Look into the crystal ball. Where will UMD need hotel reservations at for the first round? Will they need to travel? Likely yes for traveling and that may be due to shootout losses as chronicled in the Duluth News Tribune.
Nonetheless, UMD needs to break out of their NCHC slump and their Western Michigan slump. Last NCHC sweep was December 5 and 6 against seller-dweller Colorado College who UMD only gets once on this year's schedule. But UMD also only played one series against UND also.
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Picks by @afiskness. Who will get the Julie and Spencer Penrose Memorial cup comes down to the final weekend in Oxford, Ohio. We do know that North Dakota will have at least a share of it, but a sweep by the Redhawks and there will be co-champions. As for the Bulldogs last weekend’s ties at home kept them in the race for home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Personally the way the Bulldogs play on the road compared to at home, I think they may have a better chance of making it to the Target Center for the NCHC playoffs if they are on the road. I would like to see one more win to get the team to 20 wins and I think that will absolutely secure an NCAA bid.
#6 Minnesota Duluth @ Western Michigan: The last time these teams played the Broncos controlled play. I like the Bulldogs chances this weekend for a sweep, but I will pick a split.
#1 North Dakota @ #5 Miami: Great matchup that doesn't need analysis and will end in a split. North Dakota wins the cup.
Colorado College @ #8 Nebraska Omaha: The Mavericks won't have any trouble at home with the Tigers this weekend. Mavericks sweep.
#7Denver @ #RV Saint Cloud State: The Huskies are licking their wounds after a sweep in Grand Forks and the Pioneers are looking to secure home ice. This will be a split.