• UPDATED: DU senior stable after neck injury

    Sun, October 31, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Best of luck to Denver senior Jesse Martin as he recovers from this injury. I’ll keep posting updates as made available by DU and/or the Denver Post.

    Here’s the DU press release sent out last night:

    DENVER – University of Denver senior center Jesse Martin(Edmonton, Alberta) is in stable condition at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., tonight after suffering a season-ending injury in last night’s 3-0 win over the University of North Dakota.

    Martin suffered the injury at the 11:06 mark of the second period after an on-ice collision with North Dakota’s Brad Malone, who was assessed a five-minute major penalty for charging and 10-minute game misconduct on the play.

    Martin was taken off the ice on a stretcher and was immediately taken to nearby Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D., for observation. After tests were conducted at the hospital, it was determined that Martin needed to be air-lifted to Hennepin County Medical Center for further testing and possible surgery.

    According to University of Denver Associate Director of Sports Medicine Aaron Leu, Martin suffered three fractures to his C-2 vertebrae in his neck and is in stable condition. Martin has feeling in his all of his extremities and will undergo further testing during the next 24 hours to determine if surgery is required.

    Martin has helped the Pioneers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances during his DU career. He tallied 64 points on 32 goals and 32 assists in 120 career games.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with Jesse and the entire Martin family during this most-difficult time,” DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. “Jesse is one of our team leaders and most-respected players in the locker room. Our players are determined to rally around him and assist in any way possible during the healing process.”

    Here’s the Denver Post article, which includes reaction from the player’s father.

  • WCHA roundup: Denver whips Sioux

    Sat, October 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Denver 3, North Dakota 0

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Drew Shore and Kyle Ostrow each registered a goal and an assist and Sam Brittain made 33 saves as the Denver Pioneers salvaged a split of a weekend series against North Dakota with a 3-0 win on Saturday at Engelstad Arena.

    Wisconsin 4, Michigan Tech 1

    MADISON — The line of Patrick Johnson, Sean Dolan and Ryan Little combined for two goals and five assists as Wisconsin earned a weekend sweep of Michigan Tech with a 4-1 win on Saturday evening at Kohl Center.

    St. Cloud State 5, Quinnipiac 2

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Junior forward Drew LeBlanc was a factor with four assists as the St. Cloud State Huskies earned a split of a weekend series against Quinnipiac with a 5-2 win on Saturday night at National Hockey Center.

    Bemidji State 1, Minnesota-Duluth 1

    BEMIDJI, Minn. — Minnesota Duluth freshman defenseman Justin Faulk and Bemdji State senior forward Emil Billberg exchanged third-period goals as the two teams skated to a 1-1 tie on Saturday night at Bemidji Regional Event Center.

    MSU-Mankato 2, Alaska-Anchorage 2 OT

    ANCHORAGE – Mankato’s Eriah Hayes scored with five minutes left to force overtime Saturday.

  • Emptying the Notebook: UM 9, CC 4

    Sat, October 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Here’s more topics from the game that didn’t make the game story in Sunday’s Gazette.

    Poor starts to first and second periods

    Minnesota’s potent transition game opened the scoring only 53 seconds into the first and would prove to be the first of two goals scored in the opening 60 seconds.

    In the first period, Minnesota’s Nate Condon forced a turnover and passed the puck to Jacob Cepis who found Zach Budish open for the score.

    Budish beat CC goalie Joe Howe high glove side as he moved to his left with the pass.

    The goal came 30 seconds after Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson made a big-time stop on CC wing Andrew Hamburg who burst free for a good crossing pass in close.

    It was the only shot CC would manage through the first 8:42 of the game; hardly the start the Tigers needed to have.

    Goalie change

    Tigers coach Scott Owens said sophomore starting goalie Joe Howe was not at fault for the six goals allowed on 18 shots in the first 23:57 of the 9-4 loss Saturday.

    “I’ll have to look at the tape but I don’t remember any of them particularly being Joe’s fault,’ he said after the game.

    Owens said it was time for a change after six went in early. Owens said he had every intention of putting Howe back in if CC was able to close the gap or if Josh Thorimbert struggled. The freshman did fine, making 23 saves in 36:03 and picked up valuable game experience.

    “Maybe it wasn’t the best situation to be thrust into, but overall he did well,” Owens said. “He stopped five or six Grade-A chances.”

