Thursday reading: Alaska connections, Gadowsky, Providence

cc road jrseysFour Tigers are anxious to head back home to Alaska to take on the Seawolves.

Penn State, coached by former Tiger Guy Gadowsky, is 10-13 and is 3-3 against the “big leagues.” The Nittany Lions are enjoying their debut.

Providence is pumping some money into its 40-year-old arena.

Here is a look at this weekend in the CCHA, focusing on Western Michigan.

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In the pros: Dineen leads Finnish team with video

Dineen FinlandFormer Tiger captain Nick Dineen‘s pro career has taken off in Mestis, the second-tier Finnish league.

He centers his team’s top line with Aatu Hämäläinen and Pasi Salonen and leads KooKoo with 32 points (15 goals) in 43 games after a slow start.

Dineen has clearly adjusted well to the Finnish league even if the language proves more challenging, judging from the team’s YouTube channel.

Looks like Nick is having fun.

Tuesday reading: North Dakota charges, Colgate cancer

North Dakota Kristo crowd celebrationThe North Dakota preseason team party that led to some suspensions has led to some charges:

Five North Dakota players – captains Andrew MacWilliam, Danny Kristo, Carter Rowney and Corban Knight and senior Joe Gleason – were charged in Grand Forks District Court Monday with “unlawful delivery to certain persons” for providing alcohol at a team party last September, a Class A misdemeanor, according to a report Tuesday in the Grand Forks Herald.

For the rest of the USCHO article, click here.
And to remind us what is actually important: A Colgate sophomore has left the team to receive chemotherapy.

 

Monday reading: Badgers, MacNaughton race, Bachman, AHA, polls

bachman maskThe 19th-ranked Badgers play North Dakota for the last time this weekend in WCHA action, but their nonconference play will resume during the 2014-15 season.

Wisconsin’s Derek Lee suffered a concussion in Saturday’s win over Anchorage. His status for this weekend’s road series at No. 7/8 North Dakota road series is unclear judging from this quote from coach Mike Eaves:

‘Well, talked to Mr. Hrodey this morning, and he passed his cognitive test. That’s step one. He still has some residual headaches, so those have to dissipate before he can get on the bike.

At this point, we’re hopeful. The fact that he passed the cognitive was a good step. He won’t go on the ice today, and tomorrow we’ll come back and see where he’s at.”

The Gophers beat writer says SCSU, Minnesota and Omaha have the best chance at the MacNaughton Cup regular-season title.

Former Tiger Richard Bachman’s “The Shining” mask, pictured, continues to draw rave reviews.

Here is a brief look at the Atlantic Hockey Association race with an eye on the Niagara at Air Force regular-season finale.

The latest USCHO.com poll is in as is the WCHA web media poll.

AFA’s Torf earns league goalie of the week honor

From Air Force sports information …

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.  – Air Force junior goaltender Jason Torf was named the Travel Team USA Atlantic Hockey Association Goalie of the Week as he helped lead Air Force to sweep of Robert Morris, Jan. 25-26.

Torf led Air Force to its first home sweep of the season as he allowed just one goal in two games, posting a .983 saves percentage and a 0.50 GAA. The native of Hermosa Beach, Calif., recorded his second shutout of the season, and ninth of his career, as he blanked the Colonials on Friday. His 30 saves in Friday’s win marked the 12th time in 25 games this season that he has had 29 or more saves. Torf made 11 saves in the third period on Friday to preserve the 2-0 win. On Saturday, he stopped 28 of 29 Colonial shots to lead the Falcons to a 4-1 victory. In the first 15 minutes of Saturday’s game, Torf made 13 saves as the Colonials had outshot the Falcons, 14-4. Torf’s play in the first period kept the game tied at 1-1 as the Falcons went on to win, 4-1.

Air Force, 11-9-5 and 9-5-3 for second place in the AHA, hosts a two-game league series against the AIC Yellow Jackets, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2, at 7:05 p.m. each night at Cadet Ice Arena.

This week’s WCHA schedule

2012-13_Winkler_UND1Courtesy WCHA …
 
Games for Friday, Feb. 1: Denver at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Michigan Tech at Nebraska Omaha (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; St. Cloud State at Bemidji State (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Wisconsin at North Dakota (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Colorado College at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT.
 
Games for Saturday, Feb. 2: Denver at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Michigan Tech at Nebraska Omaha (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; St. Cloud State at Bemidji State (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Wisconsin at North Dakota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Colorado College at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT.

In the pros: Bachman called up by NHL’s Stars; may play Tuesday

bachmanpracticeIt looks like former Tiger Richard Bachman may be with the big club for awhile and could see some playing time.

The Dallas Stars blogger, who usually has a good feel for his team, thinks Bachman could make his first start of the season in Detroit on Tuesday. Lehtonen was reportedly dealing with a “tweak” of his own, leading to Nilstorp’s start on Saturday, so it’s unlikely the Stars push him with back-to-back starts this early in the season.

Bachman was originally sent to the Texas Stars to get some game action after not playing during the lockout.

He replaces the Swedish backup who was put on injured reserve after a groin injury suffered during Saturday’s 4-3 loss to St. Louis.

Here is the press release …

FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Stars announced today that they have recalled goaltender Richard Bachman from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The team also placed goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp on Injured Reserve.

Bachman, 25, has played in four games for Texas this season, earning a 3-1-0 record with a .916 save percentage (SV%) and a 2.46 goals against average (GAA). The Salt Lake City native has appeared in 19 career NHL contests, posting an 8-5-1 record with a .911 SV%, a 2.75 GAA and one shutout. He was Dallas’ fourth-round selection (120th overall) in 2006.

Nilstorp, 28, has appeared in two NHL contests for Dallas this season, posting a 0-2-0 record with a .918 SV% and a 2.70 GAA. He’s also appeared in 28 contests for the Texas Stars this season, where he earned a 16-10- 4 record with a .916 SV% and a 2.13 GAA. Prior to his North American career, the Malmo, Sweden native played for Farjestad in the Swedish Elite League (SEL), where he helped the team capture the 2011 Le Mat Trophy, which is earned annually by the victors of the SEL. Nilstorp was undrafted and signed by Dallas as a free agent on June 5, 2012.

The Dallas Stars face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Monday night at 6 p.m. Central  (TV: FOX Sports Southwest).