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Neophytes Ferris State, Union join experienced Boston College, Minnesota in 2012 Frozen Four field

One side of the bracket is loaded with experience. The other is made up of the new kids on the block.

One side has nine national championships. The other has seven total NCAA tournament games.

2012ff 250 white Neophytes Ferris State, Union join experienced Boston College, Minnesota in 2012 Frozen Four field

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That’s the early story of the 2012 Frozen Four, where Boston College and Minnesota will push their combined national semifinal appearances to 43 while Union and Ferris State will each have a spot for the first time.

Despite the noticeable tilt in the experience scale, they’re all headed to Tampa, Fla., and the Tampa Bay Times Forum for college hockey’s biggest stage. The Dutchmen and the Bulldogs face off at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 5; the Eagles and Golden Gophers skate at 8 p.m.

The semifinal winners play for the national championship at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 7.

Union and Ferris State will be the 33rd and 34th teams to ever skate in the Frozen Four, and adding two schools to that list in one season has been rare.

Not counting the first year, 1948, this is the sixth time two teams are making their Frozen Four debut in the same season. Miami and Bemidji State did so in 2009, but the last before that was 1988, when Maine and Lake Superior State joined the club.

The others: 1958 (Denver and North Dakota), 1953 (Minnesota and Rensselaer) and 1952 (St. Lawrence and Yale).

Boston College is a Frozen Four original: It was part of the first event in 1948 along with Michigan, Colorado College and Dartmouth. This is its 23rd trip to the national semifinals — second all-time to Michigan’s 24 — and fifth in the last seven seasons.

The Eagles have won the national championship four times — 1949, 2001, 2008 and 2010.

Minnesota is making its 20th Frozen Four appearance, with five NCAA championship banners (1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003) in the Mariucci Arena rafters.

The Gophers lead the all-time series against the Eagles 14-11-2, with nine of those 27 games coming in the NCAA tournament.

Minnesota won the first game in the series between the schools 14-1 in the national semifinals on March 11, 1954, in Colorado Springs.

But BC has advanced three of the other four times the schools have been paired in the NCAAs, with a 5-4 game record that includes two-game, total-goals series in the first round in 1985 and 1987 and a three-game quarterfinal series in 1990.

They last met on March 28, 2008, when Boston College advanced to the Northeast Regional final with a 5-2 victory in Worcester, Mass.

The all-time series between Union and Ferris State is a little leaner.

The Dutchmen have won all four games played, two in Big Rapids, Mich., in 2006 and two in Schenectady, N.Y., in 2007.

Ferris State has a 3-1 NCAA tournament record, losing to eventual national champion Minnesota in the 2003 regional finals before beating Denver and Cornell as the second seed in the Midwest Regional to make this season’s Frozen Four.

Union is 2-1 in the national tournament, with a loss in last season’s first round and wins over Michigan State and Massachusetts-Lowell as the top seed in this season’s East Regional.

Minnesota advanced out of the West Regional, in which it was the second seed, on Sunday with a win over top seed North Dakota. The Gophers beat Boston University in the first round, and they have a 52-33 all-time NCAA record.

Boston College is the top overall seed in this year’s tournament, and it advanced out of the Northeast Regional by beating defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth on Sunday after handling Air Force in the semifinals. The Eagles are 43-38 in the NCAA tournament.

The four teams in the 2012 Frozen Four are the regular season champions from the CCHA, ECAC Hockey, Hockey East and the WCHA.


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  • GS

    Somehow the brackets did not work out very well this year. Maybe the Pairwise model should be tweaked. Putting North Dakota and Minnesota in the same regional was ridiculous. North Dakota was penalized by winning their conference. It’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t beat Union or Ferris State given the chance. The real championship game will be the BC – MN game.

    • Slambammy

      I have heard it said that the winner of the BC-MN game will win the whole thing…but (and yes I did this too) haven’t we underestimated Ferris State enough?  I am MN fan and I dread facing BC but when we get past them (I am always the optimist) I might dread facing Ferris.  I think they will beat Union as they have really coalesced as team under great coaching.  If the Gophers play like they did tonight against UND I don’t think anyone will touch them…but…they need to show up.  GO GOPHERS!

      • Goggs

        I just got home from the Gopher/Sioux West Finals and I have to agree, if MN plays with the same intensity and teamwork that they played with this past weekend, they will be hard for anyone to beat. They looked like a National Champion in never letting a very good UND team even consider getting into that hockey game tonight. They say BC is the hottest team in hockey and 17 in a row would seem to prove that true, it will be a heck of a great Frozen Four either way though and I believe any four of those teams might pull it off, Union would need a little help from the heavens though, heh heh…

        Goggs 

        • Suture

          I’m a die-hard Sioux fan.  I give congratulations to the Goph’s.  You whooped us good and, as I said last week, I knew the earlier loss to UND was the BEST THING for Minnesota.  I knew that loss would propel them to a national championship.  The Sioux did us proud this year.  That team was not the most talented and most of us were surprised they did as well as they did.  The Final FIve victories were a gift for us fans. 

          I know the Goph’s are our rival but this is one Sioux fan who will be rooting for you (I may be the only one).  Anyway, I hope all 4 teams play great hockey and we have a great FF.  I am interested in seeing how BC (who always has these speedy little guys) can manage a MN team with just as much speed and a little more size..??  I guess we will get to see….:)

          • Mike

            Thanks, and what a great season for your guys too. We both got a piece of hardware, hoping the Gophs grab the big one!

          • GoGophs

            nice to hear a Sioux fan who will be rooting for the Goph’s, both schools should very strong next year in Mn’s final year in the WCHA.  The Big 10 is destroying the best conference in all of Hockey.

          • Jj Vanny

            not sure gophs will be that great bughstadt.budish might leave maybe more..might be back to drawing boards for lucia.maybe no ncaa again darn nhl luring kids thatlll rarely if ever play in nhl…

          • Billandrae

            BC has two defenseman 6’3″; one defenseman 6’4″ and another defenseman at 6’5″. They will be able to match up in size to Minnesota. The BC/Minnesota match will be the game of the season.

          • GoldyTheGreat

            North Dakota also had tall defenders and the Gophers made them look like they were skating in quicksand. I’m interested to see how BC handles the Gopher’s speed. It will definitely be the best game of the tournament and may the best team win.

          • After Further Review

             UND always has big D too, but they are usually slow.  I think the size of BC’s D is unusually big this year, but they can still skate too.
            Should be a great game!

