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Four WCHA Series for November 8-9 Feature Alaska at Lake Superior, Bemidji State at Ferris State, Bowling Green at Minnesota State, Alabama Huntsville at Alaska Anchorage
Two Upcoming Non-Conference Sets Have Michigan Tech Hosting Michigan State, Northern Michigan Traveling to Western Michigan; Falcons, Bulldogs Open 2013-14 League Slates with November 1-2 Sweeps; MSU at BSU, NMU at Alaska WCHA Series End in Splits; November 4 USCHO.com Men's Div. 1 National Poll has Lake Superior State at No. 14, Minnesota State at No. 18 and Ferris State at No. 19; Watch WCHA Hockey Live All Season Via America ONE Sports; Catch the League's Weekly Radio Show Each Friday at WCHA.com; 2014 WCHA Final Five Set for March 21-22 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids
Ferris State will host Bemidji State for two games this weekend

MADISON, Wis. Four two-game league series highlight the upcoming schedule in the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association for the weekend of November 8-9, with Lake Superior State hosting Alaska, Ferris State entertaining Bemidji State, Bowling Green traveling to Minnesota State and Alaska Anchorage hosting Alabama Huntsville.

Lake Superior State is the last of the 10 conference teams to open their 28-game league slate this season, with the Lakers (4-1-1, 0-0-0 WCHA) engaging visiting Alaska (4-2-2, 1-1-0 WCHA) on Friday night at 7:37 pm ET and Saturday evening at 7:07 pm ET at Taffy Abel Arena (4000) in Sault Ste. Marie. The games are also the first-ever home WCHA games for LSSU while the Nanooks mark their first road games in WCHA play.

In Big Rapids, Ferris State (5-2-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) will commemorate their first conference home games as a WCHA member, with the Bulldogs set to skate against league-leading Bemidji State (3-4-1, 3-1-0 WCHA) in Friday and Saturday 7:07 pm ET face-offs at Robert L. Ewigleben Ice Arena (2490).

In Mankato, Minnesota State (3-3-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) hits the ice in their first two home league games this weekend, with the Mavericks welcoming Bowling Green (4-2-2, 2-0-0 WCHA) to Verizon Wireless Center (4832). Puck drops are at 7:37 pm CT on Friday evening and 7:07 pm CT on Saturday night.

And up at Sullivan Arena (6251) in Anchorage Friday and Saturday, the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves (3-3-0, 0-2-0 WCHA) play host to Alabama Huntsville (0-6-0, 0-4-0 WCHA) in back-to-back 7:07 pm AT starts. The games will be the first WCHA home games for UAA this season.

Outside the conference this coming weekend, Michigan Tech will host Michigan State of the Big 10 Conference and Northern Michigan visits Western Michigan of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The host Huskies (1-6-1) and Spartans (3-3-0) will face-off at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena (4466) at 7:07 pm ET both Friday and Saturday while the visiting Wildcats (3-5-0) and Broncos (3-2-1) will play at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo at 7:07 pm ET on Saturday and 5:00 pm ET on Sunday.

Through 47 non-conference games contested so far this 2013-14 season, WCHA-member teams are a combined 18-22-7 (.457), with 16 of those 22 defeats coming on the road and 10 by just a single goal. WCHA teams are 12-4-3 at home in non-conference match ups, 4-16-4 on the road, and 2-2 at neutral sites.

In action last week, Bowling Green dropped a 5-3 non-conference decision at Ohio State (Big 10) and host Lake Superior State powered past Laurentian University 9-2.

There were four WCHA series contested on November 1-2, with Bowling Green and Ferris State both earning two-game sweeps and two other sets ending in splits. Host Bowling Green won by 6-1 and 1-0 scores over Alaska Anchorage at BGSU Ice Arena. Last Friday, center Camden Wojtala had a pair of goals and 12 players had a point for the Falcons while last Saturday left winger Brent Tate had the lone goal in the first period and Tomas Sholl had a 16-save shutout in nets.

Ferris State traveled to Alabama Huntsville and came away with 5-0 and 3-2 victories. Last Friday, left winger Kyle Schempp, center Garrett Thompson and defenseman Scott Czarnowczan each had a goal and an assist and C.J. Motte recorded a 21-save shutout. On Saturday, left winger Justin Buzzeo had two goals for the Bulldogs, including the winner, while for the Chargers Matt Larose had 42 saves between the pipes.

