I’ve returned from my New Years’ vacation to Texas, where the 45 degree weather meant Houstonians were bundled up in parkas (not joking) while I spent much of the week either sick (got an ear infection on Dec. 31!) or walking around in shorts and flip flops while Texans gave me weird looks.
Incidentally, that’s probably the same thing that happens anytime a Northerner goes to Huntsville from December to March.
The Beavers don’t get to bask in the glow of Southern warmth this weekend, however: Instead, the Chargers are coming up here riding a three-game unbeaten streak.
That’s right. UAH, fresh of its first-ever WCHA sweep, also tied No. 13 Nebraska Omaha before Christmas.
The sweep, according to UAHHockey.com, is the Chargers’ first legit two-game sweep of a D-I team since January 2010 against Niagara.
And don’t look now, but the Chargers are just one point behind the Beavers in the WCHA standings.
So this is a big series for both teams. Certainly the most important of this rivalry since the CHA days.
You can believe I’ll have much more on this series in the coming week. Just putting a seed in your mind, in case you needed reminding: It’s Huntsville week.
My USCHO ballot
I’ve been neglecting to do this the past few weeks, but because people are interested, here’s my USCHO ballot.
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve voted. I kept Boston U at No. 1 because I saw no real reason to drop them. Mankato is holidng steady at No. 2, Harvard No. 3 and North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth round out the top 5.
MSU was my top team after the break but I believe the tie to Northern Michigan caused me to drop them a slot.
At least for my, the 20 teams in the ballot have been pretty consistent for the past few weeks. Mostly I’ve just been rearranging the order. Maybe that will change this week depending on what teams like Yale, Dartmouth and Michigan do. But for now, this is my story and I’m sticking to it.
1. Boston U
2. Minnesota State
4. North Dakota
5. Minnesota Duluth
7. Michigan Tech
10. Bowling Green
15. Robert Morris
18. Boston College
19. Penn State