Originally written on Goon's World  |  Last updated 11/3/11
It’s been a while since I’ve had time to write a little weekend preview, sorry about the little hiatus. (I was in North Carolina one week and Vegas the other week.) After last weekend everyone has now played at least 2 league games (SCSU) and most have played 4 and UW, BSU, & MTU have played the most at 6.


WCHA STANDINGS

Team........................W-L-T....Points
1. Minnesota...................4-0-0........ 8
2. Michigan Tech...........3-2-1..........7
3. Nebraska-Omaha......3-1-0...........7
4. Wisconsin..................3-3-0..........6
5. Denver........................2-1-1...........5
6. Bemidji State.............2-4-0.........4
7. Colorado College........2-0-0.........4
8. Minnesota-Duluth.....2-2-0.........4
9. North Dakota.............1-3-0..........2
10. St. Cloud St...............1-1-0..........2
11. Alaska-Anchorage.....0-4-0........0
12. Minnesota State........0-2-0.......0


WCHA Games

#14 Minnesota-Duluth @ #8 Denver
Last weekend the Bulldogs swept the Beavers in Duluth and the Pioneers got one point on the road against Michigan Tech.

This should be a good series; last year’s defending ncaa champs versus the league favorite this year. The pioneers will be returning home with a bitter taste in their mouth after a bad weekend on the road. I’m sure DU will want to take out their frustration on the Bulldogs. UMD will need to get some points to stay in the early season hunt for the MacNaughton cup. Like they say you can’t win it in the first part of the season, but you can lose it. DU looks to have a solid offense, but the question for them is their goal tending and how the defense helps out. SPLIT


Minnesota State @ #16 Michigan Tech
Last weekend the Mavericks had a bye weekend and the Huskies took 3-points from the Pioneers in Houghton.

The Mavericks need to find some offense this year if they want to win some games, they have yet to score 3 goals in a game. It is safe to say that the Huskies are the surprise team this season. Tech already has more wins this year than they did all of last season. I’m going with the renewed Huskies in these games. I don’t think I’ve ever said this before, but I’m saying it now, MTU SWEEP.


#15 North Dakota @ #5 Minnesota
Last weekend the Sioux split with SCSU Huskies in Grand Forks and the Gophers swept the Seawolves in Anchorage.

This rivalry goes back a long time and the way things are going it might come to an end, in a couple of years. The Gophers are the obviously hotter team going into this weekend. The Sioux need to find their scoring touch, losing two games this year where they have put 40+ shots on goal in those games. SPLIT


#2 Colorado College @ Nebraska-Omaha
Last weekend the Tigers swept RPI in non-conference and the Mavericks split with the Badgers in Madison.

This will be the first real test for the Tigers this year, not no knock Bemidji State or Rensselaer, but they are not the caliber of UNO. Knowing how Blais always had UND playing, you know he will have UNO ready for the Tigers this weekend. CC has to keep focused on this weekend and not look ahead to next weekend at Denver. I’m taking the easy way out and calling a SPLIT.


Wisconsin @ St. Cloud State
Last weekend the Badgers split with the UNO Mavericks in Madison and the Huskies split with the Sioux in Grand Forks.

The Badgers hit the road this weekend, their last road trip didn’t go to well, they were swept by the Huskies (MTU). I’m sure these SCSU Huskies will also want to sweep the Badgers and give them some type of dog complex. St. Cloud will need their “back-up” goaltender to keep hot, to give them a shot at some wins. The same could be said for the Badgers, they need their freshman goalies be consistent in net this weekend. I’m going to opt for each team getting a double-u. SPLIT


Non Conference Games

Bemidji State @ Lake Superior State
Last weekend the Beavers were swept by the Bulldogs in Duluth and the Lakers swept CCHA foe Miami (OH) on the road.

The Lakers are leading the CCHA with a 5-1-0 record and they own an overall record of 7-1-0. Given their record at this point of the season, it looks like Lake Superior will be contending for a conference title. Meanwhile the Beavers will look to even their overall record this weekend, they are currently 3-5-0 overall. This is will be an interesting series to see how the WCHA stacks up against the CCHA. I’m going to say each team will get a win, SPLIT.


BYE WEEK
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