Game Day: Minnesota Duluth at Michigan Tech

Minnesota Duluth (3-7-2) is in Houghton, Mich., for the final series at Michigan Tech (4-6) as members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (although the schools are expected to remain annual opponents after 2012-13). Games are 6:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday (94.1 FM) with News Tribune live blogs available here.

The News Tribune features freshman defenseman Andy Welinski here and has series notes here.

U.S. College Hockey Online looks at WCHA weekend series and makes picks here.

Bruce Ciskie has Division I weekend notes on SB Nation, including BC vs. BU, right here.

Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press takes us around the WCHA here.

CBS Sports has four front runners for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, including one from the WCHA, here.

Would the NCAA playoff experience be better served with first-round games at campus sites in best-of-three series? There is talk on the subject in an notes piece from Mark Bedics, largely with Notre Dame senior associate athletic director Tom Nevala, chair of the Division I Ice Hockey Committee, here.

The UMD women are on the road for a third straight week, at Bemidji State on Saturday and Sunday. U.S. College Hockey Online has Division I picks here.