Mike Chambers Denver Post Blog claims University of Denver doesn't want to face UAA in the playoffs.
WCHA-leading Denver has additional motivation to win the MacNaughton Cup as regular-season league champion. If the Pioneers do that, they’ll likely place 10th-place Michigan Tech, unquestionably the league’s weakest team, in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Finishing second, however, could require a best-of-three series against Alaska-Anchorage, currently in ninth place, two points behind Minnesota State. DU doesn’t want that. The Pioneers — speedy, skilled and perhaps a little soft in spots — don’t want to see tough, gritty and relentless UAA again, particularly at a time when the big picture is a week in front of them. [read rest of article]