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: 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.