Minnesota Duluth travel day: Estero, Fla.

Minnesota Duluth practices Thursday morning at Amsoil Arena and then starts its trek to Estero, Fla., for the Florida College Classic. The Bulldogs bus to Minneapolis and fly into Fort Myers, Fla.

Predicted highs in Estero for Friday and Saturday are 81 and 82.

UMD had practice followed by a scrimmage Wednesday. Sophomore defenseman Luke McManus has returned from an upper-body injury. Scott Sandelin says he’s not planning any lineup changes from the team’s last game, a 2-1 win at Alaska Anchorage on Dec. 15.

The Bulldogs meet Maine at 6:35 p.m. Friday. The News Tribune has a UMD-Maine update here.

Bruce Ciskie takes a look at UMD at mid-season here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has picks for games on Thursday and Friday here.

No. 19 Ferris State plays No. 11 Cornell at 3:05 p.m. in the first game in Estero.

Sports information office tournament notes from Maine here, Ferris State here, and Cornell here.

No. 16 St. Cloud State begins the week’s play for WCHA teams today with a home series against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Joey Benik makes his debut for the Huskies as noted in a St. Cloud Times story here.

College Hockey Inc. previews this week’s Division I tournaments here.

The United States opened the World Junior Championships with an 8-0 win over Germany on Thursday morning in Ufa, Russia. Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey has a recap here.

Duluthian Jake Randolph, with the Omaha Lancers, had a shootout goal Dec. 14 that made it to ESPN’s SportsCenter highlights. The U.S. Hockey League web site has the goal here.