As Minnesota Duluth prepares to face Bemidji State, in a battle of northern Minnesota teams, the forecast is for a slight chance for the season’s first snow Friday in Duluth.
The Bulldogs are glad that a trip to Denver is next week. Colorado’s Front Range is getting socked with its first snow storm Wednesday. The Denver Post has the latest on the arrival of the wet, heavy stuff here.
The Bulldogs are reporting no injuries following last weekend’s trip to Providence College. Coach Scott Sandelin said he’s tweaking some forward lines for the Bemidji State series at Amsoil Arena. It will be the first appearance in the building for the Beavers (3-3), who are coming off a home sweep of Michigan Tech.
Wednesday is a big day for St. Paul native Jeff Sauer and Minneapolis native Mark Johnson, who each gained fame at the University of Wisconsin. They’ll be honored with Bob Pulford as recipients of the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award. It is presented for service to hockey in the United States. The ceremony is at St. Paul’s RiverCenter. NHL.com has feature stories here and here.
Bemidji State freshman goalie Andrew Walsh was named WCHA defensive player of the week. Coach Tom Serratore said Tuesday he’s undecided about his starting goalie for Friday, but Walsh might be a good guess. However, senior Dan Bakala has had 66 career starts and Walsh just one. The Bemidji Pioneer has a Walsh player of the week update here.
UMD will take part in a Defending the Blue Line fund raiser by wearing camouflage warm up jerseys before a home against Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day. The jerseys will be signed and auctioned off with proceeds going to a Stauber Brothers hockey camp for children of military personnel in the Duluth area. Information on Defending the Blue Line and a look at the jerseys is provided in a Bruce Ciskie blog post here.
Former UMD assistant Steve Rohlik and long-time friend Mark Osiecki are in their second season behind the bench at Ohio State. U.S. College Hockey Online takes a look at Ohio State (and Michigan State) in a story here.