Sunday, March 18, 2012
Looks like BU is heading to St.Paul eh?
The NCAA released its 2012 men's ice hockey championship bracket today and the BU Terriers were ranked as the 9th overall seed. This leaves them as the top 3 seed and heading to St. Paul, Minnesota. They also get the luck of playing the University of Minnesota at their host site at the XCEL Center. This seems to be set up for the Terriers to play in front of 17,000 Gopher fans and us of course. The other game in BU's West Bracket is 1 seed North Dakota vs 4 Western Michigan. We couldn't be more pumped for this game and a chance at the national title for the first time since we have been around talking shit and pretending to know something about hockey.
Many fans have already deemed BU's chances slim with this type of draw but all you ask for is a chance and that is what this team has. This team has been left for dead by person after person this season. They were wrote off as a team with no chance after they lost their top 2 centers mid-season. They, instead, went on a winning streak throughout the month of January. They were written off again in late February when they lost a top 4 d-man. They came out and took 3 out of their last 4 to end the regular season. They seemed to have no chance in the third and deciding game of the HE QF series with New Hampshire when they trailed 4-1 midway through the game. Guess what? They came back and won the game in double OT. The critics have been there all season and will continue to be there leading into the game Saturday. However, this is an ideal situation for this team. They feed off of the fact that no one will pick them to win. They thrive in hostile environments(undefeated outside the city of Boston in 2012) and we have no reason St. Paul will be any different. Don't stop believing Terrier fans. This team has the potential to win it all even after everything that has happened when many expected them to miss the NCAA tournament all together.
Oh yeah here is the rest of the bracket
1 Union vs 4 Michigan State
2 Miami(OH) vs 3 Lowell
1 Michigan vs 4 Cornell
2 Ferris State vs 3 Denver
1 BC vs 4 Air Force
2 Minnesota-Duluth vs 3 Maine
1. North Dakota vs 4 Western Michigan
2 Minnesota vs 3 BU