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Friday reading: CC, DU injuries; CC-Duluth notes; WCHA, AHA, Sacred Heart

Published: October 18, 2013, 4:44 am, by Joe Paisley

DU No. 4Denver sophomore forward  Garrett Allen suffered a lower extremity injury during practice Tuesday and will not make trip to Fairbanks, Alaska this weekend for the Brice Gold Rush, according to the Denver fan blog.

Freshman forward Evan Janssen is also out with a knee injury for 3-4 weeks, according to the Denver Post. Junior forward Zac Larraza is still out with a broken clavicle (3-4 weeks) while freshman forward Emil Romig has six more games to serve under his NCAA suspension.

That leaves 18 skaters and three goalies available to travel for the No. 12 Pioneers against Alaska-Anchorage and host Alaska-Fairbanks. All will.

Here is a preview focusing on Denver by the Fairbanks newspaper and another on Western Michigan which is looking for its first goal and initial victory this season. The Pioneers picked up another commit. New Alaska-Anchorage coach Matt Thomas is the subject of this Q&A.

CC senior goalie Josh Thorimbert will get the start on Friday after freshman Tyler Marble suffered an upper-body injury during last Saturday’s exhibition. The Detroit native is out this weekend and will be re-evaluated next week.

The No. 18 Minnesota State freshmen have stepped up for the WCHA’s Mavericks. Here is Puckato’s Friday morning skate with plenty of WCHA links.

Here is a preview on the big No. 6 North Dakota at No. 1 Miami series. This UND fan blog puts out its NCHC preview capsules.

Here are some game notes (thanks Bob Nygaard) for the No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth at Colorado College series:

UMD DeLisle home vs MankatoFriday’s opener will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with Eric Frede and CC alum Jim Paradise serving as the on-air talent. … UMD and Colorado College have played 172 previous occasions in a rivalry which began on Jan. 4, 1961 at the old Duluth Curling Club. The Tigers hold a slim 85-82-7 lead in the all-time series, but are 3-7-1 in their last 11 against the Bulldogs. The two clubs split their only two meetings one year ago in Colorado Springs with UMD taking the opener, 3-2, on Jan. 18 and the Tigers prevailing, 5-1, in the rematch. … The last time UMD and the Tigers played outside of WCHA regular season or postseason play was in 1964-65 when the Bulldogs, in their final year as a NCAA Division I independent, swept Colorado College (4-3 in overtime and 5-3) in their opening road series of the year. … Since that 3-2 victory over Colorado College last January, the Bulldogs are winless on the road (0-4-2). … When freshman center Dominic Toninato hit the ice for his first shift last Friday night against Michigan Tech, he completed UMD’s 11th father-son playing combination. Dominic’s dad, Jim Toninato, was a four-year winger/center (1982-86) with the Bulldogs.  Junior defenseman Derik Johnson’s father, Jim Johnson, is also a UMD hockey alumnus (1981-85).

Minnesota-Duluth is excited about tonight’s North American broadcast. The Bulldogs have all but one home game broadcast on one of their local TV stations.

The Atlantic Hockey Association handed out two suspensions for dangerous plays (blows to the head).

Niagara’s Patrick Conte was suspended  one game and will miss the Oct. 19 game versus Robert Morris  after a hit to the head against Canisius. Griffs junior Doug Beck was also suspended for a cross-checking call after it was determined that he hit a Niagara player in the back with his stick and drive the Niagara player head first into the boards. Beck will sit out the next contest on Oct. 25 at Air Force.

Here is a recap of last week’s AHA action.

The Minnesota-Bemidji State series is another informal Serratore reunion.

Sacred Heart is 2-1 with wins against former No. 1 UMass Lowell, Bentley. The Pioneers won two games last season.