WCHA Men's Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend in WCHA men's hockey
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Northern Michigan hosts Ferris State on Friday and Saturday

LAKE SUPERIOR STATE at MICHIGAN TECH

Friday, Dec. 15th | John MacInnes Student Ice Arena | Houghton, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday, Dec. 16th | John MacInnes Student Ice Arena | Houghton, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- A pair of UP rivals meet as Michigan Tech (which split last weekend vs. Ferris State) hosts Lake Superior State (which was swept at home by No. 7 Minnesota State).

- LSSU senior forward J.T. Henke continues to lead his team with 20 points (5g-15a), tied for most in the WCHA. He is tied for 16th nationally with 0.83 assists per game.

- Michigan Tech freshman goaltender Robbie Beydoun played in both games last weekend, one in relief, and posted a .946 save percentage. He picked up his first collegiate win Saturday, making 31 saves in a 5-1 victory over Ferris State.

- Tech's Jake Jackson (6 games – 4g-4a=8pts), Alex Smith (5 games – 3g-5a=8pts) and Brent Baltus (4 games – 3g-4a=7pts) are all on point streaks.

- Michigan Tech is 45-21-6 overall against Lake Superior State, including 29-9-1 when competing on home ice. The Huskies are unbeaten in 13-straight games against the Lakers (8-0-5).


FERRIS STATE at NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Friday Dec. 15th | Berry Events Center | Marquette, MI 7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday, Dec. 16th | Berry Events Center | Marquette, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- Ferris State has won three of its last four WCHA games and is 6-2-0 in its last eight league contests after a split last weekend at Michigan Tech, while Northern Michigan had a four-point weekend at Bemidji State (scoring in 3-on-3 overtime Friday and winning the shootout Saturday following a pair of ties).

- FSU senior forward Andrew Dorantes, who scored twice in a 4-3 win last Friday at Michigan Tech, is a team-best plus-7 and is on pace for a career-high 18 assists.

- Bulldogs sophomore goaltender Justin Kapelmaster made a season-high 45 saves in the victory in Houghton last Friday, after earning WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors for the previous series.

- In the other crease, another sophomore, NMU's Mathias Israelsson, played all 130:00 in net last weekend at Bemidji State. He held the Beavers to a single goal Friday, then made a season-high 35 saves Saturday.

- NMU junior forward Adam Rockwood has 10 points (3g-7a) during his current eight-game scoring streak. He leads the team and is tied for fourth in the WCHA with 12 assists, while senior forward Robbie Payne has a league-leading 13 goals (tied for fourth-most nationally).

- Northern Michigan holds the 56-30-6 all-time advantage over Ferris State. The Wildcats swept the Bulldogs in Big Rapids back on Oct. 13-14, including a 1-0 victory Oct. 14 in which Darien Craighead scored the game's lone goal with :00.5 remaining in regulation.


ALASKA ANCHORAGE at BEMIDJI STATE

Friday Dec. 15th | Sanford Center | Bemidji, MN | 7:07 p.m. CT
Saturday, Dec. 16th | Sanford Center | Bemidji, MN | 7:07 p.m. CT
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- Both teams are looking for their first WCHA win since Nov. 4 (BSU, 3-2 vs. Alaska and UAA, 4-1 at Lake Superior State). The Beavers played to a pair of ties last weekend against Northern Michigan, while the Seawolves dropped a pair to visiting Alaska.

- UAA senior forward Austin Azurdia has at least one goal in each of his last six weekends, while he leads the team with eight goals and 13 points.

- Seawolves junior forward Jonah Renouf, who tallied a multi-point game last Friday against UAF, leads the team with eight assists and is second with 10 points.

- BSU's special teams continue to excel this season. The power-play unit is 9-for-33 (.273) and the penalty-kill is 27-for-30 (.900), ranking the Beavers in the top-10 nationally in both categories (10th and third, respectively).

- Beavers senior goaltender Michael Bitzer enters the series with 2,699 career saves, 18 away from matching Grady Hunt (2000-04) for second place in school history (2,717).

- Bemidji State leads the all-time series by a 12-2-4 margin, including a 7-1-2 advantage at Sanford Center (outscoring the Seawolves 3.50 to 2.00 in Bemidji).


ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE at NO. 7 MINNESOTA STATE

Friday, Dec. 15th | Verizon Center | Mankato, MN | 7:07 p.m. CT
Saturday, Dec. 16th | Verizon Center | Mankato, MN | 7:07 p.m. CT
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- Minnesota State, up to No. 7 in the national polls, returns home after outscoring Lake Superior State, 12-1, in a road sweep. Alabama Huntsville is 1-2-1-1 thus far in its 12-game WCHA road trip, earning a shootout win after a tie last Friday at Bowling Green.

- UAH senior forward Josh Kestner is tied for second in the WCHA and tied for seventh in the nation with a career-high 12 goals. The Huntsville native is one of three Chargers to score 12 goals in the past decade, and the first since Max McHugh in 2014-15.

- The Chargers lead the WCHA and are 14th nationally with 251 blocked shots. Cody Champagne leads the way with 33 blocks, while nine other UAH skaters have at least 10.

- Three Mavericks earned WCHA Player of the Week awards following the sweep at LSSU: senior forward Zeb Knutson (Offensive), junior defenseman Daniel Brickley (Defensive) and freshman forward Jake Jaremko (Rookie).

- Knutson has taken over the WCHA's scoring lead in league play (7g-9a=16pts) and is tied with LSSU's J.T. Henke for tops overall (8g-12a=20pts). Jaremko ranks second nationally among rookies with 1.06 points per game (17 in 16 games), while no NCAA freshman has more points since Nov. 10 than his 13 (4g-7a).

- Minnesota State is 18-0-4 in the last 22 meetings against UAH. In a series that dates to each program's D-II days, the Mavericks hold an all-time 29-19-7 advantage.