In the most important news of the weekend, I became a father for the first time on Saturday afternoon, so needless to say, that will be keeping me busy for a while. I'll still be posting as much as possible, but if they are more sporadic, that's likely why.
On to the hockey. The CCHA started their playoffs over the weekend, which means the season is over for three teams. Alaska ended the coaching career of Rick Comley with a two-game sweep of Michigan State. Lake Superior swept Ohio State in the Soo. And Bowling Green pulled off the big upset, beating sixth seed Northern Michigan in three games, including a dramatic overtime win on Sunday night. That sets up the following match-ups for next weekend: Bowling Green at Michigan, Lake Superior at Notre Dame, Alaska at Miami, and Ferris State at Western Michigan.
The WCHA played their final league games and the standings have now been set for the playoffs. A look at everything that happened is after the jump.
North Dakota and Michigan Tech met over the weekend in Houghton, knowing that they would face off again next weekend in Grand Forks. North Dakota dominated the series winning 6-1 and 11-2. If Michigan Tech can win this series next weekend, it would probably go down as one of the greatest rope-a-dopes of all time. Also, what I said last week about the Universe collapsing if Tech swept. Tech's implosion helped vault Matt Frattin into the lead for the WCHA league scoring race.
Denver was able to hang on to second place by splitting with St. Cloud at home. St. Cloud's win on Friday brought them into a tie for 8th place with Alaska-Anchorage.
Minnesota-Duluth and Nebraska-Omaha met for their first ever WCHA series, in a battle for third place in the league, and the series ended in a split, meaning Nebraska-Omaha finishes a point ahead of UMD in the standings.
Minnesota traveled up to Bemidji for their first ever league series in Bemidji. It was my first time seeing that arena on TV, and from the little I saw, it looked pretty nice. Anyway, Minnesota continued their run of hot play with a three-point series against the Beavers. There was a little controversy in the Friday game when a late penalty on Minnesota allowed Bemidji to score a game-tying goal, but I had no problem with the penalty. It's the type of call I've seen pretty consistently called all season.
Wisconsin and Colorado College split a weekend series in Madison, which means Colorado College finished in 6th, Wisconsin in 7th, and the two teams will meet again next weekend in Colorado Springs. It's been a tough stretch run for Wisconsin, who now find themselves in 23rd in the Pairwise, meaning they'll likely need a pretty nice playoff run to have a shot at the NCAA tournament. Colorado College is tied for 14th, which would be the likely last at-large spot, but losing next weekend probably knocks them off the bubble.
And finally, Alaska-Anchorage swept Minnesota State in Mankato. Last week, I questioned if Minnesota State's coaching staff had given up on the regular season with some of their Saturday lineup choices, and this week, it looked like their team had followed suit.
That means next weekend's playoff match-ups will look like this:
#12 Michigan Tech at #1 North Dakota
#11 Minnesota State at #2 Denver
#10 Bemidji State at #3 Nebraska-Omaha
#9 St. Cloud at #4 Minnesota-Duluth
#8 Alaska-Anchorage at #5 Minnesota
#7 Wisconsin at #6 Colorado College