Friday reading: Wisconsin-CC series; NCHC previews and predictions; NCAA sites

Published: December 13, 2013, 10:43 am, by Joe Paisley
Colorado College's Nick Dineen, left, celebrates teammate Stephen Schultz's third period game-winning goal in the third period of Colorado College's 2-1 win over the University of Wisconsin Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Colorado Springs World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. At right are Wisconsin goalie Brett Bennett and Frankie Simonelli. MARK REIS/THE GAZETTE

Colorado College’s Nick Dineen, left, celebrates teammate Stephen Schultz’s third period game-winning goal in the third period of Colorado College’s 2-1 win over the University of Wisconsin Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Colorado Springs World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. At right are Wisconsin goalie Brett Bennett and Frankie Simonelli. MARK REIS/THE GAZETTE

The weekly USCHO Big 10 column focuses on No. 15 Wisconsin headed into this weekend. Two Badger freshmen are taking on larger roles as the season progresses.

Here is a capsule preview of the CC-Wisconsin series and another. Here is The Gazette’s preview.

A St. Cloud State sophomore is enjoying a strong season. The No. 1/2 Huskies host No. 9/10 Union this weekend.

North Dakota hosts Northern Michigan in a nonconference series.

USCHO predicts a Wisconsin sweep in its weekly NCHC picks.

The NCAA announced the future Frozen Four sites for 2015-18 and the 2015-16 regionals:

2015:  Boston; last hosted in 2004

2016: Tampa; hosted Frozen Four in 2012

2017: Chicago, United Center; first time host

2018:  St. Paul’s XCel Center; most recently hosted in 2011.

2015 regionals: East, Providence, R.I.; Northeast, Manchester, N.H.; West, Fargo, N.D.; Midwest, South Bend, Ind.

2016 regionals: East, Albany, N.Y,;  Northeast, Worcester, Mass; West, St. Paul, Minn.; Midwest,  Cincinnati