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UMD men No. 14, women No. 4

The Minnesota Duluth men moved up one spot to No. 14 and the UMD women are up three spots to No. 4 in the U.S. College Hockey Online Division I polls released Monday.

The UMD men (4-3-1) swept Bemidji State 6-1 and 1-0 at Amsoil last weekend, and are 3-0-1 the last four games. The Bulldogs are at No. 8 Denver (3-2-1) on Friday and Saturday. UMD was also No. 14 in the USA Today-USA Hockey Magazine poll.

The UMD women (4-3-1) beat and tied North Dakota at Amsoil Arena. The Bulldogs are at No. 3 Minnesota (8-2) on Friday and Saturday.

The U.S. College Hockey Online Division I men’s poll is here.

The USA Today-USA Hockey Magazine men’s poll is here.

The U.S. College Hockey Online Division I women’s poll is here.

Monday rankings update

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Inside College Hockey has Monday Power Rankings. Boston College and Colorado College remain 1-2, while Minnesota Duluth’s road opponent this week, Denver, is No. 8. But don’t look for UMD in the Top 20 here.

Rachel Lenzi, an excellent college hockey reporter for the Portland, Maine, newspaper was yet another victim of newspaper downsizing last week. Her story is here.

Eric Burton has WCHA Power Rankings here.

U.S. College Hockey Online recaps last weekend in WCHA, including the continued rise of Michigan Tech, in a story here.

Sunday in the WCHA

The WCHA was ruled by sweeps in the first two weeks of league play as eight-of-eight series were 2-0 victories, seven by the home team.

However, only two of five WCHA series went the way of the broom this weekend — Minnesota Duluth won twice at home over Bemidji State, while Minnesota took two from Alaska Anchorage for a second road sweep of the season. Colorado College did have a road sweep, out of conference, at Rensselaer Polytechnic. Minnesota (4-0) and Colorado College (2-0) are the only unbeatens in WCHA play.

The Bulldogs stretched their unbeaten streak to four (3-0-1) getting a shutout from Kenny Reiter and a third-period power-play goal from Jack Connolly on Saturday. Stories from the News Tribune here and the Bemidji Pioneer here.

Eric Stromgren of the Bemidji Pioneer also has a game photo gallery here.

In Saturday’s late game, No. 8 Minnesota scored one goal per period in beating Alaska Anchorage 3-1 at Sullivan Arena. Zach Budish, Nate Condon and Kyle Rau (7) had the Gopher goals. Kent Patterson (7-1) got the win and has marks of .939 and 1.74. Minnesota led in shots 31-27. Anchorage has lost four straight and scored three goals total in that stretch. The Anchorage Daily News has a game story here.

All four goals were scored in the second period as No. 12 North Dakota rebounded to defeat St. Cloud State 3-1 in Grand Forks. Mark MacMillan, Corban Knight and Brock Nelson scored for the Sioux. Ben Hanowski had St. Cloud State’s goal. North Dakota broke an 0-3-1 streak with two power-play scores and led in shots 26-21. In goal were Ryan Faragher of St. Cloud State (Friday’s hero) and Aaron Dell for the Sioux. Stories from the Grand Forks Herald here and St. Cloud Times here.

Michigan Tech gained three points at home against No. 2 Denver in a 2-2 tie. Senior captain Brett Olson (4) scored with 7:25 remaining for the Huskies. Tech’s Milos Gordic, returning for his first games of the season following an injury, had a goal and recorded four in the series. Denver scored twice on power plays from Jason Zucker and Joey Laleggia. Juho Olkinuora was in goal for Denver. Michigan Tech led in shots 29-25. The Pioneers are home this weekend vs. UMD. Stories from U.S. College Hockey Online here and Denver Post here.

Wisconsin built a 3-0 first-period lead at home for a second straight night and this time held on to it in beating Nebraska-Omaha 6-3. The Badgers got two first-period goals from Mark Zengerle (4) and led 4-1 after one  and 5-1 after two periods. Omaha got two third period power-play goals, one with an extra attacker. John Faulkner was in goal for Omaha. The Mavericks led in shots 42-24. Stories from the Wisconsin State Journal here and Omaha World-Herald here.

