WCHA Rewind

As the season ticks closer towards the end, conference games are getting more and more important, especially in the WCHA.

This weekend my "awesome" or "you must watch this!" series didn't exactly go as I would have expected.  Sweeps are beginning to be very rare at this point; in fact there was only one this weekend.  Here's how the week panned out...

WCHA Friday:
Alaska Anchorage 2 at Wisconsin 5
Minnesota State 2 at Minnesota 1
St. Cloud State 3 at North Dakota 1
Nebraska Omaha 5 at Bemidji State 3

WCHA Saturday:
Minnesota 4 at Minnesota State 1
St. Cloud State 2 at North Dakota 2
Nebraska Omaha 2 at Bemidji State 1

USA Under-18 Team 1 at Minnesota Duluth 3

(Picture I took of Team USA U-18 pre puck drop)

Who's playing "good" hockey?

It almost seems like every week a team drops off and some new team slides into this category.  St. Cloud State proved how lethal their team is this year by taking 3 points from North Dakota.  It would have been one thing if the Huskies managed to do this at home, but the series was played at Ralph in Grand Forks, adding a whole new level of difficulty to the feat.

Both Minnesota and Minnesota State continued to play exceptional hockey.  I predicted each team would win at home, but what the hell did I know?  Scoring by each team was tough to come by this weekend as both teams played very, very good defensively.  I know the finally score was 4-1 on Saturday, but the 3rd goal for Minnesota was an empty-netter which gave the Gophs some momentum to put one final goal in.  Keep an eye out for both these teams.

Nebraska Omaha ran away with another road sweep to continue success as Wisconsin did the same at home.  Wisconsin's power play (11.4%) bothers me about how successful it will be as playoffs come, but wins are wins and do not come easy in this conference.

Honestly, I'm afraid to mention Minnesota Duluth in this section just because I don't want to jinx anything, especially with Denver coming to town this weekend.  The Bulldogs played good hockey this weekend against the US 18 team.  All three goalies get a shot in net and looked solid while the top line of Seidel-Cameranesi-Farley proved yet again to dominate.  Would like to see the Dogs continue to be as physical as they were this game, with the exception of Cameranesi's clothes-line on USA goalie Thatcher Demko, which of course lead to a 5 on 5 brawl.

Cold Feet?

I hate to rag on teams who are struggling but Bemidji State has got to be at the lowest of the low.  The poor Beavers haven't won a game since mid December and are currently on a 8-game winless streak.  Since that last win, the Beavers under 2 goals per game and only 2 power play goals.  After being swept this weekend they'll have to figure something out before next weekend when they host St. Cloud State.

I hate picking on Alaska Anchorage as well, but there's no hiding the fact that they're on a 12-game winless streak.  I do like this team; they move the puck decently and use their bodies to block shots and play a very physical game.  The lack of talent to score goals and protect the the net is what is really holding this team back, and go figure, those 2 aspects happen to the most important in the game.

Weekend Scoring Leaders:
Pos
Team
G
A
Pts.
Tyler Barnes
F
Wisconsin
2
2
4
Ben Hanowski
F
St. Cloud State
3
0
3
Matt White
F
Nebraska Omaha
2
1
3
Jonny Brodzinski
F
St. Cloud State
2
1
3
Michael Mersh
F
Wisconsin
2
1
3
Jordan Kwas
F
Alaska Anchorage
1
2
3
Jonnie Seafoss
F
Nebraska Omaha
1
2
3
Nic Kerdiles
F
Wisconsin
1
2
3
Ryan Walters
F
Nebraska Omaha
0
3
3


Goalies:
Team
GP
Mins.
GAA
Save %
Landon Peterson
Wisconsin
1
60
1.00
0.955
Adam Wilcox
Minnesota
2
120
1.51
0.950
Ryan Faragher
St. Cloud State
2
125
1.44
0.942
Stephon Williams
Minnesota State
2
120
2.00
0.939



Enjoy.

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1 comments :

I wasn't able to see much of the other games but the Minnesota vs Minnesota State game should have ended in a tie, but the refs cant determine what is a goal and what isn't. Ive watched both replays over and over again and cant claim the gophers being a goal and the MSU I don't know how that wasn't a goal. The gopher one was classified as a goal because the ref claims MSU pushed off the net but if you watch the replay you can see all the players were flying at the night fighting for the rebound and it was a gopher player who bumped into Willy pushing him into the net. As for the MSU goal which was waved off I have one this to say about that it was a goal and nothing can claim that it wasn't. From which I have read to be considered not a goal the fist or hand must direct it into the net but if it hits the hand and you can claim the player had no intentions of using the hand to direct the puck in then it is therefore a goal. In this case his hand was in no way going towards the net.