UMD Must Wait

     Minnesota Duluth’s stay in St. Paul was brief in 2010. After Thursday’s WCHA Final Five Play-in loss to North Dakota 2-0 Thursday at Xcel Energy Center, the Bulldogs will be on a bus for Duluth on Friday. Then they must sit and watch, not only the remainder of the Final Five, but the rest of the Division I league tournaments as they play out this weekend. UMD (22-17-1) has slim NCAA playoff hopes after dropping three spots Friday from No. 11 to No. 14 in the PairWise Rankings, but only 16 spots are available. The field will be announced Sunday morning.’

      A year ago, UMD won three games in three days at the Final Five and went from an NCAA bubble team to a No. 2 seed. On Thursday, the Bulldogs had to relinquish the Broadmoor Tophy. In Friday’s semifinals, St. Cloud State faces Wisconsin at 2:07 p.m., while North Dakota (plahying its fifth game in eight days) faces top-seed Denver.

     There will be four Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidates at the Xcel Energy Center on Friday. The 10 finalists were named Thursday for an award which goes to the top player in Division I. There are two from Denver, WCHA player of the year, junior goalie Marc Cheverie, and WCHA scoring leader, senior forward Rhett Rakhshani; and two from Wisconsin, senior forward Blake Geoffrion, and junior defenseman Brendan Smith. A link to the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Web site is here.

      A game story from Thursday’s game is found in the Grand Forks Herald here.

     While live event blogging for the UMD men is taking a break, there will be living blogging at 8 p.m. Friday night from Ridder Arena in Minneapolis as the No. 2-ranked UMD women face No. 3 Minnesota in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals.

      Here is the current PairWise Rankings from College Hockey News:     

    PCWs W-L-T Win % Rk RPI Rk
1 Denver 24 27-7-4 .7632 1 .5853* 1
2 Miami 23 26-6-7 .7564 2 .5827* 2
3 Wisconsin 22 24-9-4 .7027 3 .5699 3
4t Boston College 20 23-10-3 .6806 5t .5579 4
4t North Dakota 20 23-12-5 .6375 9 .5566 5
4t St. Cloud State 20 22-12-5 .6282 11 .5501 6
7 Bemidji State 18 23-9-4 .6944 4 .5441 7
8t Ferris State 16 21-11-6 .6316 10 .5406 8
8t Cornell 16 19-8-4 .6774 7 .5401 9
10 Yale 15 20-9-3 .6719 8 .5362 10
11 Northern Michigan 14 19-11-8 .6053 14 .5360 11
12 Alaska 12 18-11-9 .5921 15 .5304 14
13 Vermont 11 17-13-7 .5541 20t .5298 15
14t Minnesota Duluth 10 22-17-1 .5625 18t .5335 12
14t New Hampshire 10 17-13-7 .5541 20t .5335 13
16t Michigan 8 23-17-1 .5732 17 .5251 16
16t Michigan State 8 19-13-6 .5789 16 .5249 17
18t Maine 7 18-16-3 .5270 26t .5214 20
18t Boston University 7 18-16-3 .5270 26t .5206 21
20 Union 6 20-11-6 .6216 12 .5232 19
21t Mass.-Lowell 4 19-16-4 .5385 24 .5180 24
21t Colorado College 4 19-17-3 .5256 28 .5247 18
23 Nebraska-Omaha 3 20-16-6 .5476 22 .5202 22
24 Minnesota 2 18-19-2 .4872 34 .5184 23
25 RIT 0 24-11-1 .6806 5t .5121 25

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