Three observations: SCSU’s struggles in nonconference continue

With one win in CCHA play sitting in the league cellar, Northern Michigan seemed a bit overmatched traveling to St. Cloud State.

The Huskies sat atop the WCHA standings going into the weekend and figured to have gotten its wake-up call in a split with Rensselaer (a last-place ECAC team) last week.

SCSU must’ve hit the snooze button. NMU left St. Cloud with a nonconference sweep beating the Huskies 6-2 and 2-1.

This weekend’s outcomes sound crazy because SCSU and NMU were polar opposites in their respective conference standings, but the Huskies had a 3-3 conference record before this weekend’s losses.

The Wildcats entered the weekend with a  4-1 record vs. WCHA teams by sweeping Wisconsin, splitting at Nebraska-Omaha and beating Michigan Tech. They now have six wins against WCHA teams.

As the St. Cloud Times’ Mick Hatten pointed out, that’s just as many victories against the WCHA as Minnesota has in four more games.

Meanwhile, the Huskies have been vulnerable all season after bye weeks, going 0-3 in series openers when they didn’t play the week before. SCSU came out flat this weekend like they were coming off Christmas break all over again.

That’s a trend SCSU needs to buck right away with another bye coming up this week and Denver waiting on the other end.

In WCHA play this weekend …

Nebraska-Omaha swept Colorado College and Wisconsin won twice at Alaska-Anchorage.

The Badgers just keep on rolling, bursting out for a season-high five goals Friday and winning with defense, their signature style, Saturday by holding the Seawolves to 12 shots on goal in a 1-0 shutout.

Wisconsin has scored 15 goals in four games but only scored 15 goals in the eight games prior going back to Nov. 16.

Not only did UNO need the points to keep its head above water in a very tight race, it needed a big win to bounce back from a bad weekend at Quinnipiac.

Luckily, for UNO, it went from facing one of the nation’s best defenses to one of its worst. The Mavericks scored five goals at Quinnipiac and 11 against CC.

CC, in a ninth-place tie, continues to prove its own defense will keep it from going far in March.

The Tigers haven’t held a team to less than three goals in 13 games since Nov. 9. There have been five games in that stretch in which they allowed five or more goals. CC allows 3.73 goals per game, fifth-worst in the country.

Cornell coach “not coming back”

Don’t expect Cornell to make another trip to face a WCHA team in the near future, at least if you believe the Big Red coach Mike Schafer’s words following a 2-1 loss to Denver Saturday.

Schafer was angry with calls made the by the officials after a skirmish at mid-ice at the game’s completion.

Cornell’s Armand de Swardt received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for spearing, John McCarron received a misconduct and game disqualification for obscene language and the Big Red bench also got a game misconduct penalty.

“I’m looking at the sheet now, and we’re the ones that were assessed all the penalties,” Schafer told reporters after the game. “I won’t come back to the WCHA. I’m not coming back out here. I pride ourselves in traveling everywhere, but after that… It was a great game besides the (officiating).”

USCHO’s Candace Horgan captured Schafer’s postgame comments on video. Read her game recap and see the videos here.

Schafer likely made his comments minutes after leaving the bench area, so it’s possible the threats regarding his team’s nonconference future with the WCHA were the product of raw frustration.

Of course, eight WCHA members, including Denver, won’t be in the league next season anyway.

WCHA officials Chris Perrault and Johnathan Morrison refereed the game. Gary Pedigo and Robert Keltie were the linesmen.

The Big Red entered the game among the most penalized teams in the nation, averaging 17.2 penalty minutes per game. It now averages a nation-high 21.1 penalty minutes per game.

McCarron also received a game disqualification in a Nov. 30 game against Clarkson for leaving the bench.

 

49 COMMENTS

    • yep. (not sure where this “5-4 loss” came from.) sounds like sour grapes after being stymied all wknd. (2 goals on 58 shots will do that.)

    • yep. (not sure where this “5-4 loss” came from.) sounds like sour grapes after being stymied all wknd. (2 goals on 58 shots will do that.)