No. 3 Colorado College earned a second straight 4-1 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic in Troy, N.Y. The game was 1-1 midway through and the Tigers got the last three goals from Scott Winkler, Rylan Schwartz (6) and Jaden Schwartz, on an empty-net score. Colorado College led in shots 27-21. Goalie Joe Howe is 4-0. The Tigers (4-0) have played four fewer games than most teams. Stories from the Colorado Springs Gazette here and Troy Record here.

WCHA Standings Courtesy of CollegeHockeyStats.Net

 Conference Overall
 1 Minnesota          8   4  4- 0- 0 1.00  18-  9    8  7- 1- 0 .875  43- 14
 2 Michigan Tech      7   6  3- 2- 1 .583  20- 16    8  5- 2- 1 .688  27- 20
 3 Nebraska Omaha     6   4  3- 1- 0 .750  15- 12    8  4- 4- 0 .500  24- 24
   Wisconsin          6   6  3- 3- 0 .500  23- 20    8  4- 4- 0 .500  28- 25
 5 Denver             5   4  2- 1- 1 .625  18- 13    6  3- 2- 1 .583  25- 19
 6 Colorado College   4   2  2- 0- 0 1.00   9-  5    4  4- 0- 0 1.00  17-  7
   Minnesota Duluth   4   4  2- 2- 0 .500  15- 12    8  4- 3- 1 .562  29- 24
   Bemidji State      4   6  2- 4- 0 .333  16- 22    8  3- 5- 0 .375  23- 28
 9 St. Cloud State    2   2  1- 1- 0 .500   5-  3    8  3- 4- 1 .438  26- 24
   North Dakota       2   4  1- 3- 0 .250  10- 15    8  3- 4- 1 .438  22- 28
11 Minnesota State    0   2  0- 2- 0 .000   4- 14    6  1- 5- 0 .167   9- 26
   Alaska Anchorage   0   4  0- 4- 0 .000   3- 15    8  3- 4- 1 .438  20- 24

Final: UMD 1, Bemidji State 0

Nail-biting finishes have been the norm between Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State since the two have met in Division I starting in 1999.

Entering a Western Collegiate Hockey Association weekend men’s series, nine of the previous 10 games in the series were decided by two goals or less, including four straight overtime games.

While the Bulldogs diverted from the script with a four-goal victory Friday, it was business as usual between the teams Saturday.

After surviving a penalty shot in the second period with a Kenny Reiter save, All-American center Jack Connolly converted on a power play with 8:39 to play for a 1-0 UMD win in front of 6,178 fans at Amsoil Arena. It was Reiter’s seventh career shutout and it completed UMD’s first regular-season sweep in the short history of its new rink. Reiter didn’t allow a goal in the final 112 minutes, 34 seconds of the series.

“After the first 10 minutes, we knew what kind of game we were in.Bemidji State was playing better and for two periods we couldn’t get much going,” said Reiter, a senior from Pittsbugh. “We could’ve been better, but the most important thing was to keep our focus.”

The No. 15-ranked Bulldogs (4-3-1 and 2-2 WCHA) are 3-0-1 the last four games.Bemidji State(3-5 and 2-4) has lost two straight following last weekend’s home sweep of Michigan Tech.

The Beavers were run over Friday after relinquishing a 2-0 lead and were intent on keeping UMD more in check.

“We were a different team (Saturday),” said Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore. “We defended well and our effort was very good. We were hard to play against. You could see it was going to come down to who got the last break.”

Reiter gave UMD the first break. Bulldog defenseman Luke McManus was called for holding on a scoring chance by Bemidji State winger Brance Orban with 8:58 left in the second period. Orban, with two goals this season, was awarded a penalty shot and came in on Reiter, faked a shot, and then went low to the stick side and was stopped. Reiter also had a successful penalty shot stop against Bemidji State in the WCHA Final Five playoffs in March.

The only three power plays of the second period went to the Bulldogs, but they couldn’t convert as the score remained 0-0 through 40 minutes. Shots on goal were 19-19 and finished in UMD’s favor 28-23.

