You're welcome. I think the increasing health of the team is a big factor. The active roster hasn't been whole since, like, Thanksgiving. (Still isn't, though it's getting close.) I suspect the Buckeyes' recent clickage also has a bit to do with their bubble status for an NCAA tourney berth. For whatever reason Ohio State plays better when the pressure is on. Since falling out of a secured spot and down to the PairWise bubble, the Bucks seem to have a renewed team-wide focus from the marquee players down to the lunch pail crew. Everyone is coming to work.
It's my pleasure. It has been a tough final few weeks but the Bucks have put themselves in the best possible scenario for the conference tourney. They're 2-1-1 against North Dakota this season. Though it's no guarantee for next week, it is at least encouraging!
The WCHA does have a tournament. It starts next week with best-of-three series hosted by the conference's top seeds (1st-4th place). The winners move on to the single-elimination semifinals and final the following week in Minneapolis. And, yes, the conference tourney champ will get an auto bid to the NCAA tournament.
You're forgiven. I had to double check before I commented and I wrote the article. It seems like very other team in the WCHA is Minnesota Something. Minnesota, Minny State, Minny-D...
The women are actually hosting Minny State this week, but a double dip of the same opponent does happen occasionally. Though, when it does, it seems to just be quirk of scheduling since Ohio State rarely markets the series together.
Per tonight's line up sheet, Schilkey and Parran will play.
Not that I can see. In previous years you could create a log in with the Hobey website but it looks like they've done away with that now.