Wednesday reading: West, Lowell, SCSU, Providence, Michigan

Former Minnesota women’s standout Emily West, a Pine Creek High School graduate in Colorado Springs, was named to the U.S. Over 18 camp roster for the 2012 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival Aug. 5-13 in Blaine, Minn.

The graduated Gophers captain scored the game-winners in the WCHA postseason and NCAA Tournament championships games to conclude her college career.

The festival ends with the selection of teams to represent the United States in a  a U22 series vs. Canada in Calgary. Three games between the two nations will be played from Aug. 16-19.

Here are the nine incoming freshmen, including fifth-round NHL draft pick Connor Hellebuyck, for future CC foe UMass-Lowell, which is coached by former Tiger assistants Norm Bazin and Jason Lammers.

Former SCSU standout  David Eddy was featured by the Calgary Flames web site.

Providence picked up a Flames’ NHL Draft pick a year earlier than expected.

Michigan retains a big-time defenseman.

UPDATED NCAA first round: Michigan, Denver fall; UMass-Lowell survives

All of Friday’s four games are over. Here are the recaps.

Midwest  Region

No. 2 Ferris State 2, No. 3 Denver 1

GREEN BAY — Simon Denis scored his first goal this season and it proved to be the game-winner for No. 2 seed Ferris State over third-seeded Denver.

Drew Shore scored less than three minutes after to trim the CCHA regular-season champion Bulldogs’ lead to 2-1. But senior goalie Taylor Nelson (19-6-3) made seven saves in the third period to hold on for the win.

No. 4 Cornell 3, No. 1 Michigan 2 OT

GREEN BAY — Cornell’s Rodger Craig scored 2:25 into overtime off a rebound to lift the Big Red to the first upset of the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan’s Kevin Lynch scored with 4:01 remaining to force overtime. Cornell’s Joakim Ryan put the Big Red ahead 2-1 with a shorthanded goal 40 seconds into the second period.

Saturday

Region final — Ferris State vs. Cornell, 7 p.m. Mountain ESPNU

East Region

No. 1 Union 3, No. 4 Michigan State 1

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Jeremy Welsh scored only 3:20 into the second period for the game-winner and goalie Troy Grosenick made 20 saves to pace the top-seeded Dutchmen past the Spartans.

No. 3 UMass-Lowell 4, No. 2 Miami 3 OT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. —  Riley Wetmore scored 2:13 into overtime as the RiverHawks battled back after squandering a 3-0 lead. Wetmore put UMass-Lowell, coached by former CC assistants Norm Bazin and Jason Lammers, up 3-0 only 2:21 into the second period before Miami rallied.

The RedHawks tied the game at 3-3 on a goal by Alden Hirschfeld with 10:04 left in the third. Miami got back into the game with scores 14 seconds apart by Trent Vogelhunter and Austin Czarnick with 16:54 and 16:40 left in the second.

Saturday

Regional final — UMass-Lowell vs. Union, 4:30 p.m. Mountain, ESPNU

More Wednesday reading: UNO live chat, CC and SCSU renovations, Lowell update

Join USCHO’s Matthew Semisch for a live chat on Nebraska Omaha hockey.

The $3.5 million donor for the new fitness center at Colorado College, part of the $27 million renovations and new construction project at CC’s El Pomar Sports Complex was announced. The renovations will include a new varsity weight and cardio room and an “ice” shooting practice room.

A $14.7 million renovation and new construction project for the 23-year-old National Hockey Center is schedueld to be completed in time for St. Cloud State’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference debut in 2013.

Here’s a preview of the UMass-Lowell-Providence series. Lowell is coached by former CC assistants Norm Bazin, pictured above, and Jason Lammers, who led the RiverHawks from last to second in Hockey East  in less than 12 months. Here’s more from the Lowell Sun.

More Saturday reading: More Friday upsets, Sioux nickname, Lowery

The CEO of the North Dakota alumni association speaks out against the drive to resume the Sioux nickname.

