Dame host 7th seed Lake Superior State
Max Campbell (NYR 2007 5th) and 4th seeded Western Michigan hosts 5th seeded Ferris State
Jason Gregoire (NYI 2007 3rd) and Brock Nelson (NYI 2010 1st) lead top seeded North Dakota against 12th seed Michigan Tech
Matt Donovan (NYI 2008 4th) and 2nd seeded Denver will host 11th seeded Minnesota State
Aaron Ness (NYI 2008 2nd) and 5th seeded Minnesota will host 8th seeded Alaska Anchorage.
Jason Clark (NYI 2010 3rd) and 7th seed Wisconsin are on the road against 6th seeded Colorado College.
(Images courtesy of OHL Images/Aaron Bell and Terry Wilson)
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