New DECC: One Year Away

One year from today — Dec. 30, 2010 — the first event in the new $70 million, 6,700-seat DECC expansion will be held. As if you didn’t know. North Dakota versus the Minnesota Duluth men in a single game to benefit the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth. There are only seven regular-season games left at the old DECC in 2009-10.

UMD resumed practice Monday and will be in town through Thursday, fly to Burlington, Vt., on Friday (where snow is predicted) and have an evening practice at the University of Vermont rink and face Mercyhurst College of Erie, Pa., on Saturday afternoon.

All of the Bulldogs are back from a holiday break and at practice. Lines being used Tuesday were: Mike Connolly-Jack Connolly-Justin Fontaine, Rob Bordson-Travis Oleksuk-Mike Seidel, Jordan Fulton-Drew Akins-Kyle Schmidt and Cody Danberg-Dan DeLisle-Keegan Flaherty. Defensive pairs were: Mike Montgomery-Dylan Olsen, Wade Bergman-Brady Lamb, Chad Huttel-Scott Kishel and Drew Olson-Chase Ryan.

Coach Scott Sandelin said goalies Kenny Reiter and Brady Hjelle will both play in the Catamount Cup tournament in Burlington.

If you’re looking ahead to the first WCHA series of 2010, UMD is home with No. 3-ranked Colorado College on Jan. 8-9. Colorado College, which beat No. 4 Cornell 4-2 Tuesday in Florida, faces Maine on Wednesday and then is off for eight days before coming to Duluth. UMD plays Saturday and Sunday and then plays just five days later.