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We saw last night just how volatile and fragile Cornell’s top position in the PWR was.  We also saw how volatile a position Yale was in too.

Yale’s win over Cornell sent the Big Red into a three-way tie for fourth in the PWR and jumped Yale right into the Top 25, up 10 spots to 18 overall, of the PWR, where it subsequently won a few comparisons and landed in a tie for 17th.

You see this and then you look at the UNH-BU matchup where BU downs UNH and UNH does not move at all.  Makes you wonder about things sometimes.

Alaska is slumping now and sliding.  What looked real promising just three games ago is now in jeopardy of falling all apart.

And I know some of you are probably wondering where Minnesota-Duluth came from.

There’s still a long way to go.

Updated Bracket Prediction

Once you lay out the host teams and move it all around, it falls into place.

Northeast Regional (Manchester)

No. 16 Niagara vs. No. 1 Boston University

No. 11 New Hampshire vs. No. 8 Denver

Midwest Regional (Grand Rapids)

No. 14 Boston College vs. No. 2 Notre Dame

No. 9 Princeton vs. No. 7 Michigan

East Regional (Bridgeport)

No. 15 Air Force vs. No. 3 Northeastern

No. 12 Miami vs. No. 5 Cornell

West Regional (Minneapolis)

No. 13 Minn.-Duluth vs. No. 4 Vermont

No. 10 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Minnesota

Games I’m Interested In Tonight

What am I interested tonight from a PWR perspective?

The two Hockey East clash between Maine and BC, as well as the rematch tomorrow.  Two on the bubble.  I’m not so much interested in BU-UNH, because as we saw on Friday night, a UNH loss didn’t matter too much.  But, as we know with the PWR, a loss by BU will matter more.

Denver at North Dakota.  The Sioux with a big win on Friday night and it didn’t change much.  But, I’d like to see if another win pushes North Dakota higher.

Brown at Cornell.  This is a game that Cornell should win, and if it does indeed do that, what happens to them in the PWR?

  • Cyberump

    I agree about Providence. They have too proud a history for the lack of success lately. I am a lifelong BC fan but live in Southeastern Mass very close to Providence. Always root for the Friars when they are not playing my Eagles. Hope things get better for them

    • Dave Hendrickson

      It certainly makes it tougher to draw big, exciting crowds with the Providence Bruins playing in the same town. So Army’s successor will have his work cut out for him.

  • MCHOCKEY

    Very well written Dave…glad to hear you had as much fun at the game on Sat. as we Merrimack Faithful have had all year. It’s been on heck of a ride and I feel like it’s just beginning :) See you at the Gahden!!! :)

    • Dave Hendrickson

      Thank you!

  • Can I just say that I genuinely appreciate the very obscure Billy Joel reference of the title of this post. Summer Highland Falls is a great song.

    GO EAGLES.

    • Dave Hendrickson

      Glad you caught it! There one more moderately obscure reference, though not a musical one. If no one catches it, I’ll point it out in a couple days.

      • Dave Hendrickson

        The other reference was “Merrimack’s little bandbox” which refers back to John Updike’s famous piece “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” in which he refers to Fenway Park as “a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark.”

  • UD Band Member

    Dave…thanks for the kind words about UD’s pep band. I am an alumnus of UD (’79), and had the opportunity to play with the pep band this past weekend. I had a great time, and thoroughly enjoyed the games. Merrimack has great students, fans, and facilities, and I hope that I get the chance to return sometime in the near future. Go Warriors!!!