No. 5 Notre Dame at Minnesota preview with Fighting Irish coach Jeff Jackson: Game of the Week Podcast Season 2 Episode 5

Jeff Jackson’s Fighting Irish have made the NCAA tournament four years straight, and the Frozen Four four of his previous fourteen seasons (photo: Matt Dewkett).

Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson joins us to preview the weekend series as his No. 5 Fighting Irish head to Minnesota in Big Ten action. Jackson discusses this year’s team, senior leadership, and the competitiveness of the conference.

Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger also look at No. 7 Wisconsin at No. 12 Penn State, No. 3 UMass home-and-home with No. 10 Northeastern, No. 15 Boston College at No. 8 Providence, No. 18 Bowling Green at No. 2 Minnesota State, and No. 9 Quinnipiac at Arizona State, as well as a pair of rivalry matchups: St. Lawrence at No. 11 Clarkson for a pair of non-league games, and Dartmouth at UNH.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with 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 (@EdTrefzger) 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.