When Huskies climbed to the top spot in both NCAA Division I polls, it was their first time since March 25, 2019. It now seems they would remain there for some time.
And for the successive week, St. Cloud State are atop having had the weekend off. The Huskies lost in last season's national championship game. However, they look like a different team this term according to casinoranking, desperate to get back there.
St. Cloud State swept St. Thomas in their season-opening weekend, but then the Huskies had to play then top-ranked Minnesota State University-Mankato in a road series. The Mavericks went into the series 47-4-2 at home in the last three seasons and 62-9-3 in the last four seasons. SCSU lost the opener 1-0 but came back for a 3-1 win for a series split. The Huskies then had a home-and-home with fourth-ranked Minnesota and picked up a 2-1 win in Minneapolis and a 4-3 overtime loss at home, which is close to a tie in the PairWise Rankings.
The Huskies then handled Wisconsin on back-to-back nights at home. They split both series' with Minnesota State and Minnesota — with both losses only being by a goal — and then dismissing Wisconsin with ease.
Graduate student goalie David Hrenak has been outstanding, sporting the No. 4 goals-against average in the country (1.37) and No. 6 save percentage (.943). He's played in seven games so far, more than any of the goalies ranked higher on both of those lists. He's been consistently great in net, which has been key for St. Cloud State.
The Huskies have had no trouble scoring goals, with Kevin Fitzgerald, Jami Krannila, Nolan Walker and a healthy Easton Brodzinski scoring four goals apiece in October. At the end of their October play, which ended Oct. 23 since they had the final weekend of the month off, they led the league in goals with 31?
David Hrenak was terrific last month too.
Michigan's slip against Western Michigan midway through the month ensured that Cloud State took over the No. 1 spot. The Huskies haven't given the ranking up since, holding it for two straight weeks and they are being featured in casino games South Africa.
Michigan ended October with two splits — one with Western Michigan (which we'll get to later), the other with Wisconsin. For the first time in their young season, the Wolverines encountered scoring troubles. Despite all of that, Michigan is still the No. 3 team in the nation and a favourite come to the tournament in the spring.
The difference between these two squads is experience. While Michigan is young and full of top NHL draft picks, the Huskies are battle-tested.
Michigan has a series with Michigan State, No. 16 Penn State, No. 17 Notre Dame and Niagara over the next month. St. Cloud State counters with Colorado College, No. 9 Omaha and No. 10 Western Michigan. Neither schedule is easy. Consistency will be necessary for Michigan to take back the No. 1 spot.