          • Chrisgal

            BC handle Minny’s speed? Seriously? Have you seen any of BC over the last 15 or so years??

          • GoldyTheGreat

            Yeah I’m very familiar with BC. They are a very good team and have an excellent goaltender but I’m still not sure what you’re getting at. Maybe you could elaborate..? The Gophers are a completely different beast then Duluth. The Gophers are more physical, much faster, have a better Goaltender and have a more balanced offense (10 different goal scorers so far in the tournament and 9 players with 20+ points on the season). 

          • jmsptrk

            the gophers and eagles are both fast teams, so it’s a legitimate question to ask either way.

          • SIOUXFAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

             Blood and Forbort logged too much ice time as hakstol didnt like how simpson and mattson were playing….that should clarify there tired legs

          • After Further Review

             But, year after year (all conferences and teams aside), that is UND… BC is much, much quicker.

          • Nwo4life58203

             how can blood ever get tired all he does is flop on the ice or he is out of position that is a crappy defenseman

          • http://twitter.com/octanepress Lee Klancher

            Great comments, and nice to see. I’ve been a Gopher fan since time began but I also root for NDSU on occasion. This year’s ND team really over-achieved and has some incredible talent. I also think the coach is a class act. Congrats!

            Going to be a fascinating Frozen Four. I’d be surprised if either Ferris or Union can win a title over either BC or MN, but that’s my western bias more than anything.

      • Irish Spectre

        I witnessed BC pretty much own UMD last night.  Neither team got a ton of great looks, especially UMD, and Parker Milner continues to be simply unconscious in net.  Late in the season, the BC forwards seemed to take a game or two off, but Parker saved their bacon.  Last night, they moved their feet ceaselessly; the first two goals were the fruit of that hard work.  When BC’s swarming forechecking game and Parker are on, the ONLY way to beat them is puck luck.  (The BC defense ALWAYS shows up.)  No doubt the Gophs belong in Tampa, but they have their work cut out for them.

        I know nothing about Ferris or Union, but the former has proven its mettle through its conference play alone, while the latter’s conference competition does them no favors in this Frozen Four venue.  Of the remaining teams standing, Union unquestionably needs more luck to win out than any of the others.        

        • JakeB

          I know a lot about Union… They can and just might beat everybody.

          • After Further Review

             Or might not

        • Joe C

          The goaltender for Union is AWESOME from what I saw on ESPNU. Ferris State did a great got shutting down a very potent UMass-Lowell team.

          BC still has to be regarded as the favorite, in my opinion, but fortunately, they play these games on the ice so maybe someone else will win.

          • WCHA Fan

            Is that an I’m not familiar with the best conference in college hockey East Coast opinion?

          • Joe C

            It is the opinion of a BU fan that would prefer ANYONE step up to the plate and beat BC in the Frozen Four. You know, the BC team that adding three NCAA titles in the past 11 years, two of which sandwiched BU’s title in 2009, otherwise called 2010 and 2008.

            I watched ALL the games on EPSN U, along with BU collapsing against Minnesota on ESPN3. BU had an experience edge on Minnesota, Minnesota had a decided edge in talent. Minnesota played a complete game and is in the Frozen Four, having learned from its WCHA playoff collapse. They won the game when presented the opportunity.

            The reason I thought (again my opinion, as I clearly stated in the post above) that BC is the favorite comes from watching them steam-roll Hockey East and UM-Dulith while not having a hiccup against anyone since the the Hockey East semi-finals. They did not lose their tournament. They did not have a game where they gave up leads multiple times. They also pounce on the smallest mistakes other teams make.

            Best of luck to Minnesota, Union and Ferris State. I will be rooting for all of you.

            So, to summarize, NOT some “East Coast” or “X conference” is best. Rather, someone that has seen its rival team be very, very good for a long time. I do not believe in “X Conference” is better. I believe that top teams are top teams without regard to conference, although playing in a tough conference can help give you extra experiecnce.  I think current WCHA and Hockey East are the deepest leagues, but the top teams from CCHA and ECAC would do just fine in any conference. Funny how ECAC only had two teams in and yet probably had the best shot of having two teams in the FF.

    • Philipvanschepen

      North Dakota did not win their conference. They won the tournament. Minnesota won the WCHA, Ferris won the CCHA, Union won the ECAC, and BC was the Hockey East champion. Yes the pairwise needs tweaking, but the regular season still matters. North Dakota was the #1 seed in the closest regional because they won three games in a row. They were rewarded by being able to bring a ton of fans to St Paul. They had also lost three of five to Minnesota  before this weekend. Tweaking the pairwise would have never had them as a #1 seed.

      • Guest

        Ferris won the regular season conf but lost in the tournment.  WMU won the tournment and was 3-0-1 against Ferris during the season.  Ferris is not that good.

        • Philipvanschepen

          Everybody said the same about VCU and Butler in the basketball tourney last year. I’ve seen Ferris go from a club team, to a bottom feeder, to the frozen four. I didn’t take them seriously till I saw them beat Minnesota in their holiday tournament last year.  Ferris is good enough to win the CCHA, they are good enough to win it all. That said, BC looks unstoppable. Minnesota need #27 to get going if they want to advance. There are no easy games here.

          • Philipvanschepen

            All four of the remaining teams have been ranked in the top two or three at some point this year. Ferris and Union are not flukes. Everybody plays in their first Frozen Four sometime, and is usually called a sleeper when they do.

        • GoDawgs!

          Ferris just won a Division I hockey region.  I would say that makes them pretty good!

        • Jggdj

          Union played western mich to a couple ties this year.

    • Brodylegends

      You are clearly biased.  Union is a very solid club, and Ferris has no flash, but beats you.  I feel for ND fans though.  Minnesota had the easiest path in the history of NCAA hockey….first round playoffs at home, WCHA Final Five down the street and NCAA down the street.  The NCAA needs serious, serious reform.  Imagine if Kentucky in basketball had that path….yes they are very good, but how unfair.  

      • Romeo

        Well, I feel bad for ND fans…. because they’re ND fans, haha!

      • usingthebrain

        Minnesota earned home ice for the first round by winning the WCHA title, lost its game at the Final Five, and then in the NCAA got matched up with a team in ND that had played and won its last 4 games at Xcel.

        How is that any easier of a path than BC, who also had its first round, HE tourney, and then NCAA games (against two western teams) all within 35 miles of campus? Unlike MN, they even get to play their playoff games on the same size ice sheet.

        BC also earned those things, and like MN, they have the advantage of being a school located in a major metro area that has venues to support college hockey. Get over it.

