And we’re back!
Most of the teams in the WCHA got just one week of break, so it’ll be a quick turnaround for Bemidji State, Alabama Huntsville, Minnestoa State and Northern Michigan — all four played the weekend of Dec. 15, and all four are back in action starting tonight for some important conference series.
Lake Superior State, who was also in action the week before Christmas, heads to Pittsburgh to play in the Three Rivers Classic — another chance to boost the WCHA’s nonconference record.
How will the games go this week?
Alabama Huntsville at Bemidji State
The Beavers are unbeaten in their last five games, and are coming off a sweep of Alaska Anchorage that happened before the break. I like them to keep going here. Beavers 4-2, 3-1
Sean: I’m going to co-sign Jack on this one. Beavers 4-2, 3-1
Northern Michigan at Minnesota State
The Mavericks have won four straight, but the Wildcats gave them a great series in their last meeting: They split the series in Marquette, with MSU winning 4-1 before NMU took game two 4-1. I think it’ll be a little harder on the Wildcats in Mankato, but they’ll still find a way to get one win. Mavericks 4-0, Wildcats 2-1
Sean: These teams have played entertaining hockey against each other this season. I think this one will follow that trend. Wildcats 3-2 (OT), Mavericks 3-2
Lake Superior State at Three Rivers Classic
The Lakers take on the host Colonials on Friday before a date with either Providence or Arizona State on Saturday. Seems like Robert Morris has been slightly more consistent than the Lakers, so I’ll pick them today. As for Saturday’s game, I like LSSU to snap their winless streak with a victory over the Sun Devils. Friday: Colonials 4, Lakers 1; Saturday: Lakers 3, Colonials 1