Weekend reading: Jaden Schwartz, Mankato, Minnesota, NHL negotiations, CHI, NCAA hockey in Lincoln?, outdoor ticket prices

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz could prove to be a real boon for AHL Peoria if he falls short of making the very deep Blues’ NHL roster.

A BCHL defenseman has committed to MSU-Mankato.

Minnesota players and coach Don Lucia took part in a Q&A session at the state fair recently.

The College Hockey News points out that colleges will likely not benefit from a new NHL CBA.

Here is CHN’s Q&A article with new College Hockey Inc. executive director Mike Snee, who looks to take on a more positive tone than his predecessor. Here is an interview with Snee by USCHO.

This Nebraska-Lincoln student columnist thinks UNL should add Division I hockey now that it is in the Big Ten.  Thanks to Goon’s World for finding that. I love the concept, but believe one of the reasons Nebraska-Omaha dropped football and wrestling was to focus on D1 hockey and avoid those kinds of conflicts with the nearby big school. It seems unlikely any school can afford adding a men’s varsity sport (two with a women’s program needed under Title IX) in the near future.

Wisconsin season ticket holders got a rude surprise when the outdoor game ticket prices were announced.

The Atlantic Hockey Association gave its commissioner a three-year contract extension.

Around the WCHA: Roundup and standings

St. Cloud State 2, No. 2 Minnesota Duluth 1

ST. CLOUD — Junior goaltender Mike Lee stopped 35 shots and senior forward Travis Novak scored the game-winning goal to lead St. Cloud State to a 2-1 win against Minnesota Duluth on Friday night at National Hockey Center.

Wisconsin 4, Minnesota 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Sophomore forward Mark Zengerle scored a goal and added three assists and freshman goaltender Joel Rumpel made 26 saves to lead Wisconsin to a 4-1 win against Minnesota on Friday night at Mariucci Arena.

No. 9 Denver 3, Nebraska Omaha 0

OMAHA — The Denver Pioneers got 26 saves from freshman netminder Juho Olkinuora to beat the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks, 3-0, on Friday night at CenturyLink Center in the opener of their weekend series.

No. 12 North Dakota 4, MSU Mankato 2

GRAND FORKS — Junior forward Danny Kristo scored two goals and junior forward Corban Knight collected a pair of assists to help North Dakota capture a 4-2 win against Minnesota State on Friday night at Engelstad Arena.

Bemidji State 2, Alaska Anchorage 1

ANCHORAGE — Aaron George scored twice in the first 13 minutes of the game as the visiting Beavers held on.

CURRENT STANDINGS

WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
Minnesota
27
19
8
0
38
86
56
23
12
1
128
77
Minnesota Duluth
27
16
7
4
36
100
70
22
8
5
129
89
Denver
27
15
8
4
34
93
77
20
11
4
122
94
North Dakota
27
15
11
1
31
79
73
19
12
3
105
94
Colorado College
27
14
12
1
29
93
86
17
14
2
108
97
Nebraska Omaha
27
11
11
5
27
81
82
14
15
6
103
102
St. Cloud State
27
12
12
3
27
83
71
15
16
4
109
96
Michigan Tech
27
11
12
4
26
85
85
14
17
4
102
107
Wisconsin
27
11
14
2
24
75
81
16
15
2
100
94
Bemidji State
27
10
14
3
23
67
85
16
16
3
92
97
Minnesota State
27
8
17
2
18
73
99
12
21
2
97
119
Alaska Anchorage
27
5
21
1
11
56
106
9
22
2
77
120

Updated Saturday reading: Friday recap, standings and Pairwise rankings

Here’s a recap of Friday’s results, updated standings and a link to the latest Pairwise rankings.

No. 6 Minnesota Duluth 4, No. 16 CC 3 OT

DULUTH — Sophomore right winger J.T. Brown made sure of that with a one-time blast off a faceoff exactly three minutes into overtime to send the Bulldogs to a 4-3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory before a crowd of 6,346 at AMSOIL Arena.

“(The game-winning goal) felt good,” said Brown, who returned to the lineup after missing last weeken’d series at Minnesota State-Mankato with an upper-body injury. “We had a big lead and then they got a couple clutch goals, but we did what we needed to do to close this one out.”

The Gazette explains how the loss hurts, but does not scuttle the Tigers’ chance at home playoff ice.

But another loss Saturday would force the Tigers to win its first Final Five tournament title in order to advance to the NCAA Tournament, judging from the latest Pairwise rankings.

