Maybe. They have a couple big regular season series left (No. 2 Minnesota and No. 1 Wisconsin) that provide an opportunity to move back up. I'm going to guess that as long as they win two of those four games and don't lose any to Bemidji or St. Cloud then they'll be solidly in. But I suspect we'll be closely monitoring the computer projections right up to selection day.
I suspect the dip in intensity/focus/whatever had a bit to do with the mental toll taken by last night's win.
Admission to the women's games is free and a ticket to see the men can be had for $15-$20. Parking is free for all hockey games.
It is ok to have your skates in the paint provided that you do not interfere (in the referee's opinion) with the goalie's ability to make a save. As for the goalie's stick, that's a different call every time based on where the puck is, player positioning, and how comfortable a goalie is playing without his stick. Dominik Hasek used to drop his on purpose to make saves. It's different for every goalie. Tonight, it probably wouldn't have mattered either way for Lethemon. And lastly, you're welcome :)
Thanks, Cruiser. The same to you and yours.
The Lakers are no scrubs. If women's hockey ranked 20 teams instead of just 10 then the polls would include Mercyhurst, probably around No. 17 or 18.