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December 12, 2010 4:11 PM

Sunday Morning Pontifications

Edit: With his 16 goal of the season Fighting Sioux forward Matt Frattin is the leading goal scorer in the NCAA and second in the WCHA as well. Jason Zucker of Denver University has the leads the WCHA with 14 goals. As I mentioned last night, Frattin has 44 goals, 39 assist for 83 points for his career. Baring injury or some unforeseen issue; it's not a stretch that Matt Frattin will probably reach 100 points for his career if he stays on his current pace, as of right now he only need 17 points to break the 100 point mark.

Chay Genoway is regaining his scoring touch as leads all defenseman in the WCHA with (3g-10a-13pts).

Sophomore defenseman Aaron Dell is leading the WCHA with a 1.93.

Ryan Cardinal from Gopher Puck Live talks about college hockey on KFAN yesterday. [Click to listen]

Tonight's hockey game between the Minnesota Gophers and the Bulldogs has been postponed till tomorrow at 4:00 PM.
Due to the severe weather in the Twin Cities area, the men's hockey game scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight has been postpned. The game has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. Saturday tickets are good for Sunday.

Sounds like the Phoenix Coyotes might not become the Winnipeg Jets after all. Apparently they actually found someone stupid enough to buy the Coyotes and keep them in the Desert.

Coyotes suitor may get $100M Glendale deal covers most of team's price [Winnipeg Free Press] Blog: Potential new owner doesn't make Phoenix a hockey market [Hockey News]

Former Michigan Wolverine defenseman Steven Kampfer will be making his second NHL start with the Boston Bruins. [Bruins Hockey Blog]

Tonight there is a silent auction taking place before and during the game. It's located on the 1st level of the Verizon Center in a banquet room. Make sure to check it out! There will be lots of hockey gear (including Sioux a Team USA Parise jersey!). The auction is being held by a family of a young hockey player that died from Leukemia several years ago. The money raised goes towards scholarships for kids to play hockey and juvenile cancer research. It's a great cause people, so I want to see all of you there and bidding on stuff! In addition to hockey items there will be lots of other stuff, like Twins tickets. Come check it out, it's a great place to pick up some nice Christmas presents! Help me get the word out on Sioux Sports and with other Sioux fans about the auction.

Former UND defenseman Matt Green is a shot blocking machine for the LA Kings.
Mentality Key In Getting The Greene Light To Block Shots [NHL.COM]

There has been some discussion about the Frattin hit on Andrew Sackrison. While as I mentioned earlier the video sucked it didn't appear to be a dirty hit. Here is what the Mankato beat writer Puckato had to say on the hit...
Notes: The Mavericks lost Andrew Sackrison for the game when he was hit by Frattin in the first period. Frattin was called for interference on the play. Sackrison received 10 stitches on his chin. No word on his return for Saturday. ... WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod attended the game.
Just for the record not every big hit or hit that results in a penalty where someone is hurt, shaken up is going to lead to a suspension or should it. I am afraid that the refs are going to call five minute penalties and a game misconduct every time someone is laid out on the ice with a vicious check.

Here is the Strength of Schedule rankings for games to date. Eight of the top ten teams are from the WCHA.

North Dakota 1 245.3
Bemidji State 2 230.9
Denver 3 205.0
Michigan Tech 4 197.7
Alaska-Anchorage 5 183.9
Minnesota-Duluth 6 182.9
Boston College 7 174.3
Notre Dame 8 173.9
Wisconsin 9 172.6
St. Cloud State 10 162.1
Yale 31 112.5

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