WCHA Weekend Preview: Nov. 6 - 7, 2015
News and notes for the upcoming weekend of WCHA hockey
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Ferris State hosts Minnesota State at Ewigleben Ice Arena this weekend

Opening Face-Off

- Falcons Fly WCHA Banner in Polls: After posting a 4-2-1 record while playing six of their first seven games on the road, No. 14/15 Bowling Green is the lone WCHA representative in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Michigan Tech, Minnesota State, Alaska Anchorage and Ferris State all received votes in the USCHO.com poll.

- Charging Ahead: Third-year Alabama Huntsville head coach Mike Corbett has his Chargers at 3-2-1 - marking the first time UAH has been above .500 since a three-game stay in Oct. 2009 (2-1-0, 3-1-0 and 3-2-0).

- Minnesota State Back on Track: The coaches' choice as preseason league favorite, Minnesota State is back to .500 overall after winning each of the first four WCHA games. The Mavericks are now 45-11-4 (.783) in league play over the last three seasons.

- Competitive Balance: Seven of the WCHA's ten teams are at .500 or better overall, led by Alaska Anchorage (.688, 5-2-1), Bowling Green (.643, 4-2-1), Alabama Huntsville (.583, 3-2-1) and Northern Michigan (.562, 3-2-3).


By the Numbers

- 5(th): National rank for Bowling Green sophomore Chris Nell in both GAA (1.14) and save percentage (.957).

- 10 and 25: WCHA-leading goals and point totals for the Lake Superior State freshmen class, good for sixth and fifth in the nation, respectively.

- 400: Career coaching victories for Bob Daniels, all at Ferris State. Currently in his 24th season behind the Bulldogs bench, Daniels is 27th on the NCAA Division I all-time wins list (eighth among active coaches).


The Week Ahead

- Michigan Tech at Alabama Huntsville: The Huskies and Chargers will meet for the first time since the 2015 WCHA quarterfinals, a Tech sweep that included an epic, 3OT, 1-0 win in Game 1. Tyler Heinonen ended the second-longest game in WCHA history, a contest in which UAH goaltender Carmine Guerriero set the league single-game record with 76 saves.

- Northern Michigan at Alaska: After ending the season's first month in a tie for third place, NMU will travel to Fairbanks to face a Nanooks squad in search of its first WCHA points.

- Lake Superior State at No. 14/15 Bowling Green: Two former CCHA foes will revisit a 46-year-old rivalry this weekend, when the Falcons welcome the Lakers to the "Madhouse on Mercer."

- Minnesota State at Ferris State: The Mavericks will look to build on their eight-game winning streak against the Bulldogs, which includes victories in each of the past two WCHA Final Five tournaments. Ferris State's "Dawg Pound" student section will be filled with its 71st and 72nd-straight sellouts.


WCHA.tv

- All eight WCHA games this weekend can be viewed live (or archived) via WCHA.tv.


All rankings listed by USCHO.com poll first, followed by USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll

WCHA

Michigan Tech (3-3-0, 6 pts. WCHA / 3-3-0) at Alabama Huntsville (2-1-1, 5 pts. WCHA / 3-2-1)
Von Braun Center; Huntsville, Ala. Fri., Nov. 6 and Sat., Nov. 7 (both 7:07 p.m. CT)
WATCH LIVE ON WCHA.TV

- The Huskies depart Michigan for the first time this season, traveling to Huntsville for a two-game set against the Chargers.

- Tech is coming off a home split against Ferris State, while UAH posted its first-ever WCHA road sweep with two victories at Lake Superior State.

- The series pits two of the WCHA's top three offenses in the early going, as UAH leads the league with 3.67 goals per game (15th nationally) and Michigan Tech is third at 3.00.

- MTU is 9-2-1 in its last 12 games during the month of November, including a 7-2-0 mark last season. After going 11-1-2 in WCHA road games a year ago, the Huskies are 1-2-0 thus far in 2015-16.

- UAH has scored five goals in a game three times in six games, after doing so just once in all of 2014-15. Sophomore F Brennan Saulnier leads the NCAA at 1.20 goals per game (six in five contests).

- MTU has won all eight previous meetings, including a 6-0-0 mark last year.


