The eight-team National Collegiate Hockey Conference gets underway in 2013-14 and a new era begins at Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs play every conference team home and away except for Denver and Miami of Ohio, and they have three nonconference series and the inaugural Minnesota Cup at the Xcel Energy Center for 34 games.
The season opens Oct. 11-12 vs. Michigan Tech at Amsoil Arena and the regular season finishes March 7-8 vs. Nebraska-Omaha at Amsoil. The league playoffs open March 14-15 with the NCHC finals March 21-22 at Target Center in Minneapolis.
HOME SERIES: Michigan Tech, Notre Dame, St. Cloud State, Western Michigan, Denver, Colorado College, North Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha,
AWAY SERIES: Colorado College, Ohio State, North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska-Omaha, Western Michigan, St. Cloud State and Miami of Ohio.
NEUTRAL: Minnesota Cup, Jan. 24-25, expected first-round pairings, UMD vs. Minnesota State-Mankato, and Minnesota vs. St. Cloud State.
EXHIBITION: USA Under 18
After being one of three players to sit out a one-game suspension last Friday at home, UMD senior winger Cody Danberg was back in the lineup Saturday. Yet he was not wearing a C on his jersey indicating captain. Coach Scott Sandelin said Tuesday that while there has been no captaincy change, Danberg will have to earn that designation. Sandelin said there was no timetable, but Danberg’s C could be restored as soon as this weekend at Colorado College. Drew Olson and Keegan Flaherty continue to serve as assistant captains.
Central Scouting has released Mid-Term Rankings heading to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. UMD recruits listed among North American skaters: 72-Blake Heinrich, D, Sioux City (USHL); 173-Willie Raskob, D, Shattuck School; 174-Neal Pionk, D, Hermantown High School; and 201-Brett Boehm, LW, Flin Flon (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League). The complete listings are here.
Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey reviews the Central Scouting rankings here.
The INCH Writers take a look at the First 60 Percent of the Season, handing out a few awards, including some praise for Ohio State senior goalie Brady Hjelle of International Falls right here.