Up next: Bemidji State

Eric Stromgren of the Bemidji Pioneer talks with a pair of Bemidji State players, Brad Hunt and Jamie MacQueen, about a season-opening series loss to North Dakota and this weekend’s series with Minnesota Duluth. The video is here.

UMD has some pregame notes on the Bemidji State series here.

The News Tribune takes a look at Bemidji State and gets some feed back from a Penn State official who visited Amsoil Arena last week. The Thursday story is here.

The News Tribune profiles UMD junior center Haley Irwin, an Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion, who leads the Bulldogs in scoring. The Thursday story is here.

Theresa Spisak of U.S. College Hockey Online takes a look at a few weekend WCHA series, including UMD at Bemidji State, in a column here.

From North Dakota: the University of North Dakota has reached an agreement with the NHL Network to re-broadcast eight Fighting Sioux men’s home hockey telecasts, including  Nov. 5 against UMD. The NHL Network is seen on numerous cable systems in the United States and is available on channel 403 on Dish Network and channel 215 on DirecTV.

Defending WCHA champion Denver heads to North Dakota this weekend, but its roster is hurting because of injuries. Mike Chambers of the Denver Post has an update here.

North Dakota has opened its schedule with six straight road games, the longest stretch in program history to open the season.

UMD administrative assistant Christian Koelling reminds folks that an online auction benefiting equipment manager Chris Garner is on going through Nov. 8. Garner is recovering from a bone marrow transplant and hopes to return to work this season. The auction, with signed jerseys and sticks and more, is online at Oberman Auctions of St. Cloud, Minn., here.

KUMD Radio passes along the news that a weekly half-hour UMD hockey radio show will air at 9 p.m. Thursdays on 103.3 FM. The show — called the Maroon Loon — will be hosted by Ben Johnson and Alex Kriz. The show is student developed, produced and marketed.

Alaska Anchorage not only lost twice at the DECC last weekend, but lost two defensemen to injuries. An update is here from the Anchorage Daily News as the Seawolves prepare for a home series with Minnesota State-Mankato.