Michigan/Michigan State preview with Wolverines coach Mel Pearson: USCHO Game of the Week episode 8

 (Melissa Wade)
Mel Pearson’s Michigan Wolverines have a home-and-home series with rival Michigan State this weekend (file photo: Melissa Wade).

This week’s USCHO Game of the Week is a rivalry series as Michigan and Michigan State play Friday at Munn and Saturday at Yost. Michigan coach Mel Pearson joins hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger to preview the series and take stock on the Big Ten.

Also previewed in our lightning round:

In the Big Ten, No. 5 Ohio State is at Minnesota and No. 6 Penn State is at Wisconsin for weekend series;

ECAC Hockey features a home-and-home between No. 9 Quinnipiac and No. 19 Princeton;

The NCHC includes No. 15 North Dakota at No. 2 Minnesota Duluth and No. 1 St. Cloud State at Miami, each for a pair;

And the WCHA is highlighted by No. 4 Minnesota State at No. 20 Lake Superior.

Plus, quick looks at BC/BU, Bemidji at Michigan Tech, and Air Force at RIT.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at USCHO.com and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with USCHO.com as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.