UMD arrives in Anchorage, acclimation underway

Minnesota Duluth is spending Thursday getting acclimated to a three-hour time change after a six-hour flight to Anchorage, Alaska, arriving late Wednesday night. The Bulldogs face Alaska Anchorage at 10:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Sullivan Arena. Temperatures are in the 30s Thursday.

Some players, making the flight for the first time, found it quite an experience. Freshman winger Austin Farley commented on Twitter:

“Never been on a plane that long before in my life. Legs feel like microwave bacon.”

As UMD reaches the halfway point of 2012-13, the Bulldogs say they need to continue to improve in a News Tribune story here.

Sports information office series notes from UMD here and Alaska Anchorage here.

U.S. College Hockey Online looks at this week in the WCHA here.

The WCHA schedule opens Thursday with Alabama-Huntsville at Wisconsin. Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal features Wisconsin forward Michael Mersch and details a one-game suspension handed to Wisconsin left winger Ryan Little for a hit on Michigan Tech’s Jujhar Khaira last Saturday. That story is here.

Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald notes that the NHL lockout has provided an opportunity for more coverage of the college game. His story is here.

Coleraine native and Minnesota assistant coach Mike Guentzel will see a third son play college hockey as center Jake Guentzel has chosen Nebraska-Omaha. Ryan played at Notre Dame and Gabe at Colorado College. Jake played at Hill Murray High School. The Omaha World Herald has a story here.

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