Let’s hear it for parity in college hockey. No. 1/2 Boston University lost 3-2 to UMass, which picked up its first road win this season Friday as a result. The top four teams in each poll all lost Friday with Michigan State besting No. 4 Michigan 3-2.

No. 1/2 Minnesota lost at Denver and No. 3 Duluth lost 3-1 at home to North Dakota.

Former Tiger Ryan Lowery recorded an assist in his ECHL debut Friday night in Loveland.

Former CC assistants Norm Bazin and Jason Lammers are leading the Hockey East leaders, going from worst to first in less than 12 months.

Pine Creek graduate Emily West left a 5-0 win at Ohio State with an apparent injury.

Monday reading: Douglas, Prosser, polls, Pairwise, postseason

Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser (39) and Dallas Stars center Steve Ott (29) tangle during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Former Tiger Nate Prosser, pictured at left, received a two-year contract extension  according to a Monday announcement. The new paperwork changed his two-way deal, meaning he was often sent down to the AHL whenever the Wild needed roster room, to a one-way NHL deal, meaning he cannot be demoted without first going on waivers.

The Gazette looks back on what was a big weekend for Air Force and CC, which moved up to No. 10 from 11 in the Inside College Hockey rankings, the U.S. College Hockey online weekly poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey poll.

CC sits in 16th in the Pairwise rankings, which would mean the Tigers would not be in the NCAA Tournament today with the 16th spot going to the Atlantic Hockey Association playoff champion.

In the USCHO poll, Boston University is the new No. 1, just ahead of Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth, which split at Alaska-Anchorage and is 1-2-1 in its last four league games after a home tie and loss to Michigan Tech. The USA Hockey rankings have Minnesota at No. 1 followed by BU and Duluth.

Here’s an update on the new-look WCHA looking for a 10th member and a side note that the WCHA will not be back at the Xcel Energy Center in 2014. That suggests strongly that the National Collegiate Hockey Conference will hold its postseason tournament there.

Here’s an NHL.com feature on Ed Belfour.

Former CC assistants Norm Bazin and Jason Lammers continue to lead a surging UMass-Lowell team that was won 13 more games than last year.

Joey Crabb talks about the Leafs’ struggling penalty kill.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to acknowledge the passing of News 5 sports director Lee Douglas, who succumbed to kidney problems Sunday morning. I cannot say I knew him well. I wish I had.

He was always positive, pleasant and professional in my interactions with him at the Air Force press conferences and the annual hockey banquet. He was a good example for all us on how to do things right. He is missed already. RIP.

Updated Wednesday reading: Bachman, Connelly, Holmstrom, Rau, Jaden and Rylan Schwartz

Rockford IceHogs defenseman Brian Connelly (foreground, 10) tries to feed a pass across the goal crease to Peter LeBlanc (32) while Milwaukee Admirals goalie Jeremy Smith (30) and defenseman Ryan Ellis (6) try to stop the pass. Connelly currently ranks second among all AHL defensemen in scoring with 25 points (3G, 22A). (Photo by Todd Reicher)

CC sophomore Jaden Schwartz looks to be the favorite to be named captain of Team Canada by Dec. 23. He is quoted in this feature and referred to as the captain-in-waiting.

Junior Rylan Schwartz received his third WCHA offensive player of the week honor on Tuesday.

SCSU forward Mitch MacMillan quits the team.

Former Tiger Richard Bachman will get his sixth NHL start in a row Wednesday night against the Flyers, who may have Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom in the lineup.

Chad Rau was sent back down to AHL Houston after being a healthy scratch at Vancouver. He is still waiting to make his NHL debut.

Mid-season review by a good fan blog for North Dakota.

The Sanford Center in Bemidji is dependent on BSU hockey. How much trouble would World Arena be if CC’s home schedule were cut?

Two little-used UMass-Lowell players have left the team, which is coached by former CC assistants Norm Bazin and Jason Lammers.

Here’s an interesting book on how hockey pervades Canadian culture (duh) to check out.

It looks like UConn may be positioning itself for possible consideration by Hockey East or the ECAC  for membership. It makes geographic sense. I predict the ECAC if one of the current members move up to the HE.