Friday, February 27, 2009

Uncaged Notes

Pic from CC Athletics: Hey USCHO, this is what Bachman's pads look like now, update your stock pics from 2 years ago!!

If you haven't already noticed, the Tigers are doing the Saturday-Sunday thing this weekend up at the Ralph in North Dakota. Home ice in the WCHA playoffs is the main thing the Tigers will be fighting for this weekend and of course throwing a kink in the race for the MacNaughton Cup-heck they can even win it if they can muster the right kind of luck.

On a blog note: due to some unfortunate schedule conflicts in the coming days, I won't be able to post anything after the games this weekend and potentially not until after the DU season finale. Lame, I know, I'm going to be out-of-the-loop in what could be an incredibly exciting last 3 games of the season. There is a chance I could sneak a post or two in during the week but it's going to be a busy next 10 days for me. SO, don't get too bummed out with no new posts, I've got a good reason :) I'll be sure to post any pictures I receive over the next two weekends as soon as I can.
Here's some links to keep up on the action in my absence: GO TIGERS!!!!
College Hockey News (Richard Bachman is the featured pic at the time of this post)
USCHO Scoreboard
CC Athletics

Tigers still in race for WCHA season title

With only three games left to play, Colorado College could repeat as Western Collegiate Hockey Association champions - they would need to get at least two wins and a tie and also get some help - or finish as low as seventh place.

The WCHA has been tough to figure out all season, although the incredibly close race will get sorted out over the final two weekends of the regular season.

T-1. North Dakota, 15-6-3, 33 points
Remaining games: 2 vs. Colorado College, 2 at Wisconsin
Outlook: The schedule isn't easy but North Dakota has been hot and has a game in hand on Denver, which is tied for first.

T-1 Denver, 15-7-3, 33 points
Remaining games: 2 vs. St. Cloud State, 1 vs. Colorado College
Outlook: The Pioneers could put the pressure on North Dakota by sweeping St. Cloud State, but still needs some help from rival Colorado College.

3. Colorado College, 12-8-5, 29 points
Remaining games: 2 at North Dakota, 1 at Denver
Outlook: A tough remaining schedule means CC could move up with some wins. But with one fewer game than every team that could pass them, the Tigers need some points in their final three games or risk losing home-ice advantage.

4. Wisconsin, 13-9-2, 28 points
Remaining games: 2 at Minnesota State-Mankato, 2 vs. North Dakota
Outlook: Finishing in the top three is big in the WCHA, to guarantee avoiding the extra game in the Final Five. Wisconsin has that in its sights with an easier schedule than the Tigers and a game in hand.

5. Minnesota-Duluth, 10-8-6, 26 points
Remaining games: 2 at Minnesota, 2 vs. Alaska-Anchorage
Outlook: The series at Minnesota this weekend will go a long way in determining if Minnesota-Duluth can fight off St. Cloud State and the Gophers for home-ice advantage.

6. St. Cloud State, 12-11-1, 25 points
Remaining games: 2 at Denver, 2 vs. Minnesota State-Mankato (1 home, 1 road)
Outlook: St. Cloud State needs some points at Denver this weekend to keep hopes of home ice in the first round alive.

7. Minnesota, 10-10-4, 24 points
Remaining games: 2 vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 2 at Michigan Tech
Outlook: Minnesota is the only team with remaining games against lowly Michigan Tech. Combine that with two winnable home games against Minnesota-Duluth, and the Gophers could make a charge into the WCHA's upper division.

8. Minnesota State-Mankato, 9-13-2, 20 points
Remaining games: 2 vs. Wisconsin, 2 vs. St. Cloud State (1 home, 1 road)
Outlook: Mankato would need a lot of help to finish in the top five, even with three home games left.

9. Alaska-Anchorage, 7-14-5, 19 points
Remaining games: 2 at Minnesota-Duluth
Outlook: Anchorage could move up a bit, but is going on the road in the first round.

10. Michigan Tech, 1-18-7, 9 points
Remaining games: 2 vs. Minnesota
Outlook: Michigan Tech could be a spoiler to Minnesota, but it will face the WCHA's top seed on the road in the first round.