Gallery: Wisconsin wins the WCHA Final Face-Off with a victory over Minnesota

Here are scenes from Wisconsin’s 1-0 victory over Minnesota in Sunday’s WCHA Final Face-Off title game at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

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    • Weak as in top-20 teams, Colgate, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Western Michigan in the toughest conference in college hockey…..
      Alex, get your facts straight sport.

      • I think you forgot the word “second” in front of toughest, easy mistake so no worries. Also, I think you mean top-20 teams who are over-rated, which is another easy mistake so I wouldn’t dwell on it.

    • Weak as in top-20 teams, Colgate, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Western Michigan in the toughest conference in college hockey…..
      Alex, get your facts straight sport.

      • I think you forgot the word “second” in front of toughest, easy mistake so no worries. Also, I think you mean top-20 teams who are over-rated, which is another easy mistake so I wouldn’t dwell on it.

      • According to the RPI, Ferris State has had the 14th toughest schedule in the nation so far:
        http://www.uscho.com/rankings/rpi/d-i-men/

        While that’s not too shabby overall, it’s near the bottom of the CCHA, and well behind most other ranked CCHA teams.  Michigan, Michigan State, and Northern Michigan are ranked one, two, and three in the nation in strength of schedule.  Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Miami are fifth, sixth, and seventh.  In fact, only Bowling Green has had a weaker schedule than Ferris among CCHA teams.  So while the CCHA is indeed the toughest conference all around, Ferris is hardly at the top in terms of strength of schedule.

  1. If I were a top-3 team (and I am cheering for the Broncos), I would not want to face any of the first-round winners. I certainly wouldn’t take them lightly. I love this league, especially this year.

  2. If I were a top-3 team (and I am cheering for the Broncos), I would not want to face any of the first-round winners. I certainly wouldn’t take them lightly. I love this league, especially this year.

  3. Ferris was also playing without 3 regular forwards with a combined 63 points and had 3 guys in their place who have all dressed in fewer than 20 games this year and have a combined 4 points. Even if Nelson had been in the net, I don’t think Ferris was winning that game Saturday night.

    • I couldn’t agree more. Replacing a 63 point force with a 4 point force will affect the outcome dramatically. It is best they rest players and prepare for the postseason. 

      • Yeah they had those players earlier in the season when WMU mopped the floor with them.

        They caught Miami at a bad time at the beginning of the year. Got swept by Michigan… easily… same by Western.

        Then they caught OSU and ND all on down slopes.

        • So it’s an excuse that they beat these teams when they were on down slopes, but not okay to get beat on a down slope?

          Not using that as an example for this last weekend.That was a good series. The first game was great hockey, and decided after 7 shooters in the shoot out. The second game western outplayed them. That’s hockey.

          What it boils down to is anybody can win, lose, go on streaks ect. Ferris needs to figure out how to beat U of M and Western. These playoffs are going to be exciting.

      • Yeah,what was the excuse for Friday nights game?Western smacked them down.CCHA is the best conference in the Country,the tournament should be another great 1.GO BLUE!And if Connor Knapp gets a sniff at Goalie of the year,well Hunwick was be goalie of the Century.

  4. Ferris was also playing without 3 regular forwards with a combined 63 points and had 3 guys in their place who have all dressed in fewer than 20 games this year and have a combined 4 points. Even if Nelson had been in the net, I don’t think Ferris was winning that game Saturday night.

    • I couldn’t agree more. Replacing a 63 point force with a 4 point force will affect the outcome dramatically. It is best they rest players and prepare for the postseason. 

      • Yeah they had those players earlier in the season when WMU mopped the floor with them.

        They caught Miami at a bad time at the beginning of the year. Got swept by Michigan… easily… same by Western.

        Then they caught OSU and ND all on down slopes.

        • So it’s an excuse that they beat these teams when they were on down slopes, but not okay to get beat on a down slope?

          Not using that as an example for this last weekend.That was a good series. The first game was great hockey, and decided after 7 shooters in the shoot out. The second game western outplayed them. That’s hockey.

          What it boils down to is anybody can win, lose, go on streaks ect. Ferris needs to figure out how to beat U of M and Western. These playoffs are going to be exciting.

      • Yeah,what was the excuse for Friday nights game?Western smacked them down.CCHA is the best conference in the Country,the tournament should be another great 1.GO BLUE!And if Connor Knapp gets a sniff at Goalie of the year,well Hunwick was be goalie of the Century.

