Just a heads-up that the NCAA convention is next week in Washington, D.C., and during it, the WCHA will hold meetings that could change the college hockey landscape.

The league meetings on Thursday include a discussion of the moratorium on expansion that has been in place since Minnesota State joined in 1999. Six of the league’s 10 schools have to be in favor of its elimination for it to disappear. That’s a lot easier proposition than admitting another team, which takes eight votes.

Thursday’s meeting could be viewed as a critical moment in the process of any future conference movements. The first thought is of Bemidji State, which has staked part of its future on getting admitted into the WCHA men’s league (its women’s program is already a member).

Based on what I’ve heard and my own thoughts, I’m guessing that a vote to eliminate the moratorium will be a close one, and if it passes, it won’t be by much. That means that even if it does passes, Bemidji State still has an uphill climb to get eight WCHA schools to approve admission.

This strikes me as a dominos kind of thing — with one move, a whole set of things could happen.

  • Danmanfu

    Maine knows how to beat UND, and UND’s program is weaker than years past.

    • Fan Man

      Maine doesnt have thier barn or the element of suprise this year bud!  Sioux are going to dominate!

      • M_4z

        or hockey east refs

        • Wool Verine

          Typical Sioux fans dwelling on on last year and the refs, etc.  Wahhh.  Heard a lot of that after our Wolverines . . . . . oh yeah, shut them out.  And we all know UND outplayed us, hahahahahaha

      • Mike

        The element of surprise?  How did they surprise them?  Didn’t UND know they were going to Maine to play hockey?  So basically the Sioux were just stupid last year at the start of the season?

  • UAA’s Micky Spencer had 4 goals and 2 assists last weekend, not the two goals and four assists Buckentine posts.

    • Brian

      Thanks, Stuart, the error has been corrected. 

  • DU_Fan

    Wow, I know it is early but DU and UND sure took care of business tonight.  DU better not make contact with any BU player tomorrow night or they will get more phantom calls against them.  Wonderful boarding call when Phillips hit a player in the middle of the ice. I guess anything within 30 feet of the boards merits the boardin penalty..The HE refs will never let them beat both BC and BU back-to-back.

    • MnGopherFan

      No doubt – The games are called tighter on the east coast.

  • MnGopherFan

    Nice wins tonight for Minnesota and Denver. Big win for a young Minnesota team in Duluth against the defending champs.  And I always like to see a WCHA team beat a Hockey East team, especially when the HE team is ranked first in the nation.  Good game Pioneers!