Friday reading: Gross, Fejes, Duluth, UND, WMU, Tech

Pine Creek HS graduate Taylor Gross, far left, models the new Penn State hockey home uniform. The captain of the women’s hockey team is joined by former CC standout Guy Gadowsky, the men’s head coach, third from left.

Incoming Tigers freshman Hunter Fejes is one of the rookies to watch this season according to this North Dakota blogger.

Senior forward Mike Seidel will need to have a good year producing those hard-work points to help Minnesota-Duluth remain a league contender after losing Hobey Baker winner Jack Connolly to graduation.

Here is the 2012-13 schedule for the CHL expansion franchise Denver Cutthroats, which includes a couple former Denver Pioneers. While checking out the home games, keep in mind that former Tiger Brian McMillin plays for the Allen Americans.

Western Michigan added a goalie for this season.

North Dakota’s beat writer explains the team’s TV broadcast deals for this season and next.

Freshman forward Blake Tatchell will need to step in and step up to replace the offense lost to graduation for Alaska-Anchorage.

The Mining Gazette offers a detailed first look at the Michigan Tech Huskies, who have high hopes after reaching the WCHA Final Five last season at the expense of the Tigers. Junior defenseman Daniel Sova will be a big reason (excuse the pun) why Tech fans have such high expectations.

Monday reading: WJC, Cutthroats, Duluth, 1920 Olympics, Anchorage

For the latest Team USA World Junior Championships tryouts info, check out the United States of Hockey blog.

Colorado Springs’ Cody Ayers, who played D-III hockey until recently, is one of the familiar names on the CHL Denver Cutthroats’ open tryout roster. The camp starts Aug. 10.

Former Minnesota-Duluth player and radio analyst Jim Nelson passed away recently.

St. Cloud State goalie Ryan Faragher is profiled as is Western Michigan’s Garrett Haar.

The high expectations continue for former Badger Justin Schultz.

The ice hockey tournament in the Olympics was at the 1920 Summer Games, where Canada and the United States dominated. It’s a good read from USA Hockey Magazine.

Here is an update by the Anchorage fan blog. Vermont and UMass switch assistant coaches.

USA Hockey named Julie Juarez as manager of social media and communications. Here is a reaction to the invitees for the USA Hockey prospects game.

Thursday reading: Year in review, WMU, NCHC season ticket prices

Here is the Mankato Free Press beat writer’s look back at the past year and the huge changes to the college hockey landscape. Seeing it all in a few hundred words is a good reminder of how different things became so quickly.

A big change for Western Michigan is the financial commitment the Broncos must make as a member of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The story linked does a good showing that as part of a four-part series on the WMU athletic department budget.

Of interest to other NCHC fans is a box comparing season ticket prices for the eight member schools in the WMU article:

NCHC Season Ticket Prices for 2012-13

    • Denver: $360 – $624
    • Miami: $275 – $565
    • Nebraska-Omaha: $235 – $415
    • Colorado College: $149 – $409
    • Minnesota-Duluth: $400
    • St. Cloud State: $325 – $400
    • North Dakota: $390
    • Western Michigan: $190 – $210

Monday reading: AFA, Denver advance; BGSU shocks Ferris State

I took a break from college hockey Sunday night so here are that night’s Game 3 results.

AHA No. 1 seed Air Force 4, No. 8 UConn 3

The Falcons came back from two one-goal deficits to advance to the AHA Final Four in Rochester, N.Y. this weekend.

WCHA No. 3 seed Denver 3, No. 10 Wisconsin 2 OT

DENVER — For the second consecutive game, senior forward Luke Salazar scored the game-winning goal – this time 1:40 into overtime – as Denver skated to a 3-2 victory against Wisconsin in the final game of a WCHA best-of-three playoff series on Sunday night at Magness Arena.

WCHA Final Five at Xcel Energy Center

Thursday, March 15
Quarterfinal: No. 6 Michigan Tech vs No. 3 Denver, 2:07 pm CT
Quarterfinal: No. 5 St. Cloud State vs No. 4 North Dakota, 7:07 pm CT

Friday, March 16
Semifinal: Michigan Tech/Denver vs No. 2 Minnesota Duluth, 2:07 pm CT
Semifinal: St. Cloud State/North Dakota vs. No. 1 Minnesota, 7:07 pm CT

Saturday, March 17 Broadmoor Trophy championship game, 7:07 pm CT

CCHA No. 11 seed Bowling Green 4, No. 1 Ferris State 3 OT

Bowling Green came back from a three-goal deficit to top Ferris State in overtime and move on to the CCHA semifinals at Joe Louis Arena. The last-place Falcons are the lowest seed in CCHA history to make it to the CCHA Championship Tournament.

