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  • Weekend reading: Owens job search; Duluth exhibitions; NCAA rules

    Fri, June 6, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Scott Owens Photo #3Multiple media outlets are reporting that former Colorado College hockey coach Scott Owens was interviewed recently for the vacant Princeton head coaching position. College Hockey News reports Owens was brought on campus for an in-person meeting.

    Owens has not made any public statements about his early April resignation from his alma mater, where he served for 15 years, since the initial announcement.

    Former CC assistant Joe Bonnett is also reportedly in the running for the job, which opened after three-year coach Bob Prier (25-58-12) resigned in May.

    For the first time since 1964, Minnesota-Duluth will play two exhibition games in Canada. The Bulldogs added three exhibition games with Lakehead University with the first of those coming on Oct. 3 at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth. The two clubs will then meet twice (Jan. 2-3) at the historic Fort Williams Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here is the Bulldogs’ 2014-15 schedule.

    UMD hasn’t paid a visit to Canada since Dec. 26, 1964 when they battled the Port Arthur North Stars to a 6-6 tie in Port Arthur, Ontario (now known as Thunder Bay).  The Bulldogs are 11-0-0 lifetime against Lakehead and upended the Thunderwolves 7-0 this past season (Oct. 7) in Duluth.

    USCHO put together an article about how the NCAA rules committee maintained the status quo on OT, face shields and live game video review for discipline.

    And just to make you hunger for October a little more, here is the 2014-15 ECHL schedule, where a number of former Tigers will be playing this coming fall and winter.

  • Friday reading: Blais contract extension; Walsky injury; Frozen Four; Hobey Baker

    Fri, April 11, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UNO coach Dean Blais has plenty of reasons to smile today.

    UNO coach Dean Blais has plenty of reasons to smile today.

    Nebraska-Omaha athletics director Trev Alberts announced that hockey coach Dean Blais signed a contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

    “Dean has done an exceptional job leading our team through a period of great transition during the last four years,” Alberts said.  “In that time, he led the team into two new leagues, the WCHA and the NCHC, and his experience and knowledge of the leagues and the Division I hockey landscape was critical to our success.   Next year, he will guide us through additional transition as we move into the new arena. This extension will allow us to ensure the continuity of our coaching staff and the recent positive momentum we’ve had recruiting quality student-athletes to our program.”

    “When I came to Omaha, Trev and I had a goal of building an on-campus arena, and I’m excited that this extension will allow me to see UNO athletics reach that goal,” Blais said.  “We’ve got a very good core of returning players and what is perceived to be a great recruiting class coming in.  As a coach, you want to work with great players with strong community support behind your team, and we have that here.”

    Blais is 91-86-18 in five years as the Mavericks’ coach, including two 20-win seasons and an NCAA tournament berth in 2011, the second in school history.   The 1973 graduate of Minnesota has posted a 15-year career record of 353-201-51 including   10 years at North Dakota.  He is a two-time Spencer Penrose Memorial Award winner as the Division I coach of the year and a four-time winner of the WCHA’s Coach of the Year Award.  He led North Dakota to national championships in 1997 and 2000.

    Locally, this may affect the CC coach search somewhat with Blais putting off retirement for a couple more years. This makes the Tigers’ job all the more attractive since Omaha would have been  favorite for some next offseason when Blais’ old deal ended.

    Swiss head coach Sean Simpson will have to do without HC Lugano’s Eric Walsky, a former CC standout, at the IIHF world championships in Minsk May 9-25.  The forward is suffering from an upper-leg injury and is out for the next five to six weeks.

    Here are game articles on the Minnesota-North Dakota instant classic (I don’t say this lightly) form last night’s national semifinal. Here is the Pioneer Press’ take and the Grand Forks Herald’s postmortem. College Hockey News focused on the heartache for UND. It was the fifth Frozen Four trip in a row that UND has lost in the  semifinals.

    The Hobey Baker winner will be announced tonight.

  • Tigers battle back, but fall 4-3 in season finale

    Sun, March 16, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC at WMU Friday 002GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The finale for Colorado College proved to be an example of the Tigers’ entire season.

    CC battled to the very end but fell short in a 4-3 loss at No. 10 North Dakota in the decisive Game 3 of a best-of-three playoff series.

    “It’s hard to swallow right now but it did sum up this season,” freshman Alex Roos said. “We battled each game and never quit, but we came up short.”

