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davyd83
12-17-2016, 08:09 PM
The hit from Spezia is on a player who knew he was being pursued, stopped, turned towards the boards and put his head down.

If you can read his number, don't hit him. Spezia has to alter his course to make the hit. The Basara hit is brutal too.

Shirtless Guy
12-17-2016, 08:23 PM
Since I didn't hear anything, I assume they're all playing tonight?

Squarebanks
12-17-2016, 08:44 PM
Since I didn't hear anything, I assume they're all playing tonight?

Yup. Should be fun.

I loved Jenks getting in that guy's face there at the end.

Squarebanks
12-17-2016, 08:54 PM
If you can read his number, don't hit him. Spezia has to alter his course to make the hit. The Basara hit is brutal too.

Not only that, he did it with zeroes across the clock. It was a cheap shot.

Upon further reflection, I'm kind of glad the league let it go only because if they suspended Spezia they would have benched Basara too, and Basara is our leading scorer.

Shirtless Guy
12-17-2016, 08:54 PM
Yup. Should be fun.

I loved Jenks getting in that guy's face there at the end.

not a fan of handing out misconducts at the 20-min mark of the 3rd and not get any other punishment? pointless.

gfmorris
12-19-2016, 11:52 AM
Week 12 BELOW: http://blog.wchaplayoffs.com/2016/12/19/2016-17-wcha-week-12-below-ratings/

At this point, I'd say that these are the big storylines:
· Bemidji was picked to be middle of the pack by the league and coaches and has been very, very good.
· Tech overcame a tough start to return to brilliance
· OOC struggles by all league members, but especially Tech and Bemidji, will make us a one-team league
· Northern Michigan was supposed to be middle-of-the-pack. They ... aren't.
·*BG has been kind of a disappointment.
· UAH is punching above their weight.

GFM

Shirtless Guy
12-19-2016, 12:09 PM
2016-17 WCHA Non-Conference Schedule

The WCHA has 69 non-conference games this year, not including the one game between Alaska and Alaska-Anchorage.
27 Possible NCHC Games (3-14-3)
25 Possible Big10 Games (8-14-1)
8 Possible Hockey East Games (0-2-0)
8 Possible Atlantic Hockey Games (1-1-0)
7 Possible ECAC Games (1-3-0)
TOTAL: 13-34-4

ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE (0-4-0)
-2 at Connecticut L 6-0, L 4-0
-2 at St. Cloud State L 5-1, L 5-2
-vs. Massachusetts (Minneapolis, MN)
-vs. Minnesota/Mercyhurst (Minneapolis, MN)

ALASKA (1-3-0)
-at Alaska-Anchorage W 4-1
-vs. Minnesota (Anchorage, AK) L 6-3
-Canisius L 2-1 (OT)
-Nebraska-Omaha L 4-3 (OT)
-2 at Notre Dame

ALASKA-ANCHORAGE (1-5-0)
-Minnesota L 6-0
-Alaska L 4-1
-vs. Nebraska-Omaha (Fairbanks, AK) L 3-1
-vs. Canisius (Fairbanks, AK) W 1-0
-2 at Penn State L 6-3, L 3-1

BEMIDJI STATE (0-4-0)
-2 at North Dakota L 3-2, L 5-4
-2 with Princeton L 4-1, L 3-1
-at Minnesota-Duluth T 1-1
-Minnesota Duluth L 2-1
-vs. St. Cloud State (St. Paul, MN)
-vs. Minnesota/Minnesota-Duluth (St. Paul, MN)

BOWLING GREEN (1-4-1)
-Western Michigan T 4-4
-at Western Michigan L 8-2
-Ohio State L 5-4
-at Ohio State L 6-1
-2 at Miami L 2-1 (OT), W 4-1
-vs. RIT (Toledo, OH)
-with Mercyhurst

FERRIS STATE (1-4-0)
-Western Michigan L 5-3
-at Western Michigan L 2-1
-Michigan L 2-1
-at Michigan State W 4-1
-Michigan State L 4-3
-vs. Robert Morris (Pittsburgh, PA)
-vs. Boston College/Quinnipiac (Pittsburgh, PA)

LAKE SUPERIOR STATE (3-1-0)
-2 with Michigan State W 6-1, W 7-3
-2 at Michigan W 3-1, L 4-1
-2 at Nebraska-Omaha

MICHIGAN TECH (1-4-1)
-2 at Minnesota Duluth L 6-0, L 4-3
-2 at Michigan L 4-3, T 3-3
-2 at Michigan State L 3-2 (OT), W 5-1
-vs. Michigan (Detroit, MI)
-vs. Western Michigan/Michigan State (Detroit, MI)
-2 at Notre Dame

