Michigan Tech along with the rest of the WCHA now know what the first round pairing will be. The Huskies will try to repeat the excellent performance last time they were in Denver, a weekend in which MTU allowed only 1 goal, and ended up getting a series split with the Pioneers.
WCHA Match Ups:
#1 Denver vs. #10 Michigan Tech
#2 Colorado College vs. #9 St. Cloud State
#3 Minnesota vs. #8 Mankato State - Minnesota
#4 Wisconsin vs. #7 Alaska Anchorage
#5 North Dakota vs. #6 Minnesota Duluth
A turn around is needed, as Tech will go into this weekends series posting a 0-4-2 record in the last six games. MTU will look to the leaders of the team for this weekend's series. They include Cam Ellsworth in net, Lars Helminen at the blueline, and Chirs Conner and Colin Murphy on the offensive side.
Murphy ended the season with the most assists in the nation with 42 and tied for second in points in the nation with 53. It is also the first time in over a decade that a Husky tallied more than 50 points in a season. Conner leads the team in goals with 13, and needs to really get the ball rolling to help Tech get into the Final 5. Helminen is the second leading scorer on the team and 3rd in the conference among blueliners with 24 points. Ellsworth has been solid in net since the beginning of 2005, and that needs to continue if Tech will want to move on.
The 3 game series kicks off Friday in Denver with the winner moving on to the WCHA Final 5.