CCHA Playoffs open thread

Submitted by bdsisme on March 3rd, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Second games of the first round.  Michigan plays the second-worst-seeded team at Yost next weekend.

6-Northern Michigan vs 11-Bowling Green (NMU won game one 4-2)
7-Lake Superior State  vs 10-Alaska (LSSU won game one 4-3)
8-Notre Dame vs 9-Ohio (ND won game one 2-0)



March 3rd, 2012 at 7:35 PM ^

we can beat any of these six teams, and probably 9 out of 10 times every time. But is there one team on this list that we have had a tough time with in recent years? Like a team who always plays us tough no matter what the records are?


March 3rd, 2012 at 7:42 PM ^

against them, I don't want State; their special teams scare me. I also end up with my head asploding about nine times during every Miami and ND game, but if the referees were willing to call anything when they hit Hunwick we could have a pretty good advantage. Since this won't happen, I hope we avoid them too.


March 3rd, 2012 at 8:24 PM ^

Northern always seems to play really well against us but rarely wins at Yost. Usually it just ends up being too-close-for-comfort

Notre Dame seems to give us trouble sometimes and I'd rather not play them. They have by far the most talent of any of the bottom 6 teams. They're the most dangerous of the 6

Sac Fly

March 3rd, 2012 at 8:02 PM ^

Since we are the 2nd seed we need two upsets to effect our next matchup. I think it's very unlikely that will happen but you never know.

Sac Fly

March 3rd, 2012 at 8:30 PM ^

But with the way the bracket is set up we wouldn't have to play ND until the championship, since it's set up to purposely favor the higher seeds as much as possible. Barring a major upset our first opponent is LSSU, and again without an upset second round is Western Michigan. The first I can say is going to happen, the second is just a guess.

Oops, supposed to be a reply.


March 3rd, 2012 at 8:45 PM ^

Lets assume these results hold tonight, these will be the quarterfinal matchups (you could sub in OSU for ND without changing anything):

#1 FSU v #8 ND, #2 U-M v #7 LSSU, #3 WMU v #6 NMU, #4 MIA v #5 MSU

Assuming we move on to the semifinals, we could face:

-Notre Dame, because they would be the lowest remaining seed and we would be the highest

-Western Michigan, if FSU and WMU both win...MIA/MSU would be the lowest remaining seed regardless for top seed FSU and we would get WMU

-Miami or Michigan State if FSU and NMU win...NMU would be the lowest remaining seed and would face top seed FSU

-We cannot face FSU until the finals and we would not face NMU until the finals because of re-seeding

Sac Fly

March 3rd, 2012 at 8:59 PM ^

The aggressive transition game and the opportunistic ability of Notre Dame is a terrible matchup for us. Clare and Pateryn don't have the speed and turnovers have been such a problem for Chiasson and Serville, they're the last team I want to play.


March 3rd, 2012 at 8:43 PM ^

Northeastern is ahead of BU 4-3 after two periods, which is good for us. St. Cloud now leads Duluth 2-1.  Should Duluth lose, there is a chance that we jump them in the pairwise. 

Wolverine Devotee

March 3rd, 2012 at 9:02 PM ^

Here we go again....

11 bowling green leads 6 northern 4-3 after a goal with less than 10 seconds left in the 2nd period.

7 lake state still leads 10 alaska 1-0 with under 10 in the game.


March 3rd, 2012 at 9:52 PM ^

Short of a collapse in Michigan's RPI, that locks up the pairwise comparison against BU.  Also, Wisconsin has a 1-0 lead over Minnesota, Duluth and St. Cloud are tied 3-3 after 2, and UNO and Denver are tied 1-1 after 2.

Wolverine Devotee

March 3rd, 2012 at 9:55 PM ^

11 bowling green scores the empty netter to go up 5-3 against 6 northern, and for the second straight year, northern and bowling green will go to a game 3.

Identical scenario. Teams were same seeds last season, first round matchup, northern won game 1 and bowling green won game 2. Same arena.

Kinda weird.

8 notre dame leads 9 ohio 3-2 with under 6 left to play in the game.


March 3rd, 2012 at 10:05 PM ^

Well, Notre Dame just got the empty netter..... so ND will sweep OSU. Wow, OSU goes from #2 in the country to OUT of the NCAAs in 2 months.....

With BG vs. NMU going to game 3 tomorrow, UM will play either Notre Dame (if BG wins) or Lake Superior State (if NMU wins).

Go Blue!