>Road to the Mason Cup: Day 3
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One game on the docket today would decide two second round playoff series’ as the first round of the CCHA playoffs came to a close. In Sunday’s only match up, Western Michigan defeated Lake Superior 3-1 to win the series against the Lakers and move into a second round matchup with the University of Michigan next weekend. With the Broncos win, Nebraska-Omaha also found out what awaits them in just six days-a trip to South Bend to take on the number one seed Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
As you can see on the bracket above, Ohio State travels to Alaska and Northern Michigan will make their second trip into Oxford this season, to once again battle the RedHawks.
Here now, this blogger’s official predictions for next weekend’s action. Don’t play these odds in Vegas, please:
(8) Nebraska-Omaha at (1) Notre Dame: UNO showed some fire against a bad Ferris State team, but the Irish sweep the best of three series.
(5) Ohio State at (4) Alaska: OSU will be without Ian Boots this weekend, due to his involvement in a second period fight against Bowling Green on Saturday night. This was his second game disqualification of the year. Zach Pelletier will also be out Friday night for his involvement in the BGSU tussle (automatic one game suspension). I take the Nanooks to sweep on their home ice.
(6) Northern Michigan at (3) Miami: The RedHawks will have to be ready as the Wildcats beat Miami and tied during their weekend series just a few weeks ago. I think it will take Miami three games to punch their ticket to the Joe. Northern takes the Friday night game, but Miami wins the series.
(7) Western Michigan at (2) Michigan: Michigan in the post-season? Thanks for playing, Western. U of M with the sweep.