Wednesday, October 17, 2007

College Hockey Blog Mini Round-Up (August 17th)

I think I’ve recovered enough from my bout with the stomach flu to begin posting again. First, some bloggery, and I’ll work on a week in preview post which should be up by early-Friday, if everything works out.

● First, a news-related note – Minnesota junior forward Ryan Stoa will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. According to Brad Elliot Schlossman, Stoa’s injury, suffered during an Icebreaker tournament game against Michigan, will require surgery, and it is likely that Stoa will take a medical redshirt. Read about it at B. E. S’s blog here.

Some post-Nye Frontier Classic tournament notes…

● First, the tournament champions, Robert Morris. Andrew Chiappazzi at the Colonials Corner blog has posted a link to a local newspaper article regarding the tournament. You can take a look at Andrew’s reactions to that article, as well as the article itself, here.

● Meanwhile, The Terrier Hockey Fan Blog takes a look back at Boston U.’s performance at the Nye Frontier Classic in Anchorage, and also takes a look at the Terrier home opener on Friday against UNH. Read about it here.

● Donald, at the UAA Fan Blog, has profiled the WCHA’s offensive player of the week: Alaska-Anchorage’s Josh Lunden. Lunden scored three goals and tallied a pair of assists over the weekend at the Nye, beating out, among other nominees, North Dakota’s Ryan Duncan and T.J. Oshie, and Minnesota’s Kyle Okposo. Read about it here.

In addition, Donald has fired the first blog-shot of the season against a particular team he dislikes quite a bit – the Alaska Nanooks, as the UAA v. UAF governor’s cup series begins Friday. I’m sure that the Alaska Hockey Blog will fire off something in return, however, for now, the proverbial puck has been played out of Donald’s rink-end (although he does promise another article regarding the series at a later time). Donald, in regard to the rivalry itself, notes,

“It’s a big vs. little thing. It’s a resentment thing. It’s about distribution of resources. It’s about frontier-life vs. city-life. Folks in smaller cities don’t fully understand why people like living in larger cities. Those in the big city don't understand the appeal of a smaller town.”

And also,

“All this and more carries over to the ice. There are only two schools in the state that compete in NCAA athletics. UAA and UAF. UAF is the flagship school of the UA system though. UAA however is the recognized flagship athletically.”

You can read Donald’s comments on the rivalry here.

● The Clarkson Hockey Fans blog, in their continuing multiple-part series, has profiled the 2007-’08 RPI Engineers. In regard to RPI’s youth, “Gobe” notes,

“The best thing going for RPI might be its youth in the third and fourth lines. With the amount of new recruits coming in, the third and fourth lines will be fighting for ice time…. With a little luck, Appert will find a diamond in the rough and a spark for the third line.”

Gobe picks RPI to finish, at best, 8th, and a worst 12th in the ECACHL this season. Read about it here.

● Finally, the Let’s go DU blog is, as usual, busy. First, a post showcasing national championship ring-designs from 2003 to 2007 – nifty little thing to take a look at. Second, Let’s Go DU celebrates alongside Denver defenseman Peter Mannino, as he won WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play against Maine. Thirdly, Let’s go DU has posted a DU Clarion article spotlighting the upcoming Denver vs. Notre Dame games to take place in South Bend on Thursday and Friday – of course, that can be seen here.

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