The College Blog

Scott McLaughlin
March 25, 2016 - 4:20 pm
WORCESTER -- For the second Friday night in a row, Providence played a multiple overtime game. And for the second week in a row, the Friars suffered a devastating loss. One week after losing to UMass Lowell in the Hockey East semifinals in triple overtime, they had their season and national title...
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Scott McLaughlin
March 22, 2016 - 4:58 pm
The Notre Dame-in-Hockey East experiment was short-lived. The Fighting Irish will be leaving the league to join the Big Ten after the 2016-17 season, according to multiple reports. Notre Dame joined Hockey East in 2013 after the CCHA was disbanded. It reached the Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden...
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Scott McLaughlin
March 20, 2016 - 8:32 am
For the first time ever, Hockey East will send six teams to the NCAA tournament. And for the first time ever, all four Beanpot teams are in the field. Hockey East was already guaranteed five teams before Saturday night's conference championship game, and then Northeastern's win over UMass Lowell...
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March 19, 2016 - 11:31 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Oh, the opportunity was most definitely there. While most casual observers of college basketball this season wouldn't have thought much of the Friars' chances of knocking off a top-seeded team like North Carolina, Providence coach Ed Cooley mentioned in his radio pregame interview...
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Northeastern celebrates its first Hockey East championship in 28 years. (WEEI.com)
Scott McLaughlin
March 19, 2016 - 5:40 pm
Sometimes the best plays are the ones that don't go according to plan. And sometimes those plays end 28-year championship droughts. That was the case Saturday night when Northeastern scored the go-ahead goal on a broken play (and broken stick) with 8:57 to go and went on to win 3-2 to capture its...
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Scott McLaughlin
March 18, 2016 - 8:57 pm
Northeastern will play in the Hockey East championship game for the first time since 1988. The Huskies continued their incredible second-half run by beating Boston College 5-4 Friday night in the conference semifinals to improve to 19-1-2 over their last 22 games. They'll take on UMass Lowell, who...
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Scott McLaughlin
March 18, 2016 - 5:45 pm
One of the longest games in college hockey history is sure to stir up some debate thanks to the way it ended. With 7:33 remaining in the third overtime, UMass Lowell's Michael Fallon threw a pass to the front that deflected off A.J. White's skate and in. The play was immediately called no-goal on...
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Ed Cooley leads Providence into an NCAA Tournament second-round game against North Carolina on Saturday night. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)
March 18, 2016 - 4:22 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Certainly Ed Cooley has as much respect for North Carolina's Roy Williams as he has for any coach in the business. Williams, inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, deserves as much. But when Cooley tells you he's "friends" with the Hall of Famer, he means it...
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Scott McLaughlin
March 18, 2016 - 2:49 pm
The Boston College women's hockey team hadn't trailed by two goals all season, so trailing Clarkson 2-0 midway through Friday's national semifinal was not a position they're used to being in. But the Eagles came back, tied the game with 3:53 left in regulation and then won in overtime to advance to...
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March 18, 2016 - 3:02 am
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Providence coach Ed Cooley put it best. "That was March Madness at its best," Cooley said in his opening postgame comments, after his Friars came from behind to defeat Southern Cal, 70-69, late Thursday night at PNC Arena on a last-second layup by Rodney Bullock. With the win, PC...
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