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Crowning a champ, 20 wins and the Irish on the move

Last Monday night, Boston College won its fifth straight Beanpot. But that wasn’t the only trophy the Eagles received last week. That leads off the three things I learned this week:

1. Boston College clinches regular-season title

So it seems a little bit early in the calendar, but the Hockey East regular season trophy is already decided. Boston College put together such an impressive regular season run in league play, just a single loss to date, that the Eagles are on pace for a record-setting Hockey East season. Should the Eagles win the remainder of its games, it will tie Maine’s campaign from 1992-93 for the least losses in league play. That Maine team went 22-1-1 in league play. BC is on pace to be able to post an 18-1-1 mark this season.

2. River Hawks reach 20 for third straight season

Plenty has been made of what Massachusetts-Lowell head coach Norm Bazin has done to turn around the River Hawks program. Last Friday, his team reached another significant milestone, beating Massachusetts to earn the team’s 20th victory of the season. It’s the first time in the school’s program history that the club has put forth 20 wins in three straight seasons, definitely deserving of a tip of the cap.

And by the way, if you missed how Lowell earned that victory over the Minutemen, it is worth it to take a second and watch the dramatic ending. You can do so by clicking here.

3. Three-point weekend brings Notre Dame into the thick of things

All season, folks have been waiting for Notre Dame to make some sort of move up the Hockey East standings. Well, three points on the road at Providence did just that as the Irish are now in the thick of the key Hockey East playoff races. Notre Dame still sits in seventh place with 14 points. But they are just two points behind sixth-place Providence and four points in back of fifth-place New Hampshire, one of the enviable places in the standings as the top five teams will avoid a first-round play-in game. It’s still an uphill climb for the Irish with only three games remaining (Providence has a game-in-hand on Notre Dame, a distinct advantage). If anything, Notre Dame’s successful weekend has put the team in solid position to remain at home in the opening round, now sitting three points ahead of ninth place Massachusetts.

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  • Malburj1

    Welcome to the DAWG POUND!!!!!! GO FERRIS!!!!!!

  • Broncobri79

    Ditto on the congrats to Ferris. It’s nice to see the proverbial “little” guy lead one of the toughest conferences in the nation this late in the season. I don’t intend any disrespect whatsoever in that comment either. A lot times, in the CCHA especially with its diverse mix of schools, everybody gets caught up in talking about the larger schools. FSU and WMU have battling for the confernce lead for about 3 weeks now, and all anybody could talk about was U of M. I really thought the NCHC should have given more consideration to giving invites to FSU, NMU, or LSSU. The Broncos will probably need to win out in the regular season now to catch the Bulldogs.

    • Anonymous

      Western probably would need to run the table here and as great as that would be, I just hope we can finish in the top four to host a playoff series at Lawson. Unless I missed something in my research, the last time the Broncos swept a team on the road was October of last season at Mercyhurst and the last time we swept a CCHA team on the road (and I’m counting two regulation/OT wins, not any SO wins) was at Lake State in March of the 2005-06 season. This trip to to Taffy Abel definitely has me concerned, hopefully all the teams below us can beat-up on one another these next two weekends.

  • Bigspartan

    Congrats to the BULLDOGS!

    Way to get it done down the stretch!
    Bob Daniels is Coach of the Year (unless they somehow give it to Red again)

    Small school, small facility, small budget…..who cares?
    Finish strong Bulldogs!

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, FSU has earned their place at the top and a full congratulations goes their way.  You would think Daniels would be an obvious choice for Coach of the Year, but then again Blashill should’ve have been picked last year and they gave it to Jackson.

      • Ferris95

        Completely agree!!  Blashill should have received the Coach of the Year.  He turned that program around in 1 year, unbelieveable!  Being an Ferris Alum, of course my obvious pick would be Bob Daniels, but we’ll see how things shake out these final 2 weeks of the regular season.  Should be an exciting last week of hockey with a home and home series against those tough Bronco’s.

  • Captain Hindsight

    Can some please explain to me how Michigan is ranked 5th in the country?

  • http://twitter.com/DanKorn Dan Korn

    I would expect Paula to get the Big Ten beat.  She’s based in Columbus, after all.

    The CCHA trophy should be frozen in carbonite.  Or maybe they should just call the 9-team conference which will have five current CCHA members the CCHA instead of the WCHA, and call the 8-team conference with 6 current WCHA members the WCHA instead of the NCHC.

  • Guest

    They are ranked 5th because they are the hottest CCHA team behind Ferris. Michigan has only lost 2 games since Christmas while the rest of the CCHA (again, save Ferris) has been consistently playing .500 hockey. Polls are pretty much about what you’ve been doing lately, so losing for a while and then getting hot at the end of the year is going to bag you more credit than splitting every weekend.

    In terms of Pairwise, that’s probably got everything to do with the fact that we’ve split with good teams but have a winning record against the top teams we’ve played. We swept Ferris at the beginning of the season, and have a win over BC. If we can sweep Northern this weekend, that’ll make a winning record against the next CCHA team in the rankings, and we have a winning record against the next two CCHA teams in the Pairwise as well (2-1-1 with Miami, 3-1-1 with MSU).

    I would also like to point out that the scheduling this year is the exception, not the rule. Michigan generally schedules a HE team every year and normally has the College Hockey Showcase as well. Wisconsin decided they didn’t want to do the Showcase since the BTHC is on its way, and I’m not really sure why we didn’t play a HE team at the start of the season (which kind of makes me sad, since we have been @ BU, @ BU, and @ UNH the last three years and I would have liked to finally see one of them come to Yost during undergrad).

  • Sfitz88

    Paula, don’t know if it is still the record, but there was a GLI Final at the Joe in the 80sor early 90s that I was at, MSU and Munn South in it’s heyday, vs. MTU and I am pretty sure it was over 21,000.  Place was absolutely jammed and, of course, wild.   Was a great scene.