Friday reading: WJC, SCSU, Serratores, UConn, WCHA

Russia downed Team USA 2-1 in the Americans’ second game which is detailed here. Here is video of the lone USA goal by Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba.

An injury to Michigan Tech’s Blake Piettila (no details available yet) on a late checking from behind penalty  bears watching by WCHA fans.

Here are four keys for Team USA at the world junior championships.

RPI 4, No. 14 St. Cloud State 3

ST. CLOUD — Mark McGowan snapped a 3-3 tie with 2:12 remaining to lift RPI to a 4-3 non-conference road victory over St. Cloud State.

The Engineers (5-6-4) trailed 2-0 before scoring three times — the first by Ryan Haggerty, the other two by Milos Bubela — in the first half of the second period to take the lead.

The Huskies (9-8-0), of the WCHA, tied the game with 7:27 to play on Cory Thorson’s goal. RPI is 4-1-2 in its past seven games.

In other news, the Serratore family rivalry will pick up this weekend at the Mariucci Classic.

Here is a UConn-centric preview for the Huskies’ holiday tournament,which includes Minnesota State.

This weekend’s schedule follows:

Fri
12/28/12
Minnesota Duluth
vs Maine
7:30 p.m. ET
Fri
12/28/12
Rensselaer
at St. Cloud State
7:07 p.m. CT
Sat
12/29/12
Nebraska Omaha
at Quinnipiac
12:00 p.m. ET
Sat
12/29/12
FerrisSt/Cornell
vs Minnesota Duluth
4:00/7:30 p.m. ET
Sat
12/29/12
Minnesota State
vs Brown
4:05 p.m. ET
Sat
12/29/12
Michigan
vs Michigan Tech
7:05 p.m. ET
Sat
12/29/12
Air Force
at Minnesota
7:07 p.m. CT
Sat
12/29/12
Boston University
at Denver
7:07 p.m. MT
Sun
12/30/12
Nebraska Omaha
at Quinnipiac
12:00 p.m. ET
Sun
12/30/12
WestrnMI/Mich St.
vs Michigan Tech
3:35/7:05 p.m. ET
Sun
12/30/12
Bemidji State
vs Massachusetts
4:00 p.m. ET
Sun
12/30/12
Amer Int/Connectt
vs Minnesota State
4:05/7:15 p.m. ET
Sun
12/30/12
Boston College
at Minnesota
7:07 p.m. CT
Mon
12/31/12
New Hamp/Dartmoth
vs Bemidji State
4:00/7:00 p.m. ET

Tuesday reading: WJC, Crabb, Hillen, Petersen, Bachman, Sweatt, free agents, Cullen, Fredheim, Frischmon, Petiot, C. Stuart, Emrick

Here is the final Team USA roster for its World Junior Championship camp. Thirty-four of the initial 45 players in attendance at the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp will remain to oppose Sweden and Finland in a series of international games in Lake Placid this week.

The players are auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia.

NHL.com predicts the lineup for the Washington Capitals as part of its 30 in 30 (days) series. Former Tiger Joey Crabb, pictured, is projected as the fourth-line right wing while Jack Hillen is the fourth pairing’s right defenseman.

In Dallas, former Tiger Toby Petersen is the extra (13th) forward while goalie Richard Bachman is the backup, though he may be challenged by top prospect Jack Campbell. Bill Sweatt is not projected to have a regular role in Vancouver.

Here are the remaining available free agents (all unrestricted) as of 2 a.m. Mountain on Tuesday: They are (name, 2011-12 team): Mark Cullen (Florida); Kris Fredheim (Wild); Trevor Frischmon, (Islanders); Richard Petiot (Tampa Bay);  and Colin Stuart (Sabres).

NBC play-by-play announcer Doc Emrick is doing his usual excellent job, this time covering water polo at the London Olympics. He talks about similarities between ice hockey and water polo and why fans should check this sport out. I agree as does Petersen. It is an entertaining sport to watch with lots in common with hockey.

Thursday reading

It’s Thursday so the previews and features are coming in. Here’s a sampling from around the WCHA.

Here’s a look at St. Cloud State’s injury situation and their line shuffling because of injuries and departures.

Gabe Guentzel has proven to be the latest Tigers Ironman. He heads into this week’s home series against SSCSU having played in 116 consecutive games. He’s missed two, both during his freshman year, out of a possible 142. That nugget was included in this USCHO notebook on the WCHA. Here’s CC’s preview notes.

The hype for the Minnesota at North Dakota (7-1-1 of late) series is building. Here’s some preview notes, how Minnesota expects to handle the Ralph’s atmosphere, which Kyle Rau expects to enjoy.  Maybe if the Gophers get out of Grand Forks with two points or more. North Dakota has been playing winning hockey with a makeshift lineup.

Wisconsin needs to use this weekend’s series at Minnesota State in Mankato to get  on a roll in league play.

