WCHA Picks: Feb. 24-25

We’ve reached the final week of the WCHA regular season, and we still don’t have the playoff pairings figured out.
Let’s get picking:
Alabama Huntsville at Bowling Green
Sean: The Falcons were the preseason pick to win the WCHA, that obviously didn’t pan out. Now they’ll have to lock up home-ice advantage in the final weekend of the season. I think they get the job done with a sweep. Falcons 3-1, 2-1
Jack: BG’s looking to shore up home ice for the second straight season after struggling to start the season. UAH wants to qualify for the playoffs. I think it’s going to be close. Splitsville. Falcons 5-2, Chargers 3-1
 
Michigan Tech at/vs. Northern Michigan
Sean: Northern Michigan is playing to avoid missing the playoffs while Michigan Tech is playing for the second seed. I think it leads to an exciting split. Huskies 2-1, Wildcats 1-0
Jack: Tech’s been the only team besides Bemidji State that really had a chance at the MacNaughton. That’s no longer a possibility for them, but they can clinch the No. 2 seed with a sweep this weekend. I think that’s what happens here, although Atte Tolvenen is going to make it tough on them. Huskies 2-1, 3-2 (OT)
 
Ferris State at Lake Superior State
Sean: It’s a pair of teams that have had so-so seasons, but always seems to have a flair for the dramatic near the postseason. Overtime anyone? Bulldogs 2-1 (OT), Lakers 2-1 (OT) 
Jack: Ferris State still has a chance at home ice in the playoffs. The Bulldogs aren’t having a remarkable season, but it seems like they’re always right there, doesn’t it? Lake State (down an equipment manager) still could finish in home ice position as well (No.s 4-10 in the WCHA is nuts). I think this is another split. Lakers 4-2, Bulldogs 3-2
 
Minnesota State at Bemidji State
Sean: Could this be a preview of the championship game? Even with Bemidji State having nothing to play for, I think it will be back-and-forth weekend. Beavers 2-1, Mavericks 3-2
Jack: Although Bemidji State doesn’t have a ton to play for — having already won the MacNaughton Cup and locked up the No. 1 seed and home ice through the playoffs — they certainly don’t want to back in to the conference tournament. And MSU is still fighting for a No. 2 seed. I think the Mavs win Friday to keep the race for No. 2 interesting before the Beavs win the finale Saturday and get win No. 20. Mavericks 4-2, Beavers 3-0
 
Alaska at Alaska Anchorage
Sean: Hockey in Alaska got some rough news this week as the ECHL’s Alaska Aces announced they would shutter after this season. Hopefully these teams give Alaskan hockey fans something to cheer about. Seawolves 3-2, Nanooks 2-1 (OT)
Jack: The Seawolves don’t have much margin for error here. They’re in last place, four points back of ninth-place Alabama Huntsville. They have to sweep if they want any hope of making the playoffs. I don’t think they’re going to get there. I could see them winning Saturday and scoring the Governor’s Cup, though. Nanooks 4-3, Seawolves 4-1

8 COMMENTS

  1. I’m still trying to figure out how SCSU’s Mark Haritgan didn’t win in ’02. 37G, 38A, 1.78PPG, a true goal scorer. The only explanation is that being a Gopher gets you automatic votes.

    • I’m still waiting to hear how Marty Reasoner wasn’t one of the TEN finalists for Hobey in 1998. More points (73) than any of the finalists that year, had turned around BC program and led them to final that year. Don’t get me started about what a joke it was Drury got H.E. Player of Year over him besides the Hobey….

      • Issue with Reasoner was most of his scoring was done late in the season. When ten finalists were announced he wasn’t on the radar…then he went on an absolute tear. His end to end goal in HE finals was a thing of beauty

  2. Peter Sejna was an awesome college hockey player at Colorado College. With an olympic size ice sheet at the Colorado Springs World Arena and linemates who could absolutely fly (notably Noah Clarke), Sejna was worth the price of admission. I am surprised he did not play longer in the NHL. The Hobey Baker Award has more criteria than just stats. Sejna was the whole package (grades, sportsmanship, skill, stats) as I believe Johnny Gaudreau is as well.

  3. The main difference between this year and other years is that this year feels like you have to “reach” to find another candidate other than Gaudreau.

    Some years it’s a wealth of riches and people get snubbed, and it creates a hot argument as to “who should have won it.”

    Gaudreau is having a magnificent season (what’s his point streak at? like 30 games? That’s silly), but it makes him look even better because nobody else in the nation has really elevated their play to separate from the pack like Gaudreau has.

    I mean, there will always be people who say “X player is better because he plays on my team” but looking around this season it’s hard to rationalize another selection for the award outside of someone doing something really miraculous and MVP-like in the last weeks leading up to the Tournament.

  4. “…but I think RMU is going to keep winning and make everyone aware that the Pairwise Rankings are an inaccurate judge of who belongs in the tournament.”-Dan

    Of the current top 16 in the PWR RMU has played ONE top 16 team….results:
    2-2 Tie
    1-4 Loss
    Colgate sits at #20 in the PWR, result:
    1-6 Loss

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