No. 11 PairWise; No. 8 Omaha coming to town

Inside College Hockey’s Power Rankings have Minnesota Duluth at No. 11 on Monday with comments here.

That’s just where the PairWise Rankings have the Bulldogs here.

And U.S. College Hockey Online has the Bulldogs at No. 11 here.

North Dakota claimed at least a share of a 15th WCHA regular-season title with a 5-1 home win over Bemidji State on Sunday afternoon in Grand Forks, N.D. The Beavers led 1-0 after one period on a Jordan George (15) goal. North Dakota scored the final five goals, four in the second period, three on power plays, and a Matt Frattin (27) goal. Bemidji State was held, for the series, to 31 shots on goal. North Dakota led in shots 29-16 Sunday. Aaron Dell is 23-6-2. The Bemidji Pioneer has a recap here and the Grand Forks Herald has a story here.

If you want to find out about No. 8-ranked Nebraska-Omaha, which comes to Amsoil Arena on Friday and Saturday, led by coach Dean Blais, get caught up all this week at Omaha World Herald beat writer Chad Purcell’s blog here.

On Monday, Purcell ranks the WCHA here and has a Mavericks update here.

Sixty Minutes has a Monday Bracketology here.

Chris Heisenberg’s recruiting site is reporting defenseman Tim Smith of Superior will attend UMD this fall. Smith, 20, spent part of 2009-10 at Providence College, playing in 17 games, and with the Owatonna (Minn.) Express in the North American Hockey League. This season he’s with Indiana in the U.S. Hockey League with four goals and 13 assists for 17 points in 46 games, and a plus-17. He’s expected to be a UMD walk-on. His USHL profile is here.

Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey details who can finish where in the WCHA with one weekend to play in a post here.

The NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers put Tim Stapleton on waivers Saturday and he scored his first goal of the season Sunday, tying the game with 4:36 to play, as the Thrashers defeated Toronto 3-2 in overtime in Atlanta. In 36 career NHL games, Stapleton has four goals and an assist. A game story from the Atlanta Journal Constitution is here. Video of Sunday’s goal is here.

Defenseman Evan Oberg went from Vancouver to the Florida Panthers on Monday. The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel has a trade story here.

And center MacGregor Sharp, in the Anaheim system, is going to Vancouver.

Goon’s World has video of Matt Niskanen of Mountain Iron, now playing for Pittsburgh, putting a controversial hit on Carolina’s Eric Staal of Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Friday’s 4-1 Carolina home win. The video is here.

Sunday in the WCHA

A celebration may take place in Grand Forks, N.D. about 6:05 p.m. Sunday. The MacNaughton Cup will not be at Ralph Engelstad Arena, yet a North Dakota win over Bemidji State in a 3:37 p.m. game will make the Fighting Sioux the 2011 Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season champions.

North Dakota took a step Saturday by beating Bemidji State 5-2 (this is a Saturday-Sunday series to accommodate the North Dakota high school hockey tournament). And defending champion Denver beat Nebraska-Omaha 4-2 to open the door for North Dakota.

In other games: Minnesota Duluth tied 3-3 at Colorado College; St. Cloud State won at home 7-3 over Wisconsin; Minnesota won at home 5-2 over Michigan Tech; and Alaska Anchorage won 4-1 at home over Alaska Fairbanks.

With two games remaining in the WCHA North Dakota is first with 37 points, Denver second with 35, Omaha third with 34 and UMD fourth with 33.

Omaha is at Amsoil Arena this Friday and Saturday.

A loss and tie at Colorado College took a bite out of UMD’s standing in the PairWise Rankings, dropping from No. 7 to No. 11. The PairWise Rankings are here.

In WCHA-play statistics with one weekend left: Denver freshman Jason Zucker leads in scoring with 36 points, Jack Connolly has 35, Mike Connolly 33 and Justin Fontaine 30. In goal-scoring: Zucker leads with 20 and Mike Connolly and North Dakota senior Matt Fratting have 19. In assists: Jack Connolly leads with 26. In freshman scoring: Zucker leads with 36 points and J.T. Brown and CC’s Jaden Schwartz are tied for second with 24. In goals-against average: Kenny Reiter is second at 2.23 and third in save percentage at .916.

