Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Morning Skate

The No. 5 Mavericks are down south in the warmth of Huntsville, Alabama, to take on the Chargers in another important WCHA series. Minnesota State continues to get good play from its top six, but the bottom six have provided some sparks, too. And that's really important during the stretch run. The gold line (practice jersey color) of Josh French, Dallas Gerads and Max Coatta are bringing back memories of the Max Gaede-led group from three years ago. Hard-nosed but chipping in from time to time, too.

For more on the matchup, check out The Free Press' College Hockey Gameday.

In other MSU news, Teddy Blueger got called up to the show. He's expected to make his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. Also, Casey Nelson has found a regular spot in the Buffalo Sabres lineup, skating on the No. 1 D pairing with former Wild player Marco Scandella. Nelson played a career-high 21:47 on Thursday night.

Around the WCHA:

Bemidji State at Michigan Tech: It's Winter Carnival weekend in Houghton, and two teams vying for home ice will square off in an important series. The Beavers currently have a two-point lead over the Huskies for fourth place. Tech is going with a freshman in goal to start he series. Robbie Beydoun got a shutout last weekend in a split at Bowling Green.

Alaska at Northern Michigan: The first-place Wildcats will try to maintain their slim lead over Minnesota State in the WCHA standings when they host the Nanooks. Alaska is spending two weeks in the Lower 48, going to Bemidji State next week.

Lake Superior State at Alaska Anchorage: The bottom two teams in the WCHA are squaring off in hopes of sneaking into a playoff position. The Lakers are coming off a pair of shutout wins at Bemidji State, victories that snapped a four-game losing streak. The Seawolves have lost six in a row.

Bowling Green and Ferris State are idle this weekend.

For more on the WCHA, read the USCHO weekly column here.

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