Saturday in the WCHA

After 14 days, No. 20 Minnesota Duluth will be back on the ice at 7:07 p.m. Saturday vs. Nebraska-Omaha at CenturyLink Center in Omaha (94.1 FM). Rink and Run will not be on site but will have updates right here Saturday and Sunday (2:07 p.m.)

UMD’s lineup is changed from the Oct. 27 home game against Wisconsin. Injured defenseman Chris Casto didn’t make the trip. A projected lineup:

Forwards: Justin Crandall-Caleb Herbert-Joe Basaraba; Cody Danberg-Jake Hendrickson-Keegan Flaherty; Austin Farley-Tony Cameranesi-Mike Seidel; Dan DeLisle-Cal Decowski-Adam Krause.

Defensemen: Wade Bergman-Andy Welinski; Luke McManus-Willie Corrin; Drew Olson-Derik Johnson.

Goalies: Matt McNeely; Aaron Crandall.

The News Tribune features freshman defenseman Willie Corrin of International Falls, nephew of Omaha coach Dean Blais, in a story here and there are series notes here.

Bruce Ciskie looks at UMD in posts here and here.

The Omaha World Herald previews the series here.

Matthew Semisch of Radio Free Omaha looks at UMD and UNO right here.

From Friday, road teams won three of four WCHA games as Denver moved to the top of the standings.

At Mankato, Minn., No. 3 Denver took a three-goal lead and then held off Minnesota State-Mankato for a 4-3 victory. The Pioneers led 1-0 after one period and 3-0 in the second, helped by a Shawn Ostrow shorthanded goal. Mankato rallied with two Jean-Paul Lafontaine goals. Mankato led in shots 36-20. Mankato goalie Phil Cook was replaced in the second period by Stephon Williams. Attendance 3,184. From the Mankato Free Press here and Denver Post here.

At St. Cloud, Minn., No. 6 North Dakota scored one goal per period to blank No. 15 St. Cloud State 3-0. Mark McMillan had a goal and an assist, and Clark Saunders had 32 saves. North Dakota entered the series 0-8-4 in Fridays in St. Cloud the past 14 years. St. Cloud led in shots 32-26. Attendance 4,738. From the St. Cloud Times here and Grand Forks Herald here.

At Colorado Springs, Colo., a Rylan Schwartz goal late in the second period stood as the game winner as No. 19 Colorado College beat Bemidji State 3-2. Schwartz finished with two goals. The game was 2-2 after one period. Josh Thorimbert took the win with 23 saves. Colorado College led in shots 26-25. Attendance 6,632. From the Colorado Springs Gazette here and Bemidji Pioneer here.

At Anchorage, Alaska, No. 2 Minnesota scored four power-play goals to defeat Alaska Anchorage 4-0. Kyle Rau had a pair of goals. Freshman Adam Wilcox (5-1) made 14 saves. Minnesota led 31-14 in shots. Attendance 2,674. From the Anchorage Daily News here and Minneapolis Star Tribune here.

WCHA Summaries and Standings Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net:

 1 Denver             8   5  4- 1- 0 .800  20- 10    7  6- 1- 0 .857  30- 13
 2 Colorado College   6   3  3- 0- 0 1.00  11-  6    9  6- 3- 0 .667  30- 24
   Minnesota          6   5  3- 2- 0 .600  16- 14    8  6- 2- 0 .750  29- 16
   St. Cloud State    6   5  3- 2- 0 .600  14- 11    9  5- 4- 0 .556  31- 23
 5 North Dakota       5   3  2- 0- 1 .833  10-  4    7  4- 2- 1 .643  22- 12
   Nebraska Omaha     5   4  2- 1- 1 .625  12- 10    8  4- 3- 1 .562  25- 18
 7 Bemidji State      3   3  1- 1- 1 .500   8-  8    5  2- 2- 1 .500  13- 10
   Wisconsin          3   4  1- 2- 1 .375   8- 10    6  1- 4- 1 .250  11- 16
 9 Minnesota State    2   5  1- 4- 0 .200  12- 20    9  3- 4- 2 .444  25- 29
   Michigan Tech      2   6  1- 5- 0 .167  14- 23    8  2- 6- 0 .250  24- 31
11 Minnesota Duluth   1   2  0- 1- 1 .250   2-  4    6  2- 3- 1 .417  14- 14
   Alaska Anchorage   1   3  0- 2- 1 .167   4- 11    7  2- 3- 2 .429  15- 22
  Denver             4 at Minnesota State    3       Box   
  North Dakota       3 at St. Cloud State    0       Box   
  Bemidji State      2 at Colorado College   3       Box   
  Minnesota          4 at Alaska Anchorage   0       Box

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