At this point each team except Alaska-Anchorage has played at least 14 conference games. The WCHA conference slate is 28 games long, so as bizarre as it sounds we’re already halfway through the season.
I think I can speak for everyone when I say: what a weird damn season it’s been.
TO THE RANKINGS!
- Michigan Tech: There’s a lot to like about Michigan Tech right now. Their defensive corps has been confirmed as the strong suit of their team, Redmond looks pretty confident for a freshman, and the Beavers are in sight.
- Bemidji State: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves: the Beavers are still tops in the conference. But, the sports car that started the season is starting to look like a nice sedan. The question is whether the Huskies will be able to catch Bemidji before March.
- Minnesota State: How good of a program has Mankato built that being in third place is considered a disappointment? The Mavs are in a mini-rebuild, and have struggled a bit with consistency. They’re still a dangerous team.
- Bowling Green: It would take 20 points for the Falcons to catch Bemidji. That’s six wins and a 2OT/shootout win. I’m not pointing out the obvious to be a wet blanket, but the Falcons’ goals of a regular season conference are probably now out of reach. Can they catch fire and get a good run going in the second half?
- Alabama-Huntsville: The Falcons putting up 8 goals on the Chargers in Huntsville seems to have been a wake-up call for UAH. Since then they’ve gone 3-1 including a sweep at home (against NMU, but UAH sweeps have been hard to come by).
- Ferris State: I still don’t love the Bulldogs, but shutting out the Mavericks in Mankato is impressive. FSU always seems to get hot in the second half, so we’ll see if they have another long playoff run in them.
- Lake Superior: Until LSSU can play with any consistency I’m not sure they threaten for a home playoff series. The Lakers are probably still a couple years from competing near the top of the league.
- Alaska: The Nanooks split the first two games of the Governor’s Cup with Alaska-Anchorage. But, goaltending continues to be the big question mark for UAF. With UAA and NMU’s struggles Alaska is probably making the playoffs.
- Alaska-Anchorage: UAA seems to be one of the teams that can’t catch any puck luck. Their slow start has probably doomed them to only play spoilers down the stretch.
- Northern Michigan: The Wildcats aren’t making the playoffs, and might struggle to get to a double-digit win total. There are some seats heating up in Marquette.