• In the pros: Chad causes quite a Rau for Marlies

    Mon, November 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    From the Canadian Press …

    Former Maple Leafs prospect Chad Rau came back to haunt the organization that drafted him yesterday.

    The American Hockey League rookie had both goals for Houston as the Aeros defeated a depleted Marlies team 2-1 in overtime in a tight-checking affair.

    Rau, taken 225th overall by the Maple Leafs in 2005, signed as a free agent with his home state Minnesota Wild over the summer after four years at Colorado College. He scored the winner on a screened wrist shot from just inside the blue line early in the extra period.

    Much like the Wild under Jacques Lemaire, the Aeros (12-10-2) played a defensively sound hockey game, which was no fun for Marlies coach Dallas Eakins.

    “That was about as tight-checking a game as you can have,” Eakins said. “They’re a frustrating team. They just back up, back up, back up, play four guys back. It’s a real challenge.”

    Playing in a disciplined formation for most of the game, the Aeros made it difficult for the Marlies to mount any sort of offensive attack, limiting the odd-man rushes Toronto generally thrives on.

    On top of that, the Marlies (10-7-4) were missing their top two goaltenders and three offensive weapons because of a mixture of injuries and call-up duty with the Leafs.

    With James Reimer hurt and Joey MacDonald backing up the Leafs on the road, ex-Marlie Adam Munro was brought back on a pro tryout contract and stopped 19 shots.

    Toronto was also missing forwards Christian Hanson (Leafs), Tyler Bozak (injury) and Alex Foster (injury).

    Toronto’s goal came courtesy of centre Darryl Boyce, who played a spirited game and was rewarded for his efforts in the third period with his first marker of the season, tying the game 1-1.

  • In the pros: McElhinney wins shootout

    Mon, November 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    Former Tiger gets his third NHL win.

    From the Calgary Herald …

    Speaking of patience, hard-luck backup Curtis McElhinney snared his third career win–but his second in as many starts.

    This happened to be his first NHL shootout.

    Feeling nervous?

    “Oh, pretty good,” said McElhinney. “I mean, I do a lot of them in practice. It’s fun.”

    After allowing two challengers to score–Kristian Huselius and Rick Nash ( “Great shot. He beat me clean. I’ll concede that even though I knew what he was doing”)–he slammed the door on Fedor Tyutin and Anton Stralman, who actually steamed straight into the net-minder.

    It had already been a rough-and-tumble evening for McElhinney, with Jared Boll slamming him behind the net, with Derick Brassard belting him from behind.

    “I was getting plowed out there,” said a smiling McElhinney, six foot two and 193 pounds.

    “But that’s fun. I’m a little bit of a bigger goalie in regards to muscle and stuff, so I don’t mind the physical side of the game. I don’t want to make a habit of it.”

  • In the pros: Three former Tigers lead IceHogs

    Mon, November 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    From oursportscentral …

    The Rockford IceHogs have posted back-to-back wins for the first time since Oct. 16-17 thanks to five different goal scorers in a 5-1 victory Saturday over the Abbotsford Heat at the Rockford MetroCentre.

    In Saturday’s game, Mark Cullen sniped the corner of the net for his team-leading 10th goal of the season at 5:28 in the first period off of a great pass from Brian Connelly.  Boyle also got an assist.

    Then Evan Brophey banged home this third of the season at 10:04 with helpers from Richard Petiot and Boyle to make the score 2-0.

  • In the pros video: Joey Crabb feature

    Mon, November 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    Here’s the link to a video from youtube.

  • Tickets selling fast for Friday’s DU game

    Mon, November 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    Fans only have a few days and less than 800 seats to choose from if they want to see the No. 5 Tigers take on No. 2 Denver at 7:37 p.m. Friday at World Arena in the first game of the annual Gold Pan series.

    To buy tickets, go to CCTigers.com, go to the World Arena box office during normal business hours or call TicketsWest at 576-2626.
     
