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Fighting Sioux 23
03-18-2012, 05:34 PM
College Hockey Weekly is doing a "What If" Tournament. They have ranked all the teams 1-58 using RPI, sorted out intra-conference matchups, placed the proper teams in the proper regionals, and are going to do a hypothetical tournament this week. Hopefully it will be fun, and help pass the time.

http://www.collegehockeyweekly.com/What-If.html

First Round: Sunday, March 18th (which means they will be updating that bracket throughout the rest of today.
Second Round: Monday, March 19th
Sweet 16: Tuesday, March 20th
Elite 8: Thursday, March 22nd
Frozen Four: Friday, March 23rd
Championship: Saturday, March 24th.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to discuss the hypothetical tournament here...

Fighting Sioux 23
03-18-2012, 10:34 PM
Well, Round 1 is in the books. The biggest upsets? Bowling Green knocks off Colorado College in double overtime to advance at Magness to prevent a CC-DU matchup in the 2nd round. Mercyhurst knocked off Northeastern, and Alaska beat the Q.

For those interested, the scores are taken from a simulator of sorts (I have never seen it, but have heard about it) that uses KRACH values and other intangibles (ex. hot streaks) to compute the scores of each of the games. Games that end in ties remain as a tie, and then they run the teams through again for "overtime". If the numbers end in a tie again, they repeat the process for "double overtime". So, in Bowling Green's defeat of CC, they tied twice in the simulator, and then BG came out on top the third time.

hockeyplayer1015
03-18-2012, 10:45 PM
Interesting. However, I am looking forward to this years edition of the Futile Four.

Fighting Sioux 23
03-19-2012, 09:30 AM
In the first set of games from the second round this morning...

At Conte Forum:
Boston College - 2
RIT - 0

The Eagles scored in the 2nd period, and then salted the game away with an empty net goal late in the third to advance to the Sweet 16 in Worcester.

At the Tsongas Center:
LSSU - 3
Massachusetts Lowell - 2 (OT)

LSSU charged out to a 2-0 lead through the first period, but Lowell scored at the end of the second to pull within one. Midway through the third, the RiverHawks knotted the game at 2, and regulation ended 2-2. Unfortunately for the home crowd, LSSU scored early in OT to advance to St. Paul for the Sweet 16.

At Cady Arena:
Miami - 5
Mercyhurst - 2

The Lakers couldn't come up with another upset today, as Miami was all over Mercyhurst from the drop of the puck. The RedHawks scored 3 goals in the first, and 2 in the second to mount a 5-0 lead before Mercyhurst scored twice in the final frame to finish the scoring. Miami will now make their way to Bridgeport for the Sweet 16.

At Lynah Rink:
Cornell - 2
Ohio State - 1

The Buckeyes started off strong scoring early in the first period, but the Lynah faithful kept the Big Red going, and midway through the 2nd, Cornell scored to tie it up, and scored again before the end of the period to take a 2-1 lead. The goalies held their ground the rest of the way, and Cornell lands a spot in Bridgeport for the Sweet 16.

Games this afternoon:
#24 SCSU @ #9 BU
#29 Bemidji @ #4 North Dakota
#18 Notre Dame @ #15 Michigan St.
#23 Air Force @ #10 Maine

FlagDUDE08
03-19-2012, 09:36 AM
Just what we need, the Union Rule in the big one. -_-

LTsatch
03-19-2012, 09:38 AM
If you let Brown win this thing, they might just hang a banner:p

SanTropez
03-19-2012, 09:40 AM
Jan Brady hung one already for their one win over Holy Cross.

DaveStPaul
03-19-2012, 09:48 AM
BU needs overtime to get past Alabama-Huntsville. That sounds about right. :(

Thanks for the link FS23, that's a cool exercise.

Osorojo
03-19-2012, 09:48 AM
Every team does make the tournament - just like every citizen makes the government.

Fighting Sioux 23
03-19-2012, 09:57 AM
If you let Brown win this thing, they might just hang a banner:p

FWIW, I have zero say in who wins or loses...it is done with a predictor/simulator that takes into account KRACH and other intangibles when computing who wins or loses.

That being said, Brown lost in the First Round to Western Michigan 4-0.

