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C-H-C
03-08-2011, 09:40 PM
Thanks to zoofer for starting the regular season thread.
Now that UNH has gotten the monkey off their back - also known as the Regular Season Trophy (:rolleyes:) - they can focus on the Hockey East Tournament and, hopefully, the NCAA Regionals at Manchester.
Here's an analysis of various scenarios, prepared by Maine poster "Priceless", which would earn UNH a trip to the NCAA Tournament:

New Hampshire (Range of Possible Outcomes: #4 Seed to Out of Tournament) The final team that can get all the way to #4 if they win the conference tournament and a slew of teams ahead of them all fall in their conferences. They can fall out, but what are the odds New Hampshire loses a home series to Vermont? They need to win this weekend. Odds are that will wrap up a spot, but a win in Boston would make it a sure thing. Because of the logjam ahead of them, it will be very difficult to move up. There are 4 WCHA teams, 3 CCHA teams and 2 other Hockey East clubs ahead of them. The extra TUC teams also hurt as teams ahead of them will play multiple TUC games (often against each other) which limits the Wildcats' potential to move up.

Most Likely: #12 Seed

There are two very clear lines of demarcation here. The top 3 teams have put a lot of separation between themselves and the rest of the field. Then another line exists after New Hampshire at #12. Even with two losses to Vermont, UNH only drops to 14th. It's only when games involving BU, Maine, Western Michigan, Dartmouth and CC are added to the mix that they fall out of the field. Barring amazing upsets this weekend, this top 12 should all make the field of 16. That would be only the 4th time that has happened.

The first step is clear - beat UVM beginning Friday night at the Whitt.

Snively65
03-09-2011, 01:50 AM
Priceless also has BC playing Dartmouth and UNH playing Denver in the Manchvegas regional. But, probably too risky to lose to UVM this weekend and expect to still get a NCAA bid as a 4-seed, which probably would draw Michigan to Manchvegas and send BC to St. Louis. Better to win this weekend and get back to the Gahden.

thecomicbookguy
03-09-2011, 06:25 AM
Hopefully UNH can sweep the fake Cats and then we won't have to worry (as much).

(Also, don't be mad, but I saw the thread started by CHC, and first post from Snively65, and thought: more 70's reminiscing? :p Not that my generation doesn't already do that with teams from a decade ago.)

Nick Papagiorgio
03-09-2011, 07:13 AM
Good luck to the Wildcats. I'm still predicting that national title comes home to Durham this April. Losing the RS title was the best thing to happen for this team. Shades of Maine in 99, the only hardware will be the big one.

e.cat
03-09-2011, 08:09 AM
Any comparisons to Maine are purely coincidental:eek:

Nick I think BC should starting planning the parade soon;) Don't forget the ashes today though:D

Nick Papagiorgio
03-09-2011, 08:25 AM
I'm dead serious when I say losing the RS title will be a good thing for UNH...

e.cat
03-09-2011, 08:36 AM
I'm dead serious when I say losing the RS title will be a good thing for UNH...

I'll take your word for it and I agree with you too. We'll see how it plays out. In the grand scheme of things the RS is cool but like Umile said recently about BC and I'm paraphrasing, "I'd trade the RS for an NC any day." I thnk UVM will put up a scrappy effort but UNH advances to the Garden and will be motivated to make some noise.

goblue
03-09-2011, 10:43 AM
Good luck to the Wildcats. I'm still predicting that national title comes home to Durham this April. Losing the RS title was the best thing to happen for this team. Shades of Maine in 99, the only hardware will be the big one.

Nick -- you know, it's too bad that there isn't a "tongue-in-cheek" icon -- it would certainly help in parsing your posts for their intent from time to time.

JB
03-09-2011, 11:39 AM
Good luck to the Wildcats. I'm still predicting that national title comes home to Durham this April. Losing the RS title was the best thing to happen for this team. Shades of Maine in 99, the only hardware will be the big one.

I am calling my doctor right now. Symptoms first I decided you were starting to be reasonable and now I am agreeing with you in multiple threads. There must be something wrong with me...

sterlippo1
03-09-2011, 05:27 PM
I am calling my doctor right now. Symptoms first I decided you were starting to be reasonable and now I am agreeing with you in multiple threads. There must be something wrong with me...

he's been saying this all year long that he likes the 'cats this year, honestly, he has.

goblue
03-09-2011, 05:51 PM
he's been saying this all year long that he likes the 'cats this year, honestly, he has.


"This is the year, guys! You're going ALL. THE. WAY.!!!"

Nudge, nudge, wink wink...

