In the pros: Bachman gets first win, Schwartz first goal, of season

jaden draft imageDallas Stars backup goalie Richard Bachman eked out a win over Vancouver. The former Tiger may get more starts after an injury to Kari Lehtonen forced his entry into the game.

Jaden Schwartz scored his first of the year and assisted the next goal to stake St. Louis to a 2-0 lead in a 5-2 win at struggling Calgary.

Friday reading: Holmstrom, WCHA column, predictions, Kerdiles

HolmstromColorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom will miss much of the season with a knee injury.

Here is this week’s WCHA column from USCHO and my and Tyler’s predictions.

CC hopes the road proves kinder than its recent homestand.

Puckato’s Morning Skate provides links to previews from around the league.

Wisconsin 5, Alabama-Huntsville 0

MADISON — Junior forward Michael Mersch and freshman forward Nic Kerdiles each scored two goals to lead Wisconsin to a 5-0 victory against Alabama-Huntsville on Thursday night at Kohl Center. It was Kerdiles’ first college scores after a tough offseason.

Monday reading: Zengerle, UM postmortem, UND fan angst, Lemieux

Wisconsin standout Mark Zengerle will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken left index finger, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

A talented Minnesota squad cannot put away weaker teams and it cost them on Saturday. The Gophers beat writer breaks it down.

North Dakota fans are a wringing their hands over Saturday’s loss to a good Boston University team. Goon’s World points out how North Dakota gets better as the season progresses.

As expected, UND 2014 commit Brendan Lemieux, son of former NHLer Claude, is headed to the OHL.

More Sunday reading: Benik, Kerdiles, Denver, Mankato, UAA

St. Cloud State freshman Joey Benik, pictured,suffered a broken leg during the first hour of official practice on Saturday. Here are some more details.

Wisconsin freshman Nic Kerdiles was held out of Saturday’s exhibition win over questions concerning his NCAA eligibility.

Here are more details and reaction from the Denver-British Columbia exhibition tie.

Here is a look at Mankato coach Mike Hastingsjourney to the head coaching job at Minnesota State.

Alaska Anchorage 3, Regina 1

Sophomore defenseman Austin Coldwell had a goal and an assist to help lift Alaska Anchorage to a 3-1 exhibition win against Regina on Saturday night at the Harry J. McDonald Center.

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.

Tuesday reading: North Dakota, Denver, Clarkson, Mankato

Here is a good look with videos at the potential of North Dakota’s Rocco Grimaldi, pictured, who missed most of last season with a knee patella split. Because the playmaker garnered a medical redshirt, he remains a rookie in the WCHA’s eyes and is a leading preseason candidate for Rookie of the Year.

Defenseman Ryan Mantha, son of the Minnesota North Stars’ Moe Mantha, has committed to North Dakota. Here are some details.

The University of Denver Magazine put out a short season preview focusing on the goaltending battle and the Pioneers’ need to develop more scoring from the returning forwards.

A Clarkson player will miss the first half of the season because of injuries suffered during an off-ice assault in Ottawa. Clarkson travels to CC for the teams’ season-opener Oct. 12-13.

Here are some notes on the MSU-Mankato 2012-13 roster.

Monday reading: Tigers in the playoffs, Zaba video, J. Schwartz honor

Former Tigers Trevor Frischmon (No. 28) and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders' top affiliate, saw their season end on Sunday night with a 4-3 OT loss to Connecticut. The Whale swept the best of five AHL playoff series, 3-0.

Colin Stuart, captain of the Rochester Americans, will try to stave off elimination when his team hosts the Toronto Marlies on Monday night in the league’s only game.

Nate Prosser returned from an unspecified injury and the Houston Aeros defense held together for a 1-0 win Sunday at Oklahoma City to keep the best-of-five series going. The West top seed Barons still lead 2-1 in games.

Brian Connelly recorded an assist in Abbotsford’s 4-2 win Sunday night at Milwaukee. The Heat lead the series 2-0 and head back to B.C. for Game 3 on Wednesday.

The Foxes celebrate their championships in Italy's top pro hockey league.

Here are highlights of the Bolzano Foxes’ perfect (12 wins in 12 games) run to the franchise’s record 19th Italia Serie A championship as shown in this highlights video that features goalie Matt Zaba (No. 1, black headgear). The Foxes wear red and white.

Top hockey prospect website HockeysFuture.com selected Jaden Schwartz, drafted 14th overall in 2010, as an honorable mention after  his sophomore performance with Colorado College and as captain of the bronze medalist Canadian world juniors team.

The USA U18 team brought home yet another gold medal.

In the ECHL playoffs, Alaska will host Las Vegas, probably on Friday, to open the Western Conference finals. Brian Swanson and Tim Hall play for the top seed Aces. No former Tigers play for the Wranglers.

Saturday reading: AHL and ECHL playoffs, Crabb, coaches meetings, Air Force schedule, Penn State arena, Knight injury, DU captains

Former Tiger captain Nick Dineen showed off what he can do, especially on face-offs and down low, during his short amateur tryout with the ECHL's Elmira Jackals.

Former Tiger Nick Dineen’s first pro season is over. The Eastern No. 1 seed Elmira Jackals lost to No. 5 Florida 2-1  Friday night and the best-of-seven ECHL playoff series 4-1.

