Western Michigan wasn't the only MAC school to have a good hockey weekend, as they opened up their NCHC play with a sweep of Colorado College, 3-2 (OT) and 5-1 in Kalamazoo.
Elsewhere, Bowling Green (who got 2 points in the October 28 USCHO poll!) used stifling defense to get a home sweep of Alaska-Anchorage, 6-1 and 1-0. Camden Wojtala led the way on Friday night, with 2 goals, with Adam Berkle picking up helpers on both of them. On Saturday, Tomas Sholl posted a shutout, but it was a team defensive effort, as they limited the Seawolves to only 16 shots on goal.
The sweep should only help the Falcons climb in the polls, and former Miami assistant Chris Bergeron finally seems to have the program on a nice trajectory after a couple of rough seasons, and some uncertainty on whether or not the program would even survive. Good on Bowling Green for committing to the program, and the players for buying in to Bergeron's system.
Up next, BG travels to Mankato to take on Minnesota State in a pair of games next weekend.
Over in Hockey East, UMass skated to a 1-1 draw with Maine on Friday night before beating them 2-1 on Saturday. Conor Sheary picked up a goal and an assist for the Minutemen on the weekend, and goalie Steve Mastalerz made 64 saves between the two games. UMass travels to UNH on Friday night before hosting the Wildcats on Saturday.
Miami came in to the weekend series against Canisius ranked #6, after coming back from #3 Providence with a loss and a tie last weekend. The Golden Griffins never really got close to the RedHawks, who came away with 3-0 and 5-2 victories. Alex Wideman scored twice on Friday while Ryan McKay made 20 saves for the shutout. Austin Czarnik led the RedHawks on Saturday with two goals and an assist, which took him to the top of the national leaderboard with 5 goals and 9 assists.
Miami travels to St. Cloud State next weekend to face the team that eliminated them from the NCAA tournament, although the two are now both in the NCHC. It should be a matchup between top-10, and potentially top-5 teams. The Huskies were ranked #9 before a road sweep of #5 North Dakota. Regardless, it will be another big test for the RedHawks.