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth hopes to keep up its excellent 5-on-5 scoring when it travels to Nebraska-Omaha.

The second guessing about holding out Jason Zucker from Denver’s home series split (hence the second guessing) against Alabama-Huntsville continues. The Pioneers host a solid Bemidji State team that has one Northglenn kid seeing a little Tim Tebow in the Beavers.

Michigan Tech hosts Alaska-Anchorage this weekend. Here are the Huskies’ preview notes and the Seawolves.

Here’s the WCHA players of the week. Commish Bruce McLeod is keeping an eye on the start-up efforts at MSU-Moorhead.

The likely arrival of Jaden Schwartz in the Blues organization next season has the St. Louis faithful hopeful for a strong run. He returned to CC practice on Wednesday as expected.

Wednesday reading: WCHA departures; Minnesota alumni gathering; Connelly sets record; Stuart fight video

It was a tough day at the office for former Tiger Mark Stuart against Boston enforcer Shawn Thornton on Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Bruins. By the way, Boston media report they're friends. Video link is below.

Alaska-Anchorage leading scorer Mickey Spencer has left the Seawolves.

Cam Reid left St. Cloud State on Monday to play in major juniors.

Here’s the NHL predraft midseason rankings.

CC’s Jan. 21 road game at Minnesota will be broadcast in Canada by Fox International Networks on SCORE TV, along with other WCHA games, one Final Five semifinal and the title game.

CC alumni will have a gathering at Minnesota.  The deadline to sign up is Jan. 16.

Former Tiger Brian Connelly set an AHL Rockford career franchise record for assists (101). Can a promotion to the Blackhawks be that far away?

Jack Hillen was a healthy scratch for Tuesday’s game at Colorado. That was unfortunate for any CC fans hoping to see him in Denver.

Now that he’s been moved up to Toronto’s second line, Joey Crabb has a new nickname (toward end of column).

The Denver Post’s Terry Frei talks to Jaden Schwartz about the world junior championships.

Updated Thursday reading: Another injury at North Dakota, NCHC reaction, preview notes

North Dakota announced that sophomore forward Derek Rodwell is out for the season with a shoulder injury. North Dakota already is playing without Rocco Grimaldi, Corban Knight, Mario Lamoureux and Derek Forbort.

New National Collegiate Hockey Conference commissioner Jim Scherr is a veteran sports administrator but does not have a ton of hockey experience as the St. Cloud Times points out. That’s a fair question, but a good hire for director of hockey operations should assuage any misplaced fears.

The Grand Forks Herald reports Scherr’s salary is $150,000 a year.

Brian Gomez continues to do a sound job on the the CC beat. His NCHC commissioner announcement sidebar has good info on future CC foes and the likely 24-game league slate. Here’s his main announcement story.

There’s hope for CC fans that sophomore Jaden Schwartz will play in Friday’s home game against Cornell. I’m guessing he will.

The WCHA announced its players of the week. CC’s Mike Boivin was nominated.

Here’s an update on Minnesota State, which continues to have injury troubles.

Legendary Notre Dame icon Lefty Smith passed away.

Game preview notes for this weekend:

No. 13 Cornell at  No. 6/8 Colorado College;

Alabama-Huntsville at No. 10/11 Denver

No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth at No. 8/9 Western Michigan;

Notre Dame at No.3 /5 Minnesota;

Minnesota State at St. Lawrence; RIT at Wisconsin; and Clarkson at North Dakota (single game in Winnipeg on Saturday).

Canada falls to Russia in WJC semifinal

CC sophomore Jaden Schwartz scored to help spark a comeback but Canada was unable to overcome a 6-1 deficit in a 6-5 loss to Russia in the world junior championship semifinals Tuesday night.

Canada will now pay for the bronze against Finland, which lost to rival Sweden 3-2 in a shootout, in the earlier semifinal.

Monday reading: NCHC commish, TV, polls, commit, J. Schwartz

Sorry for the delay. My third day working for CC sports information kept me from posting this until now.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference will announce its first commissioner, likely former USOC head Jim Scherr, at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Penrose House in Colorado Springs.

The Grand Forks Herald reports the NCHCs TV deal — a 16-game package with CBS College Sports — will be announced soon. I’m guessing it will be released on Wednesday as part of the commissioner announcement.

Colorado College stayed at No. 6 in the USCHO poll, but fell from No. 5 to No. 8 in the USA Hockey rankings.

The Tigers have a commit from a talented Minnesota high school wing, Daniel Labosky, for 2014-15. Click on the link for more details from Gazette beat writer Brian Gomez.

Nothing official yet, but it is likely CC sophomore Jaden Schwartz will return to action for the Tigers this Saturday against Cornell after traveling to Colorado Springs on Friday. The WJC gold medal game is Thursday night in Alberta.