Sunday, November 4, 2012

Weekend Recap: Splits Become The Norm

For most people, the CCHA has really become a difficult league to earn points in as the conference depth has improved a great deal in recent years. This weekend shows just what can happen - five series - basically five splits. The lone exception is going to be Michigan-Northern as one game went into a shoot-out, so it wasn't a clean 3 point split for both teams.

Michigan rallied to earn the extra point on Friday, but Northern held on for the regulation win on Saturday. Western stunned Notre Dame in South Bend on Friday, but the Irish rebounded with a dominating win on Sunday afternoon. Miami and Ferris split as the Bulldogs won on Friday, and Miami returned the favor the next night. Bowling Green won in East Lansing for the first time since 2007 on Friday, but the Spartans dominated the game on Saturday to earn the split in Bowling Green. Finally, LSSU made the long trek out west and earned a split in Alaska.

CCHA Standings:

GP W L T SOW Points Total Points Possible
Notre Dame 4 3 1 0 0 9 165
Alaska 4 2 2 0 0 6 162
Ferris State 4 2 2 0 0 6 162
LSSU 4 2 2 0 0 6 162
Miami 4 2 2 0 0 6 162
Michigan State 4 2 2 0 0 6 162
Bowling Green 4 1 2 1 1 5 161
Michigan 4 1 2 1 1 5 161
Northern Michigan 4 1 2 1 0 4 160
Ohio State 2 1 0 1 0 4 166
Western Michigan 2 1 1 0 0 3 165

Right now it looks like if anyone can go on a winning streak, they might pull away from the pack early on in the season. However, if the depth really is improved, it's going to be hard for anyone to pull away.

Games Next Weekend:


Ferris State at Lake Superior State
Northern Michigan at Miami
Alaska at Ohio State
Bowling Green at Western Michigan
Michigan State at Michigan
Notre Dame at Boston College


Ferris State at Lake Superior State
Northern Michigan at Miami
Western Michigan at Bowling Green
Michigan at Michigan State
Alaska at Ohio State

While everyone in East Lansing will be focused on the series against Michigan, there are other series that should peak your interest. Alaska going down to Columbus for a pair should be interesting to see if either team can come away with a sweep. Ferris State traveling up to LSSU will be a good series, as well as Northern Michigan visiting Miami (though I bet most people will have Miami sweeping that series). Then there is the single non-conference game between Notre Dame and Boston College.

Around the country, Penn State won again this weekend against Buffalo State (D-III), and it's rivalry week in the Big 10 as Wisconsin and Minnesota face-off against each other. 

CCHA Power Rankings:

1. Notre Dame (6-2-0, LW: 1). The Irish benefit from everyone splitting.

2. Western Michigan (4-2-0, LW: 3). The Broncos earned a split in South Bend - let's see how many other teams can do that this season.

3. Miami (5-2-1, LW: 2). Miami finally returns home after a decent 2-2 road trip.

4. Ferris State (3-3-2, LW: 6). The Bulldogs may have just sent a message to the rest of the CCHA that they still are a force this year.

5. Michigan (4-3-0, LW: 4). A lot of question marks remain in Ann Arbor, as they needed a miracle finish to manage any points against Northern.

6. Alaska (4-3-1, LW: 5). The Nanooks return to the lower 48 again trying to show they can do it away from home.

7. Northern Michigan (4-3-1, LW: 9). Despite the collapse on Friday, Northern still managed to earn four out of a possible six points against Michigan.

8. LSSU (4-4-0, LW: 7). Really not much separating the Lakers from anyone else in these rankings.

9. Michigan State (3-4-1, LW: 8). Same can be said about the Spartans - not much difference from them and the rest of the middle of the pack in the CCHA.

10. Ohio State (2-2-2, LW: 10). It might be time to move up if the Buckeyes can sweep Alaska.

11. Bowling Green (2-5-2, LW: 11). They could have moved up by sweeping MSU, but it has to be a disappointing split for the Falcons after winning at Munn on Friday.

Big Ten Power Rankings:

1. Minnesota (5-2-0, LW: 1). Splits seem just as popular early on in the WCHA.

2. Michigan (4-3-0, LW: 2). I just can't move Penn State this high this early on.

3. Penn State (5-2-0, LW: 3). Anyone else notice they are tied with Minnesota for best record among Big 10 teams?

4. Michigan State (3-4-1, LW: 4). Big series awaits MSU this week (and next).

5. Ohio State (2-2-2, LW: 6). The Buckeyes looking for as many CCHA points as possible this week.

6. Wisconsin (1-4-1, LW: 5). Starting off 0-4 "at home" is never a good thing.  A big series against rival Minnesota awaits the Badgers.

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