Now that the World Junior Hockey Championship is over for team USA, we can transition back to college hockey. It's crunch time, and the second half of the college hockey season is here.
For those fans that are dissatisfied with the Minnesota Wild and their sub-par season, we can divert our attention to college hockey.
In my humble opinion, there's no reason the Wild should be this bad, especially with the talent that's on this team. For the Thomas Vanek detractors, the much-maligned forward is starting to heat up. In the last five games Vanek has scored (2g-2a-4pts).
World Junior Hockey Championship
In my opinion, I thought that team USA played as a bunch of individuals and didn't gel as a team. I also think that the coaching staff made some questionable personnel decisions. One question that's worth examining, why was Michael McCarron (22g-21a-43pts) left off of the roster? McCarron's size could've been useful against the Canadians.
Against the Canadians and the Russians, team USA played about 30 minutes of good hockey in both games combined. They didn't show up in either game at the drop of the puck. In the final game against the Russians, the American were undisciplined and took way too many penalties.
Team USA is now 0-6 against the Russian in elimination games. To me that's unacceptable.
Let's take a look at a few of the stories surrounding the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Following the game against Russia, USA forward Hudson Fasching, defenseman Will Butcher and forward Dylan Larkin were named the top-three players of the WJC for team USA.
Bill Schoeninger from the Hockey Writers breaks down - Team USA's Pathetic WJC Performance
Craig Hagerman from the Hockey Writers: Canada is to Blame for USA's Meltdowns
This shouldn't shock anyone, the game between USA and Canada was the most-watched program in Canada in 2014. (TSN.CA)
Joshua Kummins of SBN College Hockey, takes a look at team USA's early exit from the World Junior Hockey Championship: USA Knocked Out by Russia in World Junior Quarterfinals.
The German WJC team has been relegated after losing on Saturday Night: Swiss bliss as Germans sent packing in relegation final (Buzzing the Net)
World Junior 2015: Canada's 'wake-up call' helps Slovakia return for rematch in semifinal (Buzzing the Net)
Canada expects bigger test from Slovakia in world junior semifinals (TSN.CA)
College Hockey Links
According to SB Nation College Hockey, Brett Boehm has left the UMD Bulldogs and returned to the Flin Flon Bombers
The Minnesota Gophers (10-5-1) needed overtime to beat lowly RIT (5-10-2): Gophers rally for overtime victory in Mariucci Classic consolation game
Even though the Gophers beat RIT in O.T., the Gopher's aren't satisfied with the win. Ice Gold: Overtime victory not good enough for Gophers
In the Championship game of the Mariucci Classic Lowell beat Merrimack 3-1 to capture the 24th Mariucci Classic title. (USCHO.COM)
The Wisconsin Badgers (2-11-1) finally get back in the win column with a 2-0 shutout win against Michigan Tech. Senior goalie Joel Rumpel stopped 47 shots to preserve the win. (Andy Baggot, Wisconsin State Journal)
Last night, North Dakota took the U-18 team to the wood shed: UND cruises to 7-2 win over U.S. Under-18
The St. Cloud State Huskies split their weekend series with the Quinnipiac University Bobcats after losing 4-1 on Saturday night. (Mick Hatten, St. Cloud Times)
Thanks for reading Hockey Wilderness and the Student Section...See you at the rink.