WildShawn
03-09-2011, 06:00 PM
he's been saying this all year long that he likes the 'cats this year, honestly, he has.

And he believes it now just as much as he did in November I'm sure.

Snively65
03-09-2011, 06:05 PM
Hopefully UNH can sweep the fake Cats and then we won't have to worry (as much).

(Also, don't be mad, but I saw the thread started by CHC, and first post from Snively65, and thought: more 70's reminiscing? :p Not that my generation doesn't already do that with teams from a decade ago.)

Ok, I will leave the reminiscing to the UNH-UVM thread, and say that I would like to see two more games with BC this season (i.e., meet in the HE final, and then again in Manchvegas, rather than risking a 4th seed to send BC to the St. Louis regional). That is a lot of games against just two teams, but whatever it takes.

goblue
03-09-2011, 06:08 PM
C-H-C, if you don't mind, I'll stop by your seat on Saturday between 2nd and 3rd periods to say hello.

C-H-C
03-09-2011, 06:24 PM
Any news on the condition of Greg Burke's shoulder? If he's out, I'd like to see Silengo centering Henrion and Speelman - a third line who played well against BC on Sat. - and Block centering Sorkin and McCarey.

C-H-C
03-09-2011, 06:28 PM
C-H-C, if you don't mind, I'll stop by your seat on Saturday between 2nd and 3rd periods to say hello.
Only if UNH has won Friday night and are winning 8-1.:eek:;)

thecomicbookguy
03-09-2011, 06:33 PM
Ok, I will leave the reminiscing to the UNH-UVM thread, and say that I would like to see two more games with BC this season (i.e., meet in the HE final, and then again in Manchvegas, rather than risking a 4th seed to send BC to the St. Louis regional). That is a lot of games against just two teams, but whatever it takes.

Ah, don't let me stop you. It's fun to read. :)

As for UNH meeting BC in the Manchester...well, I've never seen UNH lose to BC in the NCAA's. That negativity aside, I don't like that scenario for a couple of reasons: 1) if UNH loses the HE Final to BC, and BC is then placed in Manch (not sure the PWR works out, but I suppose there's always the possibility), we could see a situation like the 2007 tourney (UNH overlooking the 1st round opponent). 2) If UNH beats BC in the final, they could be overconfident facing them again, and BC could be hungrier to beat them (think 2002 with Maine).

I'm not going to get hung up on hoping for a given matchup, just on hoping UNH can win 8 more games. :)

Carmine Scarpaglia
03-09-2011, 07:05 PM
1) if UNH loses the HE Final to BC, and BC is then placed in Manch (not sure the PWR works out, but I suppose there's always the possibility), we could see a situation like the 2007 tourney (UNH overlooking the 1st round opponent). 2) If UNH beats BC in the final, they could be overconfident facing them again, and BC could be hungrier to beat them (think 2002 with Maine).

Or maybe BC would win because they are the more talented/better coached team and hunger/overlooking BC/overconfidence would not really be reasons for that result but excuses?

Greg Ambrose
03-09-2011, 07:36 PM
Ah, don't let me stop you. It's fun to read. :)

As for UNH meeting BC in the Manchester...well, I've never seen UNH lose to BC in the NCAA's. That negativity aside, I don't like that scenario for a couple of reasons: 1) if UNH loses the HE Final to BC, and BC is then placed in Manch (not sure the PWR works out, but I suppose there's always the possibility), we could see a situation like the 2007 tourney (UNH overlooking the 1st round opponent). 2) If UNH beats BC in the final, they could be overconfident facing them again, and BC could be hungrier to beat them (think 2002 with Maine).

I'm not going to get hung up on hoping for a given matchup, just on hoping UNH can win 8 more games. :)

UNH was not looking past anybody in 2007, they just stunk. One of the more disappointing regionals ever. Before last weekend, good friend predicted that we would play BC four more times - last weekend, HE final, Regional final - with just one win possible. I can see that. BC is very good, in a best of five, best of seven, whatever, they beat UNH every time. But I am thinking of the year that BU beat BC four times, then lost to them when it counted. It could happen because the teams are not that far apart.

But, as I am sure that that others will caution, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Be on a mission this weekend, take care of business, then one game at a time. Enough cliches for now, but I hope you get my drift.

GoUNH
03-09-2011, 07:40 PM
Or maybe BC would win because they are the more talented/better coached team and hunger/overlooking BC/overconfidence would not really be reasons for that result but excuses?

Or maybe its a matter of UNH not necessarily winning, but BC losing because they are so uber everything across the board