Simple Math?

Maybe it wasn’t as complicated as we all made it out to be.  It’s as simple as that.

The committee laid it out, just as we always do when we try to analyze where each team will go.

Then after seeing that there were no intraconference matchups, they made one switch – Cornell and Air Force.

The only reasoning I can see behind that is that they wanted to avoid a potential second round matchup between two teams that just played in a championship game.

I guess they couldn’t really do that with the West Regional bracket where Minnesota-Duluth and North Dakota could meet in the next round.

My question would be why only this one change of the bracket.

Otherwise, it’s simple math and laying it out as we do every week.

Have fun next weekend!

85 COMMENTS

  1. It’s nice that you recognize what we are saying. Regardless if what we say is right or wrong it’s nice to get acknowledged so thanks for that. 

  2. It’s nice that you recognize what we are saying. Regardless if what we say is right or wrong it’s nice to get acknowledged so thanks for that. 

  3. As an easterner, I just want to interject and say that I’m fine with a westerner winning the award this year.  This year the best player in the East is Kreider but he doesn’t have the numbers.  Same with Dumoulin – hands down the best defenseman in the East.  Both phenomenal talents and they look great when you watch them.  Don’t be fooled by Spencer Abbott.  Not Hobey material.  Good player having a great season but he won’t blow anyone away.  No goalies out East really stick out either, especially in HE where the level of competition is high.  This kid in the ECAC has eleven billion goals but the ECAC is borderline DIII. 

    Is it time maybe we actually give it to the best player and not the guy with the most goals/points.  People are such stuck on the numbers end of the argument it is just getting ridiculous.

    • How is Abbott not a legitimate candidate? The kid took his game to a whole other level this season. The Black Bears needed people to step up and fill voids left by last year’s Seniors and Gustav Nyquist and Abbott (along with Flynn, Diamond, and Mangene) have been a major reason why Maine has had the season they have had and are back in the National picture. 

      • gosh now only if Abbott did that for 4 straight years like Jack Connolly did then he might have a chance…..Jack is at 191 points. This is his second straight 50+ point year. Come on man pull your ” East Coast Biased” head out.

    • Ur dumb Abbott is def top candidate been leadin league for a while and taking Maine to the tourney after loosing Gus. KReider is good but not hobby material this year, Abbotts put up mad points and set lots of achievments this year, like turning around a team ppl wrote off after winning 3 og the first 11. The Maine reason was Abbott.

  4. As an easterner, I just want to interject and say that I’m fine with a westerner winning the award this year.  This year the best player in the East is Kreider but he doesn’t have the numbers.  Same with Dumoulin – hands down the best defenseman in the East.  Both phenomenal talents and they look great when you watch them.  Don’t be fooled by Spencer Abbott.  Not Hobey material.  Good player having a great season but he won’t blow anyone away.  No goalies out East really stick out either, especially in HE where the level of competition is high.  This kid in the ECAC has eleven billion goals but the ECAC is borderline DIII. 

    Is it time maybe we actually give it to the best player and not the guy with the most goals/points.  People are such stuck on the numbers end of the argument it is just getting ridiculous.

    • How is Abbott not a legitimate candidate? The kid took his game to a whole other level this season. The Black Bears needed people to step up and fill voids left by last year’s Seniors and Gustav Nyquist and Abbott (along with Flynn, Diamond, and Mangene) have been a major reason why Maine has had the season they have had and are back in the National picture. 

      • gosh now only if Abbott did that for 4 straight years like Jack Connolly did then he might have a chance…..Jack is at 191 points. This is his second straight 50+ point year. Come on man pull your ” East Coast Biased” head out.

    • Ur dumb Abbott is def top candidate been leadin league for a while and taking Maine to the tourney after loosing Gus. KReider is good but not hobby material this year, Abbotts put up mad points and set lots of achievments this year, like turning around a team ppl wrote off after winning 3 og the first 11. The Maine reason was Abbott.

  5. Poker Face should wake up and smell the coffee. The Union goalie – I think it’s Troy Grosenick – is only leading the country in GAA – something like 1.52. He is far and away the best and deserving of Hobey mention. And this is coming from an arch enemy who would like to see Austin Smith win the award.

  6. Poker Face should wake up and smell the coffee. The Union goalie – I think it’s Troy Grosenick – is only leading the country in GAA – something like 1.52. He is far and away the best and deserving of Hobey mention. And this is coming from an arch enemy who would like to see Austin Smith win the award.

  7. I also wanted to say thanks for listening. Whether we were all wrong or right, it was nice of you to listen and acknowledge our comments. 

  8. I also wanted to say thanks for listening. Whether we were all wrong or right, it was nice of you to listen and acknowledge our comments. 

      • Hahahaha, weak league???? You fricken crack me up. That is the exact equivalent to calling the SEC weak in football. Get a clue pal.

