Friday, January 3, 2014

Survive and Advance

(The end of our series on the NCAA Regionals will run on Tuesday of next week.)

The Engineers come off a long break this weekend - both the men and the women. For the women, it's a road series at Providence, a team that has run hot and cold this year with a fairly challenging schedule. For the men, it's nothing less than a possible weekend with the two best teams in the nation.

The ladies return from basically a full month off with games at Providence, who started the second half of their season on Tuesday with a loss at Dartmouth. Right away, that should be a warning sign. The Lady Friars also have losses to Yale and Union in their resume. But, then again, the Engineers managed a loss to Yale as well, so who knows what's in store at "The Coffin."

The men have a tall task this afternoon as they face off with #2 Ferris State at about 5pm Eastern time, 4pm local at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. The college hockey world is watching to see if the Bulldogs get to face off with #1 Minnesota tomorrow night. Hopefully, the Engineers will be spoiling that dream - or, perhaps, helping to force it into the Mariucci consolation game provided that Colgate helps things along.

It's not going to be easy... but anything worthwhile rarely is.

It's Eminem for this weekend's pumpup... so be aware that it's obviously NSFW, but the lyrics seem to describe this team and this weekend fairly well (hopefully).

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