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Back to Class: A weekend of sweeps dominates action


We’re taking you “Back To Class” for our roundup of the weekend’s action in college hockey. Look for more college hockey on NBCSN this Friday night as Cornell takes on RPI. 

Minnesota is ramping things up as the season wears on. Sweeping St. Cloud State will certainly make the Golden Gopher faithful smile. (Gopher Puck Live)

Give it up to the University of Maine who swept Boston University this weekend after sweeping Boston College last week. (CHN)

UMass-Lowell swept away UMass-Amherst for the first time since 1997-1998. In case you haven’t noticed, Lowell is having a hell of a season. (USCHO)

North Dakota is getting their act together finally and sweeping Wisconsin will help. (Grand Forks Herald)

Ferris State sweeping Michigan State helps put them on top of the CCHA. (Ferris State)

Cornell had a hard time putting travel partner Colgate away this weekend getting swept by the Raiders including a huge comeback Saturday night. (Go Colgate Raiders)

After dominating for most of the season, Minnesota-Duluth has fallen on hard teams after tying and losing to Michigan Tech this weekend. Getting three out of four points on the weekend is like a virtual sweep for the Huskies. (Tech Hockey Guide)

The NCHC is getting closer to a TV deal and a tournament venue for when the conference starts play in 2013. (USCHO)

Curious about the Hobey Hopefuls? Joe Meloni of College Hockey News has a good hit list of who to watch. (CHN)

(Photo: Jim Rosvold – USCHO.com)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.