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Tuesday reading: Bazin, Crabb, J. Schwartz, SCSU, Grimaldi, Wisconsin loss

Published: February 26, 2013, 7:37 am, by Joe Paisley

crabb heelsFormer CC assistant Norm Bazin is the subject of this Q&A feature.

Former Tiger Joey Crabb, pictured, took part in the Capitals’ recent Hockey and Heels event.

Jaden Schwartz is interviewed by St. Louis radio on a number of topics, including college road trips.

St. Cloud State is in position to win first (and last) WCHA regular-season championship, according to this columnist.

North Dakota rookie Rocco Grimaldi is anxious for his first college postseason.

Penn State 3, No. 16 Wisconsin 2 OT

MADISON — Allowing two third-period goals, then a third score in overtime, No. 16 Wisconsin (14-11-7, 10-8-7 WCHA) fell 3-2 to Penn State (13-14-0) on Monday night at the Kohl Center, setting up what will be a testing finish to the season.

“I think what it does is it just squeezes the importance of our last four games,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “We have to primarily win out, so that’s our task at hand.”

With the overtime loss, Wisconsin fell to 2-2-7 in 11 overtime games this season. Penn State improved to 3-2 against future Big Ten foes with splits against Michigan State and Wisconsin and a single win over Ohio State at the 3 Rivers Classic. The win concludes the NCAA independent’s season.

Wisconsin dropped from 16th in the Pairwise rankings to 28th with the loss.

CCHA ESSENTIAL – “Need to know” items from this week

Alaska- The Nanooks and Alaska Anchorage will face off in a home-and-home series this weekend to determine the winner of the 2013 Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup. The Nanooks lead the all-time cup series 11-8 and are in the hunt for their fourth straight Cup victory.

Bowling Green-  Sophomore forward Ryan Carpenter scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season on Saturday, four more than his total from last season. The last Falcon to score 15 goals or more in a season was Dan Sexton when he recorded 17 in 2008-09.

Ferris State- The Bulldogs, who were idle last weekend, are tied with Ohio State for fourth place in the league standings with 42 points and have clinched a bye in the first round of the CCHA playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Lake Superior- The Lakers take a 6-1 total-goals lead in the Cappo Cup series into its regular-season finale at Northern Michigan. In mid-December, eleven Lakers tallied at least one point as Lake Superior swept the Wildcats at Taffy Abel Arena, 3-0 and 3-1.

Miami- After a sweep at Lake Superior, Miami has 21 wins on the year, marking its eighth straight 20-win season. The eight consecutive 20-win seasons is the fourth-longest active streak in the country behind only Michigan (25), Denver (11) and North Dakota (10).

Michigan- The Wolverines completed their second sweep of the season at Ohio State (5-3, 6-3) last weekend and finished the month of February with a 6-2-0 record. The two wins over the Buckeyes give Michigan three road wins this season.

Michigan State- Friday’s 1-0 victory at Alaska was the Spartans’ first victory in game one of a CCHA series this season. The win also gave Michigan State its first back-to-back victories this season. The Spartans are now 1-6-3 in games after a win.

Northern Michigan- The Wildcats host Upper Peninsula-rival Lake Superior this weekend to wrap up the regular season. Northern Michigan was swept in Sault Ste. Marie in November but swept the Lakers in last season’s final series at Berry Events Center.

Notre Dame- Notre Dame’s Senior Night will honor defenseman Sam Calabrese, forwards Nick Larson and Kevin Nugent and goaltender Mike Johnson along with senior manager John Madison on the ice prior to the start of the game on Saturday against Bowling Green.

Ohio State- Sophomore forward Tanner Fritz scored the first short-handed goal of his career in a 5-3 loss to Michigan on Friday. He has nine points (4-5-9) in his last three games, has a point in 10 of his last 12 games and is first in conference scoring (9-21-30).

Western Michigan- The Broncos’ two ties against Notre Dame (3-3, 1-1) marked the first time Western Michigan has ended a CCHA series with a pair of draws since a road series against Lake Superior on Jan. 21-22, 2011. The Broncos and Lakers battled to a 2-2 tie and a 4-4 tie.