Minnesota Duluth is expecting no changes to its lineup for the start of the WCHA playoffs against Wisconsin on Friday in Madison, Wis. Coach Scott Sandelin said Tuesday that the team is about as healthy as its been for a while and, on a 4-0-1 streak, will keep things status quo.
The Bulldogs practice Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning in Duluth, and then bus to Madison about noon Thursday. Game times for the best-of-three series are 7:07 p.m. starting Friday at the Kohl Center. UMD is reporting no injuries.
UMD (14-17-5) placed ninth in the 12-team WCHA and Wisconsin (17-12-7) was in a three-way tie for fourth. The Badgers had just three more league wins than UMD.
Winger Mason Raymond gave Vancouver a shootout victory Tuesday night, but his spin-o-rama move continues a debate on shootout attempts. Vancouver defenseman Jason Garrison had a goal and was named No. 3 star in the game vs. Columbus. The Raymond video is here.
Eveleth native Zach Sikich, 32, a former University of St. Thomas goalie, spent a few minutes in an Anaheim jersey Tuesday night in St. Paul. Pat Reusse of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has the story here.
Gustavus Adolphus College of St. Peter, Minn., is the lone Western entrant in the NCAA Division III women’s Frozen Four starting Friday at Wessman Arena. The News Tribune has an update on the Gusties here.
Superior native P.K. O’Handley was behind the bench for a record 1,000th game last Saturday as a U.S. Hockey League coach. O’Handley has been in the league for 18 years, the last 11 with the Waterloo (Iowa) Black Hawks. He has a record of 494-434-72. An update on his milestone from the USHL web site is right here.