MINNESOTA STATE (3-1-0)
-2 with St. Cloud State W 4-1, W 6-4
-Minnesota W 4-1
-at Minnesota L 1-0
-2 at Princeton L 6-1, W 5-4

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (2-3-1)
-2 vs. Wisconsin (at Green Bay) W 3-2, L 6-5
-2 at Wisconsin W 5-2, L 2-0
-2 with Nebraska-Omaha T 2-2, L 2-0
-vs. Colorado College/Cornell/Mercyhurst (Estero, FL)
-vs. Colorado College/Cornell/Mercyhurst (Estero, FL)

To update this for beaverhockeyfan...it does seem likely after BSU went 0-1-1 vs UMD that MTU is the only team left that has a decent shot at autobid but it would require basically winning out, especially in the 4 remaining NC games. We will have a much better feel for just how bad the NC strength is in after the first weekend of 2017 when just about all of these remaining NC games are done.

beaverhockeyfan
12-20-2016, 09:36 AM
Thanks Shirtless for updating that for me. I have updated the team records in this post along with Northern's first round opponent. Needless to say, the WCHA needs A LOT of wins over the holidays! Come on Santa, we've been nice all year!

2016-17 WCHA Non-Conference Schedule

The WCHA has 69 non-conference games this year, not including the one game between Alaska and Alaska-Anchorage.
27 Possible NCHC Games (3-14-3)
25 Possible Big10 Games (8-14-1)
8 Possible Hockey East Games (0-2-0)
8 Possible Atlantic Hockey Games (1-1-0)
7 Possible ECAC Games (1-3-0)
TOTAL: 13-34-4

ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE (0-4-0)
-2 at Connecticut L 6-0, L 4-0
-2 at St. Cloud State L 5-1, L 5-2
-vs. Massachusetts (Minneapolis, MN)
-vs. Minnesota/Mercyhurst (Minneapolis, MN)

ALASKA (1-3-0)
-at Alaska-Anchorage W 4-1
-vs. Minnesota (Anchorage, AK) L 6-3
-Canisius L 2-1 (OT)
-Nebraska-Omaha L 4-3 (OT)
-2 at Notre Dame

ALASKA-ANCHORAGE (1-5-0)
-Minnesota L 6-0
-Alaska L 4-1
-vs. Nebraska-Omaha (Fairbanks, AK) L 3-1
-vs. Canisius (Fairbanks, AK) W 1-0
-2 at Penn State L 6-3, L 3-1

BEMIDJI STATE (0-5-1)
-2 at North Dakota L 3-2, L 5-4
-2 with Princeton L 4-1, L 3-1
-at Minnesota-Duluth T 1-1
-Minnesota Duluth L 2-1
-vs. St. Cloud State (St. Paul, MN)
-vs. Minnesota/Minnesota-Duluth (St. Paul, MN)

BOWLING GREEN (1-4-1)
-Western Michigan T 4-4
-at Western Michigan L 8-2
-Ohio State L 5-4
-at Ohio State L 6-1
-2 at Miami L 2-1 (OT), W 4-1
-vs. RIT (Toledo, OH)
-with Mercyhurst

FERRIS STATE (1-4-0)
-Western Michigan L 5-3
-at Western Michigan L 2-1
-Michigan L 2-1
-at Michigan State W 4-1
-Michigan State L 4-3
-vs. Robert Morris (Pittsburgh, PA)
-vs. Boston College/Quinnipiac (Pittsburgh, PA)

LAKE SUPERIOR STATE (3-1-0)
-2 with Michigan State W 6-1, W 7-3
-2 at Michigan W 3-1, L 4-1
-2 at Nebraska-Omaha

MICHIGAN TECH (1-4-1)
-2 at Minnesota Duluth L 6-0, L 4-3
-2 at Michigan L 4-3, T 3-3
-2 at Michigan State L 3-2 (OT), W 5-1
-vs. Michigan (Detroit, MI)
-vs. Western Michigan/Michigan State (Detroit, MI)
-2 at Notre Dame

MINNESOTA STATE (4-2-0)
-2 with St. Cloud State W 4-1, W 6-4
-Minnesota W 4-1
-at Minnesota L 1-0
-2 at Princeton L 6-1, W 5-4

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (2-3-1)
-2 vs. Wisconsin (at Green Bay) W 3-2, L 6-5
-2 at Wisconsin W 5-2, L 2-0
-2 with Nebraska-Omaha T 2-2, L 2-0
-vs. Cornell (Estero, FL)
-vs. Colorado College/Mercyhurst (Estero, FL)

