A few quick hits after the WCHA Play-In Game.

A lot of the possibilities still remain.  The bubble remains the same.  But there are some facts that we can look at:

– The list of TUC’s can only change one way – if RIT loses on Friday, then it is no longer a TUC and Minnesota State becomes a TUC.  If RIT wins on Friday, but loses on Saturday, it still will remain a TUC.  So basically, an RIT loss on Friday changes the TUCs by bringing in Minnesota State. 

How does that change things? 

It hurts Minnesota, as the Gophers were 1-2-1 against the Mavericks.

North Dakota was 3-1-0 against Minnesota State, a plus.

Denver and Minnesota-Duluth were 2-0.  A plus.

Princeton and Yale were 1-0 against Minnesota State, a plus.

Wisconsin was 2-1-1.  A plus.

Make your own assumptions as to who is rooting for whom here.

– How about the RIT side of it?

St. Lawrence was 1-0 against RIT, the only team that might benefit here.

More to come as the big weekend draws near.

There is a situation where NMU drops out as a TUC and RIT and Minnesota State are TUCs, but it’s a very limited way.

  • Vicb

    To be eligible for the ECAC Pick The Standings Contest I need your Championship pick now including the score.

  • Vicb

    OOps I meant ECAC Pick The Playoffs :)

    • I didn’t pick last week though, so I don’t think I’m eligible. ;)

      • Vicb

        I did throw your late picks into the contest last week so you were eligible.

  • Wainwrightd

    Andrew Calof as ECAC rookie of the year? I’m not so sure i would agree with that one by any means…

  • Northerner

    So I saw an article saying someone calculated RPI as having an 87% chance of making the NCAA. I don’t need a computer to tell me thats not even close AT BEST they are a bubble team with a 50% change, but looking at all the talented teams this year no way they get in. ECAC will get 3, MAYBE 4 teams in, Union, Yale, Dartmouth or Cornell, Colgate if they win the ECAC, and then maybe RPI. Good luck RPI, but start planning for next year.

    • Pairwise says they do.

      ECAC gets 4 in.

  • Css228

    Whoever is between the pipes tonight for the Red I assume they won’t give up much. The Red tied Darmouth at. NH and won at home in OT. So what does this mean on netural ice? I have no clue. Mello is great between the pipes but he hasn’t been as great of late. Ill take Cornell in a squeaker 2-1 and Yale 4-2

  • Siwanoy

    I’m going to predict that our excellent ECAC reporter will go 0 for 2. Yale is a bit skittish right now about how they start out, and they expressly remember escaping with a tie on their home ice after Colgate took it to them. Whereas I had been thinking that Colgate wasn’t doing much beyond benefitting from a desperation coach’s ploy of implementing some clever stripped down neutral zone trapping, it’s turned into more than that. There is real talent there that was simply nowhere to be found just a few weeks ago. I think they have the adrenalin flow to deliver the goods. Cornell was always talented and finally is gelling. I didn’t like Dartmouth against Harvard — I was wrong, but just wrong — and so I certainly don’t like Dartmouth against a talented Cornell team. I say upstate New Yorkers will own Jersey!

    • Kenlenskold


    • Oops…guess not.

      And the clinched the overall #1 seed too…

      Have fun with BC in the semis (if you get there).

      4 more to the title!

      • BTW – “skittish”?

        13-2 in their last 3 games with a 2-1 shots advantage in all 3?

        As opposed to UND locked in a 2-2 game tonight? Or Michigan doing their usual (5-1 loss)?

        Get real.

        Yale’s 4th line is faster than these teams 1st lines.

        WATCH the games, then post, OK?

  • Dear brian Sullivan, I am just posting this now because I didn’t want to jinx colgate on their playoff run. But brian who called it… i did. I said at the end of the regular season to stop saying colgate will lose (brown rule) and that they would do what brown did in the playoffs last year and go to the semis. Colgate beat rpi and union and i was right so hah.

  • Bone171

    Awful [deleted by moderator] hire.

  • T

    Excellent choice if true. CCHA could be in trouble with new Big 10 league. Right time for Tom to leave. Go State!!!!

    • Ilas

      Msu is gonna get rocked even harder in the big 10 with this guy as their coach!

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  • Ring_of_Fire

    Hmmm…I thought the captain was supposed to go down with his ship, not defect to the b*stard who shot the torpedo…..

  • Davyd83

    So Paula, have you independently confirmed this, or are you just reporting what someone else is reporting?

    • Paula Weston

      I’m just repeating what’s making the rounds here in mid-Michigan. If it turns out to be just a rumor, then it’s just that and several people will have a good laugh. There are television stations in Lansing reporting that the announcement will come at 4:00 today. I have no confirmation.

      In fact, I have no coffee, and I need some to finish up these NCAA regional pieces…

  • anon

    “Anastos’s career record is 0-0. He’s spent the last 13 years taking the CCHA nowhere in particular as its commissioner. Before that he was president of the NAHL, which crumbled shortly after his departure and has been almost entirely supplanted by the USHL. According to HockeyDB his coaching credentials consist of a single season as a Michigan State assistant 20 years ago; before that he spent four years coaching UM-Dearborn’s club(!) team.”

  • Bob

    So, MSU is going to stake their program on a former college player with two years of ASSISTANT coaching experience and several years in the league office. Yeah, this’ll work…err…

    • Goalie Fan

      Another reason the Big Ten (I mean 6) is going to be a chit show!

  • Davyd83

    Earlier today WILX had reported they had “confirmed” Danton Cole would be named at 4 pm. They have since pulled that story and replaced it with the Anastos rumor. There is not even a mention of a press conference scheduled an hour and 40 minutes from now on the MSU website.

  • Paula Weston

    And I just got a press release from MSU to confirm it. The press conference will stream on

    Remember: Don’t kill the messenger.

  • Halmt

    He’ll find gimmics like shootouts and 3-point wins don’t work behind the bench.

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  • Anonymous

    If Anastos were an airline pilot, he’d ask for an ejection seat so he could bail out right before he flew the plane into the ground.

  • BadTimes(for)HockeyComing

    Thanks for screwing over the rest of the teams you allegedly worked to look out for over the past 13 years, Captain Tom. Glad you turned tail like a rat and abandoned a sinking ship. May Sparty get trounced in the BTHC for years to come.