PLAYOFF UPDATE: Going into the final game, Beavers need some help

Somewhere, there’s a Hollywood voiceover guy who is out of work because the WCHA didn’t think to hire him for an end of the season promo: “IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS!”

As cliche as that might sound, it’s absolutely true for three WCHA teams — Bemidji State especially.

BSU, Northern Michigan and Lake Superior State are fighting for the three remaining playoff spots.

And with Bemidji State’s 5-3 loss last night to Bowling Green, it becomes more difficult for BSU in that the Beavers have to rely on other teams if they want to make the playoffs.

(For perspective from guys who were actually there covering the game last night, read Kevin Gordon of the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune and John Wagner of the Toledo Blade. Both good writers.)

Anyway, there are a ton of scenerios out there for Bemidji State. Obviously the slim possibility that they would be able to have home ice is gone (they needed a sweep) but now even getting in requires some help.

In the simplest terms possible: Bemidji State needs Ferris State to beat Lake Superior State. If the Bulldogs take care of business then no matter what else happens the Beavers are in.

Anything else and things get really crazy.

Even just beating Bowling Green tonight won’t do because there are some crazy tiebreakers in play.

Here’s what the league has to say about all the possibilities for Bemidji State. You might want to sit down and have a coffee, it’s a long one:

Bemidji State -
Seeded 6th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage loss, a Northern Michigan loss, a Lake Superior State loss, and a Minnesota State loss or tie.
Seeded 6th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage loss, a Northern Michigan loss, a Lake Superior State tie, and a Minnesota State loss.
Seeded 7th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage loss, a Northern Michigan loss, a Lake Superior State loss, and a Minnesota State win.
Seeded 7th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage loss, a Northern Michigan loss, a Lake Superior State tie, and a Minnesota State win or tie.
Seeded 7th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage loss, a Northern Michigan win or tie, a Lake Superior State loss, and a Minnesota State loss or tie.
Seeded 7th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage loss, a Northern Michigan win or tie, a Lake Superior State tie, and a Minnesota State loss.
Seeded 7th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage win or tie, and a Northern Michigan loss.
Seeded 8th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage loss, a Northern Michigan win or tie, a Lake Superior State loss, and a Minnesota State win.
Seeded 8th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage loss, a Northern Michigan win or tie, a Lake Superior State tie, and a Minnesota State win or tie.
Seeded 8th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage loss, a Northern Michigan loss, and a Lake Superior State win.
Seeded 8th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage win or tie, a Northern Michigan tie, and a Lake Superior State loss or tie.
Seeded 8th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage win or tie, and a Northern Michigan win.
Seeded 8th with a tie and a Lake Superior State loss.
Seeded 8th with a tie, a Northern Michigan win or tie, and a Lake Superior State tie.
Seeded 8th with a loss and a Lake Superior State loss.
Finishes 9th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage loss, a Northern Michigan win or tie, and a Lake Superior State win.
Finishes 9th with a win, an Alaska Anchorage win or tie, a Northern Michigan tie, and a Lake Superior State win.
Finishes 9th with a tie, a Northern Michigan loss, and a Lake Superior State tie.
Finishes 9th with a tie and a Lake Superior State win.
Finishes 9th with a loss and a Lake Superior State win or tie.

Easy, right? Read the whole release here from the league if you want to know every single combination for every team.

Also, like always, the good folks at UAHHockey.com have started a new website dedicated solely to the WCHA playoff probabilities. Which is awesome considering UAH has been out of the running for a long time. I suggest reading it now.

One thing’s for sure: That loss to Huntsville is going to come back to haunt BSU all summer should they miss the playoffs this season.

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