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After rise in COVID-19 cases, new variant of virus, Michigan pauses all athletic activities

Under a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) decision made Saturday, the University of Michigan Athletic Department will immediately pause athletic activities in all sports, including games, team and individual training sessions, until further notice and up to 14 days.

Saturday round-up: BC’s York hits another milestone, winning 1,100th game as No. 1 Eagles hold off UConn, 4-2

Boston College coach Jerry York, already the winningest college hockey coach of all time, reached another milestone on Saturday earning his 1,100th coaching victory as No. 1 BC 4-2 defeated Connecticut, 4-2 (File photo: Boston College Athletics)

GOTW: Late goals by Keranen, Brisson propel No. 8 Michigan to 3-1 victory over No. 16 Notre Dame, sweep of two-game series

Late goals for Michigan by Jay Keranen and Brendan Brisson broke open a 1-1 tie and gave the No. 8 Wolverines a two-game sweep of No. 16 Notre Dame, 3-1 (Photo: Fighting Irish Media)

Lake Superior positive COVID-19 test postpones series at Michigan Tech; MTU, Northern Michigan to play non-conference series

Positive COVID-19 tests at Lake Superior have postponed games at Michigan Tech. MTU will play non-conference series with Northern Michigan.

Postponed Gold Pan games between Colorado College, Denver rescheduled for Jan. 29-30 in Colorado Springs

The postponed series between Colorado College and Denver from earlier in January has been rescheduled for Jan. 29-30 in Colorado Springs.

Air Force hockey announces changes to upcoming schedule, including LIU series cancellation Feb. 19-20

Several changes have been made to the Air Force hockey schedule.

Awaiting Lake Superior State COVID-19 test results, LSSU-Michigan Tech game tonight pushed back one hour

The start time for tonight's first game of the series between Lake Superior State and Michigan Tech in Houghton, Mich., has been pushed back one hour to 7:07 p.m. ET.

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This Week in NCHC Hockey: After nearly a year away, Fighting Hawks ‘grateful to be back’ at Ralph Engelstad Arena

The venue seats 11,634 fans, and it's known widely among college hockey circles as one of the toughest places for a visiting team to play. A year ago, North Dakota was atop college hockey and one of the favorites to succeed in the postseason tournament. The Fighting Hawks were readying to host an NCHC first-round series when the college hockey season was abruptly ended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This weekend will mark North Dakota's first home series this season at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

This Week in WCHA Hockey: Ferris State staying upbeat, working to grow through difficult 2020-21 season

It is tough to remain competitive through all of the adversity the 2020-21 season has thrown at teams. Yet, Bob Daniels’ Ferris State squad is trying to do just that. The Bulldogs are 1-8-0 on the season after earning a win on Saturday over Trine. Right now, his team’s record is the least of what Daniels is trying to focus on.

This Week in Hockey East: Rapidly-improving Connecticut team making waves with added experience, talent

Building and continuously rebuilding a college sports program is easily the greatest challenge that every coaching staff faces. Success, particularly in college hockey, often leads to NHL teams taking notice and players being snatched prior to the conclusion of their four-year college career, often leaving significant holes in a lineup. Three years ago, Connecticut coach Mike Cavanaugh faced exactly that.

This Week in Atlantic Hockey: RIT enduring ’emotional roller coaster’ as 2020-21 season moves forward, but ‘grateful to be playing’

Rochester Institute of Technology has had seven of its scheduled 17 games postposed so far this season, about average for teams in Atlantic Hockey. The Tigers, who came close to not having a season at all, have had zero players and staff test positive for the coronavirus so far.

This Week in ECAC Hockey: Petruzzelli putting Quinnipiac on back with three consecutive shutouts, ‘building that trust’

It’s been a long line of zeroes lately for Quinnipiac and goalie Keith Petruzzelli.

This Week in Big Ten Hockey: After lethargic start to ’20-21 season, Penn State ‘becoming the team we want to be’

The lack of continuity for Penn State led to an 0-5 start, but the Nittany Lions have won seven of their last nine contests and are coming off their first conference sweep of the season after taking down Michigan State at home last weekend.

This Week in NCHC Hockey: Sitting idle nearly a month, Mavericks staying positive as COVID-19 invades Omaha

With Omaha having three consecutive series moved due to positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and quarantining within the UNO program, many might see Mavericks coach Mike Gabinet as being in an unenviable situation these days.

This Week in Hockey East: Inconsistent schedule ‘can be weird at times,’ freshman players ‘ready for anything’

This hockey season is likely the weirdest time ever for a freshman to begin their collegiate hockey career. With tons of regulations, inconsistency on the schedule, and some teams having 10 more games than others, it’s a lot to sort through. For anyone entirely new to college hockey, they have the luxury of not knowing how normal things felt in the before times to compare to.

This Week in Atlantic Hockey: Experience playing major role for Mercyhurst during 2020-21 season

Fresh off of a six-point sweep of Air Force last weekend, Mercyhurst is right back where everyone expects the Lakers, in fourth place with a position to challenge for the league’s top slots.

This Week in WCHA Hockey: Alabama Huntsville establishing identity by ‘willing to change and do things a different way’

College hockey didn’t start back up again until November, and even then, Alabama Huntsville was on the road for its first six games. So last Friday and Saturday’s games were a cathartic experience for the Chargers: a sweep of Ferris State in their first home games in almost 11 months.

This Week in Big Ten Hockey: Competitive conference seeing ‘margin between victory and defeat is getting smaller and smaller’

Leave it to Danton Cole to sum up this whole wild ride of a college hockey season with an axiom that neither oversimplifies nor underexplains: “You know what? Sports are an interesting thing.” Yes. Yes they are.

This Week in NCHC Hockey: Miami earns first conference road sweep in five years as RedHawks ‘trying to learn how to win’

Ever since Miami's last NCAA tournament appearance in the NCHC's second season, the RedHawks have struggled to have success. Since the 2014-15 season, when Miami finished second in the regular season and then won the NCHC Frozen Faceoff, Miami has yet to post a winning record, and in the last four seasons Miami has finished seventh twice and eighth twice in the eight-team league.

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