The first tie-breaker is not head-to-head record, but conference wins. This is the stipulation that put the Wildcats over Omaha last year, giving NMU the first round bye, while UNO went on the road.
A similar situation could happen this year involving NMU and Lake Superior State. The Lakers loss to Michigan Sunday did keep the Wildcats alive in the chase for home-ice in the first round.
If the Lakers get swept by Western Michigan and the Wildcats sweep Miami, Northern will win the tie breaker over LSSU because of more conference wins.
In order to secure home-ice, however, NMU will need Ferris to take three points or less from Notre Dame. NMU would win the tiebreaker over FSU because the Cats outscored the Dogs, 7-6, in their January series.
Again, here is the scenario for NMU to get home ice:
1) NMU must take four points from Miami at home
2) Western Michigan must take four points at LSSU
3) Notre Dame must take at least one point from Ferris
The Western sweep at LSSU may seem unlikely but it was the Broncos who gave the Wildcats a first-round bye last season by taking 3-of-4 from UNO in Kalamazoo.
Again in 2007, in Culhane the Cats trust...