Next up for Minnesota Duluth: Denver

Minnesota Duluth (10-11-3) and No. 10-ranked Denver (13-8-4) meet for the only time this season at 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Amsoil Arena. Both were off last weekend. The Pioneers are in the midst of seven road games in a 10-game stretch, while UMD is home for four of its final six series.

Some series notes from the News Tribune here and the UMD sports information office here.

U.S. College Hockey Online also looks at what remains for the Bulldogs and Pioneers this season with six weeks remaining here and has this weeks Bracketology here.

Mike Chambers of the Denver Post ranks Colorado’s three Division I teams, with Denver in the lead, here.

Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey has WCHA Power Rankings here.

North Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha meet outdoors Feb. 9 at Ameritrade Park in Omaha. A Facebook photo of field preparation is here.

Minnesota and Wisconsin meet Feb. 17 in the Hockey City Classic outdoors at Soldier Field in Chicago and a sellout is expected.

Running Times magazine’s review of 2012 mentions Grandma’s Marathon twice: ranking its U.S. men’s elite field eighth and U.S. women sixth among American races in listings here.

Denver to make Amsoil Arena debut; UMD’s 2013-14 schedule; Shirley Kirsch

Minnesota Duluth’s tentative schedule for 2013-14, the first season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, is at the bottom of this post.

Denver makes its Amsoil Arena debut Friday and Saturday. Sounds crazy, but the Pioneers faced UMD in the final game at the DECC on Dec. 4, 2010 (a 2-1 UMD win) and haven’t been back to Duluth since. That’s one of the few drawbacks of a 12-team league.

Denver is 0-4-2 in its last six road games this season. Series notes from the University of Denver sports information office are here.

U.S. College Hockey Online talks about the 10-game unbeaten streak for the UMD women, heading to unbeaten Minnesota this week, in a story here.

Duluth octogenarian Shirley Kirsch, who has opened her home to UMD players for many years, is being honored with her own concession stand at Sill Arena of the Duluth Heritage Sports Center: Shirley’s Kitchen. Donations are being accepted to create a photo display at the concession stand and support the mission of the Heritage Sports Center (which provides a place for boys and girls to learn and grow). Donations can be sent to: Shirley’s Kitchen, Duluth Heritage Sports Center, 120 South 30th Avenue West, Duluth, Minn. 55806.

2013-14 Minnesota Duluth Tentative Schedule

Home games in CAPS

Oct. 11-12: MICHIGAN TECH

Oct. 18-19: at Colorado College

Oct. 25-26: NOTRE DAME

Nov. 1-2: at Ohio State

Nov. 15-16: at North Dakota

Nov. 22-23: at Minnesota

Dec. 6-7: ST. CLOUD STATE

Dec. 13-14: WESTERN MICHIGAN

Jan. 3 or 4: USA U18

Jan. 10-11: at Nebraska-Omaha

Jan. 17-18: DENVER

Jan. 24-25: Minnesota Cup, Xcel Energy Center, Opening round, UMD vs. Minnesota State-Mankato, Minnesota vs. St. Cloud State

Jan. 31-Feb. 1: at Western Michigan

Feb. 7-8: COLORADO COLLEGE

Feb. 14-15: at St. Cloud State

Feb. 21-22: NORTH DAKOTA

Feb. 28-March 1: at Miami of Ohio

March 7-8: NEBRASKA-OMAHA

March 14-15: NCHC First Playoff Round

March 21-22: NCHC Finals, Target Center, Minneapolis

March 28-29: Division I Regionals

April 10-12: Frozen Four, Philadelphia

WCHA with 7 of USCHO Top 20; Gernander inducted; North Dakota players charged; Hjelle honored

The WCHA continues to lead conference representation in the the U.S. College Hockey Online Top 20: WCHA seven, Hockey East, CCHA and ECAC each with four, and Atlantic Hockey with one. All USCHO polls are here.

The PairWise Rankings for men men and women.

