Last Thursday, St. Cloud State University and Western Michigan University officially accepted invitations to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference when the conference begins play in 2013-14. St. Cloud State is the sixth member of the WCHA to make the move, while Western Michigan becomes the second team from the CCHA.
Nothing on the road is ever easy in the WCHA. That was certainly proven this weekend when UNO skated into Mankato, Minn. and had to play two overtime games en route to a series split.
Jonathan Toews is the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks. At 22, Toews helped lead team Canada to an Olympic gold medal, then followed it up by helping the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup just four months later.
St. Cloud State junior forward Travis Novak scored with 1:04 remaining in Saturday night's game against the Mavs and UNO left St. Cloud with three of a possible four points in the weekend series. After an impressive 3-0 shutout Friday night, the Mavs were unable to hold their third period lead on Saturday, and neither team scored in overtime to produce a winner.
Ryan Massa's career as a UNO goaltender couldn't have begun more ominously. In his first career start against Alaska-Fairbanks, the first shot he ever saw got past him.