Saturday, March 17, 2007

Championship Day

Most of the potential Cinderella stories died yesterday in the conference semifinals. The only team with the potential to crash the party with an automatic bid, is Quinnipiac, who is playing Clarkson in the ECACHL final today.

We're also guaranteed to have a service academy in the NCAA tournament since Army and Air Force will be facing off in the AHA final today.

New Hampshire advanced to the Hockey East final against Boston College with an overtime goal that was shown on Sportscenter last night. Not to be provincial, but if ESPN is going to show Hockey East highlights, they may as well start showing Minnesota Bantam hightlights too. Think I'm kidding? Who was the best player in Hockey East this year? That's right, a kid from Minnesota who couldn't make it out here and got shipped off to the JV league.

Minnesota will play a red-hot North Dakota team in the WCHA final. North Dakota beat St. Cloud 6-2. It was a really rough game for SCSU's defenseman. Minnesota got past a tough Wisconsin team in a 3-2 game. Why was Jon Campion assigned to this game? I understand that he wanted to get back on the ice, and Greg Shepherd wanted to get him back out on the ice, but there had to have been a better choice for that game. I'm sure Wisconsin enjoyed their 2:09 of powerplay time for the entire game.

Notre Dame shut out Lake Superior, and Michigan beat Michigan State. Michigan State can secure an NCAA tournament bid with a win or tie in today's third place game. Otherwise, they'll need a little bit of help from around the country.

11 comments:

montyminny said...

Chris, That JV league is being projected for 5 teams versus 3 for the WCHA. The WCHA better hope Quinnipiac doesn't win tonight or it will be only 3 teams and the mighty ECAC will match with 3 team, possibly 4.

Anonymous said...

nice comeback montyminny considering the WCHA has won the last 5 National Championships and 6 of the last 7. In the last 11 years HE has won it only twice while the rest (thats 9) have been won by teams from the WCHA and CCHA.

Anonymous said...

Chris, just wondering what kid you were talking about, i dont really follow HE and i was just curious

Anonymous said...

Campion is a better ref than he's been showing. After his performance in St. Cloud last weekend, there's no reason why he should be allowed to work this weekend. We all feel for him, but he's either not ready to work or he's trying his best to look like it.

Anonymous said...

I believe he was talking about BU's goaltender John Curry from Shoreview, Minnesota.

Anonymous said...

im sorry to hear of campions wife...but he makes some very questionable calls and i think he should be a ref somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

I like the trash talking Chris, you need to do it more often. (;

Anonymous said...

Thanks for getting the Gopher score wrong. You are really a class act.

Also not really a fan of the guy whose team lead the WCHA in goonery whining about the refs. Though I'm sure the Susies will love you.

Anonymous said...

(1) i don't think you can say one league is superior to another, merely because that league boasts the national champion -- that's a pretty shallow argument;

(2) it's equally shallow to point to one player's success or failure (i.e. curry) and try and make a broad-sweeping generalization about a league. is gopefort's domination of the WCHA this year (compared to his pedestrian performance in hockey east) indicative of anything? certainly not. there's many more variables at play -- you've got to roll up your sleeves and make a better argument than that;

(3) moreover, i don't think you can legitimately call hockey east a "JV league" compared to the WCHA. i don't think there's much question that top to bottom, this year hockey east is a deeper, stronger and more balanced league than the WCHA. nevertheless, i also think that this year, much of that is due to the fact that in a summer of record early departures of underclassmen, the vast majority of those leaving early came from the WCHA -- thereby diluting the league's strength;

(4) this balance of power between the east and west, ebbs and flows. in the most recent years, i think the west has produced finer talent overall, but go back a few years and hockey east was eating the WCHA's lunch. things have a way of evening out over time. bottom line -- both leagues are of very high quality.

rr said...

Maize you really outdo yourself somedays. Whining about the job that John Campion did last night is getting to be just boilerplate for you.

Can you even watch a game without getting your knickers in a twist over the number of penalty calls? Did you really even watch the game? Or do you look at the box score and pass judgement based on the penalty count?

Anonymous said...

BENCH TONY LUCIA. What a waste of a roster spot. Cost the Gophers 2 goals so far tonight.