MacNaughton Cup race; WCHA playoffs in 2014; Who is Quinnipiac?; Germany in women’s 2014 Winter Games

Sunday’s News Tribune story on Minnesota Duluth defenseman recruit Carson Soucy of Irma, Alberta., is here.

Three observations from U.S. College Hockey Online, following last weekend’s games, including the MacNaughton Cup race which may be down to three teams, in a story here.

The 10-team WCHA, as reconfigured for 2013-14, had decided on a playoff format, following a meeting of school administrators last week. Updates from Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press here and U.S. College Hockey Online here.

Do you know of Quinnipiac University, a private school of 8,400 in Hamden, Conn.? The undefeated runaway leader in the ECAC and 21-3-4 overall? Well, the Bobcats are No. 1 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll here and the PairWise Rankings here.

Former UMD goalie Jennifer Harss and Germany have qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics women’s hockey tournament in Sochi, Russia. The IIHF has an update on qualifiers here.