• Tigers look ready for Sunday exhibition

    Fri, September 30, 2011 by admin with no comments

    The offseason and preseason have gone well for the Colorado College Tigers and the team looks as ready as possible to take on an exhibition opponent, McGill of Montreal, at 6 p.m. Sunday night.

    Coach Scott Owens was pleased with his team’s preparation to this point.

    “We’re pretty happy,” Owens said Friday. “Our quality and depth has been good and our conditioning is about as good as you’d expect. It’s a very focused group.”

    The Tigers will dress 23 players under international rules, including all three goalies. There is no set plan for whether all three netminders will play.

    “We’ll see how the game is going,” Owens said. “All three have been good. The hard part will be figuring out which five not to play.”

    William Rapuzzi will be out, meaning 27 of 28 Tigers are healthy and competing for the 23 spots.

    Fans should not read too much into the lines for Sunday’s game since the coaches will use the exhibitions to try out combinations and see which click.

    “We’re just trying to get a starting point,” Owens said.

    Senior captain Nick Dineen and assistant Gabe Guentzel have both looked good in practice so far, Owens said.

    “(Nick is) quicker and stronger and has improved his shot,” he said. “Gabe is very focused and even more confident.”

    Owens also cited some improvement from Scott Winkler, Dakota Eveland, Archie Skalbeck and Alexander Krushelnyski “just to mention a few. The majority look to have had good summers.”

  • Pregame intros get a makeover

    Fri, September 30, 2011 by admin with 1 comment

    Fans may want to get into their seats a little earlier than years past to enjoy what CC hopes will be a more exciting pregame introduction package that will highlight the program’s past and present stars.

    Following the visiting team introductions, there will be a new video focusing on CC hockey history, recent and older, centered around the “Be a Tiger” slogan.

    Different former players and community VIPs – kept secret until game time — will be featured each game, changing each night.

    The marketing department used this past summer’s alumni weekend to get video of a number of former players, recent and not so much, to participate.

    Judging from the glimpse I had of the video after practice on Thursday, CC fans won’t be disappointed.

  • In the pros: Fredheim, Petersen, Swanson

    Fri, September 30, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Former CC and current Houston Aeros defenseman Kris Fredheim sends a puck up the ice during Aeros’ hockey training camp at the Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Sugar Land. COURTESY HOUSTON CHRONICLE

    Former Tiger Toby Petersen scored a shorthanded goal in a preseason game against Florida.

    Training camp for the ECHL’s Alaska Aces, the defending champs, began Friday with Brian Swanson back with his hometown team.
  • Another Bemidji home ticket deal available today

    Fri, September 30, 2011 by admin with no comments

    CC hockey fans can buy two adult tickets for $15, about 50 percent off, to either of the Bemidji State home games Oct. 14-15 through The Gazette’s Deal of the Day. There is a limit to the tickets available per person (8) at this price and time available so fans may want to hurry.

  • Weekend reading

    Fri, September 30, 2011 by admin with no comments

    USCHO announces its top 10 defensemen, which include Air Force’s Scott Mathis, pictured at left.

    Mankato’s beat writer opines on the Mavs being left in the new WCHA.

    Corban Knight is assuming a larger role for North Dakota.

    Here’s CHN’s look at the top recruiting classes.

    A bigger Beau Bennett should help Denver’s offense.

    Franklin Pierce is adding women’s hockey.

    Here’s five keys to Wisconsin’s season and a feature on defenseman Justin Schultz, arguably the best in D-1.

     

  • USCHO rates J. Schwartz as No. 1 forward

    Fri, September 30, 2011 by admin with 1 comment

    This unattributed quote says it all:  ““He’s a great player,” an opposing coach said about Schwartz. “But then again, he was a great player in juniors. Hopefully this will be his last year in college hockey so we won’t have to see him again.”

    Here’s the full story by U.S. College Hockey Online with some familiar stats for CC fans.

  • Tigers put together another good session

    Thu, September 29, 2011 by admin with no comments

    The coaches put in their second and final hour of practice this week with the Tigers, using the 60 minutes to focus on transition out of the Tigers zone and special teams. It was an intense hour as the players try to impress their coaches.

    The Tigers have another informal session on Friday before two sessions on Saturday led by the coaches.

    Jaden Schwartz had his usual “Wow” goal where he put the puck through a small opening into the net while freshmen Scott Wamsganz and Charlie Taft both recorded nice goals in drills. Freshman goalie Courtney Lockwood also looked strong in net.

    Like the Tigers, the World Arena staff is preparing for Sunday night’s exhibition game against McGill of Montreal by synching up music and video with announcements Thursday afternoon after practice.

  • Some of McGill’s more famous alums

    Thu, September 29, 2011 by admin with 4 comments

    Here’s some famous McGill graduates I stumbled across while looking up info on the Redmen. A more-detailed preview on the school’s role in developing hockey will appear in Saturday morning’s Gazette

    There are four Nobel prize winners that are McGill grads, though the school did not name them.

    I did see Leonard Cohen at Red Rocks a couple summers ago and it was a great show.

    But I think it’s pretty apparent who my favorite McGill grad is.

    Here are some notables:

    Mike Babcock, Detroit Red Wings coach

    Leonard Cohen, singer/songwriter

    James Naismith, developed basketball

    Dick Pound, former president World Anti-Doping Agency

    William Shatner, actor

  • CC assistant to be inducted into prep Hall

    Thu, September 29, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Current Colorado College assistant Eric Rud, pictured at left, will be inducted into his high school’s Hall of Fame this Friday along with former St. Cloud State standout Jason Stewart.

  • Thursday reading

    Thu, September 29, 2011 by admin with 2 comments

    New York Islanders' Trevor Frischmon, left, tries for a rebound from Calgary Flames goalie Henrik Karlsson, from Sweden, uring the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Calgary won 2-0. Photo: The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh / AP

    Nothing new to report from Wednesday’s captain’s practice except that sophomore defenseman Eamonn McDermott participated fully, suggesting that the unspecified minor injury that kept him out is fine.

    North Dakota is having some injury/eligibility problems.

    Thirty-two of the 37 Gopher games will be broadcast including the CC road games in January. Here’s the Hockey East TV schedule.

    Here’s a preview capsule on Western Michigan.

    The Grand Forks Herald’s college hockey season preview will be available online on Sunday. It’s definitely worth a look.

    Former Tiger Richard Petiot is now with AHL Norfolk while Brett Sterling cleared waivers and is headed to Peoria.

    Nate Prossser remains in the mix for a spot with the Wild.

    Mike Testwuide and CS’ Ben Holmstrom were both sent to AHL Adirindack by the Flyers.

    Brian Connelly reaches out to the community in Rockford, Ill.