Each week (or somewhere close to that) Drew Evans will bring you his WCHA Power Rankings. Comment below if you agree, disagree, or if this post has made you challenge whether you really believe in freedom of speech.
Thanks to Michigan Tech and Houghton, MI for welcoming BGSUHockey.com this past weekend. Kevin, Todd, and I had a great weekend up in the UP. It’s always fun to go somewhere that gets behind their team as much as Husky fans do. We spent just over 20 hours in the car this weekend but it was time well spent.
But, you guys were totally offside. So there.
One funny side story from the weekend didn’t happen until after the game Saturday when we were heading back home. Kevin and I changed out of our press box best into sweatpants and t-shirts. We affectionately call this Jeff Jackson style (the Notre Dame coach is famous for taking his time to change into his sweat suit after games for the bus ride home). We loaded everything up into the car and started heading east.
Well, Kevin must not have seen what happened as he threw his clothes into the back seat. Five and a half hours later we pulled off just before the Mackinac Bridge for gas. That’s when Kevin found out that his tie had dragged along the UP highways for 200 miles or so. Needless to say Gordo is now taking donations for a new tie.
Let’s get to the rankings!
- Michigan Tech: The Huskies won’t play a non-WCHA team until they head to Detroit for the Great Lakes Invitational. For that reason it’s hard to know how the Huskies would fare outside the WCHA. But, they did split with the Falcons and even put up two goals on the statistical (and arguably overall) best goalie in the league in Chris Nell. They head to East Lansing this weekend to play Michigan State in a Saturday/Sunday series.
- Alaska-Anchorage: The Seawolves split with our #3 team. We’ll go to the goal aggregate for the tie-breaker (ain’t no ties in the Power Rankings!) Anchorage scored seven goals at home with their loss on Friday coming in overtime. A five goal shutout Saturday helped push Matt Williams’ team to their sixth win of the season. They’ll welcome Penn State this weekend in another WCHA/Big Ten(ish) matchup.
- Bowling Green: The Falcons didn’t expect to start their season with their defense and goaltending to carry their team. But, a stagnant offense of late has helped shine the spotlight on the Falcon defense and spectacular play of Chris Nell in net. The Falcons didn’t exactly explode on offense this weekend as they only scored three goals. But, they scored those goals missing their biggest offensive threat in Brandon Hawkins and with only five defenseman. Add in the best home-ice advantage in the league in Houghton and it’s enough to give the Falcons a jump up to #3. They’ll welcome the Jekyll and Hyde Chargers this weekend.
- Northern Michigan: The Wildcats were off this weekend. Last week they were fifth in these rankings behind Minnesota State at #4. The Mavs had only an OK weekend so Walt Kyle’s squad gets the nod. NMU welcomes those Mavericks this weekend to Marquette.
- Minnesota State: The Mavericks had an opportunity this weekend to make a statement against in-state rival Minnesota. Instead they only got a split with the Golden Gophers and gave up four goals while getting shutout at home. They took an overtime 3-2 win Saturday, but the sky high expectations for the Mavericks might need to come back to Earth. They’ll head to Marquette, MI this weekend to play Northern Michigan.
- Ferris State: The Bulldogs had a nice win Friday as they scored late in the third period to tie force overtime with Anchorage. An OT winner by Kyle Schempp set the stage for what could have been a huge weekend for Ferris. But FSU gave up five goals and got shutout Saturday night making for a long trip home Sunday. Splits in Alaska aren’t bad. Having a five-spot put up on you is. They welcome the Nanooks this weekend to Big Rapids.
- Bemidji: The Beavers had a rough start to their season. They exorcised some demons as they picked up a split in Fairbanks. After losing Friday 4-3 they bounced back big Saturday winning 6-3. They’ll look to continue building some momentum as they face Lake Superior at home this weekend.
- Alaska: Good job by the Nanooks scoring seven goals this weekend. But, giving up nine goals to a Bemidji team that had been offensively dreadful this season isn’t a good look from the outside looking in. They had a nice 4-3 win Friday but were doubled up Saturday losing 6-3. They’ll head to Ferris State for a difficult match-up with Ferris State.
- Alabama-Huntsville: The Chargers were off this past weekend. A few teams jumped them due to success from their weekend successes. Huntsville will take their shortest road trip of the season this weekend as they head to Bowling Green.
- Lake Superior: Oh Lakers…you had some great momentum after taking two points against Bowling Green inside the Madhouse on Mercer. Then you welcomed the Sun Devils to the Soo and were far too good of a host. Arizona State isn’t a bad team but they are a team and coach in their first year of NCAA play. Getting swept at home to ASU won’t do much for confidence for a young Laker squad. They head to Bemidji this weekend to face a Beaver squad that has recently remembered how to score goals.