With the regular season coming closer to its end and the NCAA tournament of college hockey on the horizon, let’s take a look at what’s going on around college hockey.
From the CCHA, the #1 ranked Michigan Wolverines did what they were supposed to this weekend, sweep Lake Superior, which moves Michigan’s record to an NCAA best 25-3-4. #2 Miami (Who had 25 wins heading into this week) continued their struggle. After a loss and a tie at home against Michigan last week, the Redhawks got swept by Ferris State at Ferris. (Ferris also beat and tied Notre Dame last week) This gives Michigan a 5-point lead in the conference with only 4 games remaining, pretty much securing the 1 seed heading to the CCHA tournament.
#9 Notre Dame rebounded from their meeting with Ferris by sweeping Alaska up in Fairbanks. #8 Michigan State also swept Western Michigan as expected. Next week, the Spartans and Wolverines face off, with one game at Joe Louis Arena. Those games will be on FSN Detroit.
#3 North Dakota swept #6 Denver this weekend at home, which ties them atop the WCHA with #5 Colorado College, who didn’t play this weekend. Colorado College and North Dakota are tied with 33 points, while Denver is 6 points behind the two in conference play. Also, #10 Wisconsin and #13 Minnesota State split a series, leaving them with equal conference records.
#4 New Hampshire won and tied in their series against #14 Providence this weekend. New Hampshire still holds a comfortable 6 point lead in the Hockey East standings over #7 Boston College, who split a series with Mass-Lowell.
In the ECAC, conference leader #11 Clarkson lost to Yale while beating Brown. They only hold a two point lead over #17 Princeton who split this weekend, and they hold a 4 point lead over #16 Quinnipiac, who lost twice this week.
The new rankings will come out tomorrow. Michigan will stay on top, and it’s unlikely that Miami will be overtaken by North Dakota despite getting swept this weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how the regular season ends as we approach the tournament.
Photo from CCHA.com
Interesting Bracketology Article: (USCHO.com)