Bowling Green freshman forward Dan DeSalvo scored three straight goals, including the game-winner 2:38 into overtime, to top Ferris State, 4-3. Bowling Green junior goaltender Andrew Hammond made 28 saves in the win. At the other end of the ice, Ferris State senior goaltender Taylor Nelson stopped 33 shots.

Bowling Green will face Michigan in the semifinals next weekend and Miami will battle Western Michigan in the other semifinal matchup.

The top four seeds advanced in the ECAC while No, 7 Providence downed No. 2 UMass-Lowell 1-0 Sunday night to advance to the Hockey East semifinals.

Around the WCHA: Duluth adds to school record unbeaten streak

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth 5, No. 8/9 Western Michigan 2

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Junior forward Mike Seidel had a goal and an assist as Minnesota Duluth swept its weekend series at Western Michigan with a 5-2 win on Saturday night at Lawson Ice Arena. The Bulldogs are on a school record 15-game unbeaten streak.

No. 10 Denver 5, Alabama-Huntsville 2

DENVER  – Junior forward Shawn Ostrow had a goal and an assist to help the Denver Pioneers capture a 5-2 victory against the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers on Saturday night at Magness Arena.

No. 3 Notre Dame 4, No. 5 Minnesota 3

MINNEAPOLIS  – Sophomore forward Nate Condon and freshman defenseman Ben Marshall each had two assists but Minnesota fell to Notre Dame, 4-3, in the US Hockey Hall of Fame game on Saturday night at Mariucci Arena.

North Dakota 3, Clarkson 1

WINNIPEG, Man. – Junior forward Carter Rowney scored two goals to lead North Dakota to a 3-1 win against Clarkson on Saturday night in the U.S. College Hockey Classic at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Minnesota State 3, St. Lawrence 1

CANTON, N.Y. – Senior forward Justin Jokinen scored at 15:51 of the third period and the Mavericks would add an empty-netter as Minnesota State earned a 3-1 victory against St. Lawrence on Saturday night at Appleton Arena.

Wisconsin 2, RIT 1

MADISON, Wis. – Sophomore forward Mark Zengerle assisted on both Badger goals as Wisconsin earned a weekend sweep against RIT with a 2-1 win on Saturday night at Kohl Center

Around the WCHA: Alabama- Huntsville upsets Denver

Compiled from school web sites and WCHA.com …

Alabama-Huntsville 3, No. 13 Denver 2

DENVER — Denver scored the first two goals of the game but the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers (2-21-1) scored three unanswered goals to emerge with a 3-2 win over the Pioneers on Friday night at Magness Arena.

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth 4, No. 8/9 Western Michigan 1

KALAMAZOO — Not even a one-month layoff could cool down the hottest team in NCAA hockey.

Minnesota-Duluth, which had been idle since Dec. 10, returned to the ice Friday night armed with a No. 1 national ranking and a school record-tying 14-game unbeaten streak and, following a somewhat sluggish first-period, rallied for a 4-1 victory over No. 8 Western Michigan University. The defending national champion Bulldogs, paying their first-visit ever to Kalamazoo, Mich., struck for four unanswered goals after falling behind 1-0 midway through the opening period in moving to 13-3-3 on the year and 12-0-3 in their last 15 outings.

J.T. Brown, Travis Oleksuk, Joe Basaraba, Jake Hendrickson (empty netter) all scored while senior center Jack Connolly made three assists. It marked the fourth three-point night in the last six outings for the two-time All-American, whose career-high scoring streak now stands at 17 games, five shy of the program record. Brown’s power play goal came at 9:09 of the second period, knotting the game at 1-1 and Oleksuk then put the Bulldogs ahead for good with his 14th goal of the season off a blistering one-timer on a 5-on-3 power play with 8:05 to go in regulation.

St. Lawrence 4, Minnesota State 3

CANTON, N.Y. — Matt Leitner, Johnny McInnis and Jean-Paul Lafontaine each scored a goal but Minnesota State was defeated by St. Lawrence, 4-3, on Friday night at Appleton Arena.

Wisconsin 6, RIT 4

MADISON — Junior defenseman Justin Schultz scored two goals and added two assists and sophomore forward Keegan Meuer added a goal and an assist to lead Wisconsin to a 6-4 win against RIT on Friday night at Kohl Center.

Scherr confirmed as first NCHC commish

The Gazette’s Brian Gomez has anonymous confirmation that former USOC leader Jim Scherr will be named as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s first commissioner at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.