Tuesday reading: Radio show, Final Five, regular season awards; In the pros

Former Tiger Joey Crabb and the rest of the Leafs are having to prove themselves during a training camp-like atmosphere led by their new coach.

The monthly Scott Owens Radio Show is from 6:30 to 7:30 tonight at McCabe’s Tavern on downtown Colorado Springs and live on 103.9 FM KRXP.

The Denver Post says the DU Pioneers are peaking at the right time.

Here’s a look at the regular season scoring and goaltending titleists from the Star Tribune.

Former Tiger Brett Sterling scored in his debut with AHL Portland.

No. 11 seed MSU Mankato will need to play well to advance to the WCHA Final Five in St. Paul.

Here’s the Final Five schedule:

Thursday’s quarterfinals: No. 6 seed vs. No. 3, 2:07 p.m. CT’ No. 5 vs. No. 4, 7:07 p.m.

Friday’s semifinals: Winner of No. 6 vs. No. 3 game vs. No. 2 seed, 2:07 p.m.; Winner of No. 5 vs. No. 4 game vs. No. 1 seed, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday’s championship: Friday’s winners, 7:07 p.m.

This columnist points to the strides made by women’s college hockey in the past 22 years,

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.

Monday reading: Weekend reviews, Pairwise, polls and pros

Former CC captain Mike Testwuide, left, defends during an AHL game against the Albany Devils on Saturday.

Minnesota-Duluth remains No. 1 in the USCHO poll, but Minnesota moved up to No. 2 and gained considerable ground in the rankings. Idle Colorado College moved up from No. 12 to No. 11 while this weekend’s foe, Denver, went from No. 15 to No. 13.

CC dropped from No. 10 to No. 11 in the USA Today/ USA Hockey rankings. Denver went from No. 15 to No. 13 while the Gophers are the new No. 1 just ahead of Duluth.

The Tigers remained at No. 11 in the Inside College Hockey power rankings while Denver moved up to No. 9. Duluth is No. 1 and Minnesota second.

More importantly, the Tigers are No. 17 in the latest Pairwise rankings, meaning they would fall two spots shy of the making the NCAAs (No. 16 goes to Atlantic playoff champ).

Suddenly No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth is a bit more anxious about heading to face Alaska Anchorage, which has lost seven in a row since a road win at CC in December.

Here’s a look back at Minnesota’s home-and-home sweep of St. Cloud State.

Former Bemidji State standout Matt Read, a rookie of the year candidate, and Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom have ties dating back to childhood with the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association and now with the Flyers.

Former Tiger Joey Crabb gets some love from his hometown newspaper.

Here’s why Brian Connelly was traded by Chicago to the Calgary organization. His chances of making his NHL debut look much improved.

MSU Mankato goalie Phil Cook has a .945 saves percentage in his last six starts. The purple Mavs could be a tough out by playoff time if he stays hot.

Future NCHC rivals Miami and Western Michigan are tied for second in the CCHA behind surprising Ferris State.

Monday reading: CC drops to No. 11; ND shake up; In the pros

Former Tiger Aaron Slattengren (No. 23) is pictured playing at Bakersfield.

The home split against unranked St. Cloud State this past weekend dropped Colorado College from No. 8 to No. 11 in the latest U.S. College Hockey Online poll and USA Hockey rankings. The Tigers (13-8-1) play at No. 4 Minnesota, up one spot from the previous week, this weekend.

Minnesota-Duluth remains an unanimous No. 1 while Notre Dame and Ohio State took a tumble after weekend losses.

Injuries and discipline continue to shake things up at North Dakota.

Former Tiger Aaron Slattengren scored the opening goal in a road win over Bakersfield for the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles.

Trevor Frischmon scored the game-winner for Bridgeport in AHL action on Sunday.

Mike Testwuide got the first assist on a goal by Colorado Springs’ Ben Holmstrom for AHL Adirondack on Saturday.

Joey Crabb scored in a recent loss for the Maple Leafs.

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.