Here’s one stat from each team that I find at least a little bit interesting. Hopefully you do as well.
1. Anchorage – The Seawolves have just three wins in their last 30 games against WCHA foes (3-24-3). Two of those three wins came against St. Cloud State. The other was against Duluth.
2. Bemidji State – Since joining the WCHA, the Beavers are 5-0-3 (.813) on the road at Omaha, and 10-26-2 (.289) on the road everywhere else.
3. Colorado College – The Tigers have just one win in the last 10 games – and they were outshot by 21 in that victory. Next up for CC: at Omaha and at UND.
4. Denver – Goalie Juho Olkinuora has a 1.16 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage in his last four starts. . . and he is winless in that span.
5. Michigan Tech – This stat is courtesy Mining Gazette writer Stephen Anderson: Tech goalie Kevin Genoe has a 2.08 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage on the road this season. At home? Genoe has a 5.55 GAA and a .861 save percent.
6. Minnesota – Nick Bjugstad, the preseason player of the year, racked up 1.38 points per game during the first 16 league games of last season. In his last 23 league games, Bjugstad is averaging just 0.61. He’s currently 64th in the race for the league scoring title with 7 points in 12 games.
7. Duluth – Rookie forward Tony Cameranesi has 19 points in 18 overall games. He’s bidding to become Duluth’s first point-per-game freshman in a decade (since Tim Stapleton’s 42 points in 42 games in 2002-03). That means Cameranesi is producing more than Jack Connolly, Mike Connolly, J.T. Brown and Mason Raymond did as rookies.
8. MSU-Mankato – The Mavericks have already matched their WCHA win total from each of the last two seasons (eight).
9. Omaha – Goaltender John Faulkner ranks 15th among WCHA goalies in save percentage (.897), yet first in winning percentage (9-2-1).
10. North Dakota – Clarke Saunders earned 8 victories during the first half of the season (8-3-3). He had 6 wins as a freshman and sophomore combined at Huntsville (6-37-1).
11. St. Cloud State – The only freshman in the country to have 10 goals at Christmastime this season is Husky rookie Kalle Kossila.
12. Wisconsin – The Badgers are 1-7-2 without star recruit Nic Kerdiles and 3-0-3 with the California product.