Monday, March 2, 2009

Where will they go?

Looks like we're going to have to wait until the last night of the regular season to determine where Minnesota State ends up going in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Saturday night's tie eliminated the Mavericks from home-ice contention and put them no lower than the eighth seed for the tournament. They'll probably finish eighth, but could move up to the seventh seed if they sweep St. Cloud State this weekend and Michigan Tech sweeps Minnesota. Tech has just one WCHA win this season.

While MSU could tie Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State in the standings, Duluth and St. Cloud will have the tiebreakers.

So where will the Mavericks go? As it stands currently, Colorado College. Wisconsin remains a strong possiblity, and Minnesota, Duluth or St. Cloud could happen, too.

Who do you think is the best matchup for the Mavericks? They just got done taking 3 of 4 points from the Badgers. They swept Minnesota recently. They got swept at Duluth in January and by St. Cloud in December (they play the Huskies against this weekend, of course).


USAFA Bulldog said...

I don't know how MSU has done at the other places, but I'm guessing they wouldn't want to be at the DECC. Granted they had that lead on Saturday night this year (blew the lead), but over this decade they've done pretty bad at the DECC:

MSU's record at the DECC:
08-09: 2 losses
07-08: 1 loss, 1 tie
04-05: 2 losses
03-04: 2 losses
01-02: 2 wins


You missed 05-06, which was an MSU sweep. Also, in 03-04 (UMD's Frozen Four season), MSU won the playoff opener there before losing the next two games.

USAFA Bulldog said...

Oops. Yep, I did. So, I guess that makes them fairly okay at the DECC. The games do seem to be competive.