    The Tigers (7-24-6) came oh so close to pulling off the upset. Roos redirected a shot on net by rookie defenseman Jaccob Slavin with 1:29 remaining and senior goalie Josh Thorimbert (26 saves) pulled for the extra attacker before 10,054 suddenly nervous fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena. CC was unable to battle through a packed-in UND zone for another shot and a challenging season came to an end.

    “We hung in it together like brothers the entire year and never gave up,” Thorimbert said.

    The win sends No. 2 seed North Dakota on to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Frozen Faceoff to take on No. 8 seed Miami this Friday while No. 5 seed Western Michigan will face No. 6 Denver.

    UND pulled away after a CC turnover led to a goal for Brendan O’Donnell with 17:31 left and a 4-2 lead.

    That goal proved decisive after CC battled back with a strong second period.

    Tigers senior wing Michael Morin forced a turnover in the UND zone when he harassed a UND defenseman into clearing the puck toward senior Jeff Collett.

    The Tigers center stopped the rubber and quickly passed back to Morin for the tip-in to make it 3-2 with 2:43 remaining in the second period.

    “He got some payoff for that,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “Our seniors played well tonight.”

    North Dakota seized control early when junior defenseman Nick Mattson knocked in a rebound off a leg pad save against Stephane Pattyn on a 2-on-1 breakaway with 16:19 left for a 1-0 lead.

    “Their defensemen did a good job activating and stepping forward on offense,” Owens said.

    But the Tigers would answer when senior wing Alexander Krushelnyski pounced on a loose puck in front to lift a hard rising shot past UND sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg’s glove three minutes later to tie the game.

    But it proved to be only be a hiccup for an otherwise dominant opening period for North Dakota (22-12-3). Soon after, UND went ahead 3-1 with 7:38 left on goals by freshman defenseman Troy Stecher and Pattyn.

    “We knew they would come out hard but we came back with an excellent second period and in the third period it could have gone either way,” Owens said. “We gave a good account of ourselves for nine periods. It’s too bad we couldn’t have kept this going in Minneapolis. I am proud of how the team played hard and never quit.”


    No. 10 North Dakota 4, Colorado College 3

    Colorado College         1          1          1          –3

    North Dakota               3          0          1          –4

    First period – 1. UND, Mattson (Pattyn, Rodwell) 3:41; 2. CC, Krushelnyski (Bradley, Slavin) 6:41; 3. UND, Stecher (Thompson, Grimaldi) 10:06; 4, UND, Pattyn (Gaarder, Rodwell) 12:22. Penalties – UND, Johnson, checking from behind, 15:58.

    Second period – 5. CC, Morin (Collett) 17:17. Penalties – UND, MacMillan, hooking, 14:04.

    Third period – 6. UND, O’Donnell (Grimaldi) 2:29; 7. CC, Roos (Slavin, Skalbeck) 18:31 (EX). Penalties – CC, Olofsson, holding, 3:20;  CC, Olofsson, cross-checking, 15:28.

    Power play – CC 0-2, UND 0-2. Shots on goals – CC 8-12-10 –30; UND 13-9-8 –30. Saves-minutes – CC, Thorimbert 10-9-7 –59:04; ND, Gothberg 7-11-9–600. Referees – Sterns, Walsh. Linesmen – Eslinger, Schmitt. Attendance – 10,054 (11,634 capacity).


    CC lands high-end goalie commit

    Wenatchee Wild goalie Chase Perry, 18, of Andover, Minn., will join the Tigers this fall, he announced via Twitter on Sunday afternoon. 

    The 6-foot-21/2, 189-pounder is ranked No. 4 among North American goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting’s midterm draft rankings. The high school senior is 14-12-4 for the North American Hockey League squad with a 2.32 goals against mark and .907 saves percentage. The NHL Draft is June 27-28 in Philadelphia.

    Coaches cannot comment on players until they sign their NCAA letters of intent. The next signing period is April 16-Aug. 1.

    UND avoids third-straight slow start

    As expected North Dakota came out playing hard to seize control early and recorded its first shot on goal only 44 seconds into Game 3.

    It was considerably faster than the previous two games when UND took 6:30 to record its first shot on Friday 12:52 on Saturday. UND matched its Saturday first period total of five shots on Sunday’s opening goal with 16:19 remaining.