Ken Gernander was inducted into the American Hockey League on Monday in Providence, R.I. His time in the AHL is detailed here.

This update on five North Dakota being charged for a party held last September from the Grand Forks Herald here.

College Hockey News has an update on Division I rules changes, which includes coaches no longer to scout an opponent in person. That story is here.

Ohio State senior Brady Hjelle of International Falls was named CCHA goalie of the week for a fourth time this season. He is second in Division I in save percentage at .946 and third in goals against at 1.60. A news release from the Buckeyes is here.

Division I’s best the past decade; Michigan’s woes; Raymond has 2 goals

Dave Starman, columnist for U.S. College Hockey Online, has put together a list of the top 30 Division I players of the past 10 years. And he’ll soon release a final Top 10. Minnesota Duluth representatives among the 30 are Justin Faulk, Jack Connolly and J.T. Brown (but not 2004 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Junior Lessard). The list is here.

WCHA Power Rankings are here.

Mason Raymond had two goals Friday as Vancouver won 5-0 at Anaheim. The Vancouvere Sun has a recap here.

The Pittsburgh Tribune is reporting that Pittsburgh Penguin Matt Niskanen suffered an injury Sunday here.

Michigan, which met UMD in the 2011 Division I title game, is having its worst season in more than 25 years, going 5-13-2 (and 1-7 the last eight). And the Michigan Daily has a piece about the team’s relevance in 2012-13 here.

U.S. College Hockey Online looks back at last weekend in the WCHA right here.

U.S. College Hockey Online reviews last weekend in Division I women’s play, including UMD’s sweep at Ohio State here.

Sunday in the WCHA

With six weeks to go, and with games played evening out, St. Cloud State leads the WCHA with 25 points. Minnesota Duluth (10-11-3) has some work to do, sitting eighth in the 12- team league, but just two points from fourth place. Just ahead for the Bulldogs is seventh-place Denver (13-8-4) which is at Amsoil Arena this weekend.

UMD defeated the USA U18 team 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Amsoil Arena and and a recap is here.

Five WCHA teams are in the top 16 of the PairWise Rankings, led by No. 2 Minnesota, listed here.

At Mankato, Minn., No. 2 Minnesota built a three-goal lead and held off No. 14 Minnesota State-Mankato 4-1. Zach Budish gave the Gophers a 3-0 lead on a power play 9:46 into the third period. Zach Lehrke got Mankato within 3-1 and the Purple Mavs then had a goal disallowed. The Gophers added an empty-net score. Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox (17-3-4) had 26 saves. Minnesota, 9-1-2 the last 12 games, led in shots 29-27. Attendance 5,134. From the Mankato Free Press here, Minneapolis Star Tribune here and St. Paul Pioneer Press here.

At Grand Forks, N.D., the spotlight series of the weekend was entertaining. A crowd of 11,937 saw No. 16 St. Cloud State and No. 5 North Dakota tie 2-2 in overtime. Danny Kristo (150 and Corban Knight (12) scored in the first for North Dakota. Ben Hanowski had both St. Cloud State goals, including 1:59 into the second period. That was all the scoring. North Dakota led 36-18 in shots. North Dakota 0-2-2 the last four games, the Huskies 3-0-1. From the Grand Forks Herald here and the St. Cloud Times here.

At Bemidji, Minn., the homestanding Beavers led early on an Aaron McLeod goal, but No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha rallied for a 2-1 victory and weekend sweep. Dominic Zumbo had the game winner 1:56 into the second period. John Faulkner (13-4-2) of the Red Mavs had 22 saves. Omaha led in shots 26-23. Attendance 3,676. From the Bemidji Pioneer here and the Omaha World Herald here.

