Friday, February 20, 2009

Around the WCHA: 3 weekends left to daylight savings

The standings are no clearer now than they were last week. It’s a three team race for the MacNaughton. Last week the following happened:

North Dakota swept Mankato
UAA snagged a point against minnesota
St. Cloud swept Michigan Tech
Denver and CC ended in a tie in their lone game
CC also lost to the US NTDP (though John Ramage did not crack the score sheet)

So the standings look like this:

1 - Denver - 23 games - 29 pts
1 - North Dakota - 22 games - 29 pts
3 - Wisconsin - 22 games - 28 pts
4 - CC - 23 games - 25 pts
5 - St. Cloud - 24 games - 25 pts
6 - minnesota - 22 games - 24 pts
7 - Duluth - 22 games - 23 pts
8 - Mankato - 24 games - 20 pts
9 - UAA - 24 games - 19 pts
10 - Tech - 24 games - 8 pts

All of the contenders play each weekend from here on out. The biggest matchup this week is the one we’ll all be watching in person or on the NHL Network tonight at the Kohl Center. A sweep by either Wisconsin or Denver puts that team in a great position. A split would mean the Seawolves need to do well at home against North Dakota, which I think it possible. UAA has only been swept twice all season, both by the Badgers.

Denver @ Wisconsin – Hell w/ it, Badgers SWEEP!
North Dakota @ UAA – UAA does their part gaining a split
Duluth @ Tech – Come on Huskies! Tech gains their 2nd WCHA win
minnesota @ CC – Split, CC will play well one night
Mankato @ Nebraska Omaha – Tuesday night game, Mankato needs to win this game

Time to cheer hard for the Seawolves, Huskies and Land Cows.