    CC awards banquet is April 6

    The annual team awards banquet starts at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 6 for registration followed by the brunch buffet and awards at 11:30 a.m. at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive. Reservations by 5 p.m. Friday, March 28 by emailing Jessica Bennett at jessica.bennett@coloradocollege.edu or by calling (719) 389-6336 are required. The cost is $35 per person.

    Silver lining for Penrose Cup champ

    Despite its first-round playoff series loss to last-place Miami, regular-season champion St. Cloud State (21-10-5) is still projected to qualify for the NCAA Tournament based on the Pairwise rankings, a mathematical formula that mimics the selection committee’s process to determine the 16-team field.

    While such a setback stings, the No. 4 Huskies will have two weeks to rest and heal up after playing the entire second half of the season without a bye weekend due to the new Minnesota North Star Cup tournament.

  • CC stuns North Dakota in OT; stats, notes

    Sat, March 15, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC uniforms, Herb Brooks 047GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimbert has kept the Tigers in most every game all season long.

    He will have one more chance to do so again on Sunday.

    The senior made 44 saves Saturday and freshman wing Alex Roos backhanded in a rebound seven minutes into overtime to lift the Tigers to a 3-2 playoff win over No. 10 North Dakota before a stunned crowd of 10,738 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

    “We battled like we have all season long,” Thorimbert said. “There is no quit in this team.”

    Game 3 of the now tied best-of-three National Collegiate Hockey Conference quarterfinal series is 6:08 p.m. Sunday. A win then would send the No. 7 seed Tigers on to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinals where they would not even be the low seed.

    Saturday continued a weekend of upsets. Last-place Miami knocked off regular-season champion St. Cloud State 4-3 to sweep its series while No. 5 seed Western Michigan eliminated host Minnesota-Duluth by the same margin. Sixth-seeded Denver beat host Nebraska-Omaha 2-0 in Game 3 to send three of the bottom four seeds on.

    CCUND pic“Josh competed and battled and sent a message with those two early (glove) saves that he was on tonight.” Owens said. “We have a good defensive corps and they held up pretty well against their dangerous forwards. We played like a team that wanted to keep this season going despite our record. I am proud of them.”

    The Tigers did a better job clearing the puck out of their zone and keeping it away from the middle where UND’s forwards wreaked havoc in Game 1.

    They still weathered a storm of shots when UND out shot CC 20-9 in the second period, including 12-4 over the final 10 minutes. Thorimbert made save after save.

    “I felt good,” he said. “When I have my glove going, I feel like I am clicking.”

    UND’s barrage eventually broke through. North Dakota (21-12-3) tied the game when sophomore defenseman Jordan Schmaltz scored on a 3-on-2 rush with 3:56 remaining to force overtime.

    A shot by CC junior defenseman Peter Stoykewych bounced twice before getting past UND sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg (26 saves) to stake the Tigers to a 1-0 lead with 3:17 left in the opening period. CC junior Scott Wamsganz had a huge night, scoring early in the second period for a 2-0 Tigers lead and passing to Sam Rothstein for the initial shot in overtime that Roos knocked in to end it.

    “Not too many people expected us to give them much of a fight but in our (locker) room we were confident we could beat them,” Roos said. “We’ll see if we can make it to Minneapolis.”


    Colorado College 3, No. 10 North Dakota 2 OT

    Colorado College         1          1          0          1          –3

    North Dakota               0          1          1          0          –2

    First period – 1. CC, Stoykewych (unassisted) 16:43. Penalties –  CC, Olofsson, checking from behind, 18:48.

    Second period – 2. CC, Wamsganz (Stoykewych) 1:17; 3. UND, Caggiula (Mattson) 3:45. Penalties – UND, Rodwell, four-minute roughing, 9:52; CC, Fejes, roughing, 9:52; CC, Heil, roughing, 9:52.

    Third period – 4. UND, Schmaltz (Caggiula, Ma. MacMillan) 16:04. Penalties – none.

    Overtime – 5. CC, Roos (Rothstein, Wamsganz) 7:00. Penalties – none.

    Power play – CC 0-0, UND 0-1. Shots on goal – CC 5-9-10-5 –29; UND 5-20-13-8 –46. Saves-minutes – CC, Thorimbert 5-19-12-8 –67:00; UND, Gothberg 4-8-10-4 — 67:00. Referees – Sterns, Walsh. Linesmen – Eslinger, Schmitt. Attendance – 10,738 (11,634 capacity).

