November 12, 2012
Colorado College remains undefeated in WCHA play at 4-0-0
MADISON, Wis. – The upcoming Nov. 16-17 weekend will feature four head-to-head Western Collegiate Hockey Association match ups, including a pair of traditional conference rivalries that have Colorado College and Denver in a home-and-home set and Minnesota hosting Wisconsin. Also on the docket are series featuring Bemidji State hosting Michigan Tech and North Dakota hosting Minnesota Duluth.
The No. 14-ranked Tigers (7-3-0, 4-0-0 WCHA) and No. 2-ranked Pioneers (7-1-0, 5-1-0 WCHA) will hook up on Friday night at Colorado Springs World Arena (7,380) at 7:37 pm MT and then again on Saturday evening at DU's Magness Arena (6,025) at 7:07 pm MT. Both clubs are off to strong starts to the 2012-13 campaign – CC has won four straight and Denver has won three in a row – and both are coming off Nov. 9-10 league sweeps. The 2012-13 season marks the 20th anniversary of the Gold Pan, which is awarded to the regular season series winner. CC won a year ago with a 2-1-1 mark against DU. The two rivals will then conclude their four-game regular season series on Feb. 8-9.
At Mariucci Arena (10,000) in Minneapolis Friday and Saturday, No. 3-ranked Minnesota (6-2-1, 3-2-1 WCHA) will play host to Wisconsin (1-4-1, 1-2-1 WCHA) in a renewal of the Border Battle. Face-offs are set for 7:07 pm CT and 8:07 pm CT. The Golden Gophers and Badgers will play again on Feb. 15 in Madison and on Feb. 17 at Soldier Field in Chicago in the Hockey City Classic.
At Sanford Center (4,373) in Bemidji this coming weekend, Bemidji State (2-3-1, 1-2-1 WCHA) will lace-up the skates against visiting Michigan Tech (2-6-0, 1-5-0 WCHA) at 7:37 pm CT on Friday and 7:07 pm CT on Saturday. BSU has designated this as Military Appreciation Weekend, and all members of the military who show a valid military ID at the Sanford Center Ford Pickup Window, beginning immediately, will have the opportunity to purchase $12 tickets for the series for themselves and their immediate family. In addition, the BSU men's hockey team and the American Cancer Society will team up in raising awareness for prostate and testicular cancer on Nov. 17, when First National Bank and Sanford Health help celebrate "Movember" by giving fake mustaches to the first 1,000 fans in attendance. T-shirts will also be for sale with all proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. The Beavers and Huskies will then play games three and four of their regular season series on Jan. 18-19 in Houghton.
And at Ralph Engelstad Arena (11,634) in Grand Forks Friday and Saturday, No. 6-ranked North Dakota (4-3-1, 2-1-1 WCHA) will entertain Minnesota Duluth (2-5-1, 0-3-1 WCHA) in 7:37 pm and 7:07 pm CT face-offs. These are the only two regular season league meetings between UND and the Bulldogs.
Idle from competition this week are Alaska Anchorage (2-3-3, 0-2-2 WCHA), Minnesota State (3-5-2, 1-5-0 WCHA), No. 18-ranked Nebraska Omaha (6-3-1, 4-1-1 WCHA) and No. 15-ranked St. Cloud State (6-4-0, 4-2-0 WCHA).
There were five league series contested this past weekend of Nov. 9-11, with Colorado College, Denver and Nebraska Omaha all posting sweeps to up their points total by four each. The Tigers prevailed at home over Bemidji State by 3-2 and 6-3 counts, the Pioneers forged back-to-back, one-goal road victories at Minnesota State by 4-3 and 3-2 scores, while the Mavericks doubled up on Minnesota Duluth 3-2 last Saturday and 6-3 on Sunday. Minnesota took home three league points by winning 4-0 and tying 2-2 (ot) on the road at Alaska Anchorage while St. Cloud State split at home with North Dakota, falling 2-0 last Friday before claiming a 5-2 triumph last Saturday.
Looking ahead to the Thanksgiving weekend of Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24, there will be three WCHA series contested as Bemidji State hosts Alaska Anchorage, Wisconsin welcomes Minnesota State and Minnesota Duluth entertains St. Cloud State. In non-conference series match ups, Minnesota visits Hockey East-member Vermont, North Dakota travels to CCHA-member Notre Dame, Nebraska Omaha hosts independent Alabama-Huntsville, and Colorado College and Denver take turns hosting New Hampshire of Hockey East and Yale of ECAC Hockey. Through 39 non-conference games as of Nov. 12, WCHA-member teams stand 21-15-3 for a .577 winning percentage. The WCHA is 3-4-0 vs Hockey East, 3-2-1 vs ECAC Hockey, 7-9-0 vs the CCHA, 5-0-1 vs Atlantic Hockey and 3-0-1 vs independents.
In this week's(Nov. 12) USCHO.com Division 1 Men's College Hockey Poll, six WCHA men's member teams are again ranked among the nation's top 20. Denver has climbed to No. 2, Minnesota is at No. 3, North Dakota is at No. 6, Colorado College is No. 14, St. Cloud State is No. 15 and Nebraska Omaha is No. 18. Also receiving votes from the WCHA were Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State.
This Week in the WCHA
Games for Friday, November 16: Wisconsin at Minnesota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota Duluth at North Dakota (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Michigan Tech at Bemidji State (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Denver at Colorado College (WCHA), 7:37 pm MT.
Games for Saturday, November 17: Minnesota Duluth at North Dakota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Michigan Tech at Bemidji State (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Colorado College at Denver (WCHA), 7:07 pm MT; Wisconsin at Minnesota (WCHA), 8:07 pm CT.
Last Week in the WCHA
Results of Friday, November 9: Denver 4 at Minnesota State 3 (WCHA); North Dakota 3 at St. Cloud State 0 (WCHA); Bemidji State 2 at Colorado College 3 (WCHA); Minnesota 4 at Alaska Anchorage 0 (WCHA).
Results of Saturday, November 10: Denver 3 at Minnesota State 2 (WCHA); Minnesota Duluth 2 at Nebraska Omaha 3 (WCHA); North Dakota 2 at St. Cloud State 5 (WCHA); Bemidji State 3 at Colorado College 6 (WCHA); Minnesota 2 at Alaska Anchorage 2 ot (WCHA).
Results of Sunday, November 11: Minnesota Duluth 3 at Nebraska Omaha 6 (WCHA).