Next up for UMD: Wisconsin

Minnesota is on the road Thursday headed toward Madison, Wis., to close the first half of 2011-12 against Wisconsin on Friday (7:07 p.m.) and Saturday (8:07 p.m.).

The News Tribune has a UMD midweek update as the Bulldogs continue on the longest road trip in program history here.

The Wisconsin State Journal notes that the weekend series matches two All-Americans and Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidates from last season — UMD senior center Jack Connolly and Wisconsin junior defenseman Justin Schultz. That update is here.

The Wisconsin State Journal also talked with Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves as he nears 200 career wins in 10 seasons here.

The UMD sports information office has series notes here.

Eaves met the media this week in Madison and a transcript from the sports information office is here.

From Joe Paisley of U.S. College Hockey Online is a story noting that the National Collegiate Hockey Conference remains on schedule to hire a commissioner by the end of the month, and the league is on track to have a 24-game league schedule when play opens in 2013-14. That story is here.

And from USCHO is more on the revival of Alabama-Huntsville and its future scheduling plans here.

Eric Burton has a weekly ranking of the WCHA here.

Former UMD women’s defenseman Jocelyne Larocque and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Black Hawks are candidates for female and male 2011 Manitoba Athlete of the Year. The Winnipeg Free Press has a story here.