    CC picks up two forward commits

    Two forwards committed to play at Colorado College earlier this week with one likely to join the team this fall.

    Meridian, Idaho, native Jordan Berger, 17, is scheduled to bring his considerable speed and quickness to Colorado Springs in 2014. The 5-foot-10 forward has four goals in nine games with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League after 116 games in that program. He recorded 42 points (38 games) for the Triple-A midget squad this season.

    Previous CC players from that program include Kris Fredheim, Curtis McElhinney and the Schwartz brothers (Jaden and Rylan). The left-shooting center would be the second Idaho player to join the Tigers. The first was defenseman Cody Lampl of Ketchum.

    The other commit is Mason Bergh, 19, who has enjoyed a strong second half of his debut season for the junior U.S. Hockey League’s Chicago Steel (21, 12 assists, 48 games).

    The Eden Prairie, Minn., native is scheduled to join the Tigers in 2015, allowing him another year to fill out his 6-foot, 165-pound frame.

    “When I arrived on campus, I had the immediate feeling that this was the right place for me,” he said. “To get a good education is very important and CC will provide that for me.”

    Coaches cannot comment on players until they sign their NCAA letters of intent. The next signing period is April 16-Aug. 1.

    Ice chips

    Entering Saturday’s game, the CC rookie have accounted for 41 percent (27) of the team’s 68 goals and almost 40 percent of the Tigers’ 183 points.  Freshman Jaccob Slavin, who is a league finalist for Offensive Defenseman of the Year, moved into a tie for the team points lead (23) with senior wing Alexander Krushelnyski. … Seven of UND sophomore Drake Caggiula’s 19 career goals have come in nine games against CC. … The NCHC’s postseason championship trophy does not have a name yet. The trophy may be named at a later date.

  • Saturday’s lines: CC at No. 10 North Dakota

    Sat, March 15, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CCUND picSenior Michael Morin steps in for freshman Zach Aman in the only lines change for the Tigers. 

    Here are the lines:

    Colorado College










    Goalies — Thorimbert, Lockwood.

    North Dakota


    Caggiula-Mark MacMillan-Parks



    Mitch MacMillan-Chzyk-St. Clair





    Goalies -- Gothberg, Saunder

  • Thursday reading: CC travel; DU’s NCAA hopes

    Thu, March 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    HansonWith the prospect of a three-game playoff series this weekend, Colorado College brought 23 players to Grand Forks. The only players left behind in Colorado Springs were: Jordan DiGiando, Jared Hanson, Tyler Marble, Peter Maric, and Derek Shatzer. Only Shatzer is uninjured.

    Here are 3 Things to Watch for the CC at North Dakota playoff series.

    Like Colorado College, Denver’s only chance at making the NCAA Tournament is by winning the NCHC playoffs‘ automatic berth.

    Here is College Hockey News’ quarterfinals preview. The Denver at Nebraska-Omaha series starts tonight.

    ALL quarterfinal games this weekend will be streamed FREE of charge at the league website. Very smart move by the league

    The outgoing WCHA commissioner is happy with how his final season played out.

    The big thing, from a league finance standpoint, is that Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska-Fairbanks play in the first round based on standings, not on the now-defunct Alaska plan. That was scrapped after the league faced criticism. This match-up keeps the league from paying for a team to go to Alaska on short notice and means they only have to worry about one Alaska team advancing to Grand Rapids. Mich. next week. It could not have worked out any better for the WCHA and commissioner Bruce McLeod, one of the good guys  in college hockey.

  • Midweek reading: NCHC travel; LSSU early departure and coach firing

    Wed, March 12, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    planes trainsThe Tigers are flying out to Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon and have a five-hour bus trip to Grand Forks, N.D. ahead of them on Thursday.  CC is taking advantage of spring break, which begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday, to make the trip without losing class time.

    Through this approach, CC was able to find large enough planes that can carry all their equipment. In years past,  CC sent its equipment on a team bus to allow the team to fly to Fargo on smaller planes. The team is scheduled to fly back early Monday morning but has floated the idea of staying in the Minneapolis area during the week if they are fortunate enough to advance to the Frozen Faceoff at the Target Center the following weekend.

    Eighth-place Miami has a 12-hour bus trip to St. Cloud State while Western Michigan will use a combination of airplane and bus travel to reach Minnesota-Duluth. Grand Forks and Duluth are expensive places to fly to on short notice and finding 30 seats was not possible. There were few seats available from Dayton or Cincinnati to Minneapolis  for the RedHawks to snap up, prompting the long bus trip.