Streaks: North Dakota 5-0-1, Minnesota 4-0-1, Omaha 5-2, St. Cloud State 3-1-2, Denver 4-4, Colorado College 2-3-2, UMD 2-3-3, Wisconsin 0-5-1.

The Colorado Springs Gazette beat writer Joe Paisley has some series notes here and a recap of Saturday’s UMD-CC game here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has a UMD-CC game review here.

At Grand Forks, N.D., three power-play goals sparked North Dakota. Jason Gregoire (16) and Matt Frattin (26) each had two goals. Bemidji State’s Matt Read (17) scored shorthanded with 20 seconds left. Aaron Dell (22-6-2) made 13 saves. North Dakota led in shots 33-15. The Bemidji Pioneer has a recap here and the Grand Forks Herald has a story here.

At Omaha, Neb., freshman Jason Zucker (20) with two goals and Drew Shore (21) led Denver. The game was 2-2 after one period with Michael Young and Brent Gwidt scoring for Omaha. Freshman Sam Brittain was in goal for the Pioneers. Omaha goalie John Faulkner was replaced a minute into the second period. Denver led in shots 34-29. The Omaha World Herald has a recap here and the Denver Post has a story here.

At Minneapolis, the game was 1-1 after one period before Minnesota scored three in the second — Mark Alt, Jacop Cepis and Jake Hansen. Kent Patterson was in goal. Minnesota had three power-play goals. Milos Gordic (15) had a goal for Michigan Tech. Minnesota led in shots 36-26. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a recap here and the St. Paul Pioneer Press has a story here.

At St. Cloud, Minn., the surging St. Cloud State Huskies scored three power-play goals on the way to building a 7-1 lead. Wisconsin scored twice in the final 23 seconds including one from Podge Turnbull (12). Garrett Roe (10) and Aaron Marvin each had two goals for the Huskies. Scott Gudmandson was in goal for the Badgers. St. Cloud State led in shots 32-24. The Wisconsin State Journal has a recap here and the St. Cloud Times has a story here.

At Anchorage, Alaska, the home-standing Seawolves scored three in the first period from Brett Cameron, Scott Warner and Jade Portwood. Anchorage had two power-play goals. Fairbanks led in shots 20-15. Chris Kamal had 19 saves for Anchorage. A shootout (the series was 1-1) gave the Governor’s Cup to Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner has a recap here and the Anchorage Daily News has a story here.

WCHA Standings Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 North Dakota      37  25 18- 6- 1 .740  90- 58   34 23- 8- 3 .721 126- 81
 2 Denver            35  26 16- 7- 3 .673  88- 70   34 20- 9- 5 .662 112- 91
 3 Nebraska-Omaha    34  26 16- 8- 2 .654  88- 63   34 20-12- 2 .618 116- 83
 4 Minnesota Duluth  33  26 14- 7- 5 .635  85- 67   33 19- 8- 6 .667 114- 87
 5 Minnesota         28  26 12-10- 4 .538  85- 73   32 15-12- 5 .547 104- 91
 6 Colorado College  26  26 12-12- 2 .500  79- 79   36 18-15- 3 .542 116-107
 7 Wisconsin         25  26 11-12- 3 .481  70- 68   36 19-13- 4 .583 117- 87
 8 St. Cloud State   24  26 10-12- 4 .462  79- 75   34 14-15- 5 .485 103-101
 9 Alaska Anchorage  22  26 10-14- 2 .423  54- 77   32 12-17- 3 .422  73- 98
10 Bemidji State     20  25  8-13- 4 .400  56- 67   31 12-15- 4 .452  71- 79
   Minnesota State   20  26  8-14- 4 .385  66- 82   34 14-14- 6 .500 100-101
12 Michigan Tech      6  26  2-22- 2 .115  46-107   34  4-26- 4 .176  71-141

Final: UMD 3, Colorado College 3, tie

One statistic which has kept Minnesota Duluth among the Western Collegiate Hockey Association leaders this season: avoiding back-to-back losses.

The No. 7-ranked Bulldogs continued that streak Saturday night in a 3-3 overtime tie with No. 19 Colorado College at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Fourth-place UMD (19-8-6 and 14-7-5 WCHA) had lost 5-4 Friday and led 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 in the rematch. Freshman winger J.T. Brown scored twice on power plays for the Bulldogs, while Colorado College winger Tyler Johnson of Cloquet, coming back from an injury, also scored twice. Johnson’s goal with 2:08 left in the second period was the game’s final score.

