The snow arrived in Duluth on Wednesday and is presently falling at a rate of an inch an hour. Schools, including Minnesota Duluth, have canceled classes. The Bulldogs indicated they would….PRACTICE AS USUAL….Wednesday afternoon.
A blizzard warning story from the News Tribune is here.
UMD will bus as scheduled to St. Cloud State on Thursday.
UMD’s games, 7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday, are on 94.1 FM and Charter Cable 87 in Duluth-Superior.
WCHA offensive player of the week J.T. Brown said Tuesday he felt good last weekend against Colorado College, returning to play after a week off because of an upper body injury. In a series sweep he had two goals and an assist, and had 19 shots on goal, including 10 on Saturday, a UMD single-game high this season. Brown ranks first in Division I in plus-minus at plus-27.
“At first I felt a step behind and it was a matter of just getting back on the same page as my linemates (Travis Oleksuk and Caleb Herbert),” said Brown. “I wasn’t concerned. I didn’t think I needed to hold back. I felt confident enough to be out there, so I wasn’t going to hold back.”
UMD team physician, Jeff Klassen of Essentia Health in Duluth, said he talked with Brown about returning to play. Klassen expected Brown to ease his way back in, and then saw the sophomore right winger take a slap shot on his first shift.
St. Cloud State captain and senior forward Drew LeBlanc of Hermantown suffered a broken leg in November and was hoping to return for the end of the season. However, St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko indicated Tuesday that it is looking more likely LeBlanc will apply for a medical red shirt and return for a final season in 2012-13. UMD senior forward Cody Danberg, injured in the season’s first game followed by rotator cuff surgery, may ultimately be in the same situation.
Last Friday at Amsoil Arena, UMD senior goalie Kenny Reiter was presented the team’s Fan Favorite Award as sponsored by Stauber Brothers of Duluth, and handed out by former Hobey Baker Memorial Award winning goalie Robb Stauber. A story link and photo from the UMD sports information office is here.
Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey has a few thoughts on a few subjects, including lagging ticket sales at St. Cloud State here.
Wisconsin plays at Minnesota to end the regular season in a series that will help determine the WCHA champion. The Badgers have won three straight games and could end up anywhere from eighth to 11th place. The Wisconsin State Journal has an update here.
Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey addresses a few subjects including the 2012 men’s Frozen Four getting downgraded on ESPN: semifinals on ESPNU and title game on ESPN2 in a blog post here.
Mike Locker reported on Facebook on Wednesday that J.T. Brown and defenseman Luke McManus took time to visit a Portman youth team in Duluth. A photo is: