Tuesday reading: Tiger fans should keep an eye on CCHA playoffs; Geoffrion keeps it in the family; other notes

Here’s a look at the CCHA playoff matchups. Here’s why Tiger fans should pay attention this weekend: Lake Superior State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Western Michigan are all just head of CC in the Pairwise rankings. A series loss for those schools — guaranteed since ND and OSU play each other — would free up an NCAA Tournament spot for CC, assuming the Tigers take care of business down the stretch.

The Denver fan blog theorizes about the 2012-13 Pioneers scheduled, which may include two games against Air Force.

Reinstating the Sioux nickname has already hurt the North Dakota track team, with it losing a spot at the University of Iowa invitational. This blog post wonders loud if it’s worth it or not.

This blog talks about the likely WCHA coach of the year candidates led Michigan Tech’s Mel Pearson. I would be shocked and a bit dismayed if he didn’t garner the award. The Huskies won four games last season. Pearson got win No. 5 on Oct. 28. Enough said.

The same blog also talks about rookie of the year with Minnesota’s Kyle Rau as the top contender.

Look for former Badger Blake Geoffrion to become the fourth generation of his family to play for the Canadiens tonight. He was called up Monday after a trade to the Montreal organization.

I reported last night that CC got a top-end commit — since confirmed by the player — in center Hunter Fejes of Anchorage. He’s likely to come in 2012 judging from the latest Chris Heisenberg list, which does not include him, yet. RW Alex Roos committed on Feb. 8.

. Alex Roos-RW 2/8/12 2013 or 2014 Team Illinois U18 5’8 150 12-5-94
. Daniel Labosky-LW 12/29/11 2013 or 2014 Benilde St.Margaret 5’6 150 5-24-95 2011 USA U17 Team
. Duggie Lagrone-RD 10/24/11 2013 Des Moines (USHL) 5’10 185 6-23-94
. Garrett Cecere-LD 8/18/11 2013 or 2014 Janesville (NAHL) 5’9 155 1-5-95 2011 USA U17 Team
. Gustav Olofsson-LD 3/11/11 2013 or 2014 Colorado Thunderbirds 6’1 170 12-1-94
. Jaccob Slavin-D 12/17/10 2013 Chicago (USHL) 6’2 167 5-1-94 2011 USA U18 Team
. Christian Heil-C 12/16/10 2013 Chicago (USHL) 5’11 150 3-25-94
. Michael King-D 12/7/10 Westside (BCHL) 6’4 200 1-22-93 48-5-18-23-22
. Matt Hansen-RW 10/5/10 Austin (NAHL) 5’10 163 5-11-93 44-5-5-10-4

Updated Wednesday reading: CC radio show, TV deal, recruits

Tonight’s monthly Scott Owens radio show is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at McCabe’s Tavern in downtown Colorado Springs. No doubt they will talk about Denver, which has been getting a spark from freshman Ty Loney of late and reigning WCHA offensive player of the week Luke Salazar.

Coach Scott Owens said two players, yet to be determined, will be there toward the end of the show and radio man Ken Landau is lining up an out-of-town guest for the 7 p.m. slot.

Here are two who have made verbals to North Dakota along with other notes out of Grand Forks. That said, the UND coaches aren’t happy about some losses to the Canadian major junior leagues.

Here’s a MSU Mankato recruit update.

There’s been mixed reaction to The National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s 18-game exclusive TV deal with CBS Sports Network. I think fans may want to wait until their school finalizes their regional and local TV deals before deciding if this was a good deal or not. When you consider CBS SN broadcast 23 TOTAL college hockey games this season and will now broadcast a minimum of 18 NCHC games, including the playiff tournament semifinals and title game, it looks like a strong deal to me. Here’s some more details comparing the NCHC deal with Hockey East and the Big 10.

Odds are, this will lead to more college hockey on TV with games like RIT-Air Force and Air Force-Army likely broadcast games as well. With CBS SN signing Jim Rome to an exclusive talk show deal, it looks like the network is bolstering its lineup, which bodes well for the NCHC getting on board now.

Minnesota-Duluth’s Jack Connolly, a contender for the Hobey Baker, is a finalist for the Lowe’s senior CLASS award.