        • Philipvanschepen

          Don’t you notice that Duke and UNC play their regonals no more than 150 miles  from campus. Kentucky usually plays a similar distance away. Just a few yeatrs ago hockey regionals were on campus, Michigan, Minnesota, and North Dakota played in their own buildings, using their own locker rooms.

        • Marine3045

          if maine had won, it would have been one team from the west.  #1 seed gets the lowest seed.  win your games you go to Tampa, if you don’t you go home.  stop with the nonsense. 

        • Scott Reed

          don’t bruing up MN’s ice sheet size… the olympics don’t even play on an olympic sheet anymore, its a crock that MN is even allowed to still. but its their choice, nobody forced them to. 

      • Jdhockeyboyz

        Why do you feel for NoDak fans?  They have won the last three WCHA tournaments at XCel Energy Ctr.  They refer to it as “Englestad East.”  A quick check of weekend attendance figures will explain why the NCAA will continue to award regionals and Final Fours to the X.

        XCel Energy St. Paul  9386/10974  20360
        DCU Center Worcester  5925/4470  10395
        Resch Center  Green Bay  3465/3108  6573
        Webster Bank Ctr  Bridgeport  5090/5328  10418

        St. Paul’s Sunday attendance exceeded all the other regional 2 day totals and I believe had the highest single session ticket price, $57

        I hope the St. Paul regional doesn’t outdraw the the Final Four in Tampa.

        Know someplace else that will draw fans?  The NCAA tourney committee would love to hear from you.

        BTW, I hope a D1 team starts to play at Resch Ctr (Maybe St. Norbert), so it never gets regional site consideration again.

        • Marine3045

          ncaa basketball tourney in boston that weekend, and a late game in worcester (thanks espn).  they do need to keep host teams, and they do need to keep attendance counts in mind as they determine sites where teams play.  keep the conspiracies in your pockets two teams from the west, two teams from the east.  this is going to be an outstanding weekend of college hockey.

        • Fan Man

          Since the Und “fighting Sioux” cannot host a regional yet, what do u think about fargo’s venue? To small I spouse…. I love the X but nobody can deny that the goofs had the hometown advantage! There would never have been that many people cheering for them (helping) in a neutral site such as the Pepsi Center or even Nebraska… Not making excuses as I know the better team won, but u have to admitt, it’s not like sleeping in ur own bed at night before the game hurts

          • Jerry

            Excuse computer running at about 75% capacity… actually not bad for a NoDakker, haha

          • Guest

            And here come the excuses for North Dakota fans.  funny that thought it was just fine the week before in the 6-3 win at the WCHA Final Five.

            Second who is the Fighting Sioux?????  I watched NORTH DAKOTA play on sunday…….

            Call Nebraska Omaha and tell them to spend the money and bid on a regional.  So playing in Denver, or Fargo, or Nebraska, then North Dakota would have won, because less fans would have been there wearing Maroon and Gold?

            What a bunch of crap

          • Fan Man

             Who are you talking to, yourself?  I clearly said I am not making excuses as to why the “Sioux” (state law for now pal) lost the game!  Thoroughly outplayed and really didnt even have a prayer at a comeback…   If you want to talk sh*t to somebody, you better find somebody else because I will work you over all day!  Have a regional in Grand Forks again and see how you do

          • Jdhockeyboyz

            There is an admitted advantage to playing close to home.  The NCAA is willing to allow that advantage in order to sell more tickets.  I doubt that the NCAA will force home teams farther away from home in hockey if they don’t do likewise in BBall, where attendance is not an issue.

      • Guest

        Another cry baby about where Regionals were hosted.  Have your team bid for a Regional and have a place to play it.  Then you will have a so called home ice advantage.

        Union had the easiest Regional to get through!

      • Joe C

        No one in the modern 16-team tournament can ever claim to have the easiest path, with none of the games being played on campus. Of all the venues that look biased but in reality are not, Greater Boston and St. Paul are just about as even as you could hope.

        By the way, in NCAA hoops, North Carolina and Duke routinely play their first and second round games in North Carolina, since hoops has “pods” and an almost automatic sub-regional in the Tarheel state. Calling Wilmington, Winston-Salem or Greensboro a “neutral” site is the same level of unreality. Even so, Duke stunk out the joint in the first round.

      • Mitch

        This type of pairing(closest facility for regionals and local team) happens every year, so dont say it’s just this year and the Gophs. In the name of money(NCAA), why would you not put a local team with the closest regional???

        • Fire17

          Check attandence numbers and you will see why the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul hosts regionals quite a bit.

          There was so many empty seats in Bridgeport and Green Bay it was a disgrace.

    • dusty bronco

      I also agree, If it wasn’t for a couple of bad bounces it would have been CCHA tourney champ WMU playing Minny. That 4 vs 1 matchup was not a good first rounder. WMU 4 seed, who was tied with U of M in CCHA reg. season and beat them in the Tourney…U of M gets 1 seed, why? The pairwise is the most clear of all the college rankings, but it does not mean it is right.

    • Annonymous

      Since the brackets came out, I stated that the Minnesota regional would be the hardest to win.  Minnesota outplayed North Dakota hands down.  They will be hard to beat and I can’t wait for the semifinal match up, because it should be one of the best games of the tournament.
      On another note, Ferris State was ranked number one in the country for a few weeks.  I wouldn’t count them out.  As someone who has seen a handful of Union games this year, I wouldn’t count them out either. 

      • RvrHwks Fan

        Don’t underestimate Union, just because they come from the EZAC and played in what many regarded as the weakest conference. UML, while a little overwhelmed by the big stage perhaps, was shut down offensively, and that is, without question, a tough task. This was a team that scored in bunches against some strong HEA teams. Union will do well, and matches up nicely with the high octane offenses of everyone in the tourney. And, they do have a hobey finalist between the pipes. That alone can win any game.

        • JakeB

          Agreed… but I think the AHA, not ECACH,  is considered the weakest conference.

      • Siouxper Fan

        Even the analysts said the West Region was the “Region of Doom”.   To have UND, Minnesota, and BC in that region is amazing.   I mean, you have three of the top five college programs in the country!   

        The winner of the FF semi-final will take home the trophy.  I’m pulling for the Gophers only because they represent the WCHA.   

        One thing I can say is the final has even representation:  HE, ECAC, CCHA, and WCHA.  That rarely happens.  I feel the committee is determined to place league teams in similar brackets so they never have to have a repeat of the All-WCHA in the Frozen Four.     It seems an additional rule in selection to post-season play is that four teams, or less, should be in different regions.  

