Weekend reviews

Inside College Hockey takes a look back at last weekend’s action and provides some mock outrage at Minnesota Duluth getting a couple of first-place votes in national polls here.

Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey also has a weekend recap here.

If you’re a bit squeamish you may not want to look at the College Hockey News photo of Miami of Ohio junior defenseman Will Weber, who received a severe cut on his neck in Saturday’s home game victory versus Northern Michigan. Weber went to University Hospital in Cincinnati for surgery but was back on campus Sunday. Miami of Ohio teammates saw Weber at the rink Monday, the same day the RedHawks moved to No. 1 in Division I national polls. An Oxford (Ohio) Press story is here and the Hockey News update is here.

USCHO: UMD men and women at No. 3

Monday’s U.S. College Hockey Online polls for men and women are further down, with the Minnesota Duluth men and women at No. 3. It’s the highest poll position for the UMD men since Nov. 1, 2004, when ranked No. 2 by USCHO. The UMD men are also No. 3 in the USA Today-USA Hockey Magazine poll. And St. Scholastica checks in at No. 11 in the U.S. College Hockey Online preseason Division III men’s poll.

From Sunday, Minnesota broke a three-game losing streak by defeating St. Cloud State 2-1 at Mariucci Arena. Jacob Cepis and red-hot Jay Barriball (6) had goals for the Gophers, and Brett Barta scored for the Huskies. Goalie Kent Patterson (2-0) got the win. Minnesota freshman center Nick Bjugstad, the 2010 Minnesota Mr. Hockey, is expected to miss at least five games with mononucleosis. The St. Cloud Times has a story here and the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a game story here.

Also, UMD recruit Caleb Herbert of Bloomington, Minn., has been named to the USA Junior Select team for the World Junior A Challenge on Nov. 8-14 in Penticton, British Columbia. The center is the leading scorer this season with Sioux City (Iowa) in the U.S. Hockey League with six goals and four assists for 10 points in seven games (he ranks No. 2 in the league). The complete USA roster is here.

Also, UMD recruit Tony Cameranesi continues to lead the Upper Midwest High School Elite League heading toward the league playoffs which run Friday through Sunday in New Hope, Minn. He has 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in 21 games.

USCHO Division I Men

1 Miami                 (28)   4-1-1   975     3
2 Boston College   (19)   3-1-0   952     1
3 Minn. Duluth ( 1)   5-0-1   854     6
4 Michigan                       3-1-2   769     4
5 Yale                               0-0-0   733     5
6 Boston Univ.   ( 2)       4-0-1   726     8
7 Maine                            3-1-2   710    12
8 North Dakota               3-2-1   679     2
9 Nebraska-Omaha       5-1-0   572    10
10 New Hampshire        1-1-2   513     7
11 Michigan State           2-0-2   427    16
12 Denver                       2-2-2   400    11
13 Notre Dame               4-1-0   391    17
14 Cornell                        0-0-0   366    13
15 Alaska                        3-2-1   340     9
16 Union                         5-1-0   339    18
17 St. Cloud State          2-3-1   224    14
18 Wisconsin                  3-2-1   166    15
19 Colorado College      3-2-1    69    19
20 Minnesota                3-3-0    57    20
20 Rensselaer               3-1-2    57    NR

Others Receiving Votes: Robert Morris 51, Michigan Tech 47,
Western Michigan 26, Ferris State 19, Bemidji State 10,
Quinnipiac 10, Merrimack 6, Vermont 5, Canisius 3,
Northeastern 3, Massachusetts-Lowell 1.

USA Today-USA Hockey Magazine Division I Men

1 Miami
2 Boston College
3 Minn. Duluth
4 Michigan
5 Boston Univ.
6 Maine
7 Yale
8 North Dakota
9 Nebraska-Omaha
10 New Hampshire
11 Notre Dame
12 Denver
13 Union
14 Michigan St.
15 Cornell

Others Receiving Votes: Alaska Fairbanks, 47; St. Cloud State, 29; Wisconsin, 13; Rensselaer Polytechnic, 6; Robert Morris, 6; Minnesota, 5; Michigan Tech, 4; Ferris State, 1.