At Madison, Wis., the No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers continue to climb in the WCHA after a 2-1 win over Alaska Anchorage and a series sweep. All the scoring was done in the second period. Jefferson Dahl had the game winner. Landon Peterson got the win with 21 saves. Anchorage is 0-11-1 the last 12 games. Wisconsin is 10-1-3 the last 14 and is unbeaten in the last 10 games in the WCHA. Anchorage led in shots 22-19. Attendance 13,167. From the Wisconsin State Journal here and Anchorage Daily News here.

WCHA Summaries and Standings Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 St. Cloud State   25  18 12- 5- 1 .694  60- 39   26 15-10- 1 .596  85- 64
 2 Minnesota         24  18 10- 4- 4 .667  61- 42   26 18- 4- 4 .769  98- 48
   Nebraska Omaha    24  18 11- 5- 2 .667  66- 53   26 15- 9- 2 .615  95- 71
 4 North Dakota      21  18  8- 5- 5 .583  60- 51   26 13- 8- 5 .596  84- 69
   Wisconsin         21  18  8- 5- 5 .583  42- 39   24 11- 8- 5 .562  56- 48
   Minnesota State   21  20 10- 9- 1 .525  58- 51   28 16- 9- 3 .625  85- 65
 7 Denver            20  18  8- 6- 4 .556  57- 54   25 13- 8- 4 .600  85- 67
 8 Minnesota Duluth  19  18  8- 7- 3 .528  50- 51   24 10-11- 3 .479  64- 68
 9 Colorado College  15  18  7-10- 1 .417  60- 66   26 10-14- 2 .423  88- 94
10 Bemidji State     12  18  4-10- 4 .333  40- 56   24  5-14- 5 .312  52- 73
   Michigan Tech     12  18  4-10- 4 .333  44- 61   23  7-12- 4 .391  63- 71
12 Alaska Anchorage   6  20  1-15- 4 .150  34- 69   24  3-16- 5 .229  45- 80
  USA Under-18 Team  1 at Minnesota Duluth   3       Box   
  Minnesota          4 at Minnesota State    1       Box   
  St. Cloud State    2 at North Dakota       2, tie  Box   
  Nebraska Omaha     2 at Bemidji State      1       Box   
  Alaska Anchorage   1 at Wisconsin          2       Box

Final: UMD women 3, at No. 9 Ohio State 2

Three second-period goals in five minutes propelled Minnesota Duluth to a sixth straight win Saturday afternoon, a 3-2 victory over No. 9-ranked Ohio State in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association women’s game at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The Bulldogs (13-8-3, 12-7-1 WCHA) have a 10-game unbeaten streak (8-0-2), their best stretch since going 10-0-1 from Jan. 22-Feb. 26, 2011. They’ve scored 28 goals in the six-game win streak.

After a scoreless first period, UMD had goals from right winger Jenna McParland at 2:28, and centers Zoe Hickel at 4:25 and Brienna Gillanders at 7:28 for a 3-0 lead. Hickel and Gillanders connected on power plays. Hickel and McParland lead UMD’s scoring, each with 20 points.

Ohio State (15-9-2, 10-8-2) scored the final two goals, both on power plays.

Winning goalie Kayla Black (12-8-3) had 28 saves and has season marks of .926 save percentage and 1.97 goals-against average. The Buckeyes led 30-29 in shots on goal.

UMD, 7-4-1 on the road this season, climbed past Ohio State and into a WCHA second-place tie with Wisconsin, which is home today against Minnesota.

The Bulldogs are at No. 1-ranked Minnesota (25-0) this weekend.

Minnesota Duluth……………. 0-3-0—3

Ohio State……………………… 0-1-1—2

First period — No scoring. Penalties — Cara Zubko, Ohio State (checking), 9:15; Brigette Lacquette, UMD (cross checking), 9:30; Pernilla Winberg, UMD (slashing), 19:24.