  5. I think NMU needs to take BGSU seriously. But the face that the falcons beat them lost year i think makes it easier for NMU to win they will have revenge on their minds. Should be interesting

  6. I think NMU needs to take BGSU seriously. But the face that the falcons beat them lost year i think makes it easier for NMU to win they will have revenge on their minds. Should be interesting

    • Connor Knapp-Goalie of the Year?Shouldn’t goalie of the year,Have more then 20 games played?Come on now.We should put Cal Heeter in the running if that’s the case.

      • Good call. Can’t be goalie of the year playing half the games. Ferris st is doing the same thing. I know am backing a wolverine and being a homer but hunwick is the guy. For a guy to walk on at Michigan and carry this team the last three years is pretty remarkable. This year without hunwick Michigan would have fallen big time. Hunwick has been consisent game in and game out.

        • Maybe you can’t be goalie of the year, but you sure can be a top 10 finalist for the Hobey. Remember Cody Reichard? He played 27 games in 2009 Connor 20 that year. Cody also played all the way through the playoffs, which obviously adds on a few of those games. Reichard and Knapp have been splitting almost 50/50 for the last 4 years. 

          And Hunwick has really only been “consistent” this season when he decided it would be better to play goalie than boxer.

          • Really?Hunwick only consistent this year,that’s funny.Very consistent the last 2 seasons and great this season.Remember he was unreal last year on way 2 the National Championship game.Connor Knapp winning goalie of the year would be like the NHL giving the Vezina 2 a goalie that played 30 games.Good luck with the awards,I’ll take a National Championship instead.GO BLUE!

          • I’m sorry, I was talking about his consistency this season. Can you read? As I said, he’s been consistent in 2012, when he decided punching/kicking players didn’t do much for his goalie skills. The end of the first half of the season he wasn’t doing well. Honestly, I don’t even think he’s that good. He gives up juicy juicy rebounds, and once you get one on him, you’re bound to get 4 or 5.

            And again, as I said, if you read, if Connor plays throughout the tournament (which as this rate he will be) he could get 5-6 more games under his belt before the NCAAs. Cody was a top 10 Hobey finalist with 27 TOTAL games in a season, including the playoffs. 

          • U must be a Redhawks fan!!!I Can read and no doubt Hunwick has been consistent this season,last season and the season before that.The whole team was playing terrible earlier in the season,when Hunwick was letting up 4 or 5 goals.Remember they went something like 0-7-1 in November.Again good luck with individual awards for the Redhawks,I can tell its very important 2 you.GO BLUE.Yeah the team that smoked Knapp and Cody in January,When both teams were playing good,remember that?Hunwick 2 and 0 in that series,Knapp and Cody 0 and 2.

          • Wal-Mart Wolverine?That’s original.Isn’t Ohio the capital of Wal Marts and dollar stores.I heard wal mart is taking votes for goalie of the year.Better hurry down,Strapper.

          • And yes. I’d much rather be winning a National Championship, I’m just proving your point wrong that a goalie who plays half the games, can be considered for an award.

            I’m maybe I’m missing something, how is letting in 4-5 goals being “consistent”? Maybe consistently bad. And don’t blame your team/lack of Jon Merril due whatever his behavioral issues are. Miami is one of the most penalized teams in the conference, and Connor still manages to not let in that many.

          • Here are some facts for you Strapper.We will call you Strapper instead of “Guest”.Hunwick 35 games played(WOW) 21-10-3,2.00 goals against,933 save percentage and 5 or 6 of those loses came in that horrible 7 game skid they had in November.Knapp 20 games played 13-6(laughable) 1.59 goals per game 93 save percentage.Reichard 19 games played 8-7-2,2.51 goals per game,89 save percentage.And who was blaming John Merrill?The whole team was playing terrible in November,since that skid its pretty much been lights out.In this case 1 goalie is better then 2.Oh and Hunwicks numbers also include the hardest schedule in the country.GO BLUE.

          • And which one of your fans ISN’T blaming a lack of Jon Merrill? Keep on making excuses, I’m kinda used to it coming from UM fans.

          • I don’t care about the other fans Strapper.No excuses made.Any coach in the country would love a guy that can handle starting 35 games.Well maybe not the Redcocks.Goalie of the month that’s awesome,congrats.Ill get right back 2 you with all the Michigan players awards for this season.I think its right next 2 9 National Championship,21 straight NCAA tournaments.GO BLUE!!

