02 November 2004

The Votes are in....The Dogs are out!

The Bulldogs dropped from the number one ranking, to third in the USCHO.com poll, and second in the USA Today Poll, but still received three first place votes in both polls. The disspointment at the DECC was audible when fans began chanting "overrated" at their own team following a loss and a tie against unranked Vermont. Boston College, coming off a win against North Dakota, took over the number one ranking in both polls.

Several key WCHA matchups will take place this weekend.
The biggest matchup will take place at Mariucci Arena, where the Gophers (5-2-0) take on their biggest rival, the Wisconsin Badgers (5-1-0). Last weekend the Gophers swept Mankato State at home by virtue of a 9-2 win Friday night, and a 3-2 overtime triumph on Saturday. Kellen Briggs was voted WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, for his 65 save weekend.

Undefeated Colorado College (4-0-0) travels to Ralph Englestad Arena for their first conference series this weekend against North Dakota (4-2-2). Colorado College took last weekend off, while North Dakota spent a disappointing weekend on the east coast. Following a 5-3 loss to Boston College in which the Sioux trailed 4-0 before mounting a late rally, they led Northeastern 3-1 going into the third period, before allowing the Huskies to come back and force a 3-3 tie.

Our Bulldogs (5-1-2) take the long flight up to Alaska to take on the Seawolves (3-2-1). Alaska Anchorage split with Michigan Tech in Houghton, MI, losing 5-1 Friday night, and winning 5-4 Saturday. We all know what the Bulldogs did...

Michigan Tech (1-5-0) takes on their biggest rival Northern Michigan (4-1-1) in a home-and-home series this weekend. Northern Michigan beat and tied Notre Dame last weekend.

Minnesota State (0-5-1) takes on Bemidji State (1-1-0) at the Taylor Center in Mankato, MN this weekend. Bemidji State lost to Ferris State 7-2 last weekend, and also dropped an exhibition game against Manitoba 5-3.

WCHA Standings
Team GP PTS
Minnesota-Duluth 4 8
Denver 4 6
Minnesota 4 6
Wisconsin 4 6
North Dakota 4 5
Alaska-Anchorage 2 2
Michigan Tech 6 2
Minnesota State 6 2
Colorado College 0 0
Saint Cloud 2 0

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