POWAR!1ONE Rankings: SCSU stays hot ahead of showdown with Gophers

Omaha's TD Ameritrade Park will play host Saturday to an outdoor hockey game between Nebraska Omaha and North Dakota. (Photo credit: Skinzfan23 on Wikimedia Commons)

Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park will play host Saturday to an outdoor hockey game between Nebraska Omaha and North Dakota. (Photo credit: Skinzfan23 on Wikimedia Commons)

St. Cloud State rolled to four more big points on the road last weekend; Michigan Tech put a big dent into UNO’s regular season championship hopes; and Alaska Anchorage picked up two important points at home against Colorado College.

1.) MINNESOTA (18-4-4, 10-4-4 WCHA)
Last time: L v Minnesota State 2-1 Jan. 25; W at Minnesota State 4-1 Jan. 26
Next time: At St. Cloud State Friday and Saturday

  • The Golden Gophers were off last weekend ahead of this week’s very important series at St. Cloud State, which pounded Bemidji State twice on the road last weekend. Minnesota has one of the WCHA’s toughest remaining schedules, which is all the more reason that a good showing this week against the Huskies would prove vital.

2.) ST. CLOUD STATE (17-10-1, 14-5-1)
Last time: W at Bemidji State 4-0 Feb. 1; W at Bemidji State 4-1 Feb. 2
Next time: V Minnesota Friday and Saturday

  • Bemidji State has been dismal recently, having not won a single game since Dec. 14, but that wasn’t SCSU’s problem when the Huskies visited Bemidji, Minn. last weekend. The Huskies ran roughshod over their hosts, and SCSU is now 5-0-1 in its last six games ahead of this week’s huge series against Minnesota at the National Hockey Center.

3.) NORTH DAKOTA (14-8-6, 9-5-6)
Last time: T v Wisconsin 1-1 Feb. 1; W v Wisconsin 4-1 Feb. 2
Next time: At Nebraska Omaha Friday and Saturday

  • After going 0-2-2 in its last four games ahead of last weekend’s series at home to Wisconsin, the three points UND picked up against the Badgers were just about exactly what the doctor ordered. This week, Dave Hakstol’s men travel to Omaha to play one game indoors at the CenturyLink Center and one out at TD Ameritrade Park.

4.) NEBRASKA OMAHA (16-10-2, 12-6-2)
Last time: W v Michigan Tech 3-2 Feb. 1; OTL v Michigan Tech 2-1 Feb. 2
Next time: V North Dakota Friday and Saturday

  • All four of UNO’s games against Michigan Tech this season were close-run things – though the Mavericks won the first three – but UNO’s luck ran out Saturday when a gorgeous overtime goal from Mikael Lickteig gave MTU a 2-1 win at CenturyLink Center. UNO will need to recover from that in a hurry as it welcomes UND to town this week.

5.) DENVER (15-8-4, 10-6-4)
Last time: W 3-0 at Minnesota Duluth Feb. 1; W 4-3 at Minnesota Duluth Feb. 2
Next time: V Colorado College Friday; at Colorado College Saturday

  • Following the pair of hidings DU took a few weeks ago at St. Cloud State, it’s safe to say the Pioneers are now back on track after they swept Minnesota Duluth on the road last weekend. Saturday’s 4-3 win was particularly noteworthy, with DU storming back to score three goals in the game’s final 6:20 and clinch the sweep.

6.) WISCONSIN (11-9-6, 8-6-6)
Last time: T at North Dakota 1-1 Feb. 1; L at North Dakota 4-1 Feb. 2
Next time: V Bemidji State Friday and Saturday

  • Mike Eaves’s Badgers will be disappointed to have only come away from Grand Forks, N.D. with one point from last weekend. UW faces easier competition this week, though, when it welcomes Bemidji State to Madison.

7.) MINNESOTA STATE (16-9-3, 10-9-1)
Last time: W at Minnesota 2-1 Jan. 25; L v Minnesota 4-1 Jan. 26
Next time: At Minnesota Duluth Friday and Saturday

  • MSU is unbeaten in its last four games, and, with a favorable remaining schedule, things are looking good for the WCHA’s purple Mavericks. They have to travel to Minnesota Duluth this week, though, and UMD is desperate to try and fight its way back into the race for home ice in the first round of the league playoffs.

8.) MINNESOTA DULUTH (10-13-3, 8-9-3)
Last time: L v Denver 3-0 Feb. 1; L v Denver 4-3 Feb. 2
Next time: V Minnesota State Friday and Saturday

  • It’s not often surprising to see Denver sweep an opponent, but UMD’s late capitulation to the Pioneers on Saturday had to sting if you’re a Bulldogs fan. Scott Sandelin’s club needs a good showing this weekend at home to Minnesota State if a top-six finish is to remain reasonably attainable.

9.) MICHIGAN TECH (8-13-4, 5-11-4)
Last time: L at Nebraska Omaha 4-3 Feb. 1; OTW at Nebraska Omaha 2-1 Feb. 2
Next time: V Alaska Anchorage Friday and Saturday

  • Tech had been 1-3-1 in its last five games before Saturday’s overtime win in Omaha, but the Huskies’ three losses in that span were all by one goal in each game. MTU has been playing well lately, and, despite being in the bottom half of the league, things are looking up ahead of Tech’s home games this week during MTU’s famous Winter Carnival.

10.) COLORADO COLLEGE (10-14-4, 7-10-3)
Last time: T at Alaska Anchorage 2-2 Feb. 1; T at Alaska Anchorage 3-3 Feb. 2
Next time: At Denver Friday; v Denver Saturday

  • Alaska Anchorage hasn’t won since Dec. 1, so dropping points both nights to the Seawolves was unacceptable for a CC team still trying to claw its way into the top half of the league. Things might not get much better this week in the Tigers’ home-and-home with arch-rival Denver, but Scott Owens’s CC club ought to be more up for that series than it was for its games last weekend in anchorage.

11.) BEMIDJI STATE (5-16-5, 4-12-4)
Last time: L v St. Cloud State 4-0 Feb. 1; L v St. Cloud State 4-1 Feb. 2
Next time: At Wisconsin Friday and Saturday

  • BSU lost ugly twice at home last weekend, but that wasn’t altogether surprising. SCSU is red-hot right now, and the Beavers have been painting themselves into a corner near the foot of the WCHA league table.

12.) ALASKA ANCHORAGE (3-16-7, 1-15-6)
Last time: T v Colorado College 2-2 Feb. 1; T v Colorado College 3-3 Feb. 2
Next time: At Michigan Tech Friday and Saturday

  • The two points UAA picked up last weekend against CC ought to give Seawolf fans hope going forward. Dave Shyiak’s men are now within striking distance of climbing out of the WCHA cellar – especially with how bad Bemidji State has been lately – and this wouldn’t be the first season in which UAA has played the spoiler role against better teams.

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