Here are photos from Friday’s WCHA Final Face-Off semifinal games, North Dakota’s 2-1 victory over Wisconsin and Minnesota’s 5-0 victory over Ohio State:

  • RamboWildcat

    Gotta love NMU staying under the radar! They dominated Michigan this past weekend and look great. 

    • Anonymous

      Next weekend should be a great series. Our power play was atrocious in Alaska this past weekend, if your Wildcats play like they did against U of M you won’t be under the radar much longer.

  • Anonymous

    Being a CCHA fan, it’s great to see the entire league being this competitive.  I know it’s early, but I can’t remember the last season where there was this much parity.   

    • Paula Weston

      I think it’s a lot of fun.  Murder on my picks, but fun — and good hockey every weekend. 

  • Roymiracle

    I was at the NMU/UM contest and all I have to say is that the Wolverines should thank both refs for that overtime win. Two of the worst calls I have ever seen. Michigan might be a great hockey team this year, but this weekend they played like the Charlestown Chiefs and got the calls of the Montreal Canadiens.

    • Psage

      Johnstown (not Charlestown)

  • Michigankeck

    I was a the NMU  / U of M game Saturday visiting my son who attends NMU.  This Friday I will be back home to seen NMU at WMU where i live and where my daughter goes to school.  What luck to see these 2 games back to back!

  • Yooper

    CCHA is a great league this year.  Ferris St., LSSU, NMU have always been under the radar.   You should read the blog sent by a partisan UM fan under the Ann Arbor newspaper sports article on the two UM/NMU games:   He claims UM had no business loosing to a nothing team like NMU and the Wildcats should have been swept by scores of 9-0 and 10-0.  He fears that since UM couldn’t beat NMU then they are going to get clobbered when they play somebody good.  How’s that for
    typical Big 10 arrogance. 

    • Ssweetmj

      Not B10. But U of M.

  • wmu2012

    Where is a mention of WMU?  5 of 6 points still undefeated this season and no mention.  Really?  This will be a great weekend going to an event Friday will be there Saturday

  • streaker

    Roymiracle: Michigan won a shootout, not an OT win. By the look of the box scores and the audio I listened to, both teams were chippy all weekend, but Michigan’s goalie did lose his cool on Friday. If you are referring to the five minute major and DQ on NMU Saturday, the NMU player clocked the Michigan player shoulder to head. That’s a penalty in the CCHA no matter if Fred Plesch himself was doing the game, so I’d suggest that, instead of making cracks about Michigan or the “partisan officiating” you’d pocket your green and yellow glasses for a rulebook. Michigan paid dearly for their mistakes, but didn’t make NMU pay enough, which is why they only took two points this weekend. 

    • Roymiracle

      Really? did you see the play? Cause the Audio ain’t gonna cut it. They said the NMU player was head hunting? I know thats what the call was, but the UM player skated head down into a clean check. I know the rules, I used to be level 2 linesman. I am saying the call was wrong. The UM guy skated head down into a clean check, thats not a penalty, unless you call the UM player for being dumb. Also, the first UM power play was a gift as they called NMU for slashing when Hunwick jumped out of the crease to interfere with the NMU forecheck. The guys stick touches Hunwick as he tries to avoid him and they called slashing. It was bad officiating all the way around. Both teams were chippy, but it was clean for the most part, the Refs just had a bad game. 

  • Winnipeg Jet

    Wheres the love for Northern Mich. They can finally score goals this year. Ill be shocked if they dont finish top 10 in the country. Very solid D core with Scott Macaulay anchoring it. The guys a great player, but even a bigger beauty

  • So a Michigan player punching someone in the face and only getting a misconduct while the player he hit gets a dq isn’t UM favouritism?

    • Anonymous

      Punching him in the face after kicking/tripping him, then kicking an NMU helmet down the ice, and to top things off throwing his stick like a 3 year old and nearly hitting a linesman.  Yet, the NMU player didn’t throw a punch, grab a face mask, or act like a kid who just found out Santa isn’t real, and somehow he gets a DQ for fighting.  If tying a guy up after being assaulted by two different players is now fighting, then I guess the refs of the CCHA have lost what little bit of logic they had left.  I wonder why such an objective reporter like Paula didn’t say anything about what happened?

  • Lakerman11

    Lake Superior State is severely underrated. They were 10th in the CCHA pre-season, and (so far) have made some incredible strides early in the year. A lot of people forget that they knocked out OSU in the first round last year, and nearly knocked out Notre Dame. Behind solid goaltending from Kevin Kapelka, great defense from Zack Trotman and Andrew Perrault, and strong offense from Domenic Monardo, Kyle Jean, and Collin Campbell, look for LSSU to be the sleeper team all the way to Joe Louis Arena.