Three things we learned: Jan. 21

1. We have to start off with a somber note after the passing of Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey.

WCHA President and Men’s League Commissioner Bill Robertson issued the following statement”

“On behalf of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and our member institutions, we are profoundly shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Jim Johannson’s passing. He was a true ambassador for our game, whose indelibly positive impact and legacy of success, respect and – most importantly – kindness, will never be forgotten. Our heartfelt condolences, prayers and best wishes are with the entire Johannson family, and the University of Wisconsin and USA Hockey communities.”

2. Lake Superior State and Anchorage fell into a deeper hole. By getting swept this weekend they are each seven points of playoff position, and it’s starting to look like the eight playoff teams are all but a certainty.

3. Minnesota State picked up a nice non-conference win against St. Cloud State. That should help the resume for the Mavericks if they end up having to reach the NCAA tournament as an at-large team.