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Friday reading: NCHC previews, features; Hockey East; Big Ten; Atlantic Hockey

Published: January 10, 2014, 8:04 am, by Joe Paisley

CC celebration gold 2Here is my preview on the CC at North Dakota series, which features a Tigers team that remains confident it can pull it together, three things to watch, and the Grand Forks Herald’s take, focusing on offensive ups and downs for both teams.

A former St. Cloud State walk-on played for the first time recently.  Here is a strong feature on his journey to St. Cloud. Expect this weekend’s SCSU at Denver series to focus on defense.

Nebraska-Omaha’s Josh Archibald leads the NCHC with 14 goals (tied for third in Division I). Here is a good feature on his season and how UNO fans hope he can spark his team in the second half. The Mavs host Minnesota-Duluth this weekend, which is looking for more consistency in its results.

Miami junior forward Austin Czarnik (9g, 19a) and sophomore forward Riley Barber (11g, 17a) are tied for fourth nationally in points per game at 1.56 . Both have 28 points in 18 games. They play at Western Michigan this weekend.

Denver senior goaltender Sam Brittain enters the weekend tied for first nationally with a 1.75 goals against average, ranks third in save percentage at .941 and is tied for second with three shutouts. In addition, his 1165:54 of playing time is the second-most nationally.

Here is a feature on AFA senior Mitch Torrel’s breakout season after some early struggles.

A brutal travel schedule is the norm in the new-look WCHA. Former UND player Andy Tambellini may have made a mistake when he left for the WHL judging from these stats. Of course, that may not be the case for him. Good luck to him.

Thirty former college players representing 17 schools, will represent their country in the Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Nationally, half of the games played in the last week (21 of 42) finished tied or decided by one goal. Eight of those games saw a team score with an extra attacker. Click here for more national notes.

In women’s hockey, the New Hampshire coach is filing for reinstatement and a healthy settlement because the wording used by the university to terminate him for  “inappropriate physical contact” with a player on the bench during a game Nov. 30 against Ohio State suggested it was sexual in nature. This article has his side.

Longtime USCHO columnist David H. Hendrickson looks back on his time covering Hockey East. Best of luck to him. Hopefully he will be back writing soon. 

Here is a look at the Atlantic Hockey Association and this weekend’s predictions. Future CC foe Providence was knocked off by Northeastern on Wednesday. Wisconsin is going through a bout with injuries to key players.