|1||Bemidji State (9)||99||1||19-12-3||2.3||1||2|
|2||Michigan Tech (1)||91||2||17-12-7||2||1||2|
Posted January 2, 2017
We have a new unanimous number one, after Bemidji State swept Michigan Tech, 4-2 and 3-0. Northern Michigan was the only other positional movement, gaining a place after sweeping Bolwing Green on back-to-back shutout performances, 3-0 and 2-0.
Two non-conference losses for Bemidji and two wins (over Alabama-Huntsville) for the Huskies have put Michigan Tech firmly into first place in this week’s poll.
After an embarrassing stumble two weeks ago against Alaska-Anchorage, Michigan Tech’s performance against Minnesota State pulled back a few of the first-place votes they had ceded to Bemidji State in last week’s poll.
While it’s normal for the voting to start to stabilize at this point in the season, the number of close series going beyond regulation—and often beyond NCAA overtime—has caused quite the shakeup in our poll.
We have a new #1 in the polls this week as the Huskies have finally wrested one more first-place vote from the Bemidji State Beavers. Both team split this week, Michigan Tech with Notre Dame and Bemidji State with Bowling Green, and it seems that the Black and Gold’s split with the higher-ranked Notre Dame was enough to earn an extra vote over last week.
Not a whole lot changed in the WCHA Web Media Poll rankings this week, with no teams changing positions on the board. That’s a little more interesting than it sounds, given the weeks’ results.
Not much changed in the poll this week. Places 3-10 have stayed the same relative in comparison to last week. What did change was Michigan Tech moving up to share the top spot with Bemidji
The ranks are closing at the top as Michigan Tech pulled in 4 first-place votes, leaving Bemidji State slipping away from their recent dominance in the polls with only 6 first-place votes this week. Tech’s weekend sweep of Bowling Green pushed them up while BSU’s split with 8th-place (WCHA) Lake Superior State likely took a few points off.
After a weekend split between the two teams, Bemidji State received every 1st place vote and Michigan Tech received every 2nd place vote in our most recent poll. Elsewhere in the standings, we’re starting to see some possible changes of position: Bowling Green is only four points behind Minnesota State and Ferris State is only two points behind Lake Superior.
It finally happened: Michigan Tech got a first-place vote. Not only did Bemidji only get nine first-place votes this week, the tenth vote was for fourth place. Oh how the mighty have fallen… against literally the worst team in the country… twice.