CC commit Cecere wins USHL defenseman honor

The United States Hockey League today announced the CCM and Reebok player awards for the second week of the 2012-13 USHL regular season.

Award winners include J.T. Stenglein of the Youngstown Phantoms, named CCM Forward of the Week; CC commit Garrett Cecere of the Tri-City Storm, pictured, selected as CCM Defenseman of the Week; and Kevin Lindskoug of the Muskegon Lumberjacks who earned honors as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

Stenglein recorded five points (4g, 1a) and a plus-four rating over two victories for the Phantoms as they improved to 4-0-0 this season, the team’s best start since joining the USHL.  Stenglein scored four goals on Friday in the 9-6 victory against Waterloo and tallied them four different ways (unassisted, power play, even strength, and empty net).  He opened the game with a goal just 1:10 into the contest.  The 19-year-old added another in the second period and then completed his first USHL career hat trick midway through the third period. He wasn’t done there as he scored an empty net goal late in the contest, recording the first four-goal in the USHL since last season when Vince Hinostroza scored four times for Waterloo on March 17th.  Stenglein is currently tied with teammate Austin Cangelosi for the USHL lead with five goals.

Cecere scored two points (1g, 1a) in Saturday’s 4-3 victory over Sioux City to help the Storm notch their first win of the season.  The 17-year-old defenseman netted his first USHL career goal in the first period and then set up the game-winning goal by Brian Ward with just 38 seconds remaining in the third period.  Cecere also finished the night with a game high plus-three rating and helped the penalty kill unit turn away all eight power plays by Sioux City.  The native of West Des Moines, Iowa is playing his first season with the Storm after appearing in six games last season with Dubuque.

Lindskoug posted a 1.00 goals-against-average and .969 save percentage while leading the Lumberjacks to a pair of wins, improving their record to 3-0-0 and the best start for the team in their USHL history.  Making his first appearance in the USHL, Lindskoug made 36 saves in the 3-1 road win over Chicago on Friday.  The 20-year-old from Trelleborg, Sweden followed up with a 27-save performance the next evening in the 4-1 victory against Indiana on home ice.  At one point during the two-game stretch, Lindskoug did not allow a goal over nearly four periods of play.

Thursday reading: UND, Fejes, BC, UAH, Duluth, Clarkson videos

Here are details about the aftermath of the North Dakota party that resulted in those suspensions and four minor in possession arrests for some freshmen.

Most Sioux logos may remain at Engelstad Arena according to latest talks with NCAA.

CC freshman forward Hunter Fejes (referred to as Samuel Fejes, his legal name) is the top Phoenix prospect to watch in the NCAA according to Hockey’s Future.

A BC freshman dropped out of school over academics.

USCHO staffer wins the Hockey East media award.

Alabama-Huntsville has a new coach. The Chargers have a relatively decent schedule until Jan. 1 when it can manage only one series, on the road, each month.

Minnesota Duluth will need this freshman, Austin Farley, to start off his college career well to make up for a lot of lost points production due to graduation.

Here is the Knights beat writer’s blog and the top 10 videos from the previous season to help CC fans become acquainted with Clarkson.

Here is Ben Sexton’s 3OT playoff game winner against RPI from last season.

Updated weekend reading: J. Schwartz, PSU, lawsuit, Gophers

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz knows he needs to get stronger and work harder to overcome a size disadvantage in the NHL.

The ECAC’s Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year Award went to her former Yale teammate, who led efforts for bone marrow registration. Hughes has been instrumental in the founding of the Mandi Schwartz Foundation and organizing the annual “White Out for Mandi” fundraising hockey game at Ingalls Rink.

Here are some details from the outdoor doubleheader at Soldier Field next February. The pairings are as reported before with CCHA foes Miami taking on Notre Dame and WCHA rivals Minnesota versus Wisconsin.

The last two times Wisconsin played in an outdoor game, the Badgers reached the NCAA championship game, winning once. That also bodes well for Boston College which played the Badgers each time in 2006 and 2010.

The likelihood of NCAA sanctions against Penn State remains a real possibility. It is unclear how that would affect the ice hockey programs there. Former Nittany Lions star Matt Millen, now an ESPN analyst, is being ripped for his pro-Paterno analysis of the report.

The likelihood of the Kitchener lawsuit against the student-run Michigan Daily resulting in any actual damages paid is unlikely, according to this student press law center article. The paper said it plans to defend itself.

Here is a look at Minnesota’s strengths and weaknesses headed into the 2012-13 season.

A New Hampshire assistant captain was hurt at the Capitals’ development camp. It does not appear to be serious. The Wildcats play at CC over Thanksgiving weekend.

UMass had another coaching candidate turn down its head job. A UNH assistant with college head coaching experience and Air Force associated head coach Mike Corbett may be the leading candidates now.

Sunday reading: BC, Huntsville, Dineen, M. Stuart, Testwuide, J. Schwartz, Bachman, Hillen, Mankato coach, humanitarian award

Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom came up big in a key win over Albany Saturday night in the hunt for an AHL playoff berth.