    Minnesota’s Serratore gets first points of college career

    Unfortunately, freshmen are not allowed to talk to the media until Nov. 1 under Minnesota team policy, so I was unable to interview Tom Serratore, the son of Air Force coach Frank Serratore, who recorded an assist on the third Minnesota goal and scored the ninth. Gophers freshman Nate Condon scored twice and made three assists.

    CC power play looks better

    A positive to take from the loss was the re-emergence of the CC power play which was poking along at a 6-for-43 rate (14 percent) in the previous seven games before converting 2-for-4 on Saturday. The units moved the puck around better and had some quality, if not always top-tier chances. Having Rylan Schwartz back clearly helped.

    Diluting that optimism was the turnovers with the man advantage. Minnesota scored a shorthanded goal, which was the second allowed by CC in as many nights and the third in the four WCHA games.

    If only I could quote it

    Whatever was said on the CC bench during a TV timeout with the score 1-0 Minnesota must have worked. CC out shot the Gophers 8-1 over the next five minutes, ending with Jaden Schwartz’s first goal. It came off a backhander from Rylan Schwartz, who collected a pass from Doug Leaverton in the right faceoff circle and passed cross-ice to Jaden as he burst through the left circle to fire into the open net and tie the game at 1-1.

    Lots of work ahead

    There had been signs that Colorado College was struggling out of the gate with some inconsistent play. But in Game 8, the defense was simply awful.

    The forwards and blue-liners struggled in every facet, leaving men unmarked, struggling to clear out rebounds and giving up the puck in the Tiger zone. If it’s any consolation, it can only get better from here.

  • Saturday’s boxscore

    Sat, October 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Minnesota 9, Colorado College 4

    Minnesota        3          4          2          –9

    Colorado College         2          2          0          –4

    First period – 1. Minnesota, Budish (Cepis, Condon), :53;  2. Colorado College, J. Schwartz (R. Schwartz, Leaverton) 10:56; 3. Minnesota, Matson (Hansen), 14:02; 4. Minnesota, White (Serratore, Sacchetti), 17:14; 5. Colorado College, J. Schwartz (Guentzel, R. Schwartz) 19:52. Penalties – MIN, Haula (holding), 19:34.

    Second period – 6. Minnesota, Cepis (Fairchild, Condon), :59; 7. Minnesota, Barriball (Haula), 1:55; 8. Minnesota, Condon (Budish, Cepis) 3:57; 9. Colorado College, Guentzel (Hamburg, Eveland) 4:44; 10. Minnesota, Condon (Fairchild, Cepis), 10:03; 11. Colorado College, Johnson (Hamburg, Lowery) 13:05. Penalties – CC, Leaverton (roughing), 1:16; MIN, Cepis (cross-checking), 1:16; Min, Haula (holding), 11:10.

    Third period – 12. Minnesota, Fairchild (Condon), 3:37 (SH); 13. Minnesota, Serratore (Sacchetti), 15:47. Penalties – MIN, White (tripping), 3:28; CC, Rapuzzi (cross-checking), 5:26; MIN, Barriball (slashing) 12:46.

    Power play – Minnesota 0-1; Colorado College 2-4. Shots on goal – Minnesota 10-17-17-44; Colorado College 12-11-5-28. Saves-minutes – Minnesota, Patterson 10-9-5—60:00; Colorado College, Howe 7-5-23:57, Thorimbert 8-15-36:03. Attendance – 6,798.

  • Minnesota prevails 9-4

    Sat, October 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Minnesota made Colorado College pay dearly for its frequent defensive mistakes.

    The visiting Gophers seized control of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association game by scoring three goals during the first four minutes of the second period, chasing Tigers goalie Joe Howe, en route to a 9-4 road win Saturday before 6,798 fans at World Arena.

    “We defended as poorly as we have this season,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “Their speed and size had something to do with it. But it was a complete disaster from a defensive standpoint. They tormented us.”

    It was Minnesota’s first road sweep in league play since Dec. 11-12, 2009 at Michigan Tech.

    The Tigers (3-4-1, 1-3 WCHA) would make it a little more interesting with a long-range slap shot by Gabe Guentzel getting past Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson only 47 seconds after the three-goal spurt to make it 6-3. The game soon settled down with Minnesota outscoring the Tigers 3-1 the rest of the game. That included a shorthanded goal with 16:23 left in the game killed any hopes of a Tigers’ rally.