“We were flat the whole game. We were not at the level of Friday and Bemidji was much better,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. “So you try to get through it, grind your way through it. You try to find something.”

Bemidji State winger Darcy Findlay left the game 43 seconds into the third period for a major contact-to-the head penalty against Connolly. Yet, UMD managed just one shot on goal during the five minutes.

On UMD’s next power play, the fifth of the game, the Bulldogs did convert. Winger Mike Seidel, standing at the extended goal line, passed to Connolly at the inside of the right circle and he held the puck for a bit.Bemidji State defenseman Brady Wacker was defending Connolly, but had lost his stick.

Connolly found a way past stingy goalie Dan Bakala for his third goal of the season and 49th of his career., and has a point in six straight games. That kept the game from the possibility of a 0-0 tie, which hasn’t been recorded by UMD since March of 2007.

“Bemidji didn’t get many good opportunities. We cleaned up things defensively and ultimately got the result we wanted, a win and a sweep,” said Reiter, who didn’t allow goal after the eight-minute mark Friday.

Bemidji State did pull Bakala with 56 seconds to go for an extra attacker, but the Bulldogs allowed nothing.

There was no score through one period with the Beavers leading 8-6 in shots on goal. Bakala, replacing freshman Andrew Walsh, who played the last two games, made a save on Seidel with 7:00 left in the opening period. Three minutes later, in a 4-on-4 shift, Seidel rang a shot off the crossbar. UMD is 6-5-1 versus Bemidji State the last 12 games in the series.

The Bulldogs play at No. 2 Denver on Friday and Saturday. The Pioneers are coming off a loss and tie at surprising Michigan Tech.

Bemidji State………………….. 0-0-0—0

Minnesota Duluth……………. 0-0-1—1

First period — No scoring. Penalties — Brady Lamb, UMD (interference), 3:02; J.T. Brown, UMD (roughing), 14:53; Jordan George,Bemidji State (roughing), 14:53; Wade Bergman, UMD (holding), 16:44.

Second period — No scoring. Penalties — Sam Rendle, Bemidji State (cross-checking), 3:21; Luke McManus, UMD (holding) 8:58; David Boehm, Bemidji State (holding), 11;04; Rendle,Bemidji State (slashing), 12:57.

Third period — 1. UMD, Jack Connolly 3 (Mike Seidel, Lamb), 11:21 (pp). Penalties — Darcy Findlay,Bemidji State (contact to the head, 5:00 major and game misconduct, served by Jamie MacQueen), :43; Boehm, Bemidji State (tripping), 10:30.

Shots on goal —Bemidji State 8-11-4—23, UMD 6-13-9—28. Goalies — Dan Bakala (1-3), Bemidji State (28 shots-27 saves); Kenny Reiter (4-2-1), UMD (23 shots-23 saves). Power plays —Bemidji State 0-of-2, UMD 1-of-5. Referees — Brad Shepherd, C.J. Beaurline. Linesmen — Chris Perrault, Rick Nelson. A — 6,178.

UMD women 6, North Dakota 1

Minnesota Duluth scored three goals each in the second and third periods Saturday afternoon on the way to a 6-1 win over North Dakota in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association women’s game at Amsoil Arena.

The No. 7-ranked Bulldogs broke No. 6 North Dakota’s four game win streak in which the Fighting Sioux had outscored two non-league opponents 31-4. UMD (4-3 and 1-2 WCHA) gained its first league win.North Dakota (5-4 and 2-3) was shut out for the first time this season.

Senior goalie Jennifer Harss earned her 41st career win and junior center Katie Wilson scored three goals to take over the team goal-scoring lead with six.

Wilson and freshman Jenna McParland connected for goals 2:06 apart in the first four minutes of the second period for a 2-0 lead. McParland, with five goals this season, added an assist. Junior winger Pernilla Winberg added an unassisted shorthanded goal at 9:04 of the second.

Senior center Haley Irwin pushed the margin to 4-0 at 2:04 of the third period.

