Monday, February 21, 2011

Home ice - four teams are in

With two weeks remaining in the WCHA's regular season, four teams have clinched home ice for the first round of the conference playoffs. Those teams are North Dakota, Denver, Minnesota Duluth and Nebraska-Omaha.

If my math is correct, only Michigan Tech cannot get in the top 6, although a lot of things would have to go right over the next two weeks for Minnesota State to get to the sixth spot (the Mavericks and Alaska-Anchorage have just two conference games left; everyone else has four).

Here are the current WCHA standings, with points and teams' remaining schedule.

1. North Dakota 35 - vs. Bemidji State, @ Michigan Tech
2. Denver 33 - @ Nebraska-Omaha, vs. St. Cloud State
3. Minnesota Duluth 32 - @ Colorado College, vs. Nebraska-Omaha
    Nebraska-Omaha 32 - vs. Denver, @Minnesota Duluth
5. Wisconsin 25 - @ St. Cloud State, vs. Colorado College
6. Minnesota 24 - vs. Michigan Tech, @Bemidji State
7. Colorado College 23 - vs. Minnesota Duluth, @ Wisconsin
8. Alaska-Anchorage 22 - @/vs. Alaska (NC), @ Minnesota State
9. Bemidji State 20 - @ North Dakota, vs. Minnesota
    St. Cloud State 20 - vs. Wisconsin, @ Denver
    Minnesota State 20 - idle, vs. Alaska-Anchorage
12. Michigan Tech 6 - @ Minnesota, vs. North Dakota

This begs the question, who would you like to see the Mavericks play in the first round of the WCHA tournament. Take the poll at right and let PucKato know what you think in the comments section below.


rich said...

as long as its within driving distance's. umd would be good. drive up and back each nite . mavs could break in that new arena with 2 wins.

Sam said...

I would love to see them play Omaha. Not only is the Qwest Center a great venue, but it will enable me to attend the series. Since taking a job with a baseball team in Northwest Arkansas, the chances to see my beloved Mavs have become few and far between.

alex said...

the gophers without a question they are our best matchup