    “And that was just the one the goalie didn’t stop,” Owens said. “There were three chances they could have scored on.”

    CC freshman netminder Josh Thorimbert was steady, making 23 saves over the final 36:03.

    Jaden Schwartz, the 2010 St. Louis top draft pick, scored his team-leading sixth and seventh goals of the season to keep CC in the game early against Minnesota.

    Jaden’s second score came with only 7.2 seconds left in the period and came on the power play when Guentzel’s slap shot from near the blue line got through to Patterson. Jaden Schwartz banged in the loose puck to make it 3-2 headed into the first intermission.

    After that, the Gophers (5-3, 3-3) took control for good with that three-goal outburst. Minnesota freshman Tom Serratore, son of Air Force coach Frank Serratore, recorded his first assist and goal in the win.

  • Minnesota leads 7-4 after two

    Sat, October 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Minnesota’s potent offensive players made Colorado College pay dearly for its mistakes.

    The visiting Gophers seized control of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association game by scoring three goals in the first 3:57 of the second period, chasing Tigers goalie Joe Howe, en route to a 7-5 lead headed into the 3rd period Saturday.

  • CC rallies to trim Minnesota lead late

    Sat, October 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Gazette columnist David Ramsey promised earlier this year that this seaoson would be the Jaden Schwartz Show. In the first period, it certainly was.

    Jaden Schwartz scores his sixth and seventh goals of the season to keep CC alive against Minnesota.

    Jaden’s second score came with only 7.2 seconds left in the period and came on the power play when Gabe Guentzel’s slap shot from near the blue line got through to Gophers goalie Kent Patterson. Jaden banged in the loose puck to make it 3-2 headed into the first intermission.

  • Saturday’s lines

    Sat, October 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Stephen Schultz (flu) and Scott Winkler (injury) remain out, but the CC lines are back to their more usual configuration with Johnson at right wing with the Schwartz brothers. Tom Serratore, son of AFA coach Frank Serratore, will play on Minnesota’s fourth line.

    CC Tigers

    LW-Center-RW

    Hall-Dineen-Hamburg

    Krushelnyski-Civitarese-Collett

    J. Schwartz-R. Schwartz-Johnson

    Eveland-Skalbeck-Rapuzzi

    LD-RD

    Lowery-McDermott

    Guentzel-Marciano

    Boivin-Leaverton

    Goalies –Howe-Thorimbert-O’Brien

    Minnesota

    LW-C-RW

    Hoeffel-Haula-Barriball

    Cepis-Condon-Budish

    Larson-Matson-Hansen

    Serratore-Sacchetti-White

    LD-RD

    Helgeson-Fairchild

    Ness-Alt

    Wehrs-Schmidt

    Goalies — Patterson-Kangas

  • In the pros: Bachman, DeBoer, McElhinney, Straub, C. Stuart, M. Stuart, Swanson

    Sat, October 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Boston Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart (45) hits Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Mikhail Grabovski during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010. Photo: Winslow Townson / AP

    Former Tiger Richard Bachman is the No. 2 goalie prospect for the Dallas Stars according to Hockey’s Future. He is the backup for the AHL’s Texas Stars.

    Current Tiger Scott Winkler is mentioned too.

    Addison DeBoer scores for the CHL’s Laredo Bucks. Look for a picture of him in action with the Odessa American story.

    Anaheim backup goalie Curtis McElhinney is mentioned by TSN.ca as one of 10 backups that could start more often in the NHL this season.

    Brandon Straub was called up to the Lake Erie Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Avalanche.

    Colin Stuart has recorded a point in four straight games for the AHL’s Portland Pirates (7-2).

    I found three photos of Mark Stuart leveling a Maple Leaf earlier this week. Not exactly a big surprise. The best shot is to the left.

    Brian Swanson is leading the ECHL’s Alaska Aces in points, despite a gaping hole at left wing on his line. Look for a picture of him with the story.

  • 750 seats left for Saturday’s game

    Fri, October 29, 2010 by admin with no comments

    About 750 tickets remain for the Minnesota at Colorado College gameat 7:07 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available by calling TicketsWest at 719-576-2626, or going to the World Arena box office or CCTigers.com.  A sellout is not anticipated.