College Hockey HighHorse writers make their picks for the NCAA Regionals. Here is how we see it:
NCAA Tournament Bracket
AC: Minnesota – Duluth over Yale
AF: Minnesota – Duluth over Yale ( I will be a homer also)
AC: Merrimack over Miami
AF: Miami over Merrimack
AC: Denver over North Dakota
AF: North Dakota over Denver
AC: Boston College over Nebraska – Omaha
AF: Michigan over BC
AC: I’ll take heat over being a homer and going for upsets. College hockey, I have observed, is a very unpredictable sport, especially when you are talking about single game elimination games. Again, this is what I think will happen, and sadly enough as I have proved all winter, I will likely be wrong….or maybe it will turn around!
AF: Before the brackets were released I was thinking Miami winning it all and I liked Merrimack too. When I first printed the bracket out I started write down the winners without looking at who they would play next and it was all top seeds. I don't think it will be all 1 or 2 seeds in the final four. I think there will be some big upsets. You have UNH playing at home, Western Michigan getting good goal tending down the end of the season and UNO with extra time off to play better.
Having said that, I am having a real hard time this year with the picks. I never seem to do good with NCAA men's hockey picks anyways. I feel pressure to take the popular picks after listening to how good UND and BC are playing. I think a #1 could go down, maybe Yale or UND, by looking past their current opponent.