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My thoughts on this weekend aren’t quite as cohesive as in weeks past, so we’ll go with a marginally different format for this week.

– Both CC and MSU, M have bye weeks next week and both coaches have said this off week couldn’t come at a better time. Understandable, with CC’s inconsistency and MSU’s rough road stretch.

– Speaking of the Tigers, it’s unsurprising that they came out flat on Saturday against Yale. Friday’s Air Force game was about redemption from two years ago and it’s tough to come back from an emotional bout like that.

– Let’s talk Michigan Tech … Good: the Huskies can get the first goal (or two) and get a lead. Bad: they can’t hold it. Ugly: once it’s gone, it’s typically gone for good. I can’t help but wonder if part of Tech’s apparent inability to hold a lead right now is mental. Whether the team starts thinking, “Here we go again,” when the opposing team pulls within one or ties it up. If it is mental, who is to blame? The players, coaching staff, or both? More importantly, how can they fix this?

– Nebraska-Omaha continues to keep on rolling as the only undefeated team in league play.

– SCSU: I’m not saying it, but you’re probably starting to possibly think it too …

– When making the picks for the DU/MSU series this week, I somehow skipped over the fact that the Mavericks haven’t won at Magness since January of 2003. Had I realized that, I wouldn’t have called my DU sweep “ballsy.” That being said, being able to remember some of Mankato’s wins in that building makes me feel old … and older still that they seem more recent than seven years ago.

– Good to see the Seawolves get their first league win.

– Good also to see Bemidji finally get a win in their new building.

– Huge sweep for the Sioux, for a myriad of reasons … one of the biggest being their ability to overcome the penalty trouble they got themselves into on Friday and still get a win in a very tough building.

– Also re: the Sioux: Aaron Dell … causing a goalie controversy or just a goalie duel?

– For UW, I think we were starting to forget that yes, this is still a young Badger team and they are going to go through some growing pains. The team was just making us forget that a little until this weekend.

On a final note … what was up with Craig Smith on Saturday night? Did fans witness Tyler Hirsch part two, Tyler lite?

  • Mjoverton

    And by my count, CCHA went 7-1-1 against non-conference opponents, too!

  • PurpsFan 17

    NU wins a big one. Purps are starting to find their stride with a few different options in net and many scoring options stepping up.

  • Sandmanofcs

    Army beat UMASS.. talk about a shallacking!

  • The Answer Man

    The huskies look to battle every night they play, however, they get out grinded in the corners and they do not play at the physical tempo that they are capable of right now.

  • Rowdy80

    2 weeks in a row. Duluth is now no. 1 in the country and not one comment about them. You are a horrible sports writer. Don’t know why you have the hate of for Duluth but get a grip and give them their due. So far not very impressed. Please grab a brain. Please

    • hockey fan

      Hard to comment on a UMD team that has ONE quality win which was in OT, they have played the basement of the WCHA and had a very light nonconference schedule so far. Let’s see if they can sweep sconny and Denver the next two weekends then they will get a little respect.

      • UMDfan4

        they kill bad teams like they are supposed to do and they beat good teams so I think you should owe them plenty of respect and a team doesn’t get ranked #1 in the nation by accident.

  • UMDfan4

    I wouldn’t go as far as bad sports writer but agreed on how does Duluth not get mentioned after a sweep and should be number 1 in the nation this week. GO BULLDOGS!!!!

  • DaTech

    No mention of #1 UMD? What kind of a WCHA post is this?