This week, instead of grading different aspects of Michigan’s game, the four Daily hockey writers will assess the Wolverines’ chances of repeating as Mason Cup champions.
I can’t see the Wolverines dropping two out of three at Yost against Ferris State next weekend. But advancing past the CCHA final four is asking a lot out of a team that has not played a complete hockey game since the month of December.
Michigan will get past the Bulldogs, and I can see them reaching the finals, even if they have to face Michigan State. But a possible matchup up in the final against either Miami or Nebraska-Omaha will prove too much for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines will take two out of three against Ferris State. Before the season, this reporter picked Michigan to win the Mason Cup, and I still believe it. But it’s going to take a lot of luck. And come playoff time, its better to be lucky than good.
The Wolverines should bounce back from a disappointing Senior Night to beat Ferris State. But they will probably have to face a red-hot Spartan team in the CHHA final four. Michigan hasn’t beaten Michigan State since November 2004 and I wouldn’t expect things to be different if they meet in two weeks.
Can it get any worse?
87 Days since the Wolverines had back-to-back wins on consecutive days, Dec. 9-10 against Nebraska-Ohmaha
18 Straight seasons Michigan won 20 or more games. This season the Wolverines notched only 18 wins.
16 Seasons since Michigan failed to
reach the CCHA Tournament semifinals.
15 Seasons since Michigan failed to
reach the NCAA Tournament.
3 Michigan’s lowest end of the season rank in the CCHA standings since 1989-90.