WCHA Web Media Poll Analysis: Week 21

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.

Photo from MTU vs. BSU on Feb. 7th, 2015. Photo credit Bob Gilreath.

Photo from MTU vs. BSU on Feb. 7th, 2015. Photo credit Bob Gilreath.

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.

Rank Team Pts LW Record High Low Change Diff
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
3 Bowling Green 78 3 17-11-6 3 4 0 1
4 Northern Michigan 66 5 15-11-6 3 5 +1 2
5 Ferris State 64 4 14-11-6 3 6 -1 3
6 Bemidji State 52 6 14-13-5 4 6 0 2
7 Lake Superior 39 7 11-19-4 7 8 0 1
8 Alaska-Anchorage 30 8 11-16-3 7 9 0 2
9 Alaska 21 9 8-18-4 8 9 0 1
10 Alabama-Huntsville 10 10 6-19-5 10 10 0 0

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.