Second period —1. UMD, Jenna McParland 8 (Shara Jasper), 2:28; 2. UMD, Zoe Hickel 10 (Jamie Kenyon), 4:25 (6×4 pp); 3. UMD, Brienna Gillanders 6 (Hannah Bramm, Katie Wilson), 7:28 (pp); 4. Ohio State, Paige Semenza 12 (Kari Schmitt, Sara Schmitt), 17:40 (pp). Penalties — Kara Gust, Ohio State (interference), 3:12; S. Schmitt, Ohio State (roughing), 3:31; Jordan Krause, UMD (roughing), 10:28; Semenza, Ohio State (high sticking), 12:20; Jessica Wong, UMD (checking), 17:13.

Third period —5. Ohio State, Hokey Langan 6 (Semenza, Tina Hollowell), 4:42 (pp). Penalties —Wong, UMD (elbowing), 2:50.

Shots on goal — UMD 8-16-5–29, Ohio State 9-11-10–30. Goalies — Kayla Black (12-8-3), UMD (30 shots-28 saves); Chelsea Knapp (15-8-2), Ohio State (29 shots-26 saves). Power plays — UMD 2-of-5, Ohio State 2-of-5. Referees —Ceci Morris, Jerilyn Glenn. Linesmen — Sarma Ozmen, Mike Diebold. A —379.

Final: UMD 3, USA Under 18 1

The USA Hockey Under 18 team had already made its point against Division I opponents — tying No. 1 Minnesota and No. 7 Notre Dame, and beating Michigan, Michigan State and Merrimack.

Minnesota Duluth didn’t want to be listed among the victims of the talented high-school age team from Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Bulldogs scored early and never trailed in a 3-1 non-counting men’s exhibition victory before 5,920 fans Saturday afternoon at Amsoil Arena. Yet it took a disallowed U18 goal at the end of the first period and a 5-on-3 UMD power-play goal midway through the final period to secure the win.

“We wanted to win whether it was an exhibition or not. At this time of the year, you can’t afford to lose any games,” said UMD winger Justin Crandall, who had a goal and an assist. “Give them credit, that’s a good team and they had their chances. I thought we played a pretty solid game all around.”

The Bulldogs (10-11-3) were coming off a 5-1 loss at Colorado College while looking ahead to the most challenging part of their schedule, playing four ranked opponents in the season’s final six weeks.

Three goalies each played a period, with former U18 player Matt McNeely stopping all 15 shots in the first 20 minutes. UMD led 34-25 in shots on goal, going 26-10 the last two periods, and held its composure just enough in what became a chippy encounter.

The U18s (22-13-4) were called for 13 penalties for 56 minutes, and had two players ejected for a hit from behind and contact to the head. They are 9-6-4 against college competition this season and 6-5-2 in Division I.

“That was as a chaotic game as we’ve been in all year,” said U18 first-year coach Don Granato, a former University of Wisconsin forward. “But what you can do is learn from the experience and the environment, and the challenges we faced. You have to learn to manage the chaos, but for a time our focus shifted from our objectives.”

UMD scoring leader Mike Seidel provided a 1-0 lead 6:24 into the game as he zipped straight down the slot to beat Boston College recruit Thatcher Demko of San Diego, Calif. Western Michigan recruit Mike McCarron, a right winger, tied it 89 seconds into the second period on a power play. Crandall responded less than three minutes later, converting his own rebound at the right edge of the crease.

The game turned when UMD freshman Tony Cameranesi tried to regain possession of a puck during a breakaway and ran out of room, driving into Demko, Then all heck broke loose. Seven penalties were assessed, including two to Cameranesi, who said the hit to the goalie was not intended.

“That caused more drama than I wanted,” he said.

McCarron was lost to a hit from behind on UMD’s Tim Smith late in the second period. In the third period the Bulldogs had two 5-on-3 power plays and Caleb Herbert scored from the slot with 9:13 to play.

The Bulldogs subdued a team which had blanked Michigan State 3-0 Tuesday in East Lansing, Mich.

“This was important for us. It was a good, competitive game against a good team,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin.

