WCHA Blogger Poll; UMD loses Elliott Peterson to WHL; Chris Peters on Division I freshmen; Osiecki on Buckeyes; UMD women face Ohio State

If you’re looking for one more WCHA preseason poll, the league bloggers have a third annual edition. Minnesota is No. 1 and Minnesota Duluth No. 5 in the rankings right here.

The Minnesota Wild public relations staff had some fun in asking WCHA alumni for their team-by-team pick in the league this season. Those results, including those of Justin Fontaine, are here.

UMD has lost one commitment to major junior hockey as left winger Elliott Peterson, 17, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, chose the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League this season. He has two goals and two assists in five games. He was projected to join UMD in 2014-15. Nine other scholarship commitments for 2013-14 and 2014-15 remain intact according to coach Scott Sandelin.

Matthew Semisch of Radio Free Omaha takes a preseason look at the Bulldogs in a posting here.

Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey ranks some of the top freshmen in Division I this season, including defenseman Andy Welinski, is a post here.

Ohio State coach Mark Osiecki, who opens the season Oct. 12-13 in Duluth, talked this week on a CCHA conference call. Hear what he has to say about the Buckeyes in audio via YouTube right here.

In what has been a trend in the preseason, starting with North Dakota, the University of Denver has suspended two players. Mike Chambers of the Denver Post has an update  here.

Another look at the new Mariucci Arena scoreboard from the Gophers is here.

College Hockey News previews Maine, which faces UMD in the first round of the Florida College Classic on Dec. 28 in Estero, Fla., in a story here.

The UMD women open the regular season at home Friday night in a WCHA series with Ohio State. The Bulldogs have rookie goalies seeking the starting job, Canadian Kayla Black and Sweden’s Sofia Carlstrom. The News Tribune has a story here.

U.S. College Hockey Online predicts the outcome of the first full weekend of women’s games, including a projected UMD sweep, in a story here.