|BU will be playing in Chis Connolly's|
home state of Minnesota on saturday.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Friday night, BU lost to Maine 5-3 in the Hockey East Semis. Maine went on to lose to Boston College in the championship game on Saturday night by a score of 3-1. It was BC's third straight title.
I went to the game Friday night, but had no energy what so ever to write a recap. To keep a long story short, BU's pk was the reason they did not play Boston College on Saturday. Maine scored four power play goals, two coming off the blade of Will O'Neal, a defenseman.
Sunday was the NCAA selection show. We all knew BU would make the tournament going into Sunday morning, we just didn't know where they would be placed. As ESPNU rolled threw an incredibly poorly run show, BU was slotted in the West Regional in St. Paul Minnesota. There, they will take on the 8th seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers at the XL-Energy Center. BU is the 9th seed. Yes, this is virtually a home game for Minnesota.
The other two teams in the West is (14) Western Michigan against (4) North Dakota. The rest of the tournament looks as follows:
Northeast Regional Worcester, Ma
1. Boston College vs 16. Air Fore
10. Maine vs 7. Minnesota Duluth
Midwest Regional Green Bay, Wisconsin
2. Michigan vs 13. Cornell
11. Denver vs 6. Ferris State
East Regional Bridgeport Connecticut
3. Union vs 15. Michigan State
5. Miami vs 12. Lowell
Ideally, I would have liked to have seen the committee put BU in the East at Bridgeport. It would have made travel much easier and to be honest, I think BU deserved to be in the East more so than Lowell. For the "integrity of the bracket" I see why we're shipped out west. The other main reason is that Minnesota hosts at the X and they have to play there and the 8-9 matchup just so happens to be BU-Minnesota.
That being said, the NCAA loves it's money and looking the East Regional as it is set now the place will be morgue. Union? Not a great following. Lowell? Eh maybe a few fans. Michigan State? People aren’t coming from Michigan. Miami? Same deal as Michigan State. I'm not saying if BU was there the Arena At Harbor Yard would be the second coming of a BU-BC game at Walter Brown, but there would be at least some people in the stands.
... BU's not in the East? No problem, I'm going out West to Minnesota!