McNeely, a freshman from Burnsville, Minn., knew the significance more than others. He was in goal two years ago, for the U18s, when the Bulldogs won 4-1 at Amsoil Arena during their NCAA title season.

“We treated this like any other game, not an exhibition, and we knew it would be tough,” said McNeely. “We came out ready to play and took care of business.”

The U18s play Wisconsin-Superior at 5 p.m. today at Wessman Arena before busing home.

UMD is home this Friday and Saturday against No. 10 Denver.

USA U18…………………………. 0-1-0—1

Minnesota Duluth……………. 1-1-1—3

First period — 1. UMD, Mike Seidel (Justin Crandall, Luke McManus), 6:24. Penalties — Tyler Kelleher, U18 (tripping), 8:25; Tim Smith, UMD (tripping), 13:26; Caleb Herbert, UMD (hooking), 19:42.

Second period — 2. USA, Mike McCarron (Kelleher, Evan Allen), 1:29 (pp); 3. UMD, J. Crandall (Wade Bergman, Adam Krause), 3:55. Penalties —Tony Cameranesi, UMD (roughing, interference, served by Cal Decowski), 15:19; Chris Casto, UMD (roughing), 15:19; Austin Farley, UMD (roughing), 15:19; Gage Ausmus, U18 (roughing), 15:19; Sean Malone, U18 (roughing), 15:19; Hudson Fasching, U18 (roughing), 15:19; McCarron, U18 (5-minute checking from behind major, 10-minute game misconduct, served by Kellher), 16:30.

Third period —4. UMD, Caleb Herbert (Tony Camereanesi, Andy Welinski), 10:47 (5×3 pp). Penalties — Connor Clifton, U18 (cross-checking), 8:31; Kevin Lebanc, U18 (cross checking), 10:32; Tyler Motte, U18 (interference), 11:37; Herbert, UMD (holding), 16:22; Clifton, U18 (holding), 16:22; John Hayden, U18 (5-minute contact to the head major, 10-minute game misconduct), 19:49; Kelleher, U18 (10-minute misconduct), 19:49.

Shots on goal — U18 15-7-3—25, UMD 8-12-14—34. Goalies — Thatcher Demko (17-5), U18 (34 shots-31 saves); Matt McNeely (8-7-1), UMD (15 shots-15 saves); Alex Fons, UMD (7 shots-6 saves); Aaron Crandall, UMD (3 shots-3 saves). Power plays — U18 1-of-3, UMD 1-of-7. Referees —Jared Moen, Chris Perraylt. Linesmen — Neil Missling, Jeff Schultz.  A — 5,920.

Saturday in the WCHA

Four of the top five teams in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll lost Friday: No. 1 Minnesota, No. 3 Boston College, No. 4 New Hampshire and No. 5 North Dakota. That left St. Cloud State alone at the top of the WCHA standings with 24 points, while idle Minnesota Duluth dropped from a tie for sixth to a tie for seventh.

The Bulldogs (10-11-3) have a 2:07 p.m. exhibition Saturday at Amsoil Arena against the USA Under 18 team of Ann Arbor, Mich. A feature on former UMD football player, Troy Ausmus, who has a son, Gage, on the U18 team, is here with game notes here. A game live blog will be right here.

Bruce Ciskie previews the U18 game here.

At Minneapolis, Brett Knowles scored with 44 seconds remaining to give No. 14 Minnesota State-Mankato a 2-1 win over No. 1 Minnesota. Mankato’s Johnny McInnis and Minnesota’s Nate Schmidt had scored second-period goals. That broke Minnesota’s 10-game unbeaten streak. Mankato is 13-3-1 the last 17 games. Winning goalie Stephon Williams (13-6-2) had 37 saves. Minnesota led in shots 38-33. Attendance 10,076. From the Mankato Free Press here, Minneapolis Star Tribune here and St. Paul Pioneer Press here.

