Saturday reading: Frozen 4, Kirby, game attendance, Huntsville, Johnson, Lowery, Hall, Slattengren, Swanson, Prosser suspension

Here is College Hockey News’ preview of tonight’s championship game.

It’s Boston College’s potent offense versus Ferris State’s suffocating defense according to this preview.

One of Ferris State’s notable alums may be one of the Beach Boys, but the Bulldogs wasted no time on the sand on Friday.

The rigors of the Hockey East schedule best prepared Boston College for tonight’s game at 5 p.m. Mountain (ESPN2).

Air Force defenseman Tim Kirby garnered All-America East honors. He is the fourth Falcon all-time and fourth in the past six years to be so honored.

Attendance has never been an issue for either Air Force or Colorado College in recent years.

Alabama-Huntsville is using its chance to host the Frozen Four as a chance to ingratiate (ie. free scotch and steaks) themselves with the member schools of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Good thing former Tiger Tyler Johnson bolted for Europe. His former ECHL team has folded, but the CHL’s Fort Wayne expected move up the ECHL along with expansion franchises in San Francisco and Orlando mean there will be some minor-league pro jobs out there for other former college players.

Ryan Lowery’s Stockton Thunder eliminated the Colorado Eagles, which included Aaron Slattengren, on Friday in the first round of the ECHL playoffs. The Thunder head north to take on the Alaska Aces, which feature Tim Hall and Brian Swanson.

Nate Prosser was suspended for one game for head-butting Jamal Mayers recently. Here is Brendan Shanahan’s video explanation of the suspension. With Prosser out tonight, former Sioux defenseman Chay Genoway will make his NHL debut tonight against Phoenix.

UMD goalie Kenny Reiter has signed with AHL Bridgeport, an affiliate of the Islanders. North Dakota defenseman Ben Blood (all-league player with an all-world name) signed with Ottawa.

Wednesday reading: UND early departures, Connelly, Crabb, J. Schwartz video, Slattengren, Sterling, M. Stuart, Air Force news

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Stuart (L), Tobias Enstrom (C) and Andrew Ladd (R) celebrate Ladd's game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers during the overtime period of their NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Florida April 3, 2012.
Photograph by: Rhona Wise, REUTERS

North Dakota sophomore Brock Nelson signed with the Islanders with Aaron Dell likely to follow him out of Grand Forks. Here’s a roundup of the comings and goings there. Here is a Sioux nickname update.

You can vote for former Tiger goalie Matt Zaba to be named European Player of the Month for March.

Here’s a video interview of Jaden Schwartz talking about his first few games with the Blues.

Aaron Slattengren scored the only Colorado Eagles goal in an ECHL playoff loss to Stockton.

Brian Connelly picked up an assist for AHL Abbotsford while Brett Sterling scored for Portland.

Joey Crabb picked up an assist for the Leafs in a loss.

Ninth-year Air Force assistant Mike Corbett has been promoted to associate head coach according to a press release.

“Mike has done an outstanding job throughout his tenure at Air Force,” coach Frank Serratore said. “He has played a key role in the overall success the program has enjoyed, Mike’s expertise has factored greatly into our six-year championship run, the promotion in title is well deserved and overdue.”

The former Denver defenseman and assistant captain under Serratore works with the Falcon defensemen and also assists in recruiting. Corbett has guided a group of defenseman that has helped lead the team to the five best goals-against averages in school history. This past season, the team allowed just 2.09 goals per game, the second best mark in school history and the best since setting the school record of 2.07 in 2008-09.

I am glad to see this happen. Mike has been a quality coach from the start, beginning when we first met as we started our careers; he as a Junior A coach of the Butte (Mont.) Irish and me as a sportswriter at the local paper.

Here is College Hockey Inc.’s graphic illustrating where the U.S. Division I players come from. Here is the latest from USCHO on the Frozen Four.

Sunday reading: In the pros, Hall, tonight’s playoff games

Toronto Maple Leafs' Joey Crabb, right, fights with Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Former Tiger Aaron Slattengren scored Colorado’s only goal on a record-tying night for ECHL star Wes Goldie, Alaska teammate of former CC star Brian Swanson, who talks about the all-time goals record.

Trevor Frischmon recorded an assist for AHL Bridgeport Saturday night.

Tigers senior Tim Hall, one of the hardest working CC players up to the very end on Saturday, is featured here.

It’s a busy Sunday night in college hockey with eight best-of-three series going the distance.

CCHA regular-season champ Ferris State won 7-4 Saturday to force a decisive Game 3 Sunday against last-place Bowling Green.

Atlantic Hockey Association regular-season champ Air Force lost 3-1 Saturday to No. 8 UConn, forcing a Game 3 at 7 Mountain Sunday.

In the WCHA playoffs, No. 3 seed Denver forced Game 3 against Wisconsin at 7 Mountain at Magness Arena.

Quinnipiac at Colgate and Harvard at Yale’s ECAC playoff series will be decided tonight.

In Hockey East, UMass-Lowell will try to stave off No. 7 seed Providence, Merrimack tries for the road win at Maine and Boston University hosts New Hampshire.

 

Friday reading: Playoff scenarios, previews, pro updates

The Grand Forks Herald does a good job breaking down the playoff scenarios in the WCHA.

Concussions have taken a toll on Wisconsin this season which plays Minnesota this weekend.

The MSU Mankato Mavericks have rounded the corner after a spate of injuries, something their opponent this weekend, North Dakota, would love to able to say. The Mav freshmen are leading the team.

The four Alaska Anchorage seniors have two final home games this weekend, when the Seawolves host Bemidji State. Both teams are headed on the road for next week’s WCHA playoffs.

No 2 Minnesota Duluth heads to St. Cloud State. The Bulldogs have a chance at winning the regular season title while SCSU could garner home playoff ice if the stars align right. UMD has a good defensive line coach Scott Sandelin relies on.

Colorado College’s seniors know and accept that how they perform over the next couple weeks will determine how they are remembered. A win Friday night would clinch home playoff ice. Ticket sales would start immediately after the game against visiting Michigan Tech.

The Denver Athletics Twitter account announced that freshman goaltender Jussi Olkinuora will start in goal tonight for the Pioneers against the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Here’s NHL.com’s take on the series. Apparently not all of DU’s equipment (13 of 22 player bags) did not make the initial trip to Omaha.

Former Tiger goalie Drew O’Connell was re-signed by the ECHL’s Alaska Aces, which found themselves  couple netminders short due to AHL promotions.

Aaron Slattengren is trying to lead the Colorado Eagles to the playoffs in their first season in the ECHL.

Mark Stuart picked up two assists for Winnipeg against Florida.

Monday reading: CC drops to No. 11; ND shake up; In the pros

Former Tiger Aaron Slattengren (No. 23) is pictured playing at Bakersfield.

The home split against unranked St. Cloud State this past weekend dropped Colorado College from No. 8 to No. 11 in the latest U.S. College Hockey Online poll and USA Hockey rankings. The Tigers (13-8-1) play at No. 4 Minnesota, up one spot from the previous week, this weekend.

Minnesota-Duluth remains an unanimous No. 1 while Notre Dame and Ohio State took a tumble after weekend losses.

Injuries and discipline continue to shake things up at North Dakota.

Former Tiger Aaron Slattengren scored the opening goal in a road win over Bakersfield for the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles.

Trevor Frischmon scored the game-winner for Bridgeport in AHL action on Sunday.

Mike Testwuide got the first assist on a goal by Colorado Springs’ Ben Holmstrom for AHL Adirondack on Saturday.

Joey Crabb scored in a recent loss for the Maple Leafs.

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