When we look at Air Force, and do some research on the (Falcons), Frank (Serratore) has had some really tremendous efforts in recent NCAA games," said York. "You look at their win against Michigan, 2-0, (in 2009), their loss against Vermont in double OT (in 2009), the loss to Miami in OT (3-2, in 2008), it's remarkable how close they've been to Frozen Fours. So they have our attention."
"Our whole team understands, this is a national tournament," said York. "You've got 16 teams; they're the elite teams in college hockey. And the best team wins on that particular night. We understand. We've gone deep into the tournament, we've won national tournaments, and we've also lost first games. So we're ready for Air Force. If they beat us on Friday, they're just the better team than we are that night. It won't be because we're not ready."
One hot topic in New England these days is the prospect of Hockey East expansion. At least one published blogger says Enrico Blasi’s RedHawks would make an excellent addition to the powerhouse college hockey conference which includes Boston University, Boston College, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine among its 10 members.
BC Interruption, which describes itself as an unofficial blog of the Boston College Eagles, lists Miami No. 2 on a list of five potential additions. No. 1 on the list is Notre Dame.
F to the selection committee. It is horrible that New Hampshire gets to stay at home while BC gets shipped out west, and that Miami, one of the hottest teams in the country, gets sent out East. It is perhaps even worse that the committee set up second round matchups such as North Dakota-Denver and Yale-Union. And of course some of the WCHA conspiracy theorists will complain that the committee screwed their conference again. Though this year I think it has more legs than in year’s past given that the league’s two best teams would meet in the round of 8 if they both win their first game.
I’d love to have an actual ACC hockey conference but that would require, you know, more than one team. The biggest issue, of course, is facilities. But I figure schools located near NHL franchises can rent those arenas, right? So Maryland’s team will play where the Capitals play, N.C. State will play at the RBC Center, Georgia Tech will share the ice with the Thrashers and Miami will player where the Panthers play. Voila, a five-team league!
See, it’s feasible! Now make it happen, John Swofford.