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Get to know Michigan Tech's Aaron Pietila. Yes, he is in fact related to the 5000 other Pietila's from Brighton.

Minnesota State's Rylan Galiardi is a shot blockin' wizard.

Colorado College decided who is traveling to Wisconsin for this weekend's series. Andreas Vlassopoulos won't be going because of an injury. Hudson Stremmel has been odd man out in their goaltending rotation, though he was sick last week, which probably temporarily put him in the thrid string role.

Wisconsin still has some lineup decisions to make, including who will start in goal for the Badgers this weekend. Mike Eaves has a pretty good team this year, but that means there could be extra pressure to win this year, especially after a couple weak seasons.

Western Michigan forward Lucas Isley returned to juniors last season without anyone really noticing, but is still scheduled to come back to Western at the start of next season. Isley was one of the first '90 birthdates to commit to a college for the 2008 recruiting, but it looks like he hasn't developed as hoped.

St. Cloud's Oliver Lauridsen has made some improvements since last year, which was pretty painful to watch at times.

Ohio State's school paper wonders how OSU will beat Denver, when they got swept by a potentially crappy Quinnipiac team.

Mike Cichy is this week's featured NHL prospect over at Fanhouse.

Minnesota-Duluth's Mike Connolly is back from a two-game suspension for violating team rules, but the Bulldogs lost forward Travis Oleksuk to injury last weekend.

The NTDP added forward Mike Vilardo to their roster. He was added to help the struggling U17 team in the USHL, where through four games, Team USA is 0-4-0 and has been outscored 25-7. The U17s were light on forwards to begin with and lost Reid Boucher to an injury.