Dryden McKay, Mareks Mitens, Zach Driscoll and Rico DiMatteo are the four goalies who were named to the 2020-21 All-WCHA teams. They're also the four goalies whose teams are in this week's WCHA final four. Coincidence? Conference coaches say "no."
Northern Michigan has gone through an eight-game losing streak, and so many injuries that head coach Grant Potulny has stopped counting. Through all of that the Wildcats have persevered to reach the WCHA semifinals and come within two wins of an NCAA tournament berth.
Despite twice rallying from one-goal deficits, Bemidji State suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to Northern Michigan on Saturday night.
The Beavers (7-5-3) and Wildcats (6-11-0) meet at 6:07 p.m. Saturday in the second game of a WCHA series.
Entering the third period trailing 1-0, No. 17 Bemidji State conceded four goals in the final frame and suffered their first loss since Jan. 7.
The Beavers (7-4-3) and Wildcats (5-11-0) meet at 7:07 p.m. Friday in the first game of a WCHA series.
Dryden McKay earned his fourth shutout in six starts this season and four Minnesota State players scored once each as the Mavericks beat Northern Michigan 4-0 on Sunday to sweep their WCHA-opening series in Marquette.
The Mavericks square off against WCHA rival Northern Michigan in the second game of the series.
Minnesota State University set the tone early on Saturday, scoring four first-period goals against Northern Michigan. The Mavericks can earn their first sweep of the season with a win at Northern today.
Five different players scored for Minnesota State, including four in the first 14 minutes of the game, and Dryden McKay recorded his third shutout of the season as the Mavericks earned a 5-0 victory at Northern Michigan in the WCHA opener for both teams.
The Mavericks square off against WCHA rival Northern Michigan.
Minnesota State has played just five games so far this season, but the Mavericks' schedule is full for the rest of the regular season. MSU's players and coaches are hoping they won't have another weekend off for the next three months.
Minnesota State has looked like the better team in all five of its games this season. The No. 5-ranked Mavericks are still looking for answers to some questions, though, as the second half of the season begins this weekend at Northern Michigan.