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Michigan Tech visits Lake Superior State in a rematch of December's Great Lakes Invitational final.
WCHA Week 19: Battle For Playoff Positioning Continues In The WCHA

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 (5), Bowling Green (16) and Lake Superior State (19) remain among the top 20 teams in the latest USCHO.com poll released Feb. 11. Bemidji State once again received votes in this week's poll.

  • The Mavericks (6) and Falcons (15) 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.

Mavericks the Nation's Winningest Team: At 24-6-2, Minnesota State has won more games than any other team in Division I and is one of only four teams with more than 20 wins (21- St. Cloud State, Massachusetts, Quinnipiac). The Mavericks also ranks second nationally in winning percentage at .781.

By The Numbers

71: Points scored by Alabama Huntsville's senior class, which accounts for 47 percent of the Chargers' 151 points this season.

60: Saves by Michigan Tech goaltender Matt Jurusik against Minnesota State last weekend, which led the WCHA.

34: Consecutive penalties killed by Bemidji State, dating back to Dec. 30, the longest active streak in the NCAA.

5: Short-handed goals scored by both Bowling Green and Lake Superior State to share the WCHA lead and tie for sixth nationally.

5 (Part 2): Game-winning goals scored by Bowling Green's Lukas Craggs to lead the WCHA. The total is also tied for third nationally.

The Week Ahead

Michigan Tech at (19/RV) Lake Superior State: Michigan Tech visits Lake Superior State in a rematch of December's Great Lakes Invitational final. Michigan Tech leads the all-time series between the Upper Peninsula rivals, 46-22-7 and has won seven in a row in the Soo.

Alaska at (16/RV) Bowling Green: The Nanooks and Falcons meet for their second series of the season this weekend. The two schools split a two-game set in Fairbanks, Jan. 18-19. Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 31-29-9.

Northern Michigan at (RV/UR) Bemidji State: Northern Michigan continues its road swing with a visit to Bemidji State. The two teams split their first meeting in Marquette in October, with NMU winning the opener, 3-0, and the Beavers bouncing back to claim a 2-1 victory in the finale.

Ferris State at Alaska Anchorage: Ferris State visits Alaska Anchorage for its final road trip of the regular season. The visiting Bulldogs hold a 15-3-2 advantage in the series and swept a two-game set in Big Rapids, Oct. 26-27.

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

The Week in Review

RV/UR Bemidji State 3, at Ferris State 3 (BSU wins 3-on-3)
RV/UR Bemidji State 6, at Ferris State 1
(Feb. 8-9 at Ewigleben Ice Arena; Big Rapids, Mich.)

- Ferris State and Bemidji State played a back-and-forth game on Friday evening that ended in a 3-3 tie after overtime with the Beavers picking up the extra point with a 3-on-3 win on a goal by Charlie Combs at 4:50 of the period.

- Bemidji State's Tyler Kirkup opened the scoring with a goal at 15:55 of the first period but Ferris State equalized early in the second period on a short-handed goal by Hunter Wendt at 1:53.

- Lucas Finner then put the Bulldogs on top with his fourth goal of the year at 5:36 of the period.

- Bemidji answered with a pair of third period goals from Tyler Vold (2:48) and Alex Ierullo (6:09) for a 3-2 lead.

- With an extra attacker on the ice, FSU's Trevor Recktenwald knotted the score with 10 second left in regulation to send the contest into overtime.

- Zach Driscoll stopped 32 shots for the Beavers.

- Bemidji State score the game's first five goals en route to a 6-1 win at Ferris State on Saturday evening.

- Senior defenseman Justin Baudry led the attack with a pair of goals and two assists.

- Owen Sillinger opened the scoring just 3:04 into the first period before Baudry followed with a pair of goals, first on the power play at 19:33 of the period and then in a delayed-penalty situation at 2:25 of the second.

- Jay Dickman then added a power play goal at 3:19 and Sillinger pushed the lead to 5-0 with a short-handed goal at 9:00.

- Ferris netted its only goal of the night at 13:37 when Nate Kallen potted his sixth of the season.

- Tyler Vold capped the scoring with BSU's sixth goal - and fourth of the period - at 19:08.

- Zach Driscoll stopped 24 shots for the Beavers.

No. 6/6 Minnesota State 1, at Michigan Tech 1 (MSU wins shootout)
No. 6/6 Minnesota State 3, at Michigan Tech 2 (OT)
(Feb. 8-9 at MacInnes Ice Arena; Houghton, Mich.)

- Michigan Tech and No. 6/6 Minnesota State began the annual Winter Carnival weekend in Houghton skating to a 1-1 on tie on Friday.

- The sixth-ranked Mavericks picked up the extra WCHA point with a shootout win.

