Wednesday reading: UND goalie masks, Dineen update, top freshmen

Here are the new goalie masks for North Dakota freshman Zane Gothberg, left, and transfer Clarke Saunders, formerly of Alabama-Huntsville.

Click on Goon’s World for more images of the masks from different angles.

Here is some more information on former Tiger Nick Dineen that the KooKoo press officer Facebooked to me late Tuesday night.

Dineen signed the one-year deal in June and moved to Finland in late July to join KooKoo of the Mestis, the second-best Finnish hockey league. Former Tiger Lee Sweatt, who played in the top Finnish league before signing with the Vancouver NHL organization, helped arrange the contract for Dineen. The Kouvola-based team placed third in the league last season. Dineen is one of two import players including Matt Nickerson, a former AHL player who is coming back to the rink after two seasons away from the game.

This blogger rates the top 10 freshman classes for 2012-13 and looks ahead to 2013-14. The Western College Hockey Blog looks at Notre Dame’s strengths this coming season.

Around the WCHA: Tigers bounce back for 2-1 win

CC senior Tim Hall banged in a rebound off a shot by William Rapuzzi with 36 seconds left to lift the 11th-ranked Tigers to a 2-1 win at No. 2/4 Minnesota and only two points out of first place in the WCHA.

Hall’s goal came only 41 seconds after Minnesota had tied the game at 1-1 off a Nick Bjugstad shot.

CC sophomore goalie Josh Thorimbert (9-3) continued his excellent play of late, making 38 saves for the victory. The teams resume the series at 4 p.m. Mountain live on FS North and tape-delayed to 6 p.m. on ROOT.

CC captain Nick Dineen opened the scoring five minutes into the second period, pouncing on a Minnesota turnover and sending a backhanded shot between Gophers goalie Kent Patterson‘s leg pads for a 1-0 lead that held up through a five-minute Gophers power play in the third.

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth 2, Alabama-Huntsville 1

DULUTH — The Bulldogs improved to 15-1-3 of late despite 52 saves by future North Dakota goalie Clarke Saunders, who will transfer to Grand Forks this summer. Jack Connolly‘s assist on the game winner increased his points streak to 21 games in a row.

Wisconsin 4, Alaska Anchorage 0

MADISON — Freshman Joel Rumpel made 23 saves for his second career shutout in a row in a home win over the struggling Seawolves.

St. Cloud State 3, North Dakota 1

ST. CLOUD — Freshman goalie Ryan Faragher made 41 saves and Jarrod Rabey scored the game winner midway through the second period as the host Huskies rallied for the win.

Nebraska Omaha 2, Minnesota State 1

MANKATO — Bryce Aneloski scored a power-play goal 1:37 into overtime to lift Omaha past Minnesota State. Mankato’s Adam Mueller slashed Omaha goalie Ryan Massa (39 saves) 45 seconds into overtime. Dayn Belfour came in for Massa and recorded a single save for the win.