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.

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