- In a contest marked by spectacular goaltending, netminders Dryden McKay from MSU and Matt Jurusik of Michigan Tech kept the game scoreless through two periods before Tech broke on top on a power play goal from Brian Halonen at 4:24 of the third period.

- Jurusik kept Minnesota State at bay until the 19:05 mark of the frame when Jake Jaremko scored with an extra attacker on the ice to send the game into overtime.

- The goal was the first allowed by Jurusik in 186 minutes and 18 seconds of play, who stopped 36 shots on the night.

- McKay made 26 saves for the Mavericks.

- Minnesota State rallied from a 2-0 second period deficit to post a come-from-behind 3-2 win in overtime over Michigan Tech on Saturday.

- Hobey Baker candidate Marc Michaelis scored twice and freshman Dryden McKay made 33 saves to pick up the win for the Mavericks.

- After a scoreless first period, Dylan Steman put the Huskies on top 1-0 at 8:32 of the second with a power play goal.

- Justin Misiak upped the lead to 2-0 with Tech's second man-advantage goal at 17:58.

- But Michaelis answered with a power play goal of his own at 19:08 to cut the lead to 2-1 heading into the second intermission.

- Michaelis knotted the score at 2-2 with his second power-play tally of the night at 15:17 to send the game into overtime, where Connor Mackey quickly ended the proceedings with a goal at 1:45 of the extra session.

Northern Michigan 2, at Alabama Huntsville 2 (UAH wins 3-on-3)
Northern Michigan 6, at Alabama Huntsville 3
(Feb. 8-9 at Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.)

- Alabama Huntsville and Northern Michigan skated to a 2-2 tie on Friday evening in Huntsville, Ala., with the homestanding Chargers picking up the extra WCHA point on goal in the 3-on-3 period by Cam Knight.

- UAH jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Wildcats on a pair of second-period goals from Jack Jeffers (1:44) and Brandon Salerno (4:05).

- But NMU cut the lead to 2-1 on a power play goal by Troy Loggins at 5:12 of the period then tied the contest with a second man-advantage tally at 14:26 of the third period to send the game into overtime.

- Mark Sinclair made 41 saves for the Chargers while Atte Tolvanen stopped 22 pucks for Northern Michigan.

- Alabama Huntsville scored three times but Northern Michigan answered each Charger goal with two of their own to take a 6-3 win at Huntsville on Saturday afternoon.

- Connor James opened the scoring early with a goal for UAH at 5:56 of the first period.

- But, as they would after each Charger goal, the Wildcats scored twice to take a 2-1 lead. Vincent de May scored on the power play at 7:33 of the period and Griffin Loughran lit the lamp at 4:02 of the second.

- Hans Gorowsky tied the score at 2-2 with a power play goal at 6:04 for the Chargers but Tony Bretzman (16:35) and Jarrett Lee (19:14) scored back-to-back to close out the period with the Wildcats leading 4-2.

- James scored his second of the night, this time on the power play, at 8:39 of the third to trim the NMU advantage to 4-3 but Denver Pierce pushed the lead back to two at 5-3 with a power play goal at 13:11. Troy Loggins added an empty net goal at 19:36 for the final margin.

- Atte Tolvanen made 24 saves for the Wildcats.

Alaska Anchorage 4, at Alaska 1
at Alaska 2, Alaska Anchorage 1
(Feb. 8-9 at Carlson Center; Fairbanks, Ak.)

- The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves opened the 2019 Governor's Cup challenge with a 4-1 win over in-state rival Alaska in Fairbanks on Friday evening.

- UAA got goals from four different skaters and goaltender Kristian Stead stopped 26 Nanook shots to secure the win for the visitors.

- Alaska jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Colton Leiter at 4:03 of the first period but it would be the 'Nooks only goal of the night as Stead turned away every other UA attack.

- The Seawolves tied the contest at 1-1 late in the opening period on a power play goal at 18:55 by Eric Sinclair.

- UAA then broke the tie with another late-period goal in the second, when Aaron McPheters potted his first score of the season at 18:39 for 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission.

- Jeremiah Luedtke then extended the Anchorage lead early in the third period with UAA's second man-advantage tally of the night at 3:53.

- Drayson Pears added an empty net goal at 19:02 for the final margin.

- Ryker Leer snapped a 1-1 tie at 2:50 of the third period with his fifth goal of the season to lead Alaska to a 2-1 win over downstate rival Alaska Anchorage.

- The win in the second game of the 2019 Governor's Cup salvaged a split of their two game series in Fairbanks for the Nanooks.

- The Nanooks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Kyle Marino at 7:01. The lead held up until Anchorage found the back of the net early in the second period on a goal by Carmine Buono at 0:58 before Leer untied the contest with what would be the game-winning goal.

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.