Here's some Friday-morning headlines college hockey fans might be interested in:
In Mankato, the Mavericks' Mick Berge has become one of the top goal scorers in the country, although he was an assist guy last weekend. The Free Press' MSU-North Dakota series preview is also there. ... According to the Grand Forks Herald, the Sioux spent a lot of practice time on special teams this week. .. The Herald also featured Berge, whose dad played at North Dakota in the late '70s.
Another big series in the WCHA's opening weekend will be the Minnesota-St. Cloud State matchup. The St. Cloud Times' Kevin Allenspach wonders if it will be a goaltenders dual, although the Huskies did score a lot last weekend (Garrett Roe's not going to score 150 points, is he?). ... The Times also focused on the return of Minnesota captain Ryan Stoa, while the Star Tribune looked at the Gophers' young guns. Minnesota has 12 freshmen on its roster. ... The Pioneer Press featured Gophers goalie Alex Kangas, whom MSU fans remember quite well from last March.
Denver will host Wisconsin this weekend, and the Badgers, like everyone else, are trying to cope with the new rules. ... Recent on- and off-ice events have turned this series into quite the rivalry. ... In the Denver Post, DU freshman David Carle is a "scholarship volunteer assistant coach" after being diagnosed with a rare heart condition that forced him to give up hockey.
Down the road in Colorado Springs, the CC Tigers aren't looking past Michigan Tech, a team that has been a thorn in their side for the last few years. ... Still, the Huskies know they have a tough matchup for the conference opener.
Duluth is facing Western Michigan for the first time and senior MacGregor Sharp is hoping his new training program pays off. ... Alaska-Anchorage will be playing in the Alaska (Fairbanks) tournament minus two players who have left the program.
Here are some of the WCHA weekend previews: Inside College Hockey, USCHO and This is the WCHA.
Finally, here's an interesting developing story. The NCAA wants to make its regionals true regionals in order to minimize travel. Let's just say the WCHA, which often has five or, in last year's case, six teams in the national tournament, isn't happy about it.