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Yeah, that’s right, there’s a Bracketology today because we put the PWR up.  I think most people know it doesn’t really matter much right now, but you know what?  People like to see it.  Track your team, or the team you hate.  Have some fun, that’s what it’s all about right?

So, what would a Bracketology look like today?  I’ll let you know as I sit in a hotel room in Munich…

A reminder on the sites of the regionals:

East – Albany, N.Y. (host – Rensselaer)

Northeast – Worcester, Mass. (host – Holy Cross)

Midwest – Ft. Wayne, Ind. (host – Notre Dame)

West – St. Paul, Minn. (host – Minnesota)

Who are our conference champions that get the assumed autobids based upon winning percentage?

Atlantic Hockey – Air Force

CCHA – Miami

CHA – Bemidji State

ECAC – Quinnipiac (The Bobcats won the coin toss over Cornell)

Hockey East – Massachusetts

WCHA – Colorado College (The Tigers won the three-way coin toss over Denver and North Dakota)

Our Top 16 teams in the PWR, plus those teams not in the Top 16 that are conference champions (as of Nov. 9, 2009):

1.  Bemidji State

2.  Miami

3.  Michigan State

4.  North Dakota

5.  Quinnipiac

6.  Massachusetts

7.  Alaska

8.  Cornell

9.  Western Michigan

10. Boston College

11. Colorado College

12. Notre Dame

13. Denver

14. Mass.-Lowell

15. Minn.-Duluth

16. Nebraska-Omaha

—  Air Force

Therefore the 16 teams in the tournament as of Nov. 9, 2009 are:

1.  Bemidji State

2.  Miami

3.  Michigan State

4.  North Dakota

5.  Quinnipiac

6.  Massachusetts

7.  Alaska

8.  Cornell

9.  Western Michigan

10. Boston College

11. Colorado College

12. Notre Dame

13. Denver

14. Mass.-Lowell

15. Minn.-Duluth

16.  Air Force

Our Brackets:

West Regional (St. Paul)

1. Bemidji State vs. 16 Air Force

8 Cornell vs. 9 Western Michigan

East Regional (Albany)

2 Miami vs. 15 Minn.-Duluth

7 Alaska vs. 10 Boston College

Northeast Regional (Worcester)

3 Michigan State vs. 13 Denver

6 Massachusetts vs. 11 Colorado College

Midwest Regional (Ft. Wayne)

4 North Dakota vs. 14 Mass.-Lowell

5 Quinnipiac vs. 12 Notre Dame

I am not going to get into the craziness of attendance, etc.

It does say one thing though: while the PWR at this time of year might be fun to look at, it don’t mean squat.