This is a bit of an abbreviated edition of the Friday Morning Skate, as I'll be up at the crack of dawn and heading to Houghton for the big series between the Mavericks and the Huskies.
Minnesota State is on a nine-game unbeaten streak against Michigan Tech, but there have been some good and important games played in front of big crowds over that time, and I'd expect that to be the case again this weekend.
The teams are fairly similar, it seems, as they like to get up and down the rink but also have solid defensive players and good goaltending.
For more on the series, check out the Freep's College Hockey Gameday.
A lot of WCHA action will be taking place in Michigan's Upper Peninsula this weekend. Besides MSU-Tech, Alaska at Northern Michigan and Alaska Anchorage at Lake Superior State. For more WCHA coverage, read my and Jack Hittinger's USCHO column and take a look at our weekend picks.
And, of course, be sure to check back later for pre-, during- and post-game coverage from Friday's game.