POWER RANKINGS!

This time around I did a little bit more research to conclude my power rankings for the WCHA.  With a combination of season statistics, recent results and current scoring trends divided by human reaction time and the temperature of Lake Superior in Kelvin, I have calculated a flawless algorithm in finding perfect WCHA power rankings.

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1) Minnesota Golden Gophers 11-3-3 (6-3-3)

Oh Yeah?

  • Best Scoring Ratio (1.675)
  • Best Penalty Kill (89.7%)
Oh No!
  • Strength of Schedule - 45/54 (Easiest in WCHA)
  • Inconstant Play (WIS, UAA, MSU, MTU)


Verdict?
Everyone knew the Gophers have had some crazy potential this year, but they just haven't found the grove yet.  Last weekend they took 3 points from Colorado College on the road where it looked as though they may have found that grove they were looking for (with the exception of the 3rd period on Saturday night).  Wilcox is playing solid in net, the goals are coming and when the defensive turnovers are eliminated this team will try and bolt straight for Pittsburgh.  The Gophs have the upcoming weekend off.

2) North Dakota 8-5-3 (5-2-3)

Oh Yeah?
  • Best RPI (.5577)
  • Strength of Schedule - 3/54 (Hardest in WCHA)
Oh No!
  • Power Play (15.6%)
  • Still First Half of Season :)
Verdict?
The Whioux are finally looking to have some traction.  Last weekend they kept 3 points in Grand Forks after Denver came to visit.  A series where UND could have taken all 4 points easily.  They seem to keep the wins pouring in even with one of the most difficult schedules in all of college hockey, which is why I believe they have a pretty good chance to be in that ever-so-popular frozen four.  North Dakota is off to Michigan Tech this weekend where they'll face-off against the Huskies.

3) Denver Pioneers 9-5-2 (7-3-2)

Oh Yeah?
  • Conference Win % (66.7%)
  • TUC Record (6-4-1)
Oh No!
  • Recent Losses/Ties (6 game winless streak)
  • Inconsistent Play (see above)
Verdict?
I had a hard time keeping the Pioneers this high up on the power rankings just because of their recent play.  But seriously, we've seen this team power over some high calibered teams in the past (remember the Mankato, Colorado College and Michigan Tech sweeps?).  So with that being said, it's really hard to count this team out.  Especially since they have the best record thus far against against teams under consideration (TUC).  The Pioneers head to Bemidji State this weekend to see if they can end their spin of bad play.

4) Nebraska Omaha Mavericks 10-5-1 (6-3-1)

Oh Yeah?
  • Scoring Ratio (1.541)
  • Recent Play (8-2-0 in last 10 games)
Oh No!
  • TUC Record (2-3-0)
  • Strength of Schedule - 43/54 (2nd Easiest in WCHA)
Verdict?
UNO proved themselves last weekend where they were able to split with the Huskies, but managed score 7 goals over the course of the weekend.  The Mavericks are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games with one of the best scoring ratios in the WCHA.  Ryan Walters leads his team and the conference in scoring, followed by Dominic Zombo and Penguins draft pick, Josh Archibald.  The Mavericks venture to Mankato State to take on the Purple Mavericks in what should be one hell of a series against 2 red hot teams.

5) St. Cloud State Huskies 9-7-0 (7-5-0)

Oh Yeah?
  • 5 Goal Scores with 5+ goals
  • Scoring Offense (3.38)
Oh No!
  • Inconsistent Play (3-3-0 in last 6 games)
  • Road Play (3-5-0)
Verdict?
St. Cloud has had a rough last couple of weekends trying to finish teams off, splitting with Denver, North Dakota, Minnesota Duluth, Alaska Anchorage and last weekend, Nebraska Omaha.  Thats 5 straight splits!  It's only a matter of time until this train either speeds up or derails.  This team has a very talented offense with many goal scorers, but have difficulty in consistent goaltending.  This weekend they host Colorado College in what should be an excellent, HIGH SCORING series.

6) Minnesota State Mavericks 9-5-2 (7-5-0)

Oh Yeah?
  • On FIRE (6-0 in last 6 games)
  • Winning Percentage (62.5%)
Oh No!
  • Last 6 games against bad teams (UAA, BSU, WI)
  • TUC Record (1-5-0)
Verdict?
The hottest team in college hockey?  Maybe!  The Mavericks are currently on a 6 game win streak where they have outscored their opponents 23-6!  So averaging 3.83 goals per game while only allowing 1?  That's pretty dang impressive for a team that hasn't been so dominant in the past.  But here's the catch...  The teams that they beat are the bottom teams in the WCHA.  UAA, Bemidji State and Wisconsin all fell to the Mavericks.  So is it really that much of a feat?  I mean WCHA wins don't come easy, but I think this upcoming series at Nebraska Omaha will really let everyone know how this team can play.