USCHO Division I Women

1 Wisconsin      ( 8)   6-0-0   143     1
2 Cornell          ( 7)   2-0-0   139     2
3 Minn. Duluth   5-1-0   115     4
4 Mercyhurst          5-1-0   109     3
5 Boston Univ.        6-1-0    91     5
6 Boston College     5-0-1    63     7
6 Minnesota            5-2-0    63     8
8 North Dakota       5-3-0    41     6
9 Harvard                0-0-0    28     9
10 Ohio State          4-2-0    14    10

Others Receiving Votes: Providence 8, Quinnipiac 7,
New Hampshire 3, Syracuse 1.

USCHO Division III Preseason Men

1 Norwich             (14)     26-1-4   266     1
2 Oswego              ( 3)     26-3-0   246     2
3 St. Norbert                  24-4-3   237     3
4 Plattsburgh         ( 1)   19-6-4   211     5
5 Middlebury                  19-5-4   183     4
6 Manhattanville            20-6-1   147     8
7 Bowdoin                        19-7-1   131     6
8 Gustavus Adolphus     20-7-2   122     7
9 Wisconsin-River Falls 18-9-2   118    12
10 Adrian                         24-4-0   113    10
11 St. Scholastica       17-5-6   101    11
12 Elmira                          19-9-1    84     9
13 Williams                       15-6-3    50    13
14 Amherst                      16-5-4    38    14
15 Hamline                       16-6-4    35    15

Others Receiving Votes: St. Thomas 21, Babson 12,
Curry 9, Hobart 8, Geneseo 7, Marian 5, Neumann 5,
Augsburg 3, Wentworth 3, New England College 2,
Hamilton 1, Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1, Wisconsin-Stout 1.

INCH: No. 3

The Inside College Hockey Power Rankings had a bit of shuffling after the third weekend of the season. Minnesota Duluth (5-0-1) moved up two spots to No. 3, best among Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams.

The INCH rankings are here.

U. S. College Hockey Online recaps the WCHA weekend here.

Inside College Hockey Power Rankings

1. Boston College

2. Miami of Ohio

3. Minnesota Duluth

4. Michigan

5. Boston University

6. Maine

7. North Dakota

8. Yale

9. Union

10. Michigan State

11. New Hampshire

12. Denver

13. Notre Dame

14. Nebraska-Omaha

15. Alaska Fairbanks

16. Rensselaer

17. Wisconsin

18. Cornell

19. Robert Morris

20. Western Michigan

UMD women 4, Connecticut 0

Junior center Haley Irwin and sophomore winger Audrey Cournoyer each scored two goals Sunday afternoon as No. 4-ranked Minnesota Duluth finished a non-conference sweep of Connecticut 4-0 before 521 fans at the DECC.

The Bulldogs (5-1) have won four straight games, three straight by shutout margins. Senior goalie Kim Martin made 21 saves to earn the victory. She has two shutouts this season, 13 in her career, and has a career record of 56-18-6. Four of UMD’s five wins this season have been shutouts.

Connecticut, of Storrs, Conn., and Hockey East (1-6) has lost five straight games and was outscored 12-0 by UMD. The Bulldogs out-shot Connecticut 39-21 Sunday and 102-30 for the weekend. It was the first series meeting between the schools.

UMD led 1-0 after one period on Irwin’s first goal and was up 3-0 after two.

Irwin, a 2010 Olympic gold medalist with Canada from Thunder Bay, Ontario, has eight goals this season, with at least one goal in every game. For her career, Irwin has 53 goals and 63 assists for 116 points in 82 games.

UMD remains at home this Friday and Saturday against No. 8 Minnesota (5-2) at the DECC.

