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Wednesday reading: 2013-14 nonconference schedule; U.S. NTDP tryouts; NCHC success, UND guilty pleas

Published: March 13, 2013, 3:36 pm, by Joe Paisley

owens and teamDuring Tuesday night’s radio show, Colorado College coach Scott Owens gave out a few hints  about next season’s nonconference schedule, notably that Hockey East’s New Hampshire will be in town this coming Thanksgiving weekend while HE up-and-comer Providence will be in World Arena in Jan. 2014.

It is all part of Owens’ approach to schedule the best visiting teams possible for the home fans, which is why CC has the second-strongest strength of schedule in Division I hockey this season.

Starting with the 2014-15 season, both Boston College and Wisconsin will come to Colorado Springs for at least one game a year, likely a split weekend with Denver.

Expect that arrangement to continue with both CC and DU having an additional four nonconference games to fill (24 NCHC games vs. 28 WCHA) and an opportunity to attract Hockey East teams out West. Owens mentioned HE champ UMass-Lowell and a two-game series with Air Force as likely too.

CC will travel to ECAC Clarkson next season in return for the Golden Knights’ trip to Colorado Springs earlier this season. CC athletic director Ken Ralph has said Boston University is another possibility for a road contest with CC likely to play one game at one HE team and another at an HE or ECAC opponent that weekend.

Here is another sign Colorado youth hockey is on the rise: Niwot defenseman Logan Fauber of the Colorado Thunderbirds was one of 52 selected to try out for the U.S. National Team Development Program two weeks from now.

Miami Murphy vs. BGSUHere is a look at how the eight teams forming the National Collegiate Hockey Conference are doing so far this season. Synposis: Pretty darn good.

This North Dakota blogger rightfully praises Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore.

From the Associated Press …

Four University of North Dakota hockey players accused of supplying alcohol to minors at a team party last September have changed their pleas to guilty.

Danny Kristo, Andrew MacWilliam, Carter Rowney and Joe Gleason reached plea agreements last week and were given deferred sentences.

Charges were dropped against a fifth player, Corban Knight. Knight is a candidate for the Hobey Baker award, given annually to the top player in college hockey.

Grand Forks County county prosecutor David Jones tells The Associated Press there was no evidence that Knight was involved in the case.

MacWilliam, Kristo, Rowney and Knight are captains and were suspended for the first game of the season. UND spokesman Jason Hajdu says no additional discipline is expected.