WMU hockey looks to finish the year strong in college hockey's toughest conference
KALAMAZOO, Mich. —
After playing just one game (5-2 win vs. Bowling Green) WMU hockey gets back to work in the toughest conference in college hockey. The Broncos will hit the ice against No. 1 St. Cloud State on Friday night, but their schedule doesn't get any easier as they reach the final stretch. All 14 remaining games are against teams currently ranked in the top 25.
Western is no stranger to the tough schedule, the Broncos have only face two team this season ranked outside of the Top 25 (#27 Michigan State, #49 Ferris State) all of their previous opponents begin 2018 ranked. WMU finds themselves ranked 10th in the nation after finishing 2017 with a 11-8-1 overall record and 6-4-0 in NCHC play. Two of those wins coming in a sweep of previously top-ranked Denver inside Lawson Arena.
All eight teams of the NCHC are ranked in the top 25, according to the Pairwise Rankings, which is a system that tries to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee.
Next up: at No. 1 St. Cloud State, Fri. 7:37 pm and Sat. 7:07 pm. WMU will return home after five weeks away from the Lawson Lunatics with a two-game series against No. 21 Colorado College.