Connecticut 0-0-0—0

Minnesota Duluth     1-2-1—4

First period – 1. UMD, Haley Irwin 7 (Jocelyne Larocque, Jessica Wong), 2:59. Penalties — Irwin, UMD (interference), 3;23; Rebecca Hewett, Connecticut (roughing), 7:23; Brittany Murphy, Connecticut (checking), 14:17; Maude Blain, Connecticut (hooking), 18:20; Stephanie Raithby, Connecticut (tripping), 19:14.

Second period – 2. UMD, Audrey Cournoyer 3 (Dana Gallop), 1:36; 3. UMD, Irwin 8 (Larocque, Wong), 17:00. Penalties — Larocque, UMD (checking), 4:43; Jody Sydor, Connecticut (hooking), 15:28.

Third period – 4. UMD, Cournoyer 4 (Gallop, Jamie Kenyon), 9:08. Penalty — Gina Dodge, UMD (hooking), 15:00.

Shots on goal – Connecticut 6-8-7—21, UMD 15-12-12—39. Goalies – Alexandra Garcia (1-5), Connecticut (39 shots-35 saves); Kim Martin (3-1), UMD (21 shots-21 saves). Power plays – Connecticut 0-of-3, UMD 1-of-5. Referees – Ray Doocy, Tina Simonsen. Linesmen – Nick Biondich, Karly Schoeman. A – 521.

Sunday in the WCHA

Three teams are tied atop the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings after three weeks — North Dakota, Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota Duluth — with the potential of St. Cloud State joining that group Sunday afternoon.

No. 6 UMD got to first place with a 6-0 home win over Alaska Anchorage on Saturday, while North Dakota and Omaha were out of conference. It was the first one-sided loss of the season for Anchorage, after the previous five games were decided by a goal or less. The Anchorage Daily News has a recap here.

The Bulldogs go on the road in the league for the first time this weekend at Bemidji State, which was off Friday and Saturday.

No. 12 Maine defeated No. 2 North Dakota 4-2 in Orono, Maine; No. 4 Michigan beat No. 10 Omaha 6-1 in Ann Arbor, Mich.; No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 11 Denver tied 2-2 in Denver; and No. 19 Colorado College blanked Minnesota State-Mankato 1-0 in Mankato, Minn.

UMD (5-0-1) has the longest unbeaten streak in Division I and has won five straight games. The Bulldogs are No. 2 in offense at 5.00 goals a game and three players are in the Top 10 in Division I scoring — Justin Fontaine tied for third (12 points), Mike Connolly tied for seventh (11) and Jack Connolly tied for 10th (10). Freshman winger J.T. Brown is No. 3 among rookies (9).

Three straight weeks on the road to open the season has meant a lot of traveling for North Dakota. Maine (3-1-2) finished a home sweep by rallying from a 1-0 deficit to score four straight goals, two on power plays, and led in shots 35-25. The Fighting Sioux had goals from Ben Blood and Matt Frattin, shorthanded, his seventh of the season. Aaron Dell was in goal for North Dakota. Freshman Dan Sullivan started for Maine. The Bangor Daily News has a story here and the Grand Forks Herald has a story here.

Wisconsin got off to a 2-0 lead at Magness Arena, helped by a Sean Dolan goal, but Denver rallied with two in the third period by Sean Ostrow (his first goals of the season). The Pioneers led in shots 38-27. Sam Brittain for Denver and Scott Gudmandson for Wisconsin were in goal. The Wisconsin State Journal has a story here and the Denver Post has a story here.

A second-period power-play goal by Stephen Schultz was all the scoring as Colorado College beat Mankato. Joe Howe of the Tigers had 35 saves to get the shutout and Phil Cook of Mankato made 40 as the game’s stars. A Colorado Springs Gazette story is here and a Mankato Free Press story is here.

Omaha stunned Michigan on Friday, but the Wolverines led 1-0 after one period Saturday and 4-0 after two, helped by two goals from Scooter Vaughan. That knocked Omaha (5-1) from the unbeaten ranks. Michigan is 3-1-2. Alex Hudson (4) scored for Omaha. The Mavericks used goalies John Faulkner, who lasted 23 minutes, and Fredrik Bergman. A Omaha World-Herald story is here and an Ann Arbor News story is here.

