NCAA Hockey Frozen Four: Top Seeds Leave Fans 'One'dering What Could Have Been
The story of the NCAA Hockey Championship this year has surely been the lopsided defeats faced by No. 1 seeds thus far in the tournament.
Boston College, Yale and Miami-Ohio all went down before reaching the Frozen Four and two of them lost convincingly.
Here’s a look at how each No. 1 seed has fared so far.
Boston College Eagles
Boston College was looking to repeat as national champs and certainly had the talent to do so.
Led by leading scorer Cam Atkinson and senior Brian Gibbons, offense had not been a problem for BC all season. Even first round NHL draft pick Chris Kreider only managed to finish eighth on the team in scoring.
Offense was not a problem in their first round game either, as they scored four goals against Colorado College.
Unfortunately for BC, they gave up eight.
Though they looked good at the start of the game, things went downhill fast for BC and by the end of the night, Colorado College had delivered a strong wake up call.
Yale University Bulldogs
Yale, while not consisting of many NHL prospects, had a veteran squad and their consistency all season had them ranked as the No. 1 team in the entire nation.
However, they looked far from it in their second round contest, as they got off to a sluggish start against their namesake Bulldogs of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
To make matters worse, leading scorer Brian O’Neill was thrown out of the game on a supposed hit to the head while Yale was trailing 3-1. The questionable call lost any momentum Yale and their home crowd had following their first goal of the game, also courtesy of O’Neill.
Despite the final score being 5-3, Yale was outmatched for most of the contest and only added a couple of meaningless goals in the third period.
Miami-Ohio University RedHawks
Miami of Ohio had perhaps the best losing effort of the three, but it could have gone much worse if not for goaltender Cody Reichard.
Miami-Ohio was upset by a less experienced University of New Hampshire team, led by freshman Kevin Goumas and his two goals.
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Despite scoring in the first minute, Miami-Ohio was unable to sustain the lead or build on the momentum, while UNH took advantage of the predominantly pro-Wildcat crowd.
UNH out-shot the RedHawks in all three periods.
University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux
That leaves the stacked line up of the finalNo. 1 seed remaining, the University of North Dakota, as the clear favorite.
The Fighting Sioux won both of their games in convincing fashion by a combined score of 12-1, as they look to capture their first national title since 2000.
North Dakota’s leading scorer and Maple Leafs prospect Matt Frattin has seemingly come out of nowhere and taken the college hockey world by storm in his senior season.
His 36 goals are the best in the NCAA and his offense will be crucial to UND’s success, as will undrafted sophomore goaltender Aaron Dell and his nation-leading 1.81 goals against average.
They will face the University of Michigan this Thursday.
Minnesota-Duluth will take on Notre Dame in the other Frozen Four matchup.
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