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News and Notes - 03/21/2016

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NCAAH Tournament Bracket Announced

Upon completion of conference tournaments on Saturday, the 16-team field for the upcoming NCAA hockey tournament was revealed on Sunday morning. Denver (W. Butcher), St. Cloud State (B. Storm), and Michigan (JT Compher) will all be taking part. Here are their first round matchups:

Midwest Regional (Cincinnati, OH)

(3) Notre Dame vs (2) Michigan - Mar 25th @ 3:30 PM MST

West Regional (St. Paul, MN)

(4) Ferris State vs (1) St. Cloud State - Mar 26th @ 1:00 PM MST

(3) Boston University vs (2) Denver - Mar 26th @ 4:30 PM MST

Bracket

TV Schedule

Hobey Hopeful

On Wednesday last week, the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award were announced. Among those honored, included Michigan captain, and Avalanche prospect, JT Compher. Compher will face some stiff competition, especially from Wolverines team mates Kyle Connor and Tyler Motte.

It's unlikely Compher will make it to the final three, despite great numbers this season, due primarily to the performance of other players on his team. The Hobey Hat Trick will be revealed on March 31st, with the eventual winner announced on April 8th.

Ten Finalists

College Hockey Rankings

Week of March 21st

USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll

2 - St. Cloud State (NCHC) - B. Storm
5 - Michigan (B10) - JT Compher
7 - Denver (NCHC) - W. Butcher

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll

2 - St. Cloud State (NCHC) - B. Storm
6 - Michigan (B10) - JT Compher
7 - Denver (NCHC) - W. Butcher

CHL Top Ten Rankings

March 16th

1 - Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) - JC Beaudin, AJ Greer, J. Nantel
4 - Val-d'Or (QMJHL) - A. Pepin
6 - Kitchener (OHL) - N. Magyar
7 - Gatineau (QMJHL) - N. Meloche

Recent Transactions

Cody Corbett (D) - Reassigned to Fort Wayne (ECHL) - 03/21
Mikko Rantanen (LW) - Recalled to Colorado (NHL) - 03/19
Trevor Cheek (LW) - Recalled to San Antonio (AHL) - 03/19
Spencer Martin (G) - Recalled to San Antonio (AHL) - 03/17
Justin Harmonic (D) - Reassigned to Fort Wayne (ECHL) - 03/14
Garry Nunn (C) - Signed PTO w/ San Antonio (AHL) - 03/08

NCHC Announces Season Honors

Prior to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced their all-conference teams and individual player awards. Denver defenseman, Will Butcher, was named to the All-Conference First Team. Entering the conference semi-finals, Butcher had racked up 28 points for the Pioneers.

Big Ten Goes Big for Michigan

As the Wolverines continue to rack up the goals, the club has also racked up some big conference awards. JT Compher joined team mates, Kyle Connor, Tyler Motte, and Zach Werenski on the Big Ten First Team.