St. Cloud State (1-0 in the WCHA) finishes a league series with Minnesota at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. The game was moved back one day to avoid a conflict with President Obama’s visit to Minnesota’s campus Saturday.

Final: UMD 6, Anchorage 0

Goalie Aaron Crandall and left winger Dan DeLisle, roommates the past two years, earned milestone firsts Saturday night in leading No. 6-ranked Minnesota Duluth to a 6-0 victory over Alaska Anchorage for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep at the DECC.

Crandall, a red-shirt freshman from Lakeville, Minn., recorded his first collegiate shutout, while DeLisle, a sophomore from Arden Hills, Minn., scored his first two goals as a Bulldog.

Their efforts sparked unbeaten UMD to its best start since 2004-05, at 5-0-1, coming in front of the first home sellout of the season with 5,481 fans.

“No one was more excited than I was when (DeLisle) scored. That will skyrocket his confidence,” said Crandall, 2-0 this season and on a scoreless streak of 119 minutes and 2 seconds. “I knew what to expect after playing my first (career) game last week, and it was easier because everyone was playing so hard in front of me.”

UMD won 3-2 in overtime Friday, yet coach Scott Sandelin wasn’t happy with the overall performance. He asked for more and got it, starting with a Travis Oleksuk goal 50 seconds into Saturday’s game. Oleksuk, a second-line center, had two goals and an assist. DeLisle had two goals, Kyle Schmidt had a goal and an assist, and J.T. Brown and Keegan Flaherty each had two assists.

The Bulldogs killed all five Anchorage power plays and all eight in the series, and Oleksuk scored on a shorthanded shift during a major penalty.

“We just competed more, we gave that little extra,” said DeLisle, Chicago’s third-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. “We knew we could do better and it started with working to shut down Anchorage.”

After falling behind in all but one of the season’s first five games, the Bulldogs got on the board first, as Oleksuk drove a shot from the right circle to the short side past Anchorage freshman goalie Chris Kamal on the game’s first shot on goal. That stood after the first period, which still didn’t sit well with Sandelin, causing a tossed a water bottle that exploded in a hallway.

In the second period, scoring leader Justin Fontaine finished off UMD’s first power play at the left edge of the crease, knocking in a Jack Connolly pass at 3:43. DeLisle also scored right in front on a nice passing play with 2:44 left. In the third period, the Bulldogs scored on three of six shots on goal – Schmidt’s bomb from the right circle, Oleksuk unassisted (with Mike Seidel off for contact to the head) and DeLisle’s second with five seconds to play.

“The biggest difference between Friday and tonight is that their skill players made skill plays,” said Anchorage coach Dave Shyiak. “We had chances, but we just weren’t sharp around the net. They have upper-echelon players who are difference-makers.”

The Bulldogs are tied for the WCHA lead with Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota at 2-0, and the Bulldogs and Michigan Tech (3-0-2) are the only remaining unbeatens in the league. UMD came into the game as the fourth-highest scoring team in Division I, averaging 4.80 goals a game. Fontaine ranked No. 2 in Division I, and Jack and Mike Connolly were in the top 10.

“Our last two periods were very good, very solid,” said Sandelin. “We had good penalty killing, we got scoring from different players, our goalie was good. Our whole team was much better.”

UMD faces its first WCHA road trip of the season this Friday and Saturday at first-year league member Bemidji State. The series is the second to be played in the new Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn.

Alaska Anchorage     0-0-0—0

Minnesota Duluth     1-2-3—6

First period – 1. UMD, Travis Oleksuk 3 (Kyle Schmidt, J.T. Brown), :50. Penalties – Wade Bergman, UMD (interference), 3:57; Jack Connolly, UMD (holding), 16:24.

