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Buffalo shut out of Frozen Four bids

by Amy Moritz

Bad news for college hockey fans in Western New York -- the Frozen Four will not be coming to town anytime soon.

The NCAA awarded bids for the Frozen Four through 2018. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference put in bids for Buffalo to host college hockey's national championship and was shutout of all available dates. The national semifinals and title game were instead awarded to Boston (2015), Tampa (2016), Chicago (2017) and St. Paul (2018).

Buffalo hosted the Frozen Four in 2003.

Regionals for 2015 head to Providence, Manchester, South Bend and Fargo while regionals for 2016 will be in Albany, Cincinnati, Worcester and Saint Paul.

 

Live chat at 2 p.m.: UB football/Big 4 college basketball with Bob DiCesare

Live chat at 2 p.m.: UB & College Football with Bob DiCesare

Bowl MAC-inations

By Bob DiCesare

Good morning class. Today we'll run through a simple exercise to determine which of two teams in a certain conference is more deserving of a bowl bid. I will put forth the facts and you will make your decision based on the information provided. Don't fret it. This isn't all that hard.

                                                                 Team A                 Team B

Overall Record                                               7-5                        7-5

Conference Record                                         5-3                        4-4

Combined Records of Non-Common Foes            56-30                     33-52

Record of Divisional Crossover Opponents          23-14                      8-16

Record Last 4 Games                                       2-2                        1-3

Points For/Against Last 4                                152/123                  67/146

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Frozen Frontier Week and other college hockey news and notes

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The ice rink at Frontier Field. (@AmerksHockey)

 

by Amy Moritz

If you've been following along with the hashtag #FrozenFrontier, you've seen the transformation on Twitter of Rochester's downtown baseball field into an outdoor hockey rink.

The games begin this weekend, with the Rochester Americans kicking it off on Friday night when the AHL team hosts the Lake Erie Monsters. The weekend schedule is then filled with games of all levels -- from college to juniors to high schools to alumni contests.

On Saturday night, Niagara and RIT will clash in a key Atlantic Hockey matchup and one that the Purple Eagles will change their fortunes. 

After dropping two games at UConn this weekend, Niagara is 0-9-1 on the road. While this game will technically be a neutral site game, the Purps have not been successful away from the confines of Dwyer Arena. They need to find a way to steal some points on the road if they're going to have any success in the conference this season.

Meanwhile they face an RIT team which has won five straight and moved to 5-3-0 in Atlantic Hockey.

Canisius is off for the next few weeks and the Golden Griffins may need the break to regroup. After an impressive 8-2 trouncing of Army on Friday, the Griffs looked lackluster in a 2-0 loss to the Black Knights on Saturday. It was a lost opportunity for a weekend sweep and much needed points to keep pace with the rest of Atlantic Hockey. At 4-4-1 in conference play, they slipped to sixth place.

UB gets San Diego St. in Boise

By Bob DiCesare

UB will play its first bowl game since January of 2009 when it meets San Diego State of the Mountain West Conference in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) Dec. 21 in Boise, Idaho. The Bulls received word of their placement late this afternoon.

San Diego State went 7-5 overall, and 6-2 in the MWC, where it finished second to champion Fresno State in the West Division. The Aztecs feature a balanced attack led by junior QB Quinn Kaehler, 1,000-yard receiver Ezell Ruffin and 1,000-yard runner Adam Muema.

The Bulls and Aztecs had one common opponent, Ohio State. San Diego State lost, 42-7, in Columbus the week after UB was dealt a season-opening 40-20 loss by the Buckeyes.

UB (8-4) last played in a bowl after winning the 2008 Mid-American Conference championship. It met UConn in the now-defunct International Bowl in Toronto, with the Huskies prevailing, 38-20.

The bowl bid gives UB senior linebacker Khalil Mack one more chance at becoming the solo NCAA Division I-A career leader in tackles for loss. Mack is tied for the all-time mark with 75.

Live blog at 2 p.m.: Siena at Canisius basketball

Live blog at 2 p.m.: Saint Peter's at Niagara basketball

UB-Bona Game Wrap

UB 78, St. Bonaventure 73

How UB Won: The Bulls came upon the key to Bona's defensive vault down the stretch. Threes by Josh Freelove, Will Regan, Shannon Evans and Jarryn Skeete turned a 66-60 deficit into a 72-69 lead that held. The Bulls went 6 of 11 from behind the arc in the second half while Bona was 1 of 10 for the game.

Turning Point: Beside the barrage of threes? Bona led by two when senior 2 guard Matthew Wright suffered a leg injury with 14:50 left. He did not return. The Bonnies could have used him in a big way.

UB Player of the Game: Freshman guard Shannon Evans has made huge strides since his college debut about a month ago. He went for a career-high 17 points, came up with two of UB's five steals and turned it over just twice in 24 minutes.

Bona Player of the Game: Point guard Charlon Kloof is a warrior. He led the Bonnies in points (17), assists (five) and played a game-high 37 minutes. Kloof had a lot on his shoulders with Wright and Jordan Gathers out of the lineup.

Stat Check: Bona went just 24 of 38 from the foul line. As coach Mark Schmidt noted, that doesn't cut it, especially on the road. UB was 28 of 32.

Eye Opener: UB's Javon McCrea had just three field goals but his soaring left-handed jam off an Evans miss was flat-out scary.

Rarity: This was UB's second win in the eight meetings between the teams and its first at Alumni Arena. The Bulls hadn't beaten the Bonnies since 1996.

Sreaking: That's four straight wins for UB.

Records: UB improved to 4-2. Bona slipped to 6-3.

In the House: Nice crowd of 4,652. Be interesting to see how all these Saturday afternoon games work out as the season progresses.

Next Up: UB plays Canisius at 8 p.m. (ish) Wednesday in the First Niagara Center in the nightcap of a doubleheader that begins with Niagara-Davidson at 6. The Bonnies open a three-game road swing Saturday at Iona.

-- Bob DiCesare

Live blog at 2 p.m.: St. Bonaventure at UB basketball

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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