Coming into the game, North Dakota ranked No. 4 offensively in Division I with 5.12 goals a game. UMD is averaging 4.33. The Bulldogs are 34-4 in the all-time series and 9-2 the last 11.

The teams play at 3:07 p.m. Sunday at Amsoil Arena.

North Dakota…………………. 0-0-1—1

Minnesota Duluth……………. 0-3-3—6

First period — No scoring. Penalties — Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, North Dakota (slashing), :22; Tea Villila, UMD (checking), 7:01; Sara Dagenais, North Dakota (slashing), 8:50; Brienna Gillanders, UMD (checking), 9:39; Monique Weber, North Dakota (hooking), 11:29.

Second Period — 1. UMD, Katie Wilson 4 (Brigette Lacquette, Audrey Cournoyer), 1:19; 2. UMD, Jenna McParland 5, 3:25; 3. UMD, Pernilla Winberg, 9:04. Penalties —Wilson, UMD (roughing), 7:38; Jessica Wong, UMD (hooking), 1147; Jordan Slavin,North Dakota(holding), 17:54; Kacy Ambroz, UMD (roughing), 17:54.

Third period — 4. UMD, Haley Irwin 3 (McParland), 2:04; 5. UMD, Wilson 5 (Cournoyer, Villila), 5:10; 6.North Dakota, Jocelyne Lamoureux 9 (Josefine Jakobsen, Lamoureux-Kolls), 10:59 (pp); 7. UMD, Wilson 6 (Brienna Gillanders, Cournoyer), 14:21 (pp). Penalties — Villila, UMD (roughing), 5:31; Dana Gallop, UMD (tripping), 10:13; Ambroz, UMD (high-sticking), 10:40; Dagenais, North Dakota (holding), 13:11; Michelle Karvinen, North Dakota (checking), 15:01; Lacquette, UMD (checking), 15:28; Gillanders, UMD (holding), 18:26.

Shots on goal —North Dakota7-13-8—28, UMD 10-11-11—32. Goalies — Stephanie Ney,North Dakota(4-4)), North Dakota (32 shots-26 saves); Jennifer Harss (4-3), UMD (28 shots-27 saves). Power plays —North Dakota1-of-9, UMD 1-of-5.

Saturday in the WCHA

Predicting games during the first month of the WCHA season has been…unpredictable, at best. Just a few examples from Friday night:

St. Cloud State lost starting goalie Mike Lee to an injury during the week, then used freshman Ryan Faragher of Fort Frances, Ontario, to shut out No. 12 North Dakota 4-0 in Grand Forks; Michigan Tech, after being swept last weekend at Bemidji State, came home to humble No. 2 Denver 7-2; and Nebraska-Omaha fell behind 3-0 at Wisconsin, six minutes into the game, and rallied for a 5-4 victory.

No. 15 Minnesota Duluth had a similar experience, trailing 2-0 at home to Bemidji State, before coming back for a 6-2 victory. Stories from the News Tribune here and the Bemidji Pioneer here with an Eric Stromgren photo gallery here.

YouTube video highlights of the UMD game from Jeff Stark are right here.

The WCHA stunner of the early season came in Houghton, Mich., as Michigan Tech, under first-year coach Mel Pearson, broke from a 1-1 tie with six straight goals — including three empty-net scores in 31 seconds with still more than five minutes play. Sophomore C Milos Gordic had three goals and Brett Olson one. Denver was No. 2 in scoring in Division I with 4.60 goals a game. Adam Murray started in goal for the Pioneers (going just 9:38 before being injured) and Finnish freshman Juho Olkinuora finished. Denver led in shots 40-28. Josh Robinson got the win. Stories from the Houghton Mining Gazette here and the Denver Post here.

News broke Friday afternoon that St. Cloud State had lost goalie Lee to an injury. Faragher, in his second game as a collegian, made 44 saves in front of a sellout crowd of 11,743 in St. Cloud State’s first game of the WCHA season. North Dakota led in shots 44-23, but is now on a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). Jared Festler gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead 7:16 into the game and that held until Andrew Prochno scored 2:54 into the third, followed by goals from Sam Zabkowicz and Travis Novak (en). Stories from the St. Cloud Times here and Grand Forks Herald here.

