WCHA Power Rankings: November 1st

Zack Friedli

1.  Colorado College (No change in ranking) – While CC has done what’s it’s needed to do thus far to build a 4-0 record, they haven’t really been tested to this point.  We know they’re good, but we don’t know how good just yet.  Last week: Sweep @ RPI (4-1, 4-1).  This week: @ Nebraska-Omaha

2.  Minnesota (Up 1 spot) – Gopher hockey is again the hot topic in Dinkytown, and for good reason.  Minnesota is 4-0 in the conference, they are scoring tons of goals and Kent Patterson is lights-out on a consistent basis.  And if that isn’t enough to get people excited, the Sioux are coming to Mariucci this weekend.  Last week: Sweep @ Alaska-Anchorage (5-0, 3-1).  This week: vs. North Dakota

3.  UMD (Up 1 spot) – The Bulldogs have been in a position to win every game this year, and, if not for a bad goal here and there, could be sporting a much different record.  Kenny Reiter played very well on Saturday, which could be a good sign for the UMD faithful.  Last week: Sweep vs. Bemidji State (6-2, 1-0).  This week: @ Denver

4.  Denver (Down 2 spots) – The Pioneers struggled in Houghton this weekend, much to everyone’s surprise.  However, Denver has one of the best coaches in college hockey and way too much talent to not bounce back.  Last week: Lost/tied @ Michigan Tech.  This week: vs. UMD

5.  Wisconsin (Up 3 spots) – While it’s still hard to know whether or not the Badgers are going to be consistently good, it’s a good sign when their star players are putting up big numbers.  Mark Zengerle and Justin Schultz will carry this team, and, at least for now, they are.  Last week: Split vs. Nebraska-Omaha (4-5, 6-3).  This week: @ St. Cloud State

6.  North Dakota (No change) – The Sioux looks better than it’s opponents on the ice, but that’s not translating to the scoreboard.  With the biggest rivalry on it’s schedule this weekend, the Sioux will be motivated to end this early season slide.  Last week: Split vs. St. Cloud State (0-4, 3-1).  This week: @ Minnesota

7.  Michigan Tech (Up 3 spots) – Even though the score was inflated with three empty net goals on Friday, the Huskies made a big statement to the college hockey world with an impressive weekend against Denver.  After this weekend, they could be alone on top of the WCHA standings.  Last week: Won/tied vs. Denver (7-2, 2-2).  This week: vs. Minnesota State

8.  Nebraska-Omaha (Down 1 spot) – A nice comeback win on Friday seems like a distant memory after they got whooped on Saturday.  They heavily outshot the Badgers both nights, but being on the wrong side of two lopsided first periods is concerning.  Last week: Split @ Wisconsin (5-4, 3-6).  This week: vs. Colorado College

9.  Bemidji State (Down 4 spots) – A terrible performance on Friday was followed by a good effort on Saturday, but the Beavers just don’t have the scoring punch that the better teams in the WCHA do.  BSU needs to ride Dan Bakala into the ground.  Last week: Swept @ UMD (2-6, 0-1).  This week: @ Lake Superior State

10.  St. Cloud State (Up 1 spot) – A nice performance by Ryan Faragher between the pipes helped the Huskies earn a split in Grand Forks – Faragher stopped 44 shots on Friday, including 24 in the second period.  If not for him, things would have been much different.  Last week: Split @ North Dakota (4-0, 1-3).  This week: vs. Wisconsin

11.  Alaska-Anchorage (Down 2 spots) – The Seawolves got smoked against Minnesota, putting them into official panic mode.  Anchorage will be off this weekend, giving the team time to get it together.  Last weekend: Swept vs. Minnesota (0-5, 1-3).  This week:  Off

12.  Minnesota State (No change) – Hopefully the week of rest made it possible for the Mavericks to get some healthy bodies back on the ice.  They’ll need everyone they can get in the new hardest venue to travel to in the conference.  Last week: Off.  This week: @ Michigan Tech

Eric Burton

1.  Colorado College – The Tigers (4-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) swept the RPI Engineers (4-1, 4-1). This weekend the Tigers travel to Omaha, Nebraska to play the UNO Mavericks.

2.  Minnesota -The Gophers (7-1-0, 4-0-0) are red hot after sweeping the UAA Seawolves in Anchorage this past weekend (5-0, 3-1).  The Minnesota Gophers play their “arch rival” the Fighting Sioux this weekend in Mariucci arena.

3.  Denver – The Pioneers (3-2-1, 2-1-1 WCHA) left Houghton, Michigan with “one” point after being pounded on Friday night by a score of 7-2, the Huskies and Pioneers skated to a 2-2 tie on Saturday 2-2.

4.   Wisconsin – The Badgers (4-4-0, 3-3-0 WCHA) split with the UNO Mavericks in Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend. The Badgers lost on 5-4 on Friday before coming back to beat the Mavericks 6-3 on Saturday night. The Badgers will now travel to Saint Cloud to play the Huskies this weekend.

5.  UMD – The Bulldogs (4-3-1, 2-2-0 WCHA) swept the BSU Beavers 6-2 and 1-0 at Amsoil Arena. The Bulldogs travel to the Mile High City to play the Denver Pioneers.

6.  North Dakota – The Fighting Sioux (3-4-1, 1-3-0 WCHA) split their series with the SCSU Huskies. This weekend the Fighting Sioux travel to Mariucci Arena

7.   St. Cloud State – The Huskies (3-4-1, 1-1-0 WCHA) split with the Fighting Sioux in Grand Forks, ND 4-0 and 3-1. The Huskies entertain the Wisconsin Badgers this weekend.

8.  Nebraska-Omaha – (4-4-0, 3-1-0 WCHA) split with the Badgers in Madison Wisconsin 5-4 and 6-3.  The Mavericks entertain the C.C. Tigers this weekend.

9.  Bemidji – The BSU Beavers (3-5-0, 2-4-0 WCHA) were swept by the UMD Bulldogs 6-2 and 1-0 in Amsoil Arena this past weekend in Bemidji.

10. Michigan Tech – The surprising Huskies (5-2-1, 3-2-1 WCHA) took three of four points from the Denver Pioneers, The Huskies entertain the injury riddled Mavericks of Minnesota State University-Mankato.

11.  Alaska-Anchorage – The Seawovles (3-4-1, 0-4-0) Swept by the Minnesota Gophers in Anchorage, Alaska this past weekend. The Seawolves
are off this weekend.

12.  Minnesota State – The Mavericks (0-4-0, 1-5-0) were off this past weekend and travel to Houghton, Michigan to play the MTU Huskies.

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