Miami to face Western Michigan in CCHA semifinals
With Bowling Green’s come-from-behind victory over Ferris State earlier this evening, it means the RedHawks will face Western Michigan in a rematch of last year’s Mason Cup Championship game in (likely) the first semifinal game Friday afternoon at 4pm. The Falcon victory means former Miami players and coaches Chris Bergeron and Barry Schutte will take the orange and brown to Joe Louis Arena for the first time since 2001.
Earlier this year, Miami swept the Broncos 3-1 and 4-0 in Oxford. However, Western played the series without two top players — Dane Walters and Shane Berschbach — and presumably the Broncos will be at full strength on Friday afternoon.
Frankly, I don’t think anyone really cared whether Miami drew Ferris State or Western Michigan — at least I didn’t. With the way Miami is playing, they only need worry about themselves and continue to do the things that have propelled the club steadily upward throughout the second half of the season. Miami is playing its best hockey of the year at precisely the right time. Let’s hope they have another good weekend left in them as they prepare for the NCAA tournament.
Posted on March 11, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged ccha playoffs, CCHA semifinals, college hockey analysis, Joe Louis Arena, Miami RedHawks, Western Michigan Broncos. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
A Number 1 seed is within grasp. How nice that would be.
If Union does not win the ECAC, then we’ll have a good shot at grabbing a #1. We’ll have to at least beat Western to solidify it, however.