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December Launches with Second of Four All-WCHA Series Weekends in 2013-14; Five Conference Match Ups for Friday-Saturday Feature UAH at BGSU, BSU at MTU, FSU at LSSU, NMU at MSU, UAF at UAA
Streaking Ferris State Stretches Nation's Longest Unbeaten String to 11 Games with Win, Tie at NMU ... Bulldogs Move to 8-0-2 in WCHA Race; Lakers, Mavericks, Huskies All Earn Thanksgiving Weekend League Sweeps; Three Points, Two Losses Separate Group of Seven Teams in Current League Standings; Latest Men's Division 1 National Polls Have Ferris State at No. 6/7, Lake Superior State at No. 13/14 ... Minnesota State Also Receive Votes; WCHA Teams Stand 21-29-9 in Non-Conference Play; Watch WCHA Hockey Live and On-Demand All Season Via America ONE Sports; Catch This Week in the WCHA Radio Show Fridays at WCHA.com; 2014 WCHA Final Five March 21-22 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids Ticket Packages On Sale December 8
Bowling Green hosts Alabama Huntsville for two games this weekend

MADISON, Wis. The second of four weekends during the 2013-14 season that feature all 10 men's member Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams engaged in league play occurs this Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th, as the month of December opens with a flurry. The five two-game sets have Alabama Huntsville at Bowling Green, Bemidji State at Michigan Tech, Ferris State at Lake Superior State, Northern Michigan at Minnesota State, and Alaska at Alaska Anchorage. The two remaining weekends that include five WCHA series are Feb. 14-15 and March 7-8.

At the BGSU Ice Arena (5000) this weekend, Bowling Green (6-7-3, 4-5-1 WCHA, 9 points) will play host to Alabama Huntsville (0-14-0, 0-8-0 WCHA) in a pair of 7:07 pm ET league encounters. The Falcons, who are an impressive 5-1-1 overall on home ice so far, have lost three straight league games by a single goal. The Chargers, meanwhile, have suffered five one-goal setbacks to date and continue their quest for their first victory. The second two-game series between BGSU and UAH will occur on Jan. 3-4 in Huntsville.

In Houghton, Michigan Tech (6-8-2, 4-3-1 WCHA, 9 points) will face-off against visiting Bemidji State (5-8-3, 5-4-1 WCHA, 11 points) in the only regular season series between the two clubs. Face-offs at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena (4466) are at 7:07 pm ET both nights. Returning home from a near two-week stay in Alaska, this will be only the second time so far this season that Tech has hosted a two-game WCHA series. MTU, 4-1-0 overall on home ice, is 2-0-1 over the last three games and 5-2-1 over the last eight. Of the Beavers' eight losses overall, four have come by just one-goal with three of those in league play.

One of the highlight match ups this week will occur in Sault Ste. Marie on December 6-7 when Lake Superior State (9-4-1, 5-3-0 WCHA, 10 points) entertains league-leading and red-hot Ferris State (11-2-2, 8-0-2 WCHA, 18 points). Puck drops at Taffy Abel Arena (4000) between the two WCHA teams with the best overall records are at 7:37 pm ET on Friday and 7:07 pm ET on Saturday. The Lakers are 5-1-0 at home while the Bulldogs sport a 5-1-1 mark on the road. Three of Lake Superior's four setbacks, and both Ferris State losses, have come by just one goal. After this series, the Lakers and Bulldogs don't meet up again until the final weekend of the regular season March 7-8 in Big Rapids.

In Mankato this weekend, pre-season WCHA favorite Minnesota State takes on Northern Michigan at Verizon Wireless Center (4832) at 7:37 pm CT on Friday and 7:07 pm CT on Saturday. The Mavericks (7-7-0, 5-3-0 WCHA, 10 points) have won three straight league games and are 5-1-0 on friendly ice. The Wildcats (6-6-2, 4-3-1 WCHA, 9 points), forging a 5-1-1 mark over their last six games overall, trail the Mavericks by a single point. MSU and NMU will play again on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Marquette.

And up in The Frontier State, arch-rivals Alaska Anchorage and Alaska go head-to-head Friday and Saturday in a two-game WCHA series at Sullivan Arena (6251) that also includes competition for the annual Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup. Game times are at 7:07 pm AT both evenings. The Seawolves (6-6-2, 3-5-2 WCHA, 8 points) and Nanooks (5-7-2, 2-6-0 WCHA, 4 points) will conclude their four-game regular season series on the final regular season weekend, March 7-8 in Fairbanks. Alaska Anchorage, unbeaten at home so far at 5-0-1, is 3-3-2 over the last eight contests while Alaska has dropped four straight in league play, with three of those losses coming by one goal and the other by two.