  • Weekly WCHA preview

    Mon, November 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    From the WCHA …

    MADISON, Wis. – The second of five weekends during the 2009-10 season that feature all 10 Western Collegiate Hockey Association men’s member teams engaged in league play will occur this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5, highlighted by a showdown series in the Rocky Mountains between arch-rivals and league front-runners Colorado College and Denver and a pair of matchups in Duluth between defending MacNaughton Cup champion North Dakota and defending Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five champion Minnesota Duluth. The five weekends this season that consist of five league series are Oct. 23-24, Dec. 4-5, Jan. 29-30, Feb. 19-20, and March 5-7.
        The No. 5/6-ranked Tigers (10-3-1, 7-2-1 WCHA) and No. 2-ranked Pioneers (9-4-1, 7-2-1 WCHA), tied for first place with 15 points each, will face-off at Colorado Springs World Arena (7,343) on Friday evening at 7:37 pm MT and then at DU’s Magness Arena (6,026) on Saturday at 7:07 pm MT. The two games between the third place and No. 12-ranked UMD Bulldogs (9-4-1, 6-3-1 WCHA) and the No. 3-ranked Fighting Sioux (8-4-2, 5-4-1 WCHA) will get underway at the DECC (5,303) at 7:07 pm CT each evening, with just two points separating those two clubs.
        In the three other league series Friday and Saturday, Alaska Anchorage (6-10-0, 4-8-0 WCHA) hosts No. 20-ranked St. Cloud State (6-6-2, 5-4-1 WCHA) at Sullivan Arena (6,251) at 7:07 pm AT each evening, No. 16-ranked Wisconsin (8-5-1, 5-4-1 WCHA) will entertain Michigan Tech (3-9-0, 2-8-0 WCHA) at the Kohl Center (15,237) at 7:07 pm CT both nights, and Minnesota State, Mankato (6-7-1, 4-7-1 WCHA) and Minnesota (5-8-1, 3-6-1 WCHA) will play a home-and-home set. The Golden Gophers will host the Mavericks at Mariucci Arena (10,000) in Minneapolis on Friday at 7:07 pm CT with the return game on Saturday at 7:07 pm CT at Verizon Wireless Center (4,832) in Mankato.
        Heading into the eighth week of the 140-game WCHA slate (28 games per team) and more than one-third of the way through the campaign, just four points separate the top six teams in the current standings. A total of six head-to-head season WCHA matchups – all two-game series – have already concluded. Alaska Anchorage and North Dakota split, 1-1; Wisconsin won over UAA, 2-0; Colorado College won over both Michigan Tech and Minnesota State, 2-0; St. Cloud State took their two-game set vs Minnesota Duluth, 1-0-1; and Denver and SCSU split their two games, 1-1.
        There were three WCHA series contested over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend of Nov. 27-28, with Minnesota State gaining four points in a 5-2, 3-2 home-ice sweep of Michigan Tech. Host Colorado College split with Alaska Anchorage (CC 5-0; UAA 3-2 ot), and host Denver split with St. Cloud State (DU 5-3; SCSU 3-2).
        Outside the conference, North Dakota defeated Ohio State, 4-1, last Friday and tied with Miami, 5-5 ot, last Saturday in the Subway Holiday Classic in Grand Forks, while in the annual College Hockey Showcase, Wisconsin won 7-3 at Michigan State and lost 3-2 at Michigan and Minnesota fell 6-0 at Michigan before rebounding for a 2-1 victory at Michigan State. So far this season, WCHA-member teams are an impressive 22-12-2 in non-conference competition for a .639 winning percentage.
        On the docket for the weekend of Dec. 11-12 are four WCHA series and one non-conference set. In the final league competition of calendar year 2009, Michigan Tech will host Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth will host Denver, Colorado College visits St. Cloud State and Wisconsin travels to North Dakota. Outside the WCHA that Friday and Saturday, Minnesota State will play a two-game set at College Hockey America-member Bemidji State.
        In this week’s (Nov. 30, 2009) USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Div. 1 Men’s College Hockey Poll, Denver is No. 2, North Dakota is No. 3, Colorado College is No. 6, Minnesota Duluth is No. 12, Wisconsin is No. 16 and St. Cloud State is No. 20. Also receiving votes in the poll this week was Minnesota.
        In the latest (Nov. 30) USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s Div. 1 Poll, Denver is No. 2, North Dakota is No. 3, Colorado College is No. 5 and Minnesota Duluth is No. 12. Also receiving votes was Wisconsin.
        This 2009-10 campaign marks the 58th in the storied history of the WCHA, with the league owning a record 36 national championships. It will also mark the final season with a membership consisting of 10 teams, as both Bemidji State University and the University of Nebraska-Omaha come on board as the 11th and 12th members in 2010-11.

