The longest WCHA weekend in a long time is over. Thanks to a Thursday start to the MTU/UNO series and the snowstorm in Minnesota, the weekend stretched all the way to Sunday night.
If I would have stayed with my original pick of CC sweeping SCSU, I would have the WCHA nailed…except for the totally unforeseen results from Minneapolis and a tie in Alaska.
In Saint Cloud, the Huskies are hitting rock bottom. Although they have played 12 games when almost all WCHA teams have played 14, the Huskies are in 11th place. Top it off with the first time SCSU has been swept in Saint Cloud in over three years. And the CC team that completed the sweep didn’t have their leading scorer. Time to regroup, but the road ahead doesn’t get any easier.
In Anchorage, Denver left the frontier with three points, which is really good seeing that they gave up leads in both games. Anchorage is never an easy place to play, but the Pioneers showed their shaky side a few times in Alaska.
Bemidji is feeling the grind of the WCHA with a trip to Madison. Close games in a Badger sweep, yes, but the Beavers are still trying to find their way.
North Dakota swept into Mankato and swept the series. Again, close games, but in the end, the scoring power of the Sioux came back and finished off the Mavs.
In Omaha, Michigan tech continues their woes losing two more in league play. Huskies coach Jamie Russell felt Saturday’s win was a moral victory, but MTU is in desperate need of a real win. Their next chance comes this Friday at arch-rival Northern Michigan.
Next weekend marks the closest thing to a conference midway point. After CC and UNO play this weekend, every team except for two will have 14 league games played. The others will have 12.