It’s an interesting weekend in college hockey. I don’t really see any games that really jump out and say “marquee matchup”. Don’t take this the wrong way; plenty of good games are to be had this weekend. Harvard against Cornell should be a good game. The Minnesota-Wisconsin border battle is always intriguing. But as far at the top teams, many are playing in ho-hum games.
These types of weekends are my favorite. With so many top teams playing middle of the road teams, upsets are bound to happen. It’s your typical trap weekend and I can’t wait to see which teams avoid it.
First, let’s talk about the big game that just wrapped up.
Rensselaer 2 Quinnipiac 2 OT
The Bobcats keep refusing to lose.
Junior Sam Anas scored the game-tying goal with just nine seconds remaining in regulation for salvage a tie for the top-ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats.
The Rensselaer Engineers senior goaltender made 46 saves in the tie, including 17 in the second period alone.
The Engineers drew first blood late in second period when senior forward Zach Schroeder scored his third of the season. Minnesota Wild draft pick Lou Nanne got the assist, which was his 11th on the season.
The lead extended to two when senior Mark Miller scored his fifth of the season at the 5:06 mark of the third period.
The two-goal lead didn’t last long as senior Soren Jonzzon scored his fourth of the season just 31 seconds later. That set the stage for Anas.
While no team enjoys being down by two, it doesn’t seem to bother the Bobcats.
They have faced a two-goal or more deficit in seven games this season and have only lost one of them. If your team plays them in the NCAA tournament, I’m sorry.
There is a full slate of games in the NCHC this weekend. I predict a lot of movement in the middle of the standings
The most intriguing series in the conference will be taking place in Magness Arena as the Denver Pioneers host the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs.
The Pioneers, ranked 14th in the Pairwise, haven’t lost a conference game to a team that isn’t North Dakota or St. Cloud State, who are leading the conference. They are coming off a win and a tie against the Western Michigan Broncos.
The Bulldogs, on the other hand, lost and tied St. Cloud State last weekend and are really trying to get the offense firing on all cylinders. Despite the struggles, things aren’t all that bleak for UMD as they are currently 17th in the Pairwise.
- The Colorado College Tigers stunned St. Cloud State with a 5-2 victory on Saturday. They will look to continue the good play at North Dakota, who split last weekend against Omaha.
- Cloud State hosts Western Michigan in a sort of redemption series for the Broncos. The Huskies decimated the Broncos by a combined 16-3 in the series earlier this year. St. Cloud leads the series all time at 5-3-2, but all three losses came at home. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Broncos win a game this weekend.
- In the CBS Sports series, the Miami Redhawks travel to newly built Baxter Arena in Omaha for a showdown against the Mavericks. Omaha is on a bit of a slide lately, going 1-3 in its last four.
I’m thinking there will be some upsets this weekend. My shift is over.