Game Day: Minnesota Duluth (5-8-3) at Alaska Anchorage (3-7-4)

Minnesota Duluth fans will be on a late-night schedule Friday and Saturday as the Bulldogs close the first half of the WCHA season with 10:07 p.m. games at Alaska Anchorage (94.1 FM and My9 on Friday only). Rink and Run is not on site but will have game updates here.

It could likely be UMD’s last trip to Alaska for some time considering conference realignment in 2013-14. It is the only meeting between the teams this season.

UMD’s senior line of Cody Danberg, Jake Hendrickson and Keegan Flaherty is featured in the News Tribune here with game notes here.

Bruce Ciskie has a series preview here.

Doyle Woody of the Anchorage Daily News notes the the Seawolves have been goal-challenged this season here.

Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press takes you around the WCHA here and Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald does likewise here.

U.S. College Hockey Online makes WCHA series picks here.

The WCHA’s weekend got underway early as Wisconsin scored its most goals of the season Thursday to defeat Alabama-Huntsville 5-0 in Madison, Wis., for its first home victory of the season. Michael Mersch and freshman Nic Kerdiles each had a pair of goals. Landon Peterson earned the shutout. Wisconsin led in shots 37-9. Huntsville, which is in Duluth on March 1-2, is 3-13-1. Attendance 7,473. From the Wisconsin State Journal here.

With the NHL out of commission, college hockey has had decent cable TV viewing numbers. Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey has an update here.

College Hockey News has a feature on Ohio State senior goalie Brady Hjelle of International Falls here.

Although the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association is on a holiday break, U.S. College Hockey Online has a league Christmas wish list here.

If you need some stretching tips before heading out on a run this weekend, Olympians Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher have that information, via video, right here.