After a much needed night’s sleep, let’s take a look at some of the other things that we’ll look at tonight and maybe boil it down to a few simple things.
The first thing we should all pay attention to is the 4:00 EDT ECAC Third Place Game between Princeton and St. Lawrence.
As I mentioned down below in the previous blog entry, there are two spots left in the NCAA Tournament, and this game can produce one spot being taken.
That is definitely the case here if Princeton wins this game. It is pretty simple for the Tigers, win or tie and you’re in.
If Princeton wins or ties, it takes a spot, St. Lawrence is eliminated from NCAA contention and there is one spot left for Mass.-Lowell, Minnesota or Ohio State. That is the bottom line.
Now if St. Lawrence wins, there is a very good chance that it gets a spot, but other things need to happen. So I am comfortable in saying:
If St. Lawrence wins, Princeton is eliminated from NCAA contention and the Saints are looking very good for an NCAA berth, but some things do need to happen.
So we’ll know a lot more around 6:15 EDT when the ECAC Third Place Game is concluded.
The next thing to look at it pretty obvious, the Hockey East Championship Game.
If Mass.-Lowell wins, it gets the automatic bid from Hockey East.
So if you take a look at it, the only two teams that outright control their own destinies are Princeton and Mass.-Lowell. If both win, the NCAA field is finalized.
The final thing we’ll look at in this entry is what are the possibilities for the night session, meaning the championship games.
We basically have three scenarios going into the night session — a Princeton win or a St. Lawrence win or a Princeton-St. Lawrence tie. For all intents and purposes, a tie is the same as a Princeton win, so there really are only two scenarios.
First scenario – A Princeton win or tie
This takes up one spot and leaves one open. As we mentioned before a Princeton win or tie eliminates St. Lawrence leaving that one spot open for Mass.-Lowell, Minnesota or Ohio State.
Now we have two options – a UML win or a UML loss.
A UML win gives the final spot to UML, while a UML loss gives the final spot to either Minnesota or Ohio State.
We’ll go into more detail into whether it’s Minnesota or Ohio State later on in the day.
Second scenario – A St. Lawrence win
This does not necessarily give St. Lawrence a spot, there is still work to be done.
There are two options once again after this result, a UML win or a UML loss. A UML win obviously takes up one spot and leaves one spot available for St. Lawrence, Minnesota or Ohio State.
A UML loss leaves two spots open for St. Lawrence, Minnesota or Ohio State.
We’ll explore that more as the afternoon progresses.
Next up, we’ll take a look at this second scenario in a little more detail.