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  • Upcoming foes: Michigan State, Anchorage, Fairbanks

    Tue, August 31, 2010 by admin with no comments

    I’ve had fun (admittedly, not as much fun as Mr. Krug is having in the picture to the left) delving into the CCHA blogs more this offseason thanks to CC going to the Great Lakes Invitational this December.

    Earlier this month, Inside College Hockey profiled Torey Krug. To their credit, they were on the ball since he was just named captain as a sophomore.

    Speaking of tournaments, here’s some historical info on CC at the Kendall Hockey Classic, hosted by Anchorage opening weekend. Air Force and North Dakota will be in that tournament against Anchorage and Fairbanks while CC faces the same teams in Fairbanks the following weekend. Looking forward to my first trip to Alaska.

  • Grab bag: Petersen, Schwartz, war of words, Frischmon

    Mon, August 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    The Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika ponders the future of former Tiger Toby Petersen. It will be interesting to see how things shake out for him. 

    Here’s a class move by the Blues and comments on Jaden Schwartz that appeared on a St. Louis blog. Here’s an excerpt, which can be found  under the headline Blues Clues

    I thought it was great to hear Erik Johnson presented Jaden Schwarts with a #17 Blues jersey for him to give to his sister Mandi who is battling Leukemia. Every Blues player who is in town signed the jersey. Mandi wears #17 at Yale University. Total class move by both the Blues as well as Johnson.

    More on the war of words between College Hockey, Inc. and the Canadian junior leagues that mentions former Tiger Mark Stuart.

    A preview of the AHL’s Springfield Falcons includes a mention of Trevor Frischmon.

  • Upcoming foes: Mankato, Sioux, RPI, Alabama-Huntsville

    Mon, August 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Here’s a few links during the usual quiet time as team arrive on campus and settle in. The CC captain’s practices begin in mid-September.

    One of Minnesota State-Mankato’s top incoming freshmen is academically ineligible for the 2010-11 season, the Mavs beat writer reports.

    A touted recruit is expected to show up in Grand Forks in either 2012 or 2013.

    RPI’s fan blogger recaps the program’s summertime changes.

    Former DU forward is now an assistant at Huntsville.

  • Grab bag: Duluth, Michigan State, Yale, Mandi

    Fri, August 27, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Yes, I am anxious for the season to get started. I’m sure many of you feel the same. Toward the end of this blog, you’ll find a link that puts that emotion into better perspective.

    In the meantime, here’s an Inside College Hockey profile of Brady Lamb, left. His goal-scoring complements a physical style that fits in well in Duluth. CC hosts UMD on Feb. 25-26.

    INCH also has a feature on Michigan State’s Torey Krug, who is scheduled to play CC on Dec. 29 in Detroit.

    Here’s the RPI fan blog Without A Peer’s excellent Know Your Enemy feature on Yale, CC’s home opponent on Nov. 13. This is one of the best fan blog’s I’ve run across in the last year. It’s definitely worth a link on your desktop.

    Speaking of Yale, here’s a link to a pay column on U.S. College Hockey Online that says Mandi Schwartz is more important than any college hockey story this summer. In the grand scheme of things, life and death certainly is. It’s a good reminder to keep things in perspective this season.

  • In the pros video: B. Sweatt in Vancouver

    Thu, August 26, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Former Tiger Bill Sweatt arrived in Vancouver to practice in his new uniform. Canucks TV has an interview and images of him in practice. 

    The video beforehand deals with the Sedin brothers and life on the road as brothers. With luck and some time, such a video might be in Bill and Lee Sweatt’s future.

  • Around the WCHA: Omaha roster; Anchorage welcome; first picks

    Thu, August 26, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Most of these signings have been announced over the past few months, but here’s the official announcement with comments from Dean Blais, pictured at left.

    Here’s an open letter to Anchorage freshmen on a fan blog. Don’t click if you don’t like f-bombs or videos of someone being killed by a moose near their practice rink. Really.

    Here’s the first WCHA preseason predictions by College Hockey Blog. It’s the first I’ve seen of this blog and unfortunately, they mention Rob Bordson back for Duluth (he left for the pros). That said,  it’s not like I’ve never goofed.

    I would also question why no CC players made the first through third preseason teams for the WCHA.

