Jaden Schwartz garners All-America status

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz, now playing for the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, was named to the 2011- 12 AHCA/CCM All-America West First Team announced Friday by the American Hockey Coaches Association.

Schwartz, who signed with the Blues two days after the end of his sophomore season, is one of three forwards named.

The 2010 first-round draft pick of St. Louis led CC with 41 points (15g,26a) in 30 games this season. His average of 1.37 points per outing ranked fourth nationally behind Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists Spencer Abbott of Maine (1.59), Jack Connolly of Minnesota Duluth (1.46) and Austin Smith of Colgate (1.46).

Connolly was named as the Hobey winner later Friday. Connolly, as well as Reilly Smith of Miami University, join Schwartz as first-team forwards on the West team. They are joined by defensemen Torey Krug of Michigan State and Justin Schultz of Wisconsin, along with goaltender Taylor Nelson of Ferris State.

Schwartz is CC’s first All-American since center Chad Rau won for the second consecutive season as a senior in 2008-09, and the 12th  during Scott Owens’ 13 years as head coach.

Schwartz finished his college career with 88 points (32g,56a) in 60 games .

Tuesday reading: DU’s NCAA hopes are dim; Jaden video; Sioux nickname

After a loss and tie against CC this weekend, the Pioneers will have a difficult time making the NCAAs.

Minnesota Duluth will honor its four Hobey Baker winners this Friday during the home series against North Dakota.

The Big Ten plans to use a neutral site for its postseason tournament.

Minnesota’s version of the Beanpot Tournament is getting people excited. A comment suggesting they name the tournament the Herbie after Herb Brooks is a great idea.

Here’s video of the Jaden Schwartz goal from Saturday. Wow. DU coach George Gwozdecky said the goal would give him nightmares for some time. You can see why. Denver was in control up to that moment with CC tying the game three minutes later.

This debate will never die: A petition being submitted Tuesday night could restore the Sioux nickname at North Dakota, dependent on forcing a state referendum.

Updated Wednesday reading: CC radio show, TV deal, recruits

Tonight’s monthly Scott Owens radio show is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at McCabe’s Tavern in downtown Colorado Springs. No doubt they will talk about Denver, which has been getting a spark from freshman Ty Loney of late and reigning WCHA offensive player of the week Luke Salazar.

Coach Scott Owens said two players, yet to be determined, will be there toward the end of the show and radio man Ken Landau is lining up an out-of-town guest for the 7 p.m. slot.

Here are two who have made verbals to North Dakota along with other notes out of Grand Forks. That said, the UND coaches aren’t happy about some losses to the Canadian major junior leagues.

Here’s a MSU Mankato recruit update.

There’s been mixed reaction to The National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s 18-game exclusive TV deal with CBS Sports Network. I think fans may want to wait until their school finalizes their regional and local TV deals before deciding if this was a good deal or not. When you consider CBS SN broadcast 23 TOTAL college hockey games this season and will now broadcast a minimum of 18 NCHC games, including the playiff tournament semifinals and title game, it looks like a strong deal to me. Here’s some more details comparing the NCHC deal with Hockey East and the Big 10.

Odds are, this will lead to more college hockey on TV with games like RIT-Air Force and Air Force-Army likely broadcast games as well. With CBS SN signing Jim Rome to an exclusive talk show deal, it looks like the network is bolstering its lineup, which bodes well for the NCHC getting on board now.

Minnesota-Duluth’s Jack Connolly, a contender for the Hobey Baker, is a finalist for the Lowe’s senior CLASS award.

Friday reading: Sweatt NHL debut, weekend previews and predictions

Former Tiger Bill Sweatt (FILE)

Former Tiger Bill Sweatt made his NHL debut in Vancouver’s 4-3 overtime win at Montreal Wednesday night. He recorded two shots in 6 minutes, 18 seconds of ice time on the fourth line. He did not play much in the third period or overtime but recorded two shots including one on his first shift.

I got to watch the game and Sweatt fit right in, forcing a turnover on his first shift that led to that scoring chance.

“He didn’t play a lot, but when he did I thought did all right,” coach Alain Vigneault told the Vancouver Sun, which also interviewed Sweatt. “He is a young player and our guys seem to think there is a lot of upside there so we have to be patient.”

Older brother and former Tiger Lee Sweatt made the trip to Montreal for his brother’s debut. Bill joked in the Sun article linked above  about the pressure he faced with Lee scoring the game-winner in his NHL debut with Vancouver last season.

No. 6 Colorado College hosts Alaska-Anchorage this weekend. Here are notes on the Seawolves and a preview. Here’s a capsule preview on the series by the Gazette.

No. 13 Denver lost a commit to the WHL. The Pioneers travel to Bemidji State, which is looking for some vengeance at home this weekend. DU hopes to start stringing together some wins because the players are inspired by Tim Tebow.

Nebraska-Omaha has three sons of former UND standouts, who will be in the weird position of rooting against North Dakota. Corban Knight is having a big season for the team’s top line. That article includes a list of the top-scoring lines in the league. Definitely worth a click.

FYI, if CC’s  Scott Winkler, who will miss the Mankato series next weekend  to play for the Norwegian national team,  was still on the Schwartz line, they would be tied for fifth, not 10th with William Rapuzzi. That said, moving Winkler to the Nick Dineen line earlier this season was a good idea, giving CC four strong lines to put out there.

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth travels to Wisconsin, setting up a potential one-on-one battle between UMD’s Jack Connolly and Badgers defenseman Justin Schultz. That’s worth the price of admission in what should be a good series.

Michigan Tech will be a good challenge for the No. 2 Gophers. The Huskies know they need to show something after being swept by No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth.

MSU-Mankato hosts Alabama-Huntsville, which knocked off Omaha last weekend for its first win.

St. Cloud State is idle.

Here’s Goon’s World’s predictions.

Here’s a commit roundup, which includes Eddie Wittchow to Wisconsin. He was considering Colorado College according to previous reports.