        It does no good to have a Boston Univ. play Boston Coll. in the same region, since they play them all year lone.   Let the east play west.   UND shouldn’t meet Minnesota to reach the FF; let them play Union, etc.

        As much as I hate Minnesota advancing, I hate the Eagles of BC even more.  Go Gophers!

        • JakeB

          BU, not BC, was in the West region.

          • Joe C

            And for nearly 2/3 of the game, they were the equal of Minnesota, until they got a very deserved five-minute major. That final score was not indicative of how close the game was. BU showed me they had heart, even if their talent had been depleted with the off-ice problems.

          • Jerry

            They were indeed pesky. It was a weird game with the refs trying to take over.

          • Nyquist77

             BU always has off ice problems. When was the last time a year went by without someone getting arrested & kicked off a BU hockey team

            That is the way Jack Parker runs his program

            Sucks to B U

          • Joe C

            Nice use of absolutes and a request to disprove a negative. I guess courses in Logic are optional. Excellent use of positive talk of your school, too. All around, just an awesome post. Thanks for contributing.

          • Nyquist77

            Glad you liked it Joe

          • After Further Review

             WTH!!!  I hate both and Joe’s team somehow (Millan) beat my Cats… really, there is NO conference involved, but I would cheer for OURS FIRST and will… GO BC… that hurt!!!  Nyquist, I would cheer for you too, even as a UNH fan because we are the only two schools north of Boston that are relevant.
            GO HOCKEY EAST!

          • Nyquist77

             In the NCAA tourney I root for all Hockey East teams except BU, I just don’t like the Jack Parker & the way he runs that program

            But I LOVE whistlin’ Dick, even as a Maine fan

          • After Further Review

             Not much of a Parker fan either, just want to keep the UND and Goofer fans from winning.

          • WCHA HOCKEY

            Why because they’re good 

        • Joe C

          As a BU fan, I cannot fathom EVER rooting for BC against any other team. A true rivalry means you never want your rival to win. Who cares about “league” stats? If Minnesota wins the Frozen Four, will there be a parade at UND? “Thank goodness a WCHA team won it all” Bah!

          Also, please, please, please! Enough with the anti-WCHA final conspiracies. While it would be nice if the tournament had spread out the four Hockey East, the four WCHA and the five CCHA teams in to the four brackets (obviously CCHA would have two in one bracket), the truth is that pairwise and attendance are the formula.

          In two years, there will be a nice split of the current WCHA teams into three conferences. Minnesota and North Dakota will be in brand-new leagues. They might play in the first round in the 2014 NCAA. If so, I am sure it will be held close to both schools, to ensure attendance. I am also sure that there will be whining and new convoluted conspiracies racing across the intrawebs.

          • wincav

            Regarding the WCHA “conspiracy” you mention.  Does BU & BC get paired-up regularly in the quarterfinals like teams from the WCHA? Like Minnesota and North Dakota this past weekend. Other than a few storied programs scattered about out east (BC & BU are a couple), the WCHA has had the most depth of any other in division I hockey in the last many years. Thus, to see more than one WCHA in the frozen 4 should NOT be a pairing the NCAA should try to schedule against. If BC & BU are both in the Frozen Four ( because they are two of the four best teams) fine. Ultimately, the best 4 teams in college hockey should be in the Frozen Four regardless of where they are located!

          • scrvet

            in 2009 BU played New Hampshire in the regional finals, then played Vermont in the FF semis. (BC did not make the tourn that year)

          • Josephcrowley28

            2012 – 4 HE teams, BC/Maine in Worcester, MA
            2011 – 4 HE teams, Merrimack/UNH in Manchester, NH
            2010 – Only 3 HE teams
            2009 – 4 HE teams, BU/UNH in Manchester, NH
            2008 – Only 2 HE teams
            2007 – 5 HE teams, Maine/Umass in Rochester, NY, UNH/BC in Manchester, NH
            2006 – 4 HE teams, ME/UNH in Albany, NY, BU/BC in Worcester, MA
            2005 – 4 HE teams, BU/BC in Worcester, MA

            I think 2005 was the ALL WCHA Frozen Four.

            The list above appears to show that BU/BC/UNH/Maine routinely get matched up in potential regional finals against other final four teams. In 2007, 5 HE teams only got distributed to three brackets. The only time potential HE regional finals do not occur are when HE is down overall. In those two years, BC won the title.

            The only conspiracy appears to be one keeping UNH out of the Frozen Four, with UNH being the biggest co-conspirator as the host school.

          • After Further Review

             But the way UNH plays in Manchester, it’s a blessing to matched up against them there.

          • Josephcrowley28

            I missed the two other years of 16-team NCAA
            2004 – 3 HE teams, BC/UNH at Manchester, NH
            2003 – 4 HE teams, UNH/BU at Worcester, MA

          • scrvet

            FWIW in 2005 the HE and ECAC tournaments all ended a week before the WCHA did. HE and ECAC teams had 2 weeks off before the NCAAs. Should’ve been rested but they came out rusty.

            FWIW

          • Joe C

            I think it was pretty sweet for them to get an all WCHA Frozen Four. It takes a lot of Pairwise and attendance concern luck.

            What was interesting to me about 2009 was that BU could have done the opposite of an all Hockey East Frozen Four. Had Northeastern won its region and then its Frozen Four semifinal, BU could have played three straight Hockey East opponents and had all three Hobey Baker finalists on the ice in the final.

          • Chrisgal

            BC fan here. Completely agree, Joe C. Still annoyed at Miami from ’09…..

          • Josephcrowley28

            I was rooting like mad for you in 2010, alas to no avail. But at least 2009 was one of the best college hockey games ever. BU has had its share of near misses, like the Northern Michigan classic.

            Much better than being steam-rolled in the Frozen Four.

          • Joe C

            Oops, rooting for Miami, lol!

        • cnor79

          “The winner of the FF semi-final will take home the trophy.”Winning the FF semifinals is definitely a necessary step to bringing home the trophy. ;)

    • Nycbooks119

      those bitter WCHA/Sioux fans always have to make excuses.  The bottom line is Union is in the Frozen Four and UND isn’t because Union has continued to bring it and HAS now beaten Michigan (1 seed and in Yost) and UML (ranked #1 earlier this year and #2 in Hockey East play behind only BC), not to mention Merrimack and MSU.  They didn’t play their best hockey Friday but were clearly the better team and did dominate MSU at times.  Saturday, which I was at, was not as close as the score indicated and the two goals UML did get were both defensive mistakes leaving Groz with no chance.  In any event, Union just dominated UML to advance.  Say what you want about the backets and the regular season, Union is here because they work harder than ANY team in the circuit.  And, by the way, they beat Minnesota last year in Minnesota.

