For those readers downstate Michigan, Bowling Green really isn't very far. If you're not planning to go to the GLI or Notre Dame around the holidays, this may be your easiest opportunity to see the Huskies this season. Detroit to Bowling Green is only an hour and a half while Grand Rapids to Bowling Green is just 200 miles.
Michigan Tech (10-7-3) heads to Bowling Green, Ohio to unofficially end the first half of the season. The Huskies will be met by a Bowling Green State (8-8-2) team whose record hides how strongly they have been performing of late. This should be another exciting weekend for Huskies fans before they have a couple weekends off until the GLI and their date with Michigan on Dec. 29.
Two current teammates for the Wichita Falls Wildcats decided to announce their commits to Michigan Tech just hours apart on Tuesday night. The first was defenseman Seamus Donohue. The Wildcat's captain had previously committed to Air Force while he was still in high school with St. Thomas Academy (Minn.) and the second was Aleksi Poikola, a native of Espoo, Finland in his second season of hockey with Wichita Falls after playing mostly for his hometown Espoo Blues.
Trying to be timely with the start of this year's tournament, I thought I'd hold off on the NAHL and move right into another special event league like the UMEL, this time we'll focus on the World Junior A Challenge. This annual tournament teams from Canada (2), USA and Europe with players from Junior A or equivalent leagues. Team USA is normally comprised of players from the USHL only.
The premier WCHA match-up this past weekend did not disappoint. Each game was separated by a goal (although Friday did have a late 3rd period empty-netter for Bemidji). The defensive nature of each team really locked down the ice, just waiting for the other team to make a mistake. Friday, the breaks fell in favor of Bemidji. Saturday, Michigan Tech profited.
After a weekend split between the two teams, Bemidji State received every 1st place vote and Michigan Tech received every 2nd place vote in our most recent poll. Elsewhere in the standings, we're starting to see some possible changes of position: Bowling Green is only four points behind Minnesota State and Ferris State is only two points behind Lake Superior.
Michigan Tech (9-6-3) enters the month of December trying to build upon an altogether successful November where they took home a record of 6-1-1. December is a short month for the Huskies, but it may prove to be the most important as they have two tough series with strong WCHA foes followed by the Great Lakes Invitational. It all starts with a series in Houghton against the league-leading Beavers of Bemidji State (11-4-1). This is a huge weekend in the scope of the WCHA because the Huskies have a chance to cut deep into the Beavers’ 8-point conference lead.
Most of our readership knows their way around the hometown of our beloved Huskies. However, some of you may not know that the town, and campus, have undergone a lot of renovations and updating over the last decade. Whatever your situation, there is so much to do in town and in the Keweenaw that you cannot do it all over just a weekend. Here is a select guide to God's Country in the UP.