Former Tiger Bill Sweatt (FILE)
Former Tiger Bill Sweatt made his NHL debut in Vancouver’s 4-3 overtime win at Montreal Wednesday night. He recorded two shots in 6 minutes, 18 seconds of ice time on the fourth line. He did not play much in the third period or overtime but recorded two shots including one on his first shift.
I got to watch the game and Sweatt fit right in, forcing a turnover on his first shift that led to that scoring chance.
“He didn’t play a lot, but when he did I thought did all right,” coach Alain Vigneault told the Vancouver Sun, which also interviewed Sweatt. “He is a young player and our guys seem to think there is a lot of upside there so we have to be patient.”
Older brother and former Tiger Lee Sweatt made the trip to Montreal for his brother’s debut. Bill joked in the Sun article linked above about the pressure he faced with Lee scoring the game-winner in his NHL debut with Vancouver last season.
No. 6 Colorado College hosts Alaska-Anchorage this weekend. Here are notes on the Seawolves and a preview. Here’s a capsule preview on the series by the Gazette.
No. 13 Denver lost a commit to the WHL. The Pioneers travel to Bemidji State, which is looking for some vengeance at home this weekend. DU hopes to start stringing together some wins because the players are inspired by Tim Tebow.
Nebraska-Omaha has three sons of former UND standouts, who will be in the weird position of rooting against North Dakota. Corban Knight is having a big season for the team’s top line. That article includes a list of the top-scoring lines in the league. Definitely worth a click.
FYI, if CC’s Scott Winkler, who will miss the Mankato series next weekend to play for the Norwegian national team, was still on the Schwartz line, they would be tied for fifth, not 10th with William Rapuzzi. That said, moving Winkler to the Nick Dineen line earlier this season was a good idea, giving CC four strong lines to put out there.
No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth travels to Wisconsin, setting up a potential one-on-one battle between UMD’s Jack Connolly and Badgers defenseman Justin Schultz. That’s worth the price of admission in what should be a good series.
Michigan Tech will be a good challenge for the No. 2 Gophers. The Huskies know they need to show something after being swept by No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth.
MSU-Mankato hosts Alabama-Huntsville, which knocked off Omaha last weekend for its first win.
St. Cloud State is idle.
Here’s Goon’s World’s predictions.
Here’s a commit roundup, which includes Eddie Wittchow to Wisconsin. He was considering Colorado College according to previous reports.