Championship Season: The WCHA Postseason gets underway this weekend with best-of-three Quarterfinal matchups at four campus sites March 8-10. No. 1 seed Minnesota State hosts No. 8 Alabama Huntsville; No. 2 Northern Michigan hosts No. 7 Alaska; No. No. 3 Bowling Green hosts No. 6 Michigan Tech and No. 4 Lake Superior State hosts No. 5 Bemidji State.
- The two highest remaining seeds will host a best-of-three WCHA Playoffs Semifinal series March 15-17.
- The tournament concludes with the single-game, 2019 WCHA Championship, held at the home venue of the top remaining seed March 23.
- Fans can catch all the action on FloHockey.tv.
Goaltender of the Month: Minnesota State freshman Dryden McKay has been named the national Goaltender of the Month by the Hockey Commissioners Association. McKay led the nation with an 0.98 GAA for the month and finished with a 4-1-1 record.
#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).
By the Numbers
162: Career games played by Michigan Tech senior Jake Lucchini, the most of any active player in the NCAA.
133/13/58: Career games/career shutouts/single game saves school records set by Northern Michigan goaltender Atte Tolvanen in the Wildcats' final regular season home game on March 2. The saves record had stood since December 1984.
30: Points scored by Bemidji State defenseman Justin Baudry, making him just the fourth BSU blueliner to reach the 30-point mark since the Beavers moved to Division I in 1999-2000.
23: Goals scored by Lake Superior State's Diego Cuglietta, which is tied for the NCAA lead.
8: Consecutive seasons with a postseason appearance by Bowling Green, the longest active streak in the NCAA.
The Week Ahead
(8) Alabama Huntsville at (1) Minnesota State: The Mavericks and Chargers are meeting in the postseason for the first time this weekend. Minnesota State holds a 35-19-7 advantage in the all-time series and are 24-0-4 in their last 28 meetings. MSU swept the only meeting this season, 6-1 and 4-0, at home in Mankato, Feb. 1-2.
(7) Alaska at (2) Northern Michigan: NMU and Alaska are also meeting in the WCHA Postseason for the first time this weekend. The Wildcats picked up a road sweep at Alaska, Jan. 4-5, winning 4-0 and 4-2.
(6) Michigan Tech at (3) Bowling Green: Michigan Tech and Bowling Green will meet for the fifth time in the last six postseasons this weekend at Bowling Green. Tech holds the all-time series lead over the Falcons at 18-13-4, with the Huskies also leading 11-9-3 since the two teams began play in the WCHA. The two teams split their only meeting this season in Houghton, with Tech winning the opener, 2-0, on Jan. 11 and BGSU rebounding for a 3-2 win on Jan. 12.
(5) Bemidji State at (4) Lake Superior State: The Beavers visit the Lakers for the first WCHA Playoff meeting between the two schools. The teams split a two-game series in Sault Ste. Marie, Jan. 25-26, with Lake State winning the opener, 5-2, and BSU posting a 5-2 win the following night. All-time, LSSU leads the series, which dates to the NAIA days for both schools, 31-26-14. The Lakers are 15-14-1 against the Beavers at home in Taffy Abel Arena.
The Week in Review
at 19/UR Lake Superior State 5, Ferris State 2
Ferris State 3, at 19/RV Lake Superior State 2
(March 1-2 at Taffy Abel Arena; Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
- Lake Superior State locked up home ice for the WCHA Quarterfinals with a 5-2 win over Ferris State on Friday in Sault Ste. Marie.
- After Lucas Finner put Ferris State up 1-0 on a power play at 12:25 of the first, Ashton Calder knotted the contest at 1-1 with a goal at 13:52.
- Yuki Miura then gave the Lakers the lead with a goal at 5:48 of the second period.
- Corey Mackin responded for the Bulldogs to tie the game again at 10:12 of the period.
- Alec Semandel gave Lake State the lead for good at 2:07 of the third period.
- Diego Cuglietta then added a pair of empty net goals at 18:49 and 19:57 for the final margin.
- Nick Kossoff stopped 45 shots in the win.
- Senior Corey Mackin scored twice in his final game as a Bulldog to lead Ferris State to a 3-2 win over No. 19/RV Lake Superior State on Saturday to salvage a split of their two-game set.
- Mackin staked FSU to a 1-0 lead at 5:01 of the first period and Jake Transit upped the advantage to 2-0 at 2:34 of the second before the Lakers got on the board at 13:18 of the period on a goal by Diego Cuglietta. The score was the 23rd of the season and moved him into a tie for the NCAA lead.
- But Mackin potted what would be the game-winner with just five second left in the period.
- Late in the third period, LSSU's Bryan Basilico found the back of the net to cut the lead to 3-2 on an extra-attacker situation at 17:39 but Lake State could not get the equalizer before time expired.
- Roni Salmenkangas stopped 34 shots for Ferris State in the victory.
RV/UR Northern Michigan 4, at Michigan Tech 2
at RV/UR Northern Michigan 3, Michigan Tech 0
(March 1 at MacInnes Student Ice Arena; Houghton, Mich.)
(March 2 at Berry Events Center; Marquette, Mich.)
