Weekly Wednesday Update

The most exciting thing that happened at today’s pressers? I got my ballot for the all-WCHA award voting.

This year, I find the ballot more interesting than others.

That’s because each team is only allowed to submit one name for WCHA player of the year and WCHA rookie of the year (voters are allowed to write in candidates if they wish). The unique part about this season is that a handful of teams have two equally worthy candidates for that award and I was curious to see who would get the nod.

For UND, Danny Kristo is on the ballot over Corban Knight.

For Minnesota, Nate Schmidt is on the ballot over Erik Haula.

For St. Cloud State, Drew LeBlanc is on the ballot over Nick Jensen.

And for MSU-Mankato, Eriah Hayes is on the ballot over Stephon Williams or Matt Leitner.

I think this vote will go down to the wire. I will be holding my ballot until after Saturday night’s games are done. I’ll post it after that, and you can all tell me where I went wrong.

There’s a lot left to be determined in the WCHA race. That’s my Thursday story. It details some of the possible crazy finishes. UND needs one win this weekend to lock up a top three seed, though top two is ideal.

UND also could move toward securing an NCAA tournament berth. Right now, USCHO says it looks like a repeat of last year’s regional.

For Friday’s paper, I have a feature on Corban Knight. I don’t think a lot of people know what Knight is like off the ice. The Q&A is with Carter Rowney.

On the women’s side, things are getting pretty simple. UND has to beat Wisconsin on Friday afternoon in order to have a shot at making the NCAA tournament. If so, UND will have a shot at a banner on Saturday.

The weekend will be pretty wild for the Herald writers.

Tom Miller made the trip to the Cities today to cover East Grand Forks (they beat Rochester Lourdes 3-2) at the state tournament. He’ll cover Moorhead for the Fargo Forum on Thursday.

I’ll head down Friday and cover EGF vs. St. Thomas Academy (which outshot its opponent today 50-3 and won 12-0) at 1 p.m., then head to Mankato for the UND game, while Miller stays in the Cities for the women’s game at 4 p.m.

If the Green Wave win, we’ll both head to St. Paul at noon Saturday for the state title game, then I’ll be heading back to Mankato for the series finale. Miller will cover the Final Faceoff title game or else head to Mankato for the last regular-season game of the year.

So, get ready for a lot of hockey in the Herald the next few days. That’s all for now, but you can check out this week’s GF sports live chat if you wish.

10 Responses

  1. Tom Anderson

    Does the MacNaughton Cup normally stay with the school that wins it each year and what is the plan for this year whether one team wins it or if there is a tie based on this being the last year of the WCHA?

    Also very nice coverage by you and your team all year long!!

  2. ddm

    Here are the most likely brackets as of today ….

    Grand Rapids
    14 Notre Dame vs. 2 Minnesota
    11 Western Michigan vs. 7 North Dakota

    13 Niagara vs. 3 Miami
    12 Yale vs. 8 Minnesota State

    15 Rensselaer vs. 4 Massachusetts-Lowell
    10 St. Cloud State vs. 5 New Hampshire

    16 Alaska vs. 1 Quinnipiac
    9 Denver vs. 6 Boston College

    Read more: http://www.uscho.com/bracketology/2013/03/06/two-weeks-out-and-attendance-bracket-integrity-fall-in-line/#ixzz2MrPtswve

  3. bob toussaint

    Shots on goal 50-3? The people at St. Thomas ought to be ashamed of themselves.They should be forced to move up a class!

  4. Tracy

    Brad, you and Tom should take the vehicles with the best tires and windshield wipers because the Twin Cities and south are supposed to see some bad road conditions on Saturday, and Saturday night into Sunday. Be careful as you travel around the state!

  5. Sioux4ever

    Read somewhere that the NCHC tournament will be rotated between Minneapolis and Detroit each year. Is that correct?

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