It was a UMD program-record 12th overtime of the season and put its sudden death mark at 5-1-6.

Colorado College (18-15-3 and 12-12-2) is alone in sixth place in the league, bidding for the final home-ice playoff position.

Mike Connolly’s 23rd goal of the season, and 50th of his career, put the Bulldogs ahead just 2:38 into the game. He also had two assists. Brown, with 14 goals this season, scored in the first and second periods.

The Bulldogs had a five-minute major power play early in the third period, when Joe Marciano was called for a checking from behind on Jack Connolly, but could manage just one shot on goal. The Bulldogs were outshot 42-23 as junior Kenny Reiter had 39 saves.

UMD is 1-3-2 the last six games and had allowed 21 goals in the previous five games.

“We have to defend better, be more competitive from start to finish and do a better job on our penalty killing,” UMD coach Scott Sandelin said entering Saturday’s game. “We gave CC too much room in the offensive zone. We can play a lot better.”

Sandelin did some switching of forwards Saturday, although leaving the Mike Connolly-Jack Connolly-Justin Fontaine line intact. UMD is 8-3-2 the last 13 games against the Tigers and finished 10-4-4 on the road during the regular season. Colorado. Colorado is 2-3-2 the last seven games overall.

UMD can finish no lower than fourth in the league and battles third-place Nebraska-Omaha this Friday and Saturday at Amsoil Arena. Omaha is one point ahead of UMD, while Denver is second, two points ahead. North Dakota has a chance to win the league championship with a win at home Sunday afternoon against Bemidji State.

Minnesota Duluth………… 2-1-0-0—3

Colorado College………….. 1-2-0-0—3

First period — 1. UMD, Mike Connolly 23 (Jack Connolly, Justin Fontaine), 2:38; 2. Colorado College, Jaden Schwartz 13, 9:28 (pp); 3. UMD, J.T. Brown 13 (M. Connolly, J. Connolly), 19:08 (pp). Penalties — J. Connolly, UMD (holding), 8:56; Max Tardy, UMD (slashing), 15:32; Joe Marciano, Colorado College (roughing), 15:32; Andrew Hamburg, Colorado College (hooking), 18:39.

Second period — 4. Colorado College, Tyler Johnson 19 (Gabe Guentzel, Stephen Schultz), 11:07; 5. UMD, Brown 14 (Justin Fontaine, M. Connolly), 16:15 (pp); 6. Colorado College, Johnson 20 (Guentzel, Marciano), 17:52. Penalties — Justin Fontaine, UMD (hooking), :51; Stephen Schultz, Colorado College (elbowing), 1:43; Brown, UMD (tripping), 9:53; Kenny Reiter, UMD (high-sticking), 10:08; Arthur Bidwell, Colorado College (interference), 15:54; J. Connolly, UMD (cross-checking), 18:34; Kyle Schmidt, UMD (slashing), 19:53.

Third period — No scoring. Penalties — Marciano, Colorado College (5-minute checking from behind major, 10-minute misconduct), 4:25; Wade Bergman, UMD (tripping), 11:54; William Rapuzzi, Colorado College (interference), 13:46.

Overtime — No scoring. Penalties — None.

Shots on goal — UMD 9-5-8-1—23; Colorado College 8-23-10-1—42. Goalies — Kenny Reiter (9-5-5), UMD (42 shots-39 saves); Joe Howe (13-12-2), Colorado College (23 shots-20 saves). Power plays — UMD 2-of-5, Colorado College 2-of-7. Referees — Todd Anderson, Brad Shepherd. Linesmen — Bob Keltie, Scott Staudte.

Saturday in the WCHA

While league-leading North Dakota rested an extra day before starting an afternoon home series Saturday with Bemidji State, home teams in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams all won Friday night.

That left surging Nebraska-Omaha one point behind North Dakota following a 5-2 win over Denver. The Pioneers are third, two points back, while Minnesota Duluth is alone in fourth, three points behind.

Minnesota beat Michigan Tech 5-2, St. Cloud State beat Wisconsin 4-2 and Colorado College beat UMD 5-4. In non-league play, Alaska Fairbanks got a leg up in the Governor’s Cup with a 5-1 home win over Alaska Anchorage.

