Three things: Feb. 5

The WCHA playoff picture took a more defined shape this past weekend. A clear champion has emerged, while the bottom of the standings got a bit more interested.

Here is what we learned this weekend:

1. Northern Michigan is back in the playoff hunt thanks to its goalie. The Wildcats picked up a sweep in Bowling Green this weekend with Atte Tolvanen stopping 75 shots in back-to-back shutouts. Tolvanen has three straight shutouts now and he has Northern Michigan within two points of a playoff spot heading into a series with Alaska next weekend.

2. Bemidji State all but locked up the WCHA regular season title with a sweep against Michigan Tech. The Beavers now have a 10-point lead in the standings with just four games remaining. One more regulation victory will lock up the WCHA title.

3. Shutout city. Of the eight games this past weekend, five ended with shutouts.