Shirtless Guy
12-20-2016, 05:28 PM
New post today, our Editor In Chief got a chance to watch a game while sitting next to Greg Shepherd, the Supervisor of Officials for the WCHA. After the game, Alex got a chance to interview Shep and get a little more insight into how referees are evaluated:
The Watcher of Watchmen: Greg Shepherd (http://techhockeyguide.com/news/2016/12/19/the-watcher-of-watchmen?utm_source=USCHO&utm_medium=WCHA%20Thread&utm_campaign=Watchmen%20-%20WCHA%20Thread)

RaceBoarder
12-20-2016, 06:37 PM
New post today, our Editor In Chief got a chance to watch a game while sitting next to Greg Shepherd, the Supervisor of Officials for the WCHA. After the game, Alex got a chance to interview Shep and get a little more insight into how referees are evaluated:
The Watcher of Watchmen: Greg Shepherd (http://techhockeyguide.com/news/2016/12/19/the-watcher-of-watchmen?utm_source=USCHO&utm_medium=WCHA%20Thread&utm_campaign=Watchmen%20-%20WCHA%20Thread)

That is a very well done piece on something that 99% of fans are clueless on. Very insightful on how officials are evaluated and coached throughout the season. About time the zebras hot some love :cool:

davyd83
12-20-2016, 07:50 PM
That is a very well done piece on something that 99% of fans are clueless on. Very insightful on how officials are evaluated and coached throughout the season. About time the zebras hot some love :cool:

Had a terrific conversation with Shep during the NMU series at Ferris. Great to talk with and very open about the process with officials. Nice piece here! Thanks for sharing!

gfmorris
12-21-2016, 03:59 AM
New post today, our Editor In Chief got a chance to watch a game while sitting next to Greg Shepherd, the Supervisor of Officials for the WCHA. After the game, Alex got a chance to interview Shep and get a little more insight into how referees are evaluated:
The Watcher of Watchmen: Greg Shepherd (http://techhockeyguide.com/news/2016/12/19/the-watcher-of-watchmen?utm_source=USCHO&utm_medium=WCHA%20Thread&utm_campaign=Watchmen%20-%20WCHA%20Thread)

That's a fantastic piece.

GFM

beaverhockeyfan
12-24-2016, 09:33 PM
Merry Christmas WCHA Fans! Yes, even Huntsville fans......

Squarebanks
12-25-2016, 02:20 AM
Merry Christmas to all of the WCHA brethren. Except UAA, because they celebrate Festivus.

gfmorris
12-25-2016, 09:55 PM
Merry Christmas, y'all! It was 78ºF in Huntsville today ... and I was even closer to the Gulf!

GFM

davyd83
12-26-2016, 01:19 AM
Merry Christmas, y'all! It was 78ºF in Huntsville today ... and I was even closer to the Gulf!

GFM

Merry Christmas GFM. 79 here in Fort Myers! It'll be really interesting to see if I leave an open seat on that plane Friday.

Shirtless Guy
12-29-2016, 11:53 AM
Another Recruiting Grounds is up, this time covering the NAHL, America's "other" junior hockey league. We breakdown all the goaltenders that the league has produced over the years and how useful this league has been for many college hockey teams:
Recruiting Grounds: NAHL (http://techhockeyguide.com/news/2016/12/12/recruiting-grounds-nahl?utm_source=NAHL&utm_medium=USCHO&utm_campaign=NAHL%20-%20WCHA%20Thread)

gfmorris
12-30-2016, 06:42 AM
I have Bemidji as a strong favorite this weekend (which shouldn't be a surprise) (http://blog.wchaplayoffs.com/2016/12/23/2016-17-wcha-week-13-series-38-prediction-bemidji-state-at-alaska-anchorage/).

I've taken a look at the tiebreakers for this year (http://blog.wchaplayoffs.com/2016/12/29/the-2016-17-wcha-tiebreakers/). I don't think that there will be any 3-way ties that are settled by the A tiebreaker — I'd rate 3 or 4 as possibilities, but I think that it's likely that the 3-2-1-0 scoring system makes ties less likely.

GFM

Suze
12-30-2016, 10:18 PM
i have bemidji as a strong favorite this weekend (which shouldn't be a surprise) (http://blog.wchaplayoffs.com/2016/12/23/2016-17-wcha-week-13-series-38-prediction-bemidji-state-at-alaska-anchorage/).

Gfm

surprise!

Squarebanks
12-30-2016, 11:41 PM
I have Bemidji as a strong favorite this weekend (which shouldn't be a surprise) (http://blog.wchaplayoffs.com/2016/12/23/2016-17-wcha-week-13-series-38-prediction-bemidji-state-at-alaska-anchorage/)

GFM

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