BTHC looks to be changing the conference tournament from campus sites to a neutral site, single elimination tournament...in Minnesota.
As Brian has pointed out in the past, Wisconsin's bitching for no legitimate reason probably has a lot do with this. While in the old format, the #2 seed kind of gets screwed, the campus site idea was unique and also seriously rewards the regular season winner which is always a good thing. This now allows for one team to have a horrid regular season, and to get hot for three games to get in the NCAA Tournament. At least in the current CCHA format, you have two rounds of best of three series to really make you earn the birth at Joe Louis. There have not been too many teams stealing bids.
Also, of course this goes into Minnesota and Wisconsin's back yard. Why at least try to center it in Chicago where its a decent drive for everyone? Its much better to screw the fan bases of Michigan, MSU, OSU, and PSU. (say what you want about each school's fan base and how they travel *cough OSU, MSU cough*, but the ones who would have gone, might not drive 11 hours to the Xcel Energy Center) Here is another crazy stupid idea...rotate it between venues so its close for each fan base at some point.
This is bull shit, but I can't say that I am totally surprised.
If you missed it earlier, this is an absolutely filthy goal from Michigan's Chris Brown in the 3-0 win over Miami last night. He makes Miami's captain (one of several) Will Weber look foolish and goes top shelf for the third goal of the game.
Then he Tebowed along the boards.
Later, in typical Miami fashion, they went head hunting and Weber and Brown were given fighting majors and game misconducts in a scrum with a minute left. Refs didn't have a handle on the series at all, either night. So Brown will miss next Friday's game against Michigan State.
1. Boston University (30)
2. Michigan (28)
3. Mass.-Lowell (28)
4. Ferris State (27)
5. Minnesota-Duluth (26)
6. Boston College (25)
7. Minnesota (24)
8. Merrimack (24)
9. Maine (21)
10. Notre Dame (20)
11. Union (20)
12. Ohio State (18)
13. Michigan State (17)
14. Northern Michigan (17)
15. North Dakota (16)
16. Atlantic Hockey Champ
1. Boston University
14. Northern Michigan
12. Ohio State
16. Atlantic Hockey Champ
6. Boston College
10. Notre Dame
13. Michigan State
4. Ferris State
7. Minnesota (Host)
15. North Dakota
The first four teams out are Colorado College, Denver, Miami, and Western Michigan.
7:35 on CBS Sports. Finishing the sweep for the weekend would be a huge step towards the #1 seed for the tourney.
Go Blue. Beat Miami of Ohio.
Red Berenson is ticked off. Apparently, goons from other teams continue to target Shawn Hunwick. From last night's game:
On three occasions during Michigan's 4-1 win over Miami on Friday, fifth-year senior Shawn Hunwick was run into his own goal by a Red Hawks player. On two occasions, his helmet went flying. On a play that was eventually called roughing on Miami's Curtis McKenzie, he laid on the ice in a daze in need of assistance from the training staff.
What's worse is that Red has sent this in before, but nothing happens:
Berenson said he plans to send tape to the league offices in Farmington Hills, which he has done in the past, but not gotten the reaction he's expected.
"We’ll keep sending the information to the league, but the league has to respond," Berenson said. "I don’t know that they’ve done a good job of it so far."
That's a pretty sharp rebuke of the CCHA. I guess if a team isn't good enough to beat Hunwick fair and square, they'll try to take him out of the game.
It is one thing for there to be rough play out on the ice. It is part of the game. It also is within reason when a team targets a weak player, knowing he can be beat. You see that in football all the time: the opposition targets the weak link in the secondary or on the line.
But when a team tries to injure a star (exhibit A: MSU game & Denard; exhibit B: Miami game & Hunwick,) it's just wrong. I really hope that refs and the league won't stand for this. In a way, what does a team have to lose? A five minute penalty versus your opponent losing their goalie for the season? Do risk reward analysis, and that sounds like a good bet.
If league officials don't sanction much harsher penalities, every team from here on out is going to be going after Hunwick. Something's gotta change. Moving from the CCHA to Big 10 might be the change needed.
Should be a good start to this weekend series. I took the plunge and got the premium Fox channels after buying a new TV yesterday, so I'm excited to see the game in HD and not just sitting on my lap.
As far as liquid diets go, I have a Hopslam or two budgeted for tonight, so I'm pretty excited for that as well. Let's share a good night with some hockey and some beer, capped off by a big M win.