Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Morning Skate

The Mavericks return home following their series split at Bowling Green to take on in-state rival Bemidji State in a WCHA series. Minnesota State ...

Minnesota State' Zach Palmquist is tied for the national scoring lead for defensemen. His nine points are tied for the Mavericks' and WCHA's scoring lead as well. Suffice to say, his decision to return for his senior season is paying for both him and the Mavericks.

How high up will Palmquist move up MSU's DI-era scoring list for defensemen? Here's where he stands:

  1. Kurt Davis 96 points
  2. Todd George 91
  3. Jason Krug 86
  4. Ben Christopherson 82
  5. Steven Johns 80
  6. Kyle Peto 78
  7. Zach Palmquist 76

Read the Freep's College Hockey Gameday here. And here are a few other series notes to keep in mind:

• Forwards Zach Stepan and Dylan Margonari sat out last Saturday's game with minor injuries, but both should be back in the lineup tonight. Both have practiced all week.

• Brett Knowles got his first game action on Saturday but continues to take precaution while recovering from this summers surgeries. Whether he plays or not this weekend likely would be a game-day decision.

• Bryce Gervais, who recorded his first college hat trick a week ago, is tied with Palmquist for the team scoring lead with nine points, including seven goals.

For Bemidji State, the line to watch out for is the trio of Nate Arentz (this week's WCHA offensive player of the week), Brendan Harms and Markus Gerbrandt. The Bemidji Pioneer takes a look at the relationship between good friends Arentz and Harms.

Going around the WCHA ...

Bowling Green at Alaska: Lots of stuff going on in Fairbanks right now, with the NCAA sanctions that have come down on the Nanooks. On the ice, the team is trying to focus on playing and not the distractions from the situation. Adam Wodon of College Hockey News says Alaska's punishment does not fit the crime. As for the Falcons, they're off to a good start, thanks, in part to their depth. However, coach Chris Bergeron would like to see his team's goaltending improve.

Alaska Anchorage at Michigan Tech: The Seawolves face a tough test by going to Houghton to take on the undefeated Huskies. But that test is nothing compared to what the scare sophomore Tanner Dusyk has been going through, something that has kept him off the ice thus far. Good story by  Doyle Woody.

Ferris State at Northern Michigan: The Bulldogs are looking for goals, and the Wildcats aren't giving up many in what has the makings of an important early season series.

Alabama Huntsville at Air Force: Mike Corbett returns to Colorado Springs to face his old employer in a nonconference series. The Chargers coach was an assistant at Air Force for 10 years.

In other conference coverage, Jack Hittinger and I examine the WCHA season thus far and make our weekend picks. College Hockey News also has a weekend preview.

Meanwhile, the Star Tribune takes a look at how the "Power 5" situation in the NCAAs might affect college hockey.

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