Breaking down the WCHA First Round

wcha bracket

The WCHA tournament will reseed after the first round which means that the highest and lowest advancing seeds will play each other.

minnesota msu minnesota msu stats

It’s too bad there can’t be a better sendoff for MSU goaltender Erin Krichiver who has weathered a storm of shots this season.  Best of luck to her and the Mavericks.

wisconsin scs

 

wisconsin scs stats

 

I am not hopeful that St. Cloud State can win this series, but…Wisconsin struggles to score at times, and they allow teams to stay in games.  It’s plagued them all season and it’s definitely something to watch out for in the WCHA tournament.


nd osu

nd osu stats

It looks like Ohio State had a slim shot advantage, but don’t be fooled, UND spent a lot less time on the power play and a lot more time on the penalty kill which likely skewed totals somewhat.  On the surface this looks like a pretty typical superior 3 seed – inferior 6 seed matchup, but Ohio State played UND tough in the regular season and probably will do so in the playoffs.


umd bsu

 

umd bsu stats

Always the 4-5 matchups that are the most intriguing.  Bemidji State got blitzed on shots, but they’ve been playing and winning that way all season and the discrepancies in shots in their two wins appear to be more score effects (playing it safe holding a lead) than getting outplayed outright.

The Beavers have gained a lot of fans this season, playing as the Little Program that Could (and did) skate with the WCHA powerhouses despite serious size and recruiting disadvantages.  Meanwhile Minnesota-Duluth is besieged by the drama of the University letting go of longtime coach Shannon Miller with inconsistent justifications and allegations that the firing is tinged with sexism and homophobia.  I don’t know how much of that will trickle down to the team, or even if they’ll be primed for one last deep run for their coach, but it’s something to be aware of.

Predictions:

wcha prediction

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