WCHA Web Media Poll Analysis: Week 20

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that one way for the Huskies to climb up the polls would be a poor performance by Minnesota State, and Minnesota State definitely delivered that this week. In a week when Michigan Tech was incapable of actively changing their own standing (they were on a bye week), Minnesota State ended up with two ties against the last-by-any-measure Alabama-Hunstsville Chargers. MTU picked up two of MSU's first-place votes to come out with 99 points for the week, the highest score in the (albeit short) history of the THG Web Media Poll. On the bottom end of the poll, the Chargers did pick up five votes for ninth place, pulling them out of the all-tenths votes they received last week.

Rank Team Pts LW Record High Low Change Diff
1 Michigan Tech (9) 99 1 16-7-5 1 2 0 1
2 Minnesota State (1) 90 2 15-10-7 1 3 0 2
3 Bowling Green 80 3 16-10-6 2 4 0 2
4 Ferris State 71 4 14-10-6 3 4 0 1
5 Northern Michigan 60 5 13-11-6 5 5 0 0
6 Bemidji State 50 6 13-12-5 6 6 0 0
7 Lake Superior 40 7 10-18-4 7 7 0 0
8 Alaska-Anchorage 29 8 10-15-3 8 9 0 1
9 Alaska 16 9 7-17-4 8 10 0 2
10 Alabama-Huntsville 15 10 6-17-5 9 10 0 1

That said, none of the standings in the poll changed for the week. There was some redistribution of points, but not enough to push anyone through the rankings.

Looking into the coming week, it will be the Mavericks on bye, giving the Huskies a chance to beat down on the Bemidji State Beavers in an attempt to squeeze out our one holdout voter. Minnesota State and Bemidji State met in late October, with MSU taking both games 3-2 in regulation. Look for Michigan Tech to put up a strong performance on the road against a BSU side who have gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 games to put their season record back over .500. If they can pull off two strong wins, then the boys in black and gold just might bring in a perfect 100 next week.

Thanks again to our friends across the WCHA who contribute to the voting every week. You can find their information in the table below.

Team Name Publication/Media Outlet Twitter Handle
UAH Geof Morris UAH Hockey @gfmorris
UA Tim O'Donnell Fairbanks Daily News @FDNMSportsGuy
UAA Beth O'Donnell KTUU Anchorage @_bethodonnell
BSU Jack Hittinger Bemidji Pioneer @jackhitts
BGSU Drew Evans BGSUHockey.com @BGSUHockeySite
FSU Ryan Zuke Big Rapids Pioneer @ryanzuke
LSSU Bill Crawford WCHA.TV voice of the Lakers None
MTU Tim Braun Tech Hockey Guide @TBraunTHG
MSU Shane Frederick Mankato Free Press @puckato
NMU Ryan Stieg Mining Journal @RyanStieg

One media member representing each team ranks every squad in the WCHA (including their own) from 1-10. A first-place vote is worth 10 points, a second-place is worth 9 points and so on. Teams are then sorted by the total number of points they receive in the voting. 100 points is a perfect score and represents all voters awarding a team with first place, while a 10-point score indicates all voters awarding a team with tenth place.