    Denver to Nebraska-Omaha was the easy trip even though it starts a day early (Thursday-Saturday).

    The first early departure for the pros is Lake Superior State junior defenseman Kevin Czuczman, who signed a two-year entry-level deal with the N.Y. Islanders. His 10 goals was second among Division I blue-liners. The 23-year-old Czuczman registered 45 points (14 goals) in 114 games.  He was the ream’s most valuable defenseman in 2012-13 and top freshman in 2011-12.

    Not coincidentally, LSSU let coach Jim Roque go shortly before that announcement: Roque (136-165-46) just completed his ninth season as the Lakers’ head coach but finished eighth in the WCHA, missing out on the eight-team playoffs on a a tiebreaker with Bemidji State.

  • SCSU win sends Tigers on to North Dakota; notes and stats

    Sat, March 8, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Skalbeck celebrationBy the third period, the only question was which team Colorado College would face in the playoffs.

    No. 4 St. Cloud State cruised to a 4-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday to spoil Senior Night at World Arena.

    As a result, CC will travel to No. 9 North Dakota for their best-of-three playoff series at 6:37 p.m. Friday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

    Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) are at 6:07 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. UND enters the postseason as the No. 2 seed after falling 2-1 at home to Western Michigan

    “It will be a tough, rugged and hard-fought series,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “I am sure they are unhappy about losing at home to Western Michigan.”

    More importantly for the visitors, the victory propelled SCSU to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference championship and possession of the inaugural Penrose Cup. They received the trophy in their locker room after the game.

    CC spoiled Huskies goalie Ryan Faragher’s shutout bid when Archie Skalbeck lifted in a power-play rebound following a shot by Jaccob Slavin with 18:57 left in the third period. The Tigers played determined hockey over the final 20 minutes for the announced crowd of 6,742.

    “We did not play on our heels like we did the first two periods,” Owens said. “We were more determined and that gave us something to build on going into the postseason.”

    Western Michigan’s win gave the Huskies (21-8-5, 14-6-3 NCHC) the chance they needed to seize the title. St. Cloud State made sure there would be no doubt.

    Sophomore Kalle Kossila took advantage of a CC turnover only 3:53 into the game when he one-timed the puck past junior goalie Courtney Lockwood (20 saves), who made his first career start for the Tigers (6-22-6, 6-13-5-1).

    Lockwood had his moments including a stop on a two-on-none breakaway when he stopped a shot by SCSU wing Jimmy Murray, who scored in the first period for the 2-0 lead.

    Courtney was pretty decent especially after he settled in,” Owens said.

    Penrose cupThe visitors pulled away with two scores in 2:16 for a 4-0 command with 10:19 left in the second period, including one by Tigers killer Jonny Brodzinski, who now has 14 points (11 goals) in eight games against CC. 

    The sophomore’s goal came after a CC defender’s stick broke, leaving the puck laying there in the Tigers zone for the score and a four-goal lead.

    Here are the other playoff match-ups:

    No. 8 seed Miami at St. Cloud State; No. 6 seed Denver at Nebraska-Omaha and No. 5 Western Michigan at No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth. All games are Friday-Sunday (times to be announced) except for UNO, which plays Thursday-Saturday because of a scheduling conflict with a Demi Lovato concert in Omaha.


    CC shuffles lines, rests some players

    With no chance to move up to sixth place, Colorado College rested some players – notably freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson and senior goalie Josh Thorimbert – to prepare for next week’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs.

    Thorimbert made 33 consecutive starts before Saturday’s night off. He is now No. 10 on the all-time career saves list with 2,062 saves behind NHL netminder Curtis McElhinney (2,069) and Wisconsin goalie coach Jeff Sanger (2,161). Thorimbert passed Dan Griffin (1971-75, 2,047) on Friday.

    “(Thorimbert) has carried the load this year,” CC assistant Joe Bonnett said. “It’s a good game for him to catch his breath. (Junior) Courtney (Lockwood) has worked hard and earned his (first college) start.”

    Olofsson played 15 games in a row since the world junior championships in early January.

    “It will be good for him to take a step back and see things from a different angle,” Bonnett said. “He needs to get his second wind for the playoffs.”

