Of course, there are interesting games every weekend.
What series will you be watching (outside of your favorite school of course)?
RIT at Army. This is a big series in the sense that RIT can really put some distance between themselves and the rest of the conference (i.e. Air Force). If RIT is looking ahead to their showdown with Air Force next weekend, then Army could steal both games. That would open the door up for the Falcons to capture another Atlantic Hockey Conference championship.
In a conference where no one wants to finish 2nd or be in the top 4, the CCHA has a couple of series that I'll be watching.
Michigan at Nebraska-Omaha. Michigan is 7-3-1 since the GLI, but they have had some help playing Western (11th place CCHA) and Bowling Green (12th place CCHA) during that stretch. Michigan is looking to get back into the NCAA picture as well as potentially finish 2nd place (a Michigan sweep will put them in no worse than a tie for 3rd).
Ferris State at LSSU. The Bulldogs need to come strong this series and end their 2nd half skid, or that great start could be for nothing. Ferris is now on the bubble of the NCAA tournament and not a sure thing for the top 4 in the CCHA anymore. The Lakers need to pick up some points if they hope to host a first round series or have any shot at finishing in the top 4.
The CCHA quietly might only get 1 team in the NCAA tournament. Our latest NCAA projection (from Sunday) had 3 teams in, but since then, Michigan State has fallen to 14th in the Pairwise, so the Spartans would be out. This leaves the CCHA with just 2 teams in the tournament, and if Ferris stumbling finish continues, the CCHA might be left with just 1 representative.
Yale at Cornell (Saturday). There is a log jam between Yale, Cornell, and Union atop the ECAC. This showdown comes Saturday night with the winner perhaps claiming sole possession of 1st place in the ECAC (depending on what each school does Friday and how Union does on Saturday).
Union at Dartmouth (Friday) at Harvard (Saturday) For the same reasons as the first game in this conference, let's see if Union is the last man standing this weekend as this hotly contested conference race continues.
Cornell and Union do meet the last weekend of the year for a game that might decide this thing.
Another strong conference race is in the Hockey East conference, especially after Maine swept UNH last weekend. UNH holds a tender 3 point lead over Maine and BC, but UNH has played 1 more game. Maine and BC will get that game on hand this weekend.
Providence at UNH. Let's see how the Wildcats respond after being swept last weekend. Certainly playing a last place team has to help... right?
BC at/vs. Mass.-Lowell Mass.-Lowell is trying to play their way back into the NCAA picture, but they are going to have to get red hot. Boston College is coming off of a Beanpot Championship, so they'll have to maintain their focus as they try to gain on UNH.
Maine at Boston University. BU has been a tough team to figure out this year, but at home, they'll be dangerous for Maine.
Slim pickings in the WCHA this week, as it really looks like the top 5 might be set. The conference race is far from over though - as Denver U looks to gain on Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State.
North Dakota at St. Cloud State North Dakota needs to get hot if they want to try to finish in the top 5 of the WCHA. A sweep this weekend will put them just 1 point out, but St. Cloud State is fighting not only for a WCHA crown but for a NCAA #1 seed - and a potential regional date in St. Cloud. Both teams need all the points they can get.
Nothing but conference games from here on out - so is there a team out there not currently in first place that might surprise people and take their conference regular season championship?