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April 5th, 2012 at 4:37 PM ^

But I strongly, strongly want the Ferris-Union* winer to beat the Minny-BC winner.


(*I guess I do lean towards Union, as I'm out here in ECAC land and would love for there to be a little less of a reason for all the flak sent our way.)


April 5th, 2012 at 4:45 PM ^

I know many people that went to Ferris and they have been obnoxious since the end of the regular season. They forget that Ferris was upset by Bowling Green in the CCHA playoffs... I'm kinda tired of hearing about Ferris and will be rooting for Union.


April 5th, 2012 at 5:04 PM ^

Also, college hockey has again sacrificed seeding for ratings. I know BC-Minnesota will draw probably 5-10x more viewers than Union-Ferris, but BC is the top seed so its odd that they would theoretically have less rest than their opponent

Go Ferris


April 5th, 2012 at 5:24 PM ^

You really think 5 hours of extra rest (when they have an off day Friday) is going to be any difference?  Of course the NCAA wanted the best matchup in primetime.  If Michigan was playing say BC and they were the day game people like you would be complaining that it wasn't the night game (regardless if it was seeding or not). Some people just love to hate the NCAA for every move they make

Sac Fly

April 5th, 2012 at 5:17 PM ^

I understand it was a hard loss but it's time to look ahead to next season for us. Why keep looking back at a loss? It doesn't do any good to keep dwelling on the past. We will get it next year.


April 5th, 2012 at 7:51 PM ^

I debated starting a Red Wings open thread to discuss this, but it fits here as well.

I was listening to the Wings pregame show just now and they asked Mike Babcock about recent signee Riley Sheahan. Babs said that he has only watched him on TV but that he was "a big man." then he said something along the lines of everyone else in 5'8", so of course he looks big. It seemed like a very condescending thing to say about college hockey, basically implying that it's a league of budgets, when we know that it's not (Shawn Hunwick excepted). Obviously, there is the constant battle between the NCAA and CHL, and I'm wondering if I'm reading too much into a throwaway comment or if Babcock's sneering attitude toward the players is widespread in the NHL.


Clarence Beeks

April 5th, 2012 at 8:03 PM ^

Tough call. If you consider hockey's future's rankings (which I don't think all that highly of, but many do), the Wings have five NCAA players in their (I.e. the Wings) top 19 players. That's about an average number for most teams. My bet is that he was talking about Notre Dame, and not NCAA hockey in general. ND isn't the smallest of teams, but they do have Tynan (who I think highly of, but he is definitely small), so thr could have been where he was going. Probably need more context...


April 5th, 2012 at 9:23 PM ^

I have no particular dislike for them and I'd be happy if BC or Ferris won it all. Ferris for obvious reasons. BC because I've never met an annoying BC fan and BC is already at the top of college hockey, they won't benefit that much from another title. I'd rather not have Minnesota rolling with a ton of momentum going to into the BTHC. Go BC


April 5th, 2012 at 9:36 PM ^

Another benefit of BC winning is that the WCHA will be out which is always good. Most annoying collection of fans in hockey when playoff time comes around

Sac Fly

April 5th, 2012 at 9:48 PM ^

What happened to Wisconsin? I don't pay enough attention to that program but they hit the bottom quick. The last time I watched them was the Camp Randle game, since then they have really fallen off.


April 5th, 2012 at 10:27 PM ^

They were in the frozen four the year Hunwick saved us which was just 2 years ago, then I think last year they barely missed the tournament, and this year they were awful. Terrible recruiting maybe? Makes you appreciate Red's work, we've never had a significant drop off. Pretty amazing especially when you consider that even world-destroying BC missed the tournament like 2-3 years ago


April 5th, 2012 at 10:41 PM ^

but nothing to be too mad about I suppose. BC, as usual, looks downright unstoppable in the playoffs. Two things I'd say should give you (and me) some hope:

1. Minnesota is often prone to incredible breakdowns like the Florida State of hockey so BC might not be quite as amazing as they look (ok, they probably are)
2. Ferris State plays boring, defensive hockey and that might be the only thing that might slow BC down

Sac Fly

April 5th, 2012 at 11:26 PM ^

Hunwick almost got two chances to play tonight but neither got him into the game. York pulled his groin this morning just in time for Mason to come back, Mason got hit pretty hard and just layed on the ice before getting up and staying in the game. So close.


April 6th, 2012 at 12:56 AM ^

reminded of the Frozen four two years ago in Detroit, when BC absolutely crushed Miami and Wisconsin (both one seeds, I believe) for the title in the most boring Frozen Four in recent memory?  Because Minnesota is a pretty good team and BC killed them.  The game "looked" closer than the 2010 games, but sheesh, how does Jerry York do it?!  BC's almost always good, but there's just another level they get to in the tournament and a level higher still when/if they make it to the Frozen Four.  We make fun of Miami for "Dynasty", but BC the last decade actually is.  It's like Michigan in the 90's, if Red had won about 3 more titles in that span.

BC has an 18 game winning streak going right now, during which they've outscored opponents 73-20.  And we thought Michigan's post-GLI run was good...  In the tourney so far, they've outscored their three opponents 12-1 (and Minnesota has statistically the best offense in the country and they pass the eyetest as such) and interestingly enough the closest game was against lowly, #16 overall seed, cupcake Air Force.

The "good"  good?  news is that Michigan is 3-0 against NCAA title game participants, there's that touch of bragging rights regardless who wins...


April 6th, 2012 at 7:22 AM ^

The "good" good? news is that Michigan is 3-0 against NCAA title game participants, there's that touch of bragging rights regardless who wins...

This just makes me feel even more that we missed a great chance to win it all in a pretty soft tournament. Who are the great teams this year? Boston College aanndd....?