Thursday reading: WCHA column, Winkler, Heil, Rothstein, Enga, Slavvin

I started new irregular features in the weekly WCHA column on USCHO, one focusing on an “unsung hero” for Bemidji State who has a young daughter and wife and still manages to find time to be a league academic honoree and log a lot of quality ice time for the Beavers. The Series Spotlight segment, naturally, deals with CC and Denver this weekend starting the annual battle for the Gold Pan Trophy, pictured.

CC senior Scott Winkler has the best numbers of any NCAA prospect for the Stars, especially in plus/minus.

Chicago Steel forward and CC commit Christian Heil scored two goals in 34 seconds during the third period of Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Indiana.  It gives the 18-year-old five goals over his last four games and pushed him into a tie for third in the USHL with 10 goals this season.

Future Tiger Sam Rothstein scored two goals for the Sioux Falls Stampede Saturday in the team’s USHL-leading eighth home win.

Former Tiger RJ Enga and CC commit Jaccob Slavin played key roles in Team USA’s World Junior A challenge championship. Enga served at an assistant coach while Slavin was an assistant captain.

Former Penn State club coach Joe Battista penned this column praising Air Force coach Frank Serratore and hockey people in general.

Wednesday reading: DU streak, Krushelnyski, Gold Pan previews

Denver Post beat writer Mike Chambers talks about this interesting fact in a new weekly column: The Pioneers have not been swept in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series in nearly four years — since losing 4-2 and 2-1 at St. Cloud State on Nov. 14 and 15, 2008.

It is very likely  a league record, pending confirmation.

Junior Alexander Krushelnyski, pictured at left and forever in CC lore after last year’s OT penalty shot goal, was featured by the Gazette.

Here is the Star-Tribune’s preview of the Gold Pan series and the preview from CCTigers.com.

Northeastern lost a freshman forward who had played in all nine games (two assists) to USHL Muskegon.

Friday’s lines

A nagging injury has Scott Winkler scratched for Friday’s game while DU goalie Sam Brittain gets his second start in a row.

Colorado College

LW-C-RW

J. Schwartz/R. Schwartz/Collett

Krushelnyski/Dineen/Rapuzzi

Skalbeck/Civitarese/Hamburg

Wamsganz/Hall/Taft

LD-RD

Guentzel/Marciano

Harstad/Bidwill

Stoykewych/Boivin

Goalies — Thorimbert/Howe

Denver

LW-C-RW

Doremus/D. Shore/Salazar

Zucker/N. Shore/Knowlton

Dewhurst/Ostrow/Jackson

Jacobson/Tabrum/Mermis

LD-RD

Phillips/Mayfield

Ryder/Didier

LaLeggia/Lee

Goalies — Brittain/Murray/Olknuora