WCHA Picks: Oct 28-29

It’s amazing that it’s taken this long, but after this weekend each WCHA team will have played at least one in-conerence series when Alaska Anchorage travels to Bemidji States.

This weekend also features a sneaky good matchup in the Upper Peninsula that many in the WCHA are paying close to.

Let’s get picking…

Northern Michigan at/vs Michigan Tech

Sean: This may be the best series of the weekend. It’s two well-matched teams in the middle of the standings and each gets a chance to play in front of their home crowd in a home-and-home. It’ll be a low scoring weekend, but the fans on each campus will get to enjoy some 3-on-3 overtime. Wildcats 2-1, Huskies 3-2.
Jack: I agree; this one has split written all over it. This series is usually really entertaining and I don’t expect any different. I guess I’ll pick each team to win at home. Huskies 4-3, Wildcats 3-1

Alaska at Lake Superior State

Sean: The Lakers offense is rolling right now and it’s fun to watch. Alaska is making its first trip to the lower 48 this weekend and is riding high off a nice win against Minnesota State last week. Either way, I see this as a sweep. Lakers 5-2, 4-1.
Jack: I don’t foresee Lake State doing much different this week compared to last — the Nanooks gave up a seven spot to Minnesota State in one of their games last weekend. I see this being a LSSU sweep as well. Lakers 7-4, 5-2

Alaska Anchorage at Bemidji State

Sean: Anchorage is the last team to jump into WCHA play and they have to make a tough trip to Bemidji to open the conference slate. The Beavers have outscored their opponents 10-2 in WCHA play and I expect that trend to continue. Beavers 4-2, 6-1.
Jack: The Seawolves have scored just three goals, total, this season. A bye week last weekend surely helped them a little bit to prepare for their trip to the Lower 48, but I can’t see them doing much against the Beavers. Beavers 3-0, 5-2

Ferris State at Minnesota State

Sean: Both teams have something to prove this weekend. Ferris State needs to prove it can win a game in the WCHA after an 0-3-1 start (they do have a shootout win). Minnesota State wants to prove its loss in Alaska was a fluke. Feels like a split to me. Mavericks 3-2, Bulldogs 4-3.
Jack: I want to think the Bulldogs can break out of their funk this weekend, and if they were in Big Rapids I could see it. Not so sure about it in Mankato, though. Mavericks 4-3, 5-2

Bowling Green at Miami

Sean: Bowling Green hast to get off this slide at some point, right? The Falcons are 0-5-1 and a once staunch defense has allowed 29 goals in six games. A series with former CCHA rival and in-state foe Miami should get the blood boiling and lead to a win. Falcons 3-1, RedHawks 6-2.
Jack: Is this finally the weekend? BG hasn’t looked very good against even the more middling competition they’ve played (that 8-2 loss to Western Michigan particularly looks bad).I think they can eek one out here. Maybe. RedHawks 5-3, Falcons 2-1.

Alabama Huntsville at St. Cloud State

Sean: The Chargers have gotten pretty comfortable, or as comfortable as one can get, with long bus trips. They’ve got another one this week and the results won’t end up in Huntsville’s favor. Huskies 3-1, 2-0.
Jack: The big question here is if the Chargers can keep the games close enough to have a shot at stealing a tie. Maybe they can do it in one game. Not sure if they can do it in two. Even so, it might not be enough. Huskies 2-1, 6-2

38 COMMENTS

    • I never drank in college and most of my friends did not either.
      I got good grades and made honor societies… and yes, I was a three year starter on the basketball team… so newsflash, Elliott, it is not that hard to avoid drinking AND have good character.
      I do not care if all of the other kids jumped off the bridge… my mother taught me better than Matt Frattin’s mother taught him.

      • Oh, I didn’t know you knew Matt Frattin or his mother. Drinking has nothing to do with being cool, it’s all about having fun and enjoying life. personally I believe basketball to be for pussys and that the game is overall lame and boring. You didn’t drink in college…well good for you, but that doesn’t make you better than Matt Frattin. He’s gonna make millions and nobody even knows who you are lol…….

  1. Elliott, if you are interested in knowing a bit more context about the situation with Knight and the rest of the UND players concerning court etc. You may want to learn about the goings on in Fargo at NDSU and how the UND brass may be trying to take a very high road relative to how the Bison have dealt with chicanery involving their football team. That might give you a sense of to how assess things

  2. Elliott, and people involved with the CIA and military cheat. So you’re completely okay with saying boys will be boys and that bad behavior that results in public exposure is just the way of things? You seem to indicate that you are young by saying you weren’t a Hobey voter a while ago, but I suggest that rather than writing a sophomoric article, look it up, you should take a step back and look at what we should aspire to. Green, naive, silly people like you should just remain in the background in a box that says “break in case naive viewpoint needed.” I saw some of the UND games and thought Frattin was quite a talented player, but I do not think there is any reason for people not to look at total contribution to the game. In fact, and I don’t know that much about UND, it strikes me that Rocco Grimaldi seems somewhat special because he appears not to have been involved in ridiculous behavior that is obviously condoned by his coach. Some of the stories out of BU are equally disgusting and again, no one holds Jack Parker accountable. What so many of us like about college hockey is that many of the players are not like their football counterparts especially at programs such as University of Miami (FL), not the great team in the CCHA. Grow up

    • In fact, and I don’t know that much about UND, it strikes me that Rocco Grimaldi seems somewhat special because he appears not to have been involved in ridiculous behavior that is obviously condoned by his coach.

