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Third-place Northern Michigan hosts first place Minnesota State in a battle of two of the top teams in the WCHA.
WCHA Week 16: Top Three Battle Between Minnesota State And Northern Michigan Highlights WCHA Weekend Slate

Opening Faceoff

Mavericks, Falcons and Lakers Remain in the National Rankings: Minnesota State (7), Bowling Green (9) and Lake Superior State (18) remain among the top 20 teams in the latest USCHO.com poll released Jan. 21 with BGSU and Lake State holding steady from last week's rankings and MSU dropping one spot. Northern Michigan, the WCHA's third-place squad, and the league's sixth-place team, Bemidji State, also received votes in this week's poll.

  • The Mavericks (eighth) and Falcons (11th) also appear in the top-16 of the PairWise Rankings, while Lake Superior State (20th) and Northern Michigan (22nd) are within striking distance of the top-16.
  • MSU (7) and BGSU (10) are also ranked in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 with Lake Superior State receiving votes again this week.

By the Numbers

87.7: Alabama Huntsville's penalty kill rate, which leads the WCHA and ranks fifth in the NCAA.

80: Saves by Ferris State goaltender Justin Kapelmaster in two games against Minnesota State last weekend, the most by any WCHA netminder on the weekend.

17: Goals by Lake Superior State senior Diego Cuglietta, a number that tops the WCHA and ranks No. 2 nationally.

6: Consecutive games won by Northern Michigan heading into its weekend series with No. 7/7 Minnesota State.

5: Power play goals by Michigan Tech freshman Trenton Bliss, which leads all NCAA rookies this season.

1.80: Goals against average for Bowling Green, the lowest in the nation entering play this weekend.

The Week Ahead

No. 7/7 Minnesota State at (RV/UR) Northern Michigan: First place Minnesota State travels to Marquette, Mich., to take on third-place Northern Michigan in a battle of two of the top teams in the WCHA.

  • Minnesota State leads the all-time series, which dates to 2013-14, 11-4-3.

RV/UR Bemidji State at (18/RV) Lake Superior State: The sixth-place Bemidji State Beavers meet fourth-place Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie in a matchup of teams separated by just one point in the WCHA standings.

  • Despite the distance between the two schools, this weekend's series will mark the 60th and 61st times the schools have met in a series that dates to 1966. Lake State holds the overall advantage over the Beavers at 30-25-4.

Ferris State at 9/10 Bowling Green: Second-place Bowling Green hosts the visiting Ferris State Bulldogs with the Falcons looking to close the five-point gap on league leader Minnesota State.

  • Bowling Green leads the all-time series between the two schools, 69-59-13, which includes a 1-0-1 mark (with a shootout win) in an earlier meeting this season in Big Rapids.

Michigan Tech at Alaska Anchorage: Michigan Tech, which shares fourth place with Lake Superior State, visits the 49th state for two games against Alaska Anchorage. Tech has won seven-straight game on the Seawolves' home ice and leads the all-time series, 33-32-15.

Alaska at Alabama Huntsville: Alaska visits Alabama Huntsville for a series between two teams tied for seventh place in the WCHA standings. UAH and the visiting Nanooks split a pair of games in Fairbanks earlier this season but Alaska leads the all-time series with the Chargers, 23-10-2.

  • All of this weekend's action will be available for viewing on FloHockey.tv.

The Week in Review

at RV/UR Bemidji State 4, Michigan Tech 3 (OT)
(Jan. 18 Hockey Day Minnesota Outdoor Rink, Bemidji, Minn.)
at RV/UR Bemidji State 3, Michigan Tech 0
(Jan. 19 at Sanford Center, Bemidji, Minn.)

- Dillon Eichstadt scored a power-play goal with 1:55 left in overtime to give Bemidji State a 4-3 victory over Michigan Tech Friday evening at the Hockey Day Minnesota outdoor rink adjacent to Lake Bemidji.

- BSU received goals from four different players - Ethan Somoza, Dan Billett, Jay Dickman and Eichstadt in the win.

- Zach Driscoll stopped 33 shots to pick up the win for Bemidji State.

- Michigan Tech's Robbie Beydoun turned away 39 BSU shots.

- Zach Driscoll turned away 18 shots and three Bemidji State shooters found the net to lead the Beavers to a 3-0 win over Michigan Tech at the Sanford Center on Saturday for a sweep of the two-game set.

- Jay Dickman opened the scoring with a first period power play goal at 10:59. Adam Brady found the back of the net at 19:01 of the second and Brendan Harris picked up an empty net goal at 18:36 of the third to cap the scoring.

- Brady and Harris finished with a goal and an assist apiece while Ethan Somoza added two assists in the win.

- Defensively, the Beavers limited Tech to just 18 shots, including just 10 over the final two periods.

- Driscoll is now 3-1-0 in his last four starts with two shutouts.

at No. 6/7 Minnesota State 5, No. 18/UR Lake Superior State 3
No. 18/UR Lake Superior State 1, at No. 6/7 Minnesota State 0
(Jan. 18-19 at Verizon Center, Mankato, Minn.)