UMD, 2-3-2 the last five games, took a hit in the PairWise Rankings, dropping from No. 7 to No. 11. Other WCHA teams are: 2 North Dakota, 7 Denver and Omaha, 15 Colorado College, 17 Wisconsin, 19 Minnesota, 21 St. Cloud State. The PairWise Rankings are here.

Streaks: Omaha 5-1, St. Cloud State 2-1-2, Minnesota 3-0-1, Wisconsin 0-4-1, Denver 3-4, Colorado College 2-3-1 and Anchorage 1-4.

A recap on the UMD-CC game from the Colorado Springs Gazette here.

94X radio play-by-play voice Bruce Ciskie has some thoughts on the game here.

At Omaha, the score was tied 1-1 and 2-2, early in the third period on Denver Drew Shore’s 20th goal. Omaha scored the last three from Andrej Sustr, Matt White and Rich Purslow (2 goals for the game). Denver’s Adam Murray was in goal. Omaha led in shots 32-29. The Denver Post has a recap here and the Omaha World Herald has a game story here.

At St. Cloud, Minn., the home-standing Huskies scored three goals in the third period to put Wisconsin away as Travis Novak, Jordy Christian and Garrett Roe, his second of the game, connected. Justin Schultz (17) and Jordy Murray (18) scored for Wisconsin. Brett Bennett was in goal for the Badgers. St. Cloud State led in shots 35-27. The St. Cloud Times has a recap here and the Wisconsin State Journal has a story here.

At Minneapolis, after a scoreless first period, Michigan Tech went up 1-0 on a Daniel Holmberg goal early in the second. Taylor Matson (10) responded 23 seconds later and the Gophers carried on, helped by two Nick Bjugstad goals. Minnesota has scored 20 goals the past four games. The Gophers led in shots 42-30. The St. Paul Pioneer Press has a recap here and the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a story here.

At Fairbanks, Alaska, the game was 1-1 after two periods as Anchorage’s Brad Gorham recorded his first goal of the season. Fairbanks then added four goals in the third period. Colten Beck and Kevin Petovello had two goals each for Fairbanks. The Miners led in shots 35-25. The Anchorage Daily News has a recap here and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner has a story here.

WCHA Standings Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 North Dakota      35  24 17- 6- 1 .729  85- 56   33 22- 8- 3 .712 121- 79
 2 Nebraska-Omaha    34  25 16- 7- 2 .680  86- 59   33 20-11- 2 .636 114- 79
 3 Denver            33  25 15- 7- 3 .660  84- 68   33 19- 9- 5 .652 108- 89
 4 Minnesota Duluth  32  25 14- 7- 4 .640  82- 64   32 19- 8- 5 .672 111- 84
 5 Minnesota         26  25 11-10- 4 .520  80- 71   31 14-12- 5 .532  99- 89
 6 Colorado College  25  25 12-12- 1 .500  76- 76   35 18-15- 2 .543 113-104
   Wisconsin         25  25 11-11- 3 .500  67- 61   35 19-12- 4 .600 114- 80
 8 St. Cloud State   22  25  9-12- 4 .440  72- 72   33 13-15- 5 .470  96- 98
   Alaska Anchorage  22  26 10-14- 2 .423  54- 77   31 11-17- 3 .403  69- 97
10 Bemidji State     20  24  8-12- 4 .417  54- 62   30 12-14- 4 .467  69- 74
   Minnesota State   20  26  8-14- 4 .385  66- 82   34 14-14- 6 .500 100-101
12 Michigan Tech      6  25  2-21- 2 .120  44-102   33  4-25- 4 .182  69-136

Final: Colorado College 5, UMD 4

Goals 18 seconds apart early in the third period sparked No. 19 Colorado College to a 5-4 win over No. 7 Minnesota Duluth on Friday night in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association men’s game at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Bulldogs (19-8-5 and 14-7-4) led 1-0 just 47 seconds into the game on a Jack Connolly goal and was up 3-2 early in the third period on defenseman Drew Olson’s first career score. But the Tigers (18-15-2 and 12-12-1) rallied with three straight goals and led in final shots 37-28.

