MSU senior forwards Geoff Irwin and Jason Wiley are expected to be back in the lineup tonight after missing a combined seven games with injuries. ... The Mavs have just one player not available and that's forward Brett Peterson. ... Austin Lee will get the start tonight in goal for the Mavericks.
Previewing the series, Minnesota State has gotten good production from its freshmen this season, notably Tyler Pitlick and Eriah Hayes, who took very different paths to college hockey. ... As for CC, defenseman Stephen Schultz has made a significant contribution to the WCHA's top offense.
Going around the rest of the WCHA, it's been a crazy week with players leaving, players saying they're not leaving, and not one but two suspensions. There's controversy in Duluth with the way students were behaving in the stands during the MSU series a few weeks ago.
On to the games ...
St. Cloud State at North Dakota: The Sioux have quite the home advantage, putting together a 16-game unbeaten streak at The Ralph and drawing more than 11,700 fans per game. This begins a tough stretch of games for North Dakota. ... Meanwhile, the Huskies are harkening back to 2006 when they last swept a series in Grand Forks.
Anchorage at Wisconsin: The Badgers, coming off a split with Minnesota, is mixing up its lineup again. ... Meanwhile, the Seawolves are coming off their best offensive game in eight years.
Michigan Tech at Duluth: The Bulldogs have a father-son connection, the News-Tribune reports. ... As for the Huskies, they appear to have found their goaltender.
Bemidji State at Minnesota: In always-dramatic Minnesota, the Gophers will host the undefeated and future-WCHA-member Beavers, who are ranked No. 7 in the country, in a Saturday-Sunday series. The short-handed Gophers are looking for more scoring.
Finally, the College Hockey Weekend TV crew from Bethany Lutheran College did a day in the life of Minnesota State's Rylan Galiardi. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.
Don't forget to check the live blog right here during tonight's MSU-CC game the Verizon Wireless Center.