More Saturday morning reading: CC at Wisconsin, BU at North Dakota, St. Cloud State at Denver, Hits to the head videos

The local daily sent a reporter to Madison (well done, Gazette) and here is what he wrote on Friday’s OT win.

Congrats to Eammon McDermott for recording three assists. Here is the CC athletics’ game story. Charlie Taft is interviewed thanks to his father’s Wisconsin connections by the Wisconsin State Journal.

Here is the Grand Forks Herald game story on No. 5 North Dakota’s 4-2 home win over No. 12 Boston University and a column on walk-on Connor Gaarder, who scored a hat trick. A walk-on getting a hat trick? Only a program like North Dakota can get talent like that without a scholarship. Here are other notes and links.

The St. Cloud Times had a good-sized writeup on the Huskies’ 3-0 road win over No. 3 Denver.

Here is a column on Friday night’s hits to the head with video available.

Tuesday reading: Dineen playing in Finland, Lucia, Duluth, Merrimack

Nick Dineen is pictured playing for ECHL Elmira last season.

Former Tigers captain Nick Dineen signed a one-year contract with KooKoo of the 12-team Mestis league in Finland in late July, according to a Facebook message from his father (Thank you). Kouvolan Edustuskiekko (full club name) plays in a 6,000-seat arena in Kouvola, Finland. The club was established in 1965.

Judging from a Facebook post by the club on August 8, Dineen will be centering the third line:

Antti Roppo – Jan-Mikael Juutilainen – Aatu Hämäläinen
Mikko Alikoski – Ville-Matti Koponen – Timo-Pekka Heikkinen
Tomi Tuomisto – Nick Dineen – Olli Julkunen
Niklas Appelgren – Mikko Virtanen – Jere Espo

Miihkali Teppo – Marko Kiprusoff
Jarno Lippojoki – Julius Nyqvist
Markus Västilä – Matt Nickerson

Jaakko Lehtonen   Miro Hämynen (Ville Husso)
Since I cannot read Finnish, this could be a lineup for a preseason scrimmage (season starts on Sept. 14, guessing from web site headline). I hope to get more information in English from the club later via a Facebook message. Regardless, congrats to Nick on the move overseas.

In other news, Notre Dame freshman Mario Lucia suffered a broken leg and left ankle ligament damage during an offseason practice drill. He may miss up to three months.

The Merrimack athletic director who was put under paid administrative leave for a personnel matter has resigned.

AIC’s Steve Mele will be relied on to deliver a big season for the Atlantic Hockey Association school. Three other hockey subjects are profiled by Inside College Hockey as well.

Alaska-Fairbanks hired Gary Gray from Montana State-Billings as its new athletic director.

Monday reading: Douglas, Prosser, polls, Pairwise, postseason

Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser (39) and Dallas Stars center Steve Ott (29) tangle during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Former Tiger Nate Prosser, pictured at left, received a two-year contract extension  according to a Monday announcement. The new paperwork changed his two-way deal, meaning he was often sent down to the AHL whenever the Wild needed roster room, to a one-way NHL deal, meaning he cannot be demoted without first going on waivers.

The Gazette looks back on what was a big weekend for Air Force and CC, which moved up to No. 10 from 11 in the Inside College Hockey rankings, the U.S. College Hockey online weekly poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey poll.

CC sits in 16th in the Pairwise rankings, which would mean the Tigers would not be in the NCAA Tournament today with the 16th spot going to the Atlantic Hockey Association playoff champion.

In the USCHO poll, Boston University is the new No. 1, just ahead of Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth, which split at Alaska-Anchorage and is 1-2-1 in its last four league games after a home tie and loss to Michigan Tech. The USA Hockey rankings have Minnesota at No. 1 followed by BU and Duluth.

Here’s an update on the new-look WCHA looking for a 10th member and a side note that the WCHA will not be back at the Xcel Energy Center in 2014. That suggests strongly that the National Collegiate Hockey Conference will hold its postseason tournament there.

Here’s an NHL.com feature on Ed Belfour.

Former CC assistants Norm Bazin and Jason Lammers continue to lead a surging UMass-Lowell team that was won 13 more games than last year.

Joey Crabb talks about the Leafs’ struggling penalty kill.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to acknowledge the passing of News 5 sports director Lee Douglas, who succumbed to kidney problems Sunday morning. I cannot say I knew him well. I wish I had.

He was always positive, pleasant and professional in my interactions with him at the Air Force press conferences and the annual hockey banquet. He was a good example for all us on how to do things right. He is missed already. RIP.

Thursday reading

OCTOBER 9 – Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Stuart walks out onto the ice during the pre-game ceremony before his team plays the Montreal Canadiens in their first NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)

Here’s a cool shot of former Tiger Mark Stuart before Winnipeg’s first home game on Oct. 9. It made this fun slideshow of the 100 best international sports photos from Reuters.

Richard Bachman fell to 4-2 in his sixth NHL start in a row with a 4-1 loss versus the Flyers on Wednesday. Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom was a healthy scratch for the Flyers. Here’s more on Bachman.

Here’s a blog post on fan reaction to CC coach Scott Owens’ contract extension.

Brian Swanson shows off his hockey sense in this Aces game.

USA Hockey news for the world juniors and the team schedule. Here’s the final roster with plenty of WCHA representatives.

Alabama-Huntsville is trying to raise money for its program.

Chad Rau scores in an Aeros loss. A photo gallery picturing Rau and Kris Fredheim is included with the article.

SCSU’s Nick Jensen is profiled by the Red Wings.

Here’s the CC Bulletin’s article on the athletic complex renovations.

CC’s Owens gets contract extension

CC usually doesn’t release contract details so the length is unknown at this point.

From CC sports information …

Scott Owens, who has guided the No. 5-ranked Colorado College hockey team to seven NCAA playoff berths, three WCHA regular-season titles and a .616 winning percentage during his 13 seasons as head coach, will be sticking around for a while.

The school and Owens have agreed to a contract extension, director of athletics Ken Ralph announced today.

“We wanted to ensure our current players, and incoming recruits, that Scott Owens will be their coach at Colorado College,” said Ralph, noting that the private institution does not disclose terms of contracts. “Scott’s teams have posted the eighth best winning percentage in Division I hockey over the last 10 years and this contract rewards that performance.

“With our upcoming entry into the NCHC, we wanted to be sure to compensate our coach accordingly and give him the resources necessary to compete for conference and national championships.”

Owens’ teams have averaged better than 23 victories per season since he accepted the position in 1999. CC, 11-5 this campaign, has produced two Hobey Baker Award winners and 15 All-America selections during his tenure, as well as 17 WCHA Scholar-Athletes the last four years alone.

“I would like to thank Ken Ralph and President Tiefenthaler for the opportunity to continue guiding the Colorado College hockey program in the foreseeable future,” said Owens, whose 292 career victories at the CC helm exceeds the totals of his nearest predecessors by more than 100. “This is an exciting time for the Tiger program. I am honored, as well as proud, to be a part of it. Our staff enjoys working daily with the quality of student-athlete that we have, and we appreciate the outstanding support we receive from the school and administration.”