A 4 point weekend versus the 2nd place team in the conference is a worthy of celebration. It'll definitely make the long trip home go faster. The 4 points put UAA temporarily tied for 5th with 11 points. None of the other WCHA Saturday games are in the books as I type this so that may change.
In any case, all the teams above UAA in the standings have played 2 or 4 more league games than the Seawolves. At this point of the season, the Seawolves have a 1.1 league point per game average. If that average were to hold for the season then we're looking at our team finishing somewhere around 29 points. That's likely to be right in the 4th/5th place area, so home ice for the playoffs sure seems to be in play for this squad.
The remaining schedule has 10 home games and 8 road games with only 6 of those road trips leaving the state. That's pretty favorable when you consider that 8 of those 18 games are going to be against teams that are currently below UAA in the standings.
It's always good when guys that haven't been scoring or that aren't generally recognized as snipers contribute to a win. And this weekend, we saw lots of that between "Scottie" MacTavish on Friday and tonight with Jarrett Brown, Chase Van Allen and Brad Duwe notching the goals.
Brad Duwe has two goals on the season and both of them game winners. Unless there's some other performance in the league that I haven't noticed I'd expect MacTavish to be a good candidate for WCHA rookie of the week and Mantha is a great candidate for WCHA defensive player of the week.
Congrats to the boys on the big weekend. Be confident but not cocky. Next weekend is pretty easy to get motivated for against our biggest rival. It's the last games before the break as well. Another 4 point weekend is very doable against UAF.