A Walk Through the WCHA

Lets take a walk through what happened in WCHA play this weekend, shall we?

This weekend I didn't think there was to much to watch for match-ups.  Also, I didn't get a chance to look into anything to much either because I actually moved from blogger to wordpress, then from wordpress to my own domain, and finally im back to blogger.  Variety of reasons, but obviously Bluehost isn't as easy as one may think on the wallet.

Photo: BSUbeavers.com

Anyway...

Friday:
Denver 3 at Minnesota Duluth 0
Michigan Tech 3 at Nebraska Omaha 4
St. Cloud State 4 at Bemidji State 0
Wisconsin 1 at North Dakota 1 OT
Colorado College 2 at Alaska Anchorage 2 OT

Saturday:
Denver 4 at Minnesota Duluth 3
Michigan Tech 2 at Nebraska Omaha 1 OT
St. Cloud State 4 at Bemidji State 1
Wisconsin 1 at North Dakota 4
Colorado College 3 at Alaska Anchorage 3 OT

Who's moppin'...?

There is absolutely no hiding the fact that the St. Cloud State Huskies are on a roll.  Currently on a six-game unbeaten streak, the Huskies haven't lost since their opening series of 2013 against Northern Michigan.  They swept Bemidji State on the road this weekend, outscoring the Beavers 8-1.  St. Cloud State hosts the Minnesota Gophers next weekend, in what should be an absolutely amazing series of college hockey.

It's hard not to recognize a team like Denver after attacking Minnesota Duluth this past weekend.  Yes, I know they were swept last weekend, but when this team wants to play, they can sure play some hockey.  They shut Bulldogs out Friday night and scored three consecutive goals on Saturday night in the third period to come back and win 4-3.  If goaltending can continue to perform and points can come from as many different players as they did this weekend, the Pioneers should be just fine for post season play.  A home-home series with in-state rival Colorado College is in store for Denver next weekend.


Who's floppin'...?

I defiantly thought that Bemidji State would perform a little bit better than they have been so far this year.  Since the start of the new year, the Beavers are winless in eight games played and are averaging 1.12 goals per game.  This last weekend they were demolished by a very good St. Cloud State team on Friday and Saturday night.  It doesn't get any easier next weekend as the Beavers hit the road to take on Bucky and his fellow Badgas'.

It's never easy for a fan to admit this, but Minnesota Duluth is in a lot of trouble.  If they have any hope of making it to the Final Five they're going to have to work their butts off.  Goalie Matt McNeely, who it looks like owns the starting job as of now, has been playing decent, but still giving up some rather "soft" goals.  Scoring has been hard to come by, and depth really plays an active role in that.  Just looking back to the weekend, the Dogs had points from five different players, versus the Pioneers 12.  Next week the Dogs host Minnesota State, has much improved since last year.  The purple Mavs had this weekend off and will be extra hungry after watching themselves fall in the standings this weekend and coming off the disappointing home loss to Minnesota.  Should be a great weekend of hockey, though.

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Weekend Scoring Leaders:

Pos
Team
G
A
Pts
Nolan Zajac
D
Denver
2
1
3
David Johnstone
F
Michigan Tech
2
1
3
Blake Tatchell
F
Alaska Anchorage
1
2
3
Alex Krushelnyski
F
Colorado College
1
2
3
Drew Leblanc
F
St. Cloud State
1
2
3


Weekend Goaltending Leaders:
Team
GP
Mins
GAA
SV%
Ryan Faragher
St. Cloud State
2
120
0.50
97.8%
Zane Gothberg
North Dakota
2
124
0.96
96.2%
Juho Olkinuora
Denver
2
119
1.50
94.6%



Enjoy.

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