No. 3 Colorado College, with the fewest games played by a WCHA team, went to 3-0 with a 4-1 win at Rensselaer Polytechnic in Troy, N.Y. Rylan Schwartz gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead after one period and made it 2-0 in the second. Two empty-net goals in the final 30 seconds made the final score more lopsided than the game. CC led in shots 34-25. Winning goalie Joe Howe had 24 saves. RPI is 1-5. Stories from the Colorado Springs Gazette here and Troy Record here.

Nebraska Omaha used four power-play goals to complete its comeback in Madison. Wisconsin led 3-0 (including a Michael Mersch power-play goal), Omaha tied it 3-3, Wisconsin led 4-3 and Omaha got the final two goals, including the winner, on a power play, from Alex Hudson with 21 seconds to play. Wisconsin’s other three losses this season — all in overtime. Ryan Massa was in the Omaha net. Omaha led 39-22 in shots. Stories from the Omaha World-Herald here and the Wisconsin State Journal here.

No. 8 Minnesota, the highest-scoring team in Division I, was outshot 22-21, but overwhelmed Alaska Anchorage 5-0 at Sullivan Arena. Kent Patterson earned his fourth shutout of the season, which also leads Division I. Erik Haula (yes, the leading scorer in Division I) had two goals and has 17 points in seven games. Anchorage won three of four games against Minnesota last season, including a road sweep in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. A wrap up from the Anchorage Daily News is here.

WCHA Standings Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.Net

                             Conference                 Overall
 1 Minnesota          6   3  3- 0- 0 1.00  15-  8    7  6- 1- 0 .857  40- 13
   Nebraska Omaha     6   3  3- 0- 0 1.00  12-  6    7  4- 3- 0 .571  21- 18
   Michigan Tech      6   5  3- 2- 0 .600  18- 14    7  5- 2- 0 .714  25- 18
 4 Colorado College   4   2  2- 0- 0 1.00   9-  5    3  3- 0- 0 1.00  13-  6
   Denver             4   3  2- 1- 0 .667  16- 11    5  3- 2- 0 .600  23- 17
   Bemidji State      4   5  2- 3- 0 .400  16- 21    7  3- 4- 0 .429  23- 27
   Wisconsin          4   5  2- 3- 0 .400  17- 17    7  3- 4- 0 .429  22- 22
 8 St. Cloud State    2   1  1- 0- 0 1.00   4-  0    7  3- 3- 1 .500  25- 21
   Minnesota Duluth   2   3  1- 2- 0 .333  14- 12    7  3- 3- 1 .500  28- 24
10 Minnesota State    0   2  0- 2- 0 .000   4- 14    6  1- 5- 0 .167   9- 26
   Alaska Anchorage   0   3  0- 3- 0 .000   2- 12    7  3- 3- 1 .500  19- 21
   North Dakota       0   3  0- 3- 0 .000   7- 14    7  2- 4- 1 .357  19- 27

Final: UMD 6, Bemidji State 2

A timeout was needed 7:26 into Friday’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association men’s game at Amsoil Arena.

Two goals by the Bemidji State Beavers, on their first two shots, shocked Minnesota Duluth. Scott Sandelin took a moment to talk to his troops.

“We were playing OK, I just didn’t want them to get rattled. I didn’t want it to get any worse,” said UMD’s coach. “We got a goal right away and that was a pick me up.”

The No. 15-ranked Bulldogs reeled off the final six goals on the way to a 6-2 victory before a crowd of 6,111 fans. It broke a three-game home losing streak, gave UMD its first league win of the year and broke a two-game win streak for road-weary Bemidji State, playing in Amsoil Arena for the first time. UMD is 2-0-1 the past three games.

The Bulldogs (3-3-1 and 1-2 in WCHA) outshot the Beavers 40-17, killed two opposing power plays and scored a man-advantage goal. Five players had UMD goals with All-American center Jack Connolly recording a goal and two assists.

BemidjiState(3-4 and 2-3) and UMD had played four straight overtime games, including a win for the Beavers in the WCHA Final Five first round in March.

