WCHA Web Media Poll Analysis - Week 18

Poll standings this week are relatively unchanged since last week, with this week bringing a hefty set of non-conference match-ups for WCHA teams. It was a good week for Michigan Tech, with their win over Bowling Green bringing the Huskies four more points that last week. Additionally, BGSU lost seven points, opening up the gap between 2nd and 3rd, but Minnesota State's two-point gain after carrying a close game with #2 St. Cloud State means that the Huskies are going to have to fight for every point they want to gain this week. Tech will be playing a Winter Carnival series against the Lake Superior State Lakers while Minnesota State faces off against the strong BGSU squad that brought in all but one of the 3rd-place votes..

Rank Team Pts LW Record High Low Change Diff
1 Minnesota State (7) 97 1 14-9-5 1 2 0 1
2 Michigan Tech (3) 93 2 14-7-5 1 2 0 1
3 Bowling Green 79 3 15-8-6 3 4 0 1
4 Ferris State 64 4 11-9-6 4 6 0 2
5 Bemidji State 61 6 11-11-5 3 6 +1 3
6 Northern Michigan 56 5 10-10-6 4 6 -1 2
7 Lake Superior 37 7 9-15-4 7 9 0 2
8 Alaska-Anchorage 27 8 10-13-3 8 9 0 1
9 Alaska 25 9 7-15-4 7 10 0 3
10 Alabama-Huntsville 11 10 6-17-3 9 10 0 1

MSU blew open the Lakers two weeks ago, winning 8-0 on Friday and 5-1 on Saturday, and Tech will likely have to put up similarly crowd-pleasing numbers to actively gain any points. More likely is that MSU and BGSU grind it out, and MSU could lose ground in the polls if they underperform against the Falcons.

The only big change on the week is Northern Michigan dropping five points while Bemidji State gained nine. This comes on the heels of #33 NMU splitting their series with #19 Minnesota-Duluth, and #34(t) BSU defeating #20 Minnesota and falling to #2 St. Cloud State. No other teams in the WCHA had a change of five or more points.

Again, thanks to our voters. For information on them, check out the links below:

Team Name Publication/Media Outlet Twitter Handle
UAH Geof Morris UAH Hockey @gfmorris
UA Tim O'Donnell Fairbanks Daily News @FDNMSportsGuy
UAA Beth O'Donnell KTUU Anchorage @_bethodonnell
BSU Jack Hittinger Bemidji Pioneer @jackhitts
BGSU Drew Evans BGSUHockey.com @BGSUHockeySite
FSU Ryan Zuke Big Rapids Pioneer @ryanzuke
LSSU Bill Crawford WCHA.TV voice of the Lakers None
MTU Tim Braun Tech Hockey Guide @TBraunTHG
MSU Shane Frederick Mankato Free Press @puckato
NMU Ryan Stieg Mining Journal @RyanStieg