Not going to be able to make the trip to Cincinnati this weekend to watch Michigan Tech take on Denver at the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional? Still want to gather with MTU fans and cheer on the Huskies? Here's the latest on viewing parties inside and out of the Copper Country!
After arguably the most exciting home game in Michigan Tech hockey history, the Huskies (23-14-7) head to the Midwest Region at Cincinnati’s U.S. Bank Arena for their second NCAA tournament in three seasons. MTU will play the number-one overall seed Denver Pioneers (29-7-4) in the 1:00pm game on Saturday with the Union College Dutchmen (25-9-3) and the Penn State Nittany Lions (24-11-2) to follow.
With the Huskies' win over the BGSU Falcons last Saturday, the Huskies secured their bid to the 2017 NCAA Midwest Regional in Cincinnati, Ohio., and many MTU friends and family are considering the trip. If you're among them, you are likely looking to get the full NCAA tournament experience: eat some good bar food, talk some hockey and spend time with black and gold-clad fellow Tech fans. Here's the outline of where we know MTU fans will be congregated and tips for experiencing Cincinnati in the best way possible.
It took nearly two extra periods for the Michigan Tech Huskies to battle through the BGSU Falcons Saturday night at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena, but a long breakout pass by Matt Roy (Jr., D) to his defensive partner Shane Hanna (Sr., D) ended in a 3-2 victory for the Huskies.
If this past weekend was any indication, no one is ready for the season to end. On the eve of Selection Sunday, five of the six conference championship games were decided by one goal including a pair of double overtime games. Now, the field is set and 16 teams remain. The road to Chicago and the Frozen Four begins on Friday afternoon.
If you're curious about how the PairWise Rankings (PWR) or the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) are determined, you've probably researched some of the explanations available online. Though these are helpful for gaining a basic understanding, the magic behind the PWR and RPI still often seems quite convoluted, and perhaps even a bit arbitrary or unfair. Here's how the system works.
Houghton, Mich. will be the site of the WCHA finale this weekend when the Michigan Tech Huskies (22-14-7) host the Bowling Green Falcons (21-17-2) with a bid to the NCAA tournament on the line. This was the game that the coaches predicted in the preseason when they picked BGSU and MTU to finish 1-2, respectively.
Tech powered past Minnesota State in a three-game semifinal series at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena this weekend. Gavin Gould (Fr., F) had four goals on the weekend, including a hat trick in Saturday's 4-1 win, to send the Huskies to the WCHA Championship game. On the other side of the ice, Angus Redmond (Fr., G), did his job and only allowed three goals in three games.
The WCHA playoffs continue this weekend with a semifinal clash between the second-seeded Michigan Tech Huskies (20-13-7) and the third-seeded Minnesota State Mavericks (21-11-4). Friday will be the fifth game between these squads; MSU swept MTU in Mankato in October and then tied and lost to the Huskies in a series in Houghton in late January.