Notebook: Falcons drop to 18th in USCHO poll

By January 18, 2016Notebooks
Bowling Green's Brett D'Andrea controls the puck during Saturday's game against Miami (Photo by Todd Pavlack/

Bowling Green fell two places to 18th in this week’s U.S. College Hockey Online Top 20 announced Monday.

The Falcons had 140 points, compared to 223 a week ago.

In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15, the Falcons received no votes after being among the teams receiving votes last week. BG had seven points last week.

The Falcons have lost two straight and four of their last six games, including a 2-1 loss Saturday at Miami. BG is 13-7-5 overall.

CHALK TALK: As a benefit to Falcon Club members, the Falcons will hold pregame chalk talk sessions just prior to all Friday home games for the rest of the season.

All season-ticket holders also will be invited.

A member of the BG coaching staff will meet with all interested Falcon Club members and season-ticket holders in the Center Ice Lounge at the Ice Arena at 6:30 p.m. to provide an inside look at that night’s game.

The talk will include coaching strategy and a scouting breakdown from the staff. The session will last approximately 10-15 minutes leading into each 7:07 p.m. faceoff.

The first chalk talk is Thursday against Alaska-Anchorage, followed by Jan. 29 against Michigan Tech, Feb. 12 against Miami and Feb. 26 against Ferris State.

A chalk talk also will be held March 11, if the Falcons host a first-round series in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.

NONLEAGUE: The WCHA is 23-28-9 in nonleague games this season, including a 4-4-1 record by BG.

The WCHA’s nonleague record is one reason the league has no teams in the top 20 of the Pairwise Rankings, which mirror the selection criteria for the NCAA playoffs.

Entering the week, Minnesota State is tied for 19th, Michigan Tech is tied for 21st and BG is tied for 24th.

The NCAA consists of the six league playoff champions and 10 at-large teams, which means the top 16 teams in the Pairwise should quality for the NCAAs, but playoff championships won by teams outside the top 16 can change that.

Atlantic Hockey also doesn’t have any teams in the top 16 of the Pairwise. Robert Morris is the top Atlantic Hockey team in the Pairwise. The Colonials are tied for 21st.

The WCHA is just 2-15-2 against the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, but is 8-6-5 versus the Big Ten Conference.

The WCHA’s wins against the NCHC came when Alabama-Huntsville split against Colorado College; and when Bemidji State beat Minnesota-Duluth. Bemidji and UMD play again next month.

NEXT: The Falcons host Alaska-Anchorage in a WCHA series Thursday and Friday in the Ice Arena. Faceoff both nights is at 7:07.

The Seawolves are 9-10-3 overall and 6-8-2 in the WCHA. UAA is tied with Alaska (Fairbanks) for the eighth and final playoff berth in the league.

The Seawolves and Nanooks each have 14 points, two behind seventh place Lake Superior. UAA and Lake Superior each have played four fewer games than Alaska (Fairbanks).

TRAVEL: After splitting a Saturday-Sunday series at Lake Superior, UAA is scheduled to arrive in BG Monday night.

The Seawolves will practice at the Huntington Center in Toledo on Tuesday, and then skate in the Ice Arena on Wednesday.

Kevin Gordon

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