Friday reading: MSU, Gophers, UND, UMD, previews, predictions

DSCF0396I am leading off with three WCHA series that more directly affect idle CC in its efforts to garner home playoff ice. The latest standings are at the end of the post.

Tenth-place Michigan Tech at sixth place (3-way tie) Minnesota State: Minnesota State is College Hockey News’ team of the week. Freshman Teddy Blueger is a big reason why the Mavs are enjoying a solid season.

MSU’s Matt Leitner is featured by the Mankato Free Press, which produces a capsule preview too.

Idle Denver’s one-point weekend against CC allowed MSU to move into CBS’ Top 10 Power Rankings.

Ninth-place Minnesota-Duluth at 11th-place Bemidji State: Minnesota-Duluth is struggling right now. Here is an injury update and more from the News-Tribune beat writer.  UMD is  one point back of the Tigers and winless since a victory at CC on Jan. 18. This may be 11th place BSU’s best chance to break through for its first win of 2013.

Third-place Minnesota (tie) at sixth-place Wisconsin (3-way tie): Here is a look at Minnesota’s league title prospects. The Gophers play Wisconsin indoors Friday and need to focus on that game to make a move up the standings against idle North Dakota and WCHA-leading St. Cloud State, which is also off this weekend.

UND’s troubles getting back to Grand Forks from Omaha this past weekend are detailed by the GF Herald folks in this video.

Third-place Nebraska Omaha is eager to pull off a road sweep of Alaska-Anchorage to try to keep up in the MacNaughton Cup race.  Despite a poor record, last-place UAA has only been swept once at home this season and Jordan Kwas is a big reason why.

Here are USCHO’s predictions for this weekend.

In other leagues, Air Force hosts Canisius in an important Atlantic series for the Falcons, who are battling to finish in the top four and earn a first-round bye. ECAC Colgate is relatively close to getting an on-campus hockey arena.

Updated WCHA standings …

WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
St. Cloud State
22
15
6
1
31
74
47
18
11
1
99
72
North Dakota
22
11
5
6
28
72
56
16
8
6
96
74
Minnesota
20
11
5
4
26
68
48
19
5
4
105
54
Nebraska Omaha
22
12
8
2
26
74
65
16
12
2
103
83
Denver
22
10
7
5
25
70
64
15
9
5
98
77
Minnesota State
22
12
9
1
25
67
54
18
9
3
94
68
Wisconsin
22
9
6
7
25
49
48
12
9
7
63
57
Colorado College
22
8
10
4
20
72
77
11
14
5
100
105
Minnesota Duluth
22
8
11
3
19
56
67
10
15
3
70
84
Michigan Tech
22
6
12
4
16
59
72
10
14
4
86
84
Bemidji State
22
4
13
5
13
45
69
5
17
6
57
86
Alaska Anchorage
24
2
16
6
10
45
84
4
17
7
56
95
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About paisleyhockey
I am the college hockey writer for the Colorado Springs Gazette focusing on the Atlantic Hockey Association, National Collegiate Hockey Conference and Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

4 Responses to Friday reading: MSU, Gophers, UND, UMD, previews, predictions

  1. Steve says:

    Joe – I didn’t see you listed on any of the WCHA posts on USCHO this week. Are you still writing for them?

    • Thanks for asking that question. The short answer is No.
      Since my Gazette job is full-time, I would not be able to do so without shortchanging both publications. I know Matt will do a fine job in my former role at USCHO so keep on reading both if you like.
      Joe

      • Steve says:

        Congrats on being back with the Gazette. It’s probably in your posts somewhere but I missed it. Are you covering just CC or Air Force as well there? Assuming your first article will be this weekend coverage?

      • I will cover both Air Force and CC hockey, much like I did in my previous stint. I will be shutting down this personal blog since my attention is now on the Gazette’s new/old College Hockey Blog: http://blogs.gazette.com/collegehockey/
        Thanks for commenting and checking in. I greatly appreciate the readers who followed me on this blog. Please join me at the Gazette’s blog, since, well, they pay me now for doing this.
        Thanks again.
        Joe

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