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  • The Student Section: Regular Season Episode #6


    Good Morning Wilderness! What an amazing weekend of college hockey. So far this season, the action on the ice has been amazing. Let's break down this past weekend's action.

    The Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs are surging

    After looking like a .500 team early in the season, the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs are starting to look like a legit NCAA playoff bound team.

    With Friday's win over the Gophers, the Bulldogs have now won four-of-five games and four games in a row. On Friday night, the Bulldogs ended the Minnesota Golden Gophers 17-game home-unbeaten streak. The last time the Gophers had lost on home ice was November 24, 2013.

    For those wondering at home, the last team to beat Minnesota on home ice, you guessed it. The Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. According to the Star Tribune's Jason Gonzalez the Gophers haven't shut out very often on home ice.

    We can't talk about a Bulldog win without checking in with Bruce Ciskie, the play-by-play voice of the Bulldogs. According to Ciskie, this was one of the most dominating wins UMD has had during his nine season in the radio booth.

    Ciskie describes the tail-kicking:

    I watched the Gophers and Bulldogs game on my DVR and Bruce is right, Friday’s game wasn’t even close. From my perspective, the Bulldogs took the Gophers to the proverbial woodshed. Again, one game doesn’t make a season and Minnesota is a very talented hockey team.

    On Saturday night, the Bulldogs beat the Gophers 2-1 in Duluth, to give the Bulldogs a series sweep.

    This was the first time the Bulldogs have swept the Gophers since the 2009-10 season. On November 21-22, 2009, the Bulldogs beat the Gophers (4-3, 3-2) to complete a series sweep at Mariucci Arena.

    The Michigan Tech Huskies lead the WCHA

    One of the nice stories to emerge this season is the play of the Michigan Tech Huskies. After being a doormat in the WCHA for 20+ years, the Michigan Tech Huskies have their fans thinking WCHA title and NCAA playoffs.

    After beating the Bemidji State Beavers 2-1 on Friday night at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, MN, the Huskies improved to 9-0-0.

    Now before we get too excited, as of Friday, the Huskies opponents had a combined record of 18-31-2 (.372). That's not a very good record, but we can't fault them for beating the teams on their schedule.

    On Saturday night, the Huskies completed the sweep of the homesteading Beavers beating them 4-2. With the win, the Huskies improve to 10-0-0 and lead the WCHA by six points. For those keeping track, the Huskies have played two more games than Bowling Green and Minnesota State.

    After this weekend, the Huskies schedule will get a little tougher. The Huskies will play the Minnesota State Mavericks (November 21-22) and the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (December 12-13) at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, Houghton, Michigan. So there's a good chance the Huskies will no longer be undefeated.

    St. Cloud State Huskies end losing streak

    Friday night, the St. Cloud State Huskies broke their three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win against the Western Michigan Broncos in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    The Huskies entered Friday night's game loser of three in a row. In case you forgot, the Huskies lost the second game of a home-and-homes series against the Gophers. Last weekend, the Huskies were swept at home by the UMD Bulldogs for the first time since November 12-13, 1999.

    The Huskies got goals from David Morely, Joey Benik, Patrick Russell and Nathan Widman.

    On Saturday night, the Huskies lost in a shootout to the Broncos. Forward Kalle Kossila scored his second goal of the year for the visiting Huskies. The shootout loss will go down as a tie in the Pairwise Rankings.

    Miami and North Dakota Square off in Grand Forks

    The Miami RedHawks traveled to Grand Forks, ND, to take on the University of North Dakota in a two-game conference series.

    Drake Caggiula would score a shorthanded goal to even the score at 1:22 of the second period. UND looked like it had the momentum.

    The game wouldn't be tied for long, five minutes and 28 seconds later RedHawk forward Sean Kuraly would score the game-winning goal on rebound off the end boards.

    UND would attempt to stage another late, game-ending comeback, but it would fall short.

    On Saturday night, UND earned the series split with a convincing 4-1 win against the RedHawks.

    For the weekend, Caggiula scored (3g-2a—5pts) and there’s a good chance that he could end up being the offensive player of the week in the NCHC.

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