Saturday, March 24, 2012

Men's Frozen Four 2012 - Tampa Bay - 1st Round Update

This is just a quick update on the Frozen Four Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.  I had a pretty rough day on Friday with my picks, Miami (OH), Denver, and Michigan going down.  It especially hurt that I had Denver winning two games.  Denver was beaten by Ferris State in the first round a moderate upset, but Cornell knocking off Michigan in OT 3-2 in my mind has to be a major upset; Michigan was the #2 overall seed in the tournament.  The first round was not kind to the CCHA whom went 1-3 on the day, the previously mentioned Ferris State was the only winner.  CCHA losers were Michigan State (to Union ((NY)), and Miami (OH), and as stated Michigan.

The second day and the top section of the bracket went much better then the first, I picked all 4 winners.  The winners were Boston College over Air Force, Minnesota - Duluth over Maine, Minnesota over Boston U. and finally North Dakota over Western Michigan.  Western Michigan another fallen victim of the CCHA.  On this side of the bracket it sets up some really awesome match-ups for the second.  Minnesota - Duluth, last year's champions will be taking on the powerhouse Boston College and one of the best rivalries in college hockey North Dakota vs. Minnesota.  It should be an unbelievable atmosphere in St. Paul for the Minnesota vs North Dakota match-up.

If you do not remember my picks for the second round and the teams I will have representing in the Frozen Four live from Tampa Bay, Boston College, Minnesota, Union (NY), and I had Denver but Denver is already out.  There should be some really good college hockey on tomorrow, both the games will be on ESPNU, at 5:30 pm EST and 8 pm EST.  If you have never seen a Minnesota vs North Dakota game, and you like hockey, it will be a real treat to watch.  Both teams are very skilled and have a long tradition of excellence in NCAA Division 1 Hockey.  Have a great night, cheers.

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