Thursday, October 8, 2009

Around the WCHA: let the games begin

Finally, another season of College Hockey is upon us and w/ it the return of my weekly review of the WCHA. The Badgers aren't in action this weekend, and they weren't last weekend when all 9 other WCHA teams faced off in exhibitions, and won all of them. Everyone else begins w/ non-conference action except the gophers. Here is the schedule:

Vermont @ Denver
St. Cloud @ Miami (OH)
Northeastern @ CC
Mercyhurst & Michigan @ UAA (Kendall Hockey Classic)
Lake Superior St & N. Michigan vs Michigan Tech & Duluth (Superior Showcase)
Bowling Green @ Mankato
Merrimack @ North Dakota

Expansion corner (let's keep an eye on next season's expansion teams)
Air Force @ Bemidji State
Army & UMASS Lowell/St Lawerence vs Nebraska-Omaha (IceBreaker in Omaha)

No predictions on games this week, but here is a review of my predicted 09/10 WCHA Standings:

1) Denver
2) Wisconsin
3) St Cloud
4) North Dakota
5) minnesota
6) Duluth
7) Alaska Anchorage
8) Mankato
9) Colorado College
10) Michigan Tech

And while I'm doing this I might as well take a stab at the All-WCHA teams for this season.

WCHA POY: Jordan Schroeder, minnesota
WCHA Top Defenseman: Chay Genoway, North Dakota
WCHA Top Goalie: Marc Cheverie, Denver

WCHA All Rookie Team
F Zach Budish, minnesota
F Michael Cichy, North Dakota
F Rylan Schwartz, CC
D Matt Donovan, Denver
D Dylan Olsen, Duluth
G Mike Lee, St Cloud

WCHA 1st Team
F Jordan Schroeder, minnesota
F Chris VandeVelde, North Dakota
F Garrett Roe, St Cloud
D Chay Genoway, North Dakota
D Ryan McDonagh, Wisconsin
G Marc Cheverie, Denver

WCHA 2nd Team
F Derek Stepan, Wisconsin
F Justin Fontaine, Duluth
F Joe Colbourne, Denver
D Patrick Wiercioch, Denver
D Kurt Davis, Mankato
G Mike Lee, St Cloud

Lastly, no good reason to leave the Women out of this post going forward, so here is the schedule this weekend:

Badger Women @ Bemidji State
Mankato @ Maine
minnesota @ Ohio State (a member of the WCHA for Women's Hockey)
St. Cloud @ Duluth Foreign Legion
Team USA @ North Dakota (saturday only)