Monday, November 28, 2011

Goon's WCHA Power Rankings for 11/26

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Each week Zach Friedli and I do the WCHA Power Rankings for INSIDE HOCKEY.

1.  Minnesota Duluth – (7-2-1 WCHA, 9-3-2) The Bulldogs were idle this past weekend, Travel Houghton, MI to play the Michigan Tech Huskies.  The Bulldogs sit one point out of first in the WCHA standings. The Bulldogs have played 10 games 7-3-0 at home and four games 2-0-2 on the road.

2. Minnesota – (8-2-0 WCHA, 11-4-1) The Gophers experienced some rough sledding this past weekend, (3-4 L, 4-4 T) and only came away with a tie in their non-conference series with the Michigan State Spartans, in East Lansing, Michigan. The Mighty Golden Gophers entertain the Minnesota State Mavericks this weekend. The Gophers have split their last two WCHA series and have 2-3-1 record in their last six games.

3.  Denver – (4-2-3 WCHA, 6-4-3) The Pioneers beat Princeton 3-0 and lost to Miami University 4-2 in the Denver Cup this past weekend. The Pioneers play a single game in Colorado Springs, CO, on Friday night against their cross-state rivals the Colorado College Tigers. The game will be on CBS College Sports @09:07 p.m. central standard time.

4.  Colorado College – (5-4-0 WCHA, 7-4-0) The Tigers were swept the Fighting Sioux in Grand Forks, ND. Entertain their cross-state rivals the Denver Pioneers in a single game on Saturday night.  The game will be on CBS College Sports @09:07 p.m. central standard time.  Rylan Schwartz had 6g-0a—6 points on the weekend, yet his team was swept by the Fighting Sioux. According to Joe Paisley of the Colorado Spring Gazette, Tiger forward Jaden Schwartz now has a career-best 17-game point streak 9g-22a—31pts during that streak.

5.  Nebraska-Omaha – (6-3-3 WCHA, 7-6-2) The Mavericks won 4-3 and tied 2-2, in their series against the SCSU Huskies 4-3. The Red Mavericks travel to Nashville, TN to play University of Alabama Huntsville. The Mavericks hold a 3-1 all-time record against the Chargers and split their season series last season in Omaha.

6.  North Dakota – (4-6-0, 6-7-1) The Fighting Sioux swept the 4th ranked Colorado College Tigers 7-6 and 4-3 at home this past weekend.  This weekend, the Fighting Sioux head to the last frontier to play the UAA Seawolves, who took three of four points from Minnesota State in Mankato this past weekend. The Sioux have a 9-4-2 record the last 15 games against the Seawolves. With the sweep of the Tigers, the Fighting Sioux now have a 10-4-3 record against C.C. in the last 17 games at home against the Tigers. The Fighting Sioux also have an all-time record of 82-19-6 against the Tigers in Grand Forks, ND.  

7.  St. Cloud State – (4-4-2 WCHA, 6-7-3) The Huskies took one point 4-3 L, 2-2 T, from the UNO Mavericks this past weekend against the Red Mavericks in Omaha, Nebraska this weekend.  This weekend the Huskies entertain the Bemidji State Beavers at the National Hockey Center. The Huskies have an 8-2-0 record against the Beavers in the last 10 games between the two teams.

8.  Wisconsin – (4-7-1 WCHA, 7-8-1) The Badgers swept the Mercyhurst Lakers 7-2, 5-2 in Madison, this past weekend. The Badgers are the WCHA’s version of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Badgers are 7-3-0 at home and 0-5-1 on the road this season. After scoring three goals last weekend the Badgers scored 12 against their AHA opponent. The Badgers are idle this weekend.

9.  Michigan Tech – (5-4-1 WCHA, 8-5-1) The Tech Huskies split a non-conference series 3-2, 1-3 with the St. Lawrence University this past weekend in Canton, New York. The Huskies entertain the defending NCAA Champion the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs at MacInnes Student Ice Arena this weekend. The Huskies are 6-1-1 at home and 2-4-0 away from the

10. Bemidji State – (3-6-1 WCHA, 5-8-1) The Beavers were idle this past weekend. The Beavers travel to Saint Cloud State to play the Huskies. Since 2002-03 the Beavers have won two games in the last 10 games against the Huskies 2-8-0.

11. Alaska-Anchorage – (2-7-1 WCHA, 5-7-1) The UAA Seawolves who took three points from Minnesota State in Mankato this past weekend. The Seawolves entertain the Fighting Sioux this weekend in Anchorage, Alaska. The Seawolves have a 4-9-2 record the last 15 games against the Fighting Sioux. The Seawovles have had better luck against the Fighting Sioux at home where they are 3-3-1 in the last seven games at home against the Sioux. The Seawolves are 2-3-1 at home and 1-4-1 on the road this season.

12.  Minnesota State – (2-7-1 WCHA, 3-10-0) The Minnesota State Mavericks took one point this past weekend against the UAA Seawolves. The Mavericks goaltenders Phil Cook and Evan Karambelas, gave up five goals on 13 shots, that an unimpressive .615 save percentage. The Mavericks travel to Minnesota to play the Minnesota Gophers in Mariucci Arena. In the last eight game against the Gophers the Mavericks have a 5-2-1 record.

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