Updated Monday reading: Rau, polls and rankings

Wild forward Chad Rau, left, celebrates with Marco Scandella (6) after scoring on Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, in St. Paul, Minn. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Former Tiger Chad Rau fought off some travel problems to make it to Minnesota Sunday in time to score his second NHL career game-winner on Hockey Day in America. Two game-winners in four NHL career games? Not a bad average.

Ryan Lowery scored for ECHL Stockton over the weekend.

Colorado College dropped to No. 16 in the latest USCHO.com weekly poll and USA Hockey Poll (listed at bottom)  and up to No. 19 in the latest Pairwise rankings. The Tigers sit in 14th in the Inside College Hockey rankings.

If you’re an Alabama football fan, you may want to bid on these signed memorabilia and help out the Alabama Huntsville program.

Here’s that video of that ridiculous shorthanded goal by Detroit Lake’s Alex Mason, who lives on the White Earth reservation in Minnesota and has not made a decision about his post-prep future.

The rink at the Kohl Center will be named after “Badger Bob” Johnson, a former CC coach.

Here’s the USA Hockey poll:

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings

1 Ferris State (36) 22- 8-4 979 1
2 Boston College (11) 21-10-1 939 3
3 Michigan ( 3) 20-10-4 860 5
4 Minnesota-Duluth 20- 7-5 836 4
5 Boston University 18-11-1 757 2
6 Minnesota 21-11-1 748 7
7 UMass-Lowell 20- 9-0 736 6
8 Union 19- 6-7 677 8
9 Denver 18-10-4 521 10
10 Maine 18-10-3 511 11
11 Cornell 14- 6-7 472 12
12 Merrimack 15- 9-6 434 9
13 Michigan State 18-12-4 388 16
14 North Dakota 17-11-3 384 14
15 Miami 19-13-2 331 19
16 Colorado College 16-12-2 254 15
17 Ohio State 15-11-5 227 17
18 Notre Dame 16-15-3 140 13
19 Western Michigan 16-13-5 133 18
20 Colgate 17-12-3 52 NR

Wednesday reading: DU injury update; Minnesota Cup

CC commit Jaccob Slavin of Erie finished plus-1 in the USHL/NHL Prospects Game Tuesday night. His squad, Team East, won 5-3.

Denver goalie Sam Brittain and defenseman John Ryder of Colorado Springs both practiced Monday for the Pioneers and will travel to Alaska Anchorage this weekend.

A tournament featuring four of the five Division I hockey programs in Minnesota is close to coming to fruition for the 20-1314 season when the five are split into three conferences.

The Minnesota penalty kill stifled a struggling Colorado College power play that continued to struggle with slow passing, giving the Gophers the ability to keep up with the puck movement and block shooting and passing lanes all last weekend. Here’s Don Lucia’s take on the 8-for-8 performance by his PKers.

Wisconsin’s Justin Schultz beat out CC goalie Josh Thorimbert for the weekly WCHA defensive honor.

The ECHL rights to former Tiger Ryan Lowery was traded by Greenville to Stockton. He remains with the Oklahoma City Barons with his AHL only deal.

In the pros: Bachman, Johnson, Lowery, O’Connell, Prosser, Testwuide

Tyler Johnson

Former Tiger Tyler Johnson (six points in 20 games) has left the ECHL following a trade from Chicago to South Carolina and headed to play in Europe. I left him a message  and hope to hear back soon.

Drew O’Connell was signed as a backup goalie recently for the injury-depleted Alaska Aces of the ECHL. The Anchorage native remains on the roster, judging from the league transactions list, but has yet to play.

I caught up with former CC captain Mike Testwuide, who along with Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom, will play in the AHL’s outdoor game Friday night. The game will be rebroadcast at 2 p.m. Mountain on Saturday

Nate Prosser was sent down to the AHL on Thursday.

Here’s a pretty thorough scouting report on former CC captain Ryan Lowery, who is injured.

Kari Lehtonen’s continued struggles may give goalie Richard Bachman a chance to start more often for the Stars.

In the pros: Bachman, Connelly, Gannon, Lowery

Richard Bachman stays loose during drills on the other end of the practice ice in New York as the Stars ready to play the Rangers at 5 p.m. Mountain tonight on the FS SW or MSG networks.

Former Tiger goalie Richard Bachman (1-0. 0.75 goals against, .974 saves percentage) could seize the No. 2 job in Dallas by Christmas.

The Stars snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Los Angeles on Saturday, with Bachman making 26 saves in his first career start.

“I think he deserves another start, most likely against the Rangers,” coach Glen Gulutzan told the team’s official website. “We’ll give him that opportunity and see if he can run with it. We have confidence in him. He played 60 games for me last year (with Texas of the AHL), so we have no problem putting him in. I think his play has earned it.”

Brian Connelly is performing well for AHL Rockford.

Jake Gannon remains out with concussion-like symptoms. He plays for Peoria, the AHL affiliate of the Blues.

Ryan Lowery picked up an assist on Saturday for AHL Oklahoma City.