        • You’re right Timc, Reichard did win CCHA Player of the Year in 2009-10 season. Forgot about that one. Must’ve been a fluke ;)

    • Connor Knapp-Goalie of the Year?Shouldn’t goalie of the year,Have more then 20 games played?Come on now.We should put Cal Heeter in the running if that’s the case.

      • Good call. Can’t be goalie of the year playing half the games. Ferris st is doing the same thing. I know am backing a wolverine and being a homer but hunwick is the guy. For a guy to walk on at Michigan and carry this team the last three years is pretty remarkable. This year without hunwick Michigan would have fallen big time. Hunwick has been consisent game in and game out.

        • Maybe you can’t be goalie of the year, but you sure can be a top 10 finalist for the Hobey. Remember Cody Reichard? He played 27 games in 2009 Connor 20 that year. Cody also played all the way through the playoffs, which obviously adds on a few of those games. Reichard and Knapp have been splitting almost 50/50 for the last 4 years. 

          And Hunwick has really only been “consistent” this season when he decided it would be better to play goalie than boxer.

          • Really?Hunwick only consistent this year,that’s funny.Very consistent the last 2 seasons and great this season.Remember he was unreal last year on way 2 the National Championship game.Connor Knapp winning goalie of the year would be like the NHL giving the Vezina 2 a goalie that played 30 games.Good luck with the awards,I’ll take a National Championship instead.GO BLUE!

          • I’m sorry, I was talking about his consistency this season. Can you read? As I said, he’s been consistent in 2012, when he decided punching/kicking players didn’t do much for his goalie skills. The end of the first half of the season he wasn’t doing well. Honestly, I don’t even think he’s that good. He gives up juicy juicy rebounds, and once you get one on him, you’re bound to get 4 or 5.

            And again, as I said, if you read, if Connor plays throughout the tournament (which as this rate he will be) he could get 5-6 more games under his belt before the NCAAs. Cody was a top 10 Hobey finalist with 27 TOTAL games in a season, including the playoffs. 

          • U must be a Redhawks fan!!!I Can read and no doubt Hunwick has been consistent this season,last season and the season before that.The whole team was playing terrible earlier in the season,when Hunwick was letting up 4 or 5 goals.Remember they went something like 0-7-1 in November.Again good luck with individual awards for the Redhawks,I can tell its very important 2 you.GO BLUE.Yeah the team that smoked Knapp and Cody in January,When both teams were playing good,remember that?Hunwick 2 and 0 in that series,Knapp and Cody 0 and 2.

          • Wal-Mart Wolverine?That’s original.Isn’t Ohio the capital of Wal Marts and dollar stores.I heard wal mart is taking votes for goalie of the year.Better hurry down,Strapper.

          • And yes. I’d much rather be winning a National Championship, I’m just proving your point wrong that a goalie who plays half the games, can be considered for an award.

            I’m maybe I’m missing something, how is letting in 4-5 goals being “consistent”? Maybe consistently bad. And don’t blame your team/lack of Jon Merril due whatever his behavioral issues are. Miami is one of the most penalized teams in the conference, and Connor still manages to not let in that many.

          • Here are some facts for you Strapper.We will call you Strapper instead of “Guest”.Hunwick 35 games played(WOW) 21-10-3,2.00 goals against,933 save percentage and 5 or 6 of those loses came in that horrible 7 game skid they had in November.Knapp 20 games played 13-6(laughable) 1.59 goals per game 93 save percentage.Reichard 19 games played 8-7-2,2.51 goals per game,89 save percentage.And who was blaming John Merrill?The whole team was playing terrible in November,since that skid its pretty much been lights out.In this case 1 goalie is better then 2.Oh and Hunwicks numbers also include the hardest schedule in the country.GO BLUE.

          • And which one of your fans ISN’T blaming a lack of Jon Merrill? Keep on making excuses, I’m kinda used to it coming from UM fans.

          • I don’t care about the other fans Strapper.No excuses made.Any coach in the country would love a guy that can handle starting 35 games.Well maybe not the Redcocks.Goalie of the month that’s awesome,congrats.Ill get right back 2 you with all the Michigan players awards for this season.I think its right next 2 9 National Championship,21 straight NCAA tournaments.GO BLUE!!

        • You’re right Timc, Reichard did win CCHA Player of the Year in 2009-10 season. Forgot about that one. Must’ve been a fluke ;)

  7. Ohio State is still a LAUGHABLE hockey program.  They don’t deserve to sniff the NCAA’s this year.
    Good luck in the B1G Hockey league when you replace teams like Northern Michigan and Bowling Green with Wisconsin and Minnessota.  You are staring down the barrell of a 10 win season.

