WCHA Men's Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend in WCHA men's hockey
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Alaska hosts #20 Northern Michigan this weekend

LAKE SUPERIOR STATE at ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE

Friday, Nov. 17th | Von Braun Center | Huntsville, AL | 7:07 p.m. CT
Saturday, Nov. 18th | Von Braun Center | Huntsville, AL | 7:07 p.m. CT
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- Lake Superior State plays its second-straight road series, after leaving Bowling Green last weekend with a single WCHA point. The Lakers came back to force a 2-2 tie Friday night before dropping the shutout, then fell in a 5-2 loss Saturday.

- LSSU senior forward J.T. Henke has tallied 15 points this season, recording three goals and 12 assists in 12 games to tie for the overall WCHA scoring lead. He is tied for 29th nationally by averaging 1.25 points per game, while he is tied for seventh with 1.00 assists per contest.

- Alabama Huntsville is unbeaten in its past three games (2-0-1), as the Chargers picked up a 5-1 win against Alaska Anchorage in their home opener last Friday night before a 3-3 tie on Saturday (UAH's Connor Merkley tied the game with 0.9-second remaining in regulation, but he Seawolves won the shootout).

- Huntsville native Josh Kestner leads UAH offensively and is tied for 13th in the WCHA with nine points (six goals, three assists). Fellow senior Brennan Saulnier also has six goals, including four in his past four games.

- The Lakers won all four meetings with UAH in 2016-17, including a 6-3 and 5-2 sweep in Huntsville on Oct. 21-22. Thanks to the four wins last year, LSSU now leads the all-time series by a 10-6-2 margin.


MICHIGAN TECH at ALASKA ANCHORAGE

Friday, Nov. 17th | Wells Fargo Sports Complex | Anchorage, AK | 7:07 p.m. AT
Saturday, Nov. 18th | Wells Fargo Sports Complex | Anchorage, AK | 7:07 p.m. AT
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- Michigan Tech begins a two-week stay in the Last Frontier after a series split last weekend with Northern Michigan. The Huskies won the first contest, 4-1 in Houghton, but were shutout in a 4-0 loss Saturday in Marquette.

- Michigan Tech senior captain, Brent Baltus, tallied two goals Friday, including the game-winner. After those two markers, he is tied for second on the team with 20 career goals.

- Alaska Anchorage fell short at Alabama Huntsville last weekend in a 5-1 loss Friday, but then came back Saturday to win in the shootout after a 3-3 tie.

- UAA posted a season-high 38 shots in last week's tie at UAH, while Jonah Renouf tied a career high with three points (assisting on all three Seawolves goals).

- Tech holds a slim 33-32-14 lead in the all-time series. However, the Seawolves are 19-14-8 in games played in Anchorage.


NO. 20 NORTHERN MICHIGAN at ALASKA

Friday, Nov. 17th | Carlson Center | Fairbanks, AK | 7:07 p.m. AT
Saturday, Nov. 18th | Carlson Center | Fairbanks, AK | 7:07 p.m. AT
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- Northern Michigan held steady at No. 20 in the USCHO.com poll after a split with Michigan Tech last weekend, including a 4-0, shutout victory Saturday in Marquette. In this victory, senior forward Robbie Payne scored two goals and has a total of nine this season tied for third-most in the country.

- Northern Michigan junior goaltender Atte Tolvanen returned to the Wildcats lineup last Saturday and recorded his second shutout of the season with 19 saves. Tolvanen and Mathias Israelsson have helped the Wildcats kill off 14-straight penalties and 18-of-19 over the last two weekends.

- Alaska returns home after suffering a sweep last weekend at Ferris State, falling 3-1 on Friday and 5-3 on Saturday.

- Nanooks' sophomore forward duo, Colton Leiter and Kylar Hope, each have tallied nine points in 12 games. Hope has four goals and five assists, while Leiter has two goals and seven assists.

- Northern Michigan has won the last three games between the schools and leads the all-time series, 35-13-12. The Wildcats are in Fairbanks for the first time since Nov. 6-7, 2015, when the teams split.


BOWLING GREEN at NO. 5/8 MINNESOTA STATE

Friday, Nov. 17th | Verizon Center | Mankato, MN | 7:07 p.m. CT
Saturday, Nov. 18th | Verizon Center | Mankato, MN | 7:07 p.m. CT
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- Early-season WCHA frontrunners meet in Mankato, with first-place Minnesota State hosting second-place Bowling Green. The Falcons trail the Mavericks by just a single point in the WCHA standings.

- Bowling Green is undefeated in its last seven games (4-0-3), matching Colgate for the longest streak in the country. The Falcons had their second-straight five-point WCHA series last weekend against visiting Lake Superior State, winning the shootout Friday (after a 2-2 tie) and rolling to a 5-2 victory Saturday.

- BGSU junior forward Stephen Baylis tied his career high with four points Saturday night (2g-2a), backing the goaltending of Ryan Bednard (29 saves). Bednard is 16th in the country with a 2.12 GAA and 13th with a .926 save percentage, while the other half of the Falcons' goaltending tandem, freshman Eric Dop, is ninth nationally with a 1.77 GAA and eighth with a .932 save mark.

- Minnesota State rose to No. 5 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 8 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings after a road sweep last weekend at defending MacNaughton Cup champ Bemidji State.

- Mavericks sophomore forward Marc Michaelis was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week and the NCAA's No. 1 star after scoring five goals and assisting on another in the sweep. He scored both game-winning goals, while recording his second career hat trick in Friday's 5-2 victory. Junior Max Coatta also had a hat trick for the first time as a college player, scoring three times in Saturday's 8-6 triumph.

- The Mavericks and Falcons met Oct. 20-21 in Bowling Green. Minnesota State won the opener, 4-1, before Bowling Green bounced back with a 5-2 win in the finale. The Mavericks lead the all-time series, 9-6-3.


FERRIS STATE at/vs. MICHIGAN STATE

Friday, Nov. 17th | Munn Ice Arena | East Lansing, MI | 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 18th | Ewigleben Arena | Big Rapids, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- Ferris State ran its season-high winning streak to three games with a big weekend, sweeping visiting Alaska Nanooks. The Bulldogs won 3-1 on Friday and 5-3 on Saturday, and now are 5-0-0 when scoring at least three goals this season.

- Ferris State sophomore defenseman, Nate Kallen, tallied two goals, including the game-winner, on Saturday. Sophomore goaltender Justin Kapelmaster made 53 saves against the Nanooks and now has 95 stops during the three-game winning streak.

- The Bulldogs' power-play unit scored three times against the Nanooks and has been able to convert four times in their last four games.

- Ferris State and Michigan State will meet for the 124th and 125th times in series history, with the Bulldogs winning 11 of the last 16 contests. The teams split a home-and-home set last November, with each team winning on the road.