Breaktime in the WCHA; Power Rankings; Brady Lamb scores a goal; Danny Kristo passes Jason Herter

Final exams and no hockey on the Minnesota Duluth campus this week on a countdown to the end of 2012 and the first half of the college season. The Bulldogs will have practice for those who can attend, but coaches, including Scott Sandelin, will spend part of the week scouting.

UMD officially returns to practice Dec. 26 and leaves Dec. 27 for the Florida College Classic in Estero, Fla., opening play Dec. 28 against Maine (in a rematch of a 2012 NCAA tournament first-round game, won by UMD).

A News Tribune weekend recap from a series at Alaska Anchorage is here.

WCHA Power Rankings and mid-season comments from Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey here and from Eric Burton here.

Burton also some thoughts on reworking the NCAA tournament here.

A WCHA weekend recap from U.S. College Hockey Online here.

Defenseman Brady Lamb of the Abbotsford (British Columbia) Heat had his first professional goal Friday in a 3-1 home loss to Texas. Lamb has a goal and an assist in 16 games with Abbotsford with team information here.

Sports had a correspondent at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D., last month, for a game against UMD, and filed a story on his experience here.

As North Dakota senior forward Danny Kristo has climbed the team’s career scoring charts (130 points in 133 games), he recently passed UMD assistant coach Jason Herter. As a North Dakota defenseman, Herter had 119 points in 118 games from 1988-91, ranking 50th in career scoring.

Goalie Kenny Reiter, reassigned to Fort Wayne (Ind.) to the East Coast Hockey League from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League in November. is 5-4 with a .919 save percentage and 2.78 goals-against average. He was named the game’s No. 3 star in stopping 21 of 22 shots in Sunday’s 2-1 overtime win over Kalamazoo.