    This Week in the WCHA

    Games for Friday, December 4: St. Cloud State at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT; Michigan Tech at Wisconsin (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; North Dakota at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota State at Minnesota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Denver at Colorado College (WCHA), 7:37 pm MT.
    Games for Saturday, December 5: St. Cloud State at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT; Colorado College at Denver (WCHA), 7:07 pm MT; Michigan Tech at Wisconsin (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; North Dakota at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota at Minnesota State (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT.

  • CC drops in one poll, stays at No. 5 in another

    Mon, November 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    This weekend’s home split with Alaska-Anchorage dropped Colorado College  (10-3-1, 7-2-1 league) to No. 6 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association-leading Tigers remain ranked No. 5 in the USA Hockey/USA Today weekly poll.

    CC has a home-and-home series with No. 2 Denver (9-4-1, 7-2-1) at 7:37 p.m. Friday at World Arena and at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Magnesss Arena in Denver. Denver remains ranked at No. 2 in both polls after a home split with St. Cloud State last weekend.

    The 2009 national runner-up Miami Redhawks remain No. 1 in both polls, followed by Denver and North Dakota.

    Bemidji State is rated No.4 in the USA Hockey poll ahead of CC while the USCHO rankings has Quinnipiac at No. 4 and Bemidji at No. 5 ahead of the Tigers. Bemidji moved up to No. 4 after a victory against No. 1 Miami and losing to unranked Ohio State.

     

    USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
    Men’s College Hockey Poll – #9
    (first-place votes in parenthesis)

    Rank
    School
    Last Poll’s Ranking
    2009-10 Record
    Weeks in Top-15
    1 Miami University, 483 (18)
    1
    9-2-5
    9
    2 University of Denver, 470 (10)
    2
    9-4-1
    9
    3 University of North Dakota, 448 (3)
    4
    8-4-2
    9
    4 Bemidji State University, 373 (1)
    6
    11-2-1
    6
    5 Colorado College, 366 (1)
    5
    10-3-1
    6
    6 Quinnipiac University, 353 (1)
    10
    12-1-0
    3
    7 Cornell University, 316
    8
    6-2-1
    9
    8 University of Massachusetts Lowell, 244
    3
    8-4-1
    9
    9 University of Massachusetts, 237
    9
    9-3-0
    4
    10 Yale University, 198
    11
    5-2-2
    9
    11 Michigan State University, 129
    7
    9-5-2
    4
    12 University of Minnesota Duluth, 128
    13
    9-4-1
    3
    13 University of Alaska, 114
    12
    8-3-3
    5
    14 Boston College, 57
    15
    6-3-2
    6
    15 University of Notre Dame, 49
    14
    7-5-4
    9

    Others receiving votes: Ferris State University, 45; University of Wisconsin, 44; University of Nebraska Omaha, 11; University of Vermont, 9; University of Michigan, 2; Rochester Institute of Technology, 2; Boston University, 1; Colgate University, 1.

    USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll

    November 30, 2009

      Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
    1 Miami (20) 9-2-5 934 1
    2 Denver (14) 9-4-1 923 2
    3 North Dakota ( 7) 8-4-2 900 4
    4 Quinnipiac ( 7) 12-1-0 799 9
    5 Bemidji State ( 2) 11-2-1 784 6
    6 Colorado College   10-3-1 766 5
    7 Cornell   6-2-1 708 7
    8 Mass.-Lowell   8-4-1 647 3
    9 Massachusetts   9-3-0 573 10
    10 Yale   5-2-2 497 11
    11 Michigan State   9-5-2 441 8
    12 Alaska   8-3-3 426 12
    12 Minnesota-Duluth   9-4-1 426 14
    14 Notre Dame   7-5-4 323 13
    15 Boston College   6-3-2 321 16
    16 Wisconsin   8-5-1 308 15
    17 Ferris State   9-3-2 265 17
    18 Nebraska-Omaha   7-4-3 146 19
    19 Vermont   5-5-1 83 18
    20 St. Cloud State   6-6-2 80 NR
    Others Receiving Votes: Michigan 66, RIT 21, Colgate 20, Union 19, New Hampshire 9, Northern Michigan 7, Rensselaer 3, Providence 2, Boston University 1, Minnesota 1, Princeton 1
  • Weekend WCHA roundup

    Sun, November 29, 2009 by admin with 1 comment

    From the WCHA ….

    MADISON, Wis. – Minnesota State, Mankato gained the most ground in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, as the Mavericks recorded back-to-back victories against visiting Michigan Tech to add four points to their season total and move within two points of fourth place. The Mavericks followed up a 5-2 victory over the Huskies on Friday night with a 3-2 verdict on Saturday evening, elevating them to seventh place but within just two of the upper division.
        In the two other league series being contested Nov. 27-28, visiting Alaska Anchorage and St. Cloud State came up with big road victories over the two WCHA front-runners on Saturday night to gain weekend splits, with the Seawolves upending host Colorado College, 3-2 (ot) and the Huskies skating past host Denver, 3-2.
        As a result of weekend play, just four points now separate the top six clubs in the WCHA standings. Colorado College (10-3-1, 7-2-1 WCHA) and Denver (9-4-1, 7-2-1 WCHA) remain tied for first with 15 points each, idle Minnesota Duluth (9-4-1, 6-3-1 WCHA) is third with 13 points, and North Dakota (8-4-2, 5-4-1 WCHA), St. Cloud State (6-6-2, 5-4-1 WCHA) and Wisconsin (8-5-1, 5-4-1 WCHA) share the fifth spot with 11 points apiece. Minnesota State (6-7-1, 4-7-1 WCHA) is seventh with nine points, Alaska Anchorage (6-10-0, 4-8-0 WCHA) is eighth with eight points, Minnesota (5-8-1, 3-6-1 WCHA) is ninth with seven, and Michigan Tech (3-9-0, 2-8-0 WCHA) is 10th with four points.
        Outside the conference over the holiday weekend, North Dakota won 4-1 over CCHA-member Ohio State on Friday in the Subway Holiday Classic in Grand Forks and then posted a 5-5 (ot) tie against Miami on Saturday evening, while in the annual College Hockey Showcase, Wisconsin won 7-3 at Michigan State on Friday before falling 3-2 at Michigan on Saturday and Minnesota fell 6-0 at Michigan on Friday before coming back with a 2-1 triumph at Michigan State on Saturday. Through games of Nov. 29, WCHA-member teams now own a collective non-conference mark of 22-12-1 (.639) so far in 2009-10.
        Looking ahead to the first weekend of December (4-5), there will be a full slate of five head-to-head WCHA series as Colorado College and Denver play home-and-home, Michigan Tech travels to Wisconsin, North Dakota visits Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota and Minnesota State play home-and-home, and Alaska Anchorage hosts St. Cloud State.
        At Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato on Saturday, host Minnesota State completed a WCHA sweep of Michigan Tech with a 3-2 victory before 3,448 as left winger Kael Mouillierat scored a pair of goals, including the winner at 3:16 of the second period. The visiting Huskies, trailing 3-0 in the third, received goals from Anthony Schooley at 16:26 and Drew Dobson at 19:47 with an extra attacker.
        At the World Arena in Colorado Springs on Nov. 28, visiting Alaska Anchorage received two goals and an assist from right winger Sean Wiles and the game-winner at 1:00 of overtime from center Daniel Naslund to spring a 3-2 WCHA upset on host Colorado College before 7,121. Also for UAA, winger Mickey Spencer and defenseman Trevor Hunt both had two assists while Jon Olthuis had 26 saves in nets. For the Tigers, winger Stephen Schultz and defenseman Nate Proesser each had a goal and an assist.
        At Magness Arena on Saturday evening, visiting St. Cloud State upended Denver, 3-2, to gain a split of their series as winger Tony Mosey scored a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner at 11:55 of the third period, and winger Ryan Lasch added a goal and an assist. For the Pioneers, Tyler Ruegsegger notched a pair of third period goals to close the gap to one with 2:30 remaining. In nets, Dan Dunn had 26 stops for SCSU while Marc Cheverie had 24 for DU.
        At Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday night, host North Dakota and Miami battled to a 5-5 overtime tie before 11,425 in the Subway Holiday Classic. The host Sioux, behind a pair of second period goals from winger Danny Kristo (2g, 1a), overcame a 2-1 deficit to take a 5-3 advantage into the third period. Also for UND, defenseman Ben Blood and forward Jason Gregoire each had a goal and an assist.
        And in the annual College Hockey Showcase on Nov. 28, visiting Minnesota used goals from forwards Jordan Schroeder in the second period and Mike Carman in the third and had 37 saves from Kent Patterson to defeat host Michigan State, 2-1, before 4,751 at Munn Arena while Wisconsin fell 3-2 at Michigan before 6,702 at Yost Ice Arena. Scoring for the UW were centers Blake Geoffrion and Derek Stepan.

    This Week in the WCHA

    Results of Friday, November 27: *Wisconsin 7 at Michigan State 3 (nc); * Minnesota 0 at Michigan 6 (nc); Alaska Anchorage 0 at Colorado College 5 (WCHA); St. Cloud State 3 at Denver 5 (WCHA); Michigan Tech 2 at Minnesota State 5 (WCHA); #Ohio State 1 at North Dakota 4 (nc). *College Hockey Showcase; #Subway Holiday Classic (Grand Forks, ND)
    Results of Saturday, November 28: *Minnesota 2 at Michigan State 1 (nc); Alaska Anchorage 3 at Colorado College 2 ot (WCHA); St. Cloud State 3 at Denver 2 (WCHA); Michigan Tech 2 at Minnesota State 3 (WCHA); *Wisconsin 2 at Michigan 3 (nc); #Miami 5 at North Dakota 5 ot (nc). *College Hockey Showcase; #Subway Holiday Classic (Grand Forks, ND)

    Next Week in the WCHA

    Games for Friday, December 4
    St. Cloud State at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT
    Michigan Tech at Wisconsin (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT
    North Dakota at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT
    Minnesota State at Minnesota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT
    Denver at Colorado College (WCHA), 7:37 pm MT
    Games for Saturday, December 5
    St. Cloud State at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT
    Colorado College at Denver (WCHA), 7:07 pm MT
    Michigan Tech at Wisconsin (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT
    North Dakota at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT
    Minnesota at Minnesota State (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT

  • In the pros: Nampa paper features Bachman

    Wed, November 25, 2009 by admin with no comments

    11352_medium Here’s The Nampa Press-Tribune’s feature on the Idaho Steelheads’ goalie tandem. Former Tiger Richard Bachman is pictured to the left.

  • Signee: NHL.com features Jaden Schwartz

    Wed, November 25, 2009 by admin with no comments

    The first thing you notice about center Jaden Schwartz is his deceptiveness.

    But if you think for a second that at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds Schwartz doesn’t pack much of a pop, you’d be sadly mistaken.

    “I don’t think Jaden has changed his style of play since he was 14, 15 years old,” said NHL Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee. “He’s very deceptive and shifty though the neutral zone and strong on the puck. It’s very hard to get the puck off his stick.”

    Schwartz doesn’t look anything like a rookie in his initial season with the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League, and NHL scouts and general managers have noticed.

    Here’s the rest of the  story.