KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- And we arrive at the end of one journey.
Of course, it's just the first journey. There are more to come.
On this night, the Bulldogs close out the regular season against Western Michigan. On Friday, the teams combined for seven second-period goals -- five of them coming in a crazy two-minute stretch -- before UMD added two Dominic Toninato tallies in the third for a 6-3 win.
There are too many scenarios to count when it comes to UMD's home-ice chances. Reality is that if the Bulldogs win, they'll get home ice next week if any of the three teams ahead of them lose, and it might not need to be a regulation loss.
Never before have I seen a league with only one home-ice slot decided going into the last game of the season.
Enjoy it. This is all part of the journey.
Sampair - Toninato - Krause
Farley - Cameranesi - Kuhlman
Osterberg - Thomas - Crandall
Decowski - Young (Austyn) - Molenaar
Johnson - Welinski
Soucy - Raskob
Corrin - Kotyk
Kaskisuo - McNeely
Tiffels - Nong-Lambert - Laporte
McKee - Mellor - Hadley
Hargrove - Dries - Novak
Kovacs - Kessel - Muir
Stewart - Morrison
Goff - Moldenhauer
Dienes - Fleming
Slubowski - Bridges - Hafner
(This is how the goalies are listed. I have not gotten a confirmed starter from WMU. Watch Twitter for updates.)