UncleRay
03-19-2012, 09:59 AM
As opposed to the current form where the regular season eliminates two teams.

HoosierBBall_GopherHockey
03-19-2012, 10:06 AM
That simulator is flawed. Minnesota beat Sacred Heart 9-0 and 6-0 earlier this year, and you're telling me that Minnesota only wins 7-1 in the rematch? :p

Jon
03-19-2012, 10:22 AM
Bemidji's imaginary game winning goal was so imaginary off sides. Fie fie, upon the imaginary Beavers!

JF_Gophers
03-19-2012, 10:23 AM
Bemidji's imaginary game winning goal was so imaginary off sides. Fie fie, upon the imaginary Beavers!Jon is upset, hypothetically?

Fighting Sioux 23
03-19-2012, 10:25 AM
Bemidji's imaginary game winning goal was so imaginary off sides. Fie fie, upon the imaginary Beavers!

:p:D:D

It was a close call, and the imaginary fans along the blueline were hypothetically quite upset that the whistle was not theoretically blown.

vizoroo
03-19-2012, 10:37 AM
FWIW, I have zero say in who wins or loses...it is done with a predictor/simulator that takes into account KRACH and other intangibles when computing who wins or loses.

Could we get some tangible wounded players to return?

Fighting Sioux 23
03-19-2012, 10:39 AM
Could we get some tangible wounded players to return?

That is something I have asked about, and have not received a response yet. My guess is that current injuries are something that they have as part of the intangibles. If/When I find out, I'll post it here.

UAHStatman
03-19-2012, 11:17 AM
BU needs overtime to get past Alabama-Huntsville. That sounds about right. :(

Thanks for the link FS23, that's a cool exercise.

Considering UAH's short NCAA history, that's about right for us, too. ;)

Fighting Sioux 23
03-19-2012, 11:41 AM
Games this afternoon:
#24 SCSU @ #9 BU
#29 Bemidji @ #4 North Dakota
#18 Notre Dame @ #15 Michigan St.
#23 Air Force @ #10 Maine

The afternoon games are underway...

In Boston, the Terriers and the Huskies are in a dog fight, as the game is tied at 1 through 1.
In Grand Forks, North Dakota is trailing Bemidji 1-0 after 20 minutes.
In East Lansing, Notre Dame has a 3-0 lead midway through the 2nd.
In Orono, Maine is up 2-1 through the first period.

EDIT: UPDATE!
SCSU leads BU 2-1 midway through the 2nd
Bemidji has a 2-0 lead with about 10 minutes left in middle frame
Notre Dame is now up 4-0 at the end of 2
Maine now up 3-1 early in the 2nd.

DOUBLE EDIT: UPDATE!
BU scored to tie the game at 2 at the end of the 2nd
North Dakota scored to pull within 1 against Bemidji through 2
Michigan State finally broke through with a goal, but the Irish still lead 4-1 early in the 3rd
Maine is pulling away, up 5-1 through 2.

Fighting Sioux 23
03-19-2012, 02:00 PM
The Afternoon games have finished...

In Boston...
Boston University - 4
St. Cloud State - 2

A 2-2 game after 2, BU scored two goals in the first half of the third period, and held on to advance to the Sweet 16 in Worcester. SCSU made a ferocious push at the end, but BU was up to the task.

In Grand Forks...
North Dakota - 3
Bemidji State - 2

Down 2-1 entering the third period, the Sioux battled, and staged an epic comeback, scoring two goals in the final 5 minutes to win 3-2. North Dakota advances to the Sweet 16 in St. Paul.

In East Lansing...
Notre Dame - 4
Michigan State - 1

The Spartans could rally no further, and the Irish get the victory 4-1. The win sends Notre Dame to the Sweet 16 in Green Bay.

In Orono...
Maine - 6
Air Force - 3

Air Force rallied to keep things interesting, scoring two early third period goals to make it 5-3, but Maine sealed the game with an empty netter to advance to the Sweet 16 in Green Bay 6-3.

Next set of games...
#25 Wisconsin @ #8 Minnesota Duluth
#20 Harvard @ #13 Western Michigan
#43 Bowling Green @ #11 Denver
#39 Alaska @ #6 Ferris State