March 12, 2011

Upsets Galore

The Sioux's drubbing of Michigan Tech last night was certainly impressive, given how Tech has played in the playoffs in the past. Behind a great team effort and a hattrick by both Frattin and Gregoire, the Sioux won handily, 8-0.

The biggest story of the night though was UAA upsetting the Gophers in Minnesota. All we've heard all week is how the Gophers unbeaten streak was at 7 games, how they never lose in the playoffs at the Mooch, how UAA is overrated, etc. Well last night, the Seawolves humbled the Gophers on home ice, winning 4-3 after being spotted a 3-0 lead. After the game, an interview with coach Don Lucia proved how arrogant and cocky that program is. Don said something to the effect of "they probably deserved to win tonight." Probably? Your team was completely inept in the first period, had to fight and claw its way back, and after tying it up, took a ridiculously stupid penalty that allowed UAA to win the game. I'd say that UAA certainly deserved to win the game.

Aside from UAA upsetting, Wisconsin beat CC 3-1 down in the Springs and Bemidji beat UNO 4-2 in Omaha. While Wisconsin's win isn't all that surprising, Bemidji's certainly is. UNO is very solid at home and is a very pleasant surprise in the WCHA, while Bemidji struggled this year. Yet they had a good record against Omaha and got the job done last night.

In other WCHA scores, DU overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Mankato 4-2, and Duluth upended St. Cloud 4-2. Ironically, Minnesota isn't in that bad of shape pairwise, since Western Michigan and Dartmouth both lost last night. UND moved up to number 2 in the pairwise. I don't think they can catch Yale for the number 1 spot, but I believe they have secured a number 1 spot, regardless of what happens here on out.

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