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Thursday reading: NCHC notes

Published: January 30, 2014, 9:41 am, by Joe Paisley

bigger-NCHC-logo-300x300Here are some notes on the NCHC provided by the league:

•  Only four NCHC teams are in action this weekend with all four playing a conference series. The other four squads have their final bye of the regular season. Following this weekend, all eight will have 10 conference games remaining. 

•  The NCHC finished 37-31-16 (.536) in non-conference play.

•  Coming off a bye, No. 20 Western Michigan looks to extend its six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) when it hosts Minnesota-Duluth, CC’s road foe next weekend.. During the unbeaten streak, WMU has two wins over then No. 13 Miami, a win over then No. 3 Michigan and a win and a tie against then No. 3 St. Cloud State. UMD was the last team to beat WMU back on Dec. 14 in Duluth.

•  Denver, idle this week, is one of just three NCAA teams (Minn. State, Quinnipiac) to rank in the top 10 nationally in both special teams categories. The Pioneers are fifth on the power play at 22.9 percent and sixth on the penalty kill at 87.9 percent. Two St. Cloud State ranks fourth on the power play at 23.4 percent.

•  Denver senior goalie Sam Brittain ranks third (.936) and WMU sophomore Lukas Hafner fifth (.935). in saves percentage while Hafner leads the NCAA with a 1.61 goals against mark.

•   Nebraska-Omaha junior forward Josh Archibald is tied for third nationally with 17 goals (first in the NCHC) while Miami sophomore forward Riley Barber is tied for sixth with 16 tallies. Barber is also tied for sixth in the NCAA in points with 35, tops in the NCHC.