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Separated by just four points in the league standings, third-place Northern Michigan hosts second-place Bowling Green this weekend.
WCHA Week 17: No. 13 Bowling Green And Northern Michigan Meet In Battle for Second Place

Opening Faceoff

#VoteWCHA: Eight Western Collegiate Hockey Association student-athletes are among the candidates for the 2019 Hobey Baker Award. Fan voting for this year's Baker Award is now open. Fans can cast up to one vote per day at https://www.hobeybaker.com/vote. This year's WCHA candidate are: Lukas Craggs (BGSU), Brandon Kruse (BGSU), Corey Mackin (FSU), Diego Cuglietta (LSSU), Anthony Nellis (LSSU), Jake Lucchini (MTU), Marc Michaelis (MSU) and Atte Tolvanen (NMU).

Mavericks, Falcons and Lakers Remain in the National Rankings: Minnesota State (6), Bowling Green (T-13) and Lake Superior State (20) remain among the top 20 teams in the latest USCHO.com poll released Jan. 28. Bemidji State, also received votes in this week's poll.

  • The Mavericks (seventh) and Falcons (16th) also appear in the top-16 of the PairWise Rankings, while Lake Superior State (21st) within striking distance of the top-16.
  • MSU (6) and BGSU (14) 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

411: Blocks by Alabama Huntsville this season, which ranks No. 2 in the NCAA.

202: Saves by Alaska goaltender Anton Martinsson in January, the most in the nation for the month.

123: Games played by Northern Michigan goalie Atte Tolvanen, 10 shy of the NMU career record.

65: Points scored by Michigan Tech's freshmen, which ranks fifth nationally among rookie classes.

21: Wins by Minnesota State, the most in the NCAA this season.

17: Goals scored by Lake Superior State's Diego Cuglietta this season, which leads the WCHA and is second in the NCAA.

The Week Ahead

Alabama Huntsville at No. 6/6 Minnesota State: No. 6 Minnesota State returns home to host Alabama Huntsville in a two-game series at the Verizon Center in Mankato.

  • The Mavericks swept a two-game set from the Chargers in Huntsville Feb. 9-10 last season in the most-recent meeting between the two schools.
  • Minnesota State leads the all-time series, which dates to the 1988-89 season, 33-19-7 and is unbeaten the last 265 meetings between the teams (22-0-4).

13/14 Bowling Green at Northern Michigan: Separated by just four points in the league standings, third-place Northern Michigan hosts second-place Bowling Green this weekend.

  • Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 50-48-8. The two teams split a two-game set at NMU in November with BGSU winning the opener in Marquette, 3-1 with the Wildcats rebounding to win game two, 2-0.

No. 20/RV Lake Superior State at Ferris State: No. 20 Lake Superior State travels downstate to visit Ferris State in the only regular season meeting between the two long-time foes in 2018-19. This weekend's series will mark the 144th and 145th meetings between the Lakers and Bulldogs.

  • Ferris won three of four meetings last season, including a two-game sweep on the final weekend of the regular season in Big Rapids.
  • Lake Superior State leads the all-time series, which dates to 1977, 69-59-15.
  • All of this weekend's action will be available on FloHockey.tv.

The Week in Review

at 18/RV Lake Superior State 5, Bemidji State 3
Bemidji State 5, at 18/RV Lake Superior State 2
(Jan. 25-26 Taffy Abel Arena, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)

- Max Humitz scored two goals and Nick Kossoff made 32 saves as No. 18 Lake Superior State defeated Bemidji State, 5-2, in the series opener between the two teams in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

- The Lakers jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second period. Bemidji State scored the first goal of the night when Nick Cardelli found the back of the net at 3:19 of the stanza.

- The Lakers responded with goals by Humitz at 4:19, Collin Saccoman in a 4-on-4 situation at 10:24 and Humitz again at 14:13.

- Brendan McKay added shorthanded goal at 12:24 of the third period before the Beavers' Owen Sillinger cut the lead to 4-2 at 15:38, but Lake State's Yuki Miura capped the night for the Lakers with a goal at 16:41 for the final margin.

- Bemidji State scored twice in the game's opening seven minutes en route to a 5-2 win on Saturday to salvage a split of the two-game set.

- Alex Adams and Charlie Combs staked BSU to the early lead with goals at 2:19 and 6:34, respectively, of the opening period.

- The Lakers' Will Reidell cut the lead to 2-1 with a tally at 13:59 of the period but Bemidji responded less than a minute later with a goal from Tyler Kirkup to up the lead to 3-1 at the second intermission.

- The Beavers then upped the lead to 5-1 in the third period on goals by Nick Carcelli (2:07) and Ethan Somoza (10:54).

- Lake State battled back with a pair of late goals from Brayden Gelsinger (12:02) and Bryan Basillico (13:31).

- Zach Driscoll stopped 24 shots in net for BSU to earn the win.

No. 7/7 Minnesota State 3, at RV/UR Northern Michigan 2
No. 7/7 Minnesota State 8, at RV/UR Northern Michigan 2
(Jan. 25-26 at Berry Events Center, Marquette, Mich.)