Colorado College broke a 3-3 tie as sophomore defenseman Joe Marciano earned his first career goal at 4:11 of the final period and forward David Civitarese followed on the next shift at 4:29, putting the puck past UMD goalie Aaron Crandall. Kenny Reiter then replaced Crandall

Just 43 seconds later, UMD freshman J.T. Brown cut the margin to 5-4 on a power play. A potential tying goal with 14 seconds left by Mike Connolly was disallowed because of a hand pass.

Junior winger Mike Connolly had a goal and two assists to reach 40 points in each of his first three seasons, only the second UMD player to do so in the program’s Division I era. Dan Lempe accomplished the feat from 1976-79. Mike Connolly has 22 goals and 19 assists for 41 points.

Two power-play goals by Nick Dineen led the Tigers in the first two periods.

UMD entered the series with an 8-2-1 mark the last 11 games versus Colorado College.

The Bulldogs, 10-4-3 on the road, are 2-3-2 the last seven games overall.

Minnesota Duluth……………. 2-1-1—4

Colorado College……………… 2-1-2—5

First period — 1. UMD, Jack Connolly 13 (Mike Connolly, Justin Fontaine), :47; 2. Colorado College, William Rapuzzi 9 (Eamonn McDermott), 3:29; 3. Colorado College, Nick Dineen 10 (Stephen Schultz, Jaden Schwartz), 12:48 (pp); 4. UMD, M. Connolly 22 (J. Connolly, Fontaine), 16:23. Penalties — Travis Oleksuk, UMD (tripping), 1:22; J.T. Brown, UMD (interference), 12:05; Ryan Lowery, Colorado College (interference), 13:11; Fontaine, UMD (cross-checking), 19:15.

Second period — 5. UMD, Drew Olson 1 (Oleksuk, Chad Huttel), 7:54; 6. Colorado College, Dineen 11 (Schultz, J. Schwartz), 16:49 (pp). Penalties — Dineen, Colorado College (cross-checking), 13:24; Oleksuk, UMD (hooking), 14:59.

Third period — 6. Colorado College Joe Marciano 1 (Gabe Guentzel), 4:11; 7. David Civitarese 3 (Rapuzzi, McDermott), 4:29. Penalties — Lowery, Colorado College (holding), 4:54; Keegan Flaherty, UMD (holding), 6:32; Arthur Bidwell, Colorado College (cross-checking), 12:11; Mike Seidel, UMD (embellishment), 12:11; J. Connolly, UMD (roughing), 19:29; Marciano, Colorado College (roughing), 19:29.

Shots on goal — UMD 10-9-9—28; Colorado College 17-8-12—37. Goalies — Aaron Crandall (10-3-1), UMD (28 shots-23 saves); Kenny Reiter, UMD (9 shots-9 saves); Josh Thorimbert (5-3-1), Colorado College (28 shots-23 saves). Power plays — UMD 1-of-3, Colorado College 2-of-5. Referees — Todd Anderson, Brad Shepherd. Linesmen — Bob Keltie, Scott Staudte. A — 7,163.

Mike Sertich update

Former Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey coach Mike Sertich is recovering at St. Luke’s Hospital following surgery Wednesday to relieve pressure around the heart and dissolve one blood clot in each lung.

Sertich, 64, is in intensive care but said Friday he may be well enough by Sunday to return home, outside of Duluth in Fredenberg Township.

Complications following ankle surgery Feb. 9 worsened last weekend and Sertich was hospitalized Sunday, said his wife, Audie.

Heart tests Wednesday led to surgery later that day.

“The doctors were more concerned with the pressure behind the heart. They took care of that first and then the blood clots. I was having a problem taking a deep breath, but that’s much better,” said Sertich.

The Virginia native and former UMD defenseman, coached the Bulldogs for 18 years from 1982 through 2000 and became the program’s winningest coach with a mark of 335-306-44. He then coached Michigan Tech for three seasons, from 2000-03, and finished with a collegiate record of 357-369-52 for 21 years.

He also was a UMD assistant for seven years under coach Gus Hendrickson,

Sertich was a first-year volunteer assistant this season under St. Scholastica men’s coach Mark Wick after helping with the Hermantown Bantam A team for two years.

Next up: Colorado College

The final two weeks of the WCHA regular season are straight ahead starting with Minnesota Duluth facing Colorado College in a series at 8:37 p.m. Friday and 8:07 p.m. Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo. The News Tribune is not on site at the World Arena, but will have updates here throughout the games.

