Game Day: Alabama-Huntsville (3-19-1) at Minnesota Duluth (10-17-5)

Minnesota Duluth closes its nonconference schedule with a pair of games against independent (and soon-to-be WCHA member) Alabama-Huntsville at 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Amsoil Arena (94.1 FM and My9). Coach Scott Sandelin says his lineup will be the same as last weekend against Minnesota. No changes.

A News Tribune live blog each night will be here.

A look at the family of UMD senior winger Keegan Flaherty (who was twin hockey-play brothers) is here and series notes here.

The UMD women open a WCHA best-of-three playoffs at home at 2:07 p.m. Friday with Ohio State. The Bulldogs have never lost a first-round series. The News Tribune has an update here and series notes here.

A look around the WCHA from Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald here and Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has WCHA series picks here.

The St. Cloud Times features senior star forward Drew LeBlanc of Hermantown in a story here.

Jeff Stark of Amsoil Arena has video highlights of the Section 7A title game (Duluth Marshall vs. Duluth Denfeld) here.

And video highlights from Thursday’s Section 7AA final (Duluth East vs. Grand Rapids) are here.

Stephen Anderson of the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette is reporting that Michigan Tech’s MacInnes Student Ice Arena will install a $615,000 Mitsubishi Diamond Vision video scoreboard for next season, financed by money from gifts and donors.

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