The Tigers will have to take a long look at themselves during their upcoming week off. They were destroyed on their home ice 6-1 by St. Cloud in Saturday’s series finale and now stand at a very pedestrian 9-8-3 in the WCHA. The Tigers also need some time off to heal. Center Nick Dineen was the latest Tiger to get injured, suffering an upper-body injury Saturday.
The Tigers’ chances of making the NCAA tournament appear to rest now on making a run at the WCHA Final Five in March. Given how inconsistent the offense has been – and that the team can’t depend on goaltender Richard Bachman to win games by himself this season – CC will have to make some significant improvements to make that kind of run during the league playoffs. Without a doubt, it has been a disappointing season for a team that ranked No. 1 in the nation at one point.