Saturday reading: Tigers in the pros, NCAA previews, new UND jersey

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Mark Stuart, left, knocks down Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, March 23, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Former Tiger Joey Crabb is quietly having his best season in the NHL. He is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he should get a pretty nice contract. Here’s video of a recent goal.

Ryan Lowery’s two assists were not enough to complete a comeback for ECHL Stockton against rival Bakersfield.

Chad Rau’s goal with 1:57 left in the third was not enough for AHL Houston at Rockford in a 2-1 loss.

NCAA TOURNAMENT TODAY

ALL TIMES MOUNTAIN

East Regional, Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Conn.
FRIDAY SCORES: No. 1 Union 3, No. 4 Michigan State 1; No. 3 UMass-Lowell 4, No. 2 Miami 3 OT

Here’s a game story on the Riverhawks’ thrilling win.

Region final: UMass-Lowell vs. Union, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU.

Midwest Regional, Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis.
FRIDAY SCORES: No. 2 Ferris State 2, No. 3 Denver 1;  No. 4 Cornell 3, No. 1 Michigan 2 OT

Region final: Ferris State vs. Cornell, 7 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU

West Regional (Saturday, March 24-Sunday, March 25)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

No. 1 North Dakota (25-12-3) vs. No. 4 Western Michigan (21-13-6), 11:30 a.m. Saturday, FS North (tape delay ESPNU, 11:30 a.m. Sunday). Note that the UND beat writer contradicts the FS North availablity.  

Her are the press conference quotes from Western Michigan and North Dakota. The two teams are quite similar as the Grand Forks Herald points out. Here is the usual plethora of links and stories available from the Herald and other sources provided by beat writer Brad Schlossman. And yes, there is reaction to the new North Dakota jerseys.

No. 2 Minnesota (26-13-1) vs. No. 3 Boston University (23-14-1), 3 p.m. Saturday, FS North plus, NESN (tape delay ESPNU, 2 p.m. Sunday). 

• Semifinal winners, 3:30 p.m.Sunday, ESPNU

Northeast Regional (Saturday, March 24-Sunday, March 25)
DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.

No. 1 Boston College (29-10-1) vs. No. 4 Air Force (21-10-7), 2 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU, 1300 AM in Colorado Springs.  

No. 2 Minnesota Duluth (24-9-6) vs. No. 3 Maine (23-13-3), 5:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN3.com, FS North-plus (tape delay ESPNU, 9:30 p.m. Saturday). 

• Semifinal winners, 6 p.m. Sunday, ESPNU

Here’s a transcript via Bruce Ciskie of the Air Force and Boston College press conferences from Friday along with the quotes from Maine and Minnesota Duluth.

The Black Bears may be without Hobey Baker top 10 finalist and leading scorer Spencer Abbott today. Regardless of today’s result, UMD goalie Kenny Reiter is leaving with the best career stats in Duluth’s history.

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