7) Colorado College Tigers 8-8-2 (5-4-1)

Oh Yeah?
  • Scoring Offense (3.61)
Oh No!
  • TUC Record (1-8-2)
Verdict?
Colorado College just survived one their most difficult series they've had to play all year, struggling for most of the series.  They fell to Minnesota in the first game and were down 4-1 in the final period of play on Saturday night until they final found some offense and embarrassed the Gophs, finishing the game in a tie.  Colorado College has had a high scoring offense all season, but have let in just as many goals as well.  The Tigers head to St. Cloud this weekend where life isn't going to get much easier.

8) Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs 5-8-3 (2-5-5)

Oh Yeah?
  • Power Play (25.0%)
Oh No!
  • Winless on Saturdays
Verdict?
The Bulldogs may be the most inconsistently playing team in the country.  No one who supports this team should hold their breath when the team heads in to the lockerroom between periods because no one knows whether the Bulldog team that could skate with any team in the country or the Puppy team that couldn't skate with my brother's bantams team will come out.  Hopefully, consistency will come in time.  This team has an amazing powerplay, and 2 of the top scoring freshman in the nation.  There is no doubt this team has the ability to climb up the standings, they just need to figure things out, especially on Saturdays.  This weekend the Dogs run up north to take on the Seawolves.

9) Wisconsin Badgers 2-7-5 (2-5-5)

Oh Yeah?
  • Scoring Defense (2.50)
Oh No!
  • Power Play (11.6%)
Verdict?
Talk about a team that battles hard, right?  This team had the ability to stand atop of the conference, but as bit by a little bit of bad luck.  Now that Nic Kerdiles is back and Mark Zengerle is close to recovering, look for this team to start making some noise.  The terrible powerplay is the result of injuries and suspensions which can only increase as those players affected, return.  Landon Peterson has had his fair share of stellar games as well to back up the impressive 2.5 scoring defense.  Ryan Little will miss Wisconsin's upcoming series against Alabama Huntsville for a check resulting from the Michigan Tech series where he didn't serve a penalty for it.

10) Michigan Tech Huskies 4-8-3 (3-6-3)

Oh Yeah?
  • Freshman Help
Oh No!
  • Winless in last 5 games
Verdict?
Michigan Tech has had a more disappointing season then what most people anticipated for Mel's team. The Huskies fell into a 5 game losing streak after beating the Gophers at home, then swept Bemidji State and now back into a 4-game winless slump after last weekends dual ties with the Badgers.  The Huskies host North Dakota this weekend, hopefully they can grap some of the points this series has to offer.

11) Bemidji State Beavers 4-8-2 (3-7-2)

Oh Yeah?
  • I like Andrew Walsh in net
On No!
  • Scoring Ratio (.7687)
Verdict?
The Beavers have shown some short spurts of greatness but just can't keep it up.  This team struggles to score goals and has had some difficulty keeping the puck out of their own net.  Last weekend they were luckily able to upset Minnesota Duluth and come back home with 2 points, which ended a short 3-game lossing streak.  In their last 10 games the Beavers have only been able to come out with 2 wins, which they will need to change if they want to compete for home ice.  Oh yeah, I have been saying this all year long, I really do like Andrew Walsh in net.  The kid is pretty dang good.  The Beavers head to Denver to battle a struggling Pioneer team this weekend.

12) Alaska Anchorage Seawolves 3-7-4 (1-6-3)

Oh Yeah?
  • Played with talented teams (SCSU, MN, ND)
Oh No!
  • Power Play (10.4%)
Verdict?
Oh the Seawolves.  I guess it really doesn't surprise me that they're in last, someone has to hold the position, but don't judge this team based on that.  The Alaska Anchorage team isn't as bad as one may think.  They have wins against Merrimack and St. Cloud as well as tied North Dakota, Minnesota and Air Force.  So one can never count this team out and no team should ever go against UAA expecting an easy win.  The team struggles on power play but does have the ability to score a dirty goal when needed.  This weekend the Seawolves host Minnesota Duluth in what should be actually, a pretty dang good series.

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