CC remains No. 19 in USCHO poll

Colorado College’s loss to a solid UMass-Lowell team on Saturday did not cost it in this week’s USCHO poll with the Tigers remaining at No. 19 for the second straight week.

As expected, there was a change atop the rankings with Boston College retaking the No. 1 spot, followed by No. 2 Minnesota, No. 3 Miami and shorthanded North Dakota which fell to fourth from second after losing at Alaska-Fairbanks late Saturday.

Denver’s convincing wins over Air Force and Lowell pushed it from No. 7 up to No. 5. Minnesota Duluth dropped one spot to No. 14.

Michigan Tech’s win over Minnesota and close loss on Saturday garnered it some respect and an appearance in the receiving votes section along with St. Lawrence which pulled off a road sweep at Maine.

Minnesota State, Nebraska Omaha,  St. Cloud State and Wisconsin all picked up some votes while Air Force and Alaska-Anchorage received a couple.

 

Around the WCHA: Alabama- Huntsville upsets Denver

Compiled from school web sites and WCHA.com …

Alabama-Huntsville 3, No. 13 Denver 2

DENVER — Denver scored the first two goals of the game but the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers (2-21-1) scored three unanswered goals to emerge with a 3-2 win over the Pioneers on Friday night at Magness Arena.

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth 4, No. 8/9 Western Michigan 1

KALAMAZOO — Not even a one-month layoff could cool down the hottest team in NCAA hockey.

Minnesota-Duluth, which had been idle since Dec. 10, returned to the ice Friday night armed with a No. 1 national ranking and a school record-tying 14-game unbeaten streak and, following a somewhat sluggish first-period, rallied for a 4-1 victory over No. 8 Western Michigan University. The defending national champion Bulldogs, paying their first-visit ever to Kalamazoo, Mich., struck for four unanswered goals after falling behind 1-0 midway through the opening period in moving to 13-3-3 on the year and 12-0-3 in their last 15 outings.

J.T. Brown, Travis Oleksuk, Joe Basaraba, Jake Hendrickson (empty netter) all scored while senior center Jack Connolly made three assists. It marked the fourth three-point night in the last six outings for the two-time All-American, whose career-high scoring streak now stands at 17 games, five shy of the program record. Brown’s power play goal came at 9:09 of the second period, knotting the game at 1-1 and Oleksuk then put the Bulldogs ahead for good with his 14th goal of the season off a blistering one-timer on a 5-on-3 power play with 8:05 to go in regulation.

St. Lawrence 4, Minnesota State 3

CANTON, N.Y. — Matt Leitner, Johnny McInnis and Jean-Paul Lafontaine each scored a goal but Minnesota State was defeated by St. Lawrence, 4-3, on Friday night at Appleton Arena.

Wisconsin 6, RIT 4

MADISON — Junior defenseman Justin Schultz scored two goals and added two assists and sophomore forward Keegan Meuer added a goal and an assist to lead Wisconsin to a 6-4 win against RIT on Friday night at Kohl Center.

Weekend previews

Canada captain Jaden Schwartz shakes hands with Finland captain Mikael Granlund after Canada defeated Finland in the bronze medal game at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Calgary, Alta., Jan. 5, 2012. (ANDY CLARK/Reuters). Sweden defeated Russia 1-0 in OT for the gold.

Here’s a capsule preview by the Gazette on the No. 13 Cornell at No. 6/8 Colorado College series this weekend. Here’s a link to the changes Brian Gomez has made to the CC coverage. There’s good potential and some good housekeeping moves IMO. Make sure to check it out.

Here’s a series preview from the Cornell perspective by the Ithaca Journal.

No. 10/11 Denver looks ready for a second-half surge thanks to healing standouts including Beau Bennett being back in time for the next CC-Pios game. The play of its freshman Finn in net is another reason the Pioneer fans can be hopeful.

Here’s more reaction to the NCHC’s hiring of former USOC CEO Jim Scherr and a Nebraska Omaha perspective.

Here’s the other weekend previews from the league’s beat writers:

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth travels to No. 8/9 Western Michigan in what should be a good series.

No. 5 Minnesota coach Don Lucia pauses to reflect 0n the passing of Notre Dame legend Lefty Smith headed into the Gophers’ Saturday game against his alma mater, the third-ranked Irish.

North Dakota hosts Clarkson Saturday in Winnipeg, which has the UND players from Manitoba excited even if tickets sales are slow.

Minnesota State players thinks they are close to stringing together some road wins. They hope to start things off at St. Lawrence.

Wisconsin hopes to reboot for the second half of the season when it hosts RIT.