Bemidji State (3-7-2) comes to Amsoil Arena for 7:07 p.m. games Friday and Saturday to face Minnesota Duluth (4-7-3) in a WCHA series. Bemidji State is 1-6-1 the last eight games and UMD 2-4-2.
The Bulldogs are in Bemidji, Minn., for a series Feb. 15-16.
The programs have met every year since 1999-2000 (when Bemidji State moved to Division I), but are not scheduled in 2013-14 as UMD goes to the NCHC and Bemidji State remains in the restructured WCHA.
The Bemidji State sports information has video of coach Tom Serratore speaking about the upcoming series here.
Both teams were on the road last weekend: Bemidji State was swept Minnesota State-Mankato, while UMD won and tied at Michigan Tech.
UMD will be without sophomore defenseman Luke McManus, who has played in just six games this season. He was out with an upper-body injury and returned to the lineup last Saturday, played three shifts, and suffered another upper-body injury.
After playing UMD, Michigan Tech was right back at it Tuesday at Upper Peninsula foe Northern Michigan of the CCHA in Marquette, Mich. Northern Michigan won 2-1 in a game featuring numerous goal reviews, one of which didn’t sit well with Michigan Tech coach Mel Pearson. The Mining Journal of Marquette has a game story, which includes some heated quotes on officiating Pearson gave to WKMJ Radio. That story is here.
Alabama-Huntsville’s continuing quest to find a league, preferably entrance in the WCHA, is detailed by Matthew Semisch of U.S. College Hockey Online. Huntsville, and first-year coach Kurt Kleinendorst of Grand Rapids, comes to Amsoil Arena on March 1-2. The story is here.
Following the naming of the United States preliminary roster for the 2013 World Junior Championships on Tuesday, Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey reviewed the picks for defensemen and goalies in a post here.