Friday reading: WCHA, national web site and blogger awards, previews

The WCHA announced its all-league honorees, including academics. Sophomore forward Jaden Schwartz was named to the second team as was senior defenseman Gabe Guentzel. Sophomore goalie Josh Thorimbert was named as the third team goalie. Inexplicably, Rylan Schwartz was not honored.

The first annual All-WCHA Blogger awards were doled out this morning. The differences are interesting. Both Rylan Schwartz and Guentzel did not make the cut. Jaden Schwartz was a third team forward while Thorimbert moved up to second team netminder.

Whether you agree with the blogger list or not, thanks to Tradition of Excellence for compiling it. I doubt it was easy. The voters, which included me, are listed. I posted my ballot earlier this week.

USCHO announced its all-WCHA honorees as did College Hockey News. Inside College Hockey announced its all-WCHA team and playoff capsules here.

Here are more playoff series previews:

No. 12 seed Alaska Anchorage needs to make marked improvement in a number of areas if they hope to knock off top seed Minnesota at Mariucci. Nate Condon is one of the reasons why that still may not be enough for UAA.

No. 11 MSU Mankato is playing well and has a chance, albeit small, of returning to the Final Five with a series win at Minnesota Duluth, which is leaning on five rookies.

No. 10 Wisconsin will rely on Justin Schultz and Mark Zengerle at third-seeded Denver. Here’s a preview capsule. The Pioneers will platoon goalies this weekend with Juho Olkinuora starting on Friday.

No. 9 Bemidji State has quiet confidence headed into its series at fourth-seeded North Dakota, which has another nickname distraction brewing.

No. 8 Michigan Tech is hopeful that lessons learned from the regular-season finale at fifth-seeded Colorado College will pay off this weekend. The Tigers will need to play up to their potential to get a sweep and keep their Pairwise hopes alive.

No. 7 Nebraska Omaha hopes to reverse its downward trend at No. 6 St. Cloud State, which expects a physical series against the red Mavs.

Here are the Roman Empire’s predictions, including two series upsets.


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