But in the first meeting of 2011-12, UMD had the upper hand.

“They beat us in every facet of the game. They played on their toes and we were on our heels. It was a flat-out one-sided game,” said Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore, whose team is on the road for four of the first five series. “We haven’t been beaten like that in a while.”

A first period which had no shot attempts through six minutes, got offensive. Bemidji State scored goals 58 seconds apart for a 2-0 lead. Offensive defenseman Brad Hunt, a senior, scored from the right edge at 6:28 and center Jordan George followed from the crease at 7:26.

UMD’s timeout gave the Bulldogs and goalie Kenny Reiter a chance to catch their breath.

“They scored on a good play and a bad bounce, just two bad breaks for us. I try to stay calm so I wasn’t going to dwell on it,” said Reiter. “We were playing well and we knew if we stuck with it we’d be OK. We took care of the puck after that and they didn’t see much again until late in the game.”

Puck possession was UMD’s ally. Extreme pressure led to a Wade Bergman goal 55 seconds after the timeout. He was one of three defensemen to score – the first goal of the season for each. Winger J.T. Brown’s third goal of the season, on a backhand attempt into a wide-open net with 6:36 left in the first period, came after another flurry. It was 2-2 and Bemidji State was happy to be there.

Goals 77 seconds apart early in the second period put UMD up 4-2. Winger Keegan Flaherty came from behind the net for a shot and converted the rebound at 8:15. Freshman Casto, a former Hill-Murray defenseman, scored from an open shot at the right circle moments later for his first collegiate goal.

“We just wanted to be relentless; don’t give them any air. Keep at them,” said Bergman. “We played well. There weren’t many glitches.”

With two seconds left in a power play, defenseman Brady Lamb cracked a shot from the left circle at 7:11 of the third period for his first goal of the season. Connolly scored from the slot with 8:53 to play.

Bemidji State freshman goalie Andrew Walsh, in his second start and first on the road, finished with 34 saves. He played in both games of a home sweep of Michigan Tech last weekend, working in relief in a Friday comeback.

“Andrew played well. The Grade A scoring chances were so one-sided for Duluth,” said Serratore.

The Bulldogs are 7-7-2 at Amsoil Arena and 5-5-1 against Bemidji State the last 11 games in the series. The last four-goal loss for the Beavers was in the 2011 WCHA Final Five semifinals against Denver, 6-2.

“We played well in our defensive zone and were efficient in breaking out the puck. We played a pretty complete game,” said Reiter.

Bemidji State………………….. 2-0-0—2

Minnesota Duluth……………. 2-2-2—6

First period — 1.Bemidji State, Brad Hunt 2 (Jeff Jubinville, Aaron McLeod), 6:28; 2. Bemidji State,Jordan George 4 (Sam Rendle), 7:26; 3. UMD, Wade Bergman 1 (J.T. Brown, Jack Connolly), 8:21; 4. UMD, Brown 3 (Chris Casto), 12:24. Penalties — Connolly, UMD (tripping), :59; Brance Orban, Bemidji State (tripping), 8:34.

Second period — 5. UMD, Keegan Flaherty 3 (Dan DeLisle), 8:15; 6. UMD, Chris Casto 1 (Caleb Herbert, Justin Crandall), 9:32. Penalties — Shea Walters, Bemidji State (tripping), :45; Jame MacQueen, Bemidji State (cross-checking), 5:32; Joe Basaraba, UMD (tripping), 18:30; Matt Prapavessis, Bemidji State (holding), 18:46.

Third period — 7. UMD, Brady Lamb 1 (Travis Oleksuk, Connolly), 7:11 (pp); 8. UMD, Connolly 2 (Bergman), 11:07. Penalties — David Boehm, Bemidji State (boarding), 5:13; Bergman, UMD (roughing), 18:52; George, Bemidji State (holding), 18:52.