      GO U!!!

      • After Further Review

         When exactly was UML ranked #1?  Merrimack was #1, not UML.  All that matters is that they show up to play their next game, what happened previously doesn’t mean a thing.  With all of their big wins, you failed to mention losing to HE, 6th place UNH.
        Here is hoping for 3 great games in Tampa!

    • Vinotintojoe

      Penalized??? how? Got a #1 seed in the region closest to Grand Forks…in an arena they have dominated…against a team they beat 6-3 a week before….

    • Gogophers

      I completely agree.  Why would you load up the teams that are in the same conference?  If Minnesota Duluth would have beaten BC, the gophers would have played two rivalry conference games in a row.  That is ridiculous. I am a huge gopher fan and hate the sioux, but I feel bad that they didnt get in.  They could have easily beaten Union or Ferris State without question.  Something needs to be done about the RPI or else crappy teams like Union will continue to have an easy ride to the frozen four.

      • Dlippiello

        Crappy teams like Union huh? Classy post, thank goodness I am smart enough to know you DON’T represent the majority of Gopher fans.

    • Doid23

      Unfortunately for you, you’ll have to keep imagining if ND would beat Union or Ferris State.

      You should have looked in the fridge for the fresh grapes, because it seems like you’ve got some sour ones.

    • SIOUXFAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

       I agree, when i noticed the the sioux would play the gophers again in fromt of 20,000 gopher fans i was pissed….talk about home advantage

      • Jerry J

        Attendance at the West Regional was 9386 and 25% of the people there were wearing Sioux jerseys!!!

    • Nwo4life58203

       first off nd won the playoff title minnesota won the season title

    • jmsptrk

      “North Dakota was penalized by winning their conference.”

      North Dakota didn’t win their conference. Minnesota did. North Dakota won the conference tournament.

      • Scott Reed

        But his point is valid, they were penalized for it. 

        • jmsptrk

          having to listen to north dakota fans claim the gophers were overrated (most of the season, mind you)—and especially after the previous wknds und comeback win—only to be included in a region with said overrated gophers and mediocre (at best) western mich and BU teams, they (and you) have failed to earn my sympathy.

          • Scott Reed

            so because you hate one team you fail to give credit to the other three teams in the bracket and their bodies of work and won’t acknowledge how hard the west bracket was. classy move

          • jmsptrk

            amusing. an utterly wrong interpretation of a completely uncomplicated point. nice work columbo. the gophers deserve a lot of credit for easily handling a mediocre BU team and then dispatching a red hot no 1 seeded (und) in a similar fashion. the gophers were clearly the class of the region.

            the fact is, und fans claimed the gophers were overrated. then und lost. now they complain they got a raw deal. boo hoo. if the gophers were as weak as they claimed, then no, they didn’t get a raw deal. but they weren’t. clearly. so now… they’re just bitter they have to eat crow.

          • Scott Reed

            WM was one of the hottest teams in the country coming into the NCAA tournament and won the CCHA tournament, BU took second in the HE regular season, MN won the WCHA regular season, and UND won the WCHA tournament. but you ignore all the because UND doesn’t like like MN. 

            MN started hot, then had a lot of friday night problems and got crap from everybody not just UND fans for being ranked too high.  Then MN started playing great again at the right time, and a lot of people were calling that bracket the hardest. some of the ESPN analysts had a nice nickname for it, implying it was the hardest.  But I guess your you see things through your own liberal eyes and interpret things the way you want to see and think your better than everybody else.. Stick to CNN they see things the same way you do, please keep you liberal dribble off this site. 

          • jmsptrk

            “liberal eyes” what thef uck are you even talking about? gody ou’re afcu king idiot.

          • After Further Review

             BU came in 3rd place in the regular season and were very much a mediocre team at the end of the season, due to the off ice incidents.  They were about a .500 team the last 2 months and extremely lucky to even advance past the first round of the HE tournament.

          • ibanezist00

             What does “liberal”ness have to do with college ice hockey? Please keep politics out of things that aren’t political, especially if you decide to use polarizing, all-encompassing terms as swearwords.

          • Scott Reed

            If your not smart enough to see how “liberal” ness came into play in the conversation then your not smart enough to have it explained to you. 

  • ErinK

    While I might agree with the pairwise model needed to be tweaked don’t count out Union or Ferris. They are both very good teams and have proved that by beating other very good teams. It may be as you say but nothings over till its over. 

  • Mike

    Gophs.

  • Butch

    This weekend made it very clear that the 1 and 2 seeds were interchangeable. A different bounce here and there and we’d have seen a different set of 1s and 2s  heading to Frozen Four. Any four of those eight could be going to Tampa. And sorry folks, an upset or two aside, the second eight just weren’t as good. There were no surprises in the regional finals, other than unexpected dominance shown by Minn and BC in their matchups today.  And, to the UND homer above, why was putting BC and UMD in the same regional any less ridiculous than UND vs Minnesota. No excuses please… just accept the facts. Union (1), Ferris (2), Minn. (2) and BC (1) won their regional and earned their spot in Tampa… UMD (2), Miami (2), Michigan (1), and UND (1) didn’t… Plain and simple. Every fan should feel positive about their team that is in… This is a terriffic Final Four, anyone of them can win it. There are no underdogs here, just top dogs (no pun intended).

    • Swannymeister

       We expected whining from the Team Without A Nickname.  No sweat of our brows.  They’re going golfing, we’re going to Tampa.  Speaking of which any Frozen Four tickets for sale TWaN fans?  How ’bout UMD fans?  Go Gophers!

      • Mike

        Goooooophs.

        • Aretheranynamesnottaken

          Hey Swanny…We were thinking about naming our team something inspiring like “gophers” or “dogcrap” but one name represents excrement and the other, “dogcrap”, is hard to work into cheers.  UMD is the reining champ….UND has 7 of those banners….nuff said.

          • Jerry

            Flickertails it is. Enjoy the offseason.

  • JakeB

    Todd this is great history, man. For all those homers conference snobs that keep harping on the unfairness of the Pairwise, your last sentence says it all. Adding to the fact that all FF teams are regular season conference champions, two (Union and BC) double as their conference tournament champions. Enough said… Enjoy Tampa.

