Midweek reading: NCHC’s Pairwise troubles; Hobey fan ballot; W. Michigan, SCSU injuries

Published: January 14, 2014, 2:37 pm, by Joe Paisley

Roos celebrationDenver, North Dakota, Western Michigan, Minnesota-Duluth and Miami all find themselves out of the NCAA Tournament if the season ended today according to the latest Pairwise rankings

North Dakota is sitting at 19th, but the other three have a lot of work to do. Fortunately, there are also a lot of games left. CC is No. 52 and Air Force No. 32. Obviously, both area teams will need to win their league’s automatic berth to qualify for the NCAAs.

Here is a strong article about the recent travel troubles for the western college teams.

The Hobey Baker fan balloting is underway and only one player from a Front Range team is on the ballot: Denver goalie Sam Brittain. No Air Force or CC players made the initial cut for the first time in recent memory

WHL Portland snapped up a Minnesota-Duluth defenseman commit. Peter Stoykewych’s younger brother Paul signed with Western Michigan for next season He was one of seven signees.

Here are three players Wisconsin is targeting in the recruiting battles and an injury update for St. Cloud State.

The 2014 and 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Games will be held at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sept. 25, 2014 and sometime in September 2015.