At Madison, Wis., Michael Mersch (15) had a pair of goals as Wisconsin beat Alaska Anchorage 5-2. It was 1-1 seven minutes into the game before the Badgers pulled away. Wisconsin is 9-1-3 the last 13 games, while Anchorage is 0-10-1 the last 11 and has just one victory since Oct. 20. Joel Rumpel had 12 saves. Wisconsin led in shots 37-14. Attendance 10,154. From the Wisconsin State Journal here and Anchorage Daily News here.

At Grand Forks, N.D., Johnny Brodzinski (11) had a pair of goals as No. 16 St. Cloud State blunted No. 5 North Dakota 3-1. St. Cloud State, on the road for the first time since Dec. 1, led 33-16 in shots on goal. North Dakota’s Rocco Grimaldi scored with 6:11 to play. Winning goalie Ryan Faragher had 15 saves. North Dakota is 0-2-1 the last three games and the Huskies have won three straight. Attendance 11,821. From the St. Cloud Times here  and Grand Forks Herald here.

At Bemidji, Minn., the No. 13 Red Mavs of Nebraska-Omaha have had a tough time vs. Bemidji State, but got two goals from Matt White in a 5-3 victory. Bemidji led 1-0 just 99 seconds into the game on a Brady Wacker goal. Omaha led 31-25 in shots. Winning goalie John Faulkner had 22 saves. Attendance 31-25. From the Bemidji Pioneer here and Omaha World Herald here.

WCHA Summaries and Standings Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 St. Cloud State   24  17 12- 5- 0 .706  58- 37   25 15-10- 0 .600  83- 62
 2 Minnesota         22  17  9- 4- 4 .647  57- 41   25 17- 4- 4 .760  94- 47
   Nebraska Omaha    22  17 10- 5- 2 .647  64- 52   25 14- 9- 2 .600  93- 70
 4 Minnesota State   21  19 10- 8- 1 .553  57- 47   27 16- 8- 3 .648  84- 61
 5 North Dakota      20  17  8- 5- 4 .588  58- 49   25 13- 8- 4 .600  82- 67
   Denver            20  18  8- 6- 4 .556  57- 54   25 13- 8- 4 .600  85- 67
 7 Wisconsin         19  17  7- 5- 5 .559  40- 38   23 10- 8- 5 .543  54- 47
   Minnesota Duluth  19  18  8- 7- 3 .528  50- 51   24 10-11- 3 .479  64- 68
 9 Colorado College  15  18  7-10- 1 .417  60- 66   26 10-14- 2 .423  88- 94
10 Bemidji State     12  17  4- 9- 4 .353  39- 54   23  5-13- 5 .326  51- 71
   Michigan Tech     12  18  4-10- 4 .333  44- 61   23  7-12- 4 .391  63- 71
12 Alaska Anchorage   6  19  1-14- 4 .158  33- 67   23  3-15- 5 .239  44- 78
  Alaska Anchorage   2 at Wisconsin          5       Box   
  Minnesota State    2 at Minnesota          1       Box   
  St. Cloud State    3 at North Dakota       1       Box   
  Nebraska Omaha     5 at Bemidji State      3       Box

Final: UMD women 7, at Ohio State 5

Sophomore defenseman Brigette Lacquette of Mallard, Manitoba, had three goals and two assists Friday afternoon as Minnesota Duluth outlasted No. 9-ranked Ohio State 7-5 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association women’s game played before 190 fans at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The Bulldogs (12-8-3, 11-7-1 WCHA) stretched their unbeaten streak to nine (7-0-2) and have won five straight.

UMD scored just 41 seconds into the game, on Jessica Wong’s 47th career goal, and never trailed. Ohio State (15-8-2, 10-7-2) pulled even at 1-1 after one period and 3-3 late in the second.

Russian freshman winger Aleksandra Vafina gave UMD a 4-3 lead with 27 seconds left in the second period and Lacquette completed her first collegiate hat trick 54 seconds into the third period. That doubled her goal total this season. The five points by Lacquette marked the best offensive day by a UMD defenseman since Jessica Wong opened the 2011-12 season with two goals and three assists in a 7-2 home win over Boston College on Oct. 8, 2011.

