Minnesota State is idle this weekend, but the Mavericks are sure to be doing some scoreboard watching to find out where they land in the standings come Saturday night.
Ten teams are in action, including:
• Denver at Minnesota Duluth
• Michigan Tech at Nebraska Omaha
• St. Cloud State at Bemidji State
• Wisconsin at North Dakota
• Colorado College at Alaska Anchorage
The Mavericks are sitting smack dab in the middle of the standings with 21 points, tied for fourth place with North Dakota and Wisconsin, so they'll be paying close attention to that series. But Denver-Duluth will shake up the order, too. Meanwhile, Colorado College is trying to get back into the race for home ice, while Nebraska Omaha is hoping to jump to the top of the WCHA, ahead of St. Cloud State.
Meanwhile, Grand Forks Herald beat writer Brad Schlossman writes about college hockey officiating and the problem with diving and embellishing to draw penalties. WCHA supervisor of officials Greg Shepherd told the Herald that he's asking coaches to help get that out of the game.
Puckato's comment? Call the dive! I've seen it penalized just once this year (last Friday at Mariucci on the Gophers' Kyle Rau), and, over the years, I've rarely seen it called alone without a matching minor on the other team.