A few things threw the pollsters for loop this weekend, including red-hot Bemidji State getting an ice bath in the form of previously winless Princeton. The Tigers (whom MSU will play on the road in a couple of weeks) went to Bemidji and swept the Beavers 4-1 and 3-1.
Bemidji State (35 points) remains firmly atop the WCHA standings at 11-0-1, with an eight-point lead over second-place Michigan Tech (27). Both have played 12 conference games.
Bowling Green, Minnesota State and Ferris State, each of whom has played 10 league games, are next in line at 20, 16 and 14 points, respectively. Alabama Huntsville, which has played 12 games also sits at 14 points.
The Mavericks will host eighth-place Alaska (11 points, 10 games) this weekend before closing out the first of their WCHA schedule at Ferris State and playing Princeton before winter break.