    The Tiger coaches also shuffled the lines to see if new combinations may click, notably putting freshman center Christian Heil between senior Alexander Krushelnyski and rookie right wing Alex Roos and moving freshman Sam Rothstein to another line between senior Michael Morin and rookie Matt Hansen.

    The move was to make four balanced lines with equitable offensive potential for a team averaging 1.97 goals, up from 1.91 before Friday’s four scores.

    “We wanted to shake thing sup a little bit,” Bonnett said. “We wanted more balanced lines that make all four better and make them a tougher matchup.”

    Sophomore Hunter Fejes played for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury against Western Michigan on Feb. 14.

    Ice chips

    CC finished 5-4-3 at home in league play. … The three second-period goals in 7:29 by Scott Wamsganz, Cody Bradley and Jaccob Slavin was the quickest three of the season and marked the third time the Tigers tallied three in one period. CC fell to 2-1 in games when they scored three in a single period. … CC ended the regular season at 4-7-5 on Fridays and 2-14-1 on Saturdays.

    No. 4 St. Cloud State 4, Colorado College 1

    St. Cloud State 2          2          0          –4

    Colorado College         0          0          1          –1

    First period – 1. SCSU, Kossila (unassisted) 3:53; 2. SCSU, Murray (Rabey) 9:17. Penalties – SCSU, Nevalainen, tripping, 1:31; CC, Krushelnyski, holding, 9:38.

    Second period – 3. SCSU, Dowd (Daly) 7:25; 4. SCSU, Brodzinski (Papa) 9:41. Penalties – SCSU, Nevalainen (interference), 2:02; CC, McDermott, interference, 6:00; SCSU, Brodzinski, tripping, 6:40.

    Third period – 5. CC, Skalbeck (Slavin, Rothstein) 1:03 (PP). Penalties – SCSU, Dowd, hookig, :42’ CC. Taft, tripping, 3:09.

    Power play – SCSU 0-3, CC 1-4. Shots on goal – SCSU 8-7-9 –24; CC 6-8-7—21. Saves-minutes – SCSU, Faragher 6-8-6 –20; CC, Lockwood 6-5-9 –20.  Referees – Patafie, Sterns, Linesmen – Keltie, Shaw. Attendance – 6,742 (7,380 capacity).

  • Saturday’s lines: No. 4 SCSU at Colorado College

    Sat, March 8, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Harstad goalNo. 4 St. Cloud State










    Goalies – Faragher, Lindgren.

    Colorado College










    Goalies – Lockwood, Thorimbert, Shatzer

  • Notes: Senior Night memories; Jaden Schwartz

    Fri, March 7, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Morin2013-14Morin will savor memories from Senior Night

    Senior wing Michael Morin will bask in adulation of the home fans for the final time on Saturday.

    “It will be bittersweet,” said Morin, who has 26 career games for three points (two goals) entering the weekend. “It’s sad to think that is probably the last game of my hockey career. But I will remember all of the great experiences spending time with my teammates.”

    Fans are asked to get in their seats by 6:45 p.m. Saturday to avoid missing any of the pregame honors for Jeff Collett, student assistant Dakota Eveland, Alexander Krushelnyski, Eamonn McDermott, Morin, Archie Skalbeck and Josh Thorimbert.

    While Morin, who battled injuries throughout his CC career, contributed in many ways to the Tigers.

    “He has not played as much as he would like to, but he never faltered in his effort,” said CC coach Scott Owens, pointing out the Plymouth, Minn. forward’s sense of humor, positive attitude and outgoing personality. “Michael has been a real good Tiger. He’s an energy guy who is a hard worker. He’s been active in the campus community as well. I have enjoyed coaching him for four years.”

    Jaden Schwartz drops ceremonial puck

    Schwartz MUGFormer Tigers standout Jaden Schwartz took advantage of a road trip to play the Colorado Avalanche to visit his former classmates and drop the ceremonial puck before Friday’s home game. The St. Louis Blues wing (46 points, 27 assists) would have been part of this year’s senior class if he had stayed at CC.

    “It’s pretty cool to see all the guys,” he said. “I was pretty excited when I saw we would be in Colorado during senior weekend. They have made it up for a few games and I wanted to return the favor.”

    The Blues play the Avs at 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Familiar foe?

    If CC plays SCSU next weekend, it would be the third time in four seasons it finished the season against its first-round playoff foe. Wisconsin (2011) and Michigan Tech (2012) were the others.