The 2016-17 WCHA season is right around the corner and with today's WCHA Media Conference Call comes the announcement of the preseason polls. Michigan Tech was picked to finish second by both the Media and Coaches receiving first place votes in both polls.
Michigan Tech fell to the Ferris State University Bulldogs on Friday's WCHA Final Five semi-final match up. The Huskies were unable to get through the FSU defense and put one behind goaltender Darren Smith (G, Fr. - FSU). Smith stopped all 30 MTU shots on goal for the shutout. The game ended the season for MTU, who were unable to secure an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
During pregame warmups on Friday, WCHA Referee Oliver "Butch" Mousseaux hit slipped and hit his head on the ice. He is currently in an induced coma at Mercy Health St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. Tech Hockey Guide wishes Mousseaux a speedy recovery from his injury and encourages you to click the links in this article to donate money to his family to help cover medical bills, travel costs and other expenses that he and his family will face as a result of this incident.
In this week's preview I gave a very small glimpse into some of the numbers for Michigan Tech's chances on making the NCAA tournament based on data published by CollegeHockeyRanked.com (CHR). Now I'm going to dig a little deeper for those of you who are interested and pull information from CHR, CollegeHockeyNews.com (CHN) and our friend Geof Morris from Alabama at wchaplayoffs.com.
Michigan Tech returns to the Final Five for only seventh time in 29 year history of the tournament, but the third time under coach Mel Pearson. This trip also marks the first time the Huskies have participated in back to back years since 1994. If Michigan Tech can win on Friday, it will be their third trip to the Championship game, with their most recent visit last year in a loss to Minnesota State.
Michigan Tech took care of the University of Alaska Nanooks in two games this weekend to punch their ticket to the WCHA Final Five in Grand Rapids, MI. The Huskies were the first team to earn their slot. The Ferris State Bulldogs, who made their way through Northern Michigan, earned their slot several minutes later. Elsewhere, the two series in Mankato and Bowling Green were decided in game threes on Sunday. All four top seeds ended up winning their first round matchups.
Mitch's Misfits, the organized student cheering section for the Huskies, have announced that they will be making an official trip to follow the team to the WCHA Final Five in Grand Rapids, MI. Both students and community members are welcome to ride with the Misfits to the tournament.
From time to time Dave Ellis (fill-in color commentator for Michigan Tech hockey) finds treasures from years past out of TV6's archives and posts them on his personal YouTube page. Last week he uncovered this feature produced by TV6 following John MacInnes' retirement in 1982.