Mankato on the rise, WCHA media poll, Reiter, Hjelle, LeBlanc

Minnesota State-Mankato, which faces Minnesota Duluth on Friday and Saturday at Amsoil Arena, has one NCAA appearance at the Division I level, in 2003.

The Purple Mavs, under first-year coach Mike Hastings, have turned things around significantly from last season and have a bead on a second NCAA entry with five weeks left in the regular season. As of Monday night, Mankato (16-9-3) was tied for 12th in the PairWise Rankings. UMD ended Mankato’s 2011-12 season with a WCHA first-round playoff sweep at Amsoil Arena as the Mavs finished 12-24-2.

The WCHA has an impressive PairWise Rankings representation: 2. Minnesota, 8. St. Cloud State, T9. North Dakota, 11. Denver, T12. Mankato.

The PairWise Rankings are here.

The WCHA Web Media Poll is here.

U.S. College Hockey Online reviews last weekend’s series, including Wisconsin vs. North Dakota, right here.

Kenny Reiter of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Comets named East Coast Hockey League goalie of the month. A league release is right here.

And, in what must be some sort of a CCHA record, Ohio State senior goalie Brady Hjelle of International Falls is the league goalie of the week…..for a fifth time. He has a 1.68 goals-against average .945 save percentage. An Ohio State news release is here.

St. Cloud State senior center Drew LeBlanc of Hermantown is getting some 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award consideration by CBS Sports. He’s second in WCHA scoring for all games, and leading in assists (30), with 38 points in 28 games. The posting isĀ here.