At Sanford Center, host Bemidji State won 4-1 over Minnesota State in game one last Friday before the Mavericks came back for a 4-3 triumph in game two on Saturday. Right winger Matt Hartmann netted the game-winner for the Beavers on November 1 while defensemen Matt Prapavessis and James Hansen both added two assists. Last Saturday evening, right winger Johnny McInnis and center Teddy Blueger tallied in the third period for MSU, with Blueger's unassisted empty-netter at 19:50 being the game-winner.

And up in Fairbanks, host Alaska took the series opener against Northern Michigan 5-4 last Friday before the visiting Wildcats rallied for a 2-1 win on Saturday to gain the WCHA split. In game one, the Nanooks hit on 3-of-6 power-play attempts and 14 players had points, with right wing Shawn Hochhausen scoring the winner at 17:01 of period two and winger Jared Linnell drawing a pair of assists. In the series finale, defenseman CJ Ludwig had a goal and an assist and center Stephan Vigier netted the winner at 19:38 of the first period for Northern Michigan.

In the two non-conference series played by WCHA teams against Big 10 teams last weekend, Lake Superior State tied (3-3 ot) and lost (1-8) at Wisconsin and Michigan Tech dropped a pair of one-goal decisions (2-3 ot, 1-2) at Michigan. For the Lakers, goaltender Kevin Kapalka had 41 saves in game one while both left winger Alex Globke and center Dan Radke each had a goal and an assist. For the Huskies, left winger C.J. Eick had a shorthanded goal late in the second period on Friday night to pull Tech even at 2-2 and goaltender Pheonix Copley had 40 saves. Then on Saturday, Copley came back with 28 more stops and center Dennis Rix scored a third period goal to pull MTU within one of the Wolverines.

Looking ahead to next week, six teams will play league series. On Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16, Ferris State hosts Bowling Green, Michigan Tech entertains Lake Superior State, and Bemidji State hosts Alaska Anchorage. Two others Alabama Huntsville and Minnesota State will play in non-conference series. The Chargers will host NCHC-member St. Cloud State while the Mavericks play a pair at Big 10-member Minnesota.

In this week's USCHO.com Div. 1 Men's College Hockey Poll issued November 4, three WCHA-member teams are ranked among the nation's top 20. Lake Superior State is at No. 14, Minnesota State is at No. 18 and Ferris State is at No. 19.

In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Div. 1 Men's College Hockey Poll for November 4, Lake Superior State, Ferris State and Minnesota State all received votes.

This Week in the WCHA

Games for Friday, November 8: Bemidji State at Ferris State (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET; Michigan State at Michigan Tech (NC), 7:07 pm ET; Alaska at Lake Superior State (WCHA), 7:37 pm ET; Bowling Green at Minnesota State (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Alabama Huntsville at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT.

Games for Saturday, November 9: Bemidji State at Ferris State (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET; Alaska at Lake Superior State (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET; Michigan State at Michigan Tech (NC), 7:07 pm ET; Northern Michigan at Western Michigan (NC), 7:07 pm ET; Bowling Green at Minnesota State (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Alabama Huntsville at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT.

Sunday, November 10: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan (NC), 5:00 pm ET.

Last Week in the WCHA

Results of Tuesday, October 29: Bowling Green 3 at Ohio State 5 (NC); Laurentian Univ. 2 at Lake Superior State 9 (EX).

Results of Friday, November 1: Alaska Anchorage 1 at Bowling Green 6 (WCHA); Michigan Tech 2 at Michigan 3 ot (NC); Ferris State 5 at Alabama Huntsville 0 (WCHA); Lake Superior State 3 at Wisconsin 3 ot (NC); Minnesota State 1 at Bemidji State 4 (WCHA); Northern Michigan 4 at Alaska 5 (WCHA)

Results of Saturday, November 2: Michigan Tech 1 at Michigan 2 (NC); Alaska Anchorage 0 at Bowling Green 1 (WCHA); Minnesota State 4 at Bemidji State 3 (WCHA); Ferris State 3 at Alabama Huntsville 2 (WCHA); Lake Superior State 1 at Wisconsin 8 (NC); Northern Michigan 2 at Alaska 1 (WCHA).

Visit wcha.com & wcha.com/mobile for Complete Live League & National Scoreboards, In-Game Statistics & Box Scores

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association's official web site wcha.com also features fully functional mobile pages at wcha.com/mobile where visitors can access live league and national scoreboards, live in-game box scores and statistics, complete team and individual statistics, league standings, etc.

To access all the latest developments as games are in progress visit www.wcha.com and/or www.wcha.com/mobile.

