Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve made a post. I apologize for that, but it has been hard for me to write. I don’t like to criticize individual players, and for a long stretch we played so poorly, every time I sat down to write I just couldn’t do it.
Between periods last night I was talking to @yostusher and remarking on our chances of extending the NCAA appearance streak if we could manage to get a home game for the playoffs. Going into last night that seemed doubtful at best. I asked who the lowest seed was to ever win the CCHA tourney was. He thought maybe it was Alaska a few years back. I remembered that Bowling Green made it the final game as an 11 seed, but they didn’t win. Turns out, the answer should have been fairly simple for any Wolverine worth their Maize and Blue.
Roll the clock back to 2010. Wolverine hockey fans were lamenting a season which might spell the end of the then 19 year streak of consecutive NCAA appearances. The Wolverines found themselves as a 7 seed to the CCHA tournament, but managed to knock off Northern Michigan in the CCHA final to get the automatic invitation to the NCAA tournament. If Michigan can win tonight and BGSU doesn’t win against Notre Dame, Michigan will again have the #7 seed to the CCHA tournament.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this is a tough road to get back to the tournament, but since it was a Michigan team that did it, I think it can be used as an object lesson for the 2012-2013 Michigan hockey team to prove that they can get there.
Their effort in the last 3 games has been outstanding, and we just can’t afford a let down from here on out. In last nights game against Ferris State, Michigan had the dominant play from the beginning and really forced the action. They were buzzing around the net in FSU’s end all night long and really kept the pedal to the metal. They also were diving, stretching and leaping to make plays that they haven’t made all year. Whether it was Serville getting his stick in on a puck, or Moffat hustling to get the puck in the net, it happened where it hasn’t happened all year. I really liked what I saw for maybe the first time at Yost since October of last year.
I’m going to save all of the pictures for my series wrap-up post which will come out tomorrow or Monday, but in the meantime, Let’s not give up hope on this team. Remember what happened in 2010 and take heart and cheer these guys on to victory. It’s senior night tonight, I hope all of you will be there to cheer them on.