Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Morning Skate

Greetings from the road. On my way to the U.P. to see No. 1 Michigan Tech host No. 9 Minnesota State. Could be a classic series between the two teams.

Who would have thought, just a few years ago, that this would be a matchup of top-10 teams? Read more about the series in The Free Press' gameday preview.

If you can't make the trip to Houghton, remember: the games are available (for a fee) on

Back in Mankato, initial plans were unveiled on Thursday night for the $30 million Verizon Wireless Center expansion project, which includes upgrades to Minnesota State's hockey facilities. The project is one MSU coaches Mike Hastings and Eric Means believe will be quite helpful for their programs.

For the first time this season, all 10 WCHA teams are in action against each other this weekend.

Read more about the league in the weekly USCHO column by Bemidji's Jack Hittinger and myself and check out our weekend picks.

Bemidji State at Bowling Green: The schedule gets no easier for the Beavers, who travel to Ohio to take on the Falcons. Bemidji is looking to end a four-game losing streak.

Northern Michigan at Alaska Anchorage: Speaking of losing streaks, the Seawolves have dropped five in a row and are back home after a long Michigan trip and must face the conference's best goaltender, Mathias Dahlstrom, and the Wildcats.

Alaska at Lake Superior State: The Nanooks, too, have dropped five in a row and must go on the road against the Lakers in hopes of finding their way back into the win column.

Alabama Huntsville at Ferris State: The Chargers must be feeling good about themselves after having some success, but the Bulldogs are, too, have hanging up 14 goals a week ago.

I'll get the live blog fired up shortly after getting to Houghton. More later.

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