Sunday, February 3, 2013

Down then up (updated)

Saturday night's WCHA results kept the idle Mavericks in seventh place in the league standings, but the   action around college hockey caused them to bump up a spot to No. 15 in the Pairwise rankings.

Update: After Maine defeated UMass-Lowell on Sunday, the Pairwise adjusted again, putting MSU at at somewhat-more-comfortable No. 13. (Interestingly, they'd be 10th had they defeated Wisconsin in the game in which a late go-ahead goal was waved off. However, before the Maine-Lowell result, changing that Wisconsin loss to a win would have put them eighth. This is where I say, "Enjoy the season," meaning the games on the rinks, not the rankings on the computer screens. If the Mavericks continue playing as well as they have for most of the year, they should be fine. That being said, I'll, of course, continue to monitor their Pairwise position.)

It all sets up a pivotal series this weekend at Minnesota Duluth, which sits just two points behind MSU. The Mavericks are one point out of sixth place and three points out of third.

Around the WCHA: Denver 4, Minnesota Duluth 3 ... Michigan Tech 2, Nebraska Omaha 1 (OT) ... St. Cloud State 4, Bemidji State 1 ... North Dakota 4, Wisconsin 1 ... Colorado College 3, Alaska Anchorage 3 (OT)

WCHA standings, with next opponent
1. St. Cloud State (29 points), vs. UM
2. Nebraska Omaha (26) vs. UND
3. Minnesota (24), at SCSU
    Denver (24) vs./at CC
    North Dakota (24) at UNO
6. Wisconsin (22), vs. BSU
7. Minnesota State (21), at UMD
8. Minnesota Duluth (19), vs. MSU
9. Colorado College (17), at/vs. CC
10. Michigan Tech (14), vs. UAA
11. Bemidji State (12), at UW
12. Alaska Anchorage (8), at MTU

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