2016-17 Week 16, Series 51: Alaska-Anchorage (1616) at Northern Michigan (1697)
|UAA 5 points (W, OTW)||10.63%|
|UAA 4 points (W, OTL or OTW, OTW)||9.56%|
|NMU 4 points (W, OTL or OTW, OTW)||8.31%|
|NMU 5 points (W, OTW)||7.55%|
Alaska-Anchorage is 1-1-2-4 on the road in the WCHA this season, which is to say that it’s kept is close half of the time. They should expect to do better against Northern Michigan, who have failed to turn mediocre fundamentals into mediocre results. Consider:
- The third-best power play in league play.
- The fourth-best penalty kill (leaving them -1 net so far).
- They’re seventh in league scoring (86 GF) and league defense (100 GA).
- The three teams behind them in league scoring and defense are all above them (10th, 13 points) in the standings: UAH at (t-6th, 23), LSSU (8th, 22), and UAA (9th, 19).
It has to stick in the Wildcats’ whiskers. Their road back to the playoffs starts this weekend.