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Notre Dame Hockey: Irish ranked #15 in PairWise Rankings to begin crucial stretch


COLLEGE HOCKEY: JAN 14 Minnesota at Notre Dame Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team is currently ranked #15 in the latest PairWise College Hockey rankings.

It hasn’t been a lights-out type of season for the Irish who hold an 11-12-3 record overall — but at #15 it’s currently good enough to get into the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Hockey Tournament takes the 6 conference champions and then the best 10 at large according to the PairWise rankings. While #15 theoretically can get Notre Dame in the tourney — it’s a much safer bet to be no lower than #12.

The Big 10 is loaded with teams inside the top 15 with five other teams besides Notre Dame:

Notre Dame’s final three series of the regular season are against Sparty, Bucks, and Michigan — so there is a real opportunity to rise to a more comfortable position. There’s always the Big 10 Tournament as well, but Minnesota is brutally tough this year — as is the rest of the conference (with an exception of the Wisconsin Badgers who the Irish play this weekend).

This year’s Frozen Four will be held in Tampa Bay, Florida.