Tigers on TV schedule update

The TV schedules continue to trickle in as October approaches. Here is the latest I have gleaned from what I have read concerning Colorado College games on TV.

Both Minnesota at Colorado College games Dec. 7-8 will be broadcast on FSN Plus according to the Gophers beat writer. The Golden Gophers will have 34 of 36 regular-season games on the tube as usual.

Both CC at Denver games will be broadcast by ROOT Sports on Nov. 17 and Feb. 8.

CC at Nebraska Omaha on Jan. 4, 2013 will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network.

The CBS Sports Network and Big Ten Network schedules should be announced soon.

I know the pickings look slim, but based on past seasons I predict a couple more TV dates to be announced soon (I have heard nothing remotely official, so take this guesswork with a huge grain of salt): at least one of the Denver at CC nights (CBS SN), one or both of the CC at Wisconsin games (FSN Wisconsin, CBS SN or Big Ten) and the CC at Alaska-Anchorage games Feb. 1-2 by a local station (Alaska cable feed). Duluth and St. Cloud State at CC are outside possibilities but not likely since CC would have to pony up money. We will see.

UNO goalie sits out upcoming season

OMAHA, Neb. – University of Nebraska Omaha head hockey coach Dean Blais announced today that sophomore goaltender Ryan Massa will be taking a year off for personal reasons and will not compete again for the Mavericks until the 2013-14 season.

“We respect Ryan’s decision and wish him the best in the upcoming year,” said Blais.  “Per NCAA rules, he has five years in which to complete four years of competition, and we’ll look forward to his return in 2013-14.

“We are fortunate to have John Faulkner and Dayn Belfour returning as well as incoming freshman Anthony Stolarz joining our roster, and we think all three will do a very good job for us.”

Massa shared the top job with Faulkner but had superior stats. The native of Littleton, Colo. also authored UNO’s only shutout of the season, turning aside 35 shots in a 4-0 win at Michigan Tech on Feb. 11.

Massa finished 7-8-2 with a .914 saves percentage and 2.60 goals against mark but it was Faulkner (5-9-2, .886, 2.93) who started in Saturday’s elimination game during the WCHA playoffs when St. Cloud State ended the Mavs’ season.

Stolarz is well regarded and could end up being the new No. 1 while incoming sophomore Belfour, son of former NHLer Ed, posted good numbers in six games: 2-1-2, .902 saves, 2.55 gaa.

Regardless, the news loosens up a logjam at that position. Colorado College plays a WCHA series at Omaha Jan. 4-5, 2013 in their only scheduled games this upcoming season before both joining the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.