Rink and Run blog: Denver is next
By: Kevin Pates, Duluth News Tribune
Denver arrives in Duluth on Thursday in advance of Friday and Saturday games with Minnesota Duluth at the DECC.
U.S. College Hockey Online has an in-depth look at the series here.
The Denver Post has a couple of notes on Denver sophomore center scoring star Drew Shore here.
UMD isn’t reporting any injuries after being off last weekend. Winger Cody Danberg, following knee surgery Aug. 17, returned to limited practice this week. He’s going through skating drills but not having contact.
The word from UMD’s locker room Wednesday was of an Afternoon Hockey League three-on-three, post-practice battle Tuesday as the team’s top line of Mike Connolly-Jack-Connolly-Justin Fontaine faced assistant coaches and former Bulldogs Brett Larson-Derek Plante-Bill Watson. According to best available reports, the best-of-three series went to the coaches 2-1. Games are decided by the first line to score two goals.
Another former Bulldog, winger Mason Raymond, had his second career hat trick (and four points) for the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night in Calgary, Alberta, not too far from home, in a 7-2 victory. The other hat trick for the guy Canucks fans call May Ray, was in — Calgary. The Vancouver Sun has a story here.
Raymond game video is here.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune had a boys high school hockey preview this week, including a Twin Cities preseason Dream Team. Among three forwards was Wayzata senior forward Tony Cameranesi, a UMD recruit.
In the American Hockey League on Wednesday, the Connecticut Whale, coached by Coleraine native Ken Gernander, lost 2-1 in a shootout to the Worcester Sharks, with Alex Stalock in goal. the Stamford Plus has a story here.
In a run of bad luck, No. 16-ranked Rensselaer Polytechnic has three players sidelined by concussions (two hurt at Tuesday’s practice) and will be out when the Engineers play at No. 2 Yale on Friday. The Troy Record has a story here.