taking a look around college hockey

The playoffs are in full force around the country in college hockey as teams look to capture their conference championships and a berth in the NCAA tournament.  Other than the CHA conference tournament which wrapped up with Bemidji State grabbing the first ticket to the NCAA’s, all of the matchups this past weekend were a best of 3 series.  All in all there were 21 series that took place, with 9 of them needing the full 3 games to decide a winner.  The upsets were few as only 4 lower seeds won their series, two of them being Minnesota Duluth defeating Colorado College in the WCHA, and Northern Michigan knocking off Miami in the CCHA.  The other two surprises came right here in Hockey East where UMass Lowell swept Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse, an impressive accomplishment considering how tough it is to play up at UVM, and the defending national champions Boston College showed that they are not going down without a fight sweeping New Hampshire also on the road.

This sets up the matchups for championship weekend in college hockey, with the ever looming Selection Sunday on Sunday morning at 11:30 on ESPN2.  That is when the field of 16 will be announced for the NCAA tournament.  As I mentioned in a previous post, the 6 conference winners are all guaranteed a spot, with the remaining 10 going to teams with the highest Pairwise Rankings.  On uscho.com this morning they unveiled a Pairwise Predictor, allowing you to pick any number of scenarios in the conference tournaments and computing the Pairwise numbers to see who is in and who is out on Sunday.  For those who love numbers and checking out the different scenarios this could keep one occupied for a number of hours.  Also on uscho this morning is Jayson Moy’s Bracketology.  He takes the field as it is today and puts teams in regionals that he thinks works best.  In his scenario today we would be placed in Minnesota playing the host Gophers.  It’s all fun to look at and play around with for now but no one can know for sure until the games are finished saturday night.

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One Response to “taking a look around college hockey”

  1. Sort of a random question, but with Marty Brodeur trying to break Roy’s all time wins record tonight, I was curious to see who you’ve looked up to as a goalie? Any Devils fans on the team?

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