With the big club headed back from the brief West Coast tour, a look around the rest of the organization:
- Bridgeport kept rolling, losing in OT Saturday but getting a big OT win Sunday. For a fan-visit perspective, check 7th Woman's report.
- Going down a tier, towering Mikko Koskinen played both games for ECHL Utah over the weekend, making 73 saves on 77 shots in two victories over Stockton. Game sheets here and here.
- And a little further: Travis Hamonic scored in the Brandon Wheat Kings' 5-3 WHL playoff win over Swift Current. Brandon leads the series 2-0.
All-rookie team honoree Matt Donovan scored for top-ranked Denver, but his team was knocked out of the WCHA Final Five by eventual champion North Dakota.
Islanders prospect Aaron Ness' father says he is "definitely" returning to the Gophers next year. One reporter wonders if the rumors have merit, or if the mind is still mulling, or if people just like causing trouble for Minnesota coach Don Lucia. Western College Hockey Blog says turning pro wouldn't solve Ness' problems -- namely, tackling the physical side with his smaller frame.