Happy Easter and Passover everyone.

Minnesota will get its rematch against Boston College, which won 19 straight including Saturday night’s 4-1 championship win over Ferris State, during the next Mariucci Classic. Here is the game story.

Perhaps Alabama Huntsville can take solace in this story about Ferris State’s near demise 20 years ago.

Former Tiger Nick Dineen picked up an assist (his third pro point) in Saturday’s 3-0 Game 4 win over Reading in the ECHL playoffs. Game 5 is at 5:05 p.m. Mountain on Monday.

Mark Stuart received the Dan Snyder Memorial Award.  The team honor was established by the Atlanta Thrashers back in 2004, after Snyder died in a car accident in the fall of 2003 and is given to a player who embodies perseverance, dedication and hard work without reward.

“It’s quite an honour, it’s very humbling,” said Stuart. “ I just try to work hard every night. It’s definitely an award I appreciate a lot. I knew his story, but when I got to Atlanta last year, I learned a lot more about him and had a chance to meet his brother (Jake) after our last game last year. What a great family. Everything you hear about (Dan) is positive. He was such a great guy, such a great teammate, that worked hard every night. He’s still sorely missed in the hockey community.”

Mike Testwuide scored an empty-netter for AHL Adirondack on Saturday.

Jaden Schwartz played 7.5 minutes in the Blues’ regular-season finale after three games as a healthy scratch as St. Louis looks to regain some of its intensity and grit headed into the playoffs as the West’s No. 2 seed. He took two shots on  Richard Bachman,  who made 32 saves in a season-ending loss on Saturday.Do not expect to see much of Schwartz in the playoffs. The Dallas Stars’ season is reviewed.

Here are the NHL playoff match-ups. Congrats to Jack Hillen (Nashville) for making the playoffs for the first time after playing for the Islanders.

MSU Mankato is expected to have its head coach hired by the AHCA meetings in late April. CC assistant Eric Rud is one of the darkhorses among the likely finalists. UND’s Cary Eades is the odds-on favorite.

Hockey Humanitarian Award winner and Yale senior Aleca Hughes was inspired by Mandi Schwartz, sister of Jaden and Rylan Schwartz. Hughes did a lot of work for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation.

Here are two Sioux players expected to be heavily courted by the Ontario Hockey League.

The Minnesota captain has moved on to the AHL.

The Frozen Four all-tournament team

Forwards

Kyle Bonis, Ferris State; Paul Carey and Steven Whitney, Boston College

Defensemen

Chad Billins, Ferris State; Brian Dumoulin, Boston College

Goalie

Parker Milner, Boston College.

Tuesday reading: J. Schwartz, Hall, Lowery, Jutting, Frozen 4

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz, pictured at left, finished in the top five in voting for the 2012 Premier College Hockey Player of the Year award. Minnesota Duluth’s Jack Connolly won.

Tim Hall (two assists in eight road games) has played well enough to make the Alaska Aces’ roster  for the ECHL playoffs. He is praised in this story from the Anchorage Daily News.

Ryan Lowery, currently on the roster for AHL Western Conference No. 1 seed Oklahoma City, was also on the Stockton roster under playoff-eligible. It is a new ECHL rule that allows its team to designate possible replacements as the AHL teams are eliminated.

Here is a link to the three Mankato Free Press stories about Troy Jutting’s re-assignment at MSU Mankato.

Follow Union beat writer Ken Schott’s good work from Tampa. College Hockey News looks at the Union-Ferris State semifinal match-up. Here are CHN’s fearless predictions.

Frozen Four Schedule: Thursday’s semifinals, Union College versus Ferris State at 2:30 p.m. Mountain (ESPNU); Boston College versus Minnesota, 6 p.m. (ESPN2).

Coach Don Lucia scouts Boston College. It looks like he hopes a good forecheck will work well.

Here is a link to the Tampa paper’s’ coverage with some good stories, including a look at Alabama Huntsville. Now we know why the Frozen Four is in Tampa in the first place. Thanks to Duluth’s Kevin Pates for finding that.

J. Schwartz a finalist for national fans award

Premierplayers.com has a top college hockey player national award and CC’s Jaden Schwartz is one of the five finalists.

It is a fans-only ballot so here is the web site. Look for the college hockey link to the left. Get to it Tiger fans.

CC’s Dineen in running for humanitarian award

For the 17th consecutive year, the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award will be given out to a college hockey player whose efforts to better their communities continue to stand out.

Colorado College captain Nick Dineen, pictured at left, and St. Cloud State’s Jordy Christian were nominated.

The list of nominees includes six repeat nominees – Isaiah Carlson (Salve Regina), Alyssa Grogan (Minnesota), Aleca Hughes (Yale), Tucker Mullin (Saint Anselm), Trevor Nill (Michigan State) and Cody Reichard (Miami).

In late January, finalists will be announced, and the 2012 recipient will be recognized in a ceremony at the Frozen Four in Tampa.