Team USA part 1
UND's Drew Stafford is the only collegiate player on the roster, so far. He also is the youngest. Another notable is Moorhead, Minn., native Mark Cullen, who played at Colorado College.
Here is the portion of the roster USA Hockey released:
31 Craig Anderson, Chicago Blackhawks
33 Jason Bacashihua, St. Louis Blues
41 Andrew Alberts, Boston Bruins
6 Joe Corvo, Los Angeles Kings
25 Hal Gill, Boston Bruins
44 Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins
23 Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings
8 Mark Cullen, Chicago Blackhawks
9 Andy Hilbert, Pittsburgh Penguins
17 Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks
12 Ryan Malone, Pittsburgh Penguins
18 Richard Park, Vancouver Canucks
11 Marty Reasoner, Boston Bruins
16 Jim Slater, Atlanta Thrashers
19 Drew Stafford, UND Fighting Sioux
Former Sioux players made big impacts in the NHL playoffs last night. In case you missed it, Mike Commodore (97-00) assisted on Carolina's game-tying goal in the third period against Montreal. Carolina went on to win 2-1 in overtime, cutting Montreal's series lead to 2-1.
In Madison Square Garden, the New Jersey Devils won their 14th straight game and took a 3-0 series lead over the New York Rangers. Zach Parise (02-04) scored his first-career playoff goal by tipping a Brian Gionta shot past Ranger goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Parise's line completed a hard-working shift to keep the puck in the zone, and Parise was rewarded for going to the net. Earlier in the game, David Hale (00-03) put together a series of good plays and was rewarded with an assist. Hale took a Ranger forward to the ice behind the net, then broke up a centering pass and sent Jamie Langenbrunner and Patrik Elias down the ice. Elias finished it off. Hale has played in the last two games for New Jersey, as tough-guy Colin White has a groin injury. Hale will have to continue his strong play in order to keep a spot when White is available.
In the AHL playoffs, Colby Genoway (02-05) is tearing it up. He has nine points in Hartford's last three games, including a five-point night. His team is one game away from elimination, though.