- No. 6/7 Minnesota State got goals from five different players in downing No. 18 Lake Superior State in the series opener between the two teams in Mankato.

- The victory extended the Mavericks' win streak to four games and snapped the Lakers' eight-game unbeaten streak.

- MSU jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on a shorthanded goal by Nicholas Rivera (8:10) and an even-strength tally by Max Coatta (17:30). Wyatt Aamodt upped the lead to 3-0 at 3:56 of the second.

- Diego Cuglietta picked up the Lakers' first goal at 12:57 of the period.

- Julian Napravnik put MSU up 4-1 on a power play goal with just four second left in the period

- LSSU's Max Humitz again cut the lead to three with a goal at 1:17 of the third but Parker Tuomie put the contest out of reach, scoring at 8:10. Melvin Karlsson tallied the final goal of the night for Lake State at 16:15 for the 5-3 final margin.

- Freshman Dryden McKay made 23 saves for the Mavericks to pick up his 12th win of the season.

- Nick Kossoff stopped 29 shots for the Lakers

- On Saturday, sophomore Mareks Mitens turned away all 29 shots from Minnesota State and Lake Superior State got a first-period goal from Pierre-Luc Veillette gave the visiting Lakers a 1-0 win over the Mavericks for split of their two-game set in Mankato.

- The loss was the first at home for the Mavericks this season and snapped their six-game unbeaten streak.

- Minnesota State outshot Lake State, 29-11, for the game – including an 11-1 advantage in the final period – but could not get the puck past Mitens.

at Alabama Huntsville 6, Alaska Anchorage 2
at Alabama Huntsville 6, Alaska Anchorage 3
(Jan. 18-19 at Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.)

- Alabama Huntsville broke a 1-1 second-period tie with three straight goals to cruise to a 6-2 win over Alaska Anchorage in game one of their series at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

- UAH scored the first goal of the game at the 9:32 mark of the first period when Connor Wood knocked in a rebound off a shot by Cam Knight

- Alaska Anchorage notched a late tally in the first period at 17:49 by Nicolas Erb-Ekholm to knot the contest at 1-1.

- The Chargers took control of the matchup in the second period with even-strength goals by Jack Jeffers and Andrew Dodson and a power play goal by Hans Gorowsky.

- Kurt Gosselin added a third-period power play goal prior to Gorowsky scoring his second of the game on the power play for a 6-1 lead.

- UAA scored again late in the third period with the marker going to Carmine Buono.

- Mark Sinclair made 21 saves to pick up the win for the Chargers.

- UAH poured in four second-period goals to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead en route to a 6-3 win over Alaska Anchorage on Saturday afternoon.

- The win gave the Chargers a sweep of the two-game set.

- Alaska Anchorage took the first lead of the game on a power-play goal by Eric Sinclair.

- UAH evened the contest in the second period on a goal from Cam Knight. But UAA responded 42 seconds later with a marker by Tanner Schachle to regain the lead at 2-1.

- The Chargers then put together a string of three unanswered goals to close out the second, including a power-play goal by Kurt Gosselin by shorthanded tallies by Hans Gorowsky and Gosselin to put UAH in front 4-2.

- The Seawolves struck first in the third period on a goal by Cam Amantea to cut the Chargers lead to 4-3.

- UAH went to score twice in the final 1:05 of the game with an empty-net goal by Gorowsky prior to Jesper Ohrvall scoring at 19:51 to bring the game to its 6-3 final.

at Alaska 4, No. 9/9 Bowling Green 1
No. 9/9 Bowling Green 2, Alaska 0
(Jan. 18-19 at Carlson Center, Fairbanks, Ak.)

- Junior Anton Martinsson made 33 saves as Alaska jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the way to a 4-1 upset of No. 9 Bowling Green on Friday evening in Fairbanks.

- Troy Van Tetering opened the scoring for the Nanooks with a power play goal at 6:36 of the first period.

- Tyler Cline upped the lead to 2-0 with 60 seconds left in the second period.

- The Falcons cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Connor Ford at 15:31 of the third in an extra-attacker situation.

- UA added a pair of empty-net goals by Steven Jandric on the power play (16:42) and Justin Young (17:30) in a conventional empty-net situation for the final margin.

- Eric Dop stopped 31 shots for Bowling Green and Max Johnson scored early in the first period as the ninth-ranked Falcons rebounded for 2-0 win at Alaska and a split of the two-game series.

- Bowling Green jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on Johnson's goal at 2:56 of the opening period.

- The lead held throughout the game as Dop continually turned away Nanook scoring chances before Brandon Kruse iced the game with an empty net goal at 19:25 of the third period.

- Anton Martinsson stopped 32-of-33 shots for the Nanooks for a total of 65 saves on the weekend.

2019 WCHA Postseason Tournament

Once again in 2019, the WCHA will bring the singular intensity and passion of playoff college hockey directly to its member institution fans with an eight-team, three-round tournament hosted on-campus by the highest remaining seeds. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship and the Jeff Sauer WCHA Championship Trophy, presented by Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup.