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."
BC gets sent out west due to UNH being a 4 seed, but it is easier to go out west than it is to go east, so I think the Eagles will be fine. Michigan vs. Nebraska-Omaha is definitely the best 2/3 game out there. Even though the Mavericks slid a bit at the end of the season they are a great team with a lot of offensive talent and if John Faulkner doesn’t lay an egg they should be right there with the Wolverines.
The Boston University men's hockey team saw the final door to its NCAA tournament hopes slam shut on Friday when Western Michigan beat Michigan 5-2 in the semifinals of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament on Friday night.
While the Terriers' chances of making the NCAA tournament were slim after losing to Northeastern University on Sunday, a Western Michigan win was the only scenario on Friday night that could have officially eliminated BU from the NCAA tournament.
Whether BC is 1, 2, or 3, it will play in Manchester unless New Hampshire is a No. 4 seed — which seems highly unlikely now. Nothing has changed in that regard. Win Hockey East, combined with a loss by North Dakota and Yale in their semifinals, and BC would be No. 1 overall. Otherwise, if UNH isn't the No. 4 seed, expect to see BC playing someone like RPI or Dartmouth in Manchester in the first round.
BC can actually drop to No. 4 overall with a loss, and with Michigan winning the CCHAs. It probably won't make much difference in placement or the bracket, though.
It is not often that hockey programs get the opportunity to take part in an event like this, let alone UConn's program. Outdoor events like this are meant for Michigan, Minnesota or North Dakota. Not Connecticut. In fact, the only reason Boston College and Boston University were able to play outdoor hockey last season was because the rink was set up for a bigger event at Fenway Park: the Winter Classic between the Bruins and Flyers. Although Sunday's event is only possible because of the AHL's Connecticut Whale and its ownership group, it's still uncommon for teams like UConn to get the chance to host a game in the elements.