Ryan Sandelin Bags Minnesota State Winner With Mom's Heart In The Balance
Mar 29, 2021
Wendy Sandelin couldn’t take the pressure of watching her son Ryan battle through NCAA sudden death, so she grabbed a shovel and headed into the Duluth night.
Lake Superior State Ends 25-Year Drought With WCHA Championship Win
Mar 22, 2021
March is not a pretty month in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan: the potholes haven’t been repaired. only one tee box is open among the city golf courses, and the sun still cuts a low arc to the south. But on Saturday, the Soo’s venerable Christopher Columbus Hall felt like Mardi Gras. A robust collection of college hockey lovers gathered to root their beloved Lake Superior State Lakers into the NCAA tournament. It had been 25 years since the former champs attended college hockey’s marquee event.
WCHA RinkRap: Minnesota State Heavyweight & Bemidji Goaltending Clinic
Mar 16, 2021
This week on RinkRap: a sleeping giant rumbles, a wake-up call for the league heavyweights, a goaltending clinic in Bemidji, and a dangerous floater steeled by adversity.
2021 Atlantic Hockey Tournament: Niagara Makes Surprising Push Into Semis
Mar 15, 2021
Atlantic Hockey is down to four teams remaining as the fight for the postseason tournament narrows.
WCHA RinkRap: Surprise Minnesota State Hero & Lake State's Ashton Calder
Mar 8, 2021
This week on the WCHA RinkRap: a practice player makes good in Mankato, a Soo local carries the hopes of Laker Nation, and three-on-three overtime takes a hiatus
WCHA RinkRap: Instant Classic Between Bowling Green & Northern Michigan
Feb 22, 2021
This Week on WCHA RinkRap: a rookie goalie throws a “perfecto,” a major milestone in Big Rapids, Cullen plays Catalyst for Falcons, and WCHA goaltenders vie for supremacy.
WCHA RinkRap: Bemidji Madness, Bowling Green's Gavin Gould & The Wildcats
Feb 1, 2021
This week on WCHA RinkRap, an ancient proverb comes to life in Bemidji, a hockey revenge story that was two years in the making, and the snarl is back in Wildcat country.
WCHA RinkRap: Minnesota State's Dryden McKay & His Namesake Ken Dryden
Jan 26, 2021
As most WCHA fans know, Minnesota State’s supreme goalie Dryden McKay was named after Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden, a fact that resonates when you consider that McKay followed his namesake between the pipes to become an elite goalie.
Overtime Mayem Takes Over In WCHA Hockey Over The Weekend
Jan 12, 2021
Unlike its NCAA brethren hoops, baseball, and football, settling tie games in “sudden death” is a fixture in college hockey. The more appropriate moniker would be “sudden joy,” the raw emotion of 15 teammates hopping the boards for a dog-pile celebration on one end of the rink. Three such skate-off explosions occurred on WCHA ice this past weekend, as Huntsville, Bemidji, and Lake Superior State gained victories by working overtime. Each contest had its own poignant story-line; each ended in an instant.
WCHA RinkRap: Michigan Tech's Pietila Paints A Masterpiece vs The Mavericks
Dec 8, 2020
This week on RinkRap, a “Scorpion” sighting in Houghton, a Bemidji transfer comes back to the WCHA to put a scare into Bowling Green, and Tim Theocharidis returns to the site of his maiden voyage, duplicating past glory.
WCHA RinkRap: Minnesota State-Bemidji State & Immediate Transfer Impacts
Nov 24, 2020
An entertaining November weekend of WCHA hockey, complete with scoring stars, goaltending duels and a four-star highlight-reel goal, was brought to a screeching halt on Monday when Minnesota State canceled its game Monday at Bemidji following reports of positive COVID-19 tests amongst its players.
WCHA RinkRap: A UP Prizefight, Balancing Beavers & Creative Falcons
Mar 9, 2020
This week in RinkRap: an Upper Peninsula prizefight goes extra rounds, the Beavers balance on a slippery bubble, and Bowling Green gets creative in their travel plans.
WCHA RinkRap: An Upper Peninsula Battle & The MacNaughton Cup
Mar 2, 2020
In a WCHA regular-season final weekend not soon to be equaled for its exquisite drama, the Minnesotans’ MacNaughton Cup showdown and Bowling Green’s desperation comeback in Dixie both took a back seat to the Upper Penisula rivalry game Saturday night between Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech up in Houghton. Their gripping contest was ultimately determined by a breathtaking gamble from Northern’s beleaguered goalie, a play that helped salvage home ice in the WCHA playoffs for his Wildcats.
WCHA RinkRap: Bowling Green's Miracle & The Race For The MacNaughton Cup
Feb 24, 2020
It’s a Miracle theme in this week’s RinkRap, as Bowling Green and Miracle On Ice alum Mark Wells tells all to Ryan Vallon; we flash back to 1980 again for Mankato’s run at hockey gold; and Bemidji’s current miraculous run continues, despite facing dire straits in Anchorage.
American International Breaking Away As Atlantic Hockey Seeding Shapes Up
Feb 18, 2020
The American International Yellow Jackets are riding a nine-game win streak, which has propelled them to six-point lead atop Atlantic Hockey as the conference tournament nears.