Next up for Minnesota Duluth: Michigan Tech

After a week off, Minnesota Duluth opens the second half of 2012-13 at home Friday and Saturday against Michigan Tech in a WCHA series. The teams met Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Houghton, Mich., with UMD winning 7-3 and tying 4-4 in overtime.

Michigan Tech ended the first half of the season by winning the Great Lakes Invitational for the first time since 1980. Stephen Anderson of the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette, along with coach Mel Pearson, looks at the Huskies in a story here.

College Hockey News has a Michigan Tech update here.

Canada defeated Russia 8-3 Sunday to win the 2013 U22 Meco Cup women’s tournament at the F├╝ssen (Germany) Arena. UMD defenseman Brigette Lacquette had a goal in the title game. Hockey Canada has a recap here. UMD assistant coach Laura Schuler was with the gold-medal U18 Canadian team.

There is one game involving the WCHA on Tuesday, a good one, as No. 2 Notre Dame faces No. 1 Minnesota in Minneapolis (FS North). Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a preview here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has a game prediction here.

Fan voting for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award is underway. UMD’s top three scorers, Mike Seidel, Tony Cameranesi and Austin Farley, are on the ballot. Jack Connolly was the 2012 winner. Voting is available here.

Vancouver defenseman Jason Garrison is among those interviewed on video about the end of the NHL lockout and that is available from the Canucks here.

Nebraska-Omaha freshman goalie Anthony Stolarz has left school in favor of the Ontario Hockey League. The Omaha World Herald has a story here.

Minnesota State-Mankato, in the midst of a superb season, is seeking improvements to the Verizon Wireless Center, and first-year coach Mike Hastings went before the Mankato City Council on Monday to make a pitch. The Mankato Free Press has an update here.