No. 4 Minnesota 3, Nebraska Omaha 2 OT

OMAHA — Sophomore defenseman Jake Parenteau scored his first goal of the season 1:46 into overtime to lift Minnesota to a 3-2 victory against Nebraska Omaha on Friday night CenturyLink Center.

The loss keeps the Mavericks tied with CC for fifth place.

No. 12 North Dakota 4, No. 9 Denver 3

DENVER – No. 12 North Dakota started fast and held on for a 4-3 win over No. 9 Denver in front of a sellout crowd of 6,119 Friday night at Magness Arena.

The Fighting Sioux jumped out to a 4-0 lead on goals by Corban Knight, Danny Kristo (penalty shot), Carter Rowney (power-play goal) and Stephane Pattyn, and held off a late three-goal flurry from Denver. North Dakota dominated much of the game and Brad Eidsness made 32 saves as the Fighting Sioux improve to 18-11-3, 14-10-1 WCHA.

The win moves North Dakota into fourth, one point behind the third-place Pioneers.

Wisconsin 4, Bemidji State 2

BEMIDJI — Sophomore forward Michael Mersch scored a goal and added an assist while sophomore forward Mark Zengerle handed out a pair of assists as Wisconsin skated to a 4-2 win against Bemidji State on Friday at Sanford Center.

St. Cloud State 5, Michigan Tech 2

HOUGHTON — Freshman forwards Joey Holka and Joe Rehkamp each collected a goal and an assist to help lift St. Cloud State to a 5-2 win against Michigan Tech on Friday night at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate Corson Cramer came on in relief in net after SCSU’s fifth goal and made four saves.

Here’s more details.

Alaska Anchorage 5, Alaska Fairbanks 2

ANCHORAGE — Sophomore goaltender Chris Kamal made 27 saves and the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves rode a three-goal second period to a 3-2 victory against the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks on Friday night at Sullivan Arena.

Minnesota State Mankato is idle this weekend.

CURRENT STANDINGS

WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
Minnesota
25
18
7
0
36
82
50
22
11
1
124
71
Minnesota Duluth
25
15
6
4
34
94
66
21
7
5
123
85
Denver
25
13
8
4
30
85
74
18
11
4
114
91
North Dakota
25
14
10
1
29
72
66
18
11
3
98
87
Colorado College
25
13
11
1
27
86
79
16
13
2
101
90
Nebraska Omaha
25
11
9
5
27
79
76
14
13
6
101
96
St. Cloud State
25
11
11
3
25
79
67
14
15
4
105
92
Michigan Tech
25
10
11
4
24
80
78
13
16
4
97
100
Bemidji State
25
9
13
3
21
63
80
15
15
3
88
92
Wisconsin
25
9
14
2
20
67
78
14
15
2
92
91
Minnesota State
26
8
16
2
18
71
95
12
20
2
95
115
Alaska Anchorage
26
5
20
1
11
55
104
9
20
2
75
115

Friday reading: Features and previews

The Tigers will need a strong start to keep the boisterous Duluth crowd from energizing the defending national champs.

Forgive CC senior defenseman Gabe Guentzel if he was already a little tired before the 160-mile ( it sure seems longer)  bus trip from Minneapolis to Duluth after the Tigers missed their flight to Duluth because of Thursday morning’s snowstorm. Look for the Bulldogs to rely on a strong forecheck to put further pressure on the CC blue-liners.

Thunder Bay, Ontario is the hometown for the top senior centers for both Minnesota Duluth’s men’s and women’s hockey teams. Good article by Kevin Pates and a smart way to feature two seniors headed into a big weekend at AMSOIL Arena.

North Dakota has struggled at Denver’s Magness Arena. DU’s top freshman defenseman plans to stick with the Pioneers for a full four years. Here’s a preview of the series and the latest Through These Doors video.

Keegan Meuer is a key offensive spark for Wisconsin as the Badgers head to Bemidji State. Here’s a preview capsule on the series.

Nebraska Omaha hopes to keep ahold of fourth place with a strong series against visiting Minnesota. Like most Minnesotans, UNO’s Ryan Walters will be inspired to play against the Gophers.

A Nebraska Lincoln hockey program would be welcome.

St. Cloud State travels to Michigan Tech. The red-clad Huskies’ Brooks Bertsch and Nic Dowd will likely show up early.

Alaska Anchorage takes on rival Alaska Fairbanks for the annual Governors Cup.

Here’s some prediction by the Roman Empire and Goon’s World.