  • MaineUsedToBeGood

    I don’t see how anybody is going to beat BC. Not saying it can’t happen but my goodness. They just pitched two shutouts against two good teams. They are clicking on all cylinders right now. I don’t think they lose again and end their season with a 19 game winning streak.

    • Nyquist77

       Maine beat BC TWICE this year………….just sayin

      • Joe C

        BU took BC to nearly double-overtime in the Beanpot Final. BC can be beaten, by a hot goaltender playing behind a fast team that plays smart.

        Cornell’s team this year had enough discipline to do it. Air Force held BC to two goals.

        BC is a dominant team, but they are nowhere nearly as dominant as the stacked UMaine team that steamrolled everyone all year. However, if you have a lapse, count on a red light.

        • Nyquist77

           UMaine was 3-1 against BU including a playoff win.

          The only thing BU lead Hockey East in was arrests

    • Mike

      Gophs.

    • Jerry J

      ….one of those was Air Force, #16 seed, right?  Also, UMD has struggled since late January.

    • GoldyTheGreat

      I’m sorry but Air Force is not a good team. 

  • Jerry J

    The Gophers have only 4 seniors and 1 junior.  They started the season by defeating the national champs twice on UMD’s sheet.  After their fast start, they relaxed on Frinday nights and then totally dominated on Saturdays.  My theory is that the Gophs know how good they are and they can rise to the occassion when they have to.  The challenge is for Lucia to keep them on their current focus.  If they do, their potential is golden and next year they will be even better as long as Bjugstad does not go pro.  Nothing is guaranteed so they need to bring their “A” two more times and not let this opportunity slip by.  WE WANT BANNER #6!  Go Gophers!

    • GoldyTheGreat

      Our Goal tending will take a step back next year with Patterson graduating but the rest of the team will be outstanding. We have incredible speed and talent in our current Sophomore and Freshmen classes a long with some great recruits coming in. 

      • Jason

        I’m really excited to see what Shibrowski can do next year.

        • After Further Review

           We are too!

      • Scott Reed

        you just need to hold on to those underclassmen… unlike years past

        • GoldyTheGreat

          Yeah I agree. We will see what happens. I think Bjugstad and Haula are both NHL ready but i’m optimistic they will stay at least for another season. Zucker and Brown are leaving for the NHL so hopefully they won’t follow suit.

          • Scott Reed

            Yeah I can see them staying for another season, but probably not another one after that.  The NHL is really hitting the WCHA hard so far. 

  • College Hockey

    Union needs luck?  Apparently some of these “entitled” mid-western should watch more college hockey.  Union lost two 1 goal games at Denver and Colorado College, they manhandled Michigan 6-2 at Yost, and beat down, then one loss, Merrimack at Merrimack. Also, how about Union stomping Michigan State in the first game.  A Michigan State team that was 1-0-1 against Minnesota this season. North Dakota was lucky to get a 1 seed.  If you stopped for a second to watch the UML/Union game you would have seen a team that is as dominant as BC and Minnesota. Union rightfully was #3 on the Pairwise, they rightfully received a #1 seed, and they rightfully crushed their bracket.  3-1 and 4-2 wins could easily have been 7-1 and 7-2.  Not to mention both UML goals were absolute flukes.  Show some respect. 

    • Guest

      What game did you watch on friday?  A so/so goal disallowed, an empty net goal, and you think you dominated Michigan State?

      Union is a good team, but that record would not be what it is playing in the Hockey East, CCHA or WCHA week in and week out.

      Union had the easiest Regional to go through to get to the Frozen four and that was a fact.  

      So enjoy your first gift wrapped Frozen Four berth by the NCAA and good luck.

      Side note…..  Did you notice that CCHA and WCHA teams were placed in a Regional possibly having to play one another again, but Hockey East had one team placed in each regional…….  

      • Steve

        are you just blatantly ignoring the fact that BC and Maine were placed in the same regional or what….

        • Josephcrowley28

          But Steve! Didn’t you hear? Maine has yet to join Hockey East. I think it would be a natural fit. I can just imagine the rivalry games.

          • Nyquist77

             If Maine is not in Hockey East how did BU get bounced from the HE tourney???

          • After Further Review

             He was kidding Nyquist77… relax… as hard as it is, GO BC!

          • After Further Review

             I am not  a “conference” fan either, but if MN wins… all we will hear is WCHA DOMINANCE OVER HE… so we should cheer for our teams, Nyquist…

          • Mike

            Gophs.

          • Nyquist77

             I root for all Hockey East teams in the NCAA except BU

            I simply can’t support Jack Parker

          • Joe C

            Fair enough. The same reasoning that I have concering Boston College.

          • Nyquist77

             What do you have against Jerry York??

          • After Further Review

             I do agree on the Parker part and having nothing but respect for Jerry York, a class guy all the way!

          • Nyquist77

             I know he was kidding but thanks for checking with me

          • Joe C

            I forgot to type #sarcasm.

            Maine is the team that I root for if BU is not playing. I found it interesting that the guest poster above complains that Hockey East had only one team in each regional. I was playing off Steve’s riff.

            Elsewhere in this thread, I pointed out that having two HE teams in a regional is pretty much a given, even if there are only three HE teams in the tournament altogether. The only exceptions were the two down years for HE overall, where BC ended up with the title. HE did not have many teams in the tournament because BC thrashed them all.

          • Nyquist77

             I got the sarcasm Joe I just wanted to rib you about the Hockey East semi final

          • Joe C

            At least it was nice watching hometown boy Antoine playing well.

          • Nyquist77

             I agree Joe

            It is always tough to see the Maine kids playing elsewhere ( there always seem to some on BU & BC )

            But I guess you can’t blame them

      • ibanezist00

        Did you also happen to notice that BC was held to one goal by Air Force until very late in the game?

        It’s amazing to me that this is by far one of the NCAA sports/tournaments with the largest amounts of parity, and yet every season we get the same “the weak team had a weak game against another weak team, but the strong team having a weak game against a week team doesn’t matter” type of argument.

        Did anyone pick Cornell to take down Michigan, even with Michigan basically being handed the game? Truth is, no one really knows what’s going to happen, period.

      • Chrisgal

        Ummmm. Weren’t Maine and BC in same regional??

    • pr2005

      BC had UMD and U of M had NoDak…..you are comparing these teams to UML????

  • Guest

    Lest also not forget that Union skated to two ties against a very good Western Michigan team and right now they boast a 17-2-2 record in 2012

  • 81GRRBRONCO

    Thank God this will be decided on the ice and not on the USCHO website.  None of the teams have received a “Fast Pass” into the Frozen Four and all of them have beaten tough teams this year.