  1. not coming back? oh no! whatever will the WCHA do without the moderate competition that Cornell has to offer them? and as if that wasn’t enough (ahem, note to Shafer), NOBODY is coming back to the WCHA. tard. there will be no WCHA next year to come back to. so don’t worry, you will no longer have to head West just to be embarrassed by WCHA teams…for as long as you live.

      • technically… yes, there will be. it was hyperbole. and i was being sarcastic. (but let’s be honest… bowling green, alaska-fairbanks, ferris state, lake superior state, northern michigan? this is not the WCHA. they should have retired that name out of respect for the tradition the former teams created.)

        • Tech, LSSU, NMU, BGSU all have won national titles, BSU was at the FF recently and won many small college titles prior, Ferris was a national semifinalist last season. No proud tradition there.

          • Hmmm… well, seeing as how I admitted (in my previous comment) that I was being sarcastic and hyperbolic, and noticing that you clearly understand sarcasm (“no proud tradition there”), one has to assume it was the hyperbole in my comment you don’t understand.

            Hyperbole such as saying… this league wouldn’t exist after this year beyond as a technicality. The implication being it would only exist as a shell of its former self.

            And your counter argument is….Tech, LSSU, NMU & BGSU?!?!?

            Excuse me while I have a laugh. (Ha!) Oooh, they have titles. Neat. All told, they have 1 more than NoDak and, oops, nope… just NoDak.

            Yes, these teams have produced some decent squads periodically over the years, but if you’re seriously going to come back at me by comparing those schools with NoDak, Wisco, Minny & DU, my follow-up response would be — get a clue, derp.

          • I’m not sure that you understand the meaning of hyperbole and sarcasm. And I don’t believe you understood that the wcha will still be around next year when you made your comment. Please refrain from posting in the future if you can’t control your hyper-defensiveness and name calling.

          • First off, let me just say that I am honored that you registered with Disqus just to reply to little old me for you first ever Disqus post. It means so much to me, patjames, that you would pop your Disqus cherry with me. (I will remember you.) Second, for the record, I didn’t call anyone a name. (Seeing as this if your first Disqus post, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, BUT…you do realize all my posts are visible, right? Yep, no name calling in sight.) Third, I care deeply about your opinion of me, random stranger, so I’m glad you voiced it. It gave me something to reflect upon and consider. Now, I don’t want to keep you…I’m sure you probably have some grammar to correct somewhere out there on teh interwebs, so let me end with this last thought….I don’t give 2 sh*ts what you may or may not think I thought the other day. And unlike the rest of this post, that’s not sarcasm. Cheers!

          • who is being tough? i was being sarcastic you a ss. take the time to learn the difference. or don’t they teach that in bumblefck?

          • Sounds like you are trying to be tough ranting and swearing trying to defend your idiotic posts….

            Get one thing straight. The WCHA has existed for many decades and during that time, many teams have come and gone. The WCHA will continue to exist next year after the money grubbing NCHC teams venture out on their own.

            I live in Minneapolis, not “bumblefck”, but quite frankly am much more impressed with a small, true hockey school who reaches the frozen four or wins a NC periodically over the years than any money grubbing school that falls short of expectations year after year. Let’s be honest, who can’t win NC’s when you have unlimited funds, national TV contracts etc…

            Much more fun and exciting to see schools like Ferris State, Bemidji State, MTU, NMU etc… win and be successful against all odds. The WCHA will still provide great hockey, great fans, and add to their tradition and legacy.

  2. not coming back? oh no! whatever will the WCHA do without the moderate competition that Cornell has to offer them? and as if that wasn’t enough (ahem, note to Shafer), NOBODY is coming back to the WCHA. there will be no WCHA next year to come back to. so don’t worry, you will no longer have to head West just to be embarrassed by WCHA teams…for as long as you live.

      • technically… yes, there will be. it was hyperbole. and i was being sarcastic. (but let’s be honest… bowling green, alaska-fairbanks, ferris state, lake superior state, northern michigan? this is not the WCHA. they should have retired that name out of respect for the tradition & legacy the former teams created.)

        • Tech, LSSU, NMU, BGSU all have won national titles, BSU was at the FF recently and won many small college titles prior, Ferris was a national semifinalist last season. No proud tradition there.

