Friday Roundup: Clarkson Cup, Frozen Four, and weekend reading
IT’S FRIDAY, EVERY ONE! This has been a long and trying week for me, so I’m glad to see the tail end of it. However, the ongoing Clarkson Cup games have been a bright spot, so let’s recap:
- Wednesday: Toronto beat Calgary, 3-2, and Boston beat Montreal a very tightly contested 1-0
- Thursday: Boston beat the Furies, 2-1, and Montreal beat Calgary 5-4.
As of the time of this post being written, Calgary is out of Finals contention, but have one last game this morning against an unbeaten and Finals-bound Boston. Montreal and Toronto will play for that second Finals slot versus Boston this evening. Finals will be played on Saturday, at 2pm EDT. However, they will not be streamed live. They will be shown on TSN midnight Saturday and Monday at 7:30 pm, EDT. No word yet on what those of us south of the border or otherwise out of TSN coverage will be able to do.
The commentary on these streaming games has been done by Nicco Cardarelli, whose voice may be familiar to you from regular-season CWHL streaming games, and Asher Roth, who you may remember from last year’s Clarkson Cup commentary. They’ve been pretty charming in their enthusiasm for the CWHL and women’s hockey in general, and have been great about interacting with questions or comments tweeted at them during the games. A little startled by how much interest the Clarkson Cup has been getting outside of Canada, however. 🙂 Aly Munro has been doing some great interviews rink-side, and commentary as well.
NCAA Frozen Four!
Minnesota is set to take on Wisconsin today at 5 PM EDT today! For an excellent preview of the game, check out Nicole Haase’s over at Bucky’s 5th Quarter.
Mercyhurst takes on Clarkson at 8 PM EDT today as well! This is Clarkson’s first trip to the Frozen Four. Remember, all of these games will be streamed on NCAA.com.
The winners of these games will meet in the National Championship game on Sunday, at 3 PM EDT. The Patty Kazmaier will be awarded on Saturday, as part of the NCAA Championship weekend.
I know, I missed the normal link round-up for this week, but here’s some stuff to read while you’re waiting to find a copy of the Clarkson Cup final to watch:
- YorkRegion.com has a nice article about the Clarkson Cup and the CWHL, with some nice quotes from CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress about the direction the league intends to grow in.
- TheStar.com did another article on the growth of the CWHL as a league, and where they might be headed.
- The Star Tribune has a profile piece on U of MN’s Hannah Brandt, one of the Patty Kazmaier finalists and NCAA-points leader.
- USA Hockey has a profile piece on Jincy Dunne, the 16-year old defenseman who made the 25-player U.S. team in June, but ultimately didn’t make the Olympic squad. She’s currently playing in the U-18 Women’s Worlds.
- SBNation’s Habs Eyes on the Prize did an article on how to sell hockey to women. This is aimed at the NHL market, but I think it’s a pretty interesting discussion of marketing sports to women that definitely affects how women’s sports are marketed.
- This is a bit older, but the Calgary Herald did a nice article about the Calgary Inferno and their best season thus far in the CWHL.