What I Believe – Thursday Night Edition

The ramifications of Ohio State and Penn State’s wins on Thursday night:

– Michigan and Michigan State being eliminated from a possible bid

– Air Force can now no longer be an at-large team and Atlantic Hockey will only get one team into the tournament.

Let’s summarize after Thursday’s games.

In:

Atlantic Hockey – Winner of the Tournament

Big 10 – Minnesota

ECAC – Harvard, Union

Hockey East – Lowell, BU

NCHC – Denver, UMD, Western Michigan

WCHA – Winner of Bowling Green/Michigan Tech

That makes ten teams in, leaving six spots left.

There are nine teams for those six spots

Big 10 – Wisconsin, Ohio State, Penn State

ECAC – Cornell, Quinnipiac

Hockey East – BC, Notre Dame, Providence

NCHC – North Dakota

Teams that need to win its Championship in order to get in (two, aside from Atlantic Hockey and WCHA):

Big 10 – Wisconsin

ECAC – Quinnipiac

Teams that can still get in at-large (seven):

Big 10 – Ohio State, Penn State

ECAC – Cornell

Hockey East – BC, Notre Dame, Providence

NCHC – North Dakota

24 COMMENTS

  1. Im hoping that Abbott from UMaine will be at least one of the ten finalist…from a team that lost 2 time finalist Nyquist to the pros this past year, it didnt really look promissing for UM this year, and especially the first month and half, but ever since the end of November, Maine has only lost twice and find themselves at #9 in the pairwise.  On top of all of that, Abbott leads the nation in scoring…..so why not?  Could be flying under the radar, but he’d get my vote right now!

    • Abbott should be a legitimate contender IMO. Watching him develop over the past 4 years has been a thing of beauty. After a fairly quiet Freshman campaign, he started to find his game his Sophmore and Junior years after he became more confident in his abilities and his shot (especially on the PP, he’s got a bomb from the point). Now, as a Senior, he’s truly became a leader on that team and he’s taken his game to a whole other level (as you said, top scorer in the nation), not just as an offensive player, but in all areas of the ice.

      With the careers he and Flynn have had at UMaine and how gifted both are offensively, it’s hard-pressed to believe that neither one was drafted. But, neither one should have a problem scoring a deal somewhere after their careers up in Orono are finished. 

  2. Im hoping that Abbott from UMaine will be at least one of the ten finalist…from a team that lost 2 time finalist Nyquist to the pros this past year, it didnt really look promissing for UM this year, and especially the first month and half, but ever since the end of November, Maine has only lost twice and find themselves at #9 in the pairwise.  On top of all of that, Abbott leads the nation in scoring…..so why not?  Could be flying under the radar, but he’d get my vote right now!

    • Abbott should be a legitimate contender IMO. Watching him develop over the past 4 years has been a thing of beauty. After a fairly quiet Freshman campaign, he started to find his game his Sophmore and Junior years after he became more confident in his abilities and his shot (especially on the PP, he’s got a bomb from the point). Now, as a Senior, he’s truly became a leader on that team and he’s taken his game to a whole other level (as you said, top scorer in the nation), not just as an offensive player, but in all areas of the ice.

      With the careers he and Flynn have had at UMaine and how gifted both are offensively, it’s hard-pressed to believe that neither one was drafted. But, neither one should have a problem scoring a deal somewhere after their careers up in Orono are finished. 

  3. A couple of goalies in hockey east should get a look, maybe not for the final 3 but maybe the top 10 in Carr and Cannatta. I know there are other goalies around the country that are good but these two have been the standouts on their team. Carr being the main reason lowell has gone from 5 wins to 2nd in the PWR, and Cannatta being a solid backstop on a team that doesnt score much

  4. A couple of goalies in hockey east should get a look, maybe not for the final 3 but maybe the top 10 in Carr and Cannatta. I know there are other goalies around the country that are good but these two have been the standouts on their team. Carr being the main reason lowell has gone from 5 wins to 2nd in the PWR, and Cannatta being a solid backstop on a team that doesnt score much

  5. Should have asked if there were any other forwards or goalies in the mix.  You might have gotten a couple of defensemen names.  I was very impressed by Clendending.  Has really cut down on his penalty minutes, improved his decision making and is a very solid on the back line for BU.  Brian Dumoulin for  BC may be the best defenseman in HE.  

  6. Should have asked if there were any other forwards or goalies in the mix.  You might have gotten a couple of defensemen names.  I was very impressed by Clendending.  Has really cut down on his penalty minutes, improved his decision making and is a very solid on the back line for BU.  Brian Dumoulin for  BC may be the best defenseman in HE.  

  7. Colgate’s Austin Smith. BTW, I don’t see why Cornell gets in the rankings and Colgate doesn’t. The PWR I looked at doesn’t even list Big Red’s 2 losses to ‘Gate. Sure, ‘Gate had 2 losses to Ferris State (now ranked #1) one of which was very close. The one game with Union (3-1 L with ENG) means they should be, at least, top 20.

  8. Colgate’s Austin Smith. BTW, I don’t see why Cornell gets in the rankings and Colgate doesn’t. The PWR I looked at doesn’t even list Big Red’s 2 losses to ‘Gate. Sure, ‘Gate had 2 losses to Ferris State (now ranked #1) one of which was very close. The one game with Union (3-1 L with ENG) means they should be, at least, top 20.

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