Things are starting to get revved up for Minnesota-North Dakota week, and so is the coverage.
For starters, in today’s Herald, we have a story about ticket prices for this weekend’s series. Read that here.
Believe it or not, tickets are more expensive for the UND-Minnesota game Saturday than they are for the NHL opener and the Minnesota Wild debut of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter across town.
This afternoon, I spoke to Minnesota coach Don Lucia, who said that his team’s leading scorer, Erik Haula, is back at practice, but his availability for this weekend’s series will not be determined until Friday. Read that story here.
UND’s questionable player is fourth-line forward Derek Rodwell, who has not played since Christmas.
The injury situation is quite a bit different than the last time these teams played, when UND was down to 17 skaters in the NCAA tournament and WCHA Final Five (but actually played better than when it had a full lineup in November).
Lucia said it’s a little bit strange, after playing six times last season, to be meeting up for the first time in January. But the teams better get used to not playing often.
Lucia said on his radio show that, in the future, he would play to play for two years, then take two years off. Read that here.
There has been college hockey news other than North Dakota-Minnesota, too.
The most notable one is that Alabama-Huntsville is making a presentation to the WCHA on Thursday in hopes of becoming a member.
The Mining Journal has some great coverage of the big meeting in this story. Should be very interesting to see what happens.
UND recruit Adam Tambellini is the BCHL player of the week.
In two games since being traded from the Vernon Vipers to the Surrey Eagles, Tambellini has 5 goals and 7 points. He scored both goals in a 2-1 win over his old team.
The son of Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini was ranked No. 62 today in Central Scouting’s midterm rankings.
UND defenseman recruit Charlie Pelnik, who has been hurt for most the season, is finally coming off the injured reserved list for the Fargo Force, who have won 11 of the last 13 games.