The weekend put MSU in eighth place in the CCHA standings, but it is still very crowded.
- Ferris State 37 points (8 games left)
- Miami 36 points (6 games left)
- WMU 36 points (8 games left)
- OSU 36 points (6 games left)
- LSSU 35 points (6 games left)
- Notre Dame 33 points (8 games left)
- Michigan 32 points (8 games left)
- Michigan State 29 points (8 games left)
- Northern 28 points (8 games left)
- Alaska 24 points (6 games left)
- BGSU 16 points (8 games left)
The biggest disappointment this weekend has to be the special teams. The power play did finally get a goal, but it was only the one goal on Friday night. Over the entire weekend, the Spartans gave up three power play goals, and this was after it has been pointed out the PK has been a strength of the team this year. The Spartans might not have the most talent, but usually their work ethic is among the best in the CCHA, so they don't really have much room for error, and Ferris State took advantage of it. Maybe the struggling Buckeyes will provide what the Spartans need. Columbus isn't the toughest road venue in the CCHA, as they play at the large Value City Arena that typically only brings in 5,000-6,000 fans in a 17,500 seat arena. MSU might draw a few more people in the seats, but let's face it - it isn't football, so the Buckeye fans don't exactly make it a top priority.
Still, MSU needs to continue to come to these games with a lunch pail attitude. I thought Yanakeff played better this weekend than Palmisano, so it'll be interesting to see who Coach Anastos goes with after this week of practice.
For those that follow the NCAA projections, it has been posted on Spartanmag on the Munn board. There is a link to The Mag over on the left. We will try to bring a recruiting update as well.