The Tuesday, Nov. 8, episode of USCHO Live! features Mercyhurst head coach Rick Gotkin and executive editor Todd Milewski.

Gotkin’s Lakers are on a four-game winning streak after an 0-4 start, are 3-0 in Atlantic Hockey and downed Cornell at Lynah in that stretch. Gotkin has been behind the bench for 24 seasons at Mercyhurst, leading them from Division III to II to D-I and three D-I NCAA appearances.

Milewski has been with since 1998. He was formerly’s WCHA columnist before taking the reins as executive editor. He’ll take your questions about college hockey in general or about

Join us for the conversation and information, Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 8 to 9 p.m. ET. If you can’t listen live, check out the podcast of USCHO Live! available on the player at the right (click through if you’re reading this via RSS.)

Each episode of USCHO Live! features a look at news around NCAA hockey, a look ahead at upcoming games and events, and conversation with people who coach and play college hockey and journalists who cover the sport. Your calls are welcome at (646) 200-4305, as well as questions via Twitter at @USCHO or via email to

About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.”

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He has been a part of the radio broadcasts of Rochester Institute of Technology hockey since their inception — serving as a producer, studio host, color commentator and now as RIT’s play-by-play voice for the last several seasons. Ed is based in Rochester, N.Y.

  • Breezymn

    North Dak always starts slow and always finishes strong.. Expect It
    Too early to tell if the Gophers are done. They can show brilliance at times. Especially since Lucia’s bench fire is back
    Neb/Omaha coaching explains a lot about that programs success.
    Wisconsin will finish in the top ten again

  • Sloe Gin

    don’t tell Hak about the 2nd half surge…he doesn’t know anything about it. 😉

  • Eboren

    WCHA gets shafted again. Best two teams have to play each other again if all goes well. Then New Hampshire gets swithced with Nebraska Omaha based on pair wise. SHAFTED.

    • Matto

      WCHA did not get shafted. This one was right down the middle. Moy got it correct last night. UNH did not get flipped with UNO, they are exactly where they are supposed to be.

    • Khryx

      Miami and Michigan got shafted like this last year, btw they are in the CCHA not the WCHA. Just saying this happens to all of the conferences. Stand back and look at it from a different team/conference’s perspective…

      • Matto

        Miami and Michigan did NOT get shafted last year. They both got to play CHA opponents. Michigan actually got shifted in to the region, to help attendance. By rankings, they should have been playing North Dakota in Worcester.

        If you’re a Michigan fan, do you want North Dakota in Worcester, followed by Boston College, or do you want Benidji State in Fort Wayne (2.5 hours from campus, driving), followed by Miami? Easy, easy choice.

        But, yes, this does happen to other conferences, and that’s a good example.

    • Kuhn&Friends

      Hmm I think WMU got shafted. If they beat #2 from the WCHA they then might have to go on and beat #1 from the WCHA, even though they finished #2 in the CCHA? Why not just send Miami to Green Bay too and have an all out free-for-all and mini Frozen Four?
      In any case, LETS GO BRONCOS!!!

  • Fredct

    In case you didn’t notice, the same is true of the ECAC… does that mean everyone got shafted? or is it just the way the cookie crumbled?

  • farce poobah

    Once again, a tip of the hat to the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey leadership for putting in place and objective process to select teams for the tournament. After hearing all the whining, and seeing the apparent political moves in basketball, this is a meritocracy at its finest.

  • Hey Guys & Gals…..ease-up! This is a GAME. It sounds like politicians in the House & Senate. Enjoy the games.

  • Dbznd

    So, it is by-the-book that 4 of the 5 WCHA teams are in the West/MidWest Regionals? LOL Can’t have anything to do with a few years ago when all 4 teams in the Finals were from the WCHA, can it? What a joke. As the selection committee knows that the PairWise can & does accomplish this goal, why would they ever listen to the KRACH Poll? Placing Denver with UND in Green Bay proves their intent of an easier road for some of the schedule-deficient eastern teams…

    Be carefull HE fans, one day things will shift, and it will be you left looking at this joke! BTW: As a measure of the joke caled NCAA Selsction Committee, the 3 HE teams in the field have SOS rankings of 26 (DC), 34 (MERR) & 23 (NH), while the 5 WCHA teams have rankings of 7 (UND), 6 (DU), 11 (UMD), 7 (UNO) & 8 (CC).

