Monday, March 6, 2017

WCHA semifinals set

Well, the Mavericks will be on the road for the semifinals of the WCHA playoffs. They'll travel to Houghton, Mich., this week to take on Michigan Tech in the best-of-three series.

Minnesota State didn't get the help it needed from Northern Michigan so it could host this week. Bemidji State beat NMU on Sunday night in Game 3 of their series. The top-seeded Beavers will host Bowling Green in the other semifinal.

The Mavericks could still host one more game, though. If they knock out the Huskies, and the Falcons pull off an upset at Bemidji, MSU would host the Broadmoor Trophy championship game. But that's getting ahead of things.

Minnesota State went 2-1-1 against Michigan Tech this season. The two wins took place way back on  opening weekend last October in Mankato. On Jan. 20-21, MSU tied and lost in the U.P. They did get the extra point in the tie with a shootout win but were shut out the next night. Since then, MSU is 7-2-1 (2-2-0 on the road) and Tech is 5-4-1 (3-2-0 at home).

Bemidji State went 3-1-0 against Bowling Green this season, sweeping the Falcons at home to start the season and splitting a series in Ohio on Jan. 5-6. In their last 10 games, Bemidji State is 6-4-0 (5-2-0 at home) and Bowling Green is 7-3-0 (1-1 on the road).

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