In the pros: Crabb, Sterling, Sweatt

Former Tiger Joey Crabb broke a three-game pointless streak with the game-winning shorthanded goal in a 1-0 road win at ECHL Las Vegas Wednesday night.

Both Brett Sterling and Bill Sweatt scored for AHL Chicago in a recent win over Rockford.

In the pros: Connelly, Dineen, McElhinney

Former Tiger Brian Connelly, pictured making a crossing pass last season,  is fifth among AHL defensemen in scoring with 10 points (two goals) in nine games for Houston.

Former captain Nick Dineen found his scoring touch again for KooKoo of the second-tier Finnish pro league with two goals Friday and another pair on Saturday.

Curtis McElhinney is fifth among AHL goalies with a 1.61 goals against, .945 saves percentage  and a 6-1-1 mark in eight games for Springfield.  No doubt, he should be rated higher because those listed ahead of him have as few as two games.

 

Saturday reading: Friday followups; CC No. 9 Pairwise; In the pros

Former Tiger Joey Crabb is quietly having a career NHL season.

Wisconsin’s Mike Eaves is intrigued by outdoor game idea at Soldier Field. Here’s the game story of UW’s 4-0 road win at Minnesota State in Mankato. Here’s the Free Press’ take on the loss before a rare large home crowd.

UMD radio man and blogger Bruce Ciskie ruminates on Duluth’s blistering play of late (school record 14-0-3) and North Dakota’s Danny Kristo checking from behind penalty with video. Here’s footage of the three goals.

Here’s plenty on North Dakota’s 2-1 home win over No. 5 Minnesota here and Denver’s 6-3 home win over Bemidji State.

Academic issues kept Alaska Anchorage’s top goalie and leading remaining goal scorer back in Alaska and not in Houghton during Friday’s 6-2 road loss.

CC junior William Rapuzzi is trying to jump start his season. The Tigers’ 3-1 home win over SCSU pushed CC up to ninth in the Pairwise rankings.

Former Tiger Joey Crabb has matched his career NHL goal totals already this season. Bill Sweatt scored for the red-hot AHL Wolves.

Wednesday reading: WCHA departures; Minnesota alumni gathering; Connelly sets record; Stuart fight video

It was a tough day at the office for former Tiger Mark Stuart against Boston enforcer Shawn Thornton on Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Bruins. By the way, Boston media report they're friends. Video link is below.

Alaska-Anchorage leading scorer Mickey Spencer has left the Seawolves.

Cam Reid left St. Cloud State on Monday to play in major juniors.

Here’s the NHL predraft midseason rankings.

CC’s Jan. 21 road game at Minnesota will be broadcast in Canada by Fox International Networks on SCORE TV, along with other WCHA games, one Final Five semifinal and the title game.

CC alumni will have a gathering at Minnesota.  The deadline to sign up is Jan. 16.

Former Tiger Brian Connelly set an AHL Rockford career franchise record for assists (101). Can a promotion to the Blackhawks be that far away?

Jack Hillen was a healthy scratch for Tuesday’s game at Colorado. That was unfortunate for any CC fans hoping to see him in Denver.

Now that he’s been moved up to Toronto’s second line, Joey Crabb has a new nickname (toward end of column).

The Denver Post’s Terry Frei talks to Jaden Schwartz about the world junior championships.

Updated Tuesday reading: Radio show, Hobey balloting, pros

Former Tiger Jack Hillen is expected to play tonight at Colorado. Take advantage of this chance to see him live.

The monthly Scott Owens radio show is tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at McCabe’s Tavern, downtown Colorado Springs. CC captain Nick Dineen and new NCHC commissioner Jim Scherr will be the guests.

Here’s the Gazette’s weekend wrap-up.

Fan balloting for the Hobey Baker Award is underway. Get to it people.

Former Tigers Richard Bachman won the ECHL alumnus award for December.  Joey Crabb garnered some measured praise from this fan blogger.

Saturday reading: Gross, Holmstrom and Testwuide on TV today, Pairwise rankings, recaps, preview notes

New Nittany Lion Taylor Gross, a Pine Creek HS graduate.

It’s a real mixed bag this morning,with the usual pro updates and even some women’s college hockey. Ladies first.

Colorado Springs’ Taylor Gross, UConn’s leading scorer as a freshman, has transferred to Penn State women’s hockey at midseason. I wrote a feature on her and the other area women playing Division I back in September.

Colorado Springs’ Ben Holmstrom scored with 20.8 seconds left to force overtime in Adirondack’s 4-3 win over Hershey in the AHL outdoor game which set a league record for attendance. Linemate and former Tiger Mike Testwuide continued his hot streak, scoring Adirondack’s opening goal to record his fifth goal in seven games after a cold start.

Here’s a feature on him I did for CC sports information, where I now work part time, previewing the game, which will be rebroadcast at 2 p.m. Mountain Saturday on the NHL Network.

Here’s more reaction from CC’s home loss to Cornell from the Gazette and Brian Gomez’s game story and notes on shorthanded goals.

And while there is no doubt some concern about CC’s home loss Friday (Tigers are 5-5 in series openers this season, 7-2 on Saturdays), Denver’s home loss to Alabama-Huntsville (2-21-2) could really hurt the Pioneers in the Pairwise rankings. It’s a little early for anyone to push the panic button just yet.

CC is tied for 12th with Cornell in the current Pairwise rankings.

Minnesota-Duluth won its school record 15th straight with a dominant third period at No. 8/9 Western Michigan.

Too many penalties hurt Minnesota State in a 4-3 loss at St. Lawrence.

Here’s extensive notes and links for tonight’s North-Dakota-Clarkson game in Winnipeg.

In the pros: Connelly, Hillen, Prosser

Nashville Predators' Jack Hillen, right, takes a shot against St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, of the Czech Republic, as the Blues' Jason Arnott (44) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in St. Louis. - Sarah Conard /AP Photo

Former Tiger Brian Connelly recorded an assist in a loss for the AHL Rockford IceHogs (Blackhawks affiliate) and a goal in another setback.

He is only one point (28, 24 assists) behind Mark Barberio of Norfolk (29 points, 26 assists) for the league lead among defensemen.

Nate Prosser was in the middle of things for the Wild during a snippy 4-3 win over Edmonton.