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Emptying the notebook: Alumni weekend; power-play shuffle

Published: January 17, 2014, 11:01 pm, by Joe Paisley

Colorado College Hockey 2007-08CC plans 75 years celebration, alumni weekend

Colorado College hockey is planning an alumni weekend Feb. 14-15 to recognize the 75 years of the program, including a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Cheyenne Mountain resort.

The Tigers host National Collegiate Hockey Conference foe Western Michigan that weekend. All the alumni will e honored on the ice during first intermission Friday.

There will be a pregame reception at the Hotel Elegante from 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday.

“We hope to have a great cross sample of all the players from past decades,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “It will give people a chance to remember past teams and players. It is a great thing and I hope we have a tremendous turnout.”

Fans interested in those events should contact marketing director Jessica Bennett at jessica.bennett@coloradocollege.edu.

New-look power-play unit pays dividends

The world junior championships and the subsequent absences of freshman defensemen Gustav Olofsson and Jaccob Slavin forced CC to tweak its second power-play unit.

It quickly paid dividends with a five for 15 mark since the holiday break.

The second power-play unit has an umbrella look to it with three defensemen – Aaron Harstad, Peter Stoykewych and Slavin — along the blue line with forward Scott Wamsganz screening the goalie and senior wing Archie Skalbeck working as a rover.

The coaches are working Slavin and Olofsson into the mix when sophomore Michael King is a healthy scratch as he was on Friday.

“It has worked as long as the guys along the blue line keep it relatively simple and get pucks on net with Wamsganz screening,” Owens said. “We are getting some chances that way. Regardless, we have to win faceoffs and be hungry to get to the puck.”

Taft’s improved play pays off with late goal

Junior Charlie Taft recorded his second goal this season and it came with 2:39 left in what ended up being the eventual tying goal.

“It will boost his confidence a bit,” Owens said. “He’s played well the past three games. I hope seeing that will give all the older guys a boost. Krushelnyski is playing well right now.”

Ice chips

Providence coach Nate Leaman is back home with his wife Alice awaiting the birth of their third child.. … Friars forward Ross Mauermann and goalie Jon Gillies were both nominated for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. No Tigers or Air Force players were. Fan balloting is underway at hobeybakeraward.com.