Forward Matt Overman said he plans on playing for Colorado College next season despite a dislocated left shoulder that ended his first U.S. Hockey League season.
Overman, 18, never played for the Sioux Falls Stampede. He dislocated his shoulder during preseason practices and underwent surgery Oct. 14. Doctors told Overman it will be about a month before he can start skating. Overman expects his shoulder to be fully healed in June or July. “If I have the whole summer to skate and train, I think I’ll be able to push myself so that I am ready to make the jump,” Overman said. “It’s really in the (CC) coaches’ hands, whether they need me to come in next year or they feel it’s the right decision for me to play another year of juniors.” Overman, who grew up watching former CC forward Toby Petersen, chose CC over Minnesota State-Mankato and several Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Hockey League schools. He played with CC recruit Brian Connelly at Bloomington Jefferson (Minn.) High School. His Sioux Falls team features another CC recruit in defenseman Nate Prosser. If Overman joins the Tigers, CC would have seven newcomers to replace this year’s seven seniors. CC’s recruiting class includes forwards Dan Quilico, Mike Testwuide and Bill Sweatt and defensemen Connelly, Prosser and Kris Fredheim. Special teams rebound The No. 7 Tigers have snapped out of their funk on the penalty kill. More aggressiveness and reduced shooting lanes enabled CC to kill 10 of 12 of No. 2 Minnesota’s man-advantages in its last Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. No. 4 Wisconsin torched CC for six power-play goals Jan. 13-14 in a sweep at World Arena. Four of the goals came after defenseman Brian Salcido received a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind. “We spent the week breaking it down, and we decided that we weren’t working hard enough,” defenseman Brandon Straub said. “We needed to kind of get back to the basics.” Said center Marty Sertich: “We blocked a few more shots and our clears were better. We did the little things.” CC rises in polls The Tigers jumped two spots to seventh in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com/CSTV polls, which were released Monday. In both polls, Miami (Ohio) claimed the top spot for the first time in school history. Minnesota moved two spots to second, Boston College fell from first to third and Wisconsin slipped to fourth. Cornell is fifth and Michigan is sixth. In the Inside College Hockey power rankings, CC is seventh behind Miami, Minnesota, Boston College, Wisconsin, Cornell and Maine. The Tigers are fifth in the KRACH ratings behind Wisconsin, Miami, Minnesota and Boston College. The PairWise rankings, which are used to predict which 16 teams will make the NCAA Tournament, have CC sixth, up one spot from last week. Wisconsin retained the top spot despite its four-game losing streak, Minnesota jumped to second and Miami fell to third. Boston College and Boston University are tied for fourth. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0256 or firstname.lastname@example.org