Naturally, after defeating the (previously) number 3 team in the season, the Nanooks have moved up 15 spots in INCH's power rankings. Mind you, this is their first official power ranking poll of the current season, but their pre-season rankings pegged at #30, which my keen math skills tell me that puts UAF at spot #15. More interestingly, Michigan only dropped 3 spots to number 6. Apparently the guys at INCH think that embarrassing our southern rivals, after suffering a disappointing shut out at the hands of the Nanooks, keeps them in the top 10. I realize that a lot has to do with Michigan having such a power house program, or whatever, but its the same as the BCS in college football. Top spots aren't given to the most skilled teams, rather the most "prestigious"teams that rake in the most attendance/money. Any college football fans out there remember Utah from last year? Yeah, an undefeated team that deserved to be in the national championship game, but barely earned a bowl bid, and used their opportunity to crush Alabama 31-17. Same story from last year pretty much in hockey-land with Bemidji State making the Frozen Four, expected to finish at the bottom of the ladder.
Enough ranting about biases, back to good news. Nanook netminder Scott Greenham earned CCHA Goalie of the Week honors after stopping 43 of 44 shots and posting a shutout against the 3rd ranked team in the conference. Well done, Scott. You earned that one.
I was kind of hoping that Andy Taranto would have picked up the rookie of the week tab, but Derek Grant at MSU had a great weekend as well, but put up slightly better numbers. Collectively, I'd like to see all of our rookies earn a spot on there at least once this season.
Nanooks are 2-0-0 with the Brice Alaska Goal Rush this weekend at the Carlson Center. Show up and show your Nanook pride. Game previews to come.