Second period – 2. UMD, Justin Fontaine 4 (J. Connolly, Mike Connolly), 3:43 (pp); 3. UMD, Dan DeLisle 1 (Keegan Flaherty, Mike Seidel), 17:16. Penalties – Alex Gellert, Anchorage (tripping), 2:46; DeLisle, UMD (boarding), 10:10; Chris Crowell, Anchorage (cross-checking), 14:23.

Third period – 4. UMD, Schmidt 4 (Brown, Oleksuk), 5:44; 5. UMD, Oleksuk 4, 9:21 (sh); 6. UMD, DeLisle 2 (Keegan Flaherty), 19:55. Penalties – Brady Lamb, UMD (tripping), :53; Seidel, UMD (5-minute major contact to head and game misconduct, served by DeLisle), 7:32; J. Connolly, UMD (cross-checking), 13:50; Curtis Leinweber, Anchorage (cross-checking), 13;50.

Shots on goal – Anchorage 11-6-9—26, UMD 8-13-6—27. Goalies –Chris Kamal (0-2-1), Anchorage (27 shots-21 saves); Aaron Crandall (2-0), UMD (26 shots-26 saves). Power plays – Anchorage 0-of-5, UMD 1-of-2. Referees – Marco Hunt, Derek Shepherd. Linesmen – Sterling Egan, Brandon Polich. A – 5,481.

Saturday in the WCHA

Battles to the finish marked games involving Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams Friday night with four of six being decided by two goals or less, and one going to overtime as J.T. Brown scored for Minnesota Duluth at 31 seconds of sudden death for a 3-2 home win over Alaska Anchorage. The Anchorage Daily News has a recap here.

There was a split for the league in two titanic non-conference road games — No. 10 Nebraska-Omaha, returning to the CCHA for the first time since joining the WCHA, knocked off No. 4 Michigan 4-2, while No. 2 North Dakota got dumped by No. 12 Maine 7-3.

The remaining scores were: No. 14 St. Cloud State 5, No. 20 Minnesota 2; Minnesota State-Mankato 5, No. 19 Colorado College 4; and No. 11 Denver 4, No. 15 Wisconsin 2.

St. Cloud State star forward Garrett Roe broke through with his first goal of the season and added two assists as the Huskies handed Minnesota a third straight home loss at Mariucci Arena. Minnesota goalie Alex Kangas allowed five goals on 18 shots and was replaced in the second period by Kent Patterson. Minnesota led 42-35 in shots on goal. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a story here and the St. Cloud Times has a story here.

Maine scored five first-period goals on nine shots in Orono, three on power plays and one short-handed, on the way to a 7-1 lead. Three goals came in 2:39. It was North Dakota’s first loss of the season. North Dakota goalie Brad Eidsness was replaced at 9:37 of the opening period. Maine (2-1-2) led in shots 27-22. North Dakota is 3-1-1. The Bangor Daily News has a story here and the Grand Forks Herald has a story here.

Nebraska Omaha (5-0, the best start in program history) scored three second-period goals and built a 4-0 lead at Yost Arena. It broke a nine-game losing streak for Omaha in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines led in shots 36-26. The Ann Arbor News has a story here and the Omaha World-Herald has a story here.

In Mankato, Minn., Colorado College got off to a 2-0 lead and then the score was tied 3-3 and 4-4 before sophomore right winger Eriah Hayes broke the tie 39 seconds after CC got the equalizer, with the game-winner for Mankato coming with 8:25 to play. Chase Grant had two goals for the Mavericks, who recorded their first win of the season. Colorado College led 43-34 in shots. The Colorado Spring Gazette has a story here and the Mankato Free Press has a story here.

In Denver, the game was tied 1-1 and 2-2 before Denver scored the final two goals, three minutes apart midway the third period from freshman Jason Zucker (2) and sophomore Drew Shore (4), to give Denver a win over Wisconsin. Denver led in shots 34-28. The Wisconsin State Journal has a story here and the Denver Post has a story here.

