February 22, 2009

A sweep...home ice is guaranteed...yeah!!!!

The Sioux are really clicking now. Firing on all cylinders. Call it what you want, they are definitely rolling now, sweeping Alaska Anchorage up in Alaska. Combine that sweep with a Minnesota loss last night, and the Sioux now are guaranteed home ice for the playoffs.

On Friday night, I thought the Sioux looked sluggish. A step out of it. The passes weren't crisp and accurate and they really didn't challenge UAA. I personally thought they were lucky to get a win, but as Dirty was telling me, that is what the good teams do. Find a way to win, even when it doesn't seem possible. On Saturday night, however, it was a different team. The Sioux simply looked like the Sioux. They were passing well. Banging home rebounds. Playing tight defensively. It was a great game.

I normally don't do this, but because we're getting so close to the playoffs, I'll round out the other games from the weekend in the WCHA. I got to see a couple of these. DU swept Wisconsin in Madison. On Friday, DU tied it up 3-3 with 14 seconds left, then scored in overtime. On Saturday, they just made Wisconsin look silly, winning 5-0. Minnesota-Duluth took 3 of 4 points in Houghton, winning 4-1 on Friday and tying 2-2 on Saturday. The Gophers woes continue as they got swept by CC, losing 4-3 and 5-3.

So, let's review the standings, shall we? UND is at the top with 33 points, tied with DU. As everyone knows by now, UND has a game in hand on DU, plus a better conference record. CC is alone in 3rd with 29 points. Wisconsin is 4th with 28 points, and Daloot rounds out the top 5 with 26 points. Every game is critical this upcoming weekend, and every game is important for every team.

UND plays at home to CC
DU plays at home to St. Cloud
Minnesota plays at home to Daloot
Wisconsin plays on the road at Mankato

Like I said, every team has something to play for.

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