WCHA Power Rankings: 2/28/12

Zach Friedli and I do the weekly WCHA power rankings. Unfortunately, Zach had a previous commitment and he is unable to post his power rankings this week.

1. Minnesota – (19-7-0 WCHA, 23-11-1) The Minnesota Gophers swept the UNO Mavericks (3-2 O.T. W, 3-2 W) in Omaha this past weekend. The Gophers close out the season against the Wisconsin Badgers in Minneapolis. Minnesota has secured home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The Gophers are finishing the regular season strong and have won four games in a row are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.

2. Minnesota Duluth – (16-6-4 WCHA, 22-7-5) The Bulldogs swept the C.C. Tigers (4-3 O.T. W, 5-2 W) at Amsoil Arena. The Bulldogs close out the regular season with a series at the National Hockey Center against the Saint Cloud State Huskies. The Bulldogs secured home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The Bulldogs are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games.

3. Denver – (14-8-4 WCHA, 19-11-4) The Denver Pioneers split their weekend series with the North Dakota Fighting Sioux (3-4 L, 5-3 W) at Maness Arena in Denver. The Pioneers finish the regular season with a trip to Omaha to play the UNO Mavericks. With the win on Saturday night the Pioneers secured home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Denver is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

4. North Dakota – (14-11-1 WCHA, 18-12-3) The Fighting Sioux split their weekend series with the Denver Pioneers (4-3 W, 3-5 L) at Magness Arena in Denver. This weekend the Fighting Sioux close out the season by entertaining the suddenly smoking hot Minnesota State University Mavericks (6-3-1 in the last 10 games) at Ralph Englestad Arena. The Fighting Sioux have secured home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The Fighting Sioux are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

5. Colorado College – (13-12-1 WCHA, 16-14-2) The Tigers were swept this past weekend by the UMD Bulldogs (3-4 O.T. L, 2-5 L) at Amsoil Arena. This weekend the Tigers entertain the Michigan Tech Huskies at the World Arena. The Tigers are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games.

6. Nebraska-Omaha – (11-10-5 WCHA, 14-14-6) The Mavericks were swept by the Minnesota Gophers (2-3 O.T. L, 2-3 L) at the Century Link Center. This weekend the Mavericks entertain the Denver Pioneers. The Mavericks are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games. 

7. Michigan Tech – (11-11-4 WCHA, 14-16-4) The Tech Huskies split their weekend series with the Saint Cloud State Huskies (2-5 L, 3-2 W) at MacInnes Student Ice Arena. This weekend the Tech Huskies travel to Colorado Springs to play the C.C. Tigers. The Huskies are 3-4-3 in the last 10 games.

8. St. Cloud State – (11-12-3 WCHA, 14-16-4) The Saint Cloud State Huskies split their weekend series with the Michigan Tech Huskies (5-2 W, 2-3 L) at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Michigan. This weekend the Huskies entertain the defending NCAA champion Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. The Huskies are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games.

9. Wisconsin – (10-14-2 WCHA, 15-15-2) The Wisconsin Badgers swept the Bemidji State Beavers (4-2 W, 4-2 W) at the Sandford Center. The Badgers travel to play their B1G Rival the Minnesota Gophers. The Badgers with the win on Saturday night, the Badgers improved their road record to 3-8-1. The Badgers are 5-5-0 the last 10 games.

10. Bemidji State – (9-14-3 WCHA, 15-16-3) This past weekend the Bemidji State Beavers were swept by the Wisconsin Badgers (2-4 L, 2-4 L) at the Sandford Center. The Beavers close out the regular season by traveling to Alaska Anchorage to play the last place Seawolves. The Beavers are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.

11. Minnesota State – (8-16-2 WCHA, 12-20-2) The Mavericks were idle this past weekend. The Mavericks close out the regular season by traveling to Grand Forks, ND to take on the Fighting Sioux. The Mavericks are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

12.  Alaska-Anchorage – (5-20-1 WCHA, 9-21-2) The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves split their home and home series with the University of Alaska Fairbanks  (3-2 W, 1-3 L) this past weekend. This weekend the Seawolves entertain the Bemidji State Beavers at the Sullivan Arena. The Seawolves will again travel to Minnesota to play the Minnesota Gophers in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The Seawolves are 3-7-0 their last 10 games.

 

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