To date, 44 of the 140 conference games on the 2013-14 schedule (28 games per team), or 31.4%, have now been completed. Twenty-one of those 44 (47.7%) WCHA games have been decided by one goal, seven have ended in two-goal differentials, and six have wound up as ties.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, three teams Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech and Minnesota State recorded WCHA sweeps to bank four points each while Ferris State gained three points on the road.

In Sault Ste. Marie on Nov. 29-30, Lake Superior State earned back-to-back, come-from-behind 4-3 victories over Bowling Green. In the series opener, third period goals from wingers Matt Johnson at 4:06 and Gus Correale (GWG) at 13:35 gave the Lakers the win, despite being outshot 33-24. A power-play goal from BG winger Bryce Williamson (1g, 1a) at 2:04 of the third put the Falcons up 3-2. Defenseman Zach Loesch also had two assists for the Lakers, including one on the winner. In game two, LSSU again came back from a 3-2 third period deficit as centers Dan Radke (2g) and Bryce Schmitt (GWG) scored goals at 11:03 and 14:02 respectively. For the Falcons, winger Dajon Mingo notched two goals.

Michigan Tech continued a two-week swing through the state of Alaska, gaining 3-2 and 2-1 WCHA wins over the host Nanooks in Fairbanks. In the series opener last Friday, a three-goal MTU surge in the second period, with tallies from D Shane Hanna (1g, 1a) at 0:58 and two straight from RW Alex Petan (2g, 1a) at 4:49 and 8:09 (GWG) pushed the Huskies to victory. In nets for MTU, Pheonix Copley had 30 stops. For Alaska, winger Garrick Perry had a second period goal to close the gap to one. In game two last Saturday, a second period power-play tally from Hanna at 0:26, the game-winner from center Tanner Kero (1g, 1a) 5) while shorthanded at 10:49, and 28 more saves from Copley enabled the Huskies to complete the sweep. Scoring the lone goal for the Nanooks was center Cody Kunyk, who moved his club to within one with his tally at 3:03 of the third period.

In Marquette on Nov. 29-30, visiting Ferris State posted a 4-1 victory and 1-1 (ot) tie against Northern Michigan, enabling the Bulldogs to push their unbeaten streak to a nation's best 11 games and enabling them to stay unbeaten in WCHA play. Last Friday, FSU goaltender C.J. Motte stopped 32 of 33 shots on goal, LW's Kyle Schempp and Matt Robertson each had a goal and an assist, and defenseman Zach Dorer netted the game-winner at 16:54 of the first period. For NMU, Cohen Adair's PPG for NMU at 19:49 of the third broke up the shutout bid. Then last Saturday, the Bulldogs and Wildcats traded second period goals in a 1-1 overtime draw. LW Matt Robertson scored on the power-play at 9:50 for FSU while LW Jake Johnson netted a game-tying, man-advantage goal for Northern Michigan at 14:17.

And in Mankato on Nov. 29-30, Minnesota State recorded its first league sweep of the season with 3-2 and 7-3 decisions over visiting Alaska Anchorage. Last Friday, the Mavericks' line of LW Jean-Paul Lafontaine (1g, 1a), C Teddy Blueger (2a) and RW Zach Lehrke (1g, 1a) combined for six points and defenseman Sean Flanagan scored the game-winner unassisted at 3:10 of the third period. For UAA, goals from centers Matt Bailey at 18:51 of the first and Brett Cameron at 5:06 of the second knotted the score at 2-2. On Saturday night, seven players had multiple-point games for MSU, led by LW Jean-Paul Lafontaine (2g, 1a), D Zach Palmquist (1g, 2a) and C Matt Leitner (3a), and the Mavericks connected on 5-of-7 power-play chances to gain the sweep over the Seawolves. Scoring the game-winner was winger Johnny McInnis on a power-play at 19:56 of the first period. For UAA, LW Scott Allen had two goals, giving him nine on the season.

