As we previously discussed a couple week’s ago Ryan Satkowiak’s appearances on BGSUHockey.com will be the minimal going forward. That means you get to hear my ramblings about what I think about the WCHA and how it’s shaking out. I’m totes perfect on these things and you should totally take these 100% seriously.
Let’s get this stumbling train on-track and to the power rankings!
- Minnesota State (2-4-0): The Mavericks didn’t start the season well. Actually, that’s being reallllly nice. They were dreadful. They went over three games without a goal and had a seemingly difficult short bus trip to Bemidji. Six goals and the emergence of a possibly goaltending controversy led to the Mavs starting their WCHA run with four points.
- Alaska-Anchorage (4-1-1): The Seawolves are an interesting program. A couple years ago they were the surprise of the league as they made it all the way to the WCHA Final Five semifinals. Last season they didn’t even make the playoffs. It looks like the Seawolves might be making a bounce back as they sit on a 4-1-1 record. Their wins aren’t ones I would consider to be overly impressive (ASU, AIC, RPI) but they did go on the road to Huntsville and left with three points. The real challenge comes next week though…
- Bowling Green (3-1-1): BG is young and has shown that age at times this season. Their defensive corps especially has had to learn on a curve as they feature three freshman in their starting six. But, the Falcons have still managed to score 15 goals despite an 0-fer on the power play. They’ll have a tough road trip ahead of them as they head to Anchorage this weekend.
- Bemidji State (1-3-1): The Beavs were one of the teams I was high on in the preseason. I felt like a modern day Nostradamus as they picked up a win over Minnesota-Duluth and tied the North Dakota….North Dakotas. But, since that 1-0-1 start they’ve gone 0-3-0. With a trip to Marquette next weekend I expect them to bounce back.
- Michigan Tech (2-2-0): When the Huskies are good they’re really good as they’ve scored 9 goals in their two wins this season. When they’re not good? They’ve only managed three goals in their two losses. I expect consistency to eventually come back to Pearson’s squad as they welcome our #6 team to Houghton this weekend.
- Ferris State (2-2-2): Most seasons you’d consider a win and a tie over Wisconsin quite the accomplishment. This is not one of those seasons. What Ferris can hang their hat on is wins over Michigan Tech, Wisconsin, and a tie against Western Michigan (a team BG got shellacked by). I’m still not sold on their goaltending situation.
- Alabama-Huntsville (1-2-1): The Chargers are a young team that continues to learn how to win. They split a series of 5-2 games with UConn in Huntsville, put up 11 goals against the Alabama Frozen Tide club team (why they’re playing a club team I have no idea), but only managed one point against Anchorage in Alabama. The Chargers have to leave Alabama for the first time this weekend and have a nice long bus ride to Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
- Northern Michigan (2-2-2): Wildcats: I want to like you. There’s the CCHA connection, Walt Kyle being such a nice guy, and the retro logo. But getting shut out by Lake Superior isn’t a great way to start your season. They had a nice surprise win over Michigan Tech but they’ll have to play a very tough Beaver squad this weekend.
- Lake Superior (2-4-0): The Lakers seem to have hit a recent surge, but things didn’t start very rosy. They were nearly doubled up 11-6 in their first three games before shutting out Northern Michigan at home. They followed it up with a split against Michigan State. If the Lakers can handle the Chargers this weekend they could get a nice jump next week.
- Alaska (2-2-0): On paper the Nanooks are 2-2-0. Their wins are against AIC and RPI though, and gave ASU their first ever NCAA win in Alaska. The road doesn’t get any easier as they head to Mankato to face a resurgent Mavericks.