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At last, the league playoffs are here

Published: March 14, 2014, 8:14 am, by Joe Paisley

CC uniforms, Herb Brooks 047This is a great time of year for college hockey fans. Here are various links to previews and features from around the West-oriented college hockey conferences.

Tigers senior goalie Josh Thorimbert, pictured, does not get enough credit for the workload he has shouldered this season. Hopefully this feature rectifies that somewhat. Here are Three Things to Watch.

North Dakota needs to win the playoff series or the perennial power may miss out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002.

The return of Blake Coleman from injury has made No. 8 seed Miami a more dangerous first-round NCHC opponent for top seed St. Cloud State. Here is more from the more confident RedHawks.

An 11-year-old battling cancer is inspired by the Huskies, who were reminded how good they have it when they met last weekend.

““It’s tough after you lose any time, but his coming into the locker room … it just shows you how precious and how good we really have it,” Jimmy Murray said. “It touched everyone.“After talking with the family, he’s a pretty amazing kid. He was smiling and laughing. We really enjoyed it. Anyone on our team would have done that. I’d like to think that.”

Here is the rest of the article.

CCUND picFreshman Kyle Osterberg is on a roll for No. 4 seed Minnesota-Duluth, which hosts Western Michigan.

Here are some UND-oriented NCHC predictions and picks by USCHO and the Grand Forks Herald (UND in three).

USCHO previews the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals, WCHA quarters and the final regular-season weekend for the Big 10. Here is a WCHA linkorama and the Gazette’s Air Force preview.

RPI’s best forward bolted for the N.Y. Rangers. Here are the latest Pairwise rankings.