First up for UMD: Ohio State Buckeyes and Steve Rohlik and Brady Hjelle

The schedule says the 2012-13 college hockey season opens this week. OK.

Ohio State of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association is at Amsoil Arena on Friday and Saturday against Minnesota Duluth at 7:07 p.m. (My9 and 94X FM, and expecting a News Tribune live blog, just something different from Cover it Live, which the News Tribune had used the last couple of years).

UMD is No. 12 in Monday’s USA Hockey-USA Hockey Magazine poll and No. 13 in theĀ  U.S. College Hockey Online poll here.

The Buckeyes were 15-15-5 last season and tied for eighth in the 11-team CCHA, and are coached by old Wisconsin teammates Mark Osiecki of Burnsville, Minn., and Steve Rohlik of St. Paul (oh, and a former star UMD assistant coach). Ohio State was home Sunday night against the University of Waterloo (Ontario) in a 3-2 overtime victory. A box score is here.

A recap from the OSU sports information office is here.

The Columbus Dispatch has an update on Ohio State’s goalie situation, including senior Brady Hjelle of International Falls, a former UMD player, in a story here.

A Twitter photo of Osiecki, Rohlik and R.J. Umberger at Ohio State’s football win over Nebraska on Saturday is here.

And, Bruce Ciskie’s eagle eye captured a new Hobey Baker Memorial Award banner at Amsoil Arena showing Jack Connolly here.

A 2012-13 WCHA preview by Andy Johnson of Bucky’s Fifth Quarter (with UMD at No. 10) is available right here.

Mick Hatten of the St. Cloud Times has an update on St. Cloud State senior captain Drew LeBlanc returning from and injury and on frershman Joey Benik breaking a leg at practice last Friday in a story here.

Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press takes a look at new Minnesota State-Mankato coach Mike Hastings in a story here.

Wisconsin may lose freshman Nic Kerdiles to an NCAA ruling. The Wisconsin State Journal has an update here.

After opening the season with a pair of home losses to Ohio State, the UMD women have dropped from No. 8 to out of the U.S. College Hockey Online poll. No. 4 Wisconsin is in Duluth this weekend. Ohio State moves in at No. 10. The USCHO poll is here.

And USCHO has a recap of the opening women’s weekend here.

Sunday’s WCHA men exhibition scores and summaries:

Sunday, October 7:
  Manitoba           3 at Bemidji State      3, tie Box   
  Lethbridge         1 at Minnesota State    7      Box   
  British Columb.    1 at Colorado College   3      Box

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