NCAA Game Night: 3/19/11
#12 Western Michigan Broncos 2 vs. #6 Miami Redhawks 5
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 54 PIM
The Broncos tied the game at two early in the third period but could not hold off a late game rush by the Redhawks and fell in the CCHA tournament final.
The Broncos will now wait for a possible NCAA tournament bid Sunday. The tournament will begin Friday, March 25.
Atlantic City, NJ
#3 Yale Bulldogs 6 vs. #20 Cornell Big Red 0
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 1-6-7, +8, 32 PIM
Yale goalie Ryan Rondeau(undrafted) stopped 22 shots for the shutout to give Yale the ECAC tournament title.
Cornell (16-15-3) will sit and hope to receive a bid for the NCAA Tournament. The Big Red are rated 27th in the Pairwise Comparison Ratings, which is college hockey's objective system for ranking teams for tournament bids. There will be 16 teams that make the tournament. There are five automatic bids that go to the conference tournament champions of the five Division I conferences. The remaining 11 teams are selected based upon the Pairwise Ratings.
Boston College, Miami, Yale, Air Force, and North Dakota all have automatic bids. The Tournament Selection Show is tomorrow (Sunday) at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2.