Tuesday reading: CC season preview, Rylan Schwartz, Jaden Schwartz, Connelly, Rau, Sweatt, Testwuide, Bachman, Hockey East

Incoming CC freshman Hunter Fejes, shown in red during the Coyotes prospect camp,  will be one of the six newcomers the Tigers will look to for big results this coming season.

Colorado College sports information posted its season preview.

Senior assistant captain Rylan Schwartz is one of the top players returning in Division I judging from national statistics. His 0.66 goals per game trails only Maine’s Joey Diamond, who he is tied with at 11 power-play goals last season.

RPI’s Without a Peer blog compiled the stats (ECAC first followed by national) in this post.

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz was assigned to AHL Peoria so he may continue to develop during the NHL lockout. Brian Connelly and Chad Rau were sent to AHL Houston. Bill Sweatt is headed to the Chicago Wolves as is Mike Testwuide to AHL Adirondack.

Here are five storylines to watch in Hockey East.

There are high hopes for Richard Bachman among the Dallas Stars leadership.

Former Badger Justin Schultz (remember him?) will benefit from the NHL lockout with some time spent with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons.

Wednesday reading: Rylan Schwartz is Hobey hopeful, CHI, BU

Well-regarded Hockey Buzz blogger Julie Robenmeyer listed Tigers assistant captain and senior Rylan Schwartz, pictured, as one of her pre-season Hobey Baker Award hopefuls, which include a number of WCHA standouts. Please click on the link to read more on them.

Here is her write-up on Rylan:

Rylan Schwartz – Senior, F, Colorado College, UFA: Just one point behind his brother, linemate and now St Louis Blue, Jaden, Rylan will have to prove that he’s just as effective on his own. H(is) teammates don’t question it, but the Tigers have a serious issue when it comes to offensive production and Rylan will be relied upon to carry a lot of that burden.”

Here is one reaction to College Hockey Inc.’s hire of a new executive director.

The nine freshmen for Boston University were officially announced.

Mandi Schwartz Drive to be featured on Good Morning America

Donor, Recipient to Meet for First Time

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Since the Yale Athletics department first began holding marrow donor registration drives inspired by women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011) in 2009, the Bulldogs have added more than 3,000 potential donors to the Be The Match Registry. That has led to at least 14 marrow donations for patients with life-threatening illnesses who are in need of genetic matches for transplants. This Wednesday morning, as part of a segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, two of the people involved in one of those “matches” will meet each other for the first time. Erika Turner, a cancer survivor whose life was saved by a stem cell transplant, will meet Christopher Magoon ’11, the man who donated those cells shortly after registering at a Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale. ABC’s Robin Roberts, recently diagnosed with myelodysplastic systems, will facilitate the introduction. She is scheduled to have a bone marrow transplant in the near future.

For the rest of the article by Yale communications, click here.

Mandi Schwartz was the older sister for former Tiger Jaden Schwartz and incoming senior center Rylan Schwartz.

Last-second save secures Minnesota win

Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson made the big save when needed, stoning Jeff Collett‘s attempt with five seconds remaining to preserve the host Gophers 2-1 win over visiting CC Saturday night.

“It’s disappointing to have a one-goal game on the road and not take advantage of the opportunities we had,” CC assistant Eric Rud said in a radio interview. “”We came out firing and competed all night long, We weren’t happy with just two points (goals) on Friday. Minnesota is a good team especially at home. They didn’t give us many chances to generate much offense.”

The win puts Minnesota in sole possession of first place in the WCHA, ahead of No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth, which is playing Alabama-Huntsville this weekend.

The goalies shined all weekend with both potent offenses, averaging four goals each, managing six goals total in 120 minutes. Josh Thorimbert made 38 and 35 saves during the series.

“He was exceptional this weekend,” Rud said. “He was very calm and cool. He gave our guys a lot of confidence this weekend. It settles everything down in our defensive zone. It gets everything going in the right direction.”

There were certainly no soft goals allowed on Saturday.

Nico Sachetti scored a rare goal for Minnesota to stake the host Gophers to a 2-1 lead headed into the third period at Mariucci. A second power play goal by Nate Condon was waved off after a lengthy video review because of an earlier hand pass.

CC sophomore Jaden Schwartz’s one-timer off assists from Collett and Rylan Schwartz gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead late in the first period, but Minnesota’s  Condon scored his fifth shorthanded goal later to tied the game at 1-1 headed into first intermission.

Jaden’s one-timer was perfect with no pause as he blasted the centering pass from Collett.

“We came here on a mission to play better,” Rud said. “We’re very happy with a lot of things. If our power play kicks in one a night, these games are quite different.

CC plans to use its bye week to focus on improving a dormant power play, Rud said.

Tigers and Gophers tied at 1-1

CC sophomore Jaden Schwartz’s one-timer off assists from Jeff Collett and Rylan Schwartz gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead late in the first period, but Minnesota’s Nate Condon scored his fifth shorthanded goal later to tied the game at 1-1 headed into first intermission.

Jaden’s one-timer was perfect with no pause before blasting the centering pass from Collett.

Updated Tuesday reading: Radio show, Hobey balloting, pros

Former Tiger Jack Hillen is expected to play tonight at Colorado. Take advantage of this chance to see him live.

The monthly Scott Owens radio show is tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at McCabe’s Tavern, downtown Colorado Springs. CC captain Nick Dineen and new NCHC commissioner Jim Scherr will be the guests.

Here’s the Gazette’s weekend wrap-up.

Fan balloting for the Hobey Baker Award is underway. Get to it people.

Former Tigers Richard Bachman won the ECHL alumnus award for December.  Joey Crabb garnered some measured praise from this fan blogger.

Friday reading

Captain Nick Dineen and senior Tim Hall (pictured) may not be honored by the midseason awards, but both are big reasons the Tigers are in third and four points out of first place in the WCHA halfway through the season.

It’s time to look at the first half of the WCHA season. Here’s Bucky’s Fifth Quarter’s take which honors Rylan and Jaden Schwartz, Mike Boivin and Gabe Guentzel.

Here’s more on the Canada captaincy of CC sophomore Jaden Schwartz, including a feature touching on the influence of his sister Mandi.

Former Tiger Mike Testwuide looks due for a breakout later this season.

Minnesota’s Nick Bjugstad remains day to day for Team USA at the world juniors. Here’s an update on the Americans.

Nebraska-Omaha picks up a goalie commit.

Here’s a Gazette feature on AFA’s Kyle De Laurell, a product of the Colorado Rampage club in northern Colorado Springs.

CURRENT WCHA STANDINGS
WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
1
Minnesota
14
11
3
0
22
51
28
14
5
1
83
41
Minnesota Duluth
14
10
2
2
22
59
32
12
3
3
73
44
3
Colorado College
14
9
5
0
18
59
48
11
5
0
67
50
4
Nebraska Omaha
14
7
4
3
17
46
43
9
8
3
62
60
5
Denver
14
6
5
3
15
47
45
8
7
3
59
55
6
North Dakota
14
7
7
0
14
39
37
9
8
1
51
50
7
Michigan Tech
14
6
7
1
13
41
43
9
9
1
54
55
St. Cloud State
14
5
6
3
13
43
41
7
9
4
64
62
9
Bemidji State
14
5
7
2
12
36
46
9
9
2
55
56
10
Wisconsin
14
4
8
2
10
40
50
7
9
2
57
59
11
Alaska Anchorage
14
3
10
1
7
29
54
6
10
2
46
63
12
Minnesota State
14
2
11
1
5
37
60
5
14
1
55
75