      Coach Hakstol doesn’t condone that type of behavior, your right, you don’t know that much about UND hockey.

      • he’s done little to change a program that year in and year out has major alcohol problems. Sounds like at best he turns a blind eye so he’s an enabler and sounds like at worst he doesn’t do a thing to stop it so he’s part of the problem. either way he looks bad

    • just to clarify, while I am not a BU fan, Parker acted very quickly and did the right thing regarding the incidents at BU last year. He deserves credit for not only not trying to minimize anything but getting a ton of school resources to investigate the culture of the program and make important changes.

    • In most jurisdictions, minor in possession is often a civil infraction, just like a speeding ticket. I don’t mean to stand contradictory to your comment, I’m just offering some clarity. Most kids make things worse by evading police interaction and then wind up with some sort of misdemeanor, instead of just accepting the citation.

    • Really? One of the best? Dave Spehar put up more points. Was Frattin good? Yes. But one of the all time greats? His name wouldn’t be in the conversation.

      • Frattin had 10 fewer points in his college career then Spehar. That said, what did Spehar do after college? We know where Frattin is.

        • So let me get this straight, the best all-time college hockey player is defined by what they do after college? Dave Rost, Jim Montgomery, John Mayasich… must be horrible players since they didn’t play in the NHL, right? Never mind their 330 pts, 301, and 298 pts respectively,

          • Take nothing away from the legends you list, but above you had mentioned Spehar. As an aside; do you know why the Duluth star languished at mn, then quit? mn ruined his hockey experience.

  3. I repeat what I said in the comments to an earlier article: How did Eric Ehn not win in 2007? Positive character should help a candidate as much if not more than negative character should hurt them. With outstanding numbers and factoring in everything associated with his military commitment, it’s still pretty hard to understand how he didn’t win.

    • Wasn’t Ryan Duncan involved in a similar off-campus incident that year? Didn’t seem to hurt him. No, Elliot, character doesn’t matter.

  4. Off topic here, but why is Nate Schmidt not mentioned in the Hobey
    conversation. He is at an average of 1.0 point per game as a D-man and Jordan
    Leopold won it in 2002 as a D-man with 48 pts in 44 games?? The gophers have played a tough schedule this season and there aren’t exactly a lot of shots to go around with Bjugstad, Haula, and Rau on the ice.

  5. You should check your facts. Corbin Knight doesn’t drink, and he took the blame for his teammates because he is a Captain and is a true leader. You won’t hear him talk about it though, he just did what was right at that time, that is character.

  6. Paula, will you be writing a Big Ten blog for USCHO? Surely you will need to continue to find a way to slobber over Michigan. You pick WMU to double their total homes losses in just two nights this weekend? Not even one win, huh? We shall see. Oh, and I’m not being touchy, just trying to be objective (and I’m not even supposed to be unbiased, hmmmmm). For sure Michigan could win, but this is going 3 nights.

  7. Paula, will you be writing a Big Ten blog for USCHO? Surely you will need to continue to find a way to slobber over Michigan. You pick WMU to double their season total home losses in just two nights this weekend? Not even one win, huh? We shall see. Oh, and I’m not being touchy, just trying to be objective (and I’m not even supposed to be unbiased, hmmmmm). For sure Michigan could win, but this is going 3 nights.

  8. The only surprise in Paula’s entry is that she didn’t pick Michigan State to sweep to pick up the B1G trifectca in this week’s CCHA brackets.

    Paula, not only will Jim Delaney will be disappointed, but he might reduce the payola for this weeks blog.

  9. Sure, I’m a WMU fan, but Paula your love for Michigan has been chronicled all season. Your “not picking against them until they lose” strikes me as odd because they have lost against each team (except OSU) in the CCHA (15 losses total). Your journalism could be more objective.

  10. To All:
    Please understand that this blog is essentially an opinion piece. While there are facts included in this article, the basis of the piece is for Paula to express her OPINION as to who she thinks the winners might be. It will generate disagreement and possible debate for some, but I don’t believe the intent is to spawn discussions on topics of someone’s lack of knowledge. She is picking who she thinks will win said games. Period. She is backing up her picks with some statistics. That’s all. While it may be easy to tell her how wrong she is (or how right she is), the games themselves should do that on their own.

    You must realize that a certain amount of “gut feel” goes into her picks. Otherwise, this article/blog would be nothing more than picking the top seeds. and how boring would that be?

    It would be nice to see valid arguments of debate rather than just calling out a Big Ten bias against Paula. The closest anyone comes to that here so far is the comment about WMU potentially doubling their home losses this weekend.

    While I enjoy seeing some of the comments, however ludicrous and/or rude, this Paula bashing is unwarranted. It’s okay to point out when she gets the facts wrong, but don’t attack when she expresses her opinions. Leave the name calling and the idiotic banter to the North Dakota and Minnesota fans.

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