1. Still the 1

Minnesota State will do something a few others haven’t been able to do this season: Stay No. 1 for a second week after rising to the top spot for the first time last Monday. The Mavericks faced one of their toughest road tests of the season — or at least since going to Michigan Tech in November — and swept Ferris State, a team that rarely loses at home. On Saturday, the Mavericks won in come-from-behind fashion, scoring three unanswered goals in the third period to erase a 1-0 deficit. The wins also gave MSU a firm grip on first place in the league standings, although Michigan Tech (eight points back) and Bowling Green (nine) have two and for games in hand, respectively.

2. Surprising sweeps

Things didn’t exactly go according to Hoyle, standings-wise this weekend, with the league’s bottom teams — Alabama Huntsville, Alaska Anchorage and Lake Superior State — all sweeping series. The Chargers took two games from Northern Michigan for its second home sweep in a row. The Seawolves went on the road to rival Alaska and took a two-game lead in this year’s Governor’s Cup, thanks, in part to Blake Tatchell’s overtime goal on Saturday night. And the Lakers swept visiting Bemidji State, starting with Friday’s dramatic finish — Alex Globke scoring the game’s only goal with 0.6 seconds left in regulation — and with Gordon Defiel’s 76 saves in the series.

3. Just one split

The only split of the weekend was not a surprising one, as it came between the second- and third-best teams in the conference. And it sure seemed to be a classic series between Michigan Tech and Bowling Green in Houghton. On Friday, Tech came from behind to hand the Falcons their first conference loss since Halloween, erasing a 2-0 second-period deficit and a 3-2 third-period disadvantage. Tanner Kero, who is making a play for league player of the year scored the game-winner midway through the third. The next night, Bowling Green bounced back with a 3-2 win. All five goals were scored in the second period, including the first three by the Falcons.

  • J

    i think its funny how you talk about yale scoring so much when they play agianst shitty teams all year round. id like to see yale play in wcha for one year and we will see how many goals they score…HOW ABOUT NONE im sick of these mediocre players winning awards where there strength of schedule is far behind other top teams with outstanding players yet those players dont even get looked at Minnesotas Jay Bariball should be a top player so far and i hate the gophers. jack connely or even matt frattin of north dakota…but ofcourse that makes me biased because im a sioux fan..all im saying is goals and assists shouldnt be the only factor of decision and i know its not but you uscho writers just suck soooo much yale is a good team but they need to play harder teams more consistently

    • Cctempserv

      Yale 3 North Dakota 2… i guess there bad

  • Callanmp

    All three of those Yale players have solid chances of playing in the NHL with the exception of O Neil due to size being the only drawback. How about more love for your” so difficult” to play rivals the high powered offense of the midgets at UMD?

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree with J above…however he appears to rate the WCHA a little to highly. I believe this will be yet another Hocley East domination year and would not be surprised if they place 3 teams in the Frozen Four. Denver swept by BC, North Dakota dominated by Maine BU on a roll and UNH always a regular season powerhouse…

  • Kuhn&Friends

    please submit this to ESPN outside the lines, I think this deserves an in depth report as do many in the k-zoo area

  • Union Alum ’97

    I am a Union fan and have been waiting over 20 years for our first NCAA game, but after seeing this, I wouldn’t mind at all if Western Michigan won the darn whole thing for that family. Great work guys.

    • UMD_what_UMD_what_UMD

      I had the same thought. I have been a UMD fan since I can remember and have been waiting for a championship. Now I want this team to win it all. Best of luck to your team as well. It should be a very evenly matched offensive show!

  • HE Parent

    This is one of the most touching stories I’ve seen. As a parent of another D1 hockey program player, since his team is done for the year, I will be rooting for Western to win it all. This is why hockey is the greatest sport with the best people in it. Go Broncos! Get better kid!

  • SiouxInMinny

    Touching. Very nice of the Broncos.

  • Whetto345

    WOW Go Broncos!

    UNO fan

  • Tiger Fan

    This was truly inspiring and I think after watching it, it’s hard for anyone to not support this Western Michigan team. When players go out of their way to do things like this because it means something to them as well is amazing. Division I athletes have a lot on their plates as students, but for them to take their free time and spend it the way they did shows a lot of character and heart, both things I’d like to see help them take home the title this year.

    RIT Tiger fan

  • Lenytobias

    At almost 9 mos pregnant and having no defintie names, I instantly just fell in love with the name Gideon.

  • Lenytobias

    At 9 mos pregnant and no definite names, I instantly just feel in love with the name Gideon.

  • TigerJim

    If my team doesn’t make it, I’m rooting for Western Michigan!

  • Anonymous

    That right there is what college hockey is all about… inspiring kids that they can do anything. Shows a LOT of heart from the Broncos team. NCAA should make an award for a team that is outstanding off the ice for their community service and heartfelt inspiration of youth.

  • Bucky

    Class act all the way!

  • Tim

    Thats why hockey players are the finest athletes…….always keeping it real! Ct now roots for the Broncos!

  • KzooHockeyMom

    As a Western Alum, I am very proud of these boys and the way they have adopted the Schripsema Family. What a statement of this fantastic sport and the athletes involved. I am also a Hockey Mom of a 12 yo boy – it warms my heart to see him watching these young men go above and beyond the call of duty and want to be like them. Go Broncos!!!!

  • Oracle

    I am a UND fan, however I will be rooting for Western in my heart.

  • EngineerHockey

    THAT is what college sports is all about! From an RPI and college hockey fan I say well done Broncos. That was truly amazing!

  • M.E.

    I just don’t think I can truly express my admiration for the Broncos hockey team for this heroic display of compassion. As a lifelong college hockey fan these young men displayed true heart. They have shown the real colors of what it is to be a collegiate athlete, and how to be true role models for the young kids that idolize them. My hats of to you Western Michigan….again and again.