Minnesota Duluth heads on the road today, about two hours west on Highway 2 to Bemidji, Minn. UMD was the second opponent to play at the Sanford Center (Oct. 29-30, 2010) when Bemidji State opened the building nearly three years ago.
This will be UMD’s first trip there since. Games are 7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday with both on WDSE-TV (public television) in Duluth-Superior.
UMD sophomore center Caleb Herbert remains out with an injury after being hurt last Friday against Minnesota State-Mankato. Lines used at practice this week: Austin Farley-Tony Cameranesi-Mike Seidel; Cody Danberg-Jake Hendrickson-Keegan Flaherty; Dan DeLisle-Cal Decowski-Adam Krause; and Justin Crandall-Max Tardy-Joe Basaraba. Defensive pairs: Drew Olson-Andy Welinski; Tim Smith-Chris Casto; and Derik Johnson-Wade Bergman.
Goalies on the trip are freshmen Matt McNeely and Alex Fons. Coach Scott Sandelin said Wednesday he was undecided on Friday’s starter.
UMD’s WCHA Scholar-Athletes are listed in a press release here.
This week’s Bracketology from U.S. College Hockey Online is here.
St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior meet for the final time as Northern Collegiate Hockey Association members this weekend at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth, in the first round of the league playoffs. Each team will be in a new conference in 2013-14. The News Tribune has an update here.
U.S. College Hockey Online looks at this week in the WCHA, featuring Minnesota vs. Wisconsin, at Soldier Field here.