Friday, January 04, 2008

A Good Night For Michigan Hockey

Sometimes having a bye is a good thing.

Both Miami and Notre Dame lost tonight. The Redhawks went down 4-2 to Bowling Green and Notre Dame fell to the NMU Wildcats 2-1. Those losses mean that Michigan now leads both teams by 2 points and has a game in hand on each of them.

I don't know if Michigan had any input on their CCHA schedule, but if they did, it was a brilliant move to have the bye this week. Playing in the GLI is one thing, playing conference games short-handed is another animal altogether, and I'm glad we avoided it. Take the case of Wisconsin, who is a bubble team at best right now: They had to play Colorado College this weekend minus Turris, Geoffrion, and McBain. They fell 2-0 at home tonight. That could end up being a big loss down the road.

I suppose that game ending in a Tiger victory was good for us in two ways: One, as long as we keep winning and CC keeps winning, we won't be in the same Regional as them, since they are hosting. Two, Wisconsin losing hurts their tournament chances, and for selfish reasons I wouldn't mind seeing Michigan in the Madison Regional, minus the Badgers.

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