Tuesday reading: Crabb, UND injury, Mankato, Tech, Hockey East

Former Tiger Joey Crabb will be in Colorado to take on the ECHL Eagles this weekend. Tim Hall should be making the trip as well. The Eagles include Arthur Bidwill.

No update available yet on Michael Parks‘ injury on North Dakota’s exhibition game on Saturday.

A new line centered by freshman Bryce Gervais has Mankato coach Mike Hastings talking about considerable depth. Here are more details.

This might be a good idea from Michigan Tech for CC to consider at Honnen Ice Arena: a short intrasquad scrimmage that serves as a fundraiser for a charity.

Here is more on the Nic Kerdliessuspension.

Here are capsule previews on Hockey East which includes future CC foes UMass-Lowell and New Hampshire.

From the CCHA …

Miami- Sophomore forward Austin Czarnik scored twice and four other RedHawks added single goals in a 6-2 exhibition win over Western Ontario on Sunday. Miami opens the regular season on Friday against Colgate at Steve Cady Arena.

Western Michigan- The Broncos fired 46 shots on goal and freshman forward Nolan LaPorte and senior forward Dane Walters scored in a 2-2 exhibition tie against Western Ontario on Saturday. Western Michigan opens the regular season by hosting St. Lawrence in non-conference action this weekend.

This Week in the WCHA …

Games for Thursday, October 11: Michigan Tech at Lake Superior (NC), 7:35 pm ET.

Games for Friday, October 12: Michigan State at Minnesota (NC), 6:07 pm CT; St. Cloud State at New Hampshire (NC), 7:30 pm ET; Minnesota State at Alabama-Huntsville (NC), 7:00 pm CT; * Wisconsin vs Northern Michigan (NC), 7:05 pm CT; Ohio State at Minnesota Duluth (NC), 7:07 pm CT; USA Under-18 Team at North Dakota (EX), 7:37 pm CT; Clarkson at Colorado College (NC), 7:37 pm MT; # Army vs Nebraska Omaha (NC), 9:00 pm CT; & Canisius at Alaska Anchorage (NC), 8:07 pm AT.
* Resch Center (Green Bay, WI); # IceBreaker (Kansas City, MO); & Kendall Hockey Classic (Anchorage, AK)

Games for Saturday, October 13: * Notre Dame/Maine vs Nebraska Omaha (NC), 3:30/6:30 pm CT; St. Cloud State at New Hampshire (NC), 7:00 pm ET; # Lake Superior at Michigan Tech (NC), 7:07 pm ET; Minnesota State at Alabama-Huntsville (NC), 7:00 pm CT; & Wisconsin vs Northern Michigan (NC), 7:05 pm CT; Ohio State at Minnesota Duluth (NC), 7:07 pm CT; USA Under-18 Team at Bemidji State (EX), 7:07 pm CT; Clarkson at Colorado College (NC), 7:07 pm MT; Michigan State at Minnesota (NC), 8:07 pm CT; % Air Force at Alaska Anchorage (NC), 7:07 pm AT.
*IceBreaker (Kansas City, MO); # Hall of Fame Day; & – Resch Center (Green Bay, WI); % Kendall Hockey Classic

Here is a college hockey teaser for NBC Sports Network that may get your blood pumping.

Wisconsin’s Kerdiles suspended for season; appeal planned

Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves announced today that Nic Kerdiles has been ruled ineligible for one season by the NCAA, and that Wisconsin will be appealing the suspension, according to beat writer Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal.

The ruling requires the freshman, picked 36th overall in 2012, to serve the suspension while enrolled in Madison.

That greatly increases the likelihood the Ducks draft pick will head to the Kelowna (B.C) Rockets of the Western Hockey League to avoid missing out a year in his development.

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: Injury updates, more Rau

The bumps and bruises are becoming more serious as the stretch run continues in the WCHA.

Here’s an update on Minnesota Duluth’s JT Brown, who is out this weekend.

CC’s Tim Hall is out as well but a couple others are expected back this weekend along with updates on long-term injuries. With some injured players coming back, especially Nick Dineen and Josh Thorimbert, the Tigers may have a playoff run in them this season.

The Gophers  juggled their lines on Saturday, but its unclear if the configurations will remain this weekend against Bemidji State, especially with Kyle Rau back. Minnesota coach Don Lucia had no problem with the call and bu not so much on the one-game suspension. Jason Zucker, who was knocked unconscious by Rau’s hit, practiced Tuesday.

Mankato is feeling pretty good after a road sweep at last-place Alaska Anchorage, especially with only five defensemen making the trip.

Here’s details on the North Dakota at Nebraska Omaha outdoor game in February 2013. That will be a great early showcase for two members of The National, which begins play that fall.

Saturday reading: Rau hit and suspension, videos and recaps

MSU Mankato 3, Alaska Anchorage 2

ANCHORAGE — Senior forward Mike Louwerse scored his second goal of the game at 9:42 of the third period to lift the Minnesota State Mavericks to a 3-2 win against the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Friday night at Sullivan Arena.

Here’s the Mankato Free Press’s writeup and a video interview from Anchorage’s fan blog. The purple Mavs have a chance at moving into 10th past idle Wisconsin with the road sweep late tonight.

Here’s that nasty hit (video) by Minnesota’s Kyle Rau on DU captain Jason Zucker that has been a popular topic this morning. Here’s more from the Gophers’ perspective and an update on Zucker, who tweeted at 1:30 a.m. Mountain that he was feeling better.

Rau was suspended for Saturday’s game. Here’s the press release:

“The men’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association today announced a one-game suspension to University of Minnesota hockey player Kyle Rau for his actions in the February 10 game vs the University of Denver.

Rau’s suspension was determined after a review of the incident under the WCHA’s Supplementary Discipline Policy and Procedures. At the time of the incident, he was assessed a 5:00-major penalty for boarding and a 10:00-game misconduct.

Rau will be required to serve this one-game suspension in his team’s next regularly scheduled game on Saturday, February 11 vs the University of Denver.”

More notes and links from North Dakota’s 3-1 win at No. 3 Minnesota Duluth and a video on CC’s 4-2 road loss to Bemidji State.

There was a nasty hit (video) as well by Duluth’s Joe Basaraba on UND’s Nick Mattson too.

Here’s the Mining Gazette’s story on UNO’s 3-3 road tie against Michigan Tech.

Here are the current standings:

WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
Minnesota
21
15
6
0
30
69
43
19
10
1
111
64
Minnesota Duluth
21
12
6
3
27
77
53
18
7
4
106
72
Denver
21
11
6
4
26
73
62
16
9
4
102
79
Colorado College
21
12
8
1
25
75
63
15
10
2
90
74
North Dakota
21
12
9
0
24
59
55
16
10
2
85
76
Michigan Tech
21
10
8
3
23
75
64
13
13
3
92
86
Nebraska Omaha
21
9
7
5
23
65
66
12
11
6
87
86
St. Cloud State
22
9
10
3
21
64
59
12
14
4
90
84
Bemidji State
21
8
10
3
19
56
68
14
12
3
81
80
Wisconsin
22
7
13
2
16
58
71
12
14
2
83
84
Minnesota State
23
7
15
1
15
63
86
11
19
1
87
106
Alaska Anchorage
23
4
18
1
9
48
92
7
18
2
65
101
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