|PSU signee Laura Bowman - a Minnesota Ms. Hockey semifinalist - propelled Minnetonka to states.|
3. Penn State Women's Ice Hockey Feature
I tend to avoid things that were tweeted or otherwise distributed by the fine folks in PSU athletic communications (figuring most of you have probably already seen said things), but this one's worth ignoring that guideline. Hats off to BTN for spotlighting women's hockey despite it not technically being a Big Ten thing, and hats off to Josh Brandwene, Lindsay Reihl, Nicole Paniccia and others for letting the camera zoom about half an inch from the side of their faces.
2. Penn State hockey team has plenty of Pittsburgh flavor
Speaking of video features, here's one on the men's team, with a focus on the Pittsburgh connections of several players. The story also comes with a photo gallery, as well as the extended version of the interviews with George Saad, Tommy Olczyk and Michael Longo. Oh, and a Pegula Ice Arena tour.
1. Minnetonka girls' hockey roars back on Benilde
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)
For those who don't follow this blog's Twitter account, I'm unapologetically really, really into the Minnesota girls high school playoffs. And why shouldn't I be? The legendary state tournament, at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center this Wednesday through Saturday, will feature four Penn State recruits: Laura Bowman (Minnetonka) and Amy Petersen (Minnetonka), who are signed for next season, as well as Hannah Ehresmann (Minnetonka) and Christi Vetter (Lakeville North) who are committed for 2014-2015. A fifth PSU recruit, Edina's Sarah Nielsen, lost in her sectional final for the right to join the other four.
Anyway, Minnetonka reached the state tournament in dramatic fashion Friday night, by rallying from a late 2-0 hole against powerful Benilde-St. Margaret's to win 3-2 in the Section 6AA championship game. PSU recruits were key to to comeback, as Petersen had a goal and an assist on the Skippers' first two goals, and Bowman scored the winner on the power play with less than three minutes remaining. Both are quoted in the linked recap.
Best of the Rest
Photo: Jim Rosvold/USCHO
Wisconsin defeats Minnesota at Soldier Field
The latest in an (over?) saturated schedule of outdoor games: Wisconsin topped Minnesota 3-2 at Chicago's Soldier Field Sunday night in front of 52,051. The game was the back half of the Hockey City Classic doubleheader, which featured a Notre Dame win over Miami in the opener.
The Badgers' next games, of course, are on the 24th and 25th when they host Penn State, in the season-capping series for the Nittany Lions. UW will then close out their regular season with four games against the present first (St. Cloud State) and second (Nebraska-Omaha) place teams in the WCHA. In other words...
Bringing another sport tradition to Indiana
Husker Hockey isn't Coming to The B1G Anytime Soon, But It Does Exist in Club Form
Elsewhere in the Big Ten, last week was unofficially "we're not starting hockey" week in the conference, as articles from both Purdue and Nebraska - the Huskers are generally considered one of the more likely candidates - threw cold water on the hopes of puck fans at both schools.
I continue to be of the belief that anyone waiting for the conference to grow beyond the present six will be on that for quite a while, but feel free to argue with me in the comments. Not all discussions interest me but this one does, maybe because Penn State was central to it for so long.
2013 M1 National Tournament
The field for the first ACHA Division 1 national championship tournament without Penn State - I'm sorry, but you're wrong if you don't feel at least a little strange about that - was announced last Wednesday via a streaming broadcast that, in one of the most #ACHAproblems moments ever, was cut short by technical difficulties an hour in. The three ACHA opponents from this season all made it of course, with Arizona State seeded second, Ohio fourth and Oklahoma sixth. Delaware, which has had an up-and-down title defense season, is tenth, and other familiar foes like Illinois (seventh), Oakland (11th), Iowa State (12th), Rhode Island (17th) and Rutgers (18th) are sprinkled throughout.
For whatever its worth, ISU and Ohio are now tied with Penn State with a record 21 nationals appearances. The Icers appeared at every tournament from 1992 (the first season for it) though 2012, while the Cyclones previously missed in 2011 and the Bobcats were absent in 1993.
HWAA 2013: State-by-State MVPs
(College Hockey Inc.)
This past Friday through Sunday was Hockey Weekend Across America, and to celebrate, CHI put together a state-by-state list college hockey MVPs. PSU's not represented (Boston College goaltender Parker Milner, a Pittsburgh native, is PA's MVP), but I'm more interested in the table below the map, which shows the total numbers of DI players by state. Pennsylvania's 69 are fifth, behind the three Ms (Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts) and New York. Not too shabby.
High School Goalie Scores on Own Net, Flips Off Bench, and Leaves
(Western College Hockey Blog)
Simply put, one of the more bizarre things I've ever seen. Austin Krause, a goaltender at Farmington High School in Minnesota, used the occasion of his Senior Day to express how he felt about losing playing time to a sophomore this year. It's all there in a glorious video, but with his team up 2-1 with about three minutes remaining, Krause deliberately played the puck into his own net to tie the game, then left the ice while flipping his bench the Birdie Shaw. The own-goal proved pretty important, as Krause's backup gave up a late power play goal, and Farmington lost 3-2.
I kind of want to know what happened afterwards, though. There is absolutely no way Krause got undressed and out of there before someone followed him back to the locker room, is there?