The News Tribune has a look at freshmen J.T. Brown and Justin Faulk here.

The Colorado Springs Gazette has some series notes here and a feature on defenseman Joe Marciano here.

The UMD sports information office has series notes here.

The UMD women’s team opens the WCHA playoffs at home at 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday (and Sunday, if needed) against Minnesota State-Mankato in a best-of-3 series at Amsoil Arena.

UMD radio voice Bruce Ciskie takes a look at the final two weeks of the WCHA and how the final standings may shake out and what the first round of the league playoffs could look like in a posting here.

Bruce also fills out the UMD 2011-12 schedule a bit with some opponent information:

Non-conference: home versus Notre Dame and Alabama-Huntsville, road versus Providence and Western Michigan. WCHA: home versus Michigan Tech, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota State, Bemidji State and Colorado College, road versus Michigan Tech, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alaska-Anchorage, Denver, St. Cloud State and Nebraska-Omaha.

For those following the WCHA this weekend, remember that as North Dakota makes a push to win the MacNaughton Cup, the Fighting Sioux are home Saturday and Sunday afternoons against Bemidji State. They are accommodating the North Dakota high school tournament at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Inside College Hockey gives a few more details on Colorado College’s bus trip from Bemidji, Minn., to Colorado Springs last weekend in a WCHA column here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has a weekly WCHA column here.

Minneapolis Star Tribune writer Roman Augustoviz makes his WCHA picks for this weekend in a post here.

Former North Dakota coach and athletic director Gino Gasparini has taken an athletic adviser position at St. Cloud State. A news release is here.

UMD recruits

The 10th listing of 2010-11 of Minnesota Duluth recruits in junior and high school leagues. Any corrections, additions, deletions email kpates@duluthnews.com

High School, U.S. Hockey League, USNTDP, Canadian Junior

Tony Cameranesi, F, Wayzata H.S., 26 GP, 16-42-58

Chris Casto, D, Lincoln (Neb.), 40 GP, 4-16-20

Willie Corrin, D, Fargo (N.D.), 37 GP, 0-7-7

Justin Crandall, F, Omaha, 42 GP, 7-11-18

Cal Decowski, F, Des Moines (Iowa), 42 GP, 8-16-24

Caleb Herbert, F, Sioux City (Iowa), 35 GP, 16-19-35

Derik Johnson, D, Penticton, British Columbia, 57 GP, 2-7-9

Adam Krause, F, Sioux City, 8 GP, 2-2-4; Chicago, 36 GP, 5-6-11

Matt McNeely, G, USA U18 Program, 22 GP, 8-11, 3.81, .896

Kyle Osterberg. F, USA U17 Program, 37 GP, 7-9-16

Andy Welinski, D, Green Bay, 36 GP, 3-6-9

Austyn Young, F, Sioux Falls (S.D.), 36 GP, 9-15-24

Northland Connection

The 10th Northland Connection for 2010-11 for professional players connected to Northeastern Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin and Minnesota Duluth. Additions, corrections and deletions can be sent to kpates@duluthnews.com

NHL

Jason Garrison, D, Florida, 51 GP, 3-8-11

Alex Goligoski, D, Dallas, 1 GP, 0-0-0; Pittsburgh, 60 GP, 9-22-31

Jamie Langenbrunner, W, Dallas, 18 GP, 2-6-8; New Jersey, 31 GP, 4-10-14

Matt Niskanen, D, Pittsburgh, 1 GP, 0-0-0; Dallas, 45 GP, 0-6-6

Jay Rosehill, F, Toronto Maple Leafs, 17 GP, 1-1-2; Toronto Marlies, 32 GP, 7-6-13

Mason Raymond, W, Vancouver, 50 GP, 10-21-31

Tim Stapleton, C, Atlanta, 24 GP, 0-1-1; Chicago Wolves, 4 GP, 1-3-4; San Antonio, 20 GP, 4-3-7

