Thursday, April 5, 2012

Frozen Four: Quick Preview and Pick

BC, Minneosta - Twin Cities, Ferris State and Union Take it to the Wire

Tonight starts the last chapter to the college hockey season, the Frozen Four. Debate still lingers as to why it is being held in Tampa and what the benefit is to college hockey. But that is not for this article.

Tonight’s games have been maligned and heralded both for being a game of new comers to the Frozen Four (Union vs. Ferris State) and the old timers (BC vs. Minnesota – Twin Cities). The bottom line for me is Boston College is a force to behold. If the Eagles play the same type and level of hockey they did in the regional round, they are hands down your national champion.

One doesn’t have to far into history to find a dominant team on a winning streak that enters the Frozen Four as the favorite and doesn’t perform to expectation.

Take North Dakota last season who entered the Frozen four on a 15 game unbeaten streak, 14-0-1, but lost in the semis to Shawn Hunwick and the Michigan Wolverines. It has been overstated everywhere that this is a one game playoff and anything can happen.

All that being said, I fully expect BC to roll through the tournament and be the national champion. If they don’t, I only see the Gophers being able to beat the Eagles. And if the Gophers do beat BC, I see them losing to Ferris State in the Championship. A game against BC will take too much out of the Gophers to have them finish the deal.

That is my take. All we can do now is sit back and watch it all play out.

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