An interesting night of action around college hockey saw some teams jump and some teams slide. This wacky world of college hockey is immune to no one.
The interesting news from last night is not really who moved up, but who got hurt. Wisconsin moves into at-large position with a win over fellow TUC Colorado College and Minnesota did move up five slots with the win over St. Cloud last night, but the drop is more interesting to look at.
Maine did itself no favors with a loss to Bentley. It took itself right out as of now. Air Force’s loss to Canisius took it from an at-large position. Michigan dropped three slots with its loss and BC moves from the third band to the fourth. As Scott Brown wrote, everything matters.
So let’s take a look at where we are at after last night and what the bracket looks like heading into tonight.
West Regional (Minneapolis)
14 Wisconsin vs. 4 Boston University
12 Miami vs. 5 Minnesota
Midwest Regional (Grand Rapids)
13 Boston College vs. 3 Notre Dame
10 Ohio State vs. 6 Vermont
Northeast Regional (Manchester)
15 Air Force vs. 2 Northeastern
11 New Hampshire vs. 7 Princeton
East Regional (Bridgeport)
16 Niagara vs. 1 Cornell
9 Michigan vs. 8 Denver
Because of New Hampshire’s hosting status, we just slide everything after that and we also switched BC and Wisconsin to avoid a BC-BU matchup.
What to look for tonight?
If form holds true, some more upsets. But games to look at:
Colorado College at Wisconsin will see if the Badgers stay in an at-large position.
New Hampshire vs. Dartmouth in Manchester is a big one. Dartmouth is the last team out at the moment. A win over current at-large team New Hampshire would move the Big Green to an at-large position.
BU at BC. Rivalry aside, BC is close to the bubble and BU is still trying to stay in the first band after its loss to Providence.
Vermont at Northeastern again. A win by Vermont will bring them right back up.