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

ALASKA at ALASKA ANCHORAGE

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.


NORTHERN MICHIGAN at BEMIDJI STATE

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.


ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE at BOWLING GREEN

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.


MINNESOTA STATE at LAKE SUPERIOR STATE

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.


FERRIS STATE at MICHIGAN TECH

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.