Look for CC senior Archie Skalbeck to move back to center against Miami this weekend with both sophomore Cody Bradley (upper body) and junior Jordan DiGiando (lower body) questionable for the weekend with injuries.
Freshman wing Matt Hansen (middle body) continues to heal. I wrote a feature on freshman Sam Rothstein, who has quietly had a strong debut season thanks to some advice from his father. Here are Three Things to Watch for this weekend’s home series against seventh-place Miami.
Minnesota State coach Mike Hastings has a good perspective on the college hockey realgnments.
But no doubt, some Mavericks fans and players have a chip on their shoulders headed into this weekend’s inaugural North Star College Cup at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, which includes No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 5 St. Cloud State in the late semifinal and Minnesota-Duluth vs. Mankato at 3 p.m. MT Friday. Here is a capsule preview of the event with a video interview focusing on the Brodzinski brothers with Jonny playing for SCSU and Michael for UM.
Minnesota State is CHN’s team of the week. Here is an NHL.com feature on SCSU’s Nic Dowd. SCSU sophomore forward Jonny Brodzinski’s younger brother, Michael, plays for Minnesota, creating a family reunion on Friday. The pair of Brodzinski brothers are the sons of Mike Brodzinski, who was a two-time All-America for St. Cloud State in 1986 and 1987.
Here is more on the tournament and the North Dakota injury situation. Here is more out of North Dakota on the Zane Gothberg injury and his replacement, senior goalie Clarke Saunders. No. 18 UND travels to No. 16 Denver with both teams tied for second place in the standings and ride impressive streaks into the series. UND carries a nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1), the third-longest active unbeaten streak in the NCAA, into the series, while DU is 9-2-5 in its last 16 games (since Nov. 8).
Western Michigan sophomore goaltender Lukas Hafner leads the country with a 1.61 GAA while Nebraska-Omaha junior forward Josh Archibald is tied for third in the NCAA with 17 goals. Both teams are off this weekend.