Saturday, March 28, 2009

NCAA 1st Round Update

Some big upsets on the 1st day of the NCAA Tourney.

Out in the East Region, Air Force pulled off the biggest upset knocking off Michigan 2-0. I'm not sure if this is on the level w/ Holy Cross taking out minnesota, but it has to be huge for the Academy. In the other game in that region, Vermont cruised past Yale 4-1.

In Minneapolis, about 7 people (5 of who were Denver fans) showed up to watch Denver get rolled by Miami (OH) 4-2. I saw a bunch of this game, and Denver looked horrible. In the night cap, Duluth scored two goals in the last 40 seconds of regulation (including the game tying goal w/ 0.8 sec to play) to send the game into OT and eventually win over Princeton 5-4.

Also hats off to the fair weather gopher fans who can't even take up a few seats in their home arena to cheer on WCHA counterpart Denver, because their Kangas poisoned team didn't make the tourney. While the Kohl Center would have been emptier last year had Wisconsin not made it, I know a lot of Badger fans who still would have shown up to support college hockey.

So keeping track by conference:

AHA: 1-0
CCHA: 1-1
ECAC: 0-2
HE: 1-0
WCHA: 1-1

Today the schedule thickens as the Midwest and Northeast Regionals begin (NE Regional games on are ESPN2 this afternoon) and the regional finals are set for the West and East.

If you are interested in reading up these games, check out College Hockey News, USCHO or INCH.