Tuesday reading: Pros update, around the nation, WCHA schedule

Former Tiger Brian Connelly, pictured at right, was named as an AHL All-Star defenseman for the second year in a row.

Drew O’Connell is seeing his role with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces grow from emergency backup to No. 2 on the current road trip. It doesn’t hurt that the boss of his “day job” is former CC defenseman Brian Bethard, who gave him the chance to leave on a 20-day road trip. O’Connell’s teammates include former Tiger Brian Swanson, healed from an upper-body injury, and former Air Force standout and Hobey Top 10 finalist  Jacques Lamoureux.

Minnesota Duluth’s Jack Connolly has a shot at the 200-point career milestone.

Minnesota is No.3 in both polls but a bubble NCAA team according to USCHO Pairwise rankings. CC, rated No. 16, would fall one spot short with the Atlantic Hockey Association playoff champion taking the 16th and final spot. There’s a lot of games still to be played though.

Nebraska Omaha picked up a recruit from Duluth East.

Merrimack, ranked 8th in the latest Pairwise,  lost a key senior to season-ending ankle surgery early Saturday night.

A longtime Quinnipiac coach passed away.

This Week in the WCHA …

Games for Friday, January 27: Michigan Tech at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; St. Cloud State at Minnesota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota State at Bemidji State (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Wisconsin at North Dakota (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Denver at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT.

Games for Saturday, January 28: Minnesota at St. Cloud State (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota State at Bemidji State (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Michigan Tech at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Wisconsin at North Dakota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Denver at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT.

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