Author: Mark Privratsky
This week in the NSIC has Mankato ranked nationally, Bemidji finding a bit of form, and Winona, St Cloud and Duluth are fighting to be in the playoff chase. There is plenty of intrigue in the final 5 conference games. As you can see from the standings, both the #1 seed and final 8 Tourney spots are fully in play. At the top of the table it's a bit of same story different chapter, with the top 5 finishers from '21 still holding their own in slightly new hierarchy. Even though the same squads are leading the standings, the middle of the table is much closer to the top and that challenge is a grind. Occasionally you face a team that makes a day easy for you, but more often than not, the big teams can't take that for granted. Two teams outside the playoff field were able to take draws off of last year's Tourney Finalists, with St Cloud taking a 0-0 home shutout against Bemidji, and UMD taking a 1-1 home draw with Mankato. The race for the NSIC Tourney is on!
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