On Friday, Wong, playing center, had a goal and three assists, and center Zoe Hickel added a goal and two assists.

Ohio State, which led 33-28 in shots on goal, had a goal and two assists from junior scoring leader Ally Tarr. The Buckeyes allowed the most goals in a game since losing 8-0 at No. 1 Minnesota on Oct. 20.

Winning goalie Kayla Black, a freshman, made 28 saves.

Minnesota Duluth……………. 1-3-3—7

Ohio State……………………… 1-2-2—5

First period — 1. UMD, Jessica Wong 6 (Jenna McParland), :41; 2. Ohio State, Tina Hollowell 9 (Kim Theut, Cara Zubko), 9:37. Penalties — Melani Moylan, Ohio State (hooking), 6:30; Jamie Kenyon, UMD (hooking), 14:52; Brigette Lacquette, UMD (holding), 18:44; Kayla Black, UMD (cross checking, served by Alivia Del Basso), 19:33.

Second period — 3. UMD, Lacquette 4 (Wong, Zoe Hickel), 3:18 (pp); 4. Lacquette 5 (McParland, Wong), 6:02; 5. Ohio State, Sara Schmitt 2 (Ally Tarr, Julia McKinnon), 12:52 (pp); 6. Ohio State, Tarr 8 (Taylor Kuehl, Hokey Langan), 19:01; 7. UMD, Aleksandra Vafina 3 (Pernilla Winberg), 19:33. Penalties — Danielle Gagne, Ohio State (interference), 2:54; Hickel, UMD (checking), 7:28; Tarr, Ohio State (slashing), 9:04; Lacquette, UMD (roughing), 11:53.

Third period —8. UMD, Lacquette 6 (Wong, Hickel), :54 (pp); 9. Ohio State, Julia McKinnon 11 (Kari Schmitt, S. Schmitt), 3:35 (pp); 10. Ohio State, K. Schmitt 3 (Tarr, McKinnon), 6:33 (pp); 11. UMD, Hickel 9 (Lacquette), 10:05; 12. UMD, Vanessa Thibault 1 (Brienna Gillanders, Lacquette), 12:45. Penalties — S. Schmitt, Ohio State (high sticking), :21; Winberg, UMD (high sticking), 3:17; Gillanders, UMD (high sticking), 5:50.

Shots on goal — UMD 9-12-7–28, Ohio State 13-14-6–33. Goalies — Kayla Black (11-8-3), UMD (33 shots-28 saves); Chelsea Knapp (15-7-2), Ohio State (28 shots-21 saves). Power plays — UMD 2-of-4, Ohio State 3-of-7. Referees —Ceci Morris, Jerilyn Glenn. Linesmen — Sarma Ozmen, Mike Diebold. A —190.

Game Day: Games in hand in the WCHA, UMD out of conference Saturday

Four of the five teams directly in front of sixth-place Minnesota Duluth in the WCHA have two games in hand, but that will even out this weekend. While Minnesota, St. Cloud State, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota play league series, the Bulldogs are out of conference with a 2:07 p.m. home exhibition Saturday with the USA U18 team of Ann Arbor, Mich. Seven weeks remain in the regular season.

You can take a look around the WCHA, including St. Cloud State vs. North Dakota, in posts by Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press here and Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has WCHA notes here and  series picks here.

The UMD women have 1:07 p.m. games Friday and Saturday at Ohio State and U.S. College Hockey Online has Division I women’s picks here.

The buzz from stat fans in the college hockey world is about the fabulous new feature from College Hockey, Inc. which allows you to check out, well, pretty much any stat you can think of right here.

Mark Bedics of the NCAA has some hockey notes, led by the excellent season of St. Cloud State senior forward Drew LeBlanc of Hermantown here.