Where UAA sits after the WCHA weekend: In tight quarters

Posted by DOYLE WOODY, adn.com on February 1, 2014 

Well, that's some logjam the idle UAA Seawolves and the UAF Nanooks, 6-1 winners over Alabama-Huntsville for the second straight night thanks in part to Cody Kunyk's two goals and a helper, find themselves in heading into the homestretch of the WCHA regular season.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but fourth place (UAA) through eighth place Northern Michigan) in the 10-team conference is separated by just two points. And third place (Bowling Green) and eight place are separated by just four points.

Fourth place is critical because it is the last position that gains home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Eighth place is pivotal because it is the last playoff spot -- the ninth- and 10th-place finishers do not get the parting gift of a playoff berth. Alabama-Huntsville is 10th by a long way, so there's one team to be determined that will not enjoy the postseason.

Remember, WCHA teams play 28 regular season games. UAA has eight remaining and UAF, tied for fifth place, has just six remaining -- those teams meet on the final weekend of the regular season, in Fairbanks, to wrap the Governor's Cup. The home stretch of the WCHA season will be a lot of things, but boring isn't one of them.

So, here is how the standings look, in terms of points earned and games played, after tonight's results in the league, which also included Michigan Tech's 5-4 OT win at Bowling Green and Minnesota State-Mankato's 5-1 win at Northern Michigan:

1) Ferris State -- 28 points in 18 games

2) Minn. St.-Mankato -- 26 points in 20 games

3) Bowling Green -- 23 points in 22 games

4) UAA -- 21 points in 20 games

5) tie, Bemidji State -- 20 points in 20 games

Michigan Tech -- 20 points in 20 games

UAF -- 20 points in 22 games

8) Northern Michigan -- 19 points in 18 games

9) Lake Superior State -- 16 points in 18 games

10) Alabama-Huntsville -- 3 points in 18 games

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