A rough Friday night at Bemidji State knocked a few first place votes out of the hands of Michigan Tech and over towards the favor of Minnesota State. The Mavericks rested up in Mankato on a bye week while the Huskies struggled to find the offensive zone on Friday night, but Tech's dominant 9-2 victory over the Beavers on Saturday just wasn't enough to make up for their floundering just 24 hours prior.
Meanwhile, Northern Michigan held Alabama-Huntsville to just one goal for the weekend while putting up six of their own, gaining the Wildcats enough points in the voting to pull ahead of Ferris State and leaving the Chargers with every possible last-place vote available.
The good news for fans of the Black and Gold is that now not only do the Huskies lead the league in the WCHA Poll, the USCHO.com poll and the PairWise rankings, but they are now only two points behind Minnesota State in the WCHA standings. Both teams have two series left, and with Tech playing against Alaska at home and running a home-and-home against Northern Michigan, it's not unimaginable that Tech could win out the regular season. Minnesota State carries a jet lag-inducing road series against Alaska-Anchorage, then finishes out the season hosting the same Bemidji State squad that gave the Huskies trouble on Friday night.
If Michigan Tech wins out and Minnesota State drops just one game, then the tiebreaker will go the way of the Huskies, who will have two more conference wins than the Mavericks and a better head-to-head record against the Bowling Green State Falcons over four games.
|1||Michigan Tech (6)||96||1||17-8-5||1||2||0||1|
|2||Minnesota State (4)||94||2||15-10-7||1||2||0||1|
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|
|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.