Final: UMD 3, Anchorage 2, OT

Minnesota Duluth needed a change in style Friday to open the Western Collegiate Hockey Association season at home against a good-sized Alaska Anchorage team.

The No. 6-ranked Bulldogs went toe-to-toe with the Seawolves and survived with a 3-2 overtime victory before a howling crowd of 5,076 at the DECC.

Freshman winger J.T. Brown smacked a shot from the right circle that just went in under the crossbar past freshman goalie Rob Gunderson at 31 seconds of a five-minute sudden death period. It kept the Bulldogs unbeaten at 4-0-1.

“Last week (in a home sweep of Providence College) we played a skill game, tonight we had to play a gritty game. We showed we can do both,” said Brown, who has seven points in five games. “We showed we can battle through anything.”

Anchorage (1-3-1) has had all of its games decided by a goal or less and led UMD 1-0 and 2-1. The Bulldogs needed two Mike Connolly goals to keep pace, and two stellar third-period saves by goalie Kenny Reiter. Tommy Grant put the Seawolves up 1-0 just 3:26 into the game on a breakaway, Connolly tied it on a give-and-go with Jack Connolly 59 seconds into the second period before defenseman Wes McLeod gave Anchorage another one-goal lead.

UMD scoring leader Justin Fontaine put Mike Connolly in for a slick rush to the net with 6:11 left in the second period. Connolly knocked a rolling puck flat and scored his fifth goal of the season using his backhand at the left edge.

“We have to learn to get the lead and stop playing catch up,” said Mike Connolly. “We didn’t get enough pucks to the net. We’ll take the win, but I don’t think we played our best game.”

The Seawolves, with 12 of 18 skaters at 6-foot-1 or larger, bottled up UMD for much of the game, although the Bulldogs led in shots on goal 25-24. UMD’s best period was the second, which included Brown hitting the juncture of the left pipe and crossbar at 5:10.

There were just seven minor penalties called, four on UMD, including two for charging the goalie. The small rink suited Anchorage, 3-1-1 the last five games in Duluth.

“We played well enough to win. We hard our chances,” said Anchorage coach Dave Shyiak. “We kept it tight and had a good step in the third period and had them on their heels. We blocked (18) shots and kept them to 25 shots, which was excellent.”

In the third period, Reiter somehow stopped Anchorage winger Mitch Bruijsten on a wide-open shot at 68 seconds, which was reviewed, and stopped Grant with 2:30 to play. The Seawolves had a power play with 2:14 left in regulation, but couldn’t convert.

“We weren’t as tough as we needed to be as a defensive corps,” said UMD defenseman Mike Montgomery. “Anchorage was unrelenting, they kept coming at you.”

UMD got the win as center Travis Oleksuk passed from the right corner of the offensive zone to Brown at the right circle. Brown settled the puck down and had time to look at the net and pick a spot, high, for a third goal in three games. It was the only shot on goal of overtime.

“Kenny made some great saves and that was important, and we grinded it out, got good penalty killing and a timely goal. That’s what a lot of games in our league are like,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. “We stuck with it and won.”

UMD is 7-1-10 the last 18 overtime games.

Alaska Anchorage     1-1-0-0—2

Minnesota Duluth      0-2-0-1—3

First period – 1. Anchorage, Tommy Grant 2 (Sean Wiles, Luka Vidmar), 3:16. Penalties – Daniel Naslund, Anchorage (hooking), 6:45; Dylan Olsen, UMD (elbowing), 16:25.

Second period – 2. UMD, Mike Connolly 4 (Jack Connolly, Justin Fontaine), :59; 3. Anchorage, Wes McLeod (Jordan Kwas, Mark Pustin), 7:08; 4. UMD, M. Connolly 5 (Fontaine, Kenny Reiter), 13:49. Penalties – McLeod, Anchorage (holding), 7:28; Justin Faulk, UMD (roughing), 8:25; Scott Warner, Anchorage (roughing), 8:25.

