Three things we learned: Jan. 23

It wasn’t filled with overtime and shootouts like the prior weekend, but it was another close weekend in the WCHA as the standings started to tighten up a bit.

Here is what we learned this weekend:

1. Defense first. On Saturday the five teams combined for a pair of shutout and only allowed three combined goals.
2. Michigan Tech is likely going to finish second in the WCHA regular season standings. We really needed Minnesota State to pull off a sweep to make the rest of the season more interesting for the top of the class. But the Huskies picked up four of the six points and it looks like no one is going to catch them for second.
3. Northern Michigan could still be in the playoff hunt. The Wildcats swept Alaska Anchorage and are four points out of eighth place, but this sweep could be the start of a push up the standings.