Notebook: Midwest Regional Final

A Bit of History

Saturday’s meeting was the 95th matchup between Colorado College and Michigan, with the Wolverines owning a 57-35-3 edge against the Tigers. The two teams have now met seven times in the NCAA tournament. For the Tigers, Saturday’s victory was its first win in the NCAA tournament against Michigan since 1957.

A Bit of History — Part II

The Wolverines and Tigers have played against each other four times for the national championship. Michigan beat CC in the 1952, 1955, and 1996 title games, while the Tigers beat the Wolverines for the national title in 1957.

Go Get ‘Em Tigers

With Friday’s win, the Tigers have now secured a berth in the national quarterfinals in all nine of their trips to the NCAA tournament since the 1994-1995 season. CC has advanced beyond the quarterfinals in three of those years — 1996, 1997, and 2005.

Super Stretch

With its loss, Michigan’s 14-game (12-0-2) unbeaten streak, the Wolverines’ longest since the 1996-97 season, came to an end. Prior to Saturday evening’s defeat, the Wolverines had not dropped a decision since a home loss to Northern Michigan in late January, the only home loss for Michigan this season.

The Wolverine State

Saturday’s game also ended Michigan’s 12-game win streak in NCAA regional games played in the state of Michigan. The team is 13-2 all time at regionals held within its home state, including a 4-1 mark at Van Andel Arena.

Terrific Tambellini

Jeff Tambellini set a Midwest regional record Friday for most points in single game with two goals and two assists.

Lost in the Shuffle

Fans attending the regional semifinals in Grand Rapids on Friday were unable to buy one important piece of memorabilia: a game program. The programs were inadvertently sent to Amherst, Mass., where East Regional workers immediately overnighted the books back to Grand Rapids in time for Saturday’s contest.

All-Regional Team

F Trevor Frischmon (CC)
F Marty Sertich (CC)
F Jeff Tambellini (UM)
D Brandon Rogers (UM)
D Brian Salcido (CC)
G Al Montoya (UM)

Most Outstanding Player: Frischmon