Third period – No scoring. Penalties – Keegan Flaherty, UMD (charging the goalie), 6:18; J.T. Brown, UMD (charging the goalie), 17:46.

Overtime – 5. UMD, Brown 3 (Travis Oleksuk, Kyle Schmidt), :31. Penalties – None.

Shots on goal – Anchorage 8-8-8-0—24, UMD 5-15-4-1—25. Goalies – Rob Gunderson (1-2), Anchorage (25 shots-22 saves); Kenny Reiter (3-0-1), UMD (24 shots-22 saves). Power plays – Anchorage 0-of-3, UMD 0-of-2. Referees – Marco Hunt, Derek Shepherd. Linesmen – Sterling Egan, Brandon Polich. A – 5,076.

Game Day: vs. Alaska Anchorage

No. 6-ranked Minnesota Duluth opens Western Collegiate Hockey Association play Friday at home against Alaska Anchorage at 7:07 p.m. The News Tribune has a story on UMD’s Travis Oleksuk line here.

UMD statistics and probable lineup are here.

Anchorage (1-2-1) is leaving Alaska for the first time this season after tournaments in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

No. 2 North Dakota is on the road and out of conference this weekend at Maine. The Grand Forks Herald has a story here.

St. Cloud State has a Friday-Sunday series at Minnesota. The St. Cloud Times has some information on the series here and the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a story here.

Colorado College is at Minnesota State-Mankato with a Colorado Springs Gazette story here and a Mankato Free Press story here.

Wisconsin is at Denver and the Pioneers will use a true freshman in goal in a Denver Post update here.

No. 10 Nebraska-Omaha (4-0) is out of conference (but back to the CCHA) at No. 4 Michigan (2-0-2) and the Omaha World-Herald has a story here.

Inside College Hockey has a weekly look at the WCHA here.

The Worcester (Mass.) Sharks have assigned goalie Thomas Greiss to the Swedish Elite League in a story from the Worcester Telegram here.‎ Alex Stalock has been in goal for Worcester’s first four games of the American Hockey League season, his second year in the league.

Chris Garner update; UMD vs. Anchorage

The News Tribune has a Thursday update on UMD equipment manager Chris Garner who is recovering from a bone marrow transplant in August. Friends have organized quite an amazing online auction which begins Sunday. Signed jerseys and sticks from around the college hockey world and the NHL will be available for bids at Oberman Auction of St. Cloud, Minn., with the website here.

The News Tribune story on Garner is here.

St. Cloud State equipment manager Jeremiah Minkel has put together a touching video on Garner, and about the auction, here.

Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey also has a Garner update and an auction preview, which includes an excellent list of all of the items available, which is lengthy, and is here.

Alaska Anchorage makes it to Duluth on Thursday to open the Western Collegiate Hockey Association season against Minnesota Duluth on Friday. Doyle Woody of the Anchorage Daily News has an update on the Seawolves and their resiliency through the season’s first four games, including a four-goal comeback against No. 2 North Dakota to gain a tie. His story is here.

UMD’s website has series notes here and the Anchorage school website has information here.

The DECC weekend matchup between UMD and Anchorage gets this preview from the Goon’s World blog:

Alaska-Anchorage @ #6 Minnesota-Duluth
Last weekend the Seawolves lost to the CC Tigers and the Union Dutchmen in the Alaska Gold Rush tournament and the Bulldogs swept the Providence Friars in Duluth.

I saw the Seawolves in action two weeks ago in Anchorage and they played okay, not great but not horrible either. The Bulldogs are sporting a high ranking early this year, but is it the same or similar team as last year? Good offense, not much defense? If UAA can limit the quality scoring chances, they have a chance to win games. The season is just getting start, so, of course, it is tricky to pick series. SPLIT.

U.S. College Hockey Online blogger Tyler Buckentine takes a look at Bemidji State’s debut in the WCHA against North Dakota, and St. Cloud State’s home series with CCHA power Miami of Ohio here.