Saturday reading: SCSU clinches home ice, WCHA recaps, AFA, J. Schwartz, WCHA standings, CCHA

Published: March 2, 2013, 6:05 pm, by Joe Paisley

Jaden Schwartz actionWith Friday’s 5-3 win over Michigan Tech, St. Cloud State was the first WCHA team to clinch home ice in the playoffs.

This is the second straight season the Huskies earned home playoff ice.  The Huskies’ first round opponent will be determined by the results of the remaining regular season contests.

Here is the game recap from the St. Cloud Times.

No. 16 Wisconsin picked up a big bounce-back win at No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha.

Here are all the links you’ll ever need on North Dakota’s home win over Bemidji State.

No. 10 Denver’s penalty kill was impressive in its 2-0 road win over No. 2 Minnesota.

Attendance was poor for Minnesota-Duluth’s 4-2 home win over Alabama-Huntsville.

Alaska-Fairbanks scored in overtime to deflate the Alaska-Anchorage seniors’ hopes of winning the Governors Cup for the first time.

Here is the full game story on CC’s 4-1 home win over No. 9 Minnesota State. Air Force also picked up a big league win but did not clinch second place just yet.

Keep in mind that Saturday is CC’s Senior Night with a pregame ceremony planned honoring the seven seniors. Fans are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Tickets remain available.

It promises to be a crazy final night for the CCHA’s last  regular season:  Miami, Western Michigan and Notre Dame are all still vying for the regular-season title, while Bowling Green, Michigan, Lake Superior and Northern Michigan are still in contention to host a first-round playoff series.

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz, pictured, took advantage of playing St. Louis’ top line by recording a goal and assist for his first multi-point NHL game.

Here are the updated WCHA standings:

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WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
St. Cloud State
25
17
7
1
35
87
56
20
12
1
112
81
North Dakota
25
13
6
6
32
86
64
18
9
6
110
82
Minnesota
25
13
7
5
31
80
60
21
7
5
117
66
Nebraska Omaha
25
14
9
2
30
86
74
18
13
2
115
92
Denver
25
12
8
5
29
78
74
17
10
5
106
87
Minnesota State
25
14
10
1
29
78
61
20
10
3
105
75
Wisconsin
25
11
7
7
29
58
56
15
11
7
79
68
Colorado College
25
10
11
4
24
82
86
13
15
5
110
114
Minnesota Duluth
26
8
13
5
21
64
79
11
17
5
82
98
Bemidji State
25
5
14
6
16
52
76
6
18
7
64
93
Michigan Tech
25
6
15
4
16
65
87
10
17
4
92
99
Alaska Anchorage
26
2
18
6
10
50
93
4
20
7
62
106