Maybe a little luck of the Irish rubbed off on the UMaine hockey team when the Black Bears played in that Friendship Tournament in Ireland Thanksgiving weekend.

Since losing to Providence in the first game over there, the Black Bears have gone 4-0-1 and at the halfway mark of the season the team sits at 8-7-1.

When talking about postseason in college hockey, it's all about the Pairwise Rankings and right now the Bears are #31 in the nation out of 60 teams.

The Pairwise system compares all teams by head-to-head records along with records against common opponents and comparing team RPI.

The Bears have 13 games in the second semester against teams ranked higher in the Pairwise than they are ranked. That means there are plenty of chances to climb up the rankings ladder.

When it is all said and done, if a team does not when its league championship, finishing in the top 16 of the Pairwise Rankings is a must.

Check out the numbers at the semester break...

Rank Team PWR W-L-T Win % Win % Rank RPI RPI Rank
1 St. Cloud State 59 12-2-1 .8333 1t .6408* 1
2 Notre Dame 58 16-3-1 .8250 3 .6158* 2
3 Clarkson 57 15-3-1 .8158 4 .6108* 3
4 Denver 56 9-3-4 .6875 5t .6086* 4
5 Cornell 55 10-2-0 .8333 1t .5853* 5
6 Minnesota State 54 11-5-0 .6875 5t .5666 6
7 North Dakota 53 10-5-5 .6250 10 .5665* 7
8 Ohio State 52 10-4-4 .6667 7 .5606 8
9 Minnesota 51 10-9-1 .5250 25 .5454 9
10 Western Michigan 50 10-8-1 .5526 19t .5446 10
11 Penn State 49 11-7-2 .6000 11 .5428 11
12 Northeastern 48 10-5-1 .6562 8t .5385 12
13 Providence 47 10-7-1 .5833 12 .5382 13
14 Boston College 46 9-7-2 .5556 17t .5337 14
15 Omaha 45 7-8-1 .4688 39t .5319 15
16 Minnesota Duluth 44 8-9-2 .4737 36 .5318 16
17 Colorado College 43 7-7-2 .5000 27t .5316* 17
18 Canisius 42 10-5-1 .6562 8t .5292 18
19 Miami 41 8-8-2 .5000 27t .5257 19
20 Bowling Green 40 8-5-6 .5789 13 .5248 20
21 Wisconsin 39 10-9-2 .5238 26 .5199 21
22 Massachusetts 38 9-7-0 .5625 14 .5139 22
23 Michigan State 37 8-9-1 .4722 37t .5137 23
24 Colgate 36 8-6-4 .5556 17t .5134 24
25 Michigan 35 7-7-2 .5000 27t .5125 25
26t New Hampshire 33 9-7-1 .5588 15t .5122 26
26t UMass Lowell 33 9-8-0 .5294 23 .5107 27
28 Union 32 10-8-1 .5526 19t .5039 28
29t Niagara 31 9-7-1 .5588 15t .5034 29
29t Boston University 31 8-10-1 .4474 43 .5029 30
31 Maine 29 8-7-1 .5312 21t .4996 31
* USCHO Pairwise Rankings