Catch the League's Long-Running Weekly Radio Show This Week in the WCHA at WCHA.com

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is pleased to once again provide it's long-running weekly radio show This Week in the WCHA via wcha.com and to interested media outlets. The show will be available each Friday throughout the regular season at wcha.com beginning October 11 and is also available for electronic distribution.

Hosted by Jim Rich and produced by Kevin Falness of the Minnesota Wild Radio Network, This Week in the WCHA runs 6-7 minutes and features key moments and highlights from live game broadcasts, including goals, saves, overtime game-winners, post-game sound clips, a look at upcoming games.

To get on the distribution list for This Week in the WCHA please contact: Kevin Falness, Minnesota Wild Radio Network (kfalness@wild.com or 651 755-5161).

WCHATV Powered by America ONE Sports Launches for 2013-14 Season
Follow Western Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Live Game Action All Season Long Via wcha.com and americaonesports.com

With the dawning of a new era in its storied 62-year history, the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced on September 23 (2013) an exciting new partnership with America ONE Sports and its first-ever conference-wide broadband initiative. WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports will provide fans around the world an opportunity to watch league-member games live throughout the 2013-14 season via broadband telecast distribution to their PC and MAC computers and iOS and Android devices.

WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports will enable fans from Bowling Green to Fairbanks and Huntsville to Houghton to watch every game of the regular season live and on-demand, including all 140 conference match-ups. Fans will be able to access WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports via portals at wcha.com, americaonesports.com and through the official athletic websites of all WCHA member men's teams. Most games will also be available in High Definition.

"This is a tremendous development for the WCHA and its member men's teams," said Commissioner Bruce M. McLeod, "and we couldn't be more excited to partner with America ONE Sports to showcase our league, our universities, teams and student-athletes, our outstanding on-ice product and our long and proud tradition to fans everywhere. I want to commend both Bruce LeVine and the great folks at America ONE Sports and the leadership of our member teams for bringing live WCHA hockey to fruition."

"America ONE Sports is honored to partner with such a tradition-rich conference as the WCHA," said Bruce LeVine, America ONE Sports Director of Programming. "We look forward to working with the conference and its 10 member schools to bring top grade college hockey via state of the art technology to fans around the world."

Subscribers to WCHATV powered by America ONE Sports will be able to access games through traditional web browsers on PC and MAC computers and iOS and Android devices. Requirements for viewing games are available at the America ONE test site at:


Each live event may be viewed beginning 10 minutes prior to start time and all events are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Fans can buy any of three pass levels Day Pass, Monthly Pass or Full Season Pass (see special Full Season Pass offer below) for either mobile or PC/MAC devices. All passes include on-demand viewing. Any pass purchased will allow fans to watch all WCHA events played in WCHA venues during that time period. Only live events can be viewed on mobile devices. For each game sold on a pay-per-view/pass system basis to individual users throughout the season, the price structure for the regular season is as follows:

a. Day Pass 24 hours (Noon ET of the day purchased to Noon ET of the next day): $8 per pass plus a $1 daily option for mobile delivery. Day Pass makes available all games from any given night and comes with on-demand from the previous 24 hours.

b. Monthly Pass viewing for 30 days from day of purchase: $45 per pass plus a $1 daily option for mobile delivery. Monthly or Season Passes comes with on-demand access for previous 30 days events. Purchase Monthly Pass

c. Full Season Pass $150 per pass plus a $1 daily option for mobile delivery. If purchased by October 1, a Full Season Pass is available at a special price of $125. Monthly or Season Passes makes available on-demand games from the previous 30 days. Purchase Full Season Pass

America ONE Sports is a world leader in LIVE Broadband Sports, bringing fans more than 5,500 live and exclusive events per year from over 100 colleges across the United States, and live professional sports including hockey, football and soccer from 70 teams and hundreds of pro leagues from Asia and Europe. America ONE Sports is owned and operated by ONE Media Corp., a privately owned company based in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. The company also owns and operates ONE World Sports, a sports network delivering exclusive world-class sports live from around the globe; ONE CONNXT, a global HD/SD broadcast video transport technology and services solution; America ONE Television, a general entertainment and sports broadcast television network.

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University of Alaska Anchorage http://www.goseawolves.com
University of Alaska http://alaskananooks.com
Bemidji State University http://www.bsubeavers.com
Bowling Green State University http://www.bgsufalcons.com
Ferris State University http://www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com
Lake Superior State University http://www.lssulakers.com
Michigan Technological University http://www.michigantechhuskies.com
Minnesota State University http://www.msumavericks.com
Northern Michigan University http://www.nmuwildcats.com