2017 Post-Quarterfinal BELOWs
I’m as surprised as you are, but it makes sense. Here’s why:
- Michigan Tech blew out Lake Superior, but LSSU was the weakest team in the tournament.
- Bemidji State went to three games with Northern Michigan and essentially stayed even in BELOW — they’re a team that was expected to win 70% of the time against a league-average team, which Northern Michigan was.
- Minnesota State played a good Alaska team and fairly well dominated them, winning by two and three goals.
I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see Mankato win this tournament. Four of the league’s top 11 scorers wear purple. Goaltending is still a question, but Jason Pawloski put the Nanooks to sleep on a hyuuuuuuge pilla. As good as Angus Redmond was in his first two months, he’s never been the same since Alabama-Huntsville hung six on him in late January and has looked more medium than well-done.
I’ll be back to running numbers, but that Tech – Mankato series promises to be a treat.