Outside the WCHA over the Thanksgiving holiday, Bemidji State and Alabama Huntsville were engaged in non-conference play. The Beavers tied (4-4 ot) and lost (3-6) at home to NCHC-member Miami while the Chargers dropped both of their games at the Shillelagh Tournament in South Bend. On Nov. 29, three successive third period goals, including an extra-attacker, game-tying tally from defenseman Sam Rendle at 19:17 of the third period enabled the Beavers to overcome 3-0 and 4-1 deficits and gain the tie. RW Brendan Harms led BSU with 1-1=2. On Nov. 30, Miami broke up a 3-3 third period tie with three straight goals to gain the victory. RW Radoslav Illo led the Beavers with a pair of goals. At the Shillelagh Tournament last Friday, center Jeff Vanderlugt had both goals for UAH in a 5-2 loss to host Notre Dame of the Hockey East Association while Matt Larose had 39 saves in nets. In the third place game on Saturday, the Chargers fell 1-0 to NCHC-member Western Michigan as Carmine Guerriero stopped 28 of 29 Bronco shots on goal.

Following those results, WCHA-member teams stand a combined 21-29-9 (.432) in non-conference play through 59 games this season. At home, league teams are 14-7-4 in non-conference games, on the road they are 5-19-5, and on neutral ice they are 2-3-0.

Remaining non-conference games this season, by WCHA team, are as follows: Alabama Huntsville (Dec. 27-28 at Wisconsin, Jan. 10-11 at Notre Dame); Alaska Anchorage (Jan. 3-4 at Wisconsin); Bemidji State (Jan. 17 at North Dakota, Jan. 18 vs North Dakota); Bowling Green (Dec. 27 vs Boston College at Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh, Dec. 28 vs Penn State or Robert Morris at Three Rivers Classic); Ferris State (Dec. 11 at Michigan, Dec. 14 at Michigan State, Jan. 3 vs Rensselaer at Mariucci Classic, Minneapolis, Jan. 4 vs Colgate or Minnesota at Mariucci Classic); Lake Superior State (Jan. 17-18 at Notre Dame); Michigan Tech (Dec. 27 vs Michigan State at Great Lakes Invitational, Detroit, Dec. 28 vs Michigan or Western Michigan at Great Lakes Invitational); Minnesota State (Jan. 24 vs Minnesota Duluth at North Star College Cup, Saint Paul, Jan. 25 vs St. Cloud State or Minnesota at North Star College Cup); Northern Michigan (Dec. 13-14 at North Dakota).

Looking ahead to the second week of December, Ferris State will open the slate on Wednesday, Dec. 11 with a single non-conference tilt at Big 10 Conference-member Michigan. There will be four WCHA series contested Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14, as Michigan Tech hosts Bowling Green, Alabama Huntsville entertains Minnesota State, Alaska heads to Bemidji State, and Lake Superior State travels to Alaska Anchorage. Those will be the last league games until the new year. Outside the WCHA on Dec. 13-14, Northern Michigan plays a two-game set at NCHC-member North Dakota while FSU takes on host Michigan State on Saturday in the Hockey Hall of Fame Game in East Lansing.

In this week's USCHO.com Div. 1 Men's College Hockey Poll issued December 2, Ferris State is ranked No. 6 nationally while Lake Superior State is up to No. 14. Also receiving votes in the poll from the WCHA was Minnesota State.

And in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Div. 1 Men's College Hockey Poll issued December 2, Ferris State is ranked No. 7 nationally while Lake Superior State is No. 13.

This Week in the WCHA

Games for Friday, December 6: Alabama Huntsville at Bowling Green (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET; Bemidji State at Michigan Tech (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET; Ferris State at Lake Superior State (WCHA), 7:37 pm ET; Northern Michigan at Minnesota State (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; * Alaska at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT. * Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup

Games for Saturday, December 7: Alabama Huntsville at Bowling Green (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET; Ferris State at Lake Superior State (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET; Bemidji State at Michigan Tech (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET; Northern Michigan at Minnesota State (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; * Alaska at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT. * Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup

Last Week in the WCHA

Results of Friday, November 29: Ferris State 4 at Northern Michigan 1 (WCHA); * Alabama Huntsville 2 at Notre Dame 5 (NC); Bowling Green 3 at Lake Superior State 4 (WCHA); Alaska Anchorage 2 at Minnesota State 3 (WCHA); Miami 4 at Bemidji State 4 ot (NC); Michigan Tech 3 at Alaska 2 (WCHA). * Shillelagh Tournament @ Notre Dame.

Results of Saturday, November 30: * Alabama Huntsville 0 vs Western Michigan 1 (NC); Bowling Green 3 at Lake Superior State 4 (WCHA); Ferris State 1 at Northern Michigan 1 ot (WCHA); Alaska Anchorage 3 at Minnesota State 7 (WCHA); Miami 6 at Bemidji State 3 (NC); Michigan Tech 2 at Alaska 1 (WCHA). * Shillelagh Tournament Third Place at Notre Dame.

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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