      • Gotta be the dumbest statement ever made on this site…  Ill take any WCHA team and plug them into any other conference around, and bet my lif savings they finifh in at least the top half of that conference.

      • Hahahaha, weak league???? You fricken crack me up. That is the exact equivalent to calling the SEC weak in football. Get a clue pal.

      • Gotta be the dumbest statement ever made on this site…  Ill take any WCHA team and plug them into any other conference around, and bet my lif savings they finifh in at least the top half of that conference.

  9. Look at JCon’s entire career as well as this season. Looking at the big picture he wins. With his scoring and leadership he has taken a Bulldog team way beyond expectations this season. GO JACK!

  10. Look at JCon’s entire career as well as this season. Looking at the big picture he wins. With his scoring and leadership he has taken a Bulldog team way beyond expectations this season. GO JACK!

  11. jack connolly deserves this. leadership like said before, and he proved to everyone he can be a top player even when he lost both of his linemates.

  12. jack connolly deserves this. leadership like said before, and he proved to everyone he can be a top player even when he lost both of his linemates.

  13. Kent Patterson? WHO? who does he play for? Kenny Reiter from UMD has a better chance of winning it than Patterson does. I mean Reiter has 5 points this year….as a GOALIE. He has more points than 10 players on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMTC) squad…..But with that aside UMD’s Jack Connolly will win HANDS DOWN. Nobody else in the country even has a remotely close chance of winning. Wooo, Abbott puts up 4 points against North Dakota in a weekend. While Jack on the other hand puts up 6 in a weekend against North Dakota…Oh yea and (5) in Saturdays game. All the East Cost people can shut up. Not a chance…. Jack Connolly will be UMD’s nation leading fifth Hobey Baker Award Winner come season end.

    •  I didn’t know Abbott vs JC came down to a ND Series lol, checkout Abbotts series last year vs them.  5 points is a solid game even thou ND spent most the game in the box, thats a huge help….

      For this season Abbott has a better story, bringing a team who won only 3 games out of the first 11, back to make the tournament(first time since 07), something that was never done with Nyquist.  Also to be leading the nation on a team that wasn;t ranked number 1 all year is a big thing as well.

  14. Kent Patterson? WHO? who does he play for? Kenny Reiter from UMD has a better chance of winning it than Patterson does. I mean Reiter has 5 points this year….as a GOALIE. He has more points than 10 players on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMTC) squad…..But with that aside UMD’s Jack Connolly will win HANDS DOWN. Nobody else in the country even has a remotely close chance of winning. Wooo, Abbott puts up 4 points against North Dakota in a weekend. While Jack on the other hand puts up 6 in a weekend against North Dakota…Oh yea and (5) in Saturdays game. All the East Cost people can shut up. Not a chance…. Jack Connolly will be UMD’s nation leading fifth Hobey Baker Award Winner come season end.

    •  I didn’t know Abbott vs JC came down to a ND Series lol, checkout Abbotts series last year vs them.  5 points is a solid game even thou ND spent most the game in the box, thats a huge help….

      For this season Abbott has a better story, bringing a team who won only 3 games out of the first 11, back to make the tournament(first time since 07), something that was never done with Nyquist.  Also to be leading the nation on a team that wasn;t ranked number 1 all year is a big thing as well.

  15. who is this idiot Olshansky??  a native of Minnesota?  when it comes to puck, all leagues are ignored except WCHA and Hockey East.  we’ll see who comes out on top

  16. who is this idiot Olshansky??  a native of Minnesota?  when it comes to puck, all leagues are ignored except WCHA and Hockey East.  we’ll see who comes out on top …
    and people… READ the definitions pertaining to Hobey. its not all about scoring in an easy conference

  17. Bjustad is the best canidate just look at the teams success if Bjustad scores the gophers usually win. So if Bjustad doesnt come to play so do the gophers! Look out fo the Gophers in the NCAA we will be in the frozen four and make it to the title game

  18. Bjustad is the best canidate just look at the teams success if Bjustad scores the gophers usually win. So if Bjustad doesnt come to play so do the gophers! Look out fo the Gophers in the NCAA we will be in the frozen four and make it to the title game

  19. No one, especially journalists, know how it’s supposed to be spelled. I’ve seen: HarborCenter, HarborCentre, Harbor Center, Harborcenter, HARBORcenter, and basically any combination you can think of.

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  20. No one, especially journalists, know how it’s supposed to be spelled. I’ve seen: HarborCenter, HarborCentre, Harbor Center, Harborcenter, HARBORcenter, and basically any combination you can think of.

  21. Two lack-luster performances from UML and an inspired weekend from UConn added up to a really crappy weekend. UConn beat lowell at their own game. Tons of offensive zone time and really good goaltending. Lowell on the other hand couldn’t sustain anything all weekend. Boyle looks like he could use a day off, and Lowell’s usually solid cycle game was nonexistent.

