Someone asked me on Friday if I'm going to miss the UMD-Wisconsin rivalry.
A bit, I guess.
In my seven-plus years of calling games, it hasn't been that nasty (outside of Patrick Johnson breaking Jason Garrison's leg a few years ago, and then John Ramage trying to behead Chad Huttel at the end of a bad night -- for UMD -- a couple years back at the DECC). These two teams aren't as compatible in terms of on-ice style as UMD and Denver are, but they usually can put a decent contest together.
More than the games, I'll miss the ready-made excuse to drive to Madison, which is a great town. And between the TV guys, radio guys, and newspaper guys, UW has one of the nicest media contingents in college hockey.
Before UMD and Wisconsin bid each other farewell until -- well, who knows when? -- let's enjoy this weekend's series.
Crandall (Justin) - Herbert - Seidel
Farley - Camaranesi - Basaraba
Young - Hendrickson - Flaherty
DeLisle - Decowski - Krause
Olson - Welinski
Bergman - Corrin
Smith - Casto
McNeely - Crandall (Aaron) - Fons
LaBate - Zengerle - Barnes
Little (Ryan) - Dahl - Little (Sean)
Paape - Zulinick - Mersch
Navin - Woods - Meuer
Wittchow - Ramage
Schulze - Faust
McCabe - Simonelli
Rumpel - Peterson
For UMD, senior captain Cody Danberg (upper body) is out for at least Friday's game. Indications are that the injury isn't terribly serious, and he will be available for the team's next weekend series, two weeks from now in Omaha.