Andy Baggot reported today that Penn State has contacted Wisconsin about women's hockey coach Mark Johnson potentially being a candidate for the head coaching job at Penn State. Johnson is an intriguing candidate because he's had tremendous success at Wisconsin, but there's a pretty big difference between the men's game and the women's game, namely, the vast difference in depth between the two. Wisconsin draws so much talent that there's really only two or three teams that can be competitive with them in their conference, while there's a bunch of completely overmatched programs that are cheap wins. If Johnson moved to a Big Ten Hockey Conference, there'd really only be one program like that, and even that is up in the air now that Rick Comley is retiring.
Speaking of Rick Comley, he called local loudmouth Tim Staudt to have him complain about Michigan State traveling to Fairbanks this weekend for the playoffs. Michigan State had to bus down to Chicago today in order to find a flight that could fit their entire team on it. Maybe try not finishing in 10th place.
Comley also talked about the difficulty of replacing Ron Mason. Maybe try not finishing in 10th place.
Jason Zucker is on pace to become the second freshman to win the WCHA league scoring race. Fellow freshman Jaden Schwartz has scored at a better pace than Zucker this year, but fell out of contention after missing a couple weeks due to a broken ankle.
Nebraska-Omaha's transition to the WCHA has been better than expected.
More WCHA Pairwise talk.