Saturday reading: Friday followups; CC No. 9 Pairwise; In the pros

Former Tiger Joey Crabb is quietly having a career NHL season.

Wisconsin’s Mike Eaves is intrigued by outdoor game idea at Soldier Field. Here’s the game story of UW’s 4-0 road win at Minnesota State in Mankato. Here’s the Free Press’ take on the loss before a rare large home crowd.

UMD radio man and blogger Bruce Ciskie ruminates on Duluth’s blistering play of late (school record 14-0-3) and North Dakota’s Danny Kristo checking from behind penalty with video. Here’s footage of the three goals.

Here’s plenty on North Dakota’s 2-1 home win over No. 5 Minnesota here and Denver’s 6-3 home win over Bemidji State.

Academic issues kept Alaska Anchorage’s top goalie and leading remaining goal scorer back in Alaska and not in Houghton during Friday’s 6-2 road loss.

CC junior William Rapuzzi is trying to jump start his season. The Tigers’ 3-1 home win over SCSU pushed CC up to ninth in the Pairwise rankings.

Former Tiger Joey Crabb has matched his career NHL goal totals already this season. Bill Sweatt scored for the red-hot AHL Wolves.

Thursday reading

It’s Thursday so the previews and features are coming in. Here’s a sampling from around the WCHA.

Here’s a look at St. Cloud State’s injury situation and their line shuffling because of injuries and departures.

Gabe Guentzel has proven to be the latest Tigers Ironman. He heads into this week’s home series against SSCSU having played in 116 consecutive games. He’s missed two, both during his freshman year, out of a possible 142. That nugget was included in this USCHO notebook on the WCHA. Here’s CC’s preview notes.

The hype for the Minnesota at North Dakota (7-1-1 of late) series is building. Here’s some preview notes, how Minnesota expects to handle the Ralph’s atmosphere, which Kyle Rau expects to enjoy.  Maybe if the Gophers get out of Grand Forks with two points or more. North Dakota has been playing winning hockey with a makeshift lineup.

Wisconsin needs to use this weekend’s series at Minnesota State in Mankato to get  on a roll in league play.

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth hopes to keep up its excellent 5-on-5 scoring when it travels to Nebraska-Omaha.

The second guessing about holding out Jason Zucker from Denver’s home series split (hence the second guessing) against Alabama-Huntsville continues. The Pioneers host a solid Bemidji State team that has one Northglenn kid seeing a little Tim Tebow in the Beavers.

Michigan Tech hosts Alaska-Anchorage this weekend. Here are the Huskies’ preview notes and the Seawolves.

Here’s the WCHA players of the week. Commish Bruce McLeod is keeping an eye on the start-up efforts at MSU-Moorhead.

The likely arrival of Jaden Schwartz in the Blues organization next season has the St. Louis faithful hopeful for a strong run. He returned to CC practice on Wednesday as expected.

Saturday reading: Gross, Holmstrom and Testwuide on TV today, Pairwise rankings, recaps, preview notes

New Nittany Lion Taylor Gross, a Pine Creek HS graduate.

It’s a real mixed bag this morning,with the usual pro updates and even some women’s college hockey. Ladies first.

Colorado Springs’ Taylor Gross, UConn’s leading scorer as a freshman, has transferred to Penn State women’s hockey at midseason. I wrote a feature on her and the other area women playing Division I back in September.

Colorado Springs’ Ben Holmstrom scored with 20.8 seconds left to force overtime in Adirondack’s 4-3 win over Hershey in the AHL outdoor game which set a league record for attendance. Linemate and former Tiger Mike Testwuide continued his hot streak, scoring Adirondack’s opening goal to record his fifth goal in seven games after a cold start.

Here’s a feature on him I did for CC sports information, where I now work part time, previewing the game, which will be rebroadcast at 2 p.m. Mountain Saturday on the NHL Network.

Here’s more reaction from CC’s home loss to Cornell from the Gazette and Brian Gomez’s game story and notes on shorthanded goals.

