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.

Saturday reading: Game stories, injury updates, Pairwise and other series to watch

Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson makes a save against UAA's Eric Scheid Friday, March 9, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Gophers won 2-1. JIM GEHRZ / THE STAR TRIBUNE VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

Here are game stories from Friday night’s action.

No. 12 seed Alaska-Anchorage got the goaltending it needed to pull off the upset at top seed Minnesota , just not enough offense, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

No. 2 seed Minnesota Duluth needed two goals off deflections and a 160-footer that started as a clearing attempt to hold off No. 11 MSU Mankato. Brady Lamb came up huge for the Bulldogs.

Both the Gophers and Bulldogs are locks for the NCAA Tournament even if their first-round foes eliminate them on Sunday. CC, Denver and North Dakota need to win their playoff series to get in, judging from the latest Pairwise rankings.

Wisconsin’s Sean Little picked a good time, 5:50 left in the third period, to score his second goal of the season at third-seeded Denver, which drew only 4,400 fans.

No. 4 seed North Dakota won its ninth playoff game in a row. Here are some notes.

No. 5 Colorado College played a sloppy game against a more determined eighth-seeded Michigan Tech Huskies squad, which played well defensively. Tigers sophomore wing Jeff Collett suffered an upper-body injury Friday and is out for the rest of the series. Defenseman Aaron Harstad looks to have recovered from the flu and will likely be in the lineup on Saturday.

No. 6 St. Cloud State scored three goals, usually a good sign for the Huskies, which downed No. 7 Nebraska Omaha 4-0, which ended a six-game losing streak to UNO.

Here’s the Hockey East links and for the CCHA. Judging from the Pairwise, which has CC at No. 19, Tiger fans should root for Miami to sweep No. 14 Michigan State, Maine to eliminate No. 17 Merrimack, Michigan to down No. 18 Notre Dame and Wisconsin to sweep No. 13 Denver (that ought to come naturally for you).

Here are the Friday game recaps from ECAChockey.com. Tiger fans want Union to run the table to get the automatic qualifier, saving one of the precious at-large bids for the NCAA.

And now, a great example of how close things are in playoff college hockey. Providence had two shots go off the post and another reversed by replay during overtime at UMass-Lowell, which later scored to tie the best-of-three series and force Game 3 tonight.

St. Lawrence head coach Joe Marsh has retired, citing continuing health concerns.

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.

Sunday reading: Pairwise, Hamburg, Tigers record, AHA, CCHA, ECAC and Hockey East playoffs

Here’s the latest Pairwise rankings, which have CC in 19th and hoping some of the teams ahead of them stumble. Tiger fans should root against No. 15 Cornell, No. 16 Merrimack, No. 14 Northern Michigan, No. 18 Notre Dame, and No. 17 Western Michigan.

Bowling Green forced a Game 3 in their CCHA series with NMU tonight. Three ECAC first-round series, including one involving Merrimack, will be decided tonight.

CC’s Andrew Hamburg is playing better hockey of late, It looks like he is finally fully recovered from offseason surgery which is good news for the Tigers.

With Saturday’s win, Colorado College (18-14-2) is assured of its 12th winning season in a row. Congratulations, but that is not the goal for the team right now.

The Tigers could really use a sweep of Michigan Tech, which will be very, very tough to accomplish, and win  one, maybe two, Final Five games to get into the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s a quick look at the WCHA first-round match-ups by Roman Augustoviz, who was burning the midnight (actually 1:38 a.m. CT) oil. IMO, the Gophers fans don’t give Roman enough credit for all his hard work. Six hours later he posted more reaction to the MacNaughton Cup (really Trophy) by goalie Kent Patterson, who bounced back from his first mid-game pull in Friday’s 4-1 loss to Wisconsin with a 2-1 win on Saturday. The win was sparked by Erik Haula’s shorthanded goal.

Here are the Hockey East match-ups: No. 1 Boston College vs No. 8 Massachusetts; No. 2 Lowell vs No. 7 Providence; No. 3 Boston University vs No. 6 New Hampshire and No. 4 Maine vs No. 5 Merrimack.

Two Atlantic Hockey Association series conclude tonight, which will determine if top seed Air Force hosts No. 8 UConn, No. 10 AIC or No. 11 Sacred Heart this coming Friday in a best-of-three quarterfinals.

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.