WCHA Men's Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend in WCHA men's hockey
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Alabama Huntsville hosts Alaska Anchorage this weekend

ALASKA ANCHORAGE at ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE

Friday Nov. 10th | Von Braun Center | Huntsville, Alabama | 7:07 p.m. CT
Saturday Nov. 11th | Von Braun Center | Huntsville, Alabama |7:07 p.m. CT
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- Alaska Anchorage continues its road trip after earning its first win of the year last Saturday at Lake Superior State. The Lakers had a 3-2 win in overtime on Friday, but he Seawolves rallied Saturday with a 4-1 victory.

- UAA senior forward Austin Azurdia scored two goals in last Saturday's win for his second multi-point game of the season. Junior forward Jeremiah Luedtke recorded three points (1g-2a) last weekend, which was a season high.

- Alabama Huntsville finished their nonconference schedule for the season with a series split at Arizona State last weekend. The Sun Devils came out on Friday with a 3-2 win, but the Chargers bounced back with a 3-1 win on Saturday to close out their season-opening eight-game road trip.

- UAH senior Brennan Saulnier, a Montréal Canadiens Development Camp invitee this past summer, continued his strong start with a goal in each game at ASU, including the game-winner Saturday. He is tied for first on the roster with six points (4g-2a), matching fellow senior (and Huntsville native) Josh Kestner (4g-2a).

- Alaska Anchorage leads the all-time series by a 20-7-2 margin, including a 6-4-2 mark in Huntsville.


NO. 10/11 MINNESOTA STATE at BEMIDJI STATE

Friday Nov. 10th | Sanford Center | Bemidji, Minnesota | 7:07 p.m. CT
Saturday Nov. 11th | Sanford Center | Bemidji, Minnesota | 7:07 p.m. CT
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- No. 10/11 Minnesota State is 6-3-0 overall and is 4-2-0 in the WCHA, sitting in a first-place tie with 12 points. They split a league road series at Northern Michigan last weekend.

- Minnesota State senior forward C.J. Suess heads into the series against Bemidji State riding a four-game point streak (2g-4a=6pts). Junior goaltender Jason Pawloski picked up his fifth career shutout last Friday at Northern Michigan, his second of the season.

- Bemidji State split its WCHA series at Alaska last weekend, falling short in a 4-3, overtime loss Friday night before earning a 3-2 win over the Nanooks on Saturday.

- BSU senior forward Kyle Bauman posted his team-leading fifth goal of the season during Friday's games, while WCHA Offensive Player of the Week Gerry Fitzgerald had a four-point weekend (1g-3a) and now has six points (1g-5a) in his last three contests. Defenseman Justin Baudry scored in each game against the Nanooks and now has matched his career high with three goals in the Beavers' first eight games.

- The Beavers lead the all-time series 52-49-14, including a 33-19-5 mark in Bemidji. BSU is unbeaten in the last five meetings (4-0-1), with a shootout victory following the lone tie.


LAKE SUPERIOR STATE at BOWLING GREEN

Friday Nov. 10th | Slater Family Ice Arena | Bowling Green, Ohio |7:37 p.m. ET
Saturday Nov. 11th | Slater Family Ice Arena | Bowling Green, Ohio | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- Lake Superior State split their home series against Alaska Anchorage this past weekend, earning its first WCHA win of the season.

- LSSU senior forward J.T Henke leads the overall WCHA charts with 13 points recorded, tallying two goals and 11 assists in 10 games. Henke is tied for 24th nationally by recording an average of 1.30 points per game and is ranked 10th with 1.10 assists per game.

- Bowling Green enjoyed a five-point league series last weekend at Michigan Tech in a rematch of the 2017 WCHA Championship. The Falcons earned a 2-1 win Friday and picked up the extra point by winning the shootout after a 2-2 tie Saturday, moving into a tie for first place in the WCHA standings with 12 points overall.

- Both of Bowling Green's goaltenders are performing strongly in net, and are both ranked in the top-20 nationally in both goals-against average and save percentage. Freshman Eric Dop owns a 1.75 GAA to sit eighth in the country and a .936 save percentage (sixth), while sophomore Ryan Bednard is 19th and 20th, respectively, with a 2.14 GAA and .924 save percentage.

- All-time, Bowling Green holds the advantage over Lake Superior State by an 87-73-12 margin. However, the teams have evenly split their 10 meetings over the last five years.


ALASKA at FERRIS STATE

Friday Nov. 10th | Ewigleben Ice Arena | Big Rapids, Michigan |7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday Nov. 11th | Ewigleben Ice Arena | Big Rapids, Michigan | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- Alaska Nanooks split the series this past weekend against Bemidji State. The Nanooks finished with a big 4-3 overtime win against the Beavers on Friday, and then fell short in a 3-2 loss last Saturday.

- Freshman Steven Jandric, who was named WCHA October Rookie of the Month, has tallied one goal and seven assists for a team-high eight points in 10 games for the Nanooks. Senior defenseman, Justin Woods, is on a three-game goal streak, posting a goal in each game played against Bemidji State last weekend.

- After a series-opening loss at Michigan last Thursday, Ferris State picked up a 3-2 win in overtime on Friday – the Bulldogs' first win at the Yost Ice Arena since 2006. Ryker Killins, who netted the overtime winner for Ferris State, has recorded four points through nine games this season, which is half of his career total coming into the season.

- Ferris State sophomore Justin Kapelmaster, the College Hockey News National Freshman Goaltender of the Year in 2016-17, had one of his best performances in the win against the Wolverines, making 42 stops on 44 shots.

- Both games between the schools last season required at least one extra session. The Bulldogs and Nanooks tied on Jan. 13, with UAF winning in 3-on-3 overtime. Alaska then posted a 2-1, OT win on Jan. 14 at Ewigleben Ice Arena, giving the Nanooks a 5-2-3 edge in the last 10 meetings.


NO. 20 NORTHERN MICHIGAN at/vs. MICHIGAN TECH

Friday Nov. 10th | MacInnes Student Ice Arena | Houghton, Michigan |7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday Nov. 11th | Berry Events Center | Marquette, Michigan | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- In last weekend's contests, North Michigan split with No. 9 Minnesota State – the Wildcats' second-consecutive split with a top-10 team. NMU was shutout by the Mavericks in a 3-0 loss on Friday, but the Wildcats bounced back with a 4-1 win on Saturday.

- After the Wildcats were shutout in back-to-back games and through the first period Saturday, they erupted with a three-goal outburst in the second period against the Mavericks. The win propelled NMU to 20th in the latest USCHO.com poll – the Wildcats' first appearance in the national rankings since the they were 19th on Dec. 1, 2014.

- Michigan Tech dropped out of the rankings after a one-point WCHA series against Bowling Green last weekend. The Huskies fell short in Friday's contest with a 2-1 loss, then salvaged a 2-2 tie Saturday (BGSU won in the sixth round of the shootout following a scoreless 3-on-3 overtime).

- Tech's junior goaltender, Devin Kero, made his first two starts this season for the Huskies and posted 50 saves total. He finished his first two games of the campaign between the pipes with a 1.95 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.

- The UP rivals have met 144 times since 1979, with NMU holding a 70-60-14 all-time series lead. However, Michigan Tech won three of four contests in 2016-17. Read more from around the WCHA in our Week 7 Press Release.