Wisconsin (0-2) is headed to Duluth to open the WCHA season Friday and Saturday against No. 14 Minnesota Duluth (2-2) at 7:07 p.m. at Amsoil Arena (94X FM and My9).
It is the only time the teams meet during the regular season and it could mark the final trip to Duluth for the Badgers for some time. The teams head in separate directions next year and aren’t scheduled to play in 2013-14.
Badger Bob Johnson never liked the ice at the DECC and Jeff Sauer had a lengthy losing streak for a time versus the Bulldogs. Mike Eaves is 4-6-2 the last 12 games against UMD, but 3-2-1 the last six in Duluth.
UMD coach Scott Sandelin indicated this week that there wouldn’t be any major lineup changes for the Wisconsin series and there were no significant injuries from last week’s series at Notre Dame.
UMD’s sports information office has series notes here.
UMD’s 1992-93 MacNaughton Cup-winning team will be saluted 20 years later, following Saturday’s first period at Amsoil Arena. The News Tribune will have a look back at that team Friday. Radio voice Bruce Ciskie has some 1992-93 thoughts right here.
Not to be outdone, St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior are also moving out of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association and into new leagues for 2013-14. They open 2012-13 Friday and Saturday against each other, but will the cross-bridge rivalry continue? The News Tribune asked the question here.
After last week’s split with UMD, College Hockey News takes a look at Notre Dame here.
Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey takes an early look at candidates for the 2013 U.S. World Junior team, including UMD freshman defenseman Andy Welinski, in a post here.