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WCHA First Round Review

Posted on: March 15, 2009 3:30 am

Very surprisingly to myself the first round of the WCHA playoffs is already over. All five series were sweeps.

North Dakota swept Michigan Tech

Denver swept Alaska Anchorage

Wisconsin swept Minnesota State

UMD swept Colorado College

Minnesota swept St. Cloud State


My biggest highlight being a Gopher fan was Alex Kangas's game two shutout against the Cloud. Other highlights were Ryan Duncan's natural hat trick in game two against Tech, Wisconsin putting up 111 shots against MSU in their two games, Alex Stalock stopping 65 of 67 shots against CC, and my last highlight was seeing Denver fend off a charging Alaska Anchorage team and win both games in the third with big time goals.

Five Stars of the First Round:

5. Ryan Stoa - Goal and Assist in game one followed up by 2 Goals and an Assist in game two against St. Cloud

4. Rhett Rakhshani - Assisted on all 3 goals in game one then scored a big goal in game two against AA

3. Ryan Duncan - Assist in the first game then a natural hat trick in game two against Tech

2. Alex Kangas - Stopped 63 of 65 shots in the two games against Cloud plus posted a shutout in game two.

1. Alex Stalock - Stopped a total of 65 shots against CC and only gave up one goal each game.

Honorable Mentions:

Blake Geoffrion - Wisconsin / Jack Connolly - UMD / Jesse Martin - Denver




Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2009 10:12 pm

WCHA First Round Review

Stalock and Kangas did do amazing jobs.  They really showed how much difference a great goaly can make. 

Duncan showed why he is a Hobey Baker winner. 

Stoa was Stoa and looks to be in prime condition.


Nice summary Gold


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