WCHA Men's Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend in WCHA men's hockey
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Lake Superior State hosts Alaska at Taffy Abel Arena this weekend

BEMIDJI STATE at BOWLING GREEN

Friday, Dec. 1st | Slater Family Ice Arena | Bowling Green, OH | 7:37 p.m. ET
Saturday, Dec. 2nd | Slater Family Ice Arena | Bowling Green, OH | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- Bemidji State and Bowling Green meet for the first time since the Falcons swept the top-seeded and host Beavers out of the semifinals of the 2017 WCHA Playoffs. BGSU earned a pair of one-goal victories, 4-3 in OT (Game 1) and 2-1 (Game 2).

- BSU is coming off a nonconference road split at Princeton, while BGSU went 0-1-1 in a home nonconference series against Miami.

- The Beavers' penalty-kill unit leads the WCHA and is ranked second in the country, stopping 36 out of 40 opponent opportunities with the man-advantage (.900).

- BSU freshman Charlie Combs, who had his first career multi-goal game in a 5-3 win at Princeton, has six points (4g-2a) in his last seven outings. Junior Jay Dickman has four goals in the Beavers' last three games.

- Bowling Green sophomore Ryan Bednard, a Florida Panthers product and the WCHA Goaltender of the Month for November, leads the WCHA with a .929 save percentage (ninth NCAA) and a 1.92 goals-against average (10th NCAA).

- The Falcons feature three freshmen ranked among the Top-45 national rookies in points per game: Cameron Wright (third at 1.00), Max Johnson (20th at 0.73) and Brandon Kruse (45th at 0.60 points).

- All-time, Bowling Green holds an 11-7-1 advantage over Bemidji State, including wins in their last three meetings.


ALASKA ANCHORAGE at FERRIS STATE

Friday, Dec. 1st | Ewigleben Ice Arena | Big Rapids, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday, Dec. 2nd | Ewigleben Ice Arena | Big Rapids, MI | 7:37 p.m. ET
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- Alaska Anchorage had last weekend off, but continue play this weekend against Ferris State.

- Prior to their bye weekend, the Seawolves recorded a tie in their last three games, and picked up the second WCHA league point in all three of those games (two shootout wins and one goal in the 3-on-3 overtime).

- Ferris State senior forward, Mitch Maloney, had five points (4g-1a) in the Bulldogs' split last weekend at Alabama Huntsville to earn WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors; and, on the strength of tying for the NCAA lead with nine goals in November, was the WCHA Offensive Player of the Month.

- Since being moved to separate lines, Ferris State forward Corey Mackin has lit the lamp in three-straight games, while Maloney has continued to excel. Maloney, in fact, has tied his single-season career-high with a WCHA-best 12 goals with 20 games remaining on Ferris State's regular season schedule.

- Ferris State owns a commanding 11-3-2 lead in the all-time series. In the last six games at the Ewigleben Ice Arena, the Bulldogs have outscored the Seawolves by a 28-8 margin.


ALASKA at LAKE SUPERIOR STATE

Friday, Dec. 1st | Taffy Abel Arena | Sault Ste. Marie, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday, Dec. 2nd | Taffy Abel Arena | Sault Ste. Marie, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- Alaska hits the road looking to get back on track, after being swept at home last weekend by Michigan Tech. Lake Superior State was off from intercollegiate competition last weekend, but defeated the U.S. Under-18 Team in an exhibition contest.

- Alaska sophomore forward Kylar Hope has scored six goals with seven assists and leads the team with 13 points.

- UAF freshman forward Steven Jandric leads WCHA rookies with 10 assists and a plus-6 rating.

- LSSU senior forward J.T. Henke is the WCHA's overall scoring leader with 17 points, tallying three goals and 14 assists in 14 games.

- The Lakers' power-play unit is ranked third in the WCHA and 12th nationally with a 24.1 percent success rate (14-for-58).

- LSSU leads the all-time series, 36-17-7, but UAF won the 2016-17 set, 2-1-1 (LSSU scored in 3-on-3 OT in the tie). The teams split a pair of one-goal decisions in Sault Ste. Marie on Oct. 28-29, 2016, with the Nanooks winning the finale in overtime.


ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE at NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Friday, Dec. 1st | Berry Events Center | Marquette, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday, Dec. 2nd | Berry Events Center | Marquette, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- Alabama Huntsville begins a 12-game, nearly two-month stretch of WCHA road games. The Chargers will not be back at the Von Braun Center until a Jan. 26-27 series against Bemidji State.

- UAH went 4-3-1 in November, the Chargers' first winning month with more than six games played since February 2006. Huntsville native Josh Kestner and fellow senior Brennan Saulnier each had five goals and two assists apiece last month, while junior Tyler Poulsen led the WCHA with seven assists.

- Northern Michigan was swept last weekend for the first time this season, dropping a pair of nonconference road games at Omaha. It also marked the first weekend this season that senior Robbie Payne, the WCHA's co-leader with 12 goals, did not find the back of the net.

- Over their past four series, the Wildcats have gone 40-for-42 on the penalty kill (including 13-for-13 at Omaha).

- NMU leads the all-time series by a comfortable 11-4-3 margin. However, UAH won twice in Marquette last season, sweeping the Dec. 9-10, 2016 series by scores of 4-1 and 3-1. Kestner had a goal and an assist in both of contests, while Jordan Uhleski made 47 saves on the weekend.