          • Hmmm… well, seeing as how I admitted (in my previous comment) that I was being sarcastic and hyperbolic, and noticing that you clearly understand sarcasm (“no proud tradition there”), one has to assume it was the hyperbole in my comment you don’t understand.

            Hyperbole such as saying… this league wouldn’t exist after this year, except as a technicality. The implication being it would only exist as a shell of its former self.

            And your counter argument is….Tech, LSSU, NMU & BGSU?!?!?

            Excuse me while I have a laugh. (Ha!) Oooh, they have titles. Neat. All told, they have 1 more than NoDak and, oops, nope… just NoDak.

            Yes, these teams have produced some decent squads periodically over the years, but if you’re seriously going to come back at me by comparing those schools with NoDak, Wisco, Minny & DU, my follow-up response would be — get a clue, derp.

          • I’m not sure that you understand the meaning of hyperbole and sarcasm. And I don’t believe you understood that the wcha will still be around next year when you made your comment. Please refrain from posting in the future if you can’t control your hyper-defensiveness and name calling.

          • First off, let me just say that I am honored that you registered with Disqus just to reply to little old me for you first ever Disqus post. It means so much to me, patjames, that you would pop your Disqus cherry with me. (I will remember you.) Second, for the record, I didn’t call anyone a name. (Seeing as this if your first Disqus post, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, BUT…you do realize all my posts are visible, right? Yep, no name calling in sight.) Third, I care deeply about your opinion of me, random stranger, so I’m glad you voiced it. It gave me something to reflect upon and consider. Now, I don’t want to keep you…I’m sure you probably have some grammar to correct somewhere out there on teh interwebs, so let me end with this last thought….I don’t give 2 sh*ts what you may or may not think I thought the other day. And unlike the rest of this post, that’s not sarcasm. Cheers!

          • who is being tough? i was being sarcastic you a ss. take the time to learn the difference. or don’t they teach that in bumblefck?

          • Sounds like you are trying to be tough ranting and swearing trying to defend your idiotic posts….

            Get one thing straight. The WCHA has existed for many decades and during that time, many teams have come and gone. The WCHA will continue to exist next year after the money grubbing NCHC teams venture out on their own.

            I live in Minneapolis, not “bumblefck”, but quite frankly am much more impressed with a small, true hockey school who reaches the frozen four or wins a NC periodically over the years than any money grubbing school that falls short of expectations year after year. Let’s be honest, who can’t win NC’s when you have unlimited funds, national TV contracts etc…

            Much more fun and exciting to see schools like Ferris State, Bemidji State, MTU, NMU etc… win and be successful against all odds. The WCHA will still provide great hockey, great fans, and add to their tradition and legacy.

  3. Now, it is a four-way tie for first. Also, great wins for BU and Lowell. BU now controls its destiny, as does Lowell. Merrimack probably needs to win out the regular season and get to Hockey East finals to have a shot at the autobid, as they sit at 29th in Pairwise.

    Lowell moves up to 9th in Pairwise and BU ties for 17th.

  4. So if the season ended today in hockey east who would how would the seedings be set for spots 1-4. My friends and I were debating this last night.

  5. I have the same concerns about BU that Jim and Dave do. A great win by BU in the second half is very likely to be followed by poor execution. I sure hope I am wrong and BU picks up four points.

      • So much for sweeping Vermont and staying top 13 in the Pairwise for my Terriers. They are now tied for 17th. Worse than that, they face 4th seeded Providence in the Hockey east quarter-finals if the season ended today.

        Finally, they face a home-and-home with an eliminated Northeastern team that has already beaten them twice. BU needs to claw back into the top 16 in the Pairwise and hope the make the NCAA tournament.

      • Also, with Merrimack in freefall, Lowell and BU might lose the TUC wins against Merrimack if Merrimack is no longer a TUC.

    • Agreed. BC hasn’t played consistently for 6 weeks now, and they do get better when games mean more. But have to think Friars take one.

  6. Jim

    Great work picking the BU/Vermont series backwards. You might be right to pick BU on the road at Northeastern while losing the home game to the Huskies.

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