I’ve been looking for a time and an excuse to write a little about Colorado and, after knocking out defending national champion Boston College last night 8-4, I figured this was perfect. I wrote a Colorado College Hockey blog for 2 years that started from a college project and, ironically, my last full year was when Boston College won the national title.
I also was at the game the last time the Tigers made the tournament in ’08 when the West Regionals were here in Colorado Springs.
Local hockey fans will remember that: the Tigers rolled through the season with a 28-12-1 record and grabbed the MacNaughton Cup, choked in the WCHA Final Five but still gained a #1 seed in the West Regionals which were hosted at the Colorado Springs World Arena. The game should have been a cake-walk over Michigan State but instead, the Tigers couldn’t get the offense going and lost 3-1.
Last night was the best I’ve seen the Tigers offense in a long time. They were unbelievably fast, played hard and made the Boston College Eagles look like a bunch of crying little boys. Nothing showed it more than when Alexander Krushelnyski outraced a BC defenseman to a lose puck and ripped home the Tigers second short-handed goal of the game. That and William Rappuzzi’s rocket of a wrist shot with 9 seconds left that BC’s goalie made no attempt to stop. CC may even have gotten some internet fame for the downtown Colorado Springs yippie school 😉 (but wicked awesome hockey school!).
Now the Tigers will face a Michigan Wolverines team that is evil for so many reasons. Tigers’ fans won’t forget the national title game in 1996. Husker fans (that’s me!) won’t forget the split title in 1997. Michigan won in OT over Nebraska-Omaha (now their only sports team?! 😉 ) with a weird goal.
CC and Michigan will begin at 7pm Mountain time. Last night the game was on ESPNU and ESPN3.com so I assume the same tonight.
Last time CC made the Frozen Four (2005)it was an all (first time a college final four was all one conference). Now, the brackets ( partyPDF bracket here) are set up so that can’t happen but it’s still possible for 3 of 4 teams to be WCHA-ers. I’m bummed Air Force lost (can you image both Colorado Springs teams in the Frozen Four?!), especially to east coast Yale, but Duluth still has a shot.
So those of you who are college hockey fans out there, who are your picks? Does CC have the stamina to keep this tempo going and win it all for the first time since 1957?
Some links from the game: