North Dakota is next

Minnesota Duluth will be heading west Thursday afternoon for weekend match up with North Dakota. UMD is ranked No. 2, North Dakota No. 9. UMD leads the Western Collegiate Hockey Association after four games, North Dakota is tied for second, one point back. UMD was picked to finish third in the WCHA, North Dakota was picked to win the MacNaughton Cup.

A U.S. College Hockey Online preview of WCHA series, led by UMD versus North Dakota, is here.

The UMD sports information office has pregame notes here and North Dakota sports information office has a Dave Hakstol press conference video here and pregame notes here.

The News Tribune has a look at UMD’s first month of the season here.

Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald has a Fighting Sioux update here.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has an update on injured sophomore forward Zach Budish here.

And from the Fighting Sioux, the weekend games vs. UMD will be on DirecTV:

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth games televised on the Fighting Sioux Sports Network will also be seen live on DirecTV.

Friday night’s men’s hockey game featuring No. 9 North Dakota hosting No. 2 and unbeaten Minnesota Duluth will be carried on DirecTV 617.

Saturday’s game will be on DirecTV channel 625.

All Fighting Sioux Sports Network telecasts are also seen nationally on Fox College Sports (FCS Central this week), Midco Sports Network (channel 27 in most markets) and on the 20 cable affiliates that comprise Fighting Sioux Sports Network.