WCHA Weekend Preview: Oct. 21 - 22, 2016
Series news and notes for the upcoming weekend of WCHA hockey
After being on the road for three-straight weekends (including two WCHA series), Alabama Huntsville hosts its home opener against Lake Superior State.

- 7 WCHA games this weekend can be viewed live (or archived) via WCHA.tv.

- The full WCHA weekly release can be found online here.

All rankings listed by USCHO.com poll first, followed by USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll


Lake Superior State (0-0-0-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 2-0-0) at Alabama Huntsville (2-1-1-0, 7 pts. WCHA / 2-3-1)
Von Braun Center; Huntsville, Ala. – Fri., Oct. 21 and Sat., Oct. 22 (both 7:07 p.m. ET)

- After being on the road for three-straight weekends (including two WCHA series), Alabama Huntsville hosts its home opener against Lake Superior State.

- UAH is unbeaten in the last five meetings (4-0-1) since a 1-0 LSSU win Nov. 14, 2014 in Huntsville. Last season, the Chargers won a pair of games in the Soo.

- The Lakers got their season off to a rocking start last weekend, scoring 13 goals in a home sweep of Big Ten opponent Michigan State. The outburst marked LSSU's most goals in a series since also scoring 13 at Western Michigan on Nov. 4-5, 2005.

- UAH earned a point at Michigan Tech last weekend, and has accumulated seven of a possible 12 points during its first two WCHA series.

- LSSU defenseman Owen Headrick led all NCAA skaters with six points (1g-5a) last weekend, while J.T. Henke (2-2--4), Gage Torrel (2-2--4), Mitch Hults (1-3--4) and freshman Brayden Gelsinger (1-3--4) all turned in four-point efforts against the Spartans.

- Special teams propelled the Lakers last weekend, as LSSU hit on 6-of-16 power-play opportunities (.375) and limited Michigan State to one power-play goal in 18 attempts (.056).

- UAH freshman forward Jordan Larson has appeared in each of the Chargers' six games with three points (1g-2a) – including a multi-point effort (1g-1a) last Friday at Michigan Tech.

- For the first time in his collegiate career, Jordan Uhelski logged the most time in goal for the Chargers during a weekend series, while making his first career start in the finale on Saturday at MTU. Uhelski totaled 44 saves and allowed three goals during the two-game set.

No. 9 Minnesota State (2-0-0-0, 6 pts. WCHA / 4-0-0) at Alaska (0-0-0-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 1-3-0)
Patty Ice Arena; Fairbanks, Alaska – Fri., Oct. 21 and Sat., Oct. 22 (both 7:07 p.m. AT)

- Alaska opens its WCHA slate with a special home series at the on-campus Patty Ice Arena, welcoming No. 9 Minnesota State to Fairbanks.

- UAF leads the all-time series by a 13-4-1 margin, but the Mavericks swept the only meeting between the teams last year.

- Minnesota State swept then-No. 7/5 St. Cloud State last weekend to improve to 4-0-0 for the first time since opening the 1998-99 campaign at 6-0-0. UAF dropped a pair of overtime contests at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush (2-1 to Canisius and 4-3 to Omaha).

- Sophomore D Daniel Brickley assisted on Chandler Madry's game-winning goal in Saturday's 6-4 triumph over St. Cloud State and with 1-6--7 on the year, stands atop Minnesota State's scoring charts. His seven points stands tied for the NCAA lead amongst all defensemen.

- Mavericks' senior F Michael Huntebrinker extended his season-opening point-scoring streak to four games (1g-4a) when he scored a goal in Friday's win over St. Cloud State and added a pair of helpers in Saturday's 6-4 victory over the Huskies.

- UAF redshirt-junior D Justin Woods leads the Nanooks in points, posting one goal and three assists in four games. Woods also leads the team in assists, assists per game (0.75), points per game (1.00) and is tied for first in power play goals (one), power play points (two), plus/minus (+4) and blocks (five).

- In the four games Alaska has played in this season, the Nooks have recorded a power play goal in every game (four total). Their 25-percent success rate (4-for-25) is tied for 21st nationally.

Northern Michigan (0-2-0-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 1-3-0) at Ferris State (0-2-0-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 0-5-0)
Ewigleben Ice Arena; Big Rapids, Mich. – Fri., Oct. 21 and Sat., Oct. 22 (both 7:07 p.m. ET)

- Ferris State hosts Northern Michigan, with both teams looking for their first WCHA points.

- The series is a rematch of a 2016 WCHA Quarterfinal series, which the Bulldogs swept to end NMU's season. In fact, Ferris State went 4-2-0 against the Wildcats last year and is 7-3-0 in the last 10 meetings.

- Both teams were without a win last weekend, as Northern Michigan was shut out in back-to-back games by Bemidji State and Ferris State dropped a 2-1 contest to No. 13 Michigan.

- Among goaltenders who have faced at least 100 shots, NMU's Atte Tolvanen sits fourth nationally in both save percentage (.920) and goals against average (2.41).

