Friday, March 21, 2014

Frozen Faceoff Preview

The first ever NCHC Frozen Faceoff is upon us and one could argue that all four teams are playing to continue their season.  As we now already three of the four are underdogs on the outside if the NCAA bubble and North Dakota is in right now but a couple of losses could change that.  

Unfortunately for Bulldog fans it was a season of what could have been and so close.  Hopefully next year they can find some success at home as the younger guys get a year older.

Friday games
Miami versus North Dakota:  Based on the regular season games this should be a no-brainier North Dakota men's hockey team win against the Redhawks, but my gut tells me otherwise.  The Redhawks played great hockey against the Huskies last weekend and will they be able to keep it up.  They have great scoring and talent and definitely under achieved this past season.  North Dakota usually plays good in post season but this year the game is in Minneapolis instead of St Paul.    Basically I am going excuse computer body clock and different hotels then St. Paul leading to a Redhawks win to advance to the final game.

Western Michigan versus Denver: This is a great match up.  The Pioneers have great goal tending from Sam Brittain and will need him to stand on his head to get to the championship game.  Western did not put up many shots against UMD last weekend but they made them count.  I like the way Shane Bershbach and Chase Balisy have played recently and I have a feeling that will continue.  My head says Denver my gut says Western.  I will pick the Broncos to advance to the final game.

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