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CC hockey notes: Leading scorer among six out of the lineup

By Joe Paisley Published: January 25, 2014

Colorado College senior Alexander Krushelnyski (upper body) and junior defenseman Ian Young (lower body) both sustained injuries in Friday's win over Miami and were out Saturday along with four other Tigers.

Krushelnyski, who is the team's leading scorer with 19 points (11 assists) entering play Saturday, had a goal and an assist in each of the past four games.

He played in 131 straight games since missing one on Dec. 3, 2010 during his freshman year.

"With the bye week, next week he should be fine," Tigers coach Scott Owens said.

The others sidelined are juniors Courtney Lockwood and Jordan DiGiando, both lower body injuries sustained last weekend, and freshmen Matt Hansen (middle) and Tyler Marble (shoulder).

New NCAA rules may benefit programs

The NCAA tweaked its recruiting rules for college hockey recently, now allowing coaches to contact prospective players after Jan. 1 of their sophomore year in high school.

That is 51/2 months earlier than the previous rule allowed, when coaches had to wait until June?15.

The change is effective immediately.

The change was made so college coaches could start recruiting players prior to the Ontario and Quebec major junior hockey league drafts in June.

Prior to that, college coaches could not talk to them beforehand to promote the NCAA alternative.

The ruling removes limits on the number of telephone calls, emails, direct messages via social media and texts that coaches may send to prospects beginning Jan. 1 of their sophomore season.

"That's all good stuff," Owens said. "It allows us to get the message out about the benefits of college hockey at an earlier age. The way recruiting is now, it is important to develop a rapport with players early."

A player forgoes his NCAA eligibility if he signs a professional contract or plays for any of the three Canadian major junior leagues.

Coaches remain limited in the number of face-to-face contacts they may make and they cannot make their first off-campus contact with a prospect until June 15 of their grade 10 year.

On the air

Comcast Entertainment Television announced it will televised four Colorado College hockey home games on a taped-delay basis, starting with this weekend's series against Miami.

CET is available to Comcast XFINITY subscribers on Channel 105 across Colorado.

CET, which will produce the telecasts with its own crew, aired Friday's series opener with the RedHawks on Saturday. It will air it again at 1 p.m. Sunday, and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Saturday's game will be shown at 3:30?p.m. Sunday, then again at 8 p.m. Monday and at 7:30 p.m.

CET also will televise both games of Colorado College's home series with No. 19 Western Michigan from Feb. 14-15, with the broadcast dates and times yet to be determined.

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