Minnesota Duluth, moving up in the WCHA step-by-step; U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials standards lowered

In the past four WCHA series, Minnesota Duluth has gone from zero points vs. Nebraska-Omaha, one vs. North Dakota, two vs. St. Cloud State and three vs. Michigan Tech. Three of the four series were on the road.

The Bulldogs are home for the final time in 2012 on Friday and Saturday (7:07 p.m.) against Bemidji State. The News Tribune has a series update here.

Series notes from the sports information departments of UMD here and Bemidji State here.

Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press makes a comparison in the selling of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference and the reconfigured WCHA in looking to 2013-14 in a story here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has WCHA notes here.

Wisconsin-Superior’s strong start to the men’s season is featured by U.S. College Hockey Online right here.

Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena is scheduled to open in September of 2013. The school provides a photo of the current construction which looks very much like what Amsoil Arena looked in the building stages. The photo is here.

Qualifying standards for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials have been lowered starting with the 2016 races, according to a story in Runner’s World. The standards will be 2:18 for men (lowered by 1 minute) and 2:43 for women (lowered by 3 minutes). There are also A standards, which provide all expenses paid to the Trials. The story is here.