    Guess we will know where the regular season strength was at. It will be interesting to see how it all goes in the NCAA’s. Just too bad conferences aren’t seperated better, but what the hell, lets go play hockey!@

    Good Luck to all of the teams/players. Personally, I think that ND’s season-long schedule (& the other 4 WCHA teams) will give them the on-ice experience to finally win Coach Hak a National title. If not, we will always be damned proud of the Fighting Sioux!

    • Matto

      Yes, it is by the book. That’s why I, Jason and many others had it correctly pegged last night. There were no surprises.

      There is no rule preventing a repeat of 2005. In fact, we have had two occasions since 2005 to repeat an all-conference final — the WCHA in 2008, and the CCHA is 2009. You don’t remember 2008, only because the WCHA was 1-4 against non-WCHA teams that year, including two losses that were embarrassingly lopsided, and one to an ECAC team (the one win was also over an ECAC team).

      Placing Denver with UND is nothing more than the simple fact that UND is #2 and Denver is #7 by pairwise, which means they SHOULD be in the same regional. There’s no conspiratorial intent, beyond that.

      • Anonymous

        Funny how you defend the PairWise, when even the NCAA has admitted that it has major flaws, as anyone knows by looking at what has transpired again, this year. The KRACH does have it right, and it’s parameters track the reality of schedule strength. No biggie! The proof will come out in a week. Enjoy your rankings and brackets. I stand by my prediction that the WCHA & CCHA will prove that their tougher conferences, as well as their non-confefrence scheduling, puts them in a stronger position that HE. Before you bring it up, yes, Cornell did have a great weekend in Grand Forks! Take care and stay close to your heart doctoer!

        • Matto

          Lay off the caffeine, brother.

          ParWise, whether you like it or not, is the selection system for who makes t he tournament, and the default system for who they play. This year’s bracket was obvious last night, which is how I and many others called it. Your “solution” would be to place Denver in Manchester, which makes no sense at all: it would displace a higher seeded team (Merrimack) that is also closer to home. All for the sake of soothing your WCHA bias. That was a non-starter, all along.

          As for who proves what, sure. It could happen. But it’s been 5 years since the WCHA had a winning record in the tournament, and that includes WCHA teams losing to Yale, Clarkson and RIT. So color me unconvinced that Denver is so regal by their WCHA runner-up status that they somehow merit being shifted.

          Krach is interesting, but… they have it right? Krach routinely has the 4/1 gap much, much wider. Their rating system wouldn’t have come remotely close to predicting any of the Atlantic or CHA upsets of the past few years, let alone a pair of ECAC teams taking out WCHA teams. I suppose it’s nice if you want to claim that Minnesota deserves a spot (me, I don’t think UNO deserves a spot). It’s moot, anyway: Krach isn’t the selection system, Pairwise is. And this year’s brackets are about as simple as can be.

          • Anonymous

            LOL You keep repeating that “PairWise is the selection system”!!! DUH!!! What I, and others, say is that PairWise does not take Strength of Schedule into consideration at a high enough level. That works to the favor of HE teams that do not play the same, high-concentration of top level competition year-in & year-out. This is just one year, but over the past decades, Western teams traditionally play more top-level teams. Its a fact! Taking an average of PWR, RPI, KRACH, USCHO & USA TODAY, here are the rankings:
            TEAM AVG Rank
            1 UND 1.4
            2 BC 2.2
            3 YAL 2.6
            4 MI 4.8
            5 MIA 5.0
            6 DU 5.4
            7 MER 7.2
            8 UNI 8.4
            9 UMD 9.4
            10 ND 9.4
            11 UNH 11.0
            12 WMI 12.2
            13 UNO 12.6
            14 CC 13.8
            15 RPI 19.0
            16 AF 26.3

            And here are the brackets after eliminating 1st round inter-conference matchups & UNH host:
            East Regional:
            1 YALE
            4 CC
            2 DU
            3 UNH

            MidEast Regional
            1 MI
            4 UNO
            2 MIA
            3 UMD

            West Regional
            1 BC
            4 RPI
            2 MER
            3 ND

            MidWest Regional
            1 UND
            4 AF
            2 UNION
            3 WMI

            looks a lot more representative of what the actual team strem/league strengths were this season! Oh, well, enough effing-off & back to working for myself! Have fun and looking forward to some great HOCKEY!!!

          • Matto

            Yikes. Really. Lay off the caffeine. Enjoy the games.

  • guest

    I tried to listen to the program but I came in 15 minutes after it started. Unfortunately it would not let me connect.