Happy Thanksgiving a day late! It was a good time to be with friends and family for us regular people and especially for the Bulldogs who get a holiday weekend “off” from games.
It is time to give thanks for many things, and somewhere on that list is the great start fro this Bulldog Hockey season.
Around the WCHA
Just because the Bulldogs are off doesn’t mean that there aren’t good matchups. Here are the WCHA teams playing this weekend:
Alaska – Anchorage at Colorado College: A lack luster series for the only conference matchup this weekend. Both cellar dweller teams are looking for a bright spot in a tough year. What CC has going for them is they are at home, but this series will still be a split.
Notre Dame at North Dakota: This arguably by far the most intriguing series of the weekend for a WCHA team. We should rename this the Fighting Series, Fighting Irish versus the Fighting Sioux (get that in while I still can). A surprisingly good Notre Dame team lead by Woodbury native Ryan Guentzel takes on a slow starting UND team in Grand Forks. UND has lots to prove and it should all start here against the Irish. Unfortunately the Sioux won’t sweep because a tie will happen in there.
Northern Michigan at Bemdiji State: This marks BSU’s first non-conference game of the season, strange. Northern Michigan is starting to get things on track after a rough start just like the Beavers. What else to do but to split in this cold one in Bemidji.
Minnesota State Mankato at UMass – Lowell: Mavericks travel. Mavericks play. Mavericks get swept.
College Hockey Showcase (Michigan and Michigan State at Wisconsin and University of Minnesota – Twin Cities): This whole article could be dedicated to this tournament. Namely how it is, and always has been, the set-up for the looming Bi6 Ten Hockey Conference. But put that aside and live in this season. In our eyes it boils down to this, Michigan State will lose two and Michigan will win two giving the WCHA participants splits.
Denver Cup (Lake Superior State and Air Force at Denver): it will be hard to beat Denver at their tournament. The team with that has the best chance is Air Force with their sneaky good games this year, but I don’t see it. Denver will be ready and will sweep their games this weekend.