Here are a few stories and some stats….
Taylor Chorney was featured on CSTV’s Tuesday at the rink chat. Check it out here.
The new USCHO.com Bracketology has UND and Bemidji State in a regional with Michigan and Boston College.
College Hockey News’ Adam Wodon has a special report on Bemidji State’s future.
Former Sioux player Hunter Bishop, an Ohio State recruit, is the No. 2 scorer in the BCHL with 48 goals, 32 assists for 80 points in 49 games (five hat tricks). He will soon become Vernon’s first 50-goal scorer since 1992. He recently made news for winning the BCHL’s fastest-skater competition.
There’s some sad news out of Minneapolis about former Gopher defenseman Nate Hagemo, who is suspected of possessing heroin. Hagemo was injured at the World Juniors in Grand Forks and never ended up recovering from it. He announced his hockey retirement last fall.
Colorado College’s Jimmy Kilpatrick joined Ryan Duncan and T.J. Oshie as the WCHA’s only members of the Century Club.
It’s still early, but sophomore defenseman David Fischer told the Pioneer Press’ Bruce Brothers that he plans to stay in school for four years. I don’t think it would come as a huge shock, although no Minnesota first-round pick has ever stayed through their senior season.
The Gophers didn’t practice Tuesday as Don Lucia went to Warroad to watch the Warroad-Roseau game…. or as someone in the Gopher hockey office said, "Apparently it’s not cold enough in Minneapolis, he had to go to Warroad."
St. Cloud State’s Nate Dey will miss next weekend’s series against Colorado College.
Wisconsin is unbeaten in the five games since the blown call in Denver.
Duluth completed an impressive weekend sweep of UMass-Lowell.
And now the stats. Did you know….
T.J. Oshie moved into first in the race for the WCHA scoring title. He is tied with CC’s Chad Rau. Keep in mind, the WCHA scoring title is based solely on conference games. Ryan Duncan and Chris VandeVelde…. yes, Chris VandeVelde…. are nipping at their heels.
Here are a few categories where UND players are fighting for the top spot:
WCHA scoring title race
1. T.J. Oshie, UND — 10-14–24
1. Chad Rau, CC — 15-9–24
3. Ryan Duncan, UND — 8-15–23
4. Ryan Lasch, SCSU — 10-12–22
5. Garrett Roe, SCSU — 8-13–21
6. Chris VandeVelde, UND — 9-11–20
6. Andreas Nodl, SCSU — 10-10–20
WCHA assist scoring
1. Robbie Bina, UND — 15
2. Ryan Duncan, UND — 15
3. T.J. Oshie, UND — 14
4. Taylor Chorney, UND — 14
WCHA defensemen scoring
1. Taylor Chorney, UND — 2-14–16
1. Robbie Bina, UND — 1-15–16
3. Jack Hillen, CC — 1-12–13
4. Chay Genoway, UND — 4-8–12
4. Jason Garrison, UMD — 4-8–12
UND moved into a tie with CC for the top offense in league games. The Sioux are second behind CC in team defense in WCHA games. The Sioux also have taken over the top spot in the power play.
In addition to the article about how far scoring has dropped in the league, notice the power play numbers this season. They are incredibly down. Tech is converting at 13.7 percent. Four years ago, that exact number was the worst in the WCHA. Now, it’s good for the top half.
WCHA power play
1. UND 21.4
2. CC 18.8
3. St. Cloud 17.8
4. Denver 14.9
5. Michigan Tech 13.7
6. Mankato 12.8
7. Wisconsin 12.2
8. Minnesota 11.7
9. Anchorage 11.4
10. Duluth 10.0
Lastly, SCSU’s Lasch is fourth in the country in scoring — just three points off the top spot. But he actually is a minus on the season at -4. Roe also is at -4 and Nodl’s -5 is the second-worst on the team. Those numbers are surprising, for sure.
So, who has the best plus/minus for the Huskies? None other than Warroad’s Aaron Marvin at +5.