seen anything like this before. All five conference tournaments could dump a team out of the tournament.
Robert Morris, currently 16th in the Pairwise, is out. The Atlantic Hockey final will be between Canisius and Mercyhurst; neither team is in the picture so the winner of that tournament will send Robert Morris packing.
The finals in the ECAC are between Brown and Union. Union is clinging to tournament life, sitting 14th in the Pairwise, but Brown isn't even in the top 31 so if they win this tournament that would probably knock WMU out of the tournament who right now is clinging to the field at #15. Brown hung a 4-0 whipping on #1 Quinnipiac so them winning doesn't seem like such a stretch. Of course Union put a 5-0 hurting on Yale so both teams come in off impressive wins.
Hockey East is between Boston U (who sent BC packing) and UMass-Lowell who dumped Providence out of the tournament. BU seems to be on a mission in Parkers last year and they currently sit just outside the tournament field. If they can come up with a win over Providence that would knock WMU out of the field (unless Brown wins in which case they are already out of the field). If Brown wins, dumping WMU then a BU win would likely knock #14 Union out of the field (if a loss to Brown didn't knock them out already).
The WCHA is coming down to CC and Wisconsin, again neither team is in the tournament field so the winner of this one is going to knock somebody else out of the field. If Union wins in the ECAC and UMass-Lowell in Hockey East this would again lead to WMU falling out of the field. If the ECAC goes to Brown and Hockey East goes to BU, which would already have WMU and probably Union out of the field we could move all the way up to the #13 spot which would dump St. Cloud out of the field.
Then we get to the CCHA. Of course Michigan and OSU are still alive, neither team is in the field. If either of those teams wins this tournament yet another team gets dumped out of the field, this time moving up to #12 which would dump Niagara.
I have never seen a year when the last five teams in the tournament could all get bounced by conference tournament winners. That's the entire set of #4 seeds in the tournament and the last #3. That's pretty damn remarkable if you ask me. A couple of the teams (BU and Wisconsin) are right on the edge of the field, but none of the others are really in the picture without conference tourny wins.
This is going to be a heck of a day in college hockey. By the end of the day most of this will be settled one way or the other with only the CCHA playing tomorrow (still can't fathom what they were thinking scheduling this tournament for a Saturday/Sunday - just gong show like :)