Monday, December 9, 2013
It is a feeling I have had before. I wake up and immediately sense something is wrong with a story I wrote the day before.
I powered up the laptop and saw my email box stuffed more than usual. Then I saw the word "Scott" and knew I was in trouble.
Yes, I know who he is. Yes, I left him out of a story today, when mentioning previous Hobey Baker winners from Maine. I wrote there was only one: Paul Kariya in 1993.
Pellerin won in 1992. It has been corrected in the online edition.
Brain cramp. No excuses. I apologize.
Now, about Maine hockey ...
The Black Bears play in the Hockey East semifinals tonight. All five hockey conferences are holding semifinals tonight and there will be NCAA tournament implications.
Of the top 17 teams in the Pairwise Rankings from US College Hockey Online, 13 are still playing: Boston College (1), Michigan (2), Minnesota-Duluth (3), Miami and Boston University (T4), Union (T6), Minnesota (8), North Dakota (9), Maine (T10), Denver and Cornell (T12) and Western Michigan (T14).
At least half of those teams have secured a spot in the NCAA's. Others can ensure their position with a win tonight.
Other ranked teams were knocked out of their conference tournament early, but still have NCAA hopes: Ferris State (T6), UMass-Lowell (T10), Michigan State (T14), Northern Michigan (16), and Merrimack (17).
Ferris State looks like a lock. UMass-Lowell and Michigan State will need help. The others likely need a miracle.
The NCAA picture should be clearer after tonight.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some emails to answer.