Greetings from Grand Rapids, Mich. We're 40 minutes away from the drop of the puck on the WCHA Final Five championship game.
The Mavericks are the road team tonight, wearing the black roadies.
Looks like the officiating crew is the same as the MSU game yesterday. For what it's worth.
Mavericks lineup is the game as yesterday, not surprisingly.
As small as the crowds were here yesterday (and they were relatively poor at the Big Ten and NCHC tourneys), the Ferris State crowd was into the game.
Joe, stats said 899 unique viewers
Not sure, honestly. ... Blogger stats showed Puckato at 1,346 yesterday and 1,085 today.
Only guarantee of playing in NCAAs right now for MSU is winning this game. Upsets still possible in Big Ten and Hockey East.
That's right, Brian. So close. Not even sure if it was Wisconsin that knocked out MSU that year. I remember Notre Dame slipped in, too. If I remember correctly, the Irish lost the CCHA third-place game to NMU, which made NMU a "team under consideration" (which no longer exists) and actually boosted Notre Dame's PWR above MSU.
Seriously, they should tell everyone sitting in the top level to move down to the lower bowl right now.
They won't though, because they the prices were two-tiered.
They had a last-10 or last-15 criteria several years ago. I don't mind that they don't do that. Full body of work should be considered. Mavericks are a bubble team because of the way they played in a couple of those games. Other teams are in the same boat; at least MSU put itself in position to win a playoff title.
But if this game makes you nervous, you should be rooting for Wisconsin and UMass-Lowell tonight.
MSU starters: Grant, Gervais, Leitner, Palmquist, Stern, Huggins
The starters are skating on the ice from the Zamboni doors with spotlight and a poof of smoke.
FSU starter, Huff, Kane, Mayhew, Czarnowczan, White, Motte
4th line creating a buzz for MSU
Not sure. Hurts having them out, for sure. Thought Casey Nelson played well last night. Thompson OK in limited role.
Mavs have the early jump. 5-1 shots through 4 minutes
Ferris shoots high off a rush after another strong forecheck by MSU. First media timeout. 14:13 to go.
Big pile in front of Motte as Gaede takes a shot. Man in the crease, though.
Ferris fans on a puck toward an open net after Huggins made a mistake with the puck behind the net
And MSU rushes the other weay and scores
They'll review to make sure it wasn't off the crossbar