One hot topic in New England these days is the prospect of Hockey East expansion. At least one published blogger says Enrico Blasi’s RedHawks would make an excellent addition to the powerhouse college hockey conference which includes Boston University, Boston College, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine among its 10 members.
BC Interruption, which describes itself as an unofficial blog of the Boston College Eagles, lists Miami No. 2 on a list of five potential additions. No. 1 on the list is Notre Dame.
F to the selection committee. It is horrible that New Hampshire gets to stay at home while BC gets shipped out west, and that Miami, one of the hottest teams in the country, gets sent out East. It is perhaps even worse that the committee set up second round matchups such as North Dakota-Denver and Yale-Union. And of course some of the WCHA conspiracy theorists will complain that the committee screwed their conference again. Though this year I think it has more legs than in year’s past given that the league’s two best teams would meet in the round of 8 if they both win their first game.
Whether BC is 1, 2, or 3, it will play in Manchester unless New Hampshire is a No. 4 seed — which seems highly unlikely now. Nothing has changed in that regard. Win Hockey East, combined with a loss by North Dakota and Yale in their semifinals, and BC would be No. 1 overall. Otherwise, if UNH isn't the No. 4 seed, expect to see BC playing someone like RPI or Dartmouth in Manchester in the first round.
BC can actually drop to No. 4 overall with a loss, and with Michigan winning the CCHAs. It probably won't make much difference in placement or the bracket, though.