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2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament: West Regional Team Capsules

Matt Christians

All signs on paper point to an all-NCHC West Regional Final in St. Paul, Minn. come Sunday afternoon. St. Cloud State and Denver each have eight wins over their final 10 games and appear stronger on paper, but as they say, that's why we play the games.

NCHC Champion St. Cloud State is being overlooked by many, based on years of struggling in the NCAA Tournament, but Bob Motzko's program has fared better of late come the end of March. The Huskies made the Frozen Four in 2013 and boast experience in key positions. Five of the team's top six scorers are seniors, and the Huskies have a junior goaltender who is as reliable as any in this regional.

St. Cloud took all three games from Denver this year, including one this past weekend in the NCHC Semifinals. However, the Pioneers have players, namely Danton Heinen, who can be a game changer in a one-and-done scenario.

BU shouldn't be taken lightly as the Terriers have a talented roster, albeit short on depth, especially up front. What BU does have is an extremely mobile defense that can impact zone exits and zone entries, helping quell possession time in its favor.

St. Cloud State vs. Ferris State

St. Cloud State
Ferris State
Mascot Huskies
Bulldogs
Conference
NCHC WCHA
Seed No. 1 No. 4
NCAA Bid
Automatic Bid
Automatic Bid
Overall Record 31-8-1
19-14-6
Conference Record 17-6-1 13-11-4
Last 10 Games 8-2-0 5-5-0
Head Coach Bob Motzko (St. Cloud '87)
Bob Daniels (Michigan State '82)
Record at School 235-163-42 (11th)
416-423-95 (24th)
Captains
Ethan Prow
Kyle Schempp
Goals Per Game 4.28 (2nd)
2.67 (29th)
Goals Against 2.12 (10th)
2.54 (23rd)
Power Play Pct. 28.9 (2nd)
14.8 (45th)
Penalty Kill Pct. 82.8 (27th)
85.7 (11th)
Penalty Minutes 7.20 (54th) 11.85 (13th)
Leading Scorer (Pts.) Kalle Kossila (52)
Gerald Mayhew (36)
Goals Leader Joey Benik (22)
Gerald Mayhew (14)
Assists Leader Kalle Kossila (38) Gerald Mayhew (22)
+/- Leader Joey Benik (+30)
Brandon Anselmini (+8)
GWG Leader
Joey Benik (7)
Andrew Dorantes (5)
PPG Leader
Benik/Prow (6)
Gerald Mayhew (6)
SHG Leader
Judd Peterson (3)
Mayhey/Robertson (1)
Starting Goaltender Charlie Lindgren (.927)
Darren Smith (.923)
NHL Draft Picks
3
1
NCAA Championships

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Denver vs. Boston University

Denver
Boston University
Mascot Pioneers
Terriers
Conference
NCHC Hockey East
Seed No. 2 No. 3
NCAA Bid
At-Large
At-Large
Overall Record 23-9-6
21-12-5
Conference Record 17-5-2 12-6-4
Last 10 Games 8-1-1
5-4-1
Head Coach
Jim Montgomery (Maine '93)
David Quinn (BU '89)
Record at School 67-39-14 (3rd)
59-41-14 (3rd)
Captain
Grant Arnold
Matt Grzelcyk
Goals Per Game 3.13 (16th) 3.21 (14th)
Goals Against 2.29 (13th)
2.61 (T-26th)
Power Play Pct. 17.1 (33rd)
21.4 (9th)
Penalty Kill Pct. 82.9 (25th)
81.8 (32nd)
Penalty Minutes 8.21 (49th)
10.63 (27th)
Leading Scorer (Pts.) Dylan Gambrell (43)
Danny O'Regan (43)
Goals Leader Danton Heinen (19)
Danny O'Regan (16)
Assists Leader Trevor Moore (33)
Danny O'Regan (27)
+/- Leader Will Butcher (+22)
Ahti Oksanen (+20)
GWG Leader
Dylan Gambrell (4)
Oksanen/Somerby (3)
PPG Leader
5 tied (3)
Danny O'Regan (7)
SHG Leader
Quentin Shore (2)
O'Regan/Greenway (1)
Starting Goaltender Tanner Jaillet (.925)
Sean Maguire (.924)
NHL Draft Picks
5
8
NCAA Championships
'58, '60, '61, '68, '69, '04, '05
'71, '72, '78, '95, '09