Twenty-five degrees in Duluth, time for the 2012-13 season to start. Ohio State of the CCHA (15-15-5 last season) face Minnesota Duluth of the WCHA (25-10-6) at 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Amsoil Arena (94X FM and My9).
A News Tribune live blog will be available here.
Junior Aaron Crandall will start in goal for UMD. A News Tribune look at UMD’s goalies is here.
Series notes are here.
Bruce Ciskie previews UMD’s season here.
The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch has a story on two Ohio State sophomores expected to be leaders for the Buckeyes this season here.
Ohio State coach Mark Osiecki and a couple of the Buckeyes talk on YouTube about the UMD series here.
Inside College Hockey previews the WCHA right here.
Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey previews the WCHA here.
Notre Dame of the CCHA is UMD’s opponent next week in South Bend, Ind. (Thursday-Friday series).
ESPN has a list of college players to watch here.
Shane Frederickson of the Mankato Free Press has a look at the WCHA’s new head coach, Mike Hastings of Minnesota State-Mankato, here.
Frederickson also has his famous Friday Morning Skate links here.
Chris Peters, writing for CBS Sports, has a first list of 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidates here.
NCAA.com has an update on Penn State starting its Division I era (Scott Sandelin interviewed for the head coaching job before Guy Gadowski was hired). That story is here.
U.S. College Hockey Online looks at some of the top women’s games this weekend here. No. 4 Wisconsin is at UMD on Saturday and Sunday (3:07 p.m.).