Minnesota Duluth is in the midst of an off week. After being on the ice Monday and Tuesday, the Bulldogs are off Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, with practice Thursday and Friday.
When resuming their schedule, the Bulldogs have a Saturday-Sunday series Nov. 10-11 at Nebraska-Omaha to accommodate the Creighton University men’s basketball team. Creighton, ranked No. 15 in the preseason, opens the regular season at home Nov. 9 against North Texas at 7 p.m. at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha (also used by the Nebraska-Omaha hockey team.) The hockey games are 7:07 p.m. Saturday and 2:07 p.m. Sunday
That will make for a short week for UMD as the Bulldogs continue on the road the next week at No. 5 North Dakota on Nov. 16-17.
Alex Stalock’s cousin, University of Minnesota freshman goalie Adam Wilcox of South St. Paul, may have an edge in gaining the starting job for the Gophers. Bruce Brothers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has an update here.
Zack Friedli of College Hockey News looks at who’s hot and who’s not in the WCHA here.
The 48th Great Lakes Invitational was scheduled to go outdoors for the first time at Detroit’s Comerica Park on Dec. 28-29, in connection with the NHL’s Hockeytown Winter Festival and the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. Yet the NHL is expected to announce this week that the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (between Detroit and Toronto) will be canceled because of the league labor stalemate. That would also force the Great Lakes Invitational back indoors to its traditional site, at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, for Dec. 29-30. The first round has Michigan Tech facing Michigan, and Michigan State playing Western Michigan. The Ann Arbor News has an update here.
Sunday’s 43rd New York City Marathon, the world’s largest 26.2-mile race with 47,000 entrants, is scheduled to go on as planned despite this week’s storm flooding. The course through the five boroughs, however, could have some changes according to a Wednesday story in the New York Times here.