Upsets, overtimes, and video reviews…the 2009 NCAA road to the Frozen Four UPDATE! UPDATE!


This weekend was a ‘must see’ weekend for NCAA college hockey as 16 teams squared off to lay it all on the line for a trip to Washington, D.C. and the 2009 Frozen Four.   From game-by-game breakdowns to highlight reel plays, goals and saves, we have all your NCAA Frozen Four needs right here at loge19.com.

To get you up to speed on everything that happened over the weekend, here are the recaps by region:


(4) Miami of Ohio – 4 vs. (1) Denver  – 2: Not many people had Miami of Ohio winning this matchup, but it should come as no surprise that they did, as this was the 3rd consecutive year Miami (OH) has moved on to the regional finals.  Miami never trailed the entire game, and built a 3-0 lead before Denver got on the board with a power-play goal late in the second period.  Miami immediately answered back with a goal of their own just two minutes later to head into the locker room with a comfortable 4-1 lead.  A late goal by Denver in the third rounded out the scoring, but wasn’t enough for the top-seeded Pioneers.

(3) Princeton – 4 vs. (2) Minnesota-Duluth – 5 (OT): This game might have been the most exciting to watch from a fans’ perspective (unless you are a Princeton fan of course, which I happen to be), and had one of the most exciting last minutes of regulation you will ever see.   Let’s cut right to the good stuff…In what was a very even game that was back and forth, Princeton found itself with a two-goal lead with just over 10 minutes to play in regulation.   Like any knowledgeable hockey source will tell you, a two-goal lead is the worst lead in hockey…especially when an eventual championship is on the line.  For the first eight minutes Princeton was able to hold off M-D, however with just over a minute to go, Princeton defenseman Matt Godlewski took a high sticking penalty to put Princeton down a man.  With an extra attacker on the ice for a two-man advantage, Minnesota Duluth’s Jack Connolly found the back of the net to cut the Princeton lead to one, with only 40 seconds to play.  As you already know (b/c the score is above), M-D scored again with only .8 seconds (was actually more like 2-4 seconds, but the .8 on the official score sheet sounds/looks a lot better) left to tie the game and send it to overtime.  Now I thought Princeton was done for heading into overtime, but they came out flying and had some great scoring opportunities that could not be converted.  Six and a half minutes into OT Princeton took a tripping penalty that proved to be their demise.  M-D scored just 16 seconds later to seal the victory, and arguably one of the greatest comeback wins in NCAA tournament history (all sports!).

West Region Championship: Miami (OH) vs. Minnesota- Duluth

I unfortunately did not get a chance to see any of this game, but apparently it came down to the wire.  Miami built a two-goal lead on two second period special teams goals (1 shorthanded and 1 powerplay), and held that lead until the final two minutes of regulation.  With the goalie pulled, M-D scored with just over two minutes to play (remember when I said a two-goal lead is the worst lead in hockey…yeah, it’s no different in this situation).  After a flurry of chances in the final two minutes for M-D,  Miami held on to win their first bid a Frozen Four.  Congrats to Miami of Ohio!

SIDE NOTE: Miami’s Justin Mercier was awarded the West Region’s Most Valuable Player with 3 goals (including the game winner in the West Region Championship) and a +2 rating.  You might be saying who cares, but I wanted to bring this up because (I am not proud of this in any way, but thought it was an interesting story worth sharing) I ended his older brother’s college hockey career during his first day of tryouts as a freshman.  Sorry to Jeremy Mercier, and the entire Mercier family, but hopefully they are enjoying Justin’s NCAA run.


(4) Air Force – 2 vs. (1) Michigan – 0: In their second consecutive NCAA appearance, Air Force won their first ever NCAA tournament game.  In this David and Goliath matchup, Air Force was outmatched from the start, and failed to register more than five shots in any one period.  But in hockey, if you have a goaltender who can steal a game, steal games is what you will do.  Air Force was outshot 43-13 over the 60 minutes, but converted on their limited opportunities to preserve the win.  Air Force goaltender Andre Volkening stood on his head, stopping all 43 shots he faced (many of which were great scoring chances for Michigan).

(3) Vermont – 4 vs. (2) Yale – 1: I again didn’t get to see any of this game, but Vermont seemed to be in control of the game from start to finish.  Pesty forward Peter Lenes got UVM on the board with five minutes to go in the first, and never looked back.  Vermont would build a 4-0 lead with under four minutes to play in the game, before Yale got on the score sheet with a “happy birthday” goal with under two minutes to play.


In what arguably could be the game of the tournament, UVM and Air Force squared off Saturday evening for “Destination D.C.” (as coined by ESPNU’s coverage team).   This was a pretty even matchup all game, with Air Force outshooting UVM 34-20 in regulation  and both teams having the lead in at some point in the third period.  Tied 2-2 at the end of the third, it was time for the most exciting moment in sports, sudden death overtime.  After a back-and-forth first OT, the teams would need 14 more minutes of a second overtime to decide the winner…and even that needed a video review( I can’t find a video of it, but we will try to post one soon).  An innocent shot from point (that was actually a laser beam) by UVM defenseman Dan Lawson found more than just the back of the net…it found the boards behind the night.  After a 10 minute review of the play, it was ruled a goal, as the video shows the puck actually blasted through a hole in the net that was undetectable to about everyone in the building.  My commentary just doesn’t do justice to what actually happened, so I will do my best to get a video up here.  Congrats to UVM!

Check back later for the Midwest and Northeast Regional recaps.  I’m sorry, but I do have a day job that I’m trying to maintain with this blog!


2 Responses to “Upsets, overtimes, and video reviews…the 2009 NCAA road to the Frozen Four UPDATE! UPDATE!”

  1. 1 commissionerdangle
    March 30, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    going 4/12 in any bracket pool is not going to cut it. Only games I got right this weekend:

    UNH over North Dakota
    BU over Ohio State
    Minnsota-Duluth over Princeton
    BU over UNH.

    1 out of 4 frozen four picks = weak

    Good thing I am the Commish of the NHL and not NCAA

  2. 2 Coach
    March 30, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    That is not going to cut it Commish. Your saving grace is BU winning it all, and there is as good a chance as any for that to happen.

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