Colorado College’s long ride home

While Duluth avoided Sunday’s heavy snow in Minnesota, it did affect the Colorado College Tigers, returning home following a series at Bemidji State.

After busing to Minneapolis, the Tigers saw flights to Colorado Springs being canceled and decided to continue to bus the rest of the way. The Colorado Springs Gazette has an update on that odyssey here.

The Tigers (17-15-2) are home against Minnesota Duluth (19-7-5) this weekend in the only meeting between the teams this regular season. Joe Paisley of the Colorado Springs Gazette also reports that CC scoring leader Tyler Johnson of Cloquet, a senior right winger, suffered an upper body injury Friday, didn’t play Saturday and is questionable for the UMD series.

UMD junior center Haley Irwin and senior defenseman Jocelyne Larocque have been nominated for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which goes to the top player in Division I women’s hockey. The complete list of 26 nominees is at U.S. College Hockey Online here and UMD has a press release HERE.

Inside College Hockey has weekly Power Rankings, with North Dakota at No. 1 and UMD at No. 9 here.

UMD is No. 7 in the U.S. College Hockey Online and USA Today-USA Hockey Magazine polls. The USCHO polls are here.

You wanted Part 2 of Portman versus Glen Avon, the best hockey rivalry in Duluth, and so the 4-Foot-7 video produced by the Minnesota Wild is HERE.

At Comedy Central’s Tosh.o website you can take a look at video of a 190-foot goal for Denver’s David Makowski versus Michigan Tech on Saturday in Denver here.

Mankato Free Press writer Shane Frederick gave his top three thoughts on Saturday’s UMD 6-2 win over Minnesota State-Mankato here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has a recap of last weekend’s WCHA series here.