I attended last nights CC/UW game and didn't come away disappointed. The game was lousy for the first two periods, but the last was exciting and some fine hockey. CC won 2-1 and advanced to the Final Five; Wisconsin's season ended.
Could this be a bigger nightmare for Bruce McLeod and co.? I mean, let's look at the games.
Thursday Afternoon: Bemidji vs. Minnesota Duluth
Thursday Night: UAA vs. CC
Friday Afternoon: Bemidji/UMD vs. Denver
Friday Night: UAA/CC vs. North Dakota
Saturday Night: Winner of Friday afternoons game and Friday nights game
This is, in my opinion, a nightmare for the money counters of the WCHA. For those of us that are fans of the WCHA and fans of the game of college hockey, this is quite frankly the best case scenario I could envision. You have a first time team, two Colorado teams, a team that hasn't been there since 2004, and the two previous Broadmoor champions. Talk about a unique field! I look forward especially to Bemidji and UAA getting to play on a big stage. And I'm counting on big hockey fans to still turn out for the games.
It's going to be a fun Final Five. Stay tuned