WCHA Men's Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend in WCHA men's hockey
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No. 17 Bowling Green, which is 5-1-4 in WCHA games this season at the Slater Family Ice Arena, hosts Alaska Anchorage this weekend

ALASKA ANCHORAGE at NO. 17 BOWLING GREEN

Friday, Jan. 19th | Slater Family Ice Arena | Bowling Green, OH | 7:37 p.m. ET
Saturday Jan. 20th | Slater Family Ice Arena | Bowling Green, OH | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- No. 17 Bowling Green, which is 5-1-4 in WCHA games this season at the Slater Family Ice Arena, returns home after suffering a sweep last weekend at Northern Michigan. Alaska Anchorage defeated visiting UAH last Saturday, earning its first victory since Nov. 4.

- UAA senior goaltender Olivier Mantha leads the WCHA and ranks second nationally with 712 saves. He now has 3,215 career stops.

- The Seawolves are led offensively by senior forward Austin Azurdia, who paces the team with nine goals and 14 points.

- BGSU senior forward Mitch McLain has four goals during a three-game goal-scoring streak, and seven points (4g-3a) during a five-game point streak.

- Alec Rauhauser, a sophomore defenseman for the Falcons, leads WCHA blueliners and ranks eighth nationally with 0.88 points per game (6g-17a=23pts in 26 games).

- BGSU is 4-0-1 in its last five games against UAA.


BEMIDJI STATE at FERRIS STATE

Friday, Jan. 19th | Ewigleben Ice Arena | Big Rapids, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday Jan. 20th | Ewigleben Ice Arena | Big Rapids, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- Bemidji State has won six-straight WCHA games (two short of the program's D-I era conference record) and is unbeaten in its last nine league contests (6-0-3). The Beavers went 0-1-1 in a nonconference, home-and-home series last weekend with No. 7 North Dakota, while Ferris State split at Lake Superior State.

- BSU senior forward Kyle Bauman has three goals in the Beavers' last three games, has 13 points (3g-10a) in his last nine contests and has set career highs with 17 assists and 26 points overall.

- The Beavers rank third nationally for penalty-kill efficiency (.886, 70-for-79). BSU's efforts are keyed by senior goaltender Michael Bitzer, who is 6-1-4 with a 1.77 GAA and a .923 save percentage in 11 games since Dec. 2.

- FSU freshman forward Coale Norris has four points in four games since moving to center and earned WCHA Rookie of the Week accolades for his efforts at Lake Superior State (game-winning goal Friday). He leads Bulldog rookies with 11 points overall (5g-6a).

- FSU senior defensemen Ryker Killins has set career highs with six goals, nine assists and 15 points, to go along with a plus-3 rating.

- Bemidji State earned five points in the teams' first series this season, Oct. 27-28 at Sanford Center, and is 2-0-1 in the last three meetings. The Beavers earned a shootout win following a 2-2 tie in the opener, then won the second game, 3-0, behind 19 saves from Bitzer and two goals from Myles Fitzgerald.


ALASKA at MICHIGAN TECH

Friday, Jan. 19th | John MacInnes Student Ice Arena | Houghton, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday Jan. 20th | John MacInnes Student Ice Arena | Houghton, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- Michigan Tech, 5-2-4 in its last 11 league games, play its first WCHA series since Dec. 15-16 (the Huskies were off last weekend after opening 2018 with appearances in the GLI and Ice Vegas Invitational). After splitting at home last weekend with league-leading Minnesota State, Alaska is 5-3-0 (all in WCHA play) since being swept by Tech on Nov. 24-25 in Fairbanks.

- UAF senior Zach Frye, the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, leads the Nanooks with 18 points (6g-12a), two game-winning goals and 39 blocked shots.

- The Nanooks have yet to be shutout this year and have shown a penchant for lighting the lamp first, scoring the game's opening goal in 15 of 24 contests (8-6-1).

- MTU averages 3.04 goals per game, second-best in the WCHA. The Huskies rank fourth in the league by allowing 2.72 goals per contest.

- Tech freshman Robbie Beydoun was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Month for December, helping the Huskies to a 2-1-1-1 league record with a WCHA-best .944 save percentage and a 1.44 GAA.

- Michigan Tech has won 12-straight meetings and is 16-3-0 vs. UAF all-time (8-2-0 at home). The Huskies' November sweep in Fairbanks came via a 5-4 overtime win Friday (on a Jake Lucchini goal) and a 5-1 victory Saturday (Jake Jackson scored twice).


LAKE SUPERIOR STATE at NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Friday, Jan. 19th | Berry Events Center | Marquette, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
Saturday Jan. 20th | Berry Events Center | Marquette, MI | 7:07 p.m. ET
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- The 2017-18 Cappo Cup is on the line when Northern Michigan (now in second place in the WCHA) and Lake Superior State meet for the final time this season. The UP rivals opened the season with a nonconference home-and-home, with each team winning on home ice.

- First awarded by the late Monsignor Louis Cappo in 1991, the Cappo Cup has been awarded to the team that claims the season series every year since the 1994-95 season. NMU holds a 15-9 all-time Cappo Cup advantage, earning the 2016-17 trophy by virtue of a lead in total goals (10-9) after the teams tied the season series, 1-1-2.

- LSSU snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 home victory last Saturday over Ferris State, and remains seven points out of the eighth and final WCHA Playoff spot.

- LSSU junior forward Jake Hand scored twice in the win and now has three goals in his last three games. The Lakers continue to be led by senior forward J.T. Henke (7g-16a=23pts) and sophomore forward Max Humitz (10g-8a=18pts).

- NMU junior forward Adam Rockwood recorded four assists last weekend in the Wildcats' sweep of then-No. 14 Bowling Green and now has a WCHA-best 21 this season (most by a Wildcat since the 2012-13 campaign).

- Wildcats senior forward Robbie Payne, a Hobey Baker Award nominee, continues to lead the WCHA with 17 goals (tied for second-most nationally).

- NMU and LSSU have met 123 times since 1976, the second-most of any Wildcats opponent. NMU leads the all-time series by a 68-42-13 margin, including a 43-14-5 record on home ice.


NO. 9/8 MINNESOTA STATE at NO. 3 ST. CLOUD STATE

Saturday Jan. 20th | Herb Brooks National Hockey Center | St. Cloud, MN | 5:07 p.m. CT

- A top-10 showdown between league leaders, as No. 9/8 Minnesota State and No. 3 St. Cloud State play Saturday evening as part of Hockey Day Minnesota 2018. The nonconference matchup between the first-place teams in the WCHA and NCHC will be televised live on FOX Sports North PLUS.

- The Mavericks split last weekend in Fairbanks, wrapping up a two-week stay in Alaska with a 3-1-0 record. Minnesota State has now won eight of its last 10 games.

- MSU senior captain C.J. Suess, who registered three goals and an assist during the Mavericks' Alaska trip, has 13 goals and 17 assists leads the team with 30 points (tied for sixth-most in the country). Suess, who has seen action in 141 career games, has played in 112 consecutive contests.

- Freshman forward Jake Jaremko is third among NCAA freshmen with 24 points (7g-17a), while junior defenseman Daniel Brickley is fifth among blueliners with 21 points (7g-14a).

- Minnesota State leads the nation in power-play goals scored (32), fewest shots allowed per game (22.33) and shot margin (+276), while the Mavericks are second in goals scored (91), tied for third in wins (17), fourth in power-play percentage (.276, 32-for-116) and eighth for penalty killing (.855, 94-for-110).