- Troy Loggins posted a hat trick to lead Northern Michigan to a 4-2 victory at Michigan Tech on Friday night.
- Loggins opened the game with a pair of first period goals at 9:54 and 14:58 before Keegan Ford cut the lead to 2-1 with a power play marker at 17:00 of the period.
- Alec Broetzman tied the game at 2-2 with a goal at 14:14 of the second period but Vincent de Mey potted the game-winner at 7:02 of the third period before Loggins picked up his third goal of the night on an empty net at 19:57.
- Senior Atte Tolvanen stopped 58 shots in the win.
- Atte Tolvanen set new Northern Michigan records for career shutouts and games started as he backstopped the Wildcats to a 3-0 home win over Michigan Tech on Saturday to secure a sweep of the two-game home-and-home series.
- Tolvanen, who was making his NMU-record 133rd career start, turned away all 20 Husky shots on the night for his record-setting 13th career whitewash.
- Fellow senior Troy Loggins tallied his fourth and fifth goals on the weekend and Mitchell Slattery chipped in with Northern's final goal of the night as the Wildcats cruised to the win.
Alabama Huntsville 4, at No. 15/RV Bowling Green 2
at No. 15/RV Bowling Green 7, Alabama Huntsville 1)
(Feb. 1-2 at Slater Family Ice Arena; Bowling Green, Ohio)
- Alabama Huntsville locked up the eighth and final WCHA playoff spot with a 4-2 win at No. 15/RV Bowling Green on Friday.
- The game was scoreless into the second period before Sam Craggs but BGSU up, 1-0, on a goal at 5:06 of the period. But UAH responded with three straight goals to start the third period to take control of the game.
- Madison Dunn tied things up at 1-1 at 3:49 of the period and Jesper Ohrvall gave the Chargers the lead at 5:50 of the period.
- Hans Gorowsky pushed the margin to 3-1 on a power play at 7:43 before Jacob Dalton lit the lamp in on a delayed penalty at 12:00.
- Connor Markley then iced the game for UAH with an empty net goal at 19:56.
- Mark Sinclair stopped 28 shots for the Chargers in the win.
- Bowling Green rebounded from Friday's home loss in a big way, scoring five times in the first period en route to a 7-1 win over Alabama Huntsville on Saturday night.
- The five-goal opening period marked the first time since Nov. 19, 2016 that the Falcons potted five or more goals in one period against a conference foe.
- Five different Falcons lit the lamp in the period – Alex Barber (PP- 1:12), Frederic Letourneau (7:08), Alec Rauhauser (PP-8:17), Max Johnson (PP- 9:54) and John Schilling (13:15).
- Taylor Schneider scored at 1:58 of the second period before UAH got on the board on a goal by Bauer Neudecker at 5:57.
- Schilling added his second goal of the night at 9:18 of the third period to close out the scoring.
at No. 4/4 Minnesota State 4, (RV/UR) Bemidji State 1
at No. 4/4 Minnesota State 3, (RV/UR Bemidji State 1
(March 1-2 at Verizon Center; Mankato, Minn.)
- After falling behind 1-0 midway through the opening period, No. 4/4 Minnesota State scored four unanswered goals for a 4-1 win over visiting Bemidji State on Friday.
- Brendan Harris staked the Beavers to the early lead with a goal at 9:33 of the first period but Nickolas Rivera (15:00) and Max Coatta (19:02) put the Mavericks up, 2-1, with a pair of goals before intermission.
- Jared Spooner (16:08) and Parker Tuomie (PP- 18:53) added goals in the second period for the final margin.
- Dryden McKay made 31 saves in the victory.
- Minnesota State completed its weekend sweep of Bemidji State with a 3-1 win on Senior Night in Mankato.
- Charlie Gerard opened the scoring for the Mavericks at 4:22 of the first period.
- MSU then scored twice in the second frame – on a short-handed goal by Nicholas Rivera (3:44) and an even-strength goal by Walker Duehr at 5:46.
- Aaron Miller potted Bemidji State's lone goal at 7:45 of the third period.
Alaska 4, at Alaska Anchorage 0
Alaska 2, at Alaska Anchorage 1
(March 1-2 at Sullivan Arena; Anchorage, Ak.)
- Steven Jandric scored twice and Anton Martinsson stopped 22 shots to lead the Alaska Nanooks to a 4-0 win over homestanding Alaska Anchorage on Friday night.
- Max Newton opened the scoring for UA with a first period goal at 14:40.
- Jandric pushed the lead to 2-0 with a power play goal at 8:46 of the second frame.
- Ryker Leer added another man advantage goal at 3:29 of the third period before Jandric capped the night with his second lamp-lighter at 14:06.
- Kylar Hope's power play goal at 14:40 of the third period lifted the Alaska Nanooks to a 2-1 victory over Alaska Anchorage on Saturday.
- The win completed a two-game sweep of the series for Alaska and clinched the 'Nooks 14th Governor's Cup and seventh in a row.
- After a scoreless first period, Alaska Anchorage took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Corey Renwick just 2:13 into the period.
- The lead held until Tyler Cline lit the lamp on a power play at 11:31 of the third period, setting up Hope's heroics just three minutes later.
- Anton Martinsson made 24 saves in the win.
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.