Tuesday reading: Testwuide, NCHC, 3 Things, polls

Testwuide adirondackIt is a quiet week news-wise with most teams inactive until Dec. 24 or later depending on their schedules. CC returns to practice on Dec. 28 since the players take block finals on Wednesday and then leave for home.

Here are a few offerings.

Former Tiger Mike Testwuide, pictured, took advantage of his first pro game as a center after being a healthy scratch for six of seven games with the Adirondack Phantoms. He may get more ice time after friend Ben Holmstrom of Colorado Springs went down with a knee injury requiring surgery.

Here is an NCHC-oriented weekend review and a polls update.

Here are the USCHO weekly poll and the USA Hockey rankings and Tyler’s take on last weekend.

The WCHA media blog poll will return after the holiday tournaments and games (Dec. 27-30):

Team Pts Previous Record High Low
1) North Dakota (8) 140 2 8-5-3 1 2
2) Minnesota (4) 130 1 11-3-3 1 4
3) St. Cloud State 125 5 9-7-0 2 3
4) Nebraska Omaha 102 4 10-5-1 3 6
5) Minnesota State 96 6 9-5-2 4 6
6) Denver 90 3 9-5-2 4 7
7) Colorado College 67 7 8-8-2 6 9
8) Minnesota Duluth 62 8 5-8-3 7 9
9) Wisconsin 45 10 2-7-5 7 11
10) Bemidji State 40 11 4-8-2 8 11
11) Michigan Tech 26 9 4-8-3 9 12
12) Alaska Anchorage 13 12 3-7-4 11 12

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CC falls to No. 19 in USCHO poll; stays sixth in blog rankings

HamburgA weekend home split to North Dakota hurt both Colorado College and UND with CC dropping from 17th to 19th in the weekly USCHO.com poll while UND went from No. 7 to No. 9. CC received some votes in the USA Hockey rankings.

Western Collegiate Hockey Association-leading Denver dropped one spot to sixth in both polls.

North Dakota dropped to No. 9 in both rankings released on Monday.

Nebraska-Omaha is 14th in both ratings. St. Cloud State fell to No. 17 and Colorado College dropped one spot to No. 19 according to the 50 USCHO voters. Both received some points from USA Hockey’s 34 voters.

Here is this week’s WCHA media blog poll:

Team Pts Previous Record High Low
1) Denver (9) 139 1 9-4-1 1 3
2) Minnesota (2) 131 2 10-3-2 1 3
3) North Dakota 113 3 7-5-2 2 6
4) Nebraska Omaha (1) 111 5 9-4-1 1 5
5) St. Cloud State 102 4 8-6-0 3 6
6) Colorado College 87 6 8-7-1 5 7
7) Minnesota State 65 8 7-5-2 6 11
8) Minnesota Duluth 51 10 4-7-3 8 10
9) Michigan Tech 48 7 4-7-1 7 10
10) Wisconsin 46 11 2-7-3 7 11
11) Bemidji State 25 9 3-7-2 8 12
12) Alaska Anchorage 18 12 3-5-4 10 12

Saturday reading: Alabama-Huntsville, North Dakota, Miami, All-American Prospects Game, schedule, Denver, Irish, ECAC

Here is a short profile on the new Alabama-Huntsville coach.

The North Dakota season preview supplement can be viewed here.

Miami senior defenseman Steven Spinell is also featured.

Remember – you can watch the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game tonight at 7 p.m. ET live, for free, on http://FastHockey.com

The College Hockey News recaps the offseason.

Three nonconference games open the season on Oct. 6 with most programs playing exhibition games. The first exhibition contest is Friday with Regina at Alaska-Fairbanks.

Due to Wednesday’s first presidential debate, the Pioneers will practice off campus until Oct. 8.

Notre Dame adds a commit from a goalie.

Here are both ECAC preseason polls. New Hampshire signed a 6-foot-5 goalie.

Monday reading: Polls, Pairwise, radio info

Here’s the latest Pairwise rankings after CC moved up to No. 18 in the USCHO.com poll, where the Tigers moved up to No. 18. CC remains unranked by USA Hockey Magazine.
The Coach Scott Owens Radio Show will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at McCabe’s Tavern, 520 S. Tejon, downtown Colorado Springs, and live on 103.9 FM KRXP.
The pregame radio shows on 103.9 FM KRXP will start earlier for the playoffs this weekend, 7 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (if necessary).

