Well, let's give it a go for third place in the tourney. A lot riding on this one.
Already down 1-0 to ND
Note: this diary has changed quite a bit since it was originally posted. The Michigan win over Notre Dame made a huge difference in their final position, as did the WCHA, CCHA, and Hockey East championships.
Saturday's important results
Michigan 4, Notre Dame 2
BC 5, Merrimack 3
Miami 5, Western 2
North Dakota 3, Denver 2 in OT
Air Force won their conference tournament, so they get the autobid and 16th spot.
UNH has dropped to a #4 seed. Since they stay in Manchester as the host school, and the committee does not want intraconference first round matchups, BC would probably be the #1 in St. Louis. Here is how the brackets should look:
16. Air Force
11. Notre Dame
2. North Dakota
10. Western Michigan
3. Boston College
14. Colorado College
This bracket has no intraconference matchups in the first round. It also limits travel as much as possible, and at least gets a team or two that might draw fans in St. Louis. Merrimack gets placed in Manchester to at least have a team other than UNH that will fill those seats. The original location would have been Michigan and Miami in Manchester, with BC and Merrimack in St. Louis. That seems stupid.
The most likely way for this bracket to change is if the committee decides not to put both Denver and North Dakota in the same region. The Michigan-UNO pairing would get switched with the Denver-Western pairing in that case. I don't think they'll do that, however, because it might absolutely kill the attendance in St. Louis. At least Michigan has the fan base to bring people to St. Louis, and Nebraska-Omaha is within driving distance. Denver and Western probably don't draw people to St. Louis. They could also switch Denver and Merrimack, but that would mean a regional in New Hampshire with three "western" teams, and you could have a lot of empty arenas, which the NCAA abhors. Also, there is more bracket integrity with the above setup.
The only way that this bracket could see substantial change is if the committee bumps UNH up to a 3 seed, switching them with UNO. This would be way against their stated principles, but it would allow them to put BC and UNH in the Manchester regional without playing each other, and have Miami host in St. Louis. Michigan would probably get sent to Manchester in that unlikely scenario.
Selection Sunday is tomorrow at 11:30 am on ESPN2, when we'll find out for real. Go Blue!
Ok kids, you know the drill. Michigan plays Western Michigan. The winner plays Miami for the Mason cup. The rundown shall commence:
TV: FS Detroit Plus
Michigan Hockey Net Live Blog: http://michiganhockey.net/
The Club Hockey team won their bracket in San Jose and has moved on to the National Semi Finals. The website is referring to them as the tourney's "Cinderella." They play Sparty tonight at 8:00 pm. 3 of 4 semi finalists from the state of MI (GVSU).
Make it happen, fellas!
Hagelin won best Defensive Forward and Hunwick, Denard Robinson-like, (he was left off of the all-conference teams by the coaches) won Best Goaltender (determined purely by GAA).
Red Berenson did not win Coach of the Year and Jon Merrill did not win Rookie of the Year, Best Offensive Defensemen or Best Defensive Defensemen. Hagelin also failed to win Player of the Year.
Info from MGoBlue (http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/031711aaa.html)
The CCHA website doesn't have information yet, so I can't say for sure who won what, but I think Blashill (WMU) for Coach of the Year, Tynan (ND) for Rookie of the year and Miele (Miami) for Player of the year are pretty obvious. For the other two, I would guess Lorenz (ND) for defensive defenseman and Krug (MSU) for offensive defensemen.
EDIT: Jeff Jackson (ND), in what is perhaps a greater travesty than Shawn Hunwick not making an all-CCHA team, won Coach of the Year over Jeff Blashill.
EDIT 2: Besides Mass Confusion of the Jeff's, my picks were correct. CCHA Release: http://www.ccha.com/2010-11_ccha_award_winners.aspx
Hagelin was also left off the Top 10 list of Hobey Baker candidates, released today (http://www.uscho.com/2011/03/17/list-of-hobey-baker-award-finalists-incl...).
ESPN: Team doctors told Martin that Pacioretty can resume training, with contact, in three to five weeks. After another week of rest, he will begin rehab. The playoffs begin April 13.
It's "good news that he'll be able to practice," especially because it looked as if "his career was in danger," Martin said Thursday.