Three things from the weekend that was

Three things I think I learned about the WCHA this weekend …

1. Blue(ger) period

Minnesota State senior forward Teddy Blueger put on quite a performance in the first period of the Mavericks’ 6-2 victory over Alaska Anchorage. Blueger had a hand in all five goals MSU scored in the first 20 (actually 15) minutes of the game, scoring once and assisting on the others. Good work by Matt Hodson of the WCHA to research the feat. According to league tweets, Blueger tied a WCHA record with four assists in a single period, becoming the ninth player in league history to do it and the first since Wisconsin’s Joe Pavelski on Jan. 14, 2006. Blueger’s five points in a period since Colorado College’s Scott Schneider had a record six on Feb. 21, 1987. Blueger, MSU’s top center had seven points going into the game and now leads the team with 12.

2. Top of the heap

As we near the halfway point of the season, there’s starting to be some separation in the league standings. And at the top, it’s really no surprise, as the favorites are right there. Minnesota State swept visiting Alaska Anchorage, and Michigan Tech swept at Alaska to sit atop the standings with 16 points each (although MSU has two games in hand). Bowling Green, which swept Northern Michigan (and also has two games in hand on Tech), is just two points back and will host Minnesota State next weekend in a marquee matchup. Ferris State isn’t far behind, four points in back of the Mavericks and Huskies and two behind the Falcons after getting a tough road split at Lake Superior State.

3. Righting the ship

Bemidji State was quite the closer at Alabama Huntsville, scoring three third-period goals in each game of the Wednesday-Friday series and winning 4-1 each night. Each game was tied 1-1 in the third period. Graeme McCormack had a goal in each game, and junior goalie Reid Mimmack improved to 3-0-1 since getting his first chance to play on Nov. 14 when he helped the Beavers snap a seven-game winless streak. Bemidji State is 3-1-1 since then, climbing out of the league basement and into sixth place, one point behind fifth-place Northern


  1. 17th or worse in the pairwise isn’t going to do it for any of these teams once the tournament winners are factored in.

  2. Is this the long awaited parity in college hockey, or a statistical fluke?
    I think it’s a bit of both. Early departures, discipline problems and injuries have always been a problem. The difference is the overall quality of college hockey is such that you can plug the gaps with marginal players only so long before your program suffers. I think it is a fluke that these programs are experiencing a form of these problems at the same time. All of these programs have quality coaches who will retool and be back on top soon but I think in the future we will see this happen more often.

  3. Wisconsin and BU are now tied for 16th, with Wisconsin having the slightest edge despite losing last night. Still, on autobid going to a team outside the top sixteen in Pairwise means time for golf.


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