Minnesota Duluth vs. Minnesota, back together again

A 12-team league, like the WCHA, has scheduling quirks.

When Minnesota Duluth faces No. 2 Minnesota on Friday and Saturday at Mariucci Arena it will be the first meeting between the programs since Oct. 14-15, 2011. It will be the first time the Bulldogs have played in Minneapolis since Dec. 10 and 12, 2010, when the Saturday game was postponed to Sunday because of snow (and the Metrodome deflated).

The teams, going to separate conferences in 2013-14, play one series in Minneapolis next season on Nov. 22-23. In 2014-15 and 2015-16 the teams will have home-and-home series, said Minnesota coach Don Lucia.

UMD expects to have sophomore center Caleb Herbert back in the lineup this weekend after missing three games because of injury.

Gopher radio voice Wally Shaver previews the UMD-Minnesota series in a video report here.

College Hockey News has WCHA Power Rankings here.

Blake School forward Dani Cameranesi has been named Minneapolis Star Tribune high school girls hockey Metro Player of the Year. She’s the sister of UMD freshman center Tony Cameranesi. A Star Tribune story is here.

Blake faces Mound Westonka at 1 p.m. Wednesday to open the Minnesota Class A tournament.

U.S. College Hockey Online features St. Cloud State senior Drew LeBlanc, who leads the No. 9 Huskies in scoring at 10-30-40. The story is here.