Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Road is Ready for SCSU; UMD Takes Over

Huskies of Saint Cloud Poised for WCHA Run

WCHA race is becoming clearer and clearer and Saint Cloud is on top with a clear view of the finish line.

Tied with the worst non-conference in the top eight of the WCHA at 3-5-0, the Huskies have won the games they needed to.  With a conference record of 15-6-1, Saint Cloud is that close to their first MacNaughton Cup.

The outlook is positive with two games in hand over second and third place, Omaha and Minnesota State Mankato.  Tied at fourth are Minnesota Twin Cities and North Dakota with the same number of games played as SCSU, but three less points.

Going forward, the Gophers arguably have the easiest schedule remaining hosting UMD and Denver and traveling to Bemidji.  Saint Cloud State likely has the second easiest remaining schedule at CC and Wisconsin while hosting Michigan Tech.

The road is paved and looks smooth for Saint Cloud.  Now all they need to do is keep the rig between the lines.

Bulldogs Take Over.  UMD left three points in Bemidji.  That is bad enough, but the streak they claimed is bigger news. 

BSU had the longest WCHA winless streak at eight games before winning their first game on a Friday night, 4-2 over Minnesota Duluth.  Couple the loss with a Saturday tie, albeit a good sign for the spiraling Bulldogs, UMD now has the longest WCHA winless streak at seven games, 0-6-1.

Up Next for UMD is a trip south to Minneapolis to play in state rival Minnesota Twin Cities. 

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