WCHA Men's Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend in WCHA men's hockey
The past two Broadmoor Trophy winners as WCHA playoff champions meet in Houghton when Michigan Tech hosts Ferris State


Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup
Friday, Dec. 8th | Sullivan Arena | Anchorage, AK | 7:07 p.m. AT
Saturday, Dec. 9th | Sullivan Arena | Anchorage, AK | 7:07 p.m. AT

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- Both teams were in Michigan last weekend, where the Nanooks split at Lake Superior State and the Seawolves were swept at Ferris State.

- UAF redshirt-senior defenseman Justin Woods leads NCAA blue-liners with eight goals through 18 contests. He enters the weekend on a five-game point streak (2g-3a=5pts).

- Nanooks' sophomore forward Kylar Hope leads the team in scoring with 14 points (6g-8a), including seven (4g-3a) in his last seven games. Fellow sophomore Troy Van Tetering netted his first career hat trick in a 5-3 win last Friday at Lake Superior State.

- Alaska Anchorage senior goaltender Olivier Mantha made a season-high 46 saves last Friday at Ferris State. He has made at least 30 stops in 12 of 14 games this season.

- UAA senior forward Austin Azurdia has points in six of his last seven games (and goals in five of those outings), totaling six goals and one assist in that stretch.

- This weekend marks Games Three and Four of the six-game 2017-18 Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup series. UAF, which has won five-straight Cups, swept a nonconference, home-and-home set Oct. 20 and 21 (including a 6-2 win Oct. 20 in Anchorage). The series concludes Feb. 23 and 24 in Fairbanks.

- Overall, UAA leads the all-time series with a 90-66-12 record, including a 50-26-7 edge in Anchorage.


Friday, Dec. 8th | Sanford Center | Bemidji, MN | 7:07 p.m. CT
Saturday Dec. 9th | Sanford Center | Bemidji, MN | 7:07 p.m. CT

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- Bemidji State returns home for the first time since Nov. 11, seeking its first WCHA win since Nov. 4, after a loss and tie (shootout win) last weekend at Bowling Green. Northern Michigan is coming off a split against Alabama Huntsville.

- NMU junior forward Adam Rockwood has recorded an assist in six-straight games, totaling eight points (two goals) during the stretch. His 11 assists this season are tied for third-most in the WCHA.

- NMU's special teams have been a force, ranking second in the country with four shorthanded goals this season. The Wildcats are of 10 teams that have scored a shorthanded marker but have not allowed one.

- Bemidji State senior goaltender Michael Bitzer has had 13 career appearances against NMU, posting a 9-2-2 record with a 0.99 goals-against average, a .957 save percentage and five shutouts.

- BSU's penalty-kill unit is again one of the best in the nation, leading the WCHA and ranking second in the country with a 91.5-percent mark (43-of-47).

- Bemidji State is 11-5-3 all-time versus Northern Michigan, including a 4-1-0 mark in the 2016-17 season. The Beavers ended the Wildcats' campaign with a three-game series win in the quarterfinal round of the 2017 WCHA Playoffs.


Friday Dec. 8th | Slater Family Ice Arena | Bowling Green, OH | 7:37 p.m. ET
Saturday Dec. 9th | Slater Family Ice Arena | Bowling Green, OH | 7:07 p.m. ET

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- Alabama Huntsville split its first of six-straight road series last weekend, earning a win at Northern Michigan. Bowling Green skated to a win and tie against visiting Bemidji State.

- UAH senior forward and Huntsville native Josh Kestner is ranked third in the WCHA and is tied for eighth nationally with a career-high 10 goals. He scored twice in the Chargers' 3-2 win last Saturday at NMU, netting the game-tying and game-winning goals.

- Chargers' freshman forward Christian Rajic leads the WCHA rookies with 11 total points, scoring seven goals with four assists.

- Bowling Green senior forward Mitch McLain has scored four of his team-high six goals in the last six games.

- BGSU sophomore goaltender and Florida Panthers product Ryan Bednard is ranked ninth nationally with a .927 save percentage and 2.02 goals-against average (both tops in the WCHA). His partner in the crease, freshman Eric Dop, has three WCHA Rookie of the Week awards for Friday night league wins.

- Bowling Green has won five-straight games against Alabama Huntsville and holds an all-time 20-4-1 series lead.


Friday, Dec. 8th | Taffy Abel Arena | Sault Ste. Marie, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday, Dec. 9th | Taffy Abel Arena | Sault Ste. Marie, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET

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- No. 8 Minnesota State was idle this past weekend, while Lake Superior State split their series against visiting Alaska.

- Three of the WCHA's top-four scoring leaders will be on the ice this weekend in the Soo, with the Lakers' J.T. Henke (5g-15a=20pts) and the Mavericks' C.J. Suess (4-12=16) and Zeb Knutson (6-9=15).

- MSU sophomore forward, Marc Michaelis, the 2016-17 WCHA Rookie of the Year, has scored five goals with two assists for a total of seven points in his last five games.

- Suess, the Mavericks' scoring leader, has racked up 11 points (2g-9a) over his last nine contests.

- Henke, LSSU's senior forward and the WCHA's overall scoring leader, is tied for 17th nationally by averaging 1.25 points per game.

- LSSU sophomore forward, Max Humitz, leads his team with eight goals and is tied for fourth-most goals in the WCHA.

- In a series that began in 2013-14, Minnesota State owns a 14-2-1 all-time record vs. the Lakers.


Friday, Dec. 8th | MacInnes Student Ice Arena | Houghton, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday, Dec. 9th | MacInnes Student Ice Arena | Houghton, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET

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- The past two Broadmoor Trophy winners as WCHA playoff champions meet in Houghton. Michigan Tech returns to the ice after having last weekend off, while Ferris State is coming off a home sweep of Alaska Anchorage.

- Since Nov. 2nd, Ferris State leads the WCHA in conference wins (5-1-0) and winning percentage (.833).

- The Bulldogs' sophomore goaltender, Justin Kapelmaster, has a perfect 4-0-0 record in the last month of league games, with a WCHA-best .944 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average in those contests.

- Michigan Tech goaltender Patrick Munson has been between the pipes for all seven Huskies wins this season. In Tech's last series, he was named WCHA Goaltender of the Week after a 73-save effort in a sweep at Alaska (Nov. 24-25).

- MTU skaters Gavin Gould (6g-6a), Jake Lucchini (3g-9a), and Mitch Reinke (2g-10a) all lead Tech scoring tied with 12 points each.

- The teams split last season's series, part of the annual Winter Carnival in Houghton. Tech holds an all-time 15-12-1 edge, including an 8-4-1 mark at home.