And while there is no doubt some concern about CC’s home loss Friday (Tigers are 5-5 in series openers this season, 7-2 on Saturdays), Denver’s home loss to Alabama-Huntsville (2-21-2) could really hurt the Pioneers in the Pairwise rankings. It’s a little early for anyone to push the panic button just yet.

CC is tied for 12th with Cornell in the current Pairwise rankings.

Minnesota-Duluth won its school record 15th straight with a dominant third period at No. 8/9 Western Michigan.

Too many penalties hurt Minnesota State in a 4-3 loss at St. Lawrence.

Here’s extensive notes and links for tonight’s North-Dakota-Clarkson game in Winnipeg.

Air Force knocks off CC

Air Force’s Casey Kleisinger broke free for a shorthanded goal with 4:56 left in the second period  for the eventual game-winner as the Atlantic Hockey Association leaders knocked off No. 5 Colorado College 2-1 Friday at World Arena.

It was Air Force’s first win at the current World Arena and fists road win since 1985 at the Broadmoor World Arena (6-5 OT).

Tigers junior defenseman Mike Boivin fired a slap shot past AFA goalie Stephen Caple early in the third to male it 2-1. The Tigers dominated the final period, outshooting Air Force (10-4-2) 17-2 before slowing down in the final five minutes.

“We got what we deserved,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “They played hard and smart and got the win. We had a great third period but it wasn’t enough.”

On Kleisinger’s goal, the puck was passed  off the far boards by Mike Walsh and ended up in the middle of the CC blue line where Kleisinger skated forward to get the puck and split the CC defenders, who were slow to react.

He skated straight up ice and beat CC goalie Josh Thorimbert to give Air Force a 2-0 lead and the cushion the Falcons needed to weather the CC storm.

Air Force dominated the first period outshooting Colorado College 9-5 thanks to two power plays, including a score with the man advantage by Scott Mathis to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead headed into the first intermission.

CC (11-6) will look to bounce back against No. 10 Union, which lost at Denver 3-1 on Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“I feel confident in the the guys we have in (the locker room),” Boivin said.

Air Force shorty makes it 2-0 headed into third

Air Force’s Casey Kleisinger broke free for a shorthanded goal with 4:56 left in the second period to put the visiting Falcons ahead 2-0 headed into the third.

The puck was passed by CC off the far boards and ended up in the middle of the blue line where Kleisinger skated forward to get the puck and split the CC defenders, who were  toward the boards.

He skated straight up ice and beat CC goalie Josh Thorimbert to give Air Force a 2-0 lead and the cushion the Falcons need to collapse into a defensive shell for the third period, waiting for a counterattack chance.

Air Force dominated the first period outshooting Colorado College 9-5 thanks to two power plays, including a score with the man advantage by Scott Mathis to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead headed into the first intermission.

Air Force leads 1-0 after one

Air Force dominated the first period, outshooting Colorado College 9-5 thanks to two power plays, including a score with the man advantage by Scott Mathis to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead headed into the first intermission.

UPDATED Monday reading: Holmstrom, Rau called up; Bachman, J. Schwartz, Sterling, Sweatt, Saturday leftovers

Former Tiger Chad Rau, pictured at right, was called up Sunday by the Minnesota Wild, who play at Vancouver tonight. UPDATE: He is a healthy scratch Monday night according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Flyers recalled Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom, who will may play tonight at the Avalanche. It would be his third NHL game.

Jaden Schwartz remains in contention to be named as captain of Team Canada.

Richard Bachman will get his fifth straight start for Dallas against Anaheim Monday night live on the NHL Network.

Here’s Brian Gomez’s video analysis of CC’s sweep at MSU-Mankato, Saturday’s game story and a notebook on Nick Dineen’s work on the faceoff dot.

Here’s the Mankato Free Press’ analysis of CC’s sweep. The Mavs could use the break as they continue to heal up.

Brett Sterling continues to light it up in the AHL as did Bill Sweatt.

This California couple is going to 50 arenas in 50 states. The latest stop was The Ralph in Grand Forks.

Here’s a feature on UND freshman Connor Gaarner off North Dakota’s 5-1 exhibition win over the Russian Red Stars with more notes from Grand Forks.

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