On the Big Rink

     Minnesota Duluth is spending two days on its campus rink, Tuesday and Wednesday, in preparation for St. Cloud State this weekend. The campus rink and the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn., are Olympic-size.

      Coach Scott Sandelin said Tuesday he liked the way his team faced different situations in a home WCHA sweep of Minnesota State-Mankato last weekend. The Bulldogs took a two-goal advantage into the third period Friday, and instead of sitting back, built on the lead. On Saturday, UMD trailed by two goals halfway through the first period, got back to even after two periods, and got the game-winner on a power play in the third period.

    "It was a great test for us. You always wonder ‘How will a team play in critical situations?’ We weren’t as good Saturday as we were Friday, but Mankato was hungry. We showed some character, we stayed the course and got a second win. We were very determined," said Sandelin.

        Senior defenseman Trent Palm was in his first game of the season Friday, following off-season surgeries for a hip problem, and sat out Saturday as a precaution. Sandelin says he expects Palm to play Friday at St. Cloud State. Senior defenseman Chase Ryan (broken wrist) could be available for duty as early as this weekend, but likely by Oct. 30-31 at home against Clarkson.