Anotehr terrific piece of long-form journalism from the Daily. This time it's a feature on Carl Hagelin: Race to the Top
It's certainly worth a read, here's one of the better sections right at the beginning:
Hit every step. Hit every other step. Do the bunny hop.
If you’re not puking up your lunch or guzzling down water, you’re stretching out your legs to get ready for the next round.
But this team doesn’t climb just any old set of stairs on that day — they have to conquer The Big House.
Starting at the bottom, Carl Hagelin was going to try give it his all. After passing a few of his teammates on the way up, he didn’t know what came over him. At one point, he felt like he was running for his life.
“What really put him in everyone’s eyes was when were in the stadium, with how good his conditioning was,” former Michigan defensemen and current Boston Bruin Steve Kampfer. “To win every race that he was in (as a freshman) was phenomenal. For him to come in his first year and win every race and beat out the seniors and everyone down, it opened up eyes.”
The Swede’s record in Michigan Stadium is 60-0.
Four years ago, the Big House met a new all-star — though he preferred ice to turf.
EDIT: Written by beat writer Casandra Pagni
I am a HUGE Michigan Hockey fan, and my hope is that college hockey can become much more popular in the near future. This is a major step in that direction.
Penn State's arena construction is currently ahead of schedule, meaning is could be ready by the Fall of 2013.
Big Ten ADs to discuss issue at BT Basketball Tourney, decision likely to be made by April.
Big Ten would initially (probably) be a 6 team conference, leaving lots of room for non-conference games to maintain rivalries.
IMO, this is all win. I can't wait to be able to watch nearly every Michigan hockey game on TV in the near future.
Ecklund over at Hockey Buzz... yes I know, but this isn't a trade rumor.. maybe he'll get this one right.
He's talking about why he thinks the Heritage Classic may not happen next year.
"Well there is BIG rumor out there tonight that Canada will see its first entry into the Winter Classic in 2012. The rumor is the NHL will try to go for the attendance record on January 1, 2012 when the Winter Classic heads to U of Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan for an original 6 matchup between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs in front of the largest crowd to watch a live hockey game. Michigan Stadium has an official capacity of 109,901. This past December, Michigan and Michigan State set the record for a crowd watching live hockey as 104,173 fans packed Michigan Stadium."
There have been other rumors as well.. including an Fanhouse article about a possible Rangers-Wings game at the BH.
Rumors are rumors... but what else is going on today?
Besides the great Senior Night game and the sweep of Western that came along with these two victories, Michigan also made a nice move in the Pairwise rankings - up to #6 - a solid #2 seed. It would appear to me that if UM wins 2 @ NMU this weekend, and then makes the Joe for the CCHA Semis they will be a 2 seed. I think they have bid #21 in a row locked up.
I also believe UM clinched (at worst) a #2 seed in the CCHA playoffs. Even if Northern sweeps UM and Miami sweeps, we tie in points, but will have more conference wins.
EDIT - my bad, and just saw Mfan_in_Ohio's Pairwaise update in the Diaries. It's very good and very detailed. I didn't even think to look there. My bad!
After tonight’s Senior Night heroics by Carl Hagelin (bork bork bork!), Michigan hockey stands 6th in the Pairwise rankings and 2nd place in the CCHA, one point behind Notre Dame.
Quick Pairwise summary for the uninitiated:
Teams are compared to each other in four categories: RPI ranking, record against Teams Under Consideration (TUC), record against common opponents (COp), and head-to-head record. The TUCs are, this year, the teams with an RPI above 0.5, so the top half of college hockey. For the Pairwise, teams earn one point for each of the first three categories won, and one point for each head-to-head victory, and whichever team has more points in its comparison with another wins the comparison (ties are broken by the higher RPI ranking). The Pairwise rankings total up each team’s number of comparison wins against all of the TUCs and ranks them in order of comparisons won. This system is an approximation of how the NCAA decides on the tournament field and has predicted the teams in the NCAA field perfectly for years.
This weekend's results
Friday night saw Michigan get a lot of help:
- MSU lost to Alaska, making it less likely that they’ll climb over the TUC cliff and hurt Michigan’s comparisons.
- Dartmouth and Rensselaer lost in ECAC play, and Wisconsin lost to Minnesota, lessening the chances that they pull ahead of us.
- Elsewhere in the WCHA, Minn.-Duluth lost to Minnesota State (who should absolutely be called the Screaming Eagles, but aren’t), Neb.-Omaha lost to Alaska-Anchorage, and Denver lost to Michigan Tech. The UNO loss isn’t that big, since the big games to decide the comparison are over the next two weeks. The Denver loss is big enough to pull us within reach of their RPI, giving us a couple ways to pull ahead of them. The biggest of these, however, is UMD’s loss to MSU (NTMSU or the other MSU). It basically means that a sweep over Northern next week puts us ahead of them.
