Miami and Notre Dame –- two members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association along with Bowling Green -– are among the four Division I hockey teams coming to Toledo this weekend to play in the NCAA Midwest Regional hosted by the Huntington Center.
Notre Dame, which won the CCHA tournament title, is the top seed for the regional and will play fourth-seed St. Cloud State on Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m. Miami, the CCHA’s regular-season champ, is seeded second and will take on third-seeded Minnesota State in the second semifinal at 5 p.m. that day.
The two semifinal winners will meet in the regional championship game on Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ESPNU.
Click here to read a story from Monday's Blade that talks about how the teams are selected and placed into regionals, as well as thumbnail looks at the four teams.
Here is a closer look at the four teams that will coming to the Huntington Center this weekend.
Coach: Jeff Jackson (seventh season)
League record: 17-8-3-2 CCHA (second)
Tournament finish: Defeated Michigan in CCHA championship
Current streak: Six-game winning streak and nine-game unbeaten streak (7-0-2)
Top forwards: Anders Lee, Jr., 19 goals-18 assists=37 points; Bryan Rust, Jr., 15-18=33; Jeff Costello, Jr., 10-18=28; T.J. Tynan, Jr., 10-17=27.
Top defensemen: Robbie Russo, Soph., 5 goals-18 assists=23 points; Sam Calabrese, Sr., 1-19=20;
Goalie: Steven Summerhays, Jr., 1.96 goals-against average, .921 save percentage.
Notes: The Fighting Irish will be making their sixth appearance in the NCAA tournament, with five of those coming since Jackson has taken over as head coach. ... Notre Dame's winning streak includes four victories over the Falcons, including the final two regular-season games and a two-game sweep in the second round of the CCHA playoffs. ... Jackson led Lake Superior State to NCAA titles in 1992 and '94. ... Under Jackson, Notre Dame has reached the Frozen Four in both 2008 and 2011.
Coach: Enrico Blasi (14th season)
League record: 17-7-4-4 CCHA (first)
Tournament finish: Lost to Michigan in CCHA semifinals
Current streak: Had won 12 of last 16 games before loss to Wolverines
Top forwards: Riley Barber, Fr., 15 goals-23 assists=38 points; Austin Czarnik, Soph., 14-28=38; Curtis McKenzie, Sr., 10-13=23; Cody Murphy, Soph., 10-8=18; Marc Hagel, Sr., 5-13=18.
Top defensemen: Matthew Caito, Fr., 5 goals-16 assists=21 points;
Goalies: Ryan McKay, Fr., 1.37 goals-against average, .948 save percentage; Jay Williams, Fr., 1.94 goals-against, .924 save percentage.
Notes: The RedHawks are making their ninth NCAA tournament appearance and are in the tournament for the eighth year in a row. … Blasi was named CCHA coach of the year, while sophomore center Austin Czarnik was voted the league’s player of the year and freshman Riley Barber was the CCHA rookie of the year. … This year marked Miami’s third CCHA regular-season title. … The RedHawks have won 20 games for the eighth year in a row. …. Alma mater of Chris Bergeron, the current Bowling Green coach who also served as an assistant coach under Blasi.
Coach: Mike Hastings (first season)
League record: 16-11-1 WCHA (sixth)
Tournament finish: Lost to Wisconsin in WCHA quarterfinals
Current streak: Had won three of four before loss to Wisconsin
Top forwards: Matt Leitner, Soph., 17 goals-30 assists=47 points; Eriah Hayes, Sr., 20-16=36; Jean-Paul Lafontaine, Soph., 9-26=35; Zach Lehrke, Jr., 8-17=25.
Top defensemen: Zach Palmquist, Soph., 7 goals-18 assists=25 points; Josh Nelson, 5-9=14; Jon Jutzi, 1-8=9.
Goalie: Stephon Williams, Fr., 1.96 goals-against average, .925 save percentage.
Notes: The Mavericks are making just their second appearance in the NCAA tournament, with the other coming in 2003. … Coach Mike Hastings was voted WCHA coach of the year in his first season at the school. … Goalie Stephon Williams was named the WCHA’s freshman of the year and also was named the league’s goaltending champion. … Minnesota State is one of the four WCHA teams that will remain in the league next season. Bowling Green will join this conference next year, as will four other CCHA schools and current independent Alabama-Huntsville.
ST. CLOUD STATE
Coach: Bob Motzko (seventh season)
League record: 18-9-1 WCHA (first)
Tournament finish: Lost to Wisconsin in WCHA semifinals
Current streak: Had won five of last seven games before loss to Badgers
Top forwards: Drew LeBlanc, Sr., 13 goals-37 assists=50 points; Nic Dowd, Jr., 14-25=39; Jonny Brodzinski, Fr., 21-11=32; Kalle Kossila, Fr., 15-17=32; Ben Hanowski, Sr., 16-13=29.
Top defensemen: Nick Jensen, Jr., 4 goals-26 assists=30 points; Andrew Prochno, Soph., 5-21=26; Ethan Prow, Fr., 3-11=14; Kevin Gravel, Jr., 1-9=10.
Goalie: Ryan Faragher, Soph., 2.29 goals-against average, .914 save percentage.
Notes: The Huskies are making their ninth appearance in the NCAA tournament, and their eighth since 2000. This is their fourth appearance under Motzko. … St. Cloud State claimed its first-ever Western Collegiate Hockey Association title this season. … Senior forward Drew LeBlanc was named WCHA player of the year as well as the league’s student-athlete of the year. … Junior Nick Jensen was selected as the WCHA’s defensive player of the year. … St. Cloud State will leave the WCHA to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference next season.