Updated Monday reading: Rau, polls and rankings

Wild forward Chad Rau, left, celebrates with Marco Scandella (6) after scoring on Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, in St. Paul, Minn. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Former Tiger Chad Rau fought off some travel problems to make it to Minnesota Sunday in time to score his second NHL career game-winner on Hockey Day in America. Two game-winners in four NHL career games? Not a bad average.

Ryan Lowery scored for ECHL Stockton over the weekend.

Colorado College dropped to No. 16 in the latest USCHO.com weekly poll and USA Hockey Poll (listed at bottom)  and up to No. 19 in the latest Pairwise rankings. The Tigers sit in 14th in the Inside College Hockey rankings.

If you’re an Alabama football fan, you may want to bid on these signed memorabilia and help out the Alabama Huntsville program.

Here’s that video of that ridiculous shorthanded goal by Detroit Lake’s Alex Mason, who lives on the White Earth reservation in Minnesota and has not made a decision about his post-prep future.

The rink at the Kohl Center will be named after “Badger Bob” Johnson, a former CC coach.

Here’s the USA Hockey poll:

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings

1 Ferris State (36) 22- 8-4 979 1
2 Boston College (11) 21-10-1 939 3
3 Michigan ( 3) 20-10-4 860 5
4 Minnesota-Duluth 20- 7-5 836 4
5 Boston University 18-11-1 757 2
6 Minnesota 21-11-1 748 7
7 UMass-Lowell 20- 9-0 736 6
8 Union 19- 6-7 677 8
9 Denver 18-10-4 521 10
10 Maine 18-10-3 511 11
11 Cornell 14- 6-7 472 12
12 Merrimack 15- 9-6 434 9
13 Michigan State 18-12-4 388 16
14 North Dakota 17-11-3 384 14
15 Miami 19-13-2 331 19
16 Colorado College 16-12-2 254 15
17 Ohio State 15-11-5 227 17
18 Notre Dame 16-15-3 140 13
19 Western Michigan 16-13-5 133 18
20 Colgate 17-12-3 52 NR

Monday reading: Polls, Pairwise update, standings

Colorado College dropped to No. 15 in the USCHO.com weekly poll and to No. 14 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll:

School                                                    Last Week   2011-12 Record     Weeks in Top 15
1 Ferris State University, 476 (20)    5                     20-8-4                       14
2 Boston University, 446 (4)              2                     17-9-1                       16
3 Minnesota Duluth, 443 (3)              3                    19-7-4                        19
4 Boston College, 418 (6)                 4                    18-10-1                      19
5 University of Michigan, 366 (1)      6                    18-10-4                      15
6 UMass Lowell, 335                         7                     19-8-0                          7
7 University of Minnesota, 310         1                    19-11-1                      18
8 Union College, 251                       11                    17-6-7                        17
9 Merrimack College, 223                 8                     15-7-6                       18
10 University of Denver, 209          14                     17-9-4                        18
11 University of Maine, 166            12                     17-9-3                          4
12 Cornell, 156                                 13                     13-6-6                          9
13 Notre Dame, 80                            9                    16-13-3                      19
14 Colorado College, 59               10                     15-11-2                      19
15 North Dakota, 48                       15                     16-11-2                         7

More importantly, the Tigers are No. 22 in the Pairwise rankings, well short of the 15th spot needed to make the NCAA Tournament if it started today.

Notice who was in first? That’s right, Ferris State is No. 1 for the first time in school history.

The outdoor game between Nebraska Omaha and North Dakota will officially be announced on Tuesday.

MSU-Mankato won 2-1 Saturday night for a sweep at Alaska Anchorage. Here’s the latest standings:

WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
Minnesota
22
15
7
0
30
72
47
19
11
1
114
68
Minnesota Duluth
22
13
6
3
29
82
57
19
7
4
111
76
Denver
22
12
6
4
28
77
65
17
9
4
106
82
Colorado College
22
12
9
1
25
76
67
15
11
2
91
78
Nebraska Omaha
22
10
7
5
25
69
66
13
11
6
91
86
North Dakota
22
12
10
0
24
63
60
16
11
2
89
81
Michigan Tech
22
10
9
3
23
75
68
13
14
3
92
90
Bemidji State
22
9
10
3
21
60
69
15
12
3
85
81
St. Cloud State
22
9
10
3
21
64
59
12
14
4
90
84
Minnesota State
24
8
15
1
17
65
87
12
19
1
89
107
Wisconsin
22
7
13
2
16
58
71
12
14
2
83
84
Alaska Anchorage
24
4
19
1
9
49
94
7
19
2
66
103

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.