  22. Two lack-luster performances from UML and an inspired weekend from UConn added up to a really crappy weekend for me. UConn beat lowell at their own game. Tons of offensive zone time and really good goaltending. Lowell on the other hand couldn’t sustain anything all weekend. Boyle looks like he could use a day off, and Lowell’s usually solid cycle game was nonexistent. I’m gonna vote right up front about another to Ireland as a resounding NO!

  23. Lowell has had scoring issues all year as they have been winning the 2-1 games all too often. They seem to play down to the level of the opponent. I hope this is a wake up call for the ‘Chiefs’ and they learn to shoot a lot more. A bad 2nd half last year cost them. Maybe 2016 will be more like 2014, 2013 and 2012….

  24. Lowell has had scoring issues all year as they have been winning the 2-1 games all too often. They seem to play down to the level of the opponent. I hope this is a wake up call for the ‘Chiefs’ and they learn to shoot a lot more. A bad 2nd half last year cost them. Maybe 2016 will be more like 2014, 2013 and 2012….

  25. I think they blew a nice potential matchup with Union and Providence in the East Final. Some intrigue there, Coach Leaman vs. Coach Bennett, in addition Coach Bennett against Prov. where he played his college career. I think that would have helped attendance as well. Looking at the bracket it does not seem like attendance was taken into consideration.

    • I agree completely. Original predictions this morning had Union -AF here not WM. Apart from Rick’s history as Friars player and assistant coach and his relationship with Nate a possible rematch of the Bridgeport regional in 2014 would’ve been awesome, with different results of course!

  26. I think they blew a nice potential matchup with Union and Providence in the East Final. Some intrigue there, Coach Leaman vs. Coach Bennett, in addition Coach Bennett against Prov. where he played his college career. I think that would have helped attendance as well. Looking at the bracket it does not seem like attendance was taken into consideration.

    • I agree completely. Original predictions this morning had Union -AF here not WM. Apart from Rick’s history as Friars player and assistant coach and his relationship with Nate a possible rematch of the Bridgeport regional in 2014 would’ve been awesome, with different results of course!

  27. Surprised MTU and OSU weren’t switched. Works out for me as Cincy is within driving distance so I get to see them play but attendance will be an issue there. US Bank is an 18k seat arena, no way do they get more than 8 k-9k. Penn State will bring some, Denver will bring some but Tech is probably going to have the largest contingent but I’d guess they’ll pull about half what they manage for the GLI. That puts them in the 3k-4k range.

    • All I know is that I was shopping for tickets in Cinci leading up to the announcement and settled on the Crew game instead after the announcement.

    • You shouldn’t be too surprised. Tech & OSU were too far separated in the PWR to warrant that switch. The real surprise (to me, anyway) was the move of the entire DU bracket to Cincinnati. Works for me, too. Fargo (informally known as the Brad Berry Invitational) just isn’t worth the hassle.

      • Denver is a great defensive team. I actually think OSU is a better matchup for them. Tech being a quality defensive team and Beef back on track puts DU in the position of losing a 1-0, 2-1 type game like what just happened against NoDak in the NCHC Tourney.

  28. Surprised MTU and OSU weren’t switched. Works out for me as Cincy is within driving distance so I get to see them play but attendance will be an issue there. US Bank is an 18k seat arena, no way do they get more than 8 k-9k. Penn State will bring some, Denver will bring some but Tech is probably going to have the largest contingent but I’d guess they’ll pull about half what they manage for the GLI. That puts them in the 3k-4k range.

    • All I know is that I was shopping for tickets in Cinci leading up to the announcement and settled on the Crew game instead after the announcement.

    • You shouldn’t be too surprised. Tech & OSU were too far separated in the PWR to warrant that switch. The real surprise (to me, anyway) was the move of the entire DU bracket to Cincinnati. Works for me, too. Fargo (informally known as the Brad Berry Invitational) just isn’t worth the hassle.

      • Denver is a great defensive team. I actually think OSU is a better matchup for them. Tech being a quality defensive team and Beef back on track puts DU in the position of losing a 1-0, 2-1 type game like what just happened against NoDak in the NCHC Tourney.

  29. Fargo is great if you’re a Sioux fan. They bought up almost all of the tickets well in advance. ND vs BU will be a home game for ND. Despite that I am rooting for a BU win. Decent seats are selling on StubHub for $600 and up.

    Neutral sites or not selling tickets far in advance of actually knowing the teams is needed IMO.

  30. Fargo is great if you’re a Sioux fan. They bought up almost all of the tickets well in advance. ND vs BU will be a home game for ND. Despite that I am rooting for a BU win. Decent seats are selling on StubHub for $600 and up.

    Neutral sites or not selling tickets far in advance of actually knowing the teams is needed IMO.

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