Game Day: No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha (18-14-2) at Minnesota Duluth (12-17-5)

The final weekend of the WCHA’s regular season opens Friday. No. 16-ranked Nebraska-Omaha and coach Dean Blais face Minnesota Duluth and coach Scott Sandelin at 7:07 p.m. at Amsoil Arena (94.1 FM and My9).

A News Tribune game live blog will be here.

Friday’s News Tribune has a feature on senior defenseman Wade Bergman of Calgary, Alberta, here and game notes here.

UMD senior winger Keegan Flaherty will sit out a second straight game with an injury, but likely will play Saturday. Freshman goalie Matt McNeely is expected to start for the Bulldogs.

Rob White of the Omaha World Herald looks at the tightly-bunched upper half of the WCHA which shows five teams still with a shot at the MacNaughton Cup. Omaha, sitting in sixth place, can finish as high as second. The 61st WCHA season may have the craziest finish in history and final standings will not be determined until and Sunday afternoon game, Alaska Anchorage at Denver. The story is here.

Sports information series notes from UMD here and Nebraska-Omaha here.

WCHA weekend links from Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press here, Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald here and Joe Paisley of Colorado Springs, Colo., here.

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

WCHA Final Five tickets go on sale Monday and information is here.

The new 10-team WCHA, which was able to rework its 2013-14 schedule to allow Alabama-Huntsville a full 28-game participation, has released its composite schedule for next season in a release here.