Now that fall is closing in, it’s time for the Old Dog to take a look at the WCHA and see where it stands in the national scheme of things. In this first dive, we’ll peer into the competitive nature of the six NCAA Division I conferences by looking at last season's results.
While there have been highs and lows this year, it’s time to recognize the positive contributions made by several members of Team 95 in Husky History. So, by the power vested in me (by me) as the co-winner of the #1 MTU Fan In Texas for 2017-2018 season (I’m tied with Mrs. Dog), here are my selections for the best of Them Dogs for the past campaign—the First Annual Old Dog Awards.
With Friday night’s early explosion against Union followed by Saturday’s gritty never-say-die effort against Minnesota Duluth, the Huskies claimed the Icebreaker Championship in the AMSOIL Arena in front of a crowd of mostly-Bulldog fans. With these wins against ranked opponents, Tech vaulted into the USCHO rankings at #15. And, more significantly, the Huskies ended up sixth in the Pairwise Rankings (PWR).
If you're curious about how the PairWise Rankings (PWR) or the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) are determined, you've probably researched some of the explanations available online. Though these are helpful for gaining a basic understanding, the magic behind the PWR and RPI still often seems quite convoluted, and perhaps even a bit arbitrary or unfair. Here's how the system works.