Saturday, March 28, 2009

The craziness continues: Regionals Day 2

Being a higher seed in this year's NCAA Men's Hockey Tourney has turned out to be a kiss of death.

To complete the first round, out in the Northeast Regional, North Dakota see-sawed most of the game w/ New Hampshire, but took a solid two goal lead late into the game. As the higher seed, they didn't win. New Hampshire tied the game w/ tenths of a second left and won not long after into OT 6-5. North Dakota apparently was watching videos of the Badgers blowing late leads this season and losing in OT. At this time I would like to return the comment to the Sioux fan on Kellogg in St. Paul, "I really enjoyed your team's last game of the season."

While this game was on ESPN2, fans didn't get to see it until the 2nd period was underway, but if you were watching you can pat yourself on the back, having witnessed the ending to the longest NCAA Lacrosse game of all time.

In the other NE Regional game, BU bucked the trend and spanked Ohio State 8-3. It was only close (a relative word) because BU was lazy later in the game after going up 6-0. Did Ohio State really belong in the tourney over Wisconsin? BU will take on New Hampshire in an all Hockey East Regional Final tomorrow afternoon.

Over in Grand Rapids at the Midwest Regional, 60 got to see a couple good games. In the early game, Cornell came from behind scoring late in the 3rd period to beat Northeastern 3-2. Later, Notre Dame was taken to the woodshed by Bemidji State. No that is not a typo, BSU won 5-1 over the Losing Irish. I would think this markee win can only help BSU's chances of gaining admission into the WCHA this off season. The Beavers and "Big Red" meet tomorrow evening for a ticket to the Frozen Four.

In the East Regional Final, it sounds like I missed a heck of a game between Air Force and Vermont (due to the lack of ESPNU). In the 2nd OT, Vermont apparently put a puck through the net. After a lengthy review it was determined to indeed be a goal, and Vermont punched the first ticket to DC in a 3-2 win.

In the West Regional Final, Miami (OH) has just defeated Duluth 2-1 to end the WCHA's season and send someone from the CCHA to the Frozen Four. What more is there to say? Not a great year for the WCHA. That rhymes.

I'll update the conference standings tomorrow.