Weekend reading: Tigers in AHL playoffs, WCHA, ECHL, CHL news

Incoming Tigers defenseman Russell Finch (2012) helped the defending NAHL champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs reach the Robertson Cup tournament semifinals earlier this month.

Oklahoma City ended Mark Cullen‘s AHL playoff run with the San Antonio Rampage, despite the former Tiger’s 10 points (4g,6a) in 10 playoff games. OKC, which has Ryan Lowery on its roster, trails Toronto in the Western Conference Finals. Lowery has yet to appear in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Brian Connelly recorded two assists in eight playoff games before Toronto eliminated the Abbotsford Heat. The Eastern Conference Finals has Norfolk leading St. John’s 1-0 in games. The Admirals have Colorado Springs native Jeff Dimmen (Maine alumnus) on the roster.

Here is the AHL’s playoff schedule. No Tigers are listed on teams still competing in the NHL, ECHL or CHL playoffs.

A 5-6, 145-pound Gophers commit named as USHL Rookie of the Year. Miami added a two-way forward from Indiana.

Union announced its 2012-13 schedule, which judging from its preponderance of AHA teams and Penn State, should set up the Dutchmen to be ranked in the top five by the time ECAC play begins.

Former RIT players find themselves playing in the hunt for the AHL’s Calder Cup, as usual.

Hoosier State-based franchises Evansville and Fort Wayne have left the International Hockey League/Central Hockey League hybrid for the ECHL, which added teams in Orlando and San Francisco to increase from 20 teams this season to 23  in 2012-13 (Chicago folded after one season).

The Central Hockey League added the Denver Cutthroats, which made its name official on Thursday. The CHL plans to reactivate the Austin Ice Bats to have 12 active franchises after the Dayton, Ohio franchise, the easternmost in the bus league, folded. The moves also spell the end of the IHL, which had combined with the CHL for two seasons. The state of Colorado now has franchises in the CHL, ECHL and NHL.

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About paisleyhockey
I am the college hockey writer for the Colorado Springs Gazette focusing on the Atlantic Hockey Association, National Collegiate Hockey Conference and Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

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