    • Are you suggesting that NMU and BGSU are cupcakes and when OSU joins a league with B10’s they will have a much tougher time?  You’re joking right!
       I know BGSU hasn’t faired well lately, but NMU has always been tough.  OSU did well against NMU this year, but that’s only this year.  I’ll tell you what’s going to happen when the B10 league forms – THERE IS GOING TO BE FEWER of them going to the big dance.  NMU has never been intimidated by any B10 team.  They’ve played MSU four times this year, UM four times, WI twice, OSU twice, as well as Notre Dame, and they have a pretty good record to show for it.
      There are no slouches in the current CCHA or WCHA —-so knock off the elitism.

    • Yo McGoo,Totally agree with you about the Ohio State Buckholes.They have won only 1 game in the last 13 they have played.Yet they were still ranked until this weeks poll.They stink and shouldn’t get anywhere near the ncaa tourney,even if they have a decent CCHA tournament.1 last thing,Why don’t we ever hear from ohio fans?Is it because the hockey program doesn’t win?Fraud squad-Fraud Fans.

  8. Ohio State is still a LAUGHABLE hockey program.  They don’t deserve to sniff the NCAA’s this year.
    Good luck in the B1G Hockey league when you replace teams like Northern Michigan and Bowling Green with Wisconsin and Minnessota.  You are staring down the barrell of a 10 win season.

    • Are you suggesting that NMU and BGSU are cupcakes and when OSU joins a league with B10’s they will have a much tougher time?  You’re joking right!
       I know BGSU hasn’t faired well lately, but NMU has always been tough.  OSU did well against NMU this year, but that’s only this year.  I’ll tell you what’s going to happen when the B10 league forms – THERE IS GOING TO BE FEWER of them going to the big dance.  NMU has never been intimidated by any B10 team.  They’ve played MSU four times this year, UM four times, WI twice, OSU twice, as well as Notre Dame, and they have a pretty good record to show for it.
      There are no slouches in the current CCHA or WCHA —-so knock off the elitism.

    • Yo McGoo,Totally agree with you about the Ohio State Buckholes.They have won only 1 game in the last 13 they have played.Yet they were still ranked until this weeks poll.They stink and shouldn’t get anywhere near the ncaa tourney,even if they have a decent CCHA tournament.1 last thing,Why don’t we ever hear from ohio fans?Is it because the hockey program doesn’t win?Fraud squad-Fraud Fans.

  9. “[T]he Bulldogs’ biggest weakness, offense. Only time and games played will tell how much of a liability that will prove. . .”.

    Can’t imagine that could be much of a liability in a conference tournament or the NCAAs. Well, unless you need to score to win. :)

    I don’t really have an opinion about this team; this just seems like a remarkable statement (not in a good way) regarding a team that is regarded in some quarters as a possible national champion.

  10. “[T]he Bulldogs’ biggest weakness, offense. Only time and games played will tell how much of a liability that will prove. . .”.

    Can’t imagine that could be much of a liability in a conference tournament or the NCAAs. Well, unless you need to score to win. :)

    I don’t really have an opinion about this team; this just seems like a remarkable statement (not in a good way) regarding a team that is regarded in some quarters as a possible national champion.

  11. FSU fans are pretty cocky going into the CCHA playoffs considering they have not beat the two teams that finished behind them in 2nd in 6 tries this year.  If you make it to the championship, one of those two teams will be waiting there ready to beat you.

  12. FSU fans are pretty cocky going into the CCHA playoffs considering they have not beat the two teams that finished behind them in 2nd in 6 tries this year.  If you make it to the championship, one of those two teams will be waiting there ready to beat you.

    • this is the second. the first was 1988.

      you have have heard ad nauseum last month about Northeastern winning the Beanpot that year; they also won the tournament. BC and BU were both pretty awful that season, finishing 5th and 6th in the then-seven-team league.

  13. Give UNH credit for beating an excellent Northeastern team yesterday. Also credit ND for travelling into Conte Forum and beating an outstanding BC hockey club.

  14. I’m probably as likely to be totally wrong about this as I am being totally right, but I’ll say it anyway: BC will probably resume its winning ways in the NCAAs. The ND win over BC came mostly because of the type of game they played against the Eagles rather than some massive ‘swoon.’ Give all the credit to the Irish for this, but I also think BC will turn it back on in the NCAAs…until they meet ND again!

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