The Falcons traveled to Oxford this weekend to face in-state foe Miami. Unfortunately, the Falcons inability to score reared its ugly head as they fell 2-1 thanks to a heartbreak goal with :02 left on the clock in the third period. In what’s became a broken record Bowling Green got excellent goaltending from Chris Nell but just weren’t able to provide their sophomore goaltender with any goal support.
However, it was certainly a welcome change to be home by 1:30 AM after a Saturday road game.
I miss the CCHA.
On to the rankings!
- Michigan Tech: The Huskies were able to take three points at home against the WCHA leader Minnesota State. The conference has turned into a three horse (and dog and bird) race towards the McNaughton Cup, and the Huskies made a big statement against the Mavs. MTU gets a well deserved weekend off, and will probably be keeping an eye on our #2 and #3 teams.
- Minnesota State: The Power Rankings is purely about “what have you done for me lately?” That gives the Mavs the leg up on the #3 team. MSU has a three point lead in the WCHA despite the Huskies strong weekend. The Mavericks get the streaky Lakers this weekend in Mankato.
- Bowling Green: The Falcons are just 2-4 in their last six games, despite playing with a full roster for the first time this season. The Falcons are still in striking distance of the Mavericks and have two games in hand. But, if BG is going to make a playoff run then they need goals and they need them soon. The Falcons welcome Alaska-Anchorage to the Ice Arena Thursday and Friday.
- Bemidji State: The Beavers played a brutal schedule to start the season and it caused them to stumble a bit out of the gate. But, the Beavers have seemed to work out those early season kinks and are primed to host another first round playoff series. BSU handled Arizona State without too much trouble in a weekend sweep. They’ll face a better opponent this weekend, however, as Ferris State makes the trip west.
- Ferris State: Bob Daniels is the kind of coach that seemingly has his team in the hunt every season. A little inconsistency has created some speed bumps, but FSU welcomed Alabama-Huntsville to Big Rapids and picked up three points. This weekend’s match-up with Bemidji State is probably the marquee series of the conference. The teams are fighting for the #4 spot.
- Northern Michigan: The Wildcats drop a couple spots this week. They welcomed a Nanooks team that, frankly, hasn’t been overly impressive this season. NMU split with Alaska and scored eight goals on the weekend. But, you have to imagine Walt Kyle was eyeing a sweep on the weekend. Northern Michigan will get the weekend off to rest up before a tough series against Minnesota-Duluth.
- Alaska: I don’t imagine that the trip from Fairbanks to Huntsville to Marquette is a fun one. For that reason the Nanooks deserve credit for picking up a split with Northern Michigan last weekend. But, UAF is still teetering on missing the playoffs in the #8 spot of the standings. Thankfully they’ll head home for the weekend after a long road trip.
- Lake Superior: The Lakers had a truck-load of momentum after an overtime win over BG Saturday. But, they were only able to manage a split with the eighth place Seawolves. Lake Superior should make the playoffs this season and would be a dangerous team. But, their youth and inconsistency has caused some growing pains. LSSU will have a tough road trip as they head to Mankato this weekend.
- Alaska-Anchorage: Credit to Anchorage for splitting against Lake Superior. But, they’re still just 1-5 in their last six and like their state-breathren are close to missing the playoffs. They’ll continue their trip to mainland as they face Bowling Green Thursday and Friday. UAA could either make a nice statement or have a very long flight home.
- Alabama-Huntsville: A Chargers season that had a lot of promise early has swerved way off-road. UAH now find themselves five points back from the #8/9 spot. Alabama-Huntsville is going to need a lot of help to get themselves back into the playoff conversation. Earning just a single point on the weekend isn’t enough, but a week off should help the Chargers prepare for a tough stretch of games.