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Published: January 31, 2014, 4:57 am, by Joe Paisley

fredrik Olofsson MUGCC commit Fredrik Olofsson was traded to the USHL’s  Chicago Steel by the Green Bay Gamblers recently. 

The Broomfield forward has played in 28 games this season for Green Bay and has scored two goals and added four assists.  He suited up for the Gamblers in eight games last season after the Colorado Thunderbirds club season ended.

Olofsson is a 1996 birth year and was a fifth round pick of the Gamblers in the 2012 United States Hockey League Futures Draft.  He played for Sweden in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

SCSU road celebrationFourth-place Air Force cannot afford to be outworked again in the Falcons’ home series against third-place UConn. Friday’s game is at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday starts at 5:05 p.m. to allow UConn to catch a late-night flight from Denver to Boston.

There are only two NCHC series this weekend with CC, Denver, Miami and North Dakota enjoying their final bye weekend.

No. 5 St. Cloud State at Nebraska-Omaha:

Here is a feature on UNO freshman forward Austin Ortega who has been a steady contributor this season.  SCSU defenseman Ethan Prow has found his footing as part of the Huskies’ top defensive pairing in his sophomore season. Forward Joey Benik will play Friday at Omaha. Benik had missed the last five  games with an upper-body injury.

The Huskies are focusing on tightening up their defense along with other NCHC notes

WMU celebration 2Minnesota-Duluth at No. 20 Western Michigan:

Western Michigan’s Mike Cichy has elevated his game so far this second half. Here is a video interview with Duluth senior Max Tardy.

Things are wide open in the WCHA due to a poor nonconference mark overall. Here is more on the WCHA.

Five teams are in the hunt for first place in the NCHC. Here are this weekend’s predictions for the AHA and NCHC.

Injuries and suspensions means No. 1 Minnesota is thin on defense while senior forward Tom Serratore is out with an injury.