- The Friday win over Western (actually, Notre Dame simply playing Ferris) temporarily pulled us ahead of Notre Dame by virtue of a massively improved record against common opponents. Michigan added a 3-0-1 record against Ferris, while ND added a 1-0-1 record against Western, which makes our record a little bit better than theirs. However, this comparison will still come down to whoever wins more games down the stretch, and is basically a tie right now.
In Saturday’s action:
- OSU beat Lake State, bumping them above the TUC cliff and helping Michigan’s comparisons by adding our 3-1-0 record against them. OSU plays Ferris next week, and ideally OSU picks up a couple points and both OSU and Ferris stay above the TUC cliff.
- In Hockey East, BC lost to Northeastern 2-1 after tying them 7-7 (!!) the previous night. Also, New Hampshire tied a pretty bad Vermont team.
What has changed since last week?
- We have flipped our comparison with UNH, as our RPI moved ahead of theirs. We have also flipped our comparison with BC temporarily, as our record against TUCs is now percentage points better than theirs. However, BC plays UNH in two weeks, so one of those teams will almost certainly move back ahead of us after that weekend. The only way that might not happen is if the two teams split their series and Michigan sweeps Northern, but that might still leave our RPI behind UNH’s. Count on losing one of these comparisons (probably the one with BC).
- We have flipped the comparison with Neb.-Omaha as well, moving ahead in TUC record thanks to OSU’s and Bemidji’s move into the TUC field. This is temporary, since their remaining games are all against TUCs. How they finish will probably determine the status of this comparison. However, we should win either this one or Denver, depending on how they do against each other and (believe it or not) whether Bemidji State can stay in the TUC field. Yes, that matters.
Here are the comparisons that we are currently losing, along with whether those comparisons can be flipped by season’s end.
1. Yale: not flippable.
2. North Dakota: not flippable. Well, if they were to end up with no better than a loss and a tie against Michigan Tech in two weeks, and drop a game to Bemidji State next week, maybe. But that’s not going to happen.
3. Merrimack: only flippable if we pass them in RPI and they meet and lose to UNH in the Hockey East tournament, or they get swept at Maine next weekend. Highly unlikely.
4. Denver/Neb.-Omaha: we will probably win one of these and lose one. At the moment we are beating UNO and losing to Denver; before Bemidji State beat Colorado College it was the other way around. Bemidji is 3-0-1 against UNO, and 0-2 against Denver, so Bemidji’s presence as a TUC dramatically affects both teams. The two teams play each other in Denver next weekend. As Bemidji is likely to fall back down, giving us the win over Denver, I’d root for UNO in those games, but it’s anyone’s guess.
5. Minn.-Duluth: we have closed the gap a bit in RPI, but this comparison will be decided by the next two weeks, as they play two at Colorado College and two at home against UNO, and we have two at Northern. These are all common opponents for both teams, and the comparison is pretty close there. Whoever wins that should win the overall comparison. This is the most flippable of all the pairwise comparisons.
1. We have pretty much locked up a spot in the tournament. Getting swept by Northern would be damaging, but we’d still make it without an implosion in our first series of the CCHA tournament.
2. This is about as high as we can get. It’s almost impossible to flip two of these comparisons. The best we are likely to do, if we win out, is a tie for fourth and winning the RPI tiebreaker to get the top seed in a regional. Of course, none of the regionals are particularly close (the closest are St. Louis and Green Bay), but the top seed means not having get by an east coast team on the east coast to get to the Frozen Four. This, however, is about as likely as the basketball team making the NCAAs. The most likely scenario now is a 2-seed. It is very easy for us to lose the Notre Dame comparison, and we will probably also lose at least one of the BC and UNH comparisons.
3. If things ended today, we’d probably either get sent to Green Bay as the 2-seed with North Dakota the 1-seed, or to Manchester, NH as the 2-seed, with Boston College the 1-seed. A lot will change in the next few weeks, though.
Who/what to root for in the next few weeks:
- Michigan, obv.
- Ohio State to at least split with Ferris and make it to the quarterfinals of the CCHA.
- Ferris to also stay a TUC.
- Colorado College to take points from Minn.-Duluth.
- Lake State to steal one against Miami and get up to the TUC field.
- UNH losing other games but beating BC.
- A split between UNO and Denver is probably the best way to pull ahead of both.
- Bemidji to steal points in North Dakota or against Minnesota.
- Michigan State to stay below the TUC cliff by dropping points to Bowling Green or losing quickly in the CCHA tournament.
- Notre Dame to drop at least a point against Western next week. Besides getting us the regular-season CCHA title, it would be great to go into the CCHA tournament knowing we wouldn't have to face both Miami and Notre Dame.
It's senior night kids and if you're not at the game you should at least be following in some capacity. We've got the full rundown tonight:
TV: FSN Detroit (anyone have a stream?)
Michigan Hockey Net Live Blog: http://michiganhockey.net/