Sparty wins in Fairbanks, We get Western

Submitted by enlightenedbum on March 11th, 2013 at 3:44 AM

MSU holds on to beat UAF 4-3 and takes that series 2-1.  Earlier, BGSU crushed LSSU 7-0 to advance.  With those results the CCHA quarters are:

(11) MSU @ (1) Miami

(9) BGSU @ (2) ND

(7) Michigan @ (3) Western Michigan

(5) Ferris State @ (4) Ohio State

Ideally we'd get the win and an upset to give as many other teams a chance to beat Miami as possible.



March 11th, 2013 at 1:12 PM ^

We haven't had much luck against either team this year.  We went 1-3 against Western and 0-4 against ND.  The challenge with Western is going to be coming up with any goals at all.  The Broncos are pretty stingy on defense.  Plus, WMU is currently sitting at around 10th in the PWR, so they probably need to advance to the semis to assure themselves a spot in the NCAAs.  I expect to get their best effort this weekend.

ND is even more interesting as they're sitting at 16th in the PWR, so they're almost in Michigan's boat where they might have to win out to make the tournament.  Certainly, the potential semi-final match-up between us and the Irish has an elimination feel to it.