This has to be the greatest time of year for myself because not only has the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament begun but on Friday the WCHA Playoffs begin. Oh and the NHL is definately coming down the back stretch with a lot of great story lines arising. So basically if your a hockey fan in Minnesota this has to be the greatest time of year. For this blog I'll just give some quick notes and opinions about the up coming WCHA Playoffs.
1 North Dakota V.S 10 Michigan Tech
Obviously I'm picking North Dakota to win this series in a two game sweep. The first half of the season was god awful for North Dakota but wow did they turn things around. Since December 5th they are 18-4-3 and somewhat seem unstoppable. Tech on the other hand has only won 6 games all year and of those 6 only 2 were conference wins. This series should not be close, look for Duncan up front and Genoway on the blueline to take care of business for the Sioux.
2 Denver V.S 9 Alaska Anchorage
I am picking Denver to sweep this series. Denver has been pretty consistent all season and have gone on a couple nice win streaks along the way. I dont see AA upsetting them or pulling one out. I think Islander prospect Rhett Rakhshani will lead Denver to this sweep.
3 Wisconsin V.S 8 Minnesota State
I am taking Minnesota State to upset the Badgers in this one. State got screwed out of a NCAA bid last year mainly because one of the sections was being held in Wisconsin and I'm sure they still remember that and will want some revenge. Besides all that I think State has been playing better hockey than Wisconsin over the last few weeks. Berge and Davis are a good one two punch for State and it will be interesting to see if the Badgers can stop them. I say State in 3.
3 Colorado College V.S 7 Minnesota Duluth
No I'm not incorrect in labeling CC with a 3 cause they tied Wisconsin for the rights to a 3 spot in the conference. I'm taking CC in a 3 game series to win this. I think it will be the best series in the first round, but I think it will come down to goaltending and I have to give the nod to Bachman of CC. I'm pulling for the Dogs but I don't think they will have an answer for Chad Rau.
5 Minnesota V.S 6 St.Cloud State
Being a Gopher fan you know I'm taking the U to win this series, and I'm taking them in a sweep. I for see two very offensive games between these two teams but I think the Gophers will prevail based largely on the home ice advantage. St.Cloud does not play well in Minnesota and this year the Gophers are 4-0 against the Cloud. I have a lot of friends that go to St.Cloud so I'm really hoping that the Gophers pound them, but I realize that Roe and Lasch are going to be hard to stop.