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Gophers men, women retain spots in USCHO polls; Aeros, Graovac piling up goals

Posted by: Michael Russo under Gophers, Wild off-season news Updated: October 29, 2012 - 3:54 PM

The University of Minnesota men's hockey team (4-1) remains No. 2 in the nation in the USCHO.com poll. The Gophers got three first-place votes. Boston College remains No. 1. Denver is 3, North Dakota is 5, UMD is 17 and St. Cloud State is 18.

The USA Today/USA Hockey poll will be out later. Gophers remain No. 2; Denver is 3, North Dakota is 6.

The Gophers' women's hockey team (8-0), the defending NCAA champs, obviously remains No. 1 in the USCHO poll. North Dakota is 8 and Minnesota State is 10.

In Houston, the Aeros, the Wild's minor-league affiliate, won both their games this weekend and are now 4-0-1 in their last five with 24 goals in that stretch.

Marco Scandella is tied for the AHL lead with nine assists. Charlie Coyle is first among AHL rookie forwards with five goals and Mikael Granlund is first among AHL rookie forwards with 10 points. Darcy Kuemper is the best rookie goalie in the AHL so far. He is 3-0 with a 1.47 goals against average and .947 save percentage.

In the Ontario Hockey League, Wild prospect Tyler Graovac of the Ottawa 67s leads the league with 14 goals. Most impressive in my opinion: Only 3 are on the power play. He has scored 10 even-strength goals, one shorthanded. Remember, Graovac stood out at the Wild's July development camp.

No lockout news. I'm told the Winter Classic cancelation announcement could be delayed because the NHL offices are closed Monday and Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy.

NHLPA divisional rep Joe Reekie is meeting with the Minnesota-based players tonight. As I reported in Saturday's paper and on last night's blog, Executive Director Donald Fehr was trying to come to town for the meeting, but as of now, I haven't gotten confirmation he made it out of Toronto due to travel issues in the East with the hurricane. He had to cancel his appearance at last night's charity game due to the weather because he was in New York at the time.


Baltimore 2 FINAL
Detroit 15
NY Yankees 5 FINAL
Philadelphia 5
Northeastern 1 FINAL
Boston 2
Miami-Fla 1 FINAL
Miami 7
Pittsburgh 8 FINAL
Toronto 7
San Francisco 4 FINAL
Oakland 9
Cleveland 0 FINAL
Cincinnati 10
Boston College 0 FINAL
Boston 1
Arizona State 0 FINAL
Arizona 4
Boston 79 FINAL
Cleveland 110
LA Lakers 103 FINAL
Charlotte 104
Sacramento 124 FINAL
New York 86
Houston 96 FINAL
Atlanta 104
Utah 93 FINAL
Memphis 82
Washington 92 FINAL
Chicago 97
Milwaukee 95 FINAL
Denver 106
Nashville 1 FINAL
New Jersey 3
Calgary 3 FINAL(OT)
Philadelphia 2
Washington 5 FINAL
Columbus 3
Buffalo 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay 3
Toronto 3 FINAL
Florida 2
Ottawa 2 FINAL(SO)
Minnesota 3
NY Islanders 2 FINAL(OT)
Dallas 3
Anaheim 4 FINAL
Arizona 1
Los Angeles 5 FINAL
Edmonton 2
San Jose 6 FINAL
Vancouver 2
Ole Miss 82 FINAL
Alabama 74
Eastern Mich 67 FINAL
Ball State 60
Kent State 81 FINAL
Bowling Green 80
Ohio 66 FINAL
Buffalo 93
Georgetown 60 FINAL
Butler 54
Toledo 77 FINAL
Central Mich 85
Rhode Island 59 FINAL
Dayton 75
Youngstown St 67 FINAL
Detroit 77
North Carolina 81 FINAL
Georgia Tech 49
Loyola-Maryland 45 FINAL
Holy Cross 62
Iowa 77 FINAL
Indiana 63
Akron 63 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 70
Army 52 FINAL
Navy 56
Maryland 60 FINAL
Rutgers 50
Kennesaw St 54 FINAL
USC Upstate 90
Jacksonville 63 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 81
Lipscomb 76 FINAL
Northern Ky 73
Stetson 67 FINAL
North Florida 81
Wright State 57 FINAL
Ill-Chicago 60
Western Mich 63 FINAL
Northern Ill 65
Nebraska Omaha 80 FINAL
North Dakota 78
Houston Baptist 71 FINAL
Abilene Christian 83
NC State 66 FINAL
Clemson 61
Texas A&M 62 FINAL
Florida 66
Kentucky 72 FINAL
Georgia 64
West Virginia 69 FINAL
Kansas 76
Auburn 61 FINAL
Missouri 63
Michigan 78 FINAL
Northwestern 82
Villanova 76 FINAL
Creighton 72
Longwood 55 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 63
Charleston Southern 39 FINAL
Presbyterian 47
Coastal Carolina 54 FINAL
UNC-Asheville 68
UMass Lowell 60
West Virginia 55 FINAL
Kansas State 59
Texas 79
Fresno State 61 FINAL
Air Force 41
San Jose St 76 FINAL
Boise State 91
Nevada 61 FINAL
Colorado State 68
San Diego State 76
Wyoming 61 FINAL
Utah State 57
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