- Brock Maschmeyer's three helpers has him in a tie for third among WCHA defenseman. NMU's blue-liner is also in the top 10 in points, sitting in a 10-way tie for seventh.

- Ferris State's current seniors had major success against the Wildcats during the 2015-16 campaign, combining for 21 points in six games. Gerald Mayhew led the way with nine points in six games.

- After this weekend series vs. Northern Michigan, the Bulldogs will not see home ice again until Nov. 12. Ferris State will have five straight road contests, with two each at Minnesota State and Bowling Green, and a lone Nov. 10 match up at Michigan State.


No. 18 Bemidji State (4-0-0-0, 12 pts. WCHA / 4-0-0) at No. 1 North Dakota (0-0-0-0, 0 pts. NCHC / 3-0-0)
Ralph Engelstad Arena; Grand Forks, N.D. – Fri., Oct. 21 at 7:37 p.m. CT and Sat., Oct. 22 at 7:07 p.m. CT

- No 18 Bemidji State visits No. 1 North Dakota in a series that features two of the nation's top goalies (BSU junior Michael Bitzer and UND junior Cam Johnson).

- BSU is 3-28-4 since BSU and UND began their series in 1970, but since March 2, 2013, The Beavers are unbeaten in four of seven meetings with the Fighting Hawks (1-3-3).

- The Beavers are 2-18-2 all-time when playing UND in Grand Forks, which includes a 5-1 victory to open the season Oct. 10, 2014.

- BSU is 4-0-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign (BSU lost its fifth game that year, while the 2009-10 Beavers were undefeated through the season's first eight games at 7-0-1). BSU is also in the USCHO.com poll for the first time since March 22, 2010.

- Through four games, the Beavers have not trailed for a single second and have held a lead for 194:39 of 240 minutes played.

- Bitzer leads the country in wins (4) and shutouts (2), is tied for second in GAA (0.50 ) and second in save percentage (.977).

- With a perfect penalty-kill record (22-for-22) through four games, BSU is tied with Penn State and RPI for the national lead. No other team among the top 10 has more than BSU's 22 penalty-kill appearances.

Michigan Tech (1-2-1-1, 5 pts. WCHA / 1-4-1) at No. 11/12 Michigan (0-0-0-0, 0 pts. Big Ten / 2-1-0)
Yost Ice Arena; Ann Arbor, Mich. – Fri., Oct. 21 and Sat., Oct. 22 (both at 7:35 p.m. ET)

- After an undefeated series (1-0-1) last weekend, Michigan Tech travels to Ann Arbor for a series at No. 11/12 Michigan.

- Tech is 96-124-5 all-time vs. Michigan, dating back to 1921. The Huskies are 42-76-3 in games played in Ann Arbor, but have not played there since the 2013-14 season (falling 3-2 and 2-1).

- Michigan defeated Michigan Tech 4-2 in last year's GLI Championship at Joe Louis Arena.

- Mitch Reinke leads all NCAA rookie defensemen in games played (5), assists (3), and assists on the power play (2).

- Tech's five top point getters are defensemen. Shane Hanna leads four (2g-2a). Mark Auk (1g-2a), Matt Roy (1g-2a), Dane Birks (3a), and Reinke (3a) all have three points apiece.

- Former Tech assistant coach Bill Muckalt will be honored Friday as a member of Michigan's 1996 NCAA National Championship Team. Muckalt coached with Mel Pearson at Tech from 2011-15 and is the current Head Coach and General Manager of the Tri-City Storm of USHL.

No. 19 Ohio State (0-0-0-0, 0 pts. Big Ten / 1-0-2) at/vs. Bowling Green (0-2-0-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 0-3-1)
Fri., Oct. 21 at BGSU Ice Arena; Bowling Green, Ohio. (7:07 p.m. ET)
Sat., Oct. 22 at Value City Arena; Columbus, Ohio (7:05 p.m. ET)

- Bowling Green plays its second-consecutive home-and-home, nonconference series, facing off against in-state rival No. 19 Ohio State.

- The Falcons hold an all-time advantage over the Buckeyes by a 93-61-8 mark, most recently earning two wins in a sweep of Ohio State to open the 2015-16 campaign. With the home-and-home series sweep, the Falcons are on a three-game win streak over the Buckeyes.

- In last year's home opener with Ohio State, Bowling Green brought in a crowd of 3,022. The OSU-BGSU rivalry also brought in the largest crowd in BGSU Ice Arena history on Nov. 14, 2014 when the Falcons marked an attendance of 5,353.

- After notching a shorthanded goal Friday evening against Western Michigan, followed by a power-play goal on Saturday, senior Sean Walker is on a career-high two-game goal streak.

- By notching points in Friday's action, followed by the assists on Saturday, senior Kevin Dufour and junior Brett D'Andrea join Walker on an active three-game point streak.

- The Falcons have seen significant special teams play thus far in the season, which has featured two Bowling Green shorthanded goals already. The Falcons have averaged 17.5 penalty minutes per game, while its opponents are averaging 20.2 penalty minutes per game.