    11 days is a long time to wait until the Semis!!

  • Joe C

    Four regular season champions in the four major leagues (sorry AHA) make the Frozen Four. The only reason Union and BC got number one seeds, while Ferris State and Minnesota got number two seeds, was the early finishes in their conference tournaments.

    All four teams dominated their games in the style that they play. Anyone claiming that the BC/Minnesota winner should be named champion does not follow college hockey. It only takes one hot goaltender one game to stop a “superior” team, one that would be favored in a seven-game series. Both Union and Ferris State have goaltenders capable of stealing a game from either BC or Minnesota.

    Congratulations to all four teams (even BC, grumble, grumble) and good luck. I sure hope someone can SCORE a goal against BC. That was the most impressive thing about their regional. Zero goals allowed.

    • Nyquist77

       Maine was the last the team to score on BC and the last team to beat them as well

      But that was back in January!!!!!!

  • Mike

    Going to be a great Frozen Four this year.  All 4 are quality teams. 

    For anyone out there complaining about seeding and having to play in a tough bracket need to find a way to get over it.  As far as the committee seeding so there isn’t 4 WCHA teams in the Frozen Four I say well there could of been 3 but they didn’t get it done.

    UND was on the bubble to get in before the WCHA playoffs started.  They went on a run and some how got a number 1 seed.  Yet the talk is that they are one of the best teams this year.  They finished 4th in the WCHA.

    Union might of got the easiest road to Frozen Four but they are a high quality team.  Plus there is no guarantee that any other team would of beaten Michigan State and UMass-Lowell.  You can sit around thinking they might have but we will never know.

  • ibanezist00

    Summarizing most of the comments so far:

    “The team I care about is in the most difficult conference, so therefore there’s no way they could possibly lose/your inferior conference could win”
    “Union and Ferris State had it easy in their brackets, so therefore there’s no way they’re legitimate or have a shot at winning a title”
    “The Pairwise sucks”

    Hope that saved some of you some time

    • Joe C

      You forgot:
      Every team that lost to this point has had a terrible season, were over-rated and got benefits they should not have received due to random conspiracy X.

    • JS

      regardless of what anyone thinks regarding the strength of each league, it is interesting to note that the league winners from each of the 4 major conferences are in the frozen four!

    • Craiger0005

      I think your right in a way but you have to agree all 4 teams are there for a reason.  I saw the Gophs dismantle the Sioux even when Lameraoux had his little tirade and kept hitting and cross checking one of our players when he was flat down on the ice in the back of the head.   What a classless act, but hey when the sioux start losing that’s what they do.  I think Ferris State is the most scary out of the bunch.  Union is very disciplined.  I have to go with BC or Minn as the champs.     

      • After Further Review

         Joe C posts for fun, but defending his team.  Nobody cares about the crying, but there should be 3 good games in Tampa.

        • After Further Review

           OH, and I think BC wins… but who knows in a one game elim!

  • hockey21

     Going to be a great Frozen Four, no matter how you slice or dice it!  My team will be represented and I think they have the best chance- but at the end of the day, whoever brings home the trophy is the best team.  I don’t care about bounces, calls, etc.  If you’re team has found its way to Tampa, and can find a way to win two games-they are the best team in college hockey.

  • hockey21

    And by the way, I have one ticket for the frozen four if anyone is interested.  Keep in mind you’ll be sitting next to three Gopher fans!

  • Bogie_yo

    With the best player, Welsh, and best goalie, Grosenick, Union should be able to win 2 more games.

    See you fools in Tampa. 

    Go Union!!!

    • Guest

      Best player?????  Did he win the Hobey Baker award??  I missed that press release…

    • Nyquist77

       Wow the “best player” didn’t make the top 10 Hobey Baker list??

  • unionfan80

    Union has a deep team and a hobey finalist goalie…dont underestimate them just because you want to be a hockey elitist or a bandwagon fan..

  • GoGophs

    One thing I would be very interested to see is the attendance figures of the 4 regions, while watching UMD play host BC, I noticed a lot of empty seats, same thing in Green Bay.  The Xcel region did have both UM and UND (the dream draw) but you would think BC, UMD would be close to sellout.  The xcel is the greatest venue for regionals and frozen 4′s

    • After Further Review

       There is no doubt the XCel is a great venue, but there were a couple more factors too.  As mentioned above, the NCAA hoop tourney was in Boston and an 8PM start on a Sunday night for the final was not the best for attendance.  You also had the two big draws win their first game and meet for the final in UND and MN.  Had Maine won on Saturday, there would have been a much larger crowd on Sunday.

    • usingthebrain

      The joke is that the NC$$ supposedly is concerned about attendance and then prices the average fan out of the arena. The X had twice the crowd of any other rink, the best matchup you could hope for on Sunday, and even there the building was half empty. They sold 11k tickets to a 19k arena, because you basically have to be a die hard to pay $60+ just to walk in the door. For the cost of that one game you could have seen the entire Final Five from the cheap seats!

      It really doesn’t matter who you’ve got playing or where you are playing it, if you’re going to price yourself out of the market.

  • Fire17

    Hopefully officials will call the obstruction (trap) penalties that Ferris State uses and should get.

    Its boring hockey and the only way they can compete is to clutch and grab.. 

  • After Further Review

     That needed to be broken down into chapters, not paragraphs!  When do we get a look at book #2?

  • Fr05tbite

    BC will be tough, but there’s a good chance that both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA titles come home to the U this year. Go Gophers!

  • Darb0114

    Excellent history and back story, and well put together. You nailed that you down pretty easily and showed no bias whatsoever. Only one question,

    When are you starting as USCHO’s new columnist?

  • Rustyjello

    No NCHC teams in the Frozen Four.   I love it!

    • Joe C

      No BTHC conference teams in the Frozen Four, either.
      1 each from WCHA, CCHA, ECAC and HE.

      No BTHC or NCHC teams until at least the 2014 NCAA tournament. In fact, AHA and CHA have had more teams in the Frozen Four than BTHC and NCHC.

  • Sueh8ter

    lets just thank all of the SUE fans for their tourism $$$$$$$$ that they spent in THE GREAT STATE OF HOCKEY the past two weekends.  how, head back across the boarder with your mouths shut and your tails between your legs.  learn when to shut up, especially after you just got WHIPPED!!!!!!!

