Grand Forks Herald hockey scribe Brad Schlossman has some time on his hands since the Sioux aren't playing this week (I thought he was on vacation!). So he put together a interesting blog post about WCHA teams' records against ranked opponents. North Dakota has the league's best record against ranked teams. The worst? Michigan Tech. But Minnesota State is 11th in that category. You can read Schloss' blog for complete results (and other great college hockey fodder), but here's what it says about the Mavericks:
• MSU has played 13 games against teams in this week's USCHO top 20. Only Alaska-Anchorage (15) and North Dakota (18) have played more. Bemidji State and Tech have also played 13.
• MSU's record against ranked teams is 2-10-1 (.192).
• The Mavericks' record against unranked opponents is 9-1-5 (.766), which bodes well for this weekend against Bemidji State. BSU is 5-6-0 against the unranked.
What does it all mean? It means that MSU is a .500 team that has been close but also has trouble closing out the better teams -- something we've known for awhile. Of the 10 losses to ranked teams -- all WCHA opponents -- six were one-goal losses and a seventh was a one-goal game until an empty-netter was added late in the game.