I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Only in ohio folks.
Let's talk about some not-football everyone.
#1 Minnesota topped #4 Notre Dame tonight 5-4 (of note were a few really dirty plays by the Gophers including a 5 min major for an intentional knee-to-knee hit)
#3 St Cloud beat #7 Miami 2-1
Since that means both of those series split, we'll probably see a bit of a shake-up in the rankings Monday. I'll bet we see #1 Minnesota, #2 Notre Dame, and #3 Michigan with Michigan getting a small amount of first place votes (maybe)
Also of note, things that are good for our RPI at this point:
State was swept by Tech
OSU swept Niagara
UNH got a sweep of UMass
and RIT managed a split
Hockey. Yes. Not football
COLLEGE HOCKEY WATCH
As many of us know now, Michigan is ranked #2 and is not playing this weekend. However,
#4 Notre Dame beat #1 Minnesota, 4-1
#7 Miami beat #3 St Cloud St, 2-0
Will be interesting to see what happens in the rankings next week as Michigan may start seeing first place votes. I would be shocked if we slid up to #1 as a ND-Minn split likely sees Minnesota stay at the top and a ND sweep likely sees them leap up to #1 but it's on the radar as of now.
Also, Tech, BC, and UNH won tonight which will be helpful for us down the road as far as SOS and RPI go.
So in hockey coaching news that isn't wild speculation, John Madden (former U-M hockey player, not the NFL coach/video game) will now be an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers after that team cleaned house with a poor start. I thought they always had slow starts (and middles, and finishes) but according to the article from the WWL they won the division last year. Good to see him succeed as a player for so long and hopefully his coaching future is bright.
Michigan Hockey Coaching Horizon - Possible Scenario
1. Red retires at year end, not so surprising
2. Mike Babcock (YTMB) takes over. His son is in juniors and MB would like to coach him. MB has done about all that can be done in the pros and the Michigan job would be fun.
3. GR Griffins coach to the Wings.
Maybe not so far-fetched.
Freshman goaltender Zach Nagelvoort has been the B1G Second Star of the Week. This is his second straight B1G Three Stars of the Week selection.
Nagelvoort had 56 saves and posted .949 save percentage.
He is ranked second in the NCAA in GAA at 1.47, and third in save percentage at .948
In every edition of the B1G Three Stars of the Week awarded so far, Michigan has at least one player in each one-
- 10/15 - Andrew Copp (First Star)
- 10/22- Tyler Motte (Second Star)
- 10/29- Zach Nagelvoort (Third Star)
- 11/5- Zach Nagelvoort (Second Star)
Michigan moved to #2 in both polls this week. They have a bye this week and will travel to omaha to play nebraska-omaha in a weekend series. The friday game will be on CBS Sports Network while the Saturday game can be heard on MGoBlueTV.