    • Fan Man

       Way to stay classless Sueh8ter!  While most Gopher and Sioux Fans have gotten along in St. Paul the past two weekends, you fail to make anything but my sh*t list….  Keep up the good the work my friend    Good luck in Tampa

      • Sueh8ter

         gee i feel really bad that i made your list.  we don’t need luck!

  • Jonda001

    Any of these frozen four teams could win this thing – 2 games, team with hottest goalie wins it.

  • TNick

    Great to see the 2 new kids on the Frozen Four Block, Ferris St. & Union (NY) make there 1st trip(s) to the big hockey skate!  Overall this is good for college hockey, as it gives other up and coming programs promise that maybe 1 day they too can make it!  And, even though in less then 2 weeks I will be heartily rooting for my Golden Gophers to win there 6th national championship, we can’t forget that at 1 time we made our 1st appearance to the frozen four many years ago.

    Good luck to either Ferris St. or Union!  One of you is going to the championship game, and that is again great for the college game!

    • After Further Review

       It is good for hockey… but NO GOOFER… GO EAGLES!!!  That hurt….

  • Ferris_Student

    My favorite line from this is, “FSU hockey has been on fringe with its money & program for a couple of decades and now hoping the University will finally put a little more attention to its hockey program instead of a has-been D-II football program that can’t compete with GVSU.” It’s funny because it is true. Our hockey team is the only team here that actually matters. Everyone knows it. Maybe after the Dawgs win the NCAA title, we will get a little more respect from the bigger schools and the board will open up their wallets a little more. GO DAWGS!!!

    • After Further Review

       Look at college hockey in general!  UNH… NO money, small school… Maine and UVM too… still have been VERY competitive…

      • guest

        UNH is the biggest public college/university in New Hampshire, same for Maine and Vermont. At best Ferris State is 8th on the totem pole in Michigan public universities of 12. UNH, Maine, Vermont are all in America East athletic conference which is Division I in all other sports. Ferris State with Michigan Tech, LSSU, and NMU are in GLIAC athletic conference (which is NCAA Division II in all other sports). UNH, Maine and Vermont are the most popular public universities in their respective states. I think those universities have a an advantage over the GLIAC schools.
        College hockey does have many small schools but there is different tiers in terms of status, money, resources & university attractiveness. And obviously the tiers aren’t sorted by hockey success but University status which in turn translates into the amount of money available at the bigger universities, and not necessarily the money given to the hockey program. Obviously schools with more rich/successful/intelligent alumni can get money to its university for hockey programs (ex. Notre Dame, Michigan, Ivy leaguers). An example in difference is Minnesota puts a lot of attention/resources into hockey, while UConn of about equal university stature competes in lowly Atlantic Conf., and barely averages a few hundred people per home game & no scholarships. So these tiers don’t group by hockey success or attention put into hockey program but more of university status at NCAA level.  Division I BCS schools with D-1 hockey programs: Big Ten Schools (MI, MN, WI, MSU, OSU), Boston College, Notre Dame, UConnDivision I non-BCS schools with D-I hockey programs: America East schools (BU, ME, VT, UNH), Northeastern, Providence, UMass, Air Force, Army, MAC schools (BG, Miami, WMU), Ivy league schools (Cornell, Harv, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Princeton), Northeast conference (Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac, Colgate), North Dakota, Neb-Omaha, MAAC schools (Niagara, Canisius), Denver, Holy CrossDivision II/III schools with D-1 hockey programs: Northern Sun Intercollegiate (St. Cloud, Minn-Duluth, MN-State), GLIAC (FSU, MTU, NMU, LSSU), St. Lawrence, RPI, Clarkson, Union, Alab-Huntsville, RIT, Mercyhurst, Bentley, AIC, Alaska, AK-Anch., Merrimack, UMass-Lowell, Colorado College, Bemidji State 

        • After Further Review

           I understand what you are saying and in many ways you are absolutely correct.  I can really only speak for UNH because I know their budgets and there is not much money.  I think the basketball program loses money.  Much of the money that hockey does get comes from their Friends of UNH Hockey group, not the state.

  • jmsptrk

    Not a Union fan, but it sure seems like  w a y  too many people are taking Union a bit too lightly. I’m not sure how they ended up 3 in the RPI either—having played only 3 tourny-bound teams (Michigan, Cornell (2x) and Denver, going 1-2-1)—but they’re winning now. They’ve only lost 2x in the last 3 months. And they have one of the top 2-3 goaltenders in the country. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

  • beefheart

    I think it is GREAT for the game that we have teams from four different conferences in the Frozen Four. While I am infinitely more familiar with WCHA teams than any other conference, all four teams have a great shot at winning it. To those who preach conference dominance I say find a new hobby.Good luck to all and GO GOPHERS!

  • Bill

    I am a gopher fan all the way, with that said, I hope North Dakota works out this name thing and retains the Fighting Sioux name. It is sad how politics play into everything these days. The rivalry between these 2 teams is the best in the nation and after next year that will be gone. Sad, very sad. Best of luck North Dakota!

  • UpNorthHockey

    If we compare the four teams solely based on stats, MN is probably a safe pick.  However, there are many intangibles that effect these games.  ND certainly has momentum on their side.  However, I think Union and FSU are both serious contenders based on their team depth and workmanship.  Marquis players don’t always make championship teams.  A team with four solid lines of 2nd tier players and great teamwork can topple anyone, particularly if they perform consistently.  There is a lot more parity in this Frozen Four than the media thinks.  In single elimination, anyone could win, and I pick FSU to take it all this year.

  • Union Tampa

    UML was the 2nd Best Team in Hockey East (2 games better than BC)? 

    I guess I that waters down BC for me….

    Sincerely,

    Union (never trailed, never threatened in east regional) Dutchmen

  • Union Tampa

    EZAC?

    CCHA tournament champ couldn’t beat us in two tries, Michigan couldn’t beat us, Second best Team in the holy Hockey East (UML) got demoralized by us in the East Regional.. 

    Union (AT LEAST the second best team in HE and CCHA) Dutchmen

  • Union Tampa

    We haven’t trailed more than 6 minutes in the ECAC Tournament or the NCAA Tournament – combined.  Don’t get us angry and beware in the two minutes after your score – we’re headhunting.

    Sincerely,

    Union (we don’t care about irrelevant titles your program won without the current players on your team) Dutchmen

     

  • Union Tampa

    Just when you think you’ve scored.. we’ve mastered the art of knocking the net off the goal…  no goal!

    Sincerely,

    Union (best defense in hockey) Dutchmen

  • Go Dawgs!!

    Great comment except for the last statement

    GO DOGS!!