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The 49th State rivals meet in Fairbanks in the first of two series that will determine the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup this season.
WCHA Week 18: First Round Of Governor's Cup Highlights Week 18 In The WCHA
NANOOKS AND SEAWOLVES BEGIN BATTLE FOR 49TH STATE BRAGGING RIGHTS THIS WEEKEND

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 (16) and Lake Superior State (19) remain among the top 20 teams in the latest USCHO.com poll released Feb. 4. Bemidji State, also received votes in this week's poll.

  • The Mavericks (6) and Falcons (14) also appear in the top-16 of the PairWise Rankings, while Lake Superior State (19) within striking distance of the top-16.
  • MSU (6) was also ranked in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 with Bowling Green and Lake Superior State receiving votes this week.

By The Numbers

746: Combined career wins for Ferris State's Bob Daniels (451) and Bemidji State's Tom Serratore (295), when their teams meet this weekend in Big Rapids.

374: Faceoff wins for Lake Superior State's Diego Cuglietta, which leads the WCHA and ranks second nationally.

174: Wins over the last seven years by Minnesota State under head coach Mike Hastings, the most in the NCAA in that span.

130: Game minutes played since Michigan Tech netminder Matt Jurusik last allowed a goal.

91: Wins by Alaska Anchorage all-time against in-state rival Alaska entering the Governor's Cup series this weekend.

29: Consecutive penalties killed by Bemidji State, dating back to Dec. 30.

2: Assists by Alaska goaltender Anton Martinsson in January, which tied him for first in scoring among NCAA netminders.


The Week Ahead

(RV/UR) Bemidji State at Ferris State: The Beavers visit Ferris State in a matchup of the two longest-tenured active head coaches in the WCHA. FSU's Bob Daniels is in his 27th season with the school while Bemidji State's Tom Serratore is in his 18th season.

  • Ferris State leads the all-time series, which dates to 1999, 15-11-3 and is 7-6-1 against the Beavers at home.

6/6 Minnesota State at Michigan Tech: The nationally-ranked Mavericks visit Houghton for Michigan Tech's annual Winter Carnival weekend.

  • Minnesota State leads the all-time series, which began in 1996, 41-22-8, but MTU holds a 16-14-5 advantage in games played at home.

Northern Michigan at Alabama Huntsville: Northern Michigan visits UAH looking to extend the momentum from its split with Bowling Green last weekend and holds a 15-7-3 advantage in the series.

Alaska Anchorage at Alaska: The 49th State rivals meet in Fairbanks in the first of two series that will determine the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup this season.

  • UAA leads the all-time series between the two schools, which began in 1979, 91-66-12, but the Nanooks have hoisted the Governor's Cup 14 times since the trophy was first presented in 1993-94.
  • All of this weekend's action will be available on FloHockey.tv.

The Week in Review

No. 20/RV Lake Superior State 6, at Ferris State 3
No. 20/RV Lake Superior State 4, at Ferris State 2
(Feb. 1-2 at Ewigleben Ice Arena; Big Rapids, Mich.)

- No. 20 Lake Superior State scored six consecutive goals to erase a 1-0 first-period deficit and rolled to a 6-3 win at Ferris State on Friday.

- Frankie Melton staked Ferris State to a 1-0 lead late in the first period at 17:43 but the Lakers' Ashton Calder responded with a power play goal at 18:50 to start the LSSU barrage.

- Calder then tallied his second man-advantage goal 2:28 into the second period for a 2-1 Lake State lead.

- Diego Cuglietta added his 18th goal of the year at 3:06 of the period to up the lead to 3-1.

- The Lakers would pot three more goals in the final period – one by Gage Torrel at 1:06 and a pair by Anthony Nellis, on the power play at 5:18 and even-strength at 13:02.

- Ferris added a pair of late power play goals by Ryker Killins (16:57) and Joe Rutkowski (18:47) for the final margin.

- Nick Kossoff made 32 saves for the Lakers to secure the win.

- Mareks Mitens stopped 26 shots and Lake Superior State broke a 2-2 second period tie with a pair of goals to post a 4-2 win at Ferris State and complete the Lakers' first sweep in Big Rapids since 1993.

- Ferris State jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal from Jake Transit at 3:11 of the second period, but Chase Gamelin (6:01) and Max Humitz (7:52) potted goals 51 second apart to put the Lakers up 2-1.

- Ferris State's Jacob Hetz tied the game with a goal at 16:18 of the period but Collin Saccoman found the back of the next with 53 seconds left in the period to put the Lakers ahead for good.

- Hobey Baker candidate Anthony Nellis added an insurance goal on the power play at 6:58 of the third period for the final margin.


No. 13/14 Bowling Green 3, at Northern Michigan 2 (OT)
at Northern Michigan 3, No. 13/14 Bowling Green 2
(Feb. 1-2 at Berry Events Center; Marquette, Mich.)

- John Schilling scored 17 seconds into overtime and Ryan Bednard stopped 21 shots as No. 13/14 Bowling Green rallied from a 2-1 third period deficit to down homestanding Northern Michigan, 3-2, on Friday.

- Sam Craggs opened the scoring for BGSU with a shorthanded goal at 15:02 of the first period.

- But the Wildcats tied the game 4:43 into the second period on a goal by Adam Roeder then took the lead early in the third period on a power play goal by Troy Loggins at 2:30.

- Connor Ford knotted the game at 2-2, scoring for Bowling Green at 15:04 to send the game into overtime and setting up Schilling's heroics.

- Northern Michigan scored three goals in the first period to take a 3-2 victory over No. 13/14 Bowling Green and secure a split of their two-game series on Saturday.

- Grant Loven (10:36) and Luke Voltin (12:00) staked the Northern to a 2-0 lead before Connor Ford cut the margin to 2-1 with a power play goal at 14:25 of the period.

- Darien Craighead extended the lead to 3-1 with a goal at 16:09 of the period and Atte Tolvanen made the lead stand up, stopping 25 of 28 shots to secure the win.


at 6/6 Minnesota State 6, Alabama Huntsville 1
at 6/6 Minnesota State 4, Alabama Huntsville 0
(Feb. 1-2 at Verizon Center; Mankato, Minn.)

- No. 6/6 Minnesota State exploded for five goals in the third period to break open a 1-0 game and cruise to a 6-1 win over visiting Alabama Huntsville on Friday.

- The Mavericks opened the scoring just 3:21 into the game on a goal by Edwin Hookenson and that would stand as the game's only goal until early in the third period.

- Julian Napravnik upped the lead to 2-0 at 2:08 of the final period and Connor Mackey followed with a goal at 3:14.

- In a four-on-four situation, Ian Scheid weaved through the UAH defense and scored at 10:29.

- Parker Tuomie made it 5-0 at 11:41 before the Chargers got on the board on a power play goal by Kurt Gosselin.

- Chris Van Os-Shaw capped the scoring for MSU with his first goal of the year on the power play at 17:59.

- Minnesota State completed a sweep of Alabama Huntsville with a 4-0 shutout victory on Saturday.

- Freshman Chris Van Os-Shaw opened the scoring with a goal at 2:34 of the first period for a 1-0 lead.

- The Mavericks then broke through with three goals in the second period by Jake Jaremko (2:12), Julian Napravnik (PP- 13:23) and Josh French (19:09).

- Freshman Dryden McKay handled all 12 shots he faced to record his third shutout of the season.


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.