Sunday, March 21, 2010

ITT Tech Wins Intense College Hockey NIT

What a great weekend of hockey at the Bloomington Ice Gardens. Third seeded ITT Tech was crowned champions this afternoon when they defeated the Chef's of Le Cordon Bleu 2-1 in an epic battle.

ITT Tech got to the title game after they knocked off Normandale Community College in a semi-final on Saturday afternoon. Normandale was the sexy pick of the tournament by hockey experts. Normandale's premier player, forward John Cooper was shut down for the most part this weekend.

Le Cordon Bleu, who is led by goaltender and All-Culinary Conference MVP Chef Johan Svendson knocked off top seeded Minnesota in the other semi-final. Many experts felt Minnesota was a bit over-rated and was only given the #1 overall seed to help attendance on Saturday night in Bloomington to compete with the WCHA Final Five championship game in St. Paul.

In the championship game, forward Michaela Powers took over. Le Cordon Bleu's goaltender Svendson was great but Powers had two goals and the Chef's couldn't muster enough offense to take the title.

Powers got ITT Tech on the board early in the second when she took a feed from Jeff Holloway and beat Svendson glove side. Le Cordon Bleu would tie the game late in the second on a tip in by Timmy Smith. Powers netted the game winner with 6:35 left in the third on the Power Play when she picked up a rebound and snuck it by a sprawling Svendson.

All-NIT Tournament Team

F-Michaela Powers-ITT Tech
F-Jeff Holloway-ITT Tech
F-Calvin Yount-Normandale CC
D-Matthew Swisher-LeCordon Bleu
D-Houston Sampson-Hennepin County CC
G-Johan Svendson-LeCordon Bleu