Northern Michigan (2-1-1, 5 pts. WCHA / 3-2-3) at Alaska (0-2-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 2-4-0)
Carlson Center; Fairbanks, Alaska Fri., Nov. 6 and Sat., Nov. 7 (both 7:07 p.m. AT)
WATCH LIVE ON WCHA.TV

- Northern Michigan leaves the UP for the first time since a season-opening series at Wisconsin, traveling to Fairbanks for a series with the Nanooks.

- NMU is coming off a three-point weekend, going 1-0-1 at home against Bemidji State. Alaska was swept at Minnesota State.

- Behind freshman goalkeeper (and WCHA October Rookie of the Month) Atte Tolvanen, NMU has the WCHA's top defense at 2.12 goals allowed per game (13th nationally). Tolvanen finished October with the NCAA's second-most saves (243), including an 80-stop weekend Oct. 30-31.

- UAF senior F Tyler Morley is two points shy of 100 for his career, having tallied 45 goals and 53 assists in 105 collegiate games.

- Nanooks' sophomore G Davis Jones made 77 saves last weekend at Minnesota State, including a career-high 40 last Friday.

- The teams split their lone series last year (also in Fairbanks), with UAF's Jones posting a shutout in a 3-0 victory in the opener.


Lake Superior State (0-2-0, 0 pts. WCHA / 2-6-0) at No. 14/15 Bowling Green (1-1-0, 2 pts. WCHA / 4-2-1)
BGSU Ice Arena; Bowling Green, Ohio Fri., Nov. 6 (7:37 p.m. ET) and Sat., Nov. 7 (7:07 p.m. ET)
WATCH LIVE ON WCHA.TV

- A pair of old CCHA rivals meet in Bowling Green, as the No. 14/15 Falcons return home to host Lake Superior State.

- BGSU, which has played six of its first seven games on the road, split last weekend at UAA. The Lakers were dealt a pair of home defeats by UAH.

- LSSU's dynamic freshman class has produced 10 goals and 25 points, good for sixth and fifth in the nation, respectively. Rookie forwards Mitch Hults (3g, 2a) and Gage Torrel (2g, 3a) lead the Lakers' first-year players with five points apiece.

- BGSU sophomore G Chris Nell is coming off a 25-save shutout, the fifth of his career (in just 16 starts) to rank third in school history (two behind co-leaders Tyler Masters and current Ottawa Senators' goalie Andrew Hammond). He ranks fifth nationally for both GAA (1.14) and save percentage (.957).

- The Falcons are second in the WCHA and 14th nationally for scoring defense, allowing just 2.12 goals per game.

- BGSU leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1970, by an 80-68-10 margin. However, LSSU holds a 4-2-0 edge since both teams moved to the WCHA.


Minnesota State (4-0-0, 8 pts. WCHA / 4-4-0) at Ferris State (2-2-0, 4 pts. WCHA / 3-3-2)
Ewigleben Ice Arena; Big Rapids, Mich. Fri., Nov. 6 and Sat., Nov. 7 (both 7:07 p.m. ET)
WATCH LIVE ON WCHA.TV

- Minnesota State travels outside of its home state for the first time this season, venturing to Ferris State for a weekend set with the Bulldogs.

- The Mavericks swept visiting Alaska last weekend to extend its winning streak to four games, while Ferris State split a road series at then-No. 18 Michigan Tech.

- MSU is outshooting its opponents by a245-188 margin, ranking sixth in the nation for fewest shots on goal allowed per game (23.5).

- Mavericks' senior F Bryce Gervais, who enters the weekend having played in 130-consecutive games, has a point in three of MSU's last four games all Mavs wins (2g-1a).

- Ferris State's 21 goals to date this season have come from 12 different scorers, while a total of 18 different skaters have at least one point.

- Bulldogs' junior forwards Kyle Schempp and Gerald Mayhew are each tied for third in the WCHA overall scoring race with identical lines (2g-6a), while freshman F Corey Mackin is second among league rookies with six points (2g-4a).

- Minnesota State leads the all-time series, 13-3-2 and has won all eight meetings between the schools since Ferris State joined the WCHA (including victories in the 2014 Final Five championship game and 2015 Final Five semifinals).


IDLE

- Alaska Anchorage (2-1-1, 5 pts. WCHA / 5-2-1)

- Bemidji State (0-3-1, 1 pt. WCHA / 1-4-2)