Monday reading: Preissing, radio show, weekend reviews, Hobey

preissing_1Former Tiger Tom Preissing, who played for EHCB  last season, signed with Biel and went through a tryout with the German league team last weekend. I will update his status when I stumble across it. Thanks to Tim Matthewson for finding this article and to Google translate.

The monthly Scott Owens radio show is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at McCabe’s Tavern, downtown Colorado Springs.

Here are three observations on this weekend in the WCHA, including a note on CC.

Hockey East’s standings are tightening up. The CCHA goaltending was quite good while the Hobey Baker race is underway.

Tuesday reading: Guentzel, Civitarese, Labosky, CC radio show, MSU Mankato, Western Michigan preview, national TV schedule

Former Tiger Gabe Guentzel will be playing for the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL after the Anaheim organization switched affiliates. He signed an AHL contract on Sept. 21.

David Civitarese will get some extra coaching with Capitals coach Adam Oates working for AHL Hershey during the NHL lockout.

CC commit Daniel Labosky (2013 or 2014) is tied for fifth in points (15) in 11 games in the Upper Midwest Elite League.

The monthly Coach Scott Owens Show will be broadcast live from McCabe’s Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Oct. 9, Nov. 15, Dec. 4, Jan. 15, Feb. 5 and March 12. Schedule is subject to change, of course.

Western Michigan has the Mason Cup on display in Andy Murray’s office and the Broncos are not about to let it leave.

Minnesota State Mankato single-game tickets went on sale on Monday.

Here is the national and regional TV schedule. The first game broadcast will be the Manitoba at North Dakota exhibition (really) on Saturday night.

Radio show highlights: UMD; No Need to Panic; NCHC work

Minnesota-Duluth poised to pull away

With a 16-game unbeaten streak (13-0-3), the defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (15-7-1, 11-3-0 WCHA) look ready to pull away for the WCHA regular-season title.

“It’s amazing considering their schedule,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said during the monthly radio show on 103.9 FM KRXP.  “They have that champion’s swagger. They have difference-makers like J.T. Brown and Jack Connolly. They’re a little scary.”

Games against Alabama-Huntsville and the bottom two WCHA teams suggest the second half may be easier, making it likely the Bulldogs could continue to be the hottest team in Division I for some time.

Don’t press the panic button just yet

A 1-2-1 nonconference record since Christmas may have some Tiger fans wringing their hands, but coach Scott Owens was quick to point out that the parity in college hockey is best illustrated by the fact that CC has dropped from No. 6 to No. 8 – not exactly a rankings freefall.

“Rankings don’t mean much,” he said. “They’re mostly for discussion but it showed we’re not the only ones losing.”

The focus is to keep getting better and get on a roll by late season.

“I want to make sure we get some things right and corrected,” Owens said, referring to recent struggles in 5-on-5 offense. “If we get things going in February as we did last year we can make a run.”

TV deal, other details looming

New National Collegiate Hockey Conference commissioner Jim Scherr said that a significant TV deal for the new league will be announced in 2-3 weeks.

“One of the exciting things for The National and college hockey in general is NBC (formerly Versus) aggressively seeking college hockey hockey games along with CBS (Sports Network) and Fox,” he said.  “I think we will be able to make an announcement soon.  Certainly within next 2-3 weeks.”

Scherr added that the league is leaning towards “a slimmer schedule to give the teams a chance to play other teams to help their RPI.” That suggests the rumored 24-game league schedule is likely.

In addition to the TV deal, the league management, office, schedule and other details need to be done fairly quickly.

The league will also focus on developing the best officials possible and have a system that coaches and school officials can be comfortable with dealing with those officials.

“It’s 21 months but I expect it will pass before we know it,” Scherr said.