It's March Madness right now and while everyone knows about the NCAA basketball tournament, there's two other tournaments that occur: The men's and women's NCAA ice hockey tournament. Reach the semifinals and you're in the Frozen Four. The women's tournament wrapped up on March 18th, with Clarkson repeating as champions while the men's tournament is about to get underway. If the men's tournament is anything like the women's, then it'll be March Madness indeed.
I've been a fan of the women's game and love the skill aspect that it brings since body checking isn't allowed. It's a ton of fun to watch and I hope that after the US won gold at the Olympics this year in South Korea that more people try to watch. As a fan of the game of hockey I wanted to do my best to cover this weekend to show that these are elite athletes.
The games themselves were incredible, EVERY game went into overtime and was a back and forth affair. I wish I had a heart rate monitor on me during the championship game because my heart was racing as the seconds ticked down in the third period and the scoring chances piled up for both teams.
Clarkson (#1) vs. Ohio State
First, shout out to Ohio State for coming into the Frozen Four after beating Boston College, the #4 overall seed. Like every game, this one was close and ended with under 5 minutes to go in overtime when Loren Gabel scored the only goal, advancing Clarkson to the championship game.
Colgate (#3) vs. Wisconsin (#2)
This had more scoring but was still tightly contested and needed a 2nd overtime to see who would be advancing. Wisconsin and Colgate were the #2 and #3 seed for the tournament and it showed, both teams traded goals and regulation eventually ended in a 3-3 tie and needed extra time.
Colgate (#3) vs. Clarkson (#1)
Championship game. Two rivals from Upstate NY with a title on the line. This had everything to become a classic and it was, both teams scoring a goal before it was ended by Elizabeth Giguere in overtime.
Images along with the celebration afterwards:
Congratulations to Clarkson!
The NHL season is winding down however the Wild are still in the playoff hunt. I'm off to Chicago this weekend for Great Lakes Tattoo's 3rd annual Walk Up Classic, which I'm excited to attend for the 2nd year in a row. The men's Frozen Four is coming up the first weekend in April which I'll be at, so expect a post once that passes. Then it's onto the MLB season! See you then!
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