AHL

Rob Bordson, F, Adirondack (N.Y.), 38 GP, 4-5-9; Syracuse, 15 GP, 1-2-3

Zach FitzGerald, D, Charlotte (N.C.), 56 GP, 0-5-5

Travis Gawryletz, D, Lake Erie, 57 GP, 2-13-15

Josh Meyers, D, Abbotsford, 36 GP, 2-7-9

Evan Oberg, D, Manitoba, 35 GP, 6-4-10

Dylan Olsen, D, Rockford, Ill., 18 GP, 0-1-1

Neil Petruic, D, Hamilton, 29 GP, 0-2-2

MacGregor Sharp, C, Syracuse, 47 GP, 6-7-13

Steve Wagner, C, Wilkes-Barre-Scranton, 57 GP, 5-19-24

Clay Wilson, D, Rochester (N.Y.), 57 GP, 8-31-39

ECHL

Ross Carlson, F, Florida, 36 GP, 10-18-28

Andrew Carroll, F, Hersey, 5 GP, 0-1-1; Peoria, 14 GP, 1-2-3; Abbotsford, 13 GP, 1-1-2

Jay Cascalenda, D, Bakersfield, 43 GP, 2-8-10

Jon Francisco, F, Ontario (Calif.), 12 GP, 4-1-5

Michael Gergen, F, Bakersfield, 26 GP, 6-10-16; Utah, 19 GP, 1-6-7

Jordan Fulton, F, Stockton, 24 GP, 4-10-14; Kalamazoo, 27 GP, 5-10-15

Ben Gordon, F, Binghamton, 2 GP, 0-0-0; Reading, 46 GP, 22-26-48; Rochester, 6 GP, 0-2-2

Junior Lessard, F, Idaho, 14 GP, 7-5-12

Matt McKnight, F, Idaho, 16 GP, 3-6-9

Weston Tardy, D, Idaho, 35 GP, 1-14-15

GOALIES

AHL

Alex Stalock, Worcester (Mass.), 39 GP (19-17), 2.63, .907; San Jose, 1 GP (1-0), 0.00; 1.000

INTERNATIONAL

Nick Anderson, F, Landsberg, Germany, 39 GP, 23-15-38

Nick Angell, D, Avangard, Omsk, Russia, 5 GP, 0-1-1; Novokuznetsk, Russia, 51 GP, 8-10-18

T.J. Caig, F, HYS The Hague, Netherlands, 38 GP, 26-73-99

Gino Guyer, F, Lillehammer, Norway, 41 GP, 21-40–61

Tim Hambly, D, Ingolstadt, Germany, 45 GP, 1-12-13

Andy Sertich, D, Zagreb, Austria, 53 GP, 10-21-31

Evan Schwabe, F, Olofstroms, Sweden, 9 GP, 4-2-6

Aaron Slattengren, F, Heilbronn, Germany, 44 GP, 10-13-23

Craig Weller, F, Cardiff, England, 29 GP, 12-28-40

Bulldogs in Colorado

Minnesota Duluth was on a plane to Colorado Springs, Colo., scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday after taking a bus to Minneapolis at 5:30 a.m. The Bulldogs have arrived and its about 40 degrees, according to a weather website.

Games with Colorado College are 8:37 p.m. Friday and 8:07 Saturday.

The News Tribune has some hockey notes on the UMD men and women, and Wisconsin-Superior men and women here.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that Colorado College scoring leader Tyler Johnson, who was injured last Friday at Bemidji State, was at practice Wednesday and involved in some drills. It’s likely he’ll play against UMD. The Gazette looks at some keys to the series in a story here.

As Denver makes its very first trip to Nebraska-Omaha, the Pioneers will again be without injured captain Kyle Ostrow. The Denver Post has an update here.

U.S. College Hockey Online looks at this week’s Bracketology with UMD and North Dakota in the Green Bay Regional here.

U.S. College Hockey Online also catches up with WCHA first-year programs Bemdiji State and Nebraska-Omaha (which comes to Duluth next weekend) here.

The Grand Forks Herald reports of an annual season-opening tournament — the Ice Breaker — coming to Grand Forks on Oct. 7-8 featuring North Dakota, Boston College, Michigan State and Air Force. That story is here.

And, although there’s nothing particularly new in the looming Big Ten hockey conference, the rumor persists the league will begin 2013-14 with a possible inter-locking schedule with the WCHA.

In endurance sports, Wisconsin-Green Bay senior Carolyn Freeman of Ely is featured by the NCAA in a story here leading to the NCAA Nordic ski championships March 9-12 in Stowe, Vt. She has qualified three straight years.