- Freshman Dryden McKay stopped 32 shots and Minnesota State broke a scoreless tie with a pair of second-period goals on the way to a 3-2 win at Northern Michigan on Friday.

- The Mavericks broke the ice on a power play goal by Charlie Gerard at 8:30 of the second period. Dallas Gerads followed with an even-strength goal at 13:13 of the period for 2-0 lead and Walker Dueher potted the eventual game winner at 1:27 of the third period.

- The Wildcats found the net twice on a power play goal by Griffin Loughran at 4:59 and a short-handed goal by Troy Loggins at 8:18 of the period for the final margin.

- The Mavericks raced out to a 4-1 first-period lead and rolled to an 8-2 win on Saturday to complete a two-game road sweep of Northern Michigan in Marquette, Mich.

- Julian Napravnik (1:07), Ian Scheid (PP- 10:26) and Jared Spooner (11:01) staked the Mavericks to a 3-0 advantage before Philip Beaulieu scored the Wildcats' initial goal of the evening at 11:40 of the opening period

- Marc Michaelis added a power play goal at 19:41 to up the MSU lead to 4-1 entering the first intermission.

- Shane McMahan (10:03) and Charlie Gerard (15:37) each scored in the second from for the Mavericks while NMU tallied on a goal by Grant Love at 16:31.

- Minnesota State capped the offensive explosion with third-period goals from Dallas Gerads (9:02) and McMahan (PP- 19:30).

at 9/10 Bowling Green 2, Ferris State 0
Ferris State, 3 at 9/10 Bowling Green 0
(Jan. 25-26 at Slater Family Arena, Bowling Green, Ohio)

- Bowling Green scored two power play goals and Eric Dop stopped all 22 shots he faced as Bowling Green blanked visiting Ferris State, 2-0, in game one of their two-game set on Friday.

- Max Johnson opened the scoring for the Falcons with a power-play tally at 15:35 of the second period.

- Bowling Green added an insurance goal with another man-advantage tally by Cameron Wright at 10:29 of the third period to secure the victory.

- The shutout was the second in as many games for Dop.

- Justin Kapelmaster stopped 41 Bowling Green shots to backstop Ferris State to a 3-0 shutout win over the Falcons and salvage a split of the two-game series at BGSU.

- Craig Pefley potted the only goal the Bulldogs would need at 19:25 of the first period and Kapelmaster made the lead hold up into the third period, turning away a barrage of Bowling Green shots, before Jake Transit gave FSU some breathing room with a goal at 4:06 of the final frame.

- Hunter Wendt added an empty-net goal at 18:53 to clinch the win.

Alaska 3, at Alabama Huntsville 1
Alaska 5, at Alabama Huntsville 2
(Jan. 25-26 at Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.)

- Alaska erased a 1-0 first-period deficit with a pair of second period goals on its way to a 3-1 at Alabama Huntsville on Friday evening.

- Bauer Neudecker opened the scoring with UAH's lone goal of the night at 8:16 of the first but the Nanooks responded with two tallies in the second period.

- Kylar Hope found the net on a power play at 6:26 and Colton Leiter followed with an even-strength goal at 10:08.

- Max Newton added an insurance goal at 9:02 of the third period for the final margin.

- Anton Martinsson stopped 31 shots for the Nanooks.

- Alaska scored four times on the power play and broke open a 1-1 game with three goals in the second period and powered to a 5-2 win at Alabama Huntsville on Saturday to sweep the two-game set between the two teams.

- Tyler Cline opened the scoring for the Nanooks with a man-advantage tally at 2:05 of the first period. Christian Rajic knotted the score at 1-1 with a goal for UAH at 15:49 of the period.

- Alaska potted three goal in a little less than eight minutes of the second period – all on the power play – to put the game away. Colton Leiter (5:31), Tristan Thompson (10:03) and Max Newton (13:07) picked up the power play goals in the period before the Chargers'

- Hans Gorowsky cut the lead to 4-2 at 16:43 of the frame.

- Chad Staley added the 'Nooks only even-strength goal of the evening at 6:47 of the third to wrap up the scoring.

- Anton Martinsson made 19 saves for Alaska in the win.

Michigan Tech 3, at Alaska Anchorage 0
Michigan Tech 0, at Alaska Anchorage 0 (OT/UAA wins S0)
(Jan. 25-26 at Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Ak.)

- Michigan Tech scored once in each period and Matt Jurusik made 18 saves as visiting Michigan Tech skated to a 3-0 win over Alaska Anchorage on Friday.

- Brian Halonen opened the scoring early for the Huskies with a goal at 1:28 of the first period. Jake Jackson added a power play goal at 19:38 of the second and Halonen potted his second of the night at 16:22 of the third period to cap the scoring.

- Michigan Tech and Alaska Anchorage threw a combined 55 shots at the net without a goal in regulation or overtime before the Seawolves potted a pair of shootout tallies to pick up the extra point.

- Matt Jurusik stopped 21 shots in regulation and 23 for the game for Michigan Tech.

- Kristian Stead turned away 29 Tech shots in regulation and 32 for the game.

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.