  • In the pros: C. Stuart lands with Sabres

    Thu, August 26, 2010 by admin with no comments

    The final remaining former Tiger on the NHL/AHL free agent market, Colin Stuart, has signed with the Buffalo Sabres organization. According to capgeek.com (thanks Roger), he receives $75,000 in the AHL ($10K less than last season) and $550,00 ($50K more) if he spends season with Sabres. Let’s hope he spends plenty of time in Buffalo.

    At the very least, it looks like a very good depth move by Buffalo, especially with his NHL experience with the Thrashers. Here’s SabresHockeyCentral’s take on the signing.

  • Women’s soccer: New focus, same goal for Tigers

    Wed, August 25, 2010 by admin with no comments

    There’s a notable change in the CC women’s soccer team’s focus this fall, if not the long-term goal. In years past under coach Geoff Bennett, the Tigers (12-6-2 overall, 8-2-1 league last fall) were focused on qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. This fall, the focus is on winning the Conference USA title first, which would automatically send the Tigers on to the NCAA Tournament.

    “I really like that,” said senior forward Tiffany Brown, pictured left. “It’s a short-term goal toward a longer-term one. It’s very attainable.”

    The first step toward making a march through C-USA is the nonconference schedule this weekend and in September. CC hosts No. 20 Dayton at 4 p.m. Friday at Stewart Field. Boise State, the WAC tournament champ, plays Air Force Friday and CC at noon on Sunday.

    Both qualified for the NCAA tournament last fall, as did Sept. 19 foe Oklahoma State,

    Sophomore midfielder Colleen Williams has two goals and an assist to account for all three goals in Dayton’s 2-0 start. Junior defenders Kathleen Beljan and Kelsey Miller also return. For 1-1 Boise State, Shannon Saxton has two assists with goals by Erica Parks and Kati Lucas so far.

    The Tigers takes pride in their tough nonconference schedule, hoping it prepares them for C-USA play. CC, the 2009 league runner-up, lost in the semifinals, to 2010 league favorite Memphis, which returns senior forward Ashley Berra and senior midfielder Vendula Strnadova were named to the 45-player watch list for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in college soccer. The Tigers have won three-straight C-USA championships.

    Central Florida is another top contender despite losing most of its top players and rebuilding with 12 freshmen and two more newcomers. The defense should be sound with three starters – preseason league first-teamer Bianca Joswiak, Lauren Halberd and Christian Petrucco — back along the backline and preseason CUSA goalkeeper Aline Reis.

    CC hosts Memphis Sept. 24 and UCF on Oct. 15. The regular season concludes with an Oct. 29 night home game against UTEP followed by the league tournament hosted by UCF on Nov. 3-7 in Orlando.

    It will be a trial by fire for the 10 freshmen. They will be counted on heavily to aid the three seniors and four juniors (including one transfer) on the roster.

    “A lot of the freshmen are contributing a lot to the team,” junior captain Beth Wright said.

    That inexperience has led to a different feel to the preseason.

    “It’s a different kind of energy; an excitement,” senior captain Sydney Fetter said. “Everything is completely new for them.”

    Senior and junior leadership will be key in laying the foundation for the program’s continued success. CC has reached the conference semifinals three times and the conference title game once in the five years in C-USA. Those high expectations and competitive approach must carry on, Fetter said.

    That showed in a good offseason.

    “Everyone came back in shape and ready to play,” Bennett said. ”The juniors and sophomores need to contribute (leadership) too. They’ve been around long enough to chirp in.”

    It promises to be a tough league as usual with Alabama-Birmingham and Texas-El Paso also expected to challenge.

    “Memphis, UCF, UAB and UTEP will be tough,” Fetter said. “They’ll throw the kitchen sink and the bathtub at us.”

  • Thorimbert readies for first season

    Wed, August 25, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Here’s a feature on incoming freshman goalie Josh Thorimbert by the Winnipeg Star Phoenix.

  • Grab bag: Knowlton, upcoming foes, Penn State

    Wed, August 25, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Colorado Springs area player Patrick Knowlton of Sacred Heart, pictured at left, is featured by Inside College Hockey. It’s well-deserved recognition after a big 2009-10 season that included the AHA semifinal game-winner against Air Force.

    To learn more about upcoming opponents, try these other recent INCH mini-features including Bemidji’s Brad Hunt and North Dakota’s Corban Knight.

    The Lansing (Mich.) State Journal says Penn State would start its men’s and women’s ice hockey programs in 2014.