There are three games I want to see the results of tonight.

One, of course, is the Gophers at Micigan game in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines are struggling more than the U. Minnesota should have a good chance to beat them.


* On junior defenseman Kevin Wehrs: "He is playing well. What he is doing is delivering pucks to the net. He is shooting it off the pass. [That's] how we scored both of our goals on Saturday night [in a 2-1 loss to UMD], Kevin is playing the best hockey of his career right now. And we certainly until [Nick] Leddy comes back. When Nick comes back we will find a spot for him on the power play."

Leddy, a freshman defenseman who was playing on the first defensive pair, is out for at least another week with a broken jaw.

* On Gophers' first line: "Jordan [Schroeder], Nico [Sacchetti] and Hoff {Mike Hoeffel] had really good chemistry [last] weekend. They seem to be growing in that area. Now we have to have some other guys step forward from an offensive standpoint where we can count on them to contribute night in and night out. That is what we are still searching for."


One of the other intriguing games is No. 6 Bemidji State vs. No. 1 Miami in Grand Forks,
N.D., in the Subway Holiday Classic.  This is a rematch of one of last season’s Frozen Four semifinals.

 Two of the stingiest defenses in the country collide. BSU currently leads the nation in scoring defense allowing just 1.67 goals per game, while Miami is giving up just 1.71 goals per game.  The
difference is that BSU has scored six goals in three of its last four
outings and currently sits fourth in the country in scoring averaging
just over four goals per contest.

 Game time is 4 p.m. today at the Ralph.

The Redhawks defeated the Beavers 4-1 on April 9, 2009. The loss ended
the BSU’s magical Frozen Four run. If Bemidji State wins, the Beavers should keep climbing in the national polls.


This is a slightly edited Minnesota State Mankato news release:

Minnesota State (4-7-1 overall, 2-7-1 WCHA) continues WCHA action with a pair of league home games with Michigan Tech (3-7-0 overall, 2-6-0 WCHA) this weekend at Verizon Wireless Center (4,832) in downtown Mankato on Friday (7:37 p.m.) and Saturday (7:07 p.m.).

MSU is 20-12-3 all-time vs. MTU , including a 3-0-1 mark in the last four games. Junior defenseman Kurt Davis is MSU’s current active scoring leader in games vs. the Huskies with 0-7--7 in six games.

Minnesota State splitting a league road series at Alaska Anchorage (8-2 win, 4-1 loss)  last weekend. MSU students were distributed 1,100 tickets this week.