Minnesota Duluth didn’t play at Wisconsin during the regular season of 2012-13 and Badger coach Mike Eaves says there are no plans to schedule UMD when the schools go to separate conferences in 2013-14.
So while it appeared the rivalry would be halted for the foreseeable future, UMD was paired against Wisconsin to open the WCHA playoffs starting Friday in Madison. The 7:07 p.m. games will be on 94.1 FM and My9 in the Twin Ports.
The Bulldogs are on a 4-0-1 streak helped by freshman stars Austin Farley, Tony Cameranesi and Andy Welinski, and by a hot power play. The News Tribune has an update here and Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal has a story on what the Badgers will do to slow UMD’s power play here.
Andy Johnson of Buckey’s Fifth Quarter has a Wisconsin update, including the availability of Derek Lee here.
U.S. College Hockey Online has a look at the start of the WCHA playoff season here.
If you want an unofficial look at a 2013 All-WCHA team, the league bloggers have one right here.
After losing twice in Duluth last weekend, Nebraska-Omaha is regrouping for a trip to Minnesota State-Mankato. The Omaha World-Herald has an update here.
College Hockey News looks at NCAA tournament probabilities in a Bracketology update here.
The NCAA Division III women’s Frozen Four begins Friday at Wessman Arena in Superior and U.S. College Hockey Online has a preview here.