The WCHA (as we know it) enters final regular-season weekend in 61st season

After 61 years, the WCHA enters its final regular-season weekend. While the league will be re-born with 10 teams in 2013-14, it marks the end of affiliation for Minnesota Duluth (after 48 years) and Nebraska-Omaha (after three years). Both will be part of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference next season.

UMD and Omaha meet at 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Amsoil Arena (94.1 FM and My9).

The News Tribune has some end-of-the-present-WCHA notes here.

The Omaha World-Herald features UMD freshman defenseman Willie Corrin of International Falls and his uncle, Omaha coach Dean Blais, in a story here.

The NCHC officially unveiled a conference logo and the format to be used for its first post-season tournament Thursday in Minneapolis. A look at both, including 2014 NCHC playoff ticket information, is on the Target Center web site here.

The NCHC site has ticket information here.

UMD recruit Dom Toninato of Duluth, a forward with Fargo (N.D.) in the U.S. Hockey League, had a pure hat trick in the first period Wednesday night in a 5-2 win at Sioux Falls (S.D.). Toninato has 11 points the last 13 games, and is seventh in league scoring with 24 goals and 32 assists for 56 points in 52 games. Fargo is second in the U.S. Hockey League’s Western Conference and is chasing Sioux Falls. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader has a game story right here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has up-to-the-minute NCAA Bracketology right here.

The NCHC logo as posted on the Target Center web site: