Saturday, May 8, 2010

Saturday morning stuff

PucKato took Friday off but there was quite a bit of hockey news over the last few days that deserves mentioning ...

Former Mavericks forward Ryan Carter scored the lone goal for Team USA in a 2-1 loss to Germany in the first game of the World Championships in Germany. The game was played in front of a record 77,803 people in an indoor soccer stadium. Carter, whose third-period goal tied the game 1-1, has some interesting comments about the experience in this USA Today account, calling the German crowd "the seventh man." Up next for Team USA is a game against Denmark on Monday.

The Green Bay Gamblers defeated the Corey Leivermann-less Fargo Force 4-3 in triple-overtime to stay alive in the USHL's Clark Cup finals on Friday night. Leivermann has been ruled out for the rest of the season. However, MSU recruits Chase Grant (two goals) and Matt Leitner scored Fargo's three goals. The Force will get another chance to close out the series at 7 p.m. tonight.

In Wenatchee, Wash., goalie Tyler Bruggeman and the St. Louis Bandits had Friday off after falling 4-3 to Fairbanks on Thursday in the NAHL's Robertson Cup playoffs. Bruggeman stopped 18 shots in that game, as St. Louis fell to 1-2. The Bandits will play Wenatchee at 7 p.m. tonight. According to the NAHL website, Bismarck is already in Sunday's final (the top two teams will advance out of round-robin play). St. Louis needs a win and a Bismarck win over Fairbanks today to have a tiebreaker chance (if my fuzzy, Saturday-morning math is right).

Ohio State's new coach Mark Osiecki (the former Badgers assistant) hired Minnesota Duluth assistant Steve Rohlik as one of his assistants. It will be interesting to see the domino effect of these hirings. Wisconsin has two assistant spots to fill, and now Duluth has an assistant opening.

In North Dakota, team captain Chay Genoway announced on Thursday that he will be returning next season, getting a medical hardship waiver after missing most of this past season with post-concussion issues. Genoway played in just nine games but was still named third-team all-WCHA because of his impact over that stretch.

In women's hockey, the Minnesota State women announced three new recruits who signed national letters of intent this month. That will bring coach Eric Means' first full recruiting class to a whopping 10 players for next year (seven players signed during the early period in November). The latest group includes goaltender Danielle Butters from London, Ontario, whom Means said will be competing for the No. 1 spot next fall.

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