Saturday, March 10, 2007

Do or Die, or Die, or Die

So, for the first time in 9 seasons, a WCHA quarterfinal playoff series involving Michigan Tech hasn't ended in two games of disapp-
ointment. Unfortu-
nately for the Huskies, who came out strong Friday night, Saturday wasn't meant to be for them. CC goaltender Matt Zaba was unbeatable tonight, and despite a second amazing performance, Michael-Lee Teslak stopped everything sent at him except two shots.
The loss tonight sends the series to a third game tomorrow night.

Elsewhere in the WCHA, St. Cloud was able to stay alive against Duluth with a 3-2 victory, and Minnesota State was swept out of any hope for further post-season play by North Dakota. The UW Badgers finished off their series as well, upsetting #3 Denver in 2 games, winning 2-1 tonight. The second overtime game of the playoffs this year occurred in none other than Mariucci Arena, where the Golden Gophers of Minnesota were unable to finish off their series with the #10 Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves, who held on for a third game with a 2-1 victory.

With these results, only the Badgers and Sioux are sitting on spots in the Final Five. Three Sunday night games will determine final seeding, and two real upsets could take place. If the Seawolves and Bulldogs can take wins, the top two WCHA teams will be out of their own conference playoffs. Not only are Final Five spots on the line, but wins or losses tomorrow, possible spots in the NCAA playoffs could be won or lost. No predictions can be made, as was shown by the results of the past two nights, so stay tuned tomorrow night. This is the stuff that makes the WCHA the best conference in college hockey.


Anonymous said...

Just a correction....

and Minnesota Duluth was swept out of any hope for further post-season play by North Dakota

Should be Minnesota State not Duluth

Boosh said...

Thank you anonymous...Minnesota has too many WCHA schools to keep track of which is which anyway

Jimjamesak said...

Haha that's an awesome gopher picture. Your mancrush had an awesome game. If he has another one that puck could be worth something.