Elmira had led the series 1-0 on Dineen’s game-winner in Game 1. Dineen is now a free agent. I would expect him sign an AHL contract this summer.

Alaska, which includes Tim Hall and Brian Swanson, now leads Stockton, which plays Ryan Lowery, 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 is Saturday night in California.

Gabe Guentzel played in his first pro playoff game, a 3-2 loss for Syracuse. David Civitarese was a scratch for Hershey in its 3-1 loss. Kris Fredheim and Chad Rau’s No. 8 seed Aeros are down 2-0 in their series against Oklahoma City while Abbotsford, led by Brian Connelly, cruised past Milwaukee.

Colorado Springs’ Jeff Dimmen, a former Maine standout defenseman, is playing for the powerful Norfolk Admirals squad, which won its pro-hockey record 29th game in a row on Friday, a mark that is 11 games longer than any other winning streak ever recorded in any league since hockey was professionalized in 1904. CC fans may remember him for scoring the game-winner against the Tigers in the Florida College Classic during December 2008.

Joey Crabb received a respectable grade from the Toronto beat writer for his best NHL season.

This week’s national coaches’ meeting will have plenty of issues to discuss, including half-shields and the new conference alignments.

Construction on the new ice hockey arena for Penn State, which begins play as a Division I independent this October, began officially on Friday with a groundbreaking ceremony. Coach Guy Gadowsky, a CC alumnus, and two PSU players are interviewed in these videos.

Alaska-Anchorage announced its 2012-13 schedule which will include a game against Air Force in the Kendall Classic in Anchorage Oct. 13. The Falcons take on Alaska-Fairbanks at 3:07 p.m. Mountain on Oct. 12.

North Dakota’s Corban Knight played the last three months of the season with a broken hand.

Denver announced that junior defenseman Paul Phillips, who was an assistant this past season, will be the captain of the 2012-13 Pioneers.  Colorado Springs’ Chris Knowlton won the most improved award and will be an assistant captain along with Shawn Ostrow and Nick Shore.

Saturday reading: J. Schwartz, Guentzel, Hall, playoff recaps, previews

Here’s a preview of tonight’s St. Louis at Tampa Bay game when former Tiger Jaden Schwartz will make his NHL debut. (TV: 5 p.m. Mountain FS Midwest, SUN Network).

Expect Gabe Guentzel, pictured at left, to make his pro debut Saturday night for AHL Syracuse against Adirondack and former CC teammate Mike Testwuide. Guentzel will wear No. 10 judging from the roster.

Tim Hall made his pro debut for ECHL Alaska in a 3-1 loss at Colorado. It reads like he played his defensive role well, drawing two penalties.

Here’s a lot of good information on CC and its available personnel next season by the Gazette’s Brian Gomez: CC wing Dakota Eveland will not play next season after offseason neck surgery this Tuesday. Look for one or two more 2012 commits or one of the 2013 players to be brought in a year early.

North Dakota could be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, judging from the latest Pairwise rankings, if it wins its third Broadmoor Trophy in a row against Denver tonight in the WCHA Final Five championship game. ( TV: 6 p.m. Mountain ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain). Here’s plenty of recap and preview notes.

Western Michigan cruised past Miami in the CCHA semifinals on Friday. Top remaining seed Michigan defeated last-place Bowling Green State 3-2 in double overtime to end the Falcons’s memorable run at an NCAA berth.

In Hockey East, Maine downed Boston U in one semifinal while Boston College ended No. 7 seed Providence’s Cinderella run. Maine plays BC at 6 p.m. Mountain (TV: NBC Sports Network).

In the ECAC, Harvard kept its NCAA hopes alive by advancing to tonight’s championship against top seed Union. Harvard is rated at No. 19 in the Pairwise and must win the automatic berth to move on.

In the Atlantic, Air Force will take on No. 3 seed and host RIT tonight (Radio: 1300 AM, 5 p.m. Mountain)

Saturday reading: UNO goalie tweets he’s OK; Pairwise update; more CC info

UNO goalie Ryan Massa, who was carried off the ice on a stretcher after a collission during overtime, tweeted from his motel room later Friday night that he was OK.

Nebraska Omaha goalie Ryan Massa, pictured at left, is okay after being taken from the ice on a stretcher in Omaha’s 2-1 overtime win Friday. That’s wonderful news.

Think those nonconference games are important? Consider that Minnesota, which is tied for the WCHA lead but played some soft nonleague foes (Sacred Heart, Niagara), would not make the NCAA Tournament if it started this morning according to the Pairwise rankings. No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth, No. 12 CC and No. 13 Denver would. Don’t get too excited, it’s Jan. 21.

Here’s more on Michael Morin’s foot injury and a video interview of Tim Hall, who scores his first career gamewinner Friday night. The Gazette says Charlie Taft will take Morin’s place on Saturday.

Here’s the Gazette’s game story, rightfully giving goalie Josh Thorimbert and the skaters in front of him their due.

Minnesota bemoans its lack of offense in the 2-1 loss while the stink from last weekend’s handshake line scuffle against North Dakota continues. Here’s the GF Herald game story on UND’s road loss at SCSU.

Penn State released the architects’ renderings for their new arena.