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...

RankTeamPWRW-L-TWin %Win % RankRPIRPI Rank
1St. Cloud State5912-2-1.83331t.6408*1
2Notre Dame5816-3-1.82503.6158*2
3Clarkson5715-3-1.81584.6108*3
4Denver569-3-4.68755t.6086*4
5Cornell5510-2-0.83331t.5853*5
6Minnesota State5411-5-0.68755t.56666
7North Dakota5310-5-5.625010.5665*7
8Ohio State5210-4-4.66677.56068
9Minnesota5110-9-1.525025.54549
10Western Michigan5010-8-1.552619t.544610
11Penn State4911-7-2.600011.542811
12Northeastern4810-5-1.65628t.538512
13Providence4710-7-1.583312.538213
14Boston College469-7-2.555617t.533714
15Omaha457-8-1.468839t.531915
16Minnesota Duluth448-9-2.473736.531816
17Colorado College437-7-2.500027t.5316*17
18Canisius4210-5-1.65628t.529218
19Miami418-8-2.500027t.525719
20Bowling Green408-5-6.578913.524820
21Wisconsin3910-9-2.523826.519921
22Massachusetts389-7-0.562514.513922
23Michigan State378-9-1.472237t.513723
24Colgate368-6-4.555617t.513424
25Michigan357-7-2.500027t.512525
26tNew Hampshire339-7-1.558815t.512226
26tUMass Lowell339-8-0.529423.510727
28Union3210-8-1.552619t.503928
29tNiagara319-7-1.558815t.503429
29tBoston University318-10-1.447443.502930
31Maine298-7-1.531221t.499631
* USCHO Pairwise Rankings