Shots on goal —Bemidji State 5-4-8—17, UMD 15-12-13—40. Goalies — Andrew Walsh (2-1), Bemidji State (40 shots-34 saves); Kenny Reiter (3-2-1), UMD (17 shots-15 saves). Power plays —Bemidji State 0-of-2, UMD 1-of-5. Referees — Brad Shepherd, C.J. Beaurline. Linesmen — Chris Perrault, Rick Nelson. A — 6,111.

Game Day: vs. Bemidji State

Minnesota Duluth gets back to WCHA play Friday and Saturday with 7:07 p.m. home games vs. Bemidji State from right up Hwy. 2.

The News Tribune has a look at two UMD defensemen, both from Calgary, who have spent more than two years as an on-ice pairing. That story is here.

Some series notes are here.

Eric Stromgren of the Bemidji Pioneer looks at Bemidji State (3-3), a team on a two-game win streak in a post-Matt Read era. That story is here.

The Pioneer also has video of Bemidji State senior Shea Walters of Hibbing talking about the UMD series here.

Bruce Ciskie’s view of Bulldogs vs. Beavers is right here.

News from the rest of the WCHA has been compiled impressively by Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald here.

And from Joe Paisley of the Colorado Springs Gazette here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has WCHA series weekend picks here.

Dan Myers of College Hockey News has WCHA Power Rankings here.

This update from the Vancouver Sun is a month old, but former UMD winger Mason Raymond, 26, addressed the media in September about his recovery from a broken vertebrae suffered in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals playing for the Vancouver Canucks. He said he’s unsure if he’ll play again. The story is here.

Miami of Ohio, picked first or second in Division I pre-season polls, is 2-5 after losing at home Thursday to Lake Superior State 3-2 in overtime in a CCHA game. Miami has lost four straight games, all by one or two goals, including two in OT. Lake Superior State (6-1) was sparked by junior left winger Nick McParland of Schreiber, Ontario, who had two goals and assisted on the winner. His sister, Jenna, is a UMD freshman right winger. She had two goals last Friday in a 4-3 home loss to No. 1 Wisconsin and has four this season.

Miami coach Enrico Blasi didn’t make his team available to the media following Thursday’s loss. A story from the Oxford (Ohio) Press is here.

The No. 7-ranked UMD women are home Saturday and Sunday afternoon against No. 6 North Dakota at 3:07 p.m. UMD is in the midst of what is easily the most difficult schedule in Division I through the first five weeks of the season with series against No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Minnesota (next week), No. 4 Boston College and No. 6 North Dakota.

While North Dakota may have the best forward line in Division I, the Fighting Sioux also star senior defender Margot Miller, who is featured by the Grand Forks Herald in a story here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has Division I women’s weekend series picks here.

Bemidji notes; history lesson; Lester Patrick Award; a goalie mask

Nearly time for a WCHA series between Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State at Amsoil Arena.

The News Tribune has a series update here.

The UMD sports information office has series notes here.

From the Bemidji State sports information office, video of coach Tom Serratore talking about last weekend’s home sweep of Michigan Tech and what lies ahead in Duluth here.

If you’d like an excellent in-depth history lesson about Soviet hockey debuting on American soil in 1959 — including a stop in Hibbing — a great post by Jayson Hron at Historically Inclined, complete with video, is here.

Donna Carpenter talks Bulldogs and Bemidji State, and has a Jersey Moment in a blog post for Northland’s NewsCenter here.

The No. 7-rated UMD women are home against No. 6 powerhouse North Dakota at 3:07 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A $1 admission promotion is going on Saturday. Game notes and information from UMD is here.

An great place to catch up on WCHA women’s hockey can be found at UWBadgers.com with Ross LaDue. Very informative, including (Did you know?) that UMD shot a puck into its own net Saturday in a home loss to Wisconsin. That blog is right here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has a recap of Wednesday’s Lester Patrick Award ceremonies at RiverCentre in St. Paul which honored Jeff Sauer, Mark Johnson, Bob Pulford and Tony Rossi in a story here. NHL.com has a story here.

An injury-weary Minnesota State-Mankato team has this week off, which is a good things, says Mankato Free Press writer Shane Frederick in a story here.

Found on Facebook was this photo of goalie Kenny Reiter’s helmet:

Kenny Reiter