Kevin Pates is in his 30th year with the Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune sports department. He has covered hockey for the newspaper since 1978 with the majority of assignments with the Minnesota Duluth men's team. He also writes about endurance sports in Northeastern Minnesota and has been to the starting line of Grandma's Marathon the last 30 years. Click here to view previous posts or additional resources.
2010 Bracketology: First Try
The end of the regular season must be almost in sight because Jayson Moy of U.S. College Hockey Online is taking his first try at what the NCAA Division I tournament MIGHT look like. The story link is here.
As of today, Moy would put Minnesota Duluth in the West Regional, at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center, and in the same regional would be -- Wisconsin. Those teams just happen to be meeting Friday and Saturday at the DECC. Six Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams are in the picture today. The Division I selection show is March 21.
Also here is a video report from the Bemidji Pioneer from Bemidji State players talking, in part, about last weekend's games with UMD.
Here's Jayson May from USCHO:
2010 Division I Men Bracketology
West Regional, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, March 26-27
Michigan State vs. Wisconsin
Minnesota Duluth vs. Massachusetts
Midwest Regional, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Ind., March 27-28
Rochester Institute of Technology vs. Miami of Ohio
Vermont vs. Ferris State
East Regional, Albany (N.Y.) Times Union Center, March 26-27
Cornell vs. Denver
North Dakota vs. New Hampshire
Northeast Regional, Worcester (Mass.) DCU Center, March 